Building Mann

UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man is to host a webinar on the island’s built heritage next month.

Mann Made: Built Heritage and a Sustainable Future takes place between 1pm-2.30pm on Wednesday 9 February, and is free to attend.

The webinar will be presented by three experts in the field: Ross Brazier, Principal Registered Buildings Officer for the Isle of Man Government; John-Paul Walker, Historic Buildings Architect with Manx National Heritage, and Martyn Thomas, co-founder of architects horncastle:thomas.

Clare Barber, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture and Vice-Chair of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man, said: ‘The three Biospheres have taken it in turns to share aspects of life within them and broaden knowledge. It has been a really interesting series and has allowed us to forge even stronger links with Ireland’s two Biospheres.’

To register for the webinar, click here.

TT Auction

Items and trophies belonging to TT racer Derek Williams are going up for auction this week. The lots include a 1960s Cromwell motorcycle racing helmet with hand-painted red Lancashire Rose motif, bearing four applied Isle of Man Scrutineers stickers, similar AJS motorcycle racing helmet and a pair of black leather calf length motorcycle boots with rear zips. Also up for grabs are 10 TT replica trophies and a collection of other pieces.

You can see the lots here, lots 28, 29 and 30.

Find Malik A Wife

An absolutely brilliant story from the UK.

A bachelor has taken to advertising himself on huge billboards across Birmingham and London in the hope of finding his soul mate.  Mohammad Malik, 29, has set up a website www.findmalikawife.com and has plastered his picture on several advertising hoardings across the cities.

Drivers can see Mohammad on a 20ft billboard showing him lying on his side pointing upwards with a big smile and joking: ‘Save me from an arranged marriage.’

Speaking to ITV, he said: ‘I think arranged marriages have a place and tradition in many Islamic cultures. In fact, there are many studies that show that arranged marriages have many advantages. I just want to try and find someone on my own first.’

Boris Doubles Down

Double vaccinated passengers will no longer have to take pre-departure Covid tests in England from 4am on Friday, the UK government has said.  Those fully jabbed will also not be required to self-isolate while awaiting test results after arriving in England. If they arrive after 4am on Sunday, they will be able to take a lateral flow test on day two and only need a PCR if the result is positive. The test changes come after travel firms called for them to be removed.

Not Guilty

Four people accused of illegally removing a statue of Edward Colston have been cleared of criminal damage. Sage Willoughby, Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford, and Jake Skuse, were charged after a monument to the 17th Century slave trader was pulled down and thrown into Bristol’s harbour last June. It happened during a Black Lives Matter protest in the city.

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