Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 47 Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2862 times:
Just thought I share a few pics from a brief few hours myself and Ben (British767) spent on the Isle of Man on Tuesday. Andy (Skidmarks) very kindly arranged to take a day off work to help show us around some of the island. Unfortunately, bad weather earlier in the morning at LBA meant that our little Let-410 flight with Manx2 was 2 hours late, only giving us about 4 and a half hours to look around the island, but Andy did a sterling job and what he doesn't know about the island ain't worth knowing about!
Hope you like the pics, go to the Isle of Man and see Andy if you can, we're trying to get him on commission with the Isle of Man Tourist Board for attracting visitors, to help boost his pension fund!
First stop, the Manx Flyers Aero Club for lunch, and a great place for watching/photographing the arrivals and departures!
Andy never misses the opportunity for a snapshot!
Some of the lunchtime traffic:
After about an hour, we headed off to see a little more of the island. We were shown Jeremy Clarkson's house:
Mr Clarkson's humble abode (he owns all of it, not just the lighthouse!):
Then it was off to the attractive town of Castletown, which is where Andy lives:
Then a short drive to Cregneash:
Onward to Costa Del Manx, also known as Port Erin.
And wherever you are on the island, the Manx flag is always proudly displayed:
The island's capital, Douglas, is also well worth a visit, along with the Laxey Wheel and mountain railway, but I didn't get chance on this occasion due to limited time.
Legoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3303 posts, RR: 42 Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2771 times:
Nice! Me and a friend are planning to live in the Isle of Man next summer! Ive been there once a while ago and loved it, although I was addicted to the little speed boat lake! Also the steam engines were pretty good. Me and my friend are looking into finding jobs somewhere and the steam railay was the first place we thought of!
Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
Skidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 59 Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2695 times:
Well, thanks for the plug, Dave!
Glad you enjoyed your trip. Next time make it longer and we'll hit the rest of the island - you know, the other castle, Ramsey (god knows why), maybe Snaefell moutnain railway and even the Prom in Douglas!
And the same goes for anyone thinking of coming over. If I can get time off I'm only too willing to show people around.
Unless you're French/South African/Canadian when I'll just demonstrate the unique items of torture we have in the Castle museum!
Incidentally, the flag is a Triskellion and represents the ability of the Island to stand on its feet whatever happens. (and thats a long folk tale condensed into a few words! )
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2674 times:
Quoting Cornish (Reply 14): Do they fly those funny unscheduled holiday flights
The ones where you have to sit with common people, and not be pampered, and actually be able to reach out and touch the seat in front of you ? I've heard of them, but frankly I have my doubts that such an unspeakably sordid practise could exist in this day and age. Surely there must be laws against it.
Kieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2673 times:
Quoting Cornish (Reply 14): Astreus. Hmmm. Never heard of them. Do they fly those funny unscheduled holiday flights
It's all part of the CIA prison scheme. That plane is really transporting criminals and terrorists for torture on the island.
Said torture consists of spending a week in Douglas, bored to sorry death, and watching the Isle of Man's own soap opera, 'Douglas Dilemmas', wherein the main character wonders whether to cross the road before or after the milk float trundles past, for fear of being run over.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2665 times:
Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 16): watching the Isle of Man's own soap opera, 'Douglas Dilemmas',
I hear that last last year's Christmas cliffhanger was a confrontation between beloved old-timer Andy Skidmarks and a lost German tourist over parking in the mobile library parking spot. "You can't park that 'ere, mate" was the oft-quoted tagline for the episode, rebroadcast 27 times due to popular demand in the following weeks. I believe t-shirts were printed...
Skidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 59 Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2664 times:
Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 16): Said torture consists of spending a week in Douglas, bored to sorry death, and watching the Isle of Man's own soap opera, 'Douglas Dilemmas', wherein the main character wonders whether to cross the road before or after the milk float trundles past, for fear of being run over.
There are instruments of torture in the Castle Museum that would make your nuts retreat in terror!!
However, a worse torture is having to spend a night in Foxdale on your own.
Kieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2660 times:
Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 18): I hear that last last year's Christmas cliffhanger was a confrontation between beloved old-timer Andy Skidmarks and a lost German tourist over parking in the mobile library parking spot. "You can't park that 'ere, mate" was the oft-quoted tagline for the episode, rebroadcast 27 times due to popular demand in the following weeks. I believe t-shirts were printed...
I saw that one, what a classic, I believe you can get the DVD for 12p at the Douglas Oxfam.
The best bit was the part when the dog with the damaged paw stepped into an unmapped puddle in Quines Hill. It was good seeing all hell break loose, with the Isle of Man Rescue Trolley (sponsored by Tesco) being pushed by the Isle's resident aviation expert - Good ol' Andy.
Best episode ever ! High drama (when the trolly is blocked by that flock of sheep, I had to look away !), tempered with good old fashioned British humour. And good old Andy, he just scrapes it off his wellies, takes it home and puts it on his rhubarb. Aaaaah - talk about heart-warming !
Oh I see, you're still warm about that real-life hijacking on the Island...
That time when that passenger pigeon bound for the Douglas Horse Tram Terminus was forced to land at the industrial estate because of that freak tornado caused when 'Daisy' - the island's only cow, farted at an unscheduled moment.
Cornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 55 Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2643 times:
Actually my favourite episode was when Thora Hird came over to the island to open the summer fair. The bit when Andy got confused because he had thought it was going to be Douglas Hurd. the look on his face was just priceless.
I believe that was voted No.1 in the all time IOM comedy moments poll.
Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
25 Skidmarks: I see we are all tremendously busy this fine Friday morning. Weekenditis struck already eh? Andy
26 JGPH1A: Remember the ruckus when that opened ? All those conservationists chaining themselves to the old horsetrough before it got demolished. The criticism
27 Kieron747: True there have been many a comedic moment in Douglas Dilemmas. Remember the one when Andy, "The only A.Net Member in the village" went to buy some i
28 JGPH1A: I have a day off today, in grateful recognition of being overworked and underpaid. I'm still in bed ! Well it was an easy confusion to make, after al
29 Cornish: But also some moments of pure drama - and dare I say it almost tearjerking. Who can forget that episode where the Texan billionaire wanted to buy the
30 Kieron747: True, very true. The question is though, how did they get that tabby cat to maintain that sorrowful pose throughout his speech? The magic of the mome
31 JGPH1A: It has been favourably compared to the work of Federico Fellini, I believe. A truly moving televisual moment. I believe a letter-writing campaign to
32 Cornish: I understand they are the third and fifth most visited attractions on the whole island now - fourth place being the model boat collection made out of
33 Skidmarks: Right, you three horrible people are banned from the (Isle Of)Man Mega Meet I am planning to hold next year. Unless, of course, I recieve suitable rem
34 JGPH1A: Oh no. How will I live with this terrible deprivation ? Not being allowed to visit the Isle of Man ? Can I bear the grief ? Um. Yes, actually - obseq
35 Cornish: Damn .That means we'll have to attend the St.Lucia Mega Meet being held on the same weekend instead
36 Skidmarks: You won't like it, with all that sun spoiling your pasty-faced anaemic look! Whereas the IOM,with it's wind, rain and general air of decay and decrep
37 Thom@s: I always thought Skiddmarks' little island looked something like this: I bet that car comes in handy for the trip between the house and the boat... Th
38 Kieron747: Banned eh? So that puts the total number of attendees at 1 then, including the organiser. Oh I forgot, the IOM lingo for 'mega' differs to that of st
39 Cornish: Not a problem. I can go to Cornwall and get the same - only slightly warmer and a bit less dark
40 Kieron747: Hardly a glowing reference to Cornish beer! Mmmm St,Lucia - Isle of Man, St,Lucia - Isle of Man, St,Lucia - Isle of Man, St,Lucia - Isle of Man, St,L
41 Cornish: JGP couldn't even raise a burp from that pitful effort And so proud of it he's vowed never to use it but keep it at home above the mantlepiece where
42 Skidmarks: Ask Ben, he went to the cashpoint in Castletown and came back looking shocked at the weird looking tenners in his sweaty mit! Andy