The Great Manx Public’s – Good News of the Week

It’s all a bit doom and gloom at the minute isn’t it, the weather is crap, lockdown is affecting people in different ways and Bridgerton only had eight episodes.

So we thought we’d share some of the best social media posts that have made us smile this week. If you see any posts that make you smile or show the Great Manx Public at its best, please share them with us either by sending them to us on Facebook or emailing hello@gefthemongoose.com

Ninja Coffee

The Coffee Cottage, South Barrule, has posted a picture of its fantastic sign for passing visitors. The sign, featuring a ninja wearing a mask, says ‘Ninja Training School, In & Out and nobody gets hurt’. Visitors are always reminded to ensure they consume their purchases off site.


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Have a Little Patience

One post that was sent to us is the fantastic story of Charles Coole who is raising money for Southern Befrienders by playing games of Patience (aka Solitaire) at home. The charity provides companionship to older people in the south of the Island with volunteer befrienders, outings and social events. On his Just Giving page, Charles, who turns 80 on Valentines Day, said: ‘Due to a variety of health problems I‘m at home 24/7. Please will you sponsor me to play patience, as my wife exercises hers looking after me. Not everyone has someone looking after them so I want to raise money from my chair for Southern Befrienders who offer such a wonderful service to people on their own all year round and especially through lockdown. Please sponsor me as I’d like to raise as much money from home for those alone, before my 80th Birthday.’

You can donate to Charles’ fundraiser here https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/caroline-coole-2?utm_term=brr7wA5xE

Also if you know anyone who may need some extra help at this difficult time, or maybe just want a chat, if they live in the south of the island, Southern Befrienders can be contacted on 833025.

Strictly Zoom Dancing

Unity Dance School, based in Douglas, has taken its classes online during this lockdown to ensure students can keep up with their routines. Students were taking part in acro dance lessons, a style which combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Each class had 20 students taking part, with four or five classes each night.
The school said: ‘We know the days are long, stressful and worrying for young people that we wanted them to have something to look forward to everyday that was happy, safe and communicating with their studio friends and teachers. We feel this is so very important for them. Also exercise and dance allows them to express themselves, mentally feel so much better and provide good feelings all round. They can only feel happy when they are dancing and keeping connected to what they call their happy place is vital. It also allows the parents a break and they love to see their children being happy again.’

Parents of the students praised the School on Facebook for putting together the classes and the kids themselves for taking to it so well.


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Like father like daughter

Children with famous parents have often been seen to go off the rails but at Curraghs Wildlife Park, red panda cub Aria, who is six months old, is proving nothing but adorable. Staff at the park said: ‘Not only has she inherited his great looks, she can also climb a tree like a pro!’

Some fans of the page have suggested that her climbing ability could one day see another epic escape from the park following on from her dad Kush’s infamous breakouts last year. The park is closed at the mo, but staff are sharing brilliant pictures and videos on social media of all the animals enjoying their own lockdown.