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Attention Ray Rackham

Ray, I've received your messages through the contact form but then I reply to you I get the following error -

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Big Boat in the Bay

Photo: Atlantic Concert with Rockwater 1 on right

The recent westerly storms have cause quite a few boats to shelter off the east coast of the Isle of Man, mostly in Douglas Bay.

The biggest of the boats was the Atlantic Concert, which absolutely dwarfed the Steam Packet's Ben My Chree


I still don't like cricket

I had a very poor night sleep and was still feeling tired in the morning. After a bland and unexciting breakfast I left the others talking about sport and headed out for a walk by myself. It was damp and overcast, and after wandering around the Lowry mall for a while I went to the nearby Metro station and took a tram into Manchester.

It was pouring down in Manchester and after looking unsuccessfully in a couple of camera shops for a 16mm lens for my Sony NEX-7 and then finding my "local" pub was closed I decided to head back on the tram and see what was happening regarding the cricket.

The start of cricket was delayed delayed due to the rain so we wandered off for more beer in Lime bar. When we eventually heard that that match was due to start at 17:30 we had a rather fast and frantic walk to Old Trafford to watch what was left of the shortened cricket match.

More beer was consumed and it appeared that some of the crowd had been there since the original start time drinking beer because, rather surprisingly, a fight broke out near where we were sitting. I hadn't expected fisticuffs at a cricket match and neither, it appeared, had the police or ground staff. After a while a couple of female spectators went to get security and the police to break up the fighting. One of the main protagonists had already scarpered by the time the police arrived so they were limited to taking statements and then remaining in our section in case anything kicked off again.

After the cricket, which England won quite easily, we headed back to the hotel for some late night pizza as we were all quite hungry having seemingly forgotten to eat anything since breakfast.



I was heading off to Manchester today with a couple of good mates, and three others that I didn't really know, to watch the last game in the England v Australia test match. I'd seen a one day international cricket match last year at the same venue and although cricket wasn't a sport I followed, or really had any interest in, it was a good excuse to get away for a couple of days and drink some beer

A long-winded taxi pick up schedule eventually saw all of us at the airport and through security surprising fuss free and we were soon on our way to Manchester and our Holiday Inn Express hotel at Salford Quays.

I immediately changed from the first room allocated to me as it smelled of cigarette smoke and there was a cigarette lighter and ash left on the window sill behind the curtain. It looked like housekeeping wasn't doing a very good job and I didn't want to be landed with a room cleaning bill for the smoke smell.

We then went to our favourite haunt in Salford Quays, the Lime Bar, where we had beer, lunch and more beer before finishing off with a meal at the nearby Chinese restaurant and making our way back to the hotel for the night.


MiniWorld makes me sound gay!

My friend Ian collects classic Minis, including one of the first five hundred built and one of the last five hundred built. He also has several in between.

For reasons of "convenience" he has a toilet in the corner of his large garage and before he walled it in he wanted a joke photo of him sitting on it. This ended up as a series of photos featuring him and his Italian Job Mini in various poses, with him reading MiniWorld magazine, wiping the Mini's dipstick, etc.

We sent one of these photos off to Kay Drury at MiniWorld a while ago. We know Kate through various Mini events and she has also attended the Manx Mini Meet which is organised by Ian and a couple of friends.

This photo was eventually printed in the July 2012 issue of MiniWorld.

I'm not too sure about the "when fooling around one day Mike got Ian to drop his trousers" part though!

Photo: MiniWorld Reader's Photo