Ballaugh Old Church in B&W

Ballaugh Old Church at the Cronk.

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Ballaugh Old Church in B&W © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Bleak House – Ramsey

A rather Bleak House on Mooragh Promenade in Ramsey.

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Bleak House in Ramsey © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The House of Keys in Bucks Road (Manx Parliament)

The Island is a Crown Dependency which, through its ancient parliament, Tynwald, enjoys a high degree of domestic legislative and political autonomy. The United Kingdom Government is, by convention, responsible for the conduct of the external relations and defence of the Island.

Dating back over one thousand years to Viking origins, “Tynwald is the oldest Parliament in the world in continuous existence”. It comprises two branches – the democratically elected House of Keys and the Legislative Council. The majority of Members sit as independents, and the virtual absence of party politics encourages a high degree of consensus. This has contributed to the remarkable stability of the Manx system.

External issues such as foreign representation and defence are administered on the Island’s behalf by the UK Government.

The 24 members of the House of Keys (MHKs) are elected every five years and represent the following ancient Sheadings of Mann – Ayre, Castletown, Douglas, Garff, Glenfaba, Malew/Santon, Michael, Middle, Onchan, Peel, Ramsey and Rushen.

The 11 members of the Legislative Council (MLCs) or upper house, generally act as a chamber which revises Bills initiated in the Keys. The royal assent to Tynwald Bills is given by the Queen or, now more commonly, by his Excellency the Lieutenant Governor on the Isle of Man.

The political head of the Manx Government is the Chief Minister, who is chosen by Tynwald from within its own ranks after each general election. The Chief Minister selects his ministers who have responsibility for the major government departments and, with the Chief Minister, form the Council of Ministers (the Manx Cabinet).

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House of Keys © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Laurel Bank Cottage

About 9 miles out on the TT Course you will pass this lovely little cottage, a fast left hand then past the cottage then another very fast right hand towards the Black Dub and up towards Glen Helen.

Only another 96 days to go until TT 2015 :-)

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Laurel Bank © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A Touch of Spring at Ballaugh Old Church

A glorious but cold day at Ballaugh old Church at the Cronk.

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Old Ballaugh Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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St Mary’s Church in Hill Street, Douglas.

Some good memories and some sad memories for me with this beautiful Church.

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St Marys Church, Hill Street © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Ballaugh Old Church

A slightly different perspective of Ballaugh Old Church at the Cronk and it’s famous leaning entrance pillars..

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Ballaugh Old Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Port St Mary

A lovely but bitterly cold day at Port St Mary Harbour.

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Port St Mary Harbour © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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VW Camper Van – Ramsey

This lovely old VW Camper is parked up next to Mooragh Park in Ramsey and it has a note on the screen that says;

“I may look neglected but my owner loves me very much, I am not for sale!” :-) :-)

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VW Camper Van © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Architecture Detail – Port St Mary

The former Hotel’s on Port St Mary Promenade.

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Port St Mary © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Artscape Paving – Regent Street in Douglas

Artscape Paving in Regent Street in Douglas.

I didn’t know if I was coming or going whilst walking on this paving :-)

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Regent Street Paving © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Beckwith’s Mine

Beckwith’s Mine is located above Glen Rushen on the western slopes of South Barrule, The mine was first worked around 1839 and produced lead ore before being closed in 1877. The main shaft was 1,100 feet deep, the bottom of which was considerably below sea level.

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Beckwiths Mine © Peter Killey - www.manxsenes.com

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My Isle of Man Photography

A large selection of Isle of Man Pictures (and where possible a snippet of information and/or history) from every corner of this beautiful Island. Keep having a look back at Manxscenes.com as it is regularly updated ~ Feel free to leave a comment on any of the images or topics, Enjoy...