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Isle of Man
04-Mar-2011, 03:44 AM
Post: #21
 
Watch out for the dreadful O'Kells beer in IOM, it coats the inside of your mouth with a taste like that liquid they used to have smokers gargle that reacted with the smoke to produce a taste like what I imagine cats urine would taste like. The other issue with IOM is more positive - the birch - even Scousers behave over there, as with Singapore, a couple of accurately placed strokes on a bare backside causes the biggest yobbo to change his ways..............
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06-Mar-2011, 07:33 PM
Post: #22
 
Peter. get up to date, the birch has been thrown away on the Island and as far as Okels bitter is concerned it was better than the other brew, Castletown. Although the best brew on the sland at the moment is Bushy's. Law and order stiull prevail on the Island. Which now is an Offshore Bankling area with a vast slow down in tourism. I(ts still a good place to go to yet as the pace of life is a lot slower and for all its Financial Business's its no rat race.
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09-Mar-2011, 08:16 AM
Post: #23
 
I know Dan - dwelling in the past, I had some great times in Douglas over the years - I couldn't believe how people could ride motorbikes at that speed on roads with tram tracks in them - maybe they needed a few O'Kells to pluck up the courage to ride in the TT. The best part of the deal was that I could get a train form Leyland station to Heysham on a Friday night and be at the Ferry Terminal in Douglas at 7.00 am Saturday morning - great way to spend a weekend. i n the 1980's it was 28 pounds return from Leyland to Leyland with the ferry thrown in.
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09-Mar-2011, 10:31 AM
Post: #24
 
It costs anything from £38 return for the ferry alone now Peter, a lot more during the bike season. The Heysham ferry is really slow, 3 and a half hours!! From Liverpool it's around 2 hours but prepare to be sick as the boat seldom uses it's stabilisers and the Irish Sea crossing is one of the worst at times. Have you been a frequent visitor there Dan?
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10-Mar-2011, 12:33 AM
Post: #25
 
I go over three or four times a year, I am fortunate that I have a son resident on the Island who married a Manx girl. He has lived there for the last 47years and is still classed as a cumover by the Manx people, although cumovers noe almost outnumber the native manx. I have sailed on the Bebmacree from Heysham and on the Super catarmaran from Liverpool also flown from Birmingham, East Midlands and Liverpool Airports.
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10-Mar-2011, 02:36 AM
Post: #26
 
The last couple of times I flew to IOM was from Blackpool using Silver City Airways. One was on a DC3 Dakota and the other on a Bristol Freighter. It cost £6 return. Guess the year. Anyone remember the Villa Marina?
One day I'll go back, I loved the island.
John
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10-Mar-2011, 04:51 AM
Post: #27
 
I recall Joe Loss and his orchestra playing at the Villa Marina approx 1956 , a great band !

http://www.toddmiller-joelossorchestra.4...photo.html

http://toddmillermusic.com/history/index.html

Listen to the 'Music' !
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10-Mar-2011, 06:32 AM
Post: #28
 
We went in the Casino - first time I had ever seen a roulette table. The boarding house gave us Manx kippers for breakfast covered in butter - gorgeous, just the thing before drinking your weight in O'Kells.
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10-Mar-2011, 05:14 PM
Post: #29
 
It must have been in the early 1960's, John. Silver City went bust about 1966 after the cross-Channel hovercraft service got reliable. They were faster and cheaper than the Britol Freighters and Carvairs they were using on their car ferry services out of Lydd. That cross-Channel ferry service was Silver City's main cash earner.

The founder of Silver City Airways went on to bigger and better things and finally made bankruptcy pay really well. His name was Freddie Laker.


Frank

Frank Damp (wife Eileen, nee Nixon)
Leyland resident 1941-1965, emigrated to the US in 1968,
retired to Anacortes, Washington State, USA in 1999.
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10-Mar-2011, 07:24 PM
Post: #30
 
Dan, I used to go over 5 or 6 times a year until last year when my son and his family returned to the mainland.
Ben-my-chree was the usual route but the flights from Blackpool are so much quicker but much more expensive. 20 minutes in the air, you're no sooner up then you're coming in to land. British Northwest Airlines used to operate solely from Blackpool until 2006 when they ceased trading.
I can't for the life of me remember what plane they were flying but it was very old, my son used to call it the flying brick due to it's shape. It shook like mad, my wife flew in it the once and vowed never again.
When BNWA packed in, Manx2 took over with more modern planes. Then Flybe entered the scene, with low cost fares but after a year or so also stopped flying from Blackpool.
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