Council Trip

In case you missed it, the Chief Minister, Education Minister and two civil servants went to the British and Irish Council earlier this month. An FoI by Gef has revealed that the total cost of that trip was £3,686.21. Of this, the most expensive part was £1190.68 spent on the flights from London to Belfast. A further £1,114.31 was spent on flights which had to be changed for reasons outside the gov’s control. The FoI says it is currently seeking refunds for these flights. 

Beach Buddies

Yes beach cleaning fans it’s that time again, as Bill Dale and the Beach Buddies (great name for a folk band) head to the absolutely beautiful venue of Port Cornaa this weekend. Charity founder Bill Dale said: ‘With a beach cleaning session from 10.30am on Sunday, June 27th, and we are once again joined by the great team from Gaelg who have, for the last two weeks, rewarded beach cleaners with wonderful home made cakes, tea and coffee. They are doing the same again this weekend alongside Beach Buddies (Caarjyn Ny Traieyn) and we are delighted to again join forces with Gaelg and help to expand the knowledge of the Manx language. 

‘The parking at Cornaa is limited so we are asking those who are fit and healthy to not bring their cars down to the beach, but to find a place up the road a little, perhaps at the glen, and walk down the lovely track through the glen to the beach. We’re trying not to block the road for other people who visit this beach, and also to leave clear access for emergency vehicles.’

Royal British Legion

Isle of Man Post Office (IOMPO) is delighted to present this stamp issue celebrating 100 years of the Royal British Legion, the UK’s largest charity dedicated to supporting the needs of the Armed Forces, past and present and their families.  On our island, the RBL serves a vital role at the heart of our community, with 10 branches and clubs across the island. 

Phil Glover, Carl Underwood, Dawn Quinney, Steve Rodan OBE, James Fenton,
 Dougie Porter, Ray Ferguson, Gary Hardman

Ray Ferguson, Chairman Royal British Legion IOM said: ‘Isle of Man County Royal British Legion is delighted to have joined with Isle of Man Post Office in the creation of a series of stamps celebrating our centenary. Each stamp represents a key value that has sustained our organisation throughout the past 100 years. Our purpose and commitment remains unchanged since our formation on May 15 1921 when our beneficiaries needed care after the First World War. Today the needs of the Armed Forces Community are changing, but we still ensure that the support and services they require are available. Our RBL motto of ‘Service not Self’ remains the core driver for our members here on the Isle of Man and across the world wherever RBL Branches exist. We extend our thanks to IOMPO for sharing in our Centenary with the issue of these wonderful stamps that perfectly illustrate the ethos of the Royal British Legion.’

Maxine Cannon, General Manager Isle of Man Stamps & Coins, added: ‘We are thankful to the Royal British Legion and the RBL Isle of Man branch for their assistance in producing this landmark issue. This collection is dedicated to all service men and women and all those involved with the Royal British Legion. Their work and support is truly appreciated.’

The Allianz Rainbow

After a request from the Mayor of Munich to light up the Allianz Stadium in the rainbow flag for Germany’s Euro 2020 game against Hungary was rejected by UEFA for being ‘political’, thousands of the German fans turned up to the game covered in pride flags, paint and outfits. Mayor Dieter Reiter had made the request in protest against a new law in Hungary that bans the sharing of any content seen as promoting homosexuality and gender change to under-18s. All across the country German sports clubs also showed their support for the LGBT+ community by decorating their stadiums in the rainbow colours in protest of UEFA’s ruling. 

No Junk Food

The UK gov is to impose a UK-wide pre-9pm ban on TV adverts for food high in sugar, salt and fat. Products affected include chocolate, burgers, soft drinks, cakes, sweets, ice cream, biscuits, sweetened juices, crisps, chips and pizzas. There will also be new rules on online promotion, but firms selling junk food will still be able to run websites. A total ban on online adverts was proposed last year, but this has been scaled back after consultation. The TV restrictions come after Boris Johnson made tackling obesity, which affects more than a quarter of UK adults, a priority for his gov.

It’s Coming Home

No not football, the F1. Organisers have confirmed that Silverstone will be allowed to have a capacity crowd for next month’s British Grand Prix. The track can hold around 140,000 spectators, which will make it the largest crowd for a sporting event in the UK since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The race takes place on 18 July. F1 president Stefano Domenicali said the announcement was ‘fantastic news’.

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