For Cluck’s Sake

TWO bespoke-sized poultry coop extensions were removed from their location on Mill Race, Sulby some time between Saturday 13 and Wednesday 17 November. Both runs are constructed in a similar style to the one pictured; large and painted green. If you have any information to assist the investigation, please contact Ramsey Police Station on 812234 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

HE is Back

Those of us of a certain age will remain when the Crazy Frog beat Coldplay to number 1 and stayed at the top of the charts for four weeks. Well it’s back. Returning in December, the Frog’s latest comeback will be a mash-up of classic hits inspired by TikTok trends.

The decision to release new music follows an increase in interest on YouTube, according to Wolfgang Boss, president of A&R for Sony Music, who has produced and owns all of Crazy Frog’s music through his Mach 1 record label.

‘When we started Crazy Frog, there was no TikTok, it didn’t exist,’ Boss said. ‘But right now TikTok is super important. It’s basically the number one platform for people to share new music and funny things connected with music.’

Tynwald Carol Concert

The Tynwald Christmas Carol Service will be held at St Mary of the Isle, Hill Street, Douglas, at 1.10 pm on Thursday December 16.

President of Tynwald Laurence Skelly extends an invitation to all members of the public and the local business community to join Members and officers of Tynwald at the event. A retiring collection will be made and the service is expected to finish at approximately 2pm, after which those attending are most welcome to stay for refreshments.

End of the Line

The government has scrapped the Leeds leg of the HS2 high-speed rail line as part of a package that ministers promise will transform services. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has told the Commons the overhaul will bring faster journeys up to 10 years earlier than planned. HS2 trains were to run on a new East Midlands-Leeds high-speed line, but will now run on existing routes.  Critics accused Mr Shapps of breaking investment promises. Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon said it was ‘the betrayal of trust, the betrayal of promises and the betrayal of investment the north of England and the Midlands deserve’.

Chinese Tennis Star

The head of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has cast doubt on an email released by Chinese state media attributed to tennis player Peng Shuai. The tennis star has not been heard from since she made sexual assault allegations against a top Chinese government official two weeks ago.

In the email, Ms Peng purportedly says the allegations are ‘not true’. Steve Simon, chairman of the WTA, said the message ‘only raises’ his concerns about Ms Peng’s safety. He said: ‘ have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her.’

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