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{J f, 2006}   Rock the IOMrock?

Hey, have you heard there’s a move afoot to get a MAJOR music fesitval happening here next summer?  Douglas Council has approved the idea, in principle.  If it goes ahead we’ll have about 35,000 people visiting our fair isle next summer to see such top music acts as U2, Coldplay, Arctic Monkey at our very own music festival. Arctic Monkeys I’m soooooooooooooooo excited. You can click here to register your interest in getting tickets and here to see who is in the running to appear.  Come on everyone!  Show your support for the fab idea!  Let’s make it happen!

Thanks to Lynne Gumbleton for telling me about this!

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{J f, 2006}   Tragic Trafalgar

Can you believe we walked all the way down to the Trafalgar Hotel last night only to find the doors closed?  WTF?!?

Tuesday is Irish music night, and I thought it might be fun.  I was wearing really, really high heels too and my toes were ouchy. So you can imagine how cross I was to find all  the doors shut. 

We could hear music from the street.  Through the window I could see a guitarist strumming a tune. I guess it was a private party or something?

But what a disappointment.  And what sore  feet. I hope they let us in tomorrow night for the battle of the bands!



{J f, 2006}   Brown Sugar at Jaks

The other night we went down to Jaks because we’d heard Brown Sugar was playing. I thought it might be a Stones tribute band.  They turned out to be a duo covering lots of old stand bys and pop songs from different eras. The crowd really loved them and they got a really hearty party going on.  Without a doubt, the bar did really well that night because from what I could see, no one was feeling any pain.  It was an interesting night out.  Average age of the crowd was about 40.   Cougars galore.  It’s nice to see old people having soooooooooo much fun!   



{J f, 2006}   Battle of the bands

Ooooooooooooooooooh we had such a fun night out on Thursday. It was the first heat of the 4th Okells Battle of the Bands at the Trafalgar Hotel in Douglas. Six acts took the stage to compete for a grand prize of a trip to the UK national battle of the bands.  It was a great group of musicians and the crowd sure was enthusiatic.  Three were put forward to the next round. Laura Moore and David Glyn Jones were both excellent singers and really rocked out.  But for me, head and shoulders above the rest was Ben Dunderdale who’s guitar playing was fantastic.  His funny song about a mouse brought the house down.  I think this guy will go the distance.  I’m hooked now. I’ll be at the next heat on 17 August.  Come on! Ben Dunderdale



{J f, 2006}   Guys and Dolls

Guys and DollsLuck was a lady last night at the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas.  Guys and Dolls, the story of a gang of small time gamblers and the ladies in their lives, is a real fun night out.  It features Frank Loesser’s classic songs  Luck Be a Lady, Sit down You’re Rocking the Boat, If I Were a Bell, and of course Guys and DollsThe Manx Operatic Society Dick Ray Productions puts on a great song and dance show and at £10.50 a ticket, it’s well worth it.  The show runs until 2 September. 

I danced all the way home!



{J f, 2006}   A piratey night out

Last night we headed to the Palace Cinema to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.  What a fun movie! It is two-and-a-half hours of fast-paced action, wonderful characters, scary sea monsters mixed in with a good story and quite a generous dose of humour.  Johnny Depp is wonderful as Captain Jack Sparrow who avoids being eaten by canibals.  But I think Bill Nighy steals the show as heartless Davy Jones, a wriggley evil nemises. And Orlando Bloom is a V GOOD actor.  hehehe.  Pirates



Yesterday we drove down south to Castletown and toured Castle Rushen. It was really worth the trip.  It’s soooooooo old….they think it was originally built around 1200 and all kinds of kings and lords have lived there.  They’ve done up some rooms to make the castle look like it did when kings lived there. Apparently they used to eat “pigg” and “pickl’d carrots”. Later it was used as a debtors prison and we saw some of the cells that people were kept in. 

It’s really well preserved. I’ve seen other castles in England, Wales and Ireland and none of them nearly as good as this one.  And the people working there are v friendly and know a lot about the castle. 

There is a nice little pub across the street to have a drinkie after the tour.  Lets hope the rain stops today!Castle Rushen



Yesterday we drove down south to Castletown and toured Castle Rushen. It was really worth the trip.  It’s soooooooo old….they think it was originally built around 1200 and all kinds of kings and lords have lived there.  They’ve done up some rooms to make the castle look like it did when kings lived there. Apparently they used to eat “pigg” and “pickl’d carrots”. Later it was used as a debtors prison and we saw some of the cells that people were kept in. 

It’s really well preserved. I’ve seen other castles in England, Wales and Ireland and none of them nearly as good as this one.  And the people working there are v friendly and know a lot about the castle. 

There is a nice little pub across the street to have a drinkie after the tour.  Lets hope the rain stops today!Castle Rushen



Yesterday we took the steam train down to Port Erin.  It’s such a pretty drive along the south coast.  Port Erin was soooooooooo boring, tho.  All the shops close early on a Thursday.  We found two gift shops to have  look in.  And we strolled through the Railway Museum, which was pretty mundane if you are not a train spotter.

But the bay was beautiful and lots of people were in swimming.  The beach is pretty darn big with lots and lots of white sand.  And we had lunch at The Bay Hotel.  The food was excellent and the people that work there are really nice.  I had a salmon and poached egg sarnie.  It was a way too much food for lunch but v delicious.  The bloke had a ploughman’s platter and was one of the best I’ve ever seen.  It had brie and meat pie and lots of salad and fruit.  And the chutney is home made and the tastiest too.  The Branston pickle company should deffo watch out!

Steam Train



{J f, 2006}   Resplendent Ramsey

Yesteday the bloke and I skived off and took the electric railway up to Ramsey, from Douglas. It was a beautiful day and the scenery along the coast was awesome.  I took loads of pix. We strolled around Ramsey town centre and poked through some of the “antique” shops.  They have junk mostly.  Isabels Curiosity Shop had some very lovely things, however. 

We had our lunch at the Harbour Bistro on the East Quay and the food was soooooooooooo good.  I had a fantastic fish cake and the bloke had a crabmeat sandwich which he enjoyed a lot.  We were prob. 40 years younger than all the other customers.  Maybe Tueday is OAP day at the Harbour Bistro?  I dunno…but we we had a nice time anyway.  Tynwald Day

Today is Tynwald Day…the Isle of Man’s National Day.  Everyone takes the day off and heads down the pub. We’ll likely do the same.



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