May 22, 2013 |
In 2009 the famed Isle of Man TT racetrack hosted the first "zero emissions Grand Prix" -- a motorcycle race closed to the internal combustion machines that for 100 years brought their roar to the narrow streets and winding country roads of the tiny English island. Similar Grand Prix followed for the next three years as teams from England, India, Germany, the U.S. and elsewhere battled to beat one another to the finish line and to overcome local sentiments ranging from apathy to outright opprobrium.
August 9, 2009
Thanks to Susan Carpenter for her article on the Isle of Man ["On Motorcycle, the Thrill Is Definitely On," Aug. 2]. I am so impressed that she rented a [motorcycle] as part of her experience. I grew up there but have not been back for a while. Her writing was a great trip down memory lane for me as I continue life in Los Angeles. I'll be forwarding it to my Manx friends. Tony Bowling Los Angeles
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.
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.
February 10, 1985 |
Sylvia O'Brion, 76, sat beside an oil lamp and wood-burning stove in her clapboard cabin on the sub-zero night, strumming her banjo and singing: "This is my home where the bobcats holler and the wild deer roam." She has lived in the primitive dwelling without running water or electricity on the slopes of Dead Fall Mountain her entire life. She shuns modern conveniences. She lives alone in one of the isolated pockets beyond the power lines in West Virginia.