Douglas

It is very rare to see this school without one car parked in front of it, so I grabbed the opportunity today whilst the school is still closed for the Christmas/New Year period.

I am sure this image will bring back loads of good and bad memories to those pupils that attended it, it certainly does for me!

It is worth noting that this school that was completed in 1939 initially served as classrooms for young boys mostly aged 16 who had signed up with the Royal Navy for 12 years and they were a familiar site during this war period marching from their ship (H.M.S St George) to Ballakermeen School to learn the basic knowledge of signalling and telegraphy.

The image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera, resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Ballakermeen High School - © Peter Killey

 

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Whilst out for a walk yesterday (28th Dec 2011) I could not help to capture this image of the church whilst the sun was out.

The church was constructed as a result of a bequest in the will of Henry Bloom Noble, his trustees provided land, at the junction of St Ninian’s Road and Ballaquayle Road, and money for the construction of this beautiful church which was completd in 1913 and consecrated as a parish church the following year.

The architect was W.D. Caroe and the church is constructed of local slate and its tower dominates the landscape and indeed the skyline of Douglas.

The image was captured on my Fuji X10 camera, resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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St Ninian's Church - Douglas - © Peter Killey

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The custom of ‘hunting the wren’ has long been an Isle of Man tradition, and is still kept alive each St Stephen’s Day.

It is thought that it is descended from Celtic mythology and the tradition may also have been influenced by Scandinavian settlers during the Viking invasions of the 8th and 10th centuries.

Historically, groups of young men known as ‘wren boys’ would hunt a wren and then tie the sacred bird to the top of a pole, decorated with holly sprigs and ribbons. With blackened faces, the group would sing at houses and receive for money, presents or food for their efforts. Those that gave money to the boys would receive a feather from the wren as thanks. The collected money was then used to host a village dance.

Superstitious Manx fishermen were known not to venture out to sea without having first secured a feather to ensure their safe return. Wrens’ feathers were also considered a general preservative against witchcraft.

The images were captured on my Fuji X10 camera, resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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This image of Douglas Head Lighthouse was captured just before the last of the winters day sun dissapeared.

Douglas Head Lighthouse was originally erected in 1832 and replaced by this Lighthouse in 1892 at a cost of £32,000 it stands 32m above sea level and the Lighthouse has now been automated and is now in private ownership.

Click these alternative links of Douglas Head Lighthouse 2 and Douglas Head Lighthouse 3 which I captured from another area in June 2011

The image was captured on my Nikon S3000 digital camera and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Douglas Head Lighthouse - © Peter Killey

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This beautiful super yacht Amaryllis has been moored on the northern side of Victoria Pier in Douglas Harbour for the best part of a week now, so I could not resist grabbing a few piccies of her.

Built by Abeking & Rasmussen at Weser in Germany she is 78m (257′) long, steel hulled with an aluminium superstructure. Designed by London outfit Reymond Langton Ltd the Amaryllis can take 12 guests and 22 crew.

The Amaryllis is registered in GeorgeTown, Cayman Islands and is reported to cost an eye-watering £100m – Ouch!

The images were captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Whilst out and about this afternoon for a walk on Douglas Beach, I spotted this image just as the sun popped through and cast some lovely reflections of the old and new apartments and remaining existing hotels on Queens Promenade.

The Castle at the top left of the image is the former Falcon Cliff Hotel which has been standing overlooking Douglas Bay since circa 1843 and is now office accommodation, click here for an image of the Falcon Cliff that I captured in 2004.

The image was captured on my Nikon S3000 digital camera and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Reflections on Douglas Beach - © Peter Killey

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This building which is situated at No. 7 John Street in Douglas (behind Douglas Town Hall) is one of the oldest remaining buildings in Douglas.

The building for as long as I can remember has always been a restaurant and it used to be called Scotts Bistro but is now called Isola. The property is a registered listed building.

The images was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 18mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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7 John Street - Douglas - © Peter Killey

 

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This lovely old building stands on South Quay in Douglas right opposite the new lifting bridge.

The tower used to be the control tower for the former swing bridge where the bridge was hydraulically operated to swing it open.

Gas Works steps that lead from South Quay up to Fort William can also be seen to the left of the image.

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 22mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Old Swing Bridge Control Tower - South Quay © Peter Killey

 

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All tied up – The two Steam Packet Vessels (The Flag Ship Ben My Chree and the Fast craft Manannan) seen here tied up in Douglas Harbour and unable to sail today (12th September 2011) because of the severe weather conditions in the Irish Sea due to the tail end of hurricane Katia.

The forecast today has given possible further disruptions for the next day or so also!

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 58mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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All tied up in Douglas Harbour - © Peter Killey

 

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During TT and MGP fortnight this Twin Squirrel Helicopter Registration No G-BPRI can be seen flying around the Isle of Man when the roads are closed for racing.

I captured these pictures the other day whilst the civilian emergency aircraft was on standby duties at one of the three heli-pads at Nobles Isle of Man Hospital.

Both images were taken on my compact Nikon S3000 digital camera and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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I have always admired the architecture of this lovely “Old Douglas” building which was opened in 1898.

The building was designed by an architect called Armitage Rigby who also designed several houses at Little Switzerland and the cross shelters at Maughold and Kirk Michael (and other buildings).

The image was taken from South Quay and overlooking the Douglas Marina towards “The British”  and was captured on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 38mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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The British Hotel on North Quay Douglas - © Peter Killey

 

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Captured the Sailing for the Disabled Yacht “Pride of Mann 2” leaving the Douglas Marina today, obviously she can only leave the inner Harbour whilst the South Quay lifting Bridge is raised.

The image was taken on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 22mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Pride of Mann 2 - © Peter Killey

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