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, […]
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 […]
Funny story: I have a very specific fantasy of playing God, and determining who gets into heaven, and who will face eternal damnation. I’m not convinced I’ll ever get to live out my fantasy, so here’s my naughty and nice list instead. Naughty list Five welders from Donny Yeah lads, […]
Failt ort, my fellow Manxies! As you may have noticed, the British media’s portrayal of Muslims has been pretty negative, resulting in a lot of misrepresentations of the Muslim community, both on and off the Isle of Man. Here are five major misconceptions about being a Manx Muslim. ‘You […]
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 […]
As you might remember from a September article from Gef, the Climate Change Bill 2020 is currently in the legislative process, and is a chance to massively impact the Island’s route to carbon neutrality. It all kicked off in June 2019, when Tynwald voted to create a ‘Climate Emergency Transformation […]
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? […]
I am someone who’s family, because of Covid-19, won’t all be together this Christmas. I haven’t seen some of my friends who live off island for a long time. Many of you will be in the same boat. If you’d have told me this back in March, I’d have laughed […]
We all love a festive film this time of year but it got us thinking, what would some of our all time faves look like if they were set in the Isle of Man? Home Alone Home Alone would be a non-starter in the Isle of Man. The McAllisters would […]
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 […]
After lockdown, we were all just a bit touch-starved. While being single can be sound, when you can’t embrace its freedoms, it’s all a bit lonely. When you’re on your 8th box set, it’s only human to want to have a little cuddle with someone who isn’t your dog (no […]
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 – […]
Jonathan Padi As a Black man, psychologist and former resident of the island, I have been given this platform to speak candidly on the mental health of Black men. Firstly, let’s have a look at how Black men are treated in society. Young Black men are more likely to be […]
Anyone remember not being on the Isle of Man? While we love our fair isle, sometimes seeing what the world has to offer is essential for us to really appreciate what we’ve got. While holidays are, undeniably, class, one of the best parts of our holiday happens before we’ve even […]
The 14th November is recognised globally each year as World Diabetes Day. It’s also the birthday of Frederick Banting, whose work with Charles Best led to the discovery of insulin, a drug used to treat diabetes, in 1921. The aim of the day is to raise as much awareness as […]
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 […]
After working for two years at a Students’ Union, I thought 2019/20 was the right time to go back to university and start a full-time MSc in Applied Linguistics. Two UCU strikes and one pandemic later, I still think I made the right choice. Don’t get me wrong, only having […]
Naturally, University across the water isn’t for everybody. So let me shed some light on arguably one of the best kept secrets on our fair isle. University on the Isle of Man Unlike my counterparts across the water, I chose to undertake my university education based full-time on the Isle […]
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 […]
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 […]
Apparently, I am a university student. I haven’t had any in person learning since March. I was planning to return to a vastly different experience this month with all lectures online but at least the tutorials in person. Now even that has changed. My head is all over the place […]
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 […]
With A-Level results day comes the next chapter in many students lives: university. Or does it? With the ongoing pandemic this venture is looking very different and has made many re-think their decision to make that next leap. We spoke to Caoimhe Wilson, a keen student who will be attending […]
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 […]
Lockdown hey? Remember that? It may already feel like a distant reality, cocooned as we are in our Island bubble, but lockdown has a lot to answer for. Not only did it pen us into our homes, imprisoning us for a three month sentence of Netflix, takeaways and functioning alcoholism; […]
I am the proud mama of a marvellous little boy. I imagine I’ll refer to him a lot throughout my latest ramblings so as I am incognito, I won’t be using his name. Therefore, hence forth when I refer to him I shall use the name of an action movie hero. Little Apollo Creed would want it kept this way…
1. We don’t talk about death enough Death is scary. Talking about it makes you question your own mortality as well as those you love. We don’t want to bring it up for fear of upset – upsetting ourselves and upsetting our loved ones. Once death occurs, we spend time […]
So that’s it – the end of the school year, and what a whirlwind it’s been. And now, just to rub more salt into the wound that is 2020, we turn our attention to the news that Mr Alex Townsend – aka the computer bus man – has retired.
Like most on our island, I haven’t been to Guernsey and we’re all a little bit sceptical as we’ve been in our respective ‘cells’ for some time now, so we ask, WHO are the Guernsey massive?
So why is buying local so important right now? We asked the Head of Economic Affairs for the Economic Affairs Division, Adam Smith.
Question White female here, who’s deeply embarrassed by how long it’s taken her to educate herself on black oppression and black history. My question would be this: I want to stand in solidarity and speak out in solidarity for the black lives matter movement and the black men and women […]
Question I’d like to help to talk to people who feel offended by the conversations going on. Specifically, white friends who feel the narrative is an attack on them when they don’t feel they are racist but equally don’t call out casual racism when they hear it. They reply with […]
The Isle of Man is often cut off from the rest of the world through a shroud of ocean mist. Its seemingly untouched splendour is loved by locals and tourists alike, but how much does this isolation cloud the opinions of those who live on it. It certainly did in […]
The following is written with no bitterness at all but more in the sense of engaging with people who now want to know what it feels like in a small community to wear my skin colour. Here is how it felt to walk in my shoes or, literally, be in my skin.
Should we continue to prosecute people for using cannabis? How does this benefit society? Is it a responsible, ethical and prudent way to spend public money? Giles believes not.
I am writing this as I start two weeks of quarantine… for the second time. By the time I’m allowed out I will have been self-isolating for nearly two months, and none of it within the comfort of my own home . Earlier this week I finally made it back […]
We (Catherine and Alaia) were discussing what it was like being home instead of finishing off our penultimate years at university in Warsaw and St Andrews. As we were chatting, we realised that, while we both love the Isle of Man, the student community here just isn’t what it is […]
Eleanor (better known as Nellie or Nelly) Brennan was the daughter of a laundress in Douglas whose sailor husband had died at sea a month before Nellie was born. Growing up, Nellie helped her mother in laundering and pressing clothes but when Nellie was 16, her mother died and so […]
As COVID-19 spreads around Europe, most people’s knee jerk worry has been the health of themselves and their loved ones. The second is how they will pay for them to live in a now tightly-restricted economy. So, what should you do if you’re a primary carer and your child’s other […]
This is my personal account that I thought it would be interesting for people to understand the circumstances and perhaps help others that come after us to prepare. I am not sugar coating anything, nor am I exaggerating or bending the truth. This is a raw and honest account of my experience and the thoughts I am having, as I have them.
Gef writer, Katie Banks, was one of the 5 who tested positive for Covid – 19 today.
Here she gives us the ins and outs on symptoms and the importance of sticking to the rules.
Although it’s a scary topic, this is a bloody brilliant read. So grab your #howardoclock bev and settle in…
Ahh the Star Wars Bar <3 It’s a mecca for those wild, great nights you can’t remember; when the pubs have closed and you’re too pissed to even utter the word ‘Blackjack’, let alone hit the casino. At 1am, the Star Wars bar is your non-judgemental, equal opportunities haven. And […]