Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SureStrike Bowling Centre

                                Bowling anyone?

The building in front of the apartment block is the Surestrike Bowling Alley, though a lot of people will remember the building once being the old swimming baths, which have since relocated to a new building and part of Ramsey. Not just a bowling centre, a great large separate dining area too, serving great food, great coffee, and even a bar for those wanting something stronger. The bowling alley can be hired for private bowling functions, for those wishing to have the place to themselves for celebrations.  This is my Thursday place for coffee and catch up with friends.  They also do themed nights too, for something a little different. A family friendly venue, which is ideal for all those kids on holiday atm and adults alike. With the summer weather being hotter than usual you can even sit outside with your brew after your game and watch the tide roll in and out, and head indoors when the inevitable rain appears.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

North Barrule, the beach view

                       What is the Barrule? 

North Barrule is the mountain you can see in the distance, over looking Ramsey. This is the view from the beach. Here you can check out the view from Albert Tower, on higher ground. North Barrule stands at 1842ft, making it the second highest peak on the Isle of Man. Worth a trek up there, on a clear day, as you can view, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It's also the site of the worst aviation acident to happen on island with loss of life to all 31 people on board a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" in 1945. 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stanley Pub, Sunset

                      After a few Jack Daniels

Just your average multi coloured sky here on the Isle of Man. Taken outside one the local pubs, The Stanley, down by the harbour at low tide.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Ramsey Rocks, 2014. Beer, bands, and bull riding

                             Pink Elephants on Parade

Ramsey Rocks, is the annual event that takes place during Ramsey National Week, Isle of Man. The harbour quayside road is closed to traffic, allowing people to wander freely to watch the temporary stage set up for the bands, and participate in everything from bull riding (not a real bull) to segway, bouncy castles to sumo suit wrestling. All the pubs are open, so, the adults can still have grown up drink while the kids head for the sweet stand, have too much then throw up on the bouncy pink elephant. A lot of the adults tend to see a few more pink elephants as the night draws to a close and the beer kicks in.  An event for all the family, topped off with sunshine and fireworks to close proceedings.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Celebrating Summer, Ramsey Rocks

                                Stage Invasion

You know it is Summer in Ramsey when, Ramsey has a whole week dedicated to the town, full of outdoor events, like the Ramsey Rocks festival. If the weather turns to a washout, then it becomes the usual Friday, beer and karaoke in the local pub. Image from a few years ago, at close of events.

Other summer celebrations can be seen here, as part of the City Daily Photo theme day.


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