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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. (Click on the image for a larger view)

The House of Keys - © Peter KilleyExternal 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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Overlooking a majority of Douglas, on a very rare day where the weather was glorious and the sun was shining!

There are two images stitched together here, and the bottom section of the image is mostly offices and the financial sector of the Isle of Man (Athol Street area).

The 2 images were captured on my Nikon S8200 Camera resized, cropped and merged into 1 image in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

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The Heart of Douglas, Isle of Man © Peter Killey

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This lovely building of which little is known about stands in memory of the young men of HMS St. George who trained at Cunningham’s Holiday Camp (and Ballakermeen School) and who gave their lives during the Second World War 1939 – 1945

Please feel free to enlighten us with any information that you may have of this lovely little building.

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The grounds of the former Cunningham's Camp in Douglas - © Peter Killey

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In between the heavy wintry showers today I could not help take this image of the winter sun lighting up and highlighting this fine row of houses on Queens Avenue in Douglas.

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A Sunlit Queens Avenue in Douglas -  © Peter Killey

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I took this image this morning opposite the Woodbourne Hotel in Alexander Drive in Douglas.

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.

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Hunt the Wren 2012 - © Peter Killey

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Right opposite Athol Street on Peel Road in Douglas you cannot miss these Majestic Victorian gilt topped turrets and Station Clock of which the entrance leads you down to the Steam Railway Station.

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 DSLR with a Nikon 18-105 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens, cropped and resized in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Douglas Railway Station Entrance - © Peter Killey

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The Jubilee Clock in Victoria Street, Douglas - © Peter Killey

This beautiful cast iron ornate clock structure was presented to the Town of Douglas by Mr George William Dumbell to mark the occasion of the Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887.

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 DSLR with a Nikon 18-105 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens, cropped and resized in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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I always admire this lovely little cafe and restaurant at No 21 Castle Street in Douglas.

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21 Castle Street in Douglas - © Peter Killey

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Opened in 1899, this Victorian market building still operates as a market to this day.

The building is situated on the junction of Market Hill and North Quay in downtown “Old Douglas” and is owned by Douglas Borough Council (Ratepayers of Douglas).

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The Victorian Market Hall, Douglas - © Peter Killey

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This former but original Jane Crookall Maternity Home became fully functional as a dedicated Maternity Home in 1938 and closed in 1992, this building, where I was born is now administration offices for the Department of Social Care.

The property which had been bought and modified for the purpose by the then Mayor of Douglas, Alderman A B Crookall for a lasting memorial for his wife Jane.

The building is situated on Demesne Road in Douglas is now called Crookall House and if my memory serves me right there used to be a figure of a stalk situated on the roof above the front doors!

There have been some very famous people born in this building (apart from me!!) i.e. Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb from the Beegees 🙂 there are plenty more I am sure!

Also if my memory serves me right the rooms to the right of the front door were the delivery rooms!

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Jane Crookall Maternity Home (former) - Douglas - © Peter Killey

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The relatively newly refurbished Villa Marina Arcade/Colonnade on Harris Promenade in Douglas, click here to see an image of the Villa Marina Arcade/Colonnade that I captured early one morning back in May 2003 prior to the refurbishment.

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Villa Marina Arcade/Colonnade - Douglas - © Peter Killey

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This quaint little lodge is situated on one of the busiest main roads on the Island, “Thornton Lodge” is sited in the grounds of the Former “Thornton” which was a mansion house accessed along Peel Road in Douglas (opposite Hills Meadow) and is now the HQ for the Department of Education and Children in the relatively newly constructed “Hamilton House”.

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Thornton Lodge - Peel Road, Douglas - © Peter Killey

 

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