SUP – Don’t Judge Me!

I live on a rock. We call it the Isle of Man. You’d think there are waves all the time. Well there are, 364 days of the year. But we have so few good surf spots we rely on irregular ground swell feeding up through the English channel or more likely wind swell, but it’s got to be…

Why Waikiki?

I always wanted to go to Hawaii, ever since I grew up watching Hawaii 5-o ‘book him Danno’, then through the eyes of Thomas Magnum…looking at this website you can see I’m a bit fixated with the place…but what did I expect? A treasure island surrounded with palm trees, blindingly white beaches and turquoise surf?…

None Extreme Cycling for Old Gippers Like Me…

The isle of Man is basically a small island with 1 mountain, some hills clinging on and flat bits at some of the extremities. Most walking and cycling involves going up and down some sort of hill, and mostly it’s fairly extreme. But, there are some areas that offer light relief (not talking massage parlours…) and…

The Manx are 2 Wheel Mad, and Not Just Petrolheads…

The Isle of Man is synonymous with sporting greats, albeit mostly on 2 wheels. For those whose passion is Lycra and cleats, then Mark Cavendish for his Tour de France sprint wins and more recently winning the Dubai Tour, (Sir) Peter Kennaugh and his Olympic gold and Elliot Baxter and his mountain biking domination will…

The Happiest Place on Earth

Billed as ‘The Happiest Place in the World’, Disneyland in California has a lot to live up to. Prior to traveling to California from the Isle of Man, we did lots of research into the resort, and we came across many reviews, as you’d expect. There were no surprises in the content, the usual ramblings…

That Time in Your Life When You Feel Really Old

Well, it comes to us all I suppose, you live your life, always feeling the same age and ignoring the odd ache or pain, the fact you have to scroll down to find the year of birth of online forms. You know, the things that come up in conversation between old friends, reminiscences from previous escapades; that…

Tourist in Waikiki

Iconic and a familiar sight for any Hawaii 5-0 fans. With a superb 30th floor room, the views are amazing, fantastic…not enough superlatives to describe. Yes Waikiki is expensive, but so it should be, it’s one of the most sought after holiday resorts on the planet. A modern American city with a beautiful Pacific island…

Windward coast to North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Here’s a short edit of our trip up the Windward coast of Oahu, taking in Kualoa Ranch where loads of films are made, the Jurassic Park link is pretty glaring. No Banzai Pipeline but a trip further up to where they filmed Lost too, with a brief stop at Haliewa to watch some racing from…

Mark Cavendish…he’s not from Harrogate

So, it happened…the Tour de France came to England, Yorkshire to be precise…this was an opportunity not to miss, a taste of the greatest cycling event without the need to cross the channel. As an avid armchair fan it was a must. Three weeks touring France in a van is the dream but this opening…

When Postcards become Reality…

I’ve seen images of the Mokes ever since I got interested in surfing, because every article about North Shore seems to include a photo of them, even though it’s more windsurf than short-board. Every travel writer writing about Oahu or Hawaii shows an image of them to depict the Pacific dream. Never in my wildest…

Where to Watch the IOM TT – Kirk Michael

some ideas for 1st time visitor, this clip is for Kirk Michael area. Apologies for the poor quality of some images, Youtube and Manx internet connection not playing ball at the moment. Will upload a hi-res when it gets better…

Isle of Man TT – Places to Watch (Part 1)

Firstly, apologies for poor quality, will upload HD version soon… For the 1st time spectator, the Isle of Man TT is a daunting event to spectate at, and you normally either get stuck with the crowds at the usual haunts, Bray Hill, Quarterbridge, Ballacraine, Parliament Square or Creg ny Baa. So I thought I’d put…

First Time TT Visitor Essentials

The Isle of Man TT has a long list of regular visitors, who flock to the Island year after year. An annual pilgrimage for those hooked on 2 wheel bike racing between the hedges. In recent years, the reach of the on and offline coverage has expanded worldwide, and it seems the whole world of…

Isle of Man TT – Where to Watch…Local Advice

The IOM TT races are known around the world, as are gaining momentum as coverage becomes more widespread. Our little island is known to bikesport fans on the other side of the planet, not bad for a little rock in the Irish Sea… I thought it about time to post some insider knowledge on spectating….

Trains, Mulled Wine and Santa Claus

The annual Manx festive sojourn… an 18 mile round trip in a creaking, cold and drafty wooden Victorian carriage, pulled along merrily by a steam locomotive that has done so since 1870…not entirely what Christmas is all about. There’s no nativity or Christian messages, no baby Jesus in sight. Nor is there snow, reindeers or…

Pearl Harbour

Some places are immortalised by the events that have happened there, the likes of Lockerbie, Ground Zero, the list is endless. Some are so deep in our subconscious that we sometimes fail to register that they are real, they become part of the fabric of our lives through film and media, and it’s only when…

Manx End 2 End 2014

Well entries opened over a month ago, and I am sticking to my guns…not this year…when your 13 year old is an hour faster than you to the halfway stage in St.Johns, it’s time to hang up your cleats… Yes, time to admit that the ego is best left in the van, rather than in…

Bishopscourt Glen

Manx winters are described as tempered by the North Atlantic Drift, protecting us from weather extremes, and therefore little snow and ice. While this may be true, we get our fair share of wind, in fact for the first 60 days in 2014, we had 20 days of gales or storm force winds, and during…

hello Blogworld, lets talk spawn

A walk along the disused Douglas to Peel railway line showed that life, or rather a car, had dealt Kermit a bad hand. This image lingered in my mind for nearly a week, and prompted me to start a blog. To get down on virtual paper, my experiences, to leave an everlasting testimony to encourage…