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Yup!  It's true!  Just in time for TT Festival 2006, Basking sharks have arrived near the Isle of Man! I've heard of hammer heads, but motor heads?  There have been 25+ sightings of these creatures at the south end of the island, near Port Erin, Port St Mary and around the Calf of Man. They are harmless and kinda cute.  Let us know if you spot them!  new shark



The BBC website's "Where I Live" has a good conversation about the perceptions people have about the Isle of Man. It covers technology, weather, sovereignty, famous residents and more. There are more than 30 comments..have a look!

Wisdom



We have more than 40,000 visitors to our island during the TT Festival and, I'm like, tons of you must be bloggers! Welcome to you all.  So I'm checking the blogosphere out to see how you like us so far. Here's what I found so far…

Here, a speed enthusiast shares his concern about some friends that were injured in a racing accident.  

Here, this doctor who claims to be an award winning writer shows us all his lazy brain…I remember my English teacher telling us that steretypes are a big no no.

This guy reams SuperChannel for dropping coverage of the TT.

For peeps that want to keep up on the day's racing you can check out this guys's updates.

Nature enthusiasts posted some nice pix here.

That's just a smattering fyi.  Hope you all have loverly time. Watch out for our ferocious Manx cats. And, Keep us posted!



Yup.  It's finally here The TT Festival 2006 and about 40,000 visitors are here in the Isle of Man for the party.  The first practice session is tonight with more than 200 competitors from 18 countries taking part. The first race, Superbike takes place next Saturday. Yippee!

TT RACE



It's time for my dental check up and I'm soooooooooooo nervous.  I just hate sitting back in that chair and getting my gums picked with a crochet hook. Yikes…ouch!

So I'm a bit nervous when I enter the Prime Choice Dental Centre on Ridgeway Street in Douglas. But the place is soooooooooo modern, cool and clean.  The nice chap at reception offers me coffee, supplied by Spill the Beans.  Nice. 

The surgery is brand spanking new and glistening white.  The dentist is very friendly.  I'm in and out in 10 minutes and it doesn't hurt a bit. I get to see my teeth on camera, nice touch.  The dentist  doesn't need to see me for another year.  Result! Now I'm smiling.



Trixie and I go to Fiesta Havana on Wellington Street in Douglas (near M&S).  The place has a great buzz about it.  All the tables are full and everyone is smiling and happy.  The music is great. The food is fabulous…we both opt for fajitas. I get duck, and she gets chicken.  V v v yummy and filling! Couple it with a Corona…and we have a great meal. Our waiter is v attentive (and kinda cute :-)).  And no one shoves the bill under our nose despite it's being a full house.  A trip down to the loo (it's a bit of a labrynth) reveals a cool bar downstairs and a really big dance floor. I  bet this place really fills up at night.  We'll be back!fajita



Trixie and I go to Fiesta Havana on Wellington Street in Douglas (near M&S).  The place has a great buzz about it.  All the tables are full and everyone is smiling and happy.  The music is great. The food is fabulous…we both opt for fajitas. I get duck, and she gets chicken.  V v v yummy and filling! Couple it with a Corona…and we have a great meal. Our waiter is v attentive (and kinda cute :-)).  And no one shoves the bill under our nose despite it's being a full house.  A trip down to the loo (it's a bit of a labrynth) reveals a cool bar downstairs and a really big dance floor. I  bet this place really fills up at night.  We'll be back!fajita



{J f, 2006}   Ban the butt!

It seems that folks on this Island are coming in the 21st Century way of thinking about smoking ( aka smogging, yuck!)  Pubs and restaurants still allow smoking despite non-smokers being in the majority.  I mean really,  the owners of pubs that let people pollute our lungs as we eat or drink should have to pay our cleaning to get the disgusting stench of our cool (expensive) togs.

While politicans debate legislation and government launches a public awareness campaign, it's up to proprietors to decided what's best for their customers.  That's why The Welbeck Hotel in Douglas went smoke free in January.  They did a survey recently and 43 percent of guests supported the smoking ban, and only three percent were against it.  (The rest had no comment). What a great example The Welbeck is setting for the rest of Douglas.  Three cheers!



{J f, 2006}   Isle of Woman

Well it's about time!  Why should the guys get all the glory? This Island is full of fantastic women, too.

The Department of Tourism and Leisure has teamed up with Breakthrough Breast Cancer to create the Isle of Woman, an event that will take place in October, it was announced today.



The Beautiful South is appearing at the Villa Marina on 16 August.  Yay!  Their album, Quench, is one of my all time faves.  I'm deffo getting tix (£32.50).  The new album, Superbi, was released yesterday.  I heard them on the Jonathan Ross Radio 2 show last week and the songs are fab.  See you all there!



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