August 25, 2002 |
At the airport in Birmingham, England, the officer looked at our German and U.S. passports and asked what our destination was. "Isle of Man," I answered. "Oh, do you have family there?" she asked. "No, we're just going for vacation," my husband, Rolf, said. "That's rather odd, isn't it?" We must have looked confused, because she added: "Well, foreigners just never go there unless they have family." It seems she was right. Only two U.S.
August 20, 1995 |
Ten thousand years ago a warming of the world's temperature brought about the slow disintegration of the vast ice mantle that covered a large part of the Northern Hemisphere. As the massively thick glacier slowly melted and retreated northward, an island was revealed in what is now called the Irish Sea. To the east of it was a large land mass, later to be known as Great Britain; to the west, Ireland. Among its earliest human inhabitants were the Celts and later the Vikings.
August 19, 1988 |
Three years ago, Sen. Dan Quayle, George Bush's vice presidential running mate, agreed to appear on behalf of foreign officials seeking to lure American companies and individuals to invest in the Isle of Man, a well-known tax haven, according to a former official of the Isle of Man Parliament. A full-page advertisement urging American businessmen to meet Quayle at an offshore investment seminar ran May 6, 1985, in the New Yorker magazine.
August 27, 1987 |
Question: I have an ancestor who was born on the Isle of Man in 1812. He was living in Rochester, N.Y., at the time of the 1850 census. Is there an Isle of Man genealogical organization? Answer: The Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea, is not part of the United Kingdom, but is a Crown possession. Its history dates back to 9th-Century Vikings settlements. Write to the Manx Society in care of Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man, England, and Mrs. I. J.
October 6, 1985 |
The tailless Manx cat ends with the unsettling abruptness of a sawed-off shotgun, but makes up for this anatomical shortage in an abundance of love and loyalty. And the absence of a tail has made the Manx the stuff of legend. Its tail got caught in the doors of Noah's Ark. It's part cat, part rabbit. It escaped minus its tail from a Spanish shipwreck and threw a litter on this little island in the Irish Sea. Viking invaders cut off the tails to adorn their helmets. . . .
May 19, 1985 |
The Isle of Man has a dilemma: Can it go on believing in fairies now that the gnomes are here? Gnomes--the kind who run banks--are a growing phenomenon on this tiny tax haven between England and Ireland, and the people of Man are torn between the allure of fat bank deposits and the preservation of their ancient culture and identity. As tax havens go, the Isle of Man is regarded in financial circles as something of a poor cousin.