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Manx Radio reports:- Published online at 11/12/2012 14:07:45 The Island's road safety manager says this year's anti-drink driving campaign is already a success. Gordon Edwards says the push which began on the 28th November and lasts into the new year has already brought a number of arrests. The DoI's awareness leaflet includes a list of taxi numbers which the department says is a useful tool in the prevention drink-driving. Mr Edwards outlined how this year's campaign compares with the 2011 initiative: Listen To Related Audio Clip http://www.manxradio.com/newsread.aspx?id=62878 but hang on a minute - the clip says last year there were 20 people arrested and this year, only a week into the anti -drink driving campaign, "regrettably" 5 people have been arrested.....surely that makes the campaign a failure not a success!!!
Calling all readers and writers... The first Manx Litfest takes place later this month - September 27th-30th - with main festival hub based around the Villa Marina Gardens. Those appearing include former BBC war correspondent and MP Martin Bell, 'Vera' crime novelist Ann Cleeves, crime writer Chris Ewan, Jasper Fforde, Elizabeth Buchan, Tolkien scholar Colin Duriez, Neil Ansell, Roisin Meaney, Fiona O'Brien, children's authors Jeremy Strong, Hilary Robinson and Tom Palmer, poets Thommie Gillow, Gez Walsh and Michael Curtis, and leading UK performance storyteller Ben Haggarty, of the Crick Crack Club. There will be three marquees in the gardens - the main marque, for talks and a book fair; the family marquee, with storytelling for youngsters; and the food and drink marquee, for everyone to refuel. Entry to the 'hub' will be free. Other individual talks/events are taking place in the Promenade Suite and Gaiety - ticketed - as well as around the Island - Castle Rushen, Milntown, Greeba Castle, Erin Arts Centre, St John's Mill, Peel Cathedral and the Manx Museum. Most of these are ticketed, although one or two aren't. For a full run-down on the schedule, have a skeet here: http://manxlitfest.com/book-tickets/ You can follow latest updates by signing up to the email newsletter on our website, or on: www.facebook.com/manxlitfest www.twitter.com/manxlitfest As a bit of background, Manx Litfest has been established as a charity (number 1100) and is being supported financially by Manx Heritage Foundation, Manx Lottery Trust and IOM Arts Council. Without the help of these bodies, this wouldn't be taking place. A number of our individual events are being sponsored by companies, organisations and individuals - to which we are hugely indebted. If anyone has any questions, ask away - or drop us a line at email@example.com We aim to make this an annual celebration of reading, writing and storytelling - everything is in place, all we need now is bums on seats to ensure it's a success! Many thanks for reading. Cheers Manx Litfest team
In what was normally the preserve of the' tin hat' brigade, subjects what were once considered fringe thinking are now making it onto mainstream news media (albeit Russia Today, who have a vested interest in printing what the western media shy away from). Here's a summary, plus 12 possible events, of what may be in store for us in 2012. NOTE: Rigid thinkers may find some of this a little too stretching for their inflexible brains. https://rt.com/news/world-government-conspiracy-therory-657/