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NH Dave BS: Isle of Mann (18) RE: BS: Isle of Mann 11 Oct 06

I used to go over to the Isle of Man to watch the motorcycle races, back when they were counted as part of the European racing scene. There's be tons of people lining up with their bikes to board the ferry at Liverpool, and even more people when we got to Douglas. In spite of the crowd all of the hotels and motels were reasonable, and so were the prices in all of the local pubs. In short, we were welcomed as guests, as opposed to being viewed as a transient lot, who could be easily separated from their money by one dodge or another.

The island was great, lots of things other than the races to see, beautiful scenery, and very gracious people. At the time Man had its own money and coinage, and although British currency was welcomed everywhere, Manx notes or coins were not required to be honored either in England or Ireland, and once you got away from Liverpool, usually weren't, except for depositing them for clearance at a Manx bank much later. Perhaps there is a universal monetary system there now, but this was an interesting oddity back then. They also had their own very pretty postage stamps, a great opportunity for someone who collects stamps.


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