Gef’s Daily Roundup

Police Cadets

As part of their Duke of Edinburgh gold award, the island’s Police Cadets took a trip to Scotland this past week. In their time there, they paddled across some of the Lochs in the majestic Highlands, carried the canoes and kit over hills like Vikings and wild camped before a summit walk up Ben Nevis. PC Mike Griffiths posted on the Police Youth Scheme’s Facebook page: ‘It was an amazing week and we ALL completed it, amazing effort from an amazing team.  Well done guys it was a pleasure to have spent time with you all. I know one of the Cadets will do a proper write up, but thought our friends would like to know we are home safe and sound and absolutely knackered.’

Lottery Trust

The deadline is fast approaching for Manx Lottery Trust’s 2021 Community Awards Thematic Funding. Each year the Trustees focus on a specific need in the community. This year’s theme is ‘Bridging the Digital Divide’. 

There is a total of £150,000 on offer, with grants available ranging from between £2,501 and £150,000 (with a maximum of £50,000 in any one year). To be considered for a Thematic Funding Award, applications must be submitted by Friday 10th September.

Sarah Kelly, Chairman of Manx Lottery Trust, said: ‘Digital technologies help people stay connected with colleagues, friends and family and access activities they might need for a number of reasons – this has been more important than ever over the last 18 months. This period has also shown a gap where it’s necessary to improve accessibility. Also, those at risk of loneliness and social isolation due to age, health, disability and income, are also at risk of digital exclusion. By improving access, knowledge and confidence in the digital sphere positive outcomes are expected, which is why we felt it was so important to choose this theme.’

For more information on Thematic Funding Community Award applications, head to the Manx Lottery Trust website:

Abigail’s Party

The Manx branch of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Association is hosting a theatre fundraiser this autumn featuring a performance of the iconic Abigail’s Party, the 1970’s play by Mike Leigh made famous by BBC’s ‘Play for Today’. The play features Howard Caine as Laurence with other local actors completing the cast and refreshments including 70s classic cheese and pineapple on a stick. Tickets for the shows, on October 14,15 and 16 at Onchan Methodist Hall, are available at £12 each by clicking here or by ringing Community Fundraising Officer, Laura Jones on 331389.

Solo Goes to Soho

A Westminster firefighter had a retirement he won’t forget in a hurry as Hans Solo and Indiana Jones legend Harrison Ford stopped by to wish him well. Firefighter Andrew Shaw was on his last night shift, after 31 years of service, when the actor got out of a car outside the station. After talking to Station Officer Ryan Osborne, Ford was introduced to Mr Shaw, having a chat and wishing him well on his retirement.

Station Office Osbourne told ITV: ‘It was a pleasure to be able to say farewell to Andrew on his last shift with the impromptu help of Han Solo. Being based at a busy central London location we do sometimes see famous faces passing by, and this just happened to be perfect timing.’

A Civil War is Brewing?

After the Taliban have swept aside the Afghan government, it appeared as though they will have total control over the country. But in the Panjshir Valley, an anti-Taliban resistance group in Afghanistan says it has thousands of people ready to fight. Ali Nazary, head of foreign relations for the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF), told the BBC they want to pursue peaceful negotiations. But, he added, ‘if this fails… then we’re not going to accept any sort of aggression’. The region’s leaders have a history of fierce fighting having fought off  Soviet forces during the Soviet-Afghan war from 1979 to 1989, and the Taliban in the 1990s.

Rotten Luck

John Lydon has lost a High Court battle to stop the Sex Pistols music from being used in a new TV drama. Former drummer Paul Cook and guitarist Steve Jones had sued Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, after he tried to veto the use of the punk group’s songs in a show directed by Danny Boyle. The pair argued that the group had an agreement that such decisions could be taken on a “majority rule basis”.

In court, Lydon said he rejected that deal, likening it to ‘slave labour’.

However, the judge, Sir Anthony Mann, has ruled that the contract was valid and active, and that the majority of the band could overrule any individual member’s veto.


The Paralympics get underway tomorrow, with swimmer Ellie Simmonds and archer John Stubbs carrying the Team GB flag into the opening ceremony. Both athletes will be competing in their fourth Games in Japan. You can see a list of the full schedule for the Paralympics here and Gef will be providing updates as to key moments from the games throughout.

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