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The Gaffer Remembers with his Nose

The smell of wormwood takes me back a bit, For in July an’ Augus’ years ago I used to see it grow In the oul’ Ballamoar, the place was full of it. We’d pull an’ tase it with our fingers

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Suggane Making: An Old-time Craft

Suggane is the rope made of the twisted straw of wheat, barley, oats or rye, and it a was very important home-made product of Manx farming life up to the end of the last century. First and foremost among its

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Some Manx Folklore Notes on Fishing (part 1)

Superstitious as were the Manxmen whose occupations were on land, they were surpassed by the Manxmen whose occupation was on the sea. Proof of this is afforded by the following account of the superstitions of Manx fishermen: On May Eve,

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George Henry Borrow

One of the greatest masters of English literature, George Henry Borrow, visited Man in the year 1855 and wrote a diary of his experiences during the ten weeks he made the Island his home. He had published in 1844 ‘The

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On the Shore

Come an’ sit yerselves down, all you childher While I throw some more bons on the fire – An’ I’ll tell yer a tale o’ me chil’hood, While the win’ theer gits higher an’ higher. Pull the shutters across them

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The Deemsters & The Manx Courts of Law

‘The Deemsters were always officers of great dignity. They were not only the chief judges of this Isle but were also the Lord’s Privy Counsellors, and their influence over the people in some degree, resembled the civil authority of the

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My Teacher (M’ynseyder)

Miss Garrett was someone I thought the world of. When she spoke the world stood still. This would be in the 1920s. I was about eight years old. She was very beautiful and stately, a tall woman. She was good

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On Tynwald Fair Day

Eighty-five I’ll be me nex’ birthday, Ay! – Eighty-five nex’ Tynwal’ Fair Day. I remember when I was a li’l wan How the neighbours was used to say Warra glister me mother had on her Gittin’ ready to go to

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