Lunchtime Listens

One of Manx National Heritage’s most popular events, the lunchtime listens, are back. The lunches, which offer the opportunity to eavesdrop on the sounds and voices of the island’s past, present an immersive experience for the deliberately small audiences who sit to enjoy hearing people recall their childhood, family and memories of living and working in the Isle of Man as far back as a century ago.

The first ‘Lunchtime Listen’ will take place on Wednesday 6 October when the voice of Janet Gibb (pictured below) will be heard by visitors from the dining room of her home, The Grove. Janet grew up and lived at The Grove nearly all her life. In 1973, aged 95, she was interviewed by the Manx Museum about her life, her family, sticky buns and of course The Grove.   

Food continues to be the theme for the second lunchtime listen which takes place at Rushen Abbey on Tuesday October 12, where a jam factory was once in operation and strawberry and cream tea dances a popular attraction.  This will be followed on Wednesday October 20 at Cregneash about farming and Wednesday November 17 at the House of Manannan about fishing.

‘Lunchtime Listen’ tickets cost £10, including refreshments, with tickets available online at

The lunchtime listening events will be followed by a further opportunity to hear more about the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project in a lunchtime public lecture at the Manx Museum on Wednesday 27 October to mark UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.  Tickets for the lecture are available free of charge at

Consumer Protection

The Isle of Man Financial Services Authority is supporting a global campaign to highlight the importance of investor education and protection.

World Investor Week is promoted by the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and this year’s themes focus on sustainable finance, and the prevention of frauds and scams. The 2021 campaign, which runs from October 4 to 10, builds on previous initiatives that have raised awareness of matters such as the basics of investing, initial coin offerings, digital assets, and investing online.

A host of major international organisations take part in World Investor Week to provide tips and guidance aimed at creating smarter investors. Protecting consumers is one of the Financial Services Authority’s regulatory objectives, complementing its work to reduce financial crime and maintain confidence in the island’s financial services sector. The Authority publishes a comprehensive range of information on its website at www.iomfsa.imand via its social media channels.

Black History Month

Author, TV presenter and diversity expert June Sarpong OBE, and former international footballer Shaka Hislop, will take part in AILO events to celebrate Black History MonthAILO – the Association for International Life Offices which has several member companies here on the island – is supporting the initiative as part of its commitment to showing leadership on diversity and inclusion in the life sector. Vicki Hotchkiss, Head of Talent and Organisation Development at Canada Life and a member AILO’s Diversity and Inclusion committee, said: ‘We’re delighted to be supporting the month with two Canada Life International virtual events for our employees that are both inspired by the ‘Proud To Be’ theme of this year’s Black History Month campaign. The first features retired footballer Shaka Hislop who played an instrumental role in getting the Show Racism The Red Card campaign off the ground and is now the charity’s Honorary President. The second event features TV presenter, diversity expert and award-winning author June Sarpong OBE. She will talk about her career and many achievements, including her role as the BBC’s Director of Creative Diversity. We’re extremely grateful to June and Shaka for their support.’

Beach Buddies

Bill Dale and the Beach Buddies, which remains a great name for folk music band, are heading, for the very first time as a team of volunteers, to White Strand, just outside Peel. Bill said: ‘

Beach Buddies has been there many times over the years with just one or two people at a time, but we have never previously organised a team event, so this is something of an occasion for us.Please park carefully, as space is limited and you will all have to leave vehicles on the A road. Please park only on the west side of the road (ie: on the left if you’re driving from Peel towards Kirk Michael). We meet – as normal – at 10.30am and finish no later than 12 noon. This is a day when the Manx Wildlife Trust will also be there hosting a “Mindfulness” event, and it will be good to join with them.’

Moni Talks

Moni Talks, a new approach to cryptocurrency, has been officially announced. Isle of Man company Moni Talks is a dedicated global platform devoted to the crypto community and founded on principles of integrity, transparency, responsibility, and security. It aims to deliver choice, education and a home to the crypto community. The new business has already created 10 jobs in its Douglas office, with more positions to be filled in the coming weeks.

Incorporated in the Isle of Man and registered with the island’s Financial Supervision Authority, Moni Talks puts the safety of its users to the fore. The business has partnered with industry-leading global names to ensure secure wallet provision and disaster recovery, insurance for crypto in storage and transfer, full KYC and AML verification, and multiple liquidity providers.

Sarah Everard

Wayne Couzens is believed to have been in a WhatsApp group with five police officers who are being investigated for gross misconduct. The officers allegedly shared ‘discriminatory’ messages – including misogynistic content. Couzens raped and murdered Sarah Everard while working for the Met, after kidnapping her in a fake arrest. The London force faces questions over whether it missed chances to stop him, and has issued safety advice to women. Five serving officers and one former officer are under investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) for allegedly distributing messages between March and October 2019 which were discovered during Ms Everard’s murder investigation.

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