Opinion

IWD 2021: Women In History

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 […]

Mystic Chess

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 […]

From Calm Seas to Choppy Waters

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 […]

Quing’s Stories of Hope

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 […]

Quing’s Stories of Hope

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 […]

Quing’s Stories of Hope

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, […]

Quing’s Stories of Hope

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 […]

Quing’s Stories of Hope

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 […]

Quing’s Stories of Hope

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 first entered the care system when I was seven and had no stability, it felt […]

Quing’s New Dr

Dr Em Mardlin, a former Harley street consultant therapist and clinical practitioner in mind body medicine, has recently relocated to the island and is now working with mental health charity Quing. In the second of two pieces following her appointment, Dr Em tells us why she supports Quing’s work, why […]

Mending a Broken Heart in Lockdown

Breakups are painful and lockdown is tough. Blend both together and you’ve got yourself a monster cocktail of mentally draining TURMOIL. Heartbreak comes in all kinds of intensities and that’s down to a plethora of variables; how long you were dating, how messy it ended, who dumped who, how the […]

It Could’ve Been Much Worse

We’ve been lucky on the Isle of Man, from the first warning signs of an outbreak on New Years’ Eve, we’ve acted quickly and mostly quite sensibly, but what has happened around us? Just as we’re heading back out of our own Lockdown 2.0, Guernsey is in theirs, with over […]

It Could’ve Been Much Worse

We’ve been lucky on the Isle of Man, from the first warning signs of an outbreak on New Years’ Eve, we’ve acted quickly and mostly quite sensibly, but what has happened around us? Just as we’re heading back out of our own Lockdown 2.0, Guernsey is in theirs, with over […]

Grief in Isolation

Adrian Robinson, who travelled to the UK for his Mum’s funeral and is now back on the Isle of Man, self-isolating for at least two weeks. He has been living on the Isle of Man with his wife and daughter for nearly five years. His mother died in the UK […]

A Son’s Tale of Lockdown Travel

Adrian Robinson has been living on the Isle of Man for nearly five years. He works as Head of New Product Development at plan.com and lives with his wife and daughter in Santon. His mother died on 17 December after falling down the stairs and being hospitalised with a dislocated […]

Mending a Broken Heart in Lockdown

Breakups are painful and lockdown is tough. Blend both together and you’ve got yourself a monster cocktail of mentally draining TURMOIL. Heartbreak comes in all kinds of intensities and that’s down to a plethora of variables; how long you were dating, how messy it ended, who dumped who, how the […]

Blue Monday

Why is Blue Monday known as the ‘most depressing day of the year?  Well, someone once did a calculation that suggested today is the one day of the year when a range of factors collide to make us feel pretty awful. Bad weather, post-Christmas debt, disappointment from failing at New […]

What to Watch

Last lockdown we were all enthralled with Tiger King. Thankfully the misery of that show has evaded us this time around, but what else is there to make sure everyone can find something to watch? Period Dramas If you like your fancy frocks and horse carriage based pieces, you can’t […]

New Years Resolutions 2021

Who else is ready to say a fond farewell and f*ck off to 2020? This year has been a shocker globally. However, we’re all about welcoming the #posivibes in 2021 with some New Year’s Resolutions.  Be more creative with our baking While we all missed Mr B’s (other bakeries are […]

Access Denied: Part 6

Throughout Christmas week, Gef has been talking to people about their experiences of being separated from their families. This woman who contacted us said that difficulties with shared parenting has left her and her daughter in a cycle of isolation. She has shared with Gef the letter she sent to […]

Access Denied: Part 5

Throughout Christmas week Gef is talking to people about their experiences of being separated from their families. Both these people spoke to us before the newly announced border restrictions. A woman who emailed Gef after reading another person’s experience told us she wanted to ‘encourage conversation on the Island about […]

Access Denied: Part 4

Throughout Christmas week Gef is talking to people about their experiences of being separated from their families. Both of these people spoke to us before the new border restrictions were announced on Tuesday December 22. Here a woman tells us how her son’s health problems have made the year much […]

Access Denied: Part 3

In the days before Christmas Gef is talking to people about their experiences of being separated from their families. Today a woman who moved to the UK tells us how her family has been unable to support her sister through a difficult year with a newborn baby. She spoke to […]

Access Denied: Part 2

In the run up to Christmas, Gef is speaking to people who have found themselves stuck off island and unable to return due to the border closure. One man who contacted us told Gef about how he and his fiance, who are both from the island but work in London, […]

Access Denied: Part 1

Since the island’s borders were effectively closed in March, the Great Manx Public has been a bit split on when they should reopen and who should be allowed to travel. This week Gef has spoken to several people who have been affected by the mental strain of being apart, particularly […]

Love In The Time Of Corona

Why can’t I find a man like Dale McLaughlan? Love has always been a fickle thing. But love in a time of swipe-for-someone-better, ghost-me-if-you-don’t-like-me, deliveroo-style dating is especially feeble. Dating apps play with our little monkey brains, reminding us that there’s always someone newer, better, fresher around the corner. It’s […]

IVF During a Pandemic

The Covid pandemic brought nearly all other medicine to a standstill, including fertility treatments. Gef has talked to an expecting mother about her and her partner’s experience of IVF in 2020 including masking up and why pineapples were so important. What restrictions were in place when you were undergoing treatment? […]

What Is OnlyFans?

From Beyoncé lyrics to BBC documentaries, it appears that this year OnlyFans is everywhere. Gef put back on his investigative journalism fedora to get all the details.  So what is OnlyFans? OnlyFans is a platform designed for users to create content for “fans”. It’s all behind a paywall, with users […]

Eat, Drink And Be Merry?

Eat, Drink And Be Merry? The reality of living with an eating disorder during the “most wonderful time of the year”. Christmas is often thought of as a relaxing time of year – time spent with family and friends, eating good food and drinking one too many (mulled) wines – […]

A Love Letter to: Woolies

Earlier this week, there was an incredibly cruel Twitter hoax, in which an unauthorised Twitter account claiming to be former legendary high street giant, Woolworths, claimed that the shop was going to have an iconic comeback. The tweet hit the presses, and caused a LOAD of excitement. Woolies is perhaps […]

The Manx Events Fund Debate

The 500k domestic events fund, announced as part of the 100m Economic Recovery, is now open for applications. This week’s vox pop asked what YOU would do with the money to spice up island life. Here are your thoughts: Festivals Islanders are KEEN for a festival on the island. Whether […]

A Love Letter to: The Woody

This year, The Woodbourne pub celebrates its 125th birthday. Built in 1895, there have been punters cutting about The Woody since Queen Vic was on the throne. The Woody is one of the last real community pubs on the island, so it would be rude to not write a tribute […]

A Love Letter to the ‘Supermanx’ T-shirt

There have been a few items of clothing that have become cultural phenomenons. There was last year’s Zara dress, an inoffensive, universally flattering polka-dot dress that was favourited by millennial women for cocktails and brunch with the girls (avocado toast all ‘round, obvo). There was also that Topman t-shirt from […]

Manx Micro-trends of Lockdown

As the memories of lockdown begin to fade, as do the many weird and wonderful trends which corona brought with it. With so many shared experiences, who’d have thought a global pandemic would have made us more connected than ever? Here we have highlighted what we think are 10 of […]