Five uses for a failed candidate from The Apprentice

The current series of The Apprentice has crept up on us rather like the sunshine. There have been a few damp squibs in the early weeks, as the paucity of the current crop of candidates make us yearn for the … Continue reading

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Six tips for the Isle of Man’s newly elected Member of the House of Keys

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Belated congratulations to Chris Thomas, the new MHK for Douglas West. We should all wish him well as he tries to fill the shoes left by political giant Geoff Corkish, who has donned the Legislative Council slippers. Anyway, as Mr … Continue reading

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Yes, he’s your brother, but he’s still too heavy to lift – a man to man talk about the new family member

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Okay Daddy, it’s been a while since our last man-to-man discussion. I’ll let you off as you’ve been a bit busy and, when you’ve not been busy, it seems you’ve been falling asleep. Having a baby in the house is … Continue reading

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Death by cheese: a television exit begging to be topped

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Television hit an unprecedented high point earlier this week when Martine McCutcheon was killed by a cheese in Midsomer Murders. There was a nice symmetry to this with regards to her career, as it’s exactly what it felt like when … Continue reading

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From Tulisa to Atos – Tynwald is back and we’re quaking in our boots

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This week sees the return of Tynwald for the new year. The excitement is unbearable. What will our politicians do for us? Well, we already know they’ll be looking at redrawing constituency boundaries. The current proposal for 12 two-member constituencies … Continue reading

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Fireman Sam: The Lost Episode

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I am delighted to announce that I have uncovered the script to an episode of Fireman Sam that has never been aired. It can be revealed for this first time today: It is an ordinary day in Pontypandy. The sun … Continue reading

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I don’t really have to tidy my room for Santa to visit do I? A man-to-man discussion about Christmas

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Daddy, it’s only two weeks to Christmas. I’m a bit of an old hand at this – it will be my fourth one in all. Even so, there are still some things I think we need to discuss man-to-man. So … Continue reading

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Five shocking moments in Manx politics this year

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It was quite a surprise to learn last week that after months of discussion, a committee comprising representatives of the House of Keys and the Legislative Council could not decide whether reform of the latter was a good thing in … Continue reading

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From boob wars to chin counting – how to ease the tension of The X Factor final

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At long last the moment is upon us. After what seems like an eternity, this weekend sees the final of The X Factor. Spread over two nights. How will we bear the tension of waiting to find out which of … Continue reading

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EastEnders: The Early Years (A foundation stage soap opera)

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With the current standard of storylines in the leading soap operas stretching credulity further than a Chelsea player’s evidence at an FA hearing, the BBC has decided to go back to basics and try something a little simpler with its … Continue reading

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