Gef’s Daily Roundup

Homes for Former Military Site

The DoI has applied to build new homes in Jurby on the Former Military Camp Site adjacent to the Bretney Estate. The plan includes 21 new homes, including three public sector bungalows, a ‘Community Hub’ with a community garden, four green houses, 10 hobby/small business enterprise studio units, a toilet block, a Manx Utilities electrical substation, cycle parking, infrastructure landscape and 98 parking spaces.


DoI’s plans for new homes in JurbyDoI’s plans for new homes in Jurby

DoI’s plans for new homes in Jurby

Future for Marine Station Site?

The former Marine Biological Station in Port Erin could finally be replaced as an application has been made for the building of apartments, an apart hotel, restaurants, retail units and parking spaces. The application by Delgatie Limited follows approval being given in principle for the scheme in 2019. The building has been empty since 2006 when Liverpool University closed its centre there and it was extensively damaged by a fire on New Year’s Eve in 2016.


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Delgatie Limited’s image plans for Port Erin’s Marine Station

TT Fans Keep the Faith

While we had no 2020 TT and it won’t be held this year either, the Steam Packet has said that ‘81% of race fans with existing TT 2021 reservations have transferred their bookings onto like for like sailings for TT 2022’. While the situation may be bleak now, this just shows that once we move past the pandemic our friends around the world are chomping at the bit to get back to the home of road racing. When the TT does return, here’s hoping Manxie Conor Cummins can deliver a win for us all to enjoy.

Income and Benefits Survey Extended

Tynwald’s Poverty Committeehas released an online survey for Island residents to share their experience and views of social security benefit systems on the Isle of Man. The survey can be completed by any individual, including those who are not eligible to receive financial support themselves. The deadline of the survey has been extended to midnight on Wednesday January 20.
The survey can be found at: https://survey02.gov.im/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=160820045996 

Knighter Update

Manx rider David Knight is currently 25th in the Dakar Rally, which is being held in Saudi Arabia. He is the second highest placed ‘British’ racer in the biker class behind only Sam Sunderland who is in second place overall. Knighter is competing in his first Dakar Rally. Fellow Manxie Jamie McCanney’s race ended prematurely last week due to technical difficulties

Wiki Turns 20

Be honest, we all did it, we had homework to do and we didn’t know anything about the subject, so we went on Wikipedia. Now since I was at high school, it has gotten more accurate, you rarely get many of the infamous examples of inaccuracies such as Jenga being invented by Adolf Hitler. 

It was on January 15 2001, that Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched the online encyclopedia. And despite those early issues, it has gone on to become the 15th most visited website on the planet and contains over 56 million articles. 

He Came, He Sawed, He Created Magic

100 years ago on Sunday, illusionist P.T. Selbit put a woman in a box on a stage at London’s Finsbury Park Empire and sawed her in half. In doing so, he created the most famous magic trick of all time. To celebrate this unique anniversary, magicians from around the world will be joining together on Facebook to perform the trick. The Magic Circle organisation, based in London, is also hosting a special event on its Facebook page from 6pm with guests including the lovely Debbie McGee.