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Friend or Foe
The fascinating story of women’s internment during WWII in Port Erin and Port St Mary, Isle of Man. Published by Rushen Heritage Trust in association with Lily Publications.
HOW WOMEN WITH DIFFERENT VIEWS MANAGED TO “RUB ALONG TOGETHER”.
How did seven different people, most of whom had never met before, come together to write the first ever book on Womens’ Internment in WW2?
They are members of Rushen Heritage Trust in the Isle of Man, and became fascinated by the remarkable people connected with the unique Rushen Womens’ Camp in 1940 – 45: how locals and internees lived together in the same houses, forming many friendships, some lifelong; how they were all encircled by a barbed wire perimeter, including shops, houses, schools and beaches; why most internees wanted Britain to win the War; their hopes, fears, courage, and enterprise; the unique gender situation – at times over 85% of the total population in the two seaside towns of Port Erin and Port St. Mary were female; how the Camp was run by Manx landladies, with light touch governance from police and civil servants.
Somehow, like the seven authors who soon became friends, but often engaged in animated debate, the locals and women internees – German/Jewish refugees from Nazi oppression, Germans and Austrians who had lived peacefully in Britain for many years, a minority of committed Nazis, Fascists – all managed to “Rub along together”. The question was, who was friend and who was foe?
The authors interviewed locals who still retained vivid memories of Camp W, found much new information on the under – researched topic of WW2 Women’s Internment, and soon realised that the story addressed important universal themes of continuing relevance today – immigration, injustice, gender, tolerance, diversity, the nature of friendship, the ability to adapt to inequity and loss, and , most of all, the triumph of human values in difficult situations.
Eye of Mann
by Charles Guard, Miles Cowsill
The book will be released for sale in July 2018 and published in October with over 200 photographs
This new book from Lily Publications will show the Isle of Man as you never seen it before with views from a dron camera. The book will illustrate not only the rugged coast, towns, villages but also many of the historical sites of the Island. All the pictures will be complemented with captions for each view with supporting text by local Manx broadcaster, film-maker and editor Charles Guard and Miles Cowsill a local photographer, writer and publisher.
by Alan Franklin.
Enemy Aliens and Political Detainees on the Isle of Man in World War 2
From the commencement of their deliberations the War Emergency Committee have also impressed on the Imperial Government … the desirability of obtaining an Alien Internment Camp”
The Second World War radically changed the Isle of Man accelerating its movement towards becoming the self-governing Crown Dependency that it is today. With a peak of around 15,000 internees and detainees held and with navy, army and air force bases the effect on the civilian population and the economy of the Island was profound.
Alan Franklin brings to life a wide range of detail from personal papers, accounts and published sources long forgotten or hidden away in surprising locations. An essential guide to those whose relatives were interned as well as the researcher into this fascination period of the Islands history.
“In the camp we were always looking for something that would break the monotony. One day they caught a seagull, so the internees coloured one wing red and one green, so that we had the Italian flag flying over our camp (green, white and red).”
About the author
Born in Devon but resident of the Isle of Man for 25 years Alan Franklin is a retired Chartered Librarian with over 40 years’ experience of working in libraries, for 23 years he was librarian at the Manx Museum in Douglas and met with and corresponded with numerous former internees and researchers into Internment, this book draws on that knowledge.
Cliff Railways, Lifts and Funiculars
Includes Port Soderick Cliff Lift, Laxey Browside Tramway and several Douglas escalators, trams and cliff lifts of the 19th and 20th Century
by Martin Easdown
One of the most evocative reminders of Victorian ingenuity at the British seaside is the much-loved cliff lift. This simple method of transporting people up and down the cliff side has been a feature of our coast, and a few inland towns, for over 150 years and has recently undergone a renaissance at places as varied as the National Coal Mining Museum, Legoland and the Centre for Alternative Technology. The cliff lift, otherwise termed the cliff railway or tramway, is also known as a funicular railway.
The word `funicular' is defined as `of rope or tension', in other words a cable-hauled railway or tramway. The lifts were directly descended from cable-hauled railways, prevalent in mines and quarries, but also early passenger lines, where an engine or winding gear hauled loads up steep slopes. The term `cliff lift' also generally encompasses the elevator-type lifts that were erected at some resorts.
This book illustrates, mainly in colour, all the principal cliff lifts and railways that have been built in the British Isles, along with associated cable tramways, since their inception in the Victorian age. In addition to featuring all the surviving lifts, this book includes others which are long gone, and serves as a fine record of these charming and unique structures.
For the Love of Manx Kippers
The Ups and Downs of Commercial Fishing in the Isle of Man.
Renowned fishing writer Mike Smylie takes a long hard look at the Manx
fishing industry. Following a brief historical overview we are led on an
enthusiast’s journey through the specialist areas that make fishing on
the Isle of Man so important and unique, with particular reference to
those most local of delicacies, Manx Kippers and Queenies. The author’s
affection and understanding of his subject make this a very personal
story as well as being of interest to anyone with a love for things Manx.
Frank 'N' Stan's Bucket List #2: TT Races by J C Williams
Frank’s too busy enjoying life just now to worry about dying.
Bucket list item №1 for Frank and his oldest friend, Stan, was the TT Races. They did it, and loved it so much, that now they’re heading back for item №2 on the list – TT Races yet again!
The fledgeling race team they’d cobbled together on their first outing – despite moments of definite glory – didn’t exactly thrive. But, despite this, they’ve once again secured the trusty services of Dave and Monty – the two most out of shape, yet passionate and dedicated, racers in the paddock – and they’re optimistically eyeing a top ten finish.
With his unhappy marriage and wallet-draining ex-wife now firmly in the past, Frank is ready for a positive change – time and health permitting. Life in the glorious Isle of Man has rejuvenated him, and he’s now eager, in fact, to make it his home. But he’s not going anywhere unless his mate Stan’s coming, too!
Manxland’s King of Music by Maurice Powell
Published 11th September 2018
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HARRY WOOD
For many the Island was the ‘Isle of Pleasure’, for after a day exploring the Island’s natural beauties thousands of holiday makers would flock to the Falcon Cliff Pavilion, the Palace Ballroom and Coliseum or the Derby Castle, dance the latest dance crazes to one of the fine resident orchestras, or see Florrie Forde, Wilkie Bard, Clara Butt or Paul Robeson and scores of other wonderful artistes who appeared in Douglas. Harry Wood, ‘Manxland’s King of Music’, the musical director of the Palace & Derby Castle Company, is our genial guide through some of the most vibrant decades of the Island’s tourist industry.
Harry Wood Known as ‘Manxland’s King of Music” was the most famous important musical director to have lived and worked on the Isle of Man and his career takes us through more than fifty years of the Islands’ vibrant entertainment history.
Manx Crosses by David Wilson
Manx Crosses: A Handbook of Stone Sculpture 500 – 1040 in the Isle of Man
The carved stone crosses of the Isle of Man of the late fifth to mid-eleventh century are of national and international importance. They provide the most coherent source for the early history of Christianity in the Island, and for the arrival and conversion of Scandinavian settlers in the last century of the Viking Age – a century which produced some the earliest recognisable images of the heroes and gods of the North; earlier, indeed, than those found in Scandinavia. This, the first general survey of the material fro more than a century, provides a new view of the political and religious connections of the Isle of Man in a period of great turmoil in the Irish Sea region. The book also include an up-to-date annotated inventory of the monuments.
A Brief History of the Isle of Man (Extensively Revised Edition)
by Sara Goodwins
Available from 10 March 2017, this revised edition has been updated with new text and new photos and provides an excellent summary of Manx history.
With parliamentary traditions introduced by Vikings, the Isle of Man was the first country to give women the vote. Much of its public transport hasn’t changed since Victoria was on the throne, yet the island is fifth in the space race. Famed for its motorbike racing and tailless cats, it’s still traditional to greet the little people when crossing Fairy Bridge.
In the middle of the Irish Sea, and the centre of westbound sea trade, Mann has been drawn into the politics of the surrounding islands, yet maintains its own traditions, language and way of life.
It is this proud history of the Manx and their island which this book celebrates.
One Horse Power The Douglas Bay Tramway since 1876
By Barry Edwards
Hardback 96 pages
Due to be published October 2018. Available to pre-order
The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway opened on 7 August 1876, just over 142 years ago, at a time when tourism on the Island was flourishing and the tramway went from strength to strength, being extended several times and with an ever increasing fleet of trams and horses.
Through two World Wars, financial crises, declining passenger numbers and in more recent times, abandoned by Douglas Corporation, the tramway has emerged into Government ownership, with refurbished trams and a planned complete relay of the track, as part of the Douglas Promenade refurbishment, albeit with a single track with passing loops, from Esplanade Lane to the Sea Terminal.
There are also plans for a new car shed on the existing site at Derby Castle. Perhaps most importantly, visitors and residents alike will be able to enjoy the delights of this Victorian tramway for many years to come. This book endeavours to tell the story with an informative text and a wealth of illustrations, many not previously published. Maps and a complete fleet list are included.
Manx Tholtans Volume 3 by Ray Kelly
by Ray Kelly
Published September 2018
In his third photographic journey, Manx photographer and local historian Ray Kelly once again presents us with his uniquely attractive images of a time which is both long past and yet reverberates with nostalgia and familiarity. Discover further hidden Manx ‘Tholtans’ (a local word describing the ruins of old homes). The author’s vivid mythologised stories of almost forgotten people and events add an extra layer of realism to these images which are alive with history.
Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chilli Peppers VINYL LP
The Power of Equality
If You Have to Ask
Breaking the Girl
Suck My Kiss
I Could Have Lied
Mellowship Slinky in B Major
The Righteous & the Wicked
Give It Away
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Under the Bridge
Naked in the Rain
Apache Rose Peacock
The Greeting Song
My Lovely Man
Sir Psycho Sexy
They're Red Hot
Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits VINYL LP
1Born to Run
7Dancing in the Dark
8Born in the U.S.A.
5Streets of Philadelphia
9This Hard Land
Appetite for Destruction by Guns N Roses Limited Edition Rermastered 2 Disc VINYL LP
Limited Edition Foil Slipcase with Robert Williams original jacket. 2 LP 180g Audiophile Reissue Gatefold
Remastered for the first time from original stereo analog tapes from 192kHz 24-bit high resolution transfers.
Digital download card included for CD quality digital edition of album. Download expires 31/12/2020
GnR Logo Hologroove Hologram
1Welcome to the Jungle
2It's So Easy
4Out Ta Get Me
8Think About You
9Sweet Child O' Mine
Foo Fighters Greatest Hits Vinyl LP
Rumours by Fleetwood Mac Vinyl LP
Second Hand News
Never Going Back Again
Go Your Own Way
You Make Loving Fun
I Don't Want to Know
Gold Dust Woman
Nevermind by Nirvana VINYL LP
Ten by Pearl Jam Vinyl LP
Sleepwalkers by Brian Fallon Vinyl LP
Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life by The Wombats
Man of the Woods by Justin Timberlake Vinyl LP
I Wish You Love by Whitney Houston Vinyl LP
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