Gef’s Daily Roundup

Wild in Art Trail

Hospice Isle of Man has announced the first partner for their Wild in Art 2022 trail, The Big Splash, one of the largest mass participation events on the Isle of Man. The ‘world-class’ public art trail, made up of 30 individually designed dolphin sculptures, will be live for 12 weeks around the island from May to September 2022. The Isle of Man Arts Council said they are delighted to be working with Hospice as the education partner of The Big Splash, assisting with the learning and education side of the Wild in Art trail.

HMS Ramsey

The Royal Navy ship HMS Ramsey, the third to have been affiliated with the Manx town, has been decommissioned after 21 years of service. Ramsey Town Commissioners have requested to be given the ship’s bell on a long term loan to display in the town hall. Ramsey’s commanding officer, lieutenant commander Joel Roberts MBE, said: ‘As the final commanding officer of HMS Ramsey I have the honour and privilege to be here as we say goodbye to a great ship. HMS Ramsey has given 21 years of operational service to the Royal Navy and throughout her life it has been the members of her ship’s company, the people, who have made her what she is.

‘It is time to say farewell to a ship that has been both a home and a way of life to so many, and I am also delighted that the town of Ramsey in the Isle of Man can be represented by some of her affiliates who have joined us today. She will undoubtedly be missed, but rather than being sad, today is about remembering her duty and celebrating her 21 years of distinguished service.’

Pride in London

London’s pride celebrations, the biggest in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe, have been cancelled for the second year in a row. The 2021 event was due to take place on September 11 but organisers said it would not work under the government’s current Covid-19 guidelines. Executive Director Chris Joell-Deshields said that the ‘crucial parade’ could not happen under current restrictions which would have meant limiting the festivities to a few stages ‘scattered across London with limited tickets’ which he says would go against the spirit of Pride. Next year will mark 50 years since the first Pride parade in London.

Laura Kenny

Team GB track cyclist Laura Kenny has become the most successful female Olympic cyclist of all time and the first GB woman to win a gold in three separate games. It’s after she won the madison event in the Izu velodrome alongside Katie Archibald, her sixth medal making her the joint most decorated GB female Olympian with Charlotte Dujardin and the most successful with five golds and one silver. It was part of a high achieving day for GB as Jack Carlin took another medal in the cycling with an individual sprint bronze, modern pentathlon athlete Kate French gained a gold, 1500m runner Laura Muir and the men’s 4x100m relay team also took silver and the women’s hockey and 4x100m relay teams took bronze. GB finishes the day fourth in the overall medal table with two days left in the games.

Climate Minister

Alok Sharma, the president of the UK’s upcoming climate conference, is being criticised for visiting over 30 countries in just seven months. The minster of state at the cabinet office said that face to face meetings are crucial ahead of the climate change summit but has seen opposition politicians call his itinerary ‘inexplicable.’ Sharma made use of an exemption for ministers to avoid quarantine after his trips despite several of the countries he visited being on the UK’s red list. Lib Dem Sarah Olney said the policy showed there was ‘one rule for them and another for everybody else.’

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