Election time 2016: missing ballot boxes and national anthem grumbles
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.
The pubs are shut. You’ve probably noticed. The extra time at home has given me more of a chance to study social media. So that’s just peachy. I know, I know – I should be using the time to read inspiring novels, repoint the brickwork and knit my own yogurt. […]
Are you struggling to find a healthy way to mentally escape the strains of coronavirus during lockdown? An ‘awe-walk’ might just do the trick. Unlike regular walking, the purpose of an ‘awe-walk’ is to stray away from personal worries and inner thoughts of ‘what’s for lunch’ by focusing on the […]
Former newspaper editor Paul Speller has been a journalist in the Isle of Man for more than 30 years. Now freelance, he has covered Tynwald and politics for longer than any of the current crop have been in parliament. There are two things no decent journalist expects when they start […]
I was watching an episode of Line of Duty and in it Thandi Newton steals some evidence to hide a murder she has committed. She looks over her shoulder nervously, scanning to make sure no one is in sight. She moves quickly, the atmosphere is tense. Again, she checks over […]
Imagine Facebook, but instead of being full of really weird Wish ads (just me?) and baby pics, it’s just full of your really sweet aunties that are relentlessly supportive and love a meme. That’s exactly what Isle of Man Ladies Lock down is. Created by Karen Hannah in the first […]
I could actually fill a book with the lives of the inspiring, strange, brave, scary, and fascinating women from Manx history. (Note to self: add this to list of potential book ideas.) Nevertheless, a word count is still a word count, even on International Women’s Day, so here’s just four […]
Now it’s easy to see that we have some pretty incredible women on the Isle of Man (I mean, we all think our mum is our very own Wonder Woman, right?), however what if I told you that the real-life inspo for the actual Wonder Woman comic books was born […]
Here is your weekly dose of Horoscopes curated by Chess Bradley AKA Mystic Chess. Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) It is possible you’ll meet someone who could change your life this week. Unlikely though, unless it is in the aisles of Tesco, or at the test centre… Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) […]
I think it goes without saying that these are unique times. Approx 72 emotions per day at least, and that’s even before scrolling through other people’s vortex of emotions on Facebook and Twitter. In the words of Mr Keating, ‘Life is a Rollercoaster” – inspiring, I know. In amongst the […]
We’re all tired of hearing that word, you know the one I’m talking about, the one that begins with a C. It’s affected our lives for almost 12 months now. Even on the Isle of Man, where we’ve been free from lockdown on and off for a while, it’s still […]
Here is your weekly dose of Horoscopes curated by Chess AKA Mystic Chess. Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) You’re inclined to make mistakes this week. This is a sign not to get back with your ex. Or do. I’m not your Mum. Pisces (Feb 19-March 20) It’s your birthday season! You’re […]
Liverpool FC Manager Jurgen Klopp Last season, after 30 years, Liverpool Football Club won the Premier League. However, despite a good start this season, my beloved Liverpool are now languishing in sixth with defensive injuries piled up, a strike force failing to make the magic happen and a midfield that […]
As I sit here writing this, I’m currently experiencing what I think is our third miscarriage. My partner on the sofa next to me, crazy tired after a day full of meetings but not leaving my side. I look at him and feel so incredibly lucky while simultaneously trying to […]
Since we closed our borders March 27 2020, the island’s freight companies have kept our supermarkets stocked, our fridges full and provided a link to the outside world. Of them all, the taxpayer owned arms length Steam Packet Company has been heralded by the gov as our lifeline, with the […]
With Strand Street looking a tad sparse these days thanks to Arcadia going bust, we asked you what you’d like to see on our high street. More local shops A LOT of you were big on supporting local. To aide this, many of you wanted to see reduced rates and […]
There are some things we do on the island that are the biggest and/or best. Cheese? Best in the world. Chess Bradley, writer? Best in the world. Great Laxey Wheel? Biggest and best in the world. While our high street may not be the biggest (nor best) in the world, […]
As part of our Love at First Show campaign with the Villa Gaiety, couples have been sharing their experience of the role the VG played in their love story. Today Georgia and Damian tell us how they went from cast mates to soul mates. Georgia and Damian met when auditioning […]
Members of the community mental health charity Quing have shared their experiences of the support it has given them and how it helped them to help themselves and others. All stories have been anonymised. I was diagnosed with bipolar in 2004. In 2008 I fell into such a deep depression […]
Members of the community mental health charity Quing have shared their experiences of the support it has given them and how it helped them to help themselves and others. All stories have been anonymised. My childhood was unhappy, unstable, abusive but I do have a few happy memories. I had […]
We asked you for your Villa Gaiety love stories and you sent us some beauties! This story is quite literally hot as hell, centering around everyone’s favourite 70s-inspired jukebox musical, Disco Inferno. When Kate went to audition for the Manx Operatic Society’s Disco Inferno, she expected to be part of […]
Members of the community mental health charity Quing have shared their experiences of the support it has given them and how it helped them to help themselves and others. All stories have been anonymised. When I left the Military I was in a mess, head spinning, explosive emotions, and self-isolating, […]
Paul Craine, author of the Isle of Man Population Atlas, has revealed some concerning figures which indicate a poor future for the island’s long term population. He says that not only are birthdays down 35% over the last 10 years, but the number of babies being born on the island […]
This year, we have teamed up with the VillaGaiety, to bring you Love at First Show: celebrating all the romantic moments at their venues. WARNING: tissues at the ready, this one is desperately romantic. This story features regular Gaiety performer and hopeless romantic Joshua Moore. Back in 2017, Joshua was […]
Members of the community mental health charity Quing have shared their experiences of the support it has given them and how it helped them to help themselves and others. All stories have been anonymised. I am a man with a huge history of drink and drug problems. I had tried […]
Members of the community mental health charity Quing have shared their experiences of the support it has given them and how it helped them to help themselves and others. All stories have been anonymised. My background is massively chaotic, with mental health problems, addiction, homelessness, isolation. I am sure that […]