I’m sorry Dr Ranson.
The pandemic is not even over and yet we find ourselves dealing with the implications of war in Europe. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and global tension is soaring. Imagine what the world looks like through the eyes of youngsters who can barely remember a time when the world was not […]
With Russia invading performing peacekeeping duties in eastern Ukraine, it has sparked rumours that UEFA will move this year’s Champions League final. Due to be held in St Petersburg on May 28, the final is the grandest affair in European club football, with sponsors and officials given thousands of tickets, […]
SCENARIO: Imagine you’re on holiday, somewhere nice. Maybe you’re on a beach, cocktail in hand, maybe you’re by a pool. You get chatting to another tourist, who is laid out next to you. They point out your rapidly reddening skin and you tell them that they shouldn’t worry about you: […]
I start this off with a disclaimer: I believe there is no such thing as a good Tory (please also note: the views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Gef’s editorial stance- although they should). Yet, what I do enjoy, is a Tory […]
As the cold weather sets in, memories of endless summer nights spent frolicking on Port Erin beach have given way to dark mornings, gale force winds and horizontal rain. Many of us will turn to social media and box sets to keep our minds off the bad news cycle – […]
There is something moving in the dark this weekend, striking fear into the very souls of islanders, a movement of people only wanting more and more. No I don’t mean Manx Gas meter readers, though this group are equally terrifying, it’s trick or treaters. Fortunately this pesky group can be […]
With just a few days until Hop-Tu-Naa, we’ve compiled a list of somewhat culturally relevant costumes that are bound to turn heads. Bernie Sanders Can you believe it was only this year that Bernie Sanders sat in the cold at Biden’s inauguration, wearing those mittens? This is an immensely practical […]
Less than a year since Season 2, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is back: bringing scandal back to BBC 3 (and spoiler alert, anytime there is something vaguely vulgar, Ru is back to remind us that, yes, we are on the BBC). Obviously, Drag Race UK is fantastic: a show that […]
New York has the Met Gala, and we have… well, a limited number of big social events. The swearing in is perhaps the fashion event of the year- and I’m here to be the Manx Joan Rivers (RIP). There’s some interesting outfits, but unfortunately no one took a leaf out […]
On one level, the 2011 general election took place following a period of relative political stability. Tony Brown’s five-year tenure at the helm of the Council of Ministers saw a much steadier ship than the bumper boats ride of the Corkill/Gelling years before. Okay, it may have taken only a […]
I love a cocktail. But do you know what I love more than a cocktail? 120 cocktails. This was the offering from Kiki’s. Their new dispenser is like their lockdown delivery service- except supersized. The service, which launches today, includes a very ‘grammable set up of between 1 and 5 […]
A new hospital will cost you your seat, but trying to sell off Manx Radio won’t – election time in 1996
Paul Speller continues his series of articles looking back at previous general elections, in the run up to polling day on September 23. Today, he takes a look at 1996, which marked the end of an era in the government and signalled what ultimately proved to be a false dawn in party politics.
Gay rights, drawing lots and children in prison – election time in 1991
With the September general election just a few weeks away, we asked Paul Speller if he’d like to share some of his memories of each of the general elections he has helped to cover, starting with 1991.
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 […]
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- […]
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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
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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.
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.