Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Save Ramsey Post Office

          Not every Post Office has a view like this

I had to use the Ramsey Post Office today. This is the view outside, the Post Office is just to the left side, out of shot. I had to post something and get a receipt. This is not something I could do online. I had to post something across to England. In the queue were people cashing cheques who do not have bank accounts. People paying utility bills. People collecting their pension. People posting large items, to big for a post box. People doing all sorts of transactions, they cannot do anywhere other than the Post Office. People collecting forms, like driving license applications. Not everyone is online, or has access to the internet at home. Ramsey has no internet cafe. The Post Office is an integral, important, part of Ramsey community. Today I've discovered plans to close the Post Office, and have sub PO's in local shops. This is not acceptable to the people of the town, and as I type a campaign, petition and meeting are taking place and setting up to voice the residents objections ad overturn the proposed closure.  The Isle of Man is a small island, and Ramsey is the second largest town after the Capital Douglas.  The second town, should have a post office. The people of Ramsey fought and won to keep the local hospital. Now we fight for the post office. Anyone like to sign the petition link here. Not often I have something to shout about on the blog, but even a small town is more than sunsets.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Ramsey Harbour, under ice

                             Winter is coming

The view of the harbour inlet taken from North Shore Road.  The golden tones of the icy river are from the sun, even though this looks more like an early evening shot, was actually around mid afternoon. The mountain in the distance is North Barrule. Not often the town is snow covered, but the mountain tends to get snowfall most winters.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Queens Promenade, Sunrise

     People ask why move to the Isle of Man......


Sunrises and sunsets like this to name two. The island may me small in size
(33 miles, length by 13 miles, width) but we make up for up for the smallness of land, with gorgeous panoramic vistas and seascapes. Image part of Skywatch, a group around the world showing their patch of sky, here

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A walk along the river

                      Summer meets Autumn


If you want to getaway from the hubbub of town, look no further than the Sulby river. Nestled in the Poyll Dooey, a former tip, now set aside for wildlife and nature trails you can pack a lunch and weather permitting, head for the picnic area, take a walk along the river, or just wander round the wooded area in search of local wildlife. Little bit of peace ad quiet, on our doorstep.

Simonetta

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Round the Island Yacht Race

                                     Gone sailing


Another summer event, though the overcast skies may tell a different story for the race organised by the Manx Sailing and Cruising Club. Ramsey Harbour is the start of the island race, so a good vantage point for spectators and photographers to capture a sea full of competitors before the leaders make a break for it. The race has been run for over 50 years now, attracting both locals and competitors from towns like Fleetwood and Morecombe, across in the UK, and Dublin Ireland. As the Isle of Man is a little island i the Irish Sea, it's easy to access by air or ferry for both Ireland and UK.


The first race was held in Coronation Year and the main trophy was called the Coronation Cup. It's still the prize for the overall winner of Division Two. The contest in Division One, trophy called Ramsey Town Cup. The clubs also race for the Squadron Trophy ad this is awarded to the best three yacht team from any one club entered.

Not as famous as motorbike racing or cycling events we have here, but another sporting event for the adventurous, and another photo opportunity for us photographers of the island.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Ramsey Sprint, Ramsey Day, Isle of Man TT

                                 Usual TT stuff

Isle of Man TT Races area two week event on island usually, June. First week practise, second week races. In between race days we have a day set a side in Ramsey, conveniently called Ramsey Day. It's a fun day out for all ages, with everything from face painting, motorbikes stunt team display, the Red Arrows  display, bike merchandise stalls and take out food stands. Most of this takes place on the Mooragh, where the rugby pitch doubles as a bike park. Strange sight to see a rugby pitch full of motorbikes.  It's also the place for the Ramsey Sprint, seen in the image.


Ramsey Sprint is a drag sprint, with a lot of wheel burns on show. Anyone can compete, though they will have to pay a small entry fee to pay. As you can see, it's not all sprint race, but stunts and entertaining the crowds for some. Visitors from all over the world take part, some with specially modified bikes for that special trick or two.  Sunshine is optional, but always welcome. More of  TT photos can be found here on facebook


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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Parliament Street

                           The local High Street

It's a few years since I captured this image, and a few changes have occurred, but it's still the main shopping area of the town.  Shops open and close every few years, but the pubs, banks and late night take out venues remain. The high street is a one way system which has changed direction a few times overnight, much to the confusion of non residents of the town. If you can't buy it on this high street, then you probably can't buy it in the town. A mix of chain shops like Costa Coffee to more localized shops like The Tide, Ramsey.  You won't find big department stores here, but you will find an eclectic mix of fishmongers, butchers, cafes, restaurants, toy shops, one off clothes shops. Even with the advent of internet shopping, the high street is still surviving in Ramsey.

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