"Rocks and Rockers" Isle of Man by Musquy
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As of time of writing (November 2005) I've been to 18 TTs, 7 Manx Grand Prix and 3 Southern 100s. I used to go by motorcycle, but due to various faults with it and me at various times, haven't for a while, relying instead on public transport and feet.To be honest, I'm not so keen on the TT these days, and only tend to go for the final weekend when prices start falling back to normal. I hope to do the full week for the Centenary in 2007.
Anyway, they don't race every day, which takes us to Chapter 2
A rather grandiose title for looking at rocks. Or stones. Standing stones, cairns and Celtic crosses, to be precise. The Island has excellent museums, which got me interested in its Celtic & Viking history, and the archaeology which is still highly accessible, in working fields and in churches. The Island was part of the Viking Kingdom of the Isles, with the Hebrides, and I'd like to do a tour of all of this whole Kingdom, to get an idea of context.
But on the subject of Rock, see Chapter 3
I'm not a great fan of Rock music, but there is a thriving scene on the Island. There's also a Blues Festival in Laxey in May, which is worth a visit.
I'm still trying to locate the folk scene over there. I know there is one - Andy Kershaw plays some of the CDs, which I've also found in the Museum Gift Shop; I'm just having trouble locating gig info!
- Pros:Self-contained; motorcycle friendly
- Cons:weather. Politics are strange.
- In a nutshell:A Celtic microcosm
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