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Ian Dunn
752689.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:34 am Reply with quote

If you want to see wild wallabies but not too keen on traveling to Australia, then the Isle of Man is a good spot. A pair escaped from a Manx wildlife park about 40 years ago and bred, so wild wallabies can now be found on the island. Luckily, the climate on the Isle of Man is similar to that of Tasmania.

Source: BBC


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Zebra57
752732.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:28 pm Reply with quote

Escapees colonised parts of North Derbyshire and their off-spring are still living wild in the Peak District National Park.

 
Efros
752737.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:34 pm Reply with quote

There used to be numerous wild breeding colonies of wallabies all over England and even around Loch Lomond following an escape from the Bear park up there.

 
Spud McLaren
752742.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:46 pm Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
Escapees colonised parts of North Derbyshire and their off-spring are still living wild in the Peak District National Park.
Sadly that may no longer be true, The area in question was around The Roaches (more Staffordshire than Derbyshire, though still in the Paek District NP) and there have been no sightings for quite a number of years now.

Another IoM/Derbyshire connection was that the IoM was for a time the possession of the Stanleys, Earls of Derby. And if you turn the map of the IoM 45 degrees anticlockwise it looks similar to the map of Derbyshire (some imagination required here), although not the same size.

 
Ian Dunn
752745.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:53 pm Reply with quote

The symbol on the Isle of Man flag is a "Triskelion". However, there are many versions of it and are used by many different groups. Other versions include one on the flag of Sicily, one on the roundel of the Irish Air Corps, one which is a symbol of the BDSM community and one which is the insigna of a branch of the SS.

Source: Wikipedia

 
Spud McLaren
752750.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:04 pm Reply with quote

There's an account of the legend as to how Mann came to have this as it's national symbol (and the motto, Quocunque Jeceris Stabit - "Whichever way you throw me, I stand") here.

Traditionally (and understandably) the national dish of the island is Spuds and Herrin.

< beams happily >

 
Bondee
752752.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:15 pm Reply with quote

Ian Dunn wrote:
The symbol on the Isle of Man flag is a "Triskelion". However, there are many versions of it and are used by many different groups. Other versions include one on the flag of Sicily, one on the roundel of the Irish Air Corps, one which is a symbol of the BDSM community and one which is the insigna of a branch of the SS.

Source: Wikipedia


Does the village of Three Legged Cross in Dorset have anything to do with the triskelion? Or could it have been the site of a set of gallows similar to Tyburn's "three legged mare"?

 
Efros
752759.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:36 pm Reply with quote

Must be one of the few islands to have a compound named after it.

 
suze
752775.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:43 pm Reply with quote

What is the national anthem of the Isle of Man?

If you thought it was God save the Queen, take a klaxon - it ceased to be so on 22 Jan 2003, and is now styled as the "Royal anthem".

"Ah, I know, it's that one that the Bee Gees do." If that's what you were thought, well you were thinking of Ellan Vannin. But take both a klaxon and a badge inscribed "hateful little smartass" - that song is not and has never been the national anthem of the Isle of Man, much as the Bees Gee have claimed it as such. (Not the same song as Ellan Vannin; credited there to The Spinners but in fact a solo performance by Hughie Jones.)

In fact, the national anthem of the Isle of Man is O Land of our Birth (called in Manx O' Halloo nyn ghooie). That's the only recording of it that I can find on YouTube; that guy's guitar skills are even more limited than mine!

 

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