Saturday, July 05, 2008


As Ramsey Week officially starts later today, I thought I'd kick things off with an archive Ramsey Rocks Pic. When I upload this post it will still be July 4th across the pond so I thought this one would go nicely with something Manx/American I have recently discovered. Not a phrase I ever thought I'd be writing on this blog!

NAMA, I mentioned in a previous post, is the North American Manx Association. Here's a little about them.

The North American Manx Association (NAMA) is a non-profit, ethnic and cultural heritage institution founded in 1928, as a successor organization to Mona's Relief Society of Cleveland, Ohio. NAMA is a group of Americans and Canadians dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of the Manx culture. Most of NAMA's 850 active members are second and third-generation North American. In the U.S., there are chapters in Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Rocky Mountain; Galva, Illinois; the Greater Washington, D.C. area; Minnesota; Nebraska; Northern California; Utah, San Diego, California; and Wisconsin.

In Canada, you will find Manx groups in Ontario; and in Vancouver, British Columbia. NAMA is interested in helping Manx in all areas get in touch with local chapters or assisting those who want to start new chapters.

NAMA publishes the quarterly NAMA Bulletin, sent to each of its enrolled members.

For those interested in their Manx forebears, NAMA has Calvin Quayle as a resident genealogist. He serves as an archivist and information-dispenser. Please contact him to find out how to submit your research findings so we can build a greater Manx family tree. Please do not contact him to do genealogical research for there are just too many of us. But he will point you in the right direction.

For more Manx genealogy, there is the Isle of Man Family History Society (IOMFHS)

Will have to check this one out in depth. Could prove to be very interesting for this parochial little blog. Any members out there, your're more than welcome to stop by and educate me.

Gary and I were due to go for a drinkies tonight, but never got there. Good job as I noticed the sky was awesome, so I dragged him (not litereally caveman style, but figurativley you understand) over the nature reserve at 10pm. Quite what the neighbours thought when I was breaking world sprint records before the light went altogether in my scruffs I don't know. I snapped until the battery went, but got loads for next weeks skywatch. We don't get skies like this often so hey , a photographer's gotta do what photographer's gotta do and a cartoonist has to accompany her, even though it set his hayfever off. Thank you Gary for indulging me, yet again.


Anonymous said...

NIIICE photo & thank you for posting it - I had never heard of NAMA, and I'm still not sure as to their purpose or Manx either, but I'm going to google it and see what I can find out.

BTW, thank you so much for your comment on my Sky Watch Friday post, it's much appreciated.

Maria Verivaki said...

amazing that you have people in another country willing to carry on the traditions of a small island!
this has motivated me to find out more about manx culture - will start by looking up wikipedia

Chris said...

Re: MANX. . . I agree with the other two. . .think I'll google it.

Thanks for posting the flag photo. I appreciate the gesture of friendship in your doing so! :-)

mrsnesbitt said...

Ooooooooooooooooooh! Waiting in anticipation now!

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Lookin forward to your sky photos - last night was awesome here in Blackpool was snappin away.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this.

Clueless in Boston said...

Nice gesture to post that picture for those of us on the other side of the Atlantic. Your Gary sounds a little bit like "he who does not blog" with Jules in PNG:)

Interesting info about the Manx Association; the internet certainly makes it easier for smaller organizations in a large geographic area.

Lake Lady said...

Certainly made me smile to see Old Glory on your blog today! THANKS! The explanation for the post is fascinating. I, too, will dig deeper but also look forward to learning more from you. Your tease about SWF makes Friday seem far far away, but I'll be there Thursday night to check it out! Please thank Gary for indulging you and us!

Jim Klenke said...

Nice post today. I look forward to next weeks sky watch pic. The things we do to get that shot.

iBlowfish said...

This should be interesting concert, and Old Glory become point of my view in this post. Cool shot.

Chuck Pefley said...

Surprising to see US Independence celebrated abroad.

Well do I understand the drive to forego social fun for work activities. Sadly, many people seem to think making photos is quick and easy and rarely comprehend the intensity of effort involved much of the time. Looking forward to seeing your results!

RuneE said...

Background history is always interesting. It is never to late to learn something new.

Drop by when you have time - I have something for you...

Mary Helen said...

So cool, I love the photo and information.

Lynette said...

Love the photo! They look like they are line dancing. And the mud-eating duck is so fine.

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Fascinating! Who would have thought!

Knoxville Girl said...

Very interesting - was this group less photo-shy? Looking forward to your new sky shots.


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