Douglas

Douglas Head Lighthouse this afternoon.

I think I could live here as the Lighthouse Cottage is up for sale 🙂

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Douglas Lighthouse Cottage  © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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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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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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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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The ‘Old Market Inn’ and ‘The Albert’ are both side by side in Chapel Row in what is truly the oldest part of Douglas.

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Chapel Row in Douglas © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Quite a topical subject at present as it is facing possible closure along with Ramsey Post Office.

Will it stay or will it go?

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Regent Street Post Office © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Who remembers these Pubs on North Quay as part of the Barbary Coast?

The Clarendon and Isle of Man Farmers on the right hand side have recently been demolished and rebuilt, they will soon be back as a Pub with offices above.

The former Douglas Hotel on the left has been refurbished and that apparently will be a shop with flats above.

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British Hotel & Clarendon Hotel  on North Quay © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Steeped in rich Manx history with lots of very famous owners and now about to be sold for development as an educational and training facility specialising in I/T.

What will be getting sold next? The family silver maybe!!

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The Nunnery in South Douglas ©  Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The Saddle Stone from which this road takes its name, is by the roadside right next to the Old Deemster’s Cottage. The stone has stood there for at least two centuries

The famous ‘Saddle” wishing stone according to old Manx legend is ridden every night by the fairies.

Today people sit on this “Saddle” and make a wish.

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Saddle Road in Douglas © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The aedicule (doorcase) came from the Market Inn Pub in Chapel lane in Douglas and was preserved by erecting it at the bottom of Crellins Hill which is the bottom entrance to the Manx Museum.

Click Here to see the aedicule when it was still in situ at the Market Inn.

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Recycled Architecture © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The bus, a rare Leyland Comet, registration KMN 519 and new to Douglas Corporation in 1950, it was withdrawn from service in 1968, purchased by builders Parkinsons for staff transport then withdrawn by the company in 1979.

It is seen here after a full restoration by a UK collector outside the Jurby Transport Museum.

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KMN 519 - A Former Douglas Corporation Bus © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A bit of a breeze blowing up on Douglas Head this afternoon and I just couldn’t resist this one of the Manannan backing in to her Berth.

Coupled with the Gorgeous WW1 commemorative display of poppies on Douglas Head now in full bloom which is a total credit to Douglas Corporation Gardening Department for such a fantastic display up on Douglas Head.

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Poppies on Douglas Head - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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