This week’s horoscopes from Mystic Chess
People of Colour Isle of Man (POC IOM) are hosting a festival – Culture Festival on Saturday August 21, at The Nunnery to celebrate their one year anniversary. The jam packed day will include entertainment for all age groups and will features stalls from local businesses plus live music in […]
Here’s a quick quiz for you. Which Manx news story of the last few weeks hasn’t made you want to run away screaming, with your hands over your ears? You win again, the correct answer is indeed the unveiling of the statues of The Bee Gees. The Brothers Gibb, cast […]
POC IOM’s Culture Fest is a celebration of the diverse people and cultures we have on the Isle of Man and how they come together to define what it exactly means to be Manx. The festival, which takes place on August 21 at The Nunnery, Douglas, will see music, art, […]
Manx creative Rachel Miles has worked on campaigns for Strictly Come Dancing, The Hundred and now the BBC’s Tokyo 2020 coverage.
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So what can you expect as a family turning up to Culture Fest, well, where to begin? We’ve planned our Culture Fest afternoon with families and children at the heart of it all. Most food vendors will be offering children’s portions at lower prices and there will be a dedicated […]
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18) If you have something to share with the world, and you don’t know how to say it: interpretive dance is always a winner. Pisces (Feb 19- Mar 20) A strong feeling of surprising ease always proceeds to the realisation that you’ve failed to do […]
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18) Someone who will change your world will enter your life, Aquarius. Unfortunately, it’ll be at the end of the year. Hang tight and be bored until then, I guess? Pisces (Feb 19- Mar 20) If ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away, try […]
Whilst we’ve all heard the depressing stories of business closures during the Covid pandemic, it’s not been all doom and gloom. The world has seen a boom in small businesses as people make use of their time at home and the Isle of Man is no different.
POC IOM celebrated its first birthday in June 2021 and, ever since, we have spoken about the idea of hosting some sort of celebratory event, not only to commemorate the work that we have done, but also to shed light on the plethora of cultures we have here on the […]
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18) If you delude yourself that you enjoy your own company this week, you can deal with being alone a lot better. Pisces (Feb 19- Mar 20) What good has choosing the high road ever done for anybody? Choose violence this week. Aries (Mar 21- […]
It’s been over a year since there has been a series of Love Island on our screens. But now, with the footie on, sun (somewhat) out and a bunch of half-dressed twenty-somethings on our screens, it feels like summer is truly here. On Monday, there was a naive conversation in […]
So, we’re not fully out of the panny d, but restrictions are lifting and that includes travel- my biggest passion in life. Having spent the best part of the last two years on the island and in a (fairly remote) mountain town in the French Alps, leaving the island and […]
On the last series of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK, in a mini challenge, Tia Kofi was declared to be ‘baroness basic’: a title that overshadowed the rest of her performance on the show. By the way, if you don’t know what Ru Paul’s Drag Race is, this article isn’t […]
My brother is gay and it took him a long time to come out of the closet. Raised by three strong women, he always knew he had support. However, having been teased at school and not getting the support he needed from his dad, he was reclusive into his early […]
Back in August 2019, when Nathan Harrison completed his Manx Grand Prix double, none of us could have thought that it would be over two years before we would see racing on the world’s most famous road circuit. Now, with the countdown to TT22 well underway, Gef sat down with […]
It’s been one year since eight acquaintances sat on Zoom to figure out how to raise awareness and educate the island on matters to do with racism – It’s been a year since POC IOM was born and they’ve achieved a LOT in 12 months. Here they tell their story of their journey so far.
Ahead of the island’s first Pride Festival, Gef sat down for a cuppa with Alan Shea to discuss the event itself, the 1991 Tynwald Day protest and young couples being free to express themselves.
In 2021, people question why we need Pride. In the UK and in the Isle of Man we have equal marriage, there are gay people on TV, and most people like to think themselves pretty tolerant. As an out and proud gay Manxie myself, I’ve seen a lot of progress: […]
When many of us were 15, we were awkward, grouchy teenagers trying to fit in and pay just enough attention in school to pass GCSEs. But Archie Veale found himself in Alder Hey Hospital fighting for his life after a vicious infection attacked his body. Now 22 Archie has told […]
In this week’s two-part long read, series, local woman ‘V March’ talks about sex and the lack of it and how mainstream media has a big part to play in how sex is portrayed.
I went for a walk through town this week and I realised something, there are far fewer empty spaces than I thought there were and most of those empty units have the same thing in common. You see, for any talk of empty units and a dying high street, look […]
As the drawbridge creaks just those extra few inches and the island prepares to (hopefully) open back up on June 28, Gef has spoken to three travel companies about consumer confidence in coming to and going off the island. We previously spoke to Rikki Dunnage from Island Travel, Ged Power, […]
In Susan Sontag’s Notes on Camp, Sontag defines the essence of camp as “its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration”. What, then, could be more camp than Eurovision? Eurovision is what a European Parliament meeting would look like if it was run by drag queens. Except, of course, […]
As the gov unveils another round of salary support for businesses in the travel and tourism sector, hospitality business owners are still seeking gov support. The latest round of salary support covers the period April 25 to May 23 for businesses which can demonstrate a reduction in revenue of at […]
In a slightly delayed release, Sam Turton chats to Paul Jones about the European Super League, FC Isle of Man and its role in the community and the dreaming of the FA Cup
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Laura Cretney is a Manx PhD student researching conflict in the Middle East. She has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Middle East Politics and Arabic and has lived in the region intermittently over the last eight years. She has worked in international development and also runs the Middle East blog and online shop Pink Jinn.
In 2019, DHSC Minister David Ashford promised the establishment of an M.E. Service pilot scheme in 2019 with a full service established by April 2020 but nothing has yet materialised.
Recently, Gef ran a poll and asked readers if they voted in the last election, with 48% responding with ‘no’. Here, Emma Cox from Gef explains why she’s part of the 48% and why she plans on losing her ‘V’ this election year.
This third lockdown has really revealed how ugly I can be. My post-lockdown 2 hairdressing appointment was scheduled for March (still, far too late), and cancelled because of lockdown three. I can’t get an appointment until the end of May (to my boss: this is my formal request for the […]
It’s June 2012, England has just been knocked out of the Euros by Italy, anticipation is growing for the world’s best athletes to compete at London 2012 and a counter-terrorist police raid results in the death of an innocent man when raiding the wrong flat, DS Steve Arnott refuses to […]
“Humanity is spending Earth’s resources as if there were two Earths.” For Earth Day 2021, Green Party Committee member Sarah Mercer reflects why we need to act now to help our planet.
As Lockdown 3 draws to a close and schools prepare to reopen on Monday, father-of-two and journalist Paul Speller reflects on a year of on/off home learning and warns that there is much more to do before we can say the kids are alright.
Two things Gef loves: buying wine and supporting local businesses. That’s why we LOVE Wine Cellar’s deliveries, which bring wine, beer, and spirits straight to your door. Click to find out why buying wine locally is the best way to buy…
Introducing crab diaries: like a love letter, for everything we don’t love. Don’t expect posi vibes, this is a column for all our pent up Karen feelz.
This week, we’re (ironically?) having a moan about anonymous crabs.
EGaming is a relatively new industry, but it’s one that’s taking over the island. It’s big business, with big opportunities- but how much do you really know about the industry? We chatted with our mates over at Amber Gaming to bust some of the myths surrounding one of the quickest growing industries.
Mitzi Danielson-Kaslik, 17, is publishing her first novel. Palvine, is a young-adult novel, following an unnamed narrator as she becomes involved with the titular Sylvester Spence Palvine, who has been wrongly assumed to be the perpetrator of a murderer- resulting in his two-year period of hiding.
We all know how lockdown has been for adults- but what about the kids? We’re wanting to hear from young people about their experiences for our new series, ‘Lockdown Diaries’. Whether lockdown has exposed that homeschooling is your thing, or that you’ve found a new passion stuck in the house. […]