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  “These books are not lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves…
speaking to us.” Gilbert Highet
 
 
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image from A Manx ABC-Derry
  A Manx A-B-C-Dery  
  It’s simple. A is for Albert Tower, B is for Bride Bunkers…
We’ve taken the 26 letters of the alphabet and used them as a starting point for 26 lesser known attractions on the island. X was a challenge!
 
  For those of you with long memories, we had planned to work on this book a couple of years ago, but other projects took priority. We never forgot it though…  
  Incidentally, a number of people have asked us about the choice of name for this book and also how they should pronounce it.  
  We could have called it something like ‘an alphabetical list of a few Manx attractions’, but that’s hardly a snappy title. ‘Manx Miscellany’ also sprung to mind, but it’s been used before. Muttering about alphabets and A-B-Cs we realised that, in an odd sort of way the first five letters of the alphabet were pronounceable, and so the title was born.  
  For those of you still unsure about how to pronounce the title, recite the first three letters of the alphabet and add ‘-dery’ at the end.  
   
  Future publications
Two Fish for the Summit

The Isle of Man has just one mountain, Snaefell,
but its significance is often unappreciated.

image from 'On top of the world'

To start with, almost every visitor to the island
goes to the summit, courtesy of the Victorian
tramway. The Summit Hotel offers its customers
one of the best views on the island. On good
days visitors can see the mountains of the
lands across.

image from 'On top of the world'

It’s not all fun. Most of the north end of the
island’s water drains off the flanks of Snaefell.
The sheep that graze the summit end up on many
local dinner tables.
image from 'On top of the world'

The National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has
a station at the top of Snaefell which plays a large
part in keeping planes safe flying to and from
North America. Mobile phone connexions and
Manx Radio rely on signals going to and from the
masts. And some of the fastest stretches of
the TT course cross Snaefell.

Our new publication, another in our occasional Hoofprint series, gives a more detailed picture of Snaefell, talks about its place in history, the ghost stories and folklore which surround it, and provides something of an insight on what’s it like to work at the top of Mann.

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