The Isle of Man Steam Railway Supporters’ Association has launched a Fundraising Appeal to help return engine No.5 Mona to public display condition after nearly 50 years in storage and partial dismantlement.

They need to raise £12,000 for the work, which would include sourcing a number of fittings which have been ‘borrowed’ for in-service locomotives over many years, re-assembly of the locomotive and fitting of brass name plates and a brass numeral to the side tanks.

In a post on its website, the SRSA said: ‘The Association has secured an agreement to purchase one of the original name plates for re-fitting to No.5 Mona and from which a copy will be made and also fitted. Both of the original name plates were sold with the engine into private ownership back in 1978.

‘Working in partnership with Isle of Man Railways, the aim is to complete the cosmetic restoration in time for the 150th anniversary of the Railway in 2023. With your generous support, No.5 Mona can play her part in celebrating that significant milestone and thereafter be available for public display.’

You can read more and find out how to donate, here.


Douglas Council has voted to install cashless pay and display machines in Noble’s Park, as part of an effort to clamp down on abandoned vehicles. The machines will be installed in the area know as the Boneyard, where motorhomes will be charged £10 a night, as well as the area between Police HQ and the Grandstand, which will be £1 per day for other vehicles.

Councillor Andrew Bentley moved to reassure people that there would still be plenty of six hour disc parking for people wishing to use the park throughout the day and said the nominal charge was part of the Council being able to prove people had ‘overstayed their welcome’.

A decision to install the pay and display machines was taken over a year ago and this week’s vote was purely about what sort of machine would be installed.

Blind Date

A swift Covid-19 lockdown in China has reportedly led to a woman getting stuck at the house of a man she met on a blind date.  A woman, only identified as Ms Wang, posted on Chinese social media platform WeChat last week that she had got locked down with her date after visiting his house for a meal. 

In the post, she said that she had recently returned to the city of Zhengzhou from Guangzhou ahead of the Lunar New Year. ‘I’m getting quite old, so my parents arranged more than 10 blind dates for me,’ she said in this post. She wrote that her fifth date had said ‘he was good at cooking, and invited me to his house so he could cook a meal’.


I suspect this isn’t going to be the last time we mention Boris this week. The PM is facing calls to go from more MPs now as William Wragg, Caroline Nokes and Roger Gale joined Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross in calling on him to go.

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