Beach Buddies

The beach cleaning charity will make its first visit of the year to Ballaugh this weekend with a volunteer event on Sunday, January 23, from 10.30am to 12pm. Founder Bill Dale said: ‘Last week we had the pleasure of meeting 11 new volunteers to join in our session which was once again attended by the Lieutenant Governor Sir John Lorimer and Lady Lorimer, with around 200kgs of rubbish collected by the 88 volunteers in total – the biggest number of volunteers for some time. 

‘Beach Buddies provides all the necessary equipment (gloves, bags, litter pickers) and we remove all the items collected, recycling as much as we can afterwards including plastics, glass, tin cans, hard plastics and metals. The remainder goes to the EFW (Energy From Waste plant) to be turned into free electricity. If you have never been before, then please come along and join in. No need to register, just turn up if you can and join in and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome. We love seeing new volunteers. Families are particularly welcome.’

Sheep Facts

DEFA has once again astounded us with a bit of sheep info. The dept said that all of the island’s sheep produce around 120,000kg of wool per year? That’s enough to make make at least two wooly jumpers for every adult on the Isle of Man. This wool is graded on Island and is mainly sold into the UK wool market, with some Loaghtan wool retained and sold locally. If this is to become a weekly event, we’re all for it.

Guild Deadline

Entries for the 2022 Manx Music Speech & Dance Festival in association with Dandara will close on Saturday February 5.

This year’s event will be held from April 23 to 30 at the Villa Marina. New classes for 2022 include Group Mime, Group Ballet, Songs from the Musicals for Years 3 to 8 and a themed class titled ‘Anything Goes’, with an ABBA theme. The Adult Stand-Up Comedy and Duet for Years 3 to 6, which debuted in 2018, will also return, as well as the well-established favourites. 

Chairman of the Guild, Anne Clarke, said: ‘The Guild is back after a two-year break and we cannot wait for its highly anticipated return. With nearly 200 classes in music, speech, drama and dance across Guild week, there is something for everyone whether you are a complete beginner or an accomplished performer. We usually see around 3,500 performers over the course of the week and after such a long hiatus we’re hoping to see lots of new and returning faces. As always, we must say a special thank you to our headline sponsor Dandara. Without its support we would not be able to put on the Festival – its backing is truly invaluable.’

False Bananan

Scientists say the plant enset, an Ethiopian staple, could be a new superfood and a lifesaver in the face of climate change. The banana-like crop has the potential to feed more than 100 million people in a warming world, according to a new study. The plant is almost unknown outside of Ethiopia, where it is used to make porridge and bread. Research suggests the crop can be grown over a much larger range in Africa.

Like a Bat Out of Hell

No doubt you will have heard that Meat Loaf, whose Bat Out Of Hell album is one of the best-selling of all time, has died at the age of 74. Having also made a name for himself as an actor, Meat Loaf appeared in Rocky Horror Picture Show, Wayne’s World and most famously Fight Club.

His family posted the following earlier today:

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