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    Nov 5, 2014

    45 Reasons Living In The Isle Of Man Ruins You For Life

    "Oh gem of God's earth."

    1. Because you can wake up to a sunrise like this.

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    2. Because you can sit on the beach, beer in hand, and watch sunsets like this.

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    3. Because you've wandered around castles that were built by the Vikings.

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    4. Because you've stumbled past medieval castles on your way home from a night in the pub.

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    5. Because there's always someone willing to greet you, wherever you are.

    6. Because the term "rat race" has little meaning for you.

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    7. Because you know the difference between a hill and a mountain.

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    8. Because on the Isle of Man, trams are trams.

    9. Because you can't see a water wheel without bringing up the largest working example in the world.

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    10. Because this is what all sheep look like, right?

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    11. Because you know cats don't need tails to have a good time.

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    12. Because you hear the word "village" and you think of this.

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    13. Because you know pumpkins have no place in Hop-tu-Naa.

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    14. Because you don't understand why people think kippers smell strongly.

    15. Because there's nothing like an island to make you reflect.

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    16. Because you could travel the world and not find a view to hold a candle to Bradda Head on a summer's evening.

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    17. Because a town without a promenade isn't worth bothering with.

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    18. Because you know there's always a smaller island, should you need to get away.

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    19. Because you never forget growing up in a Celtic nation.

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    20. Because going for a quick stroll looks like this.

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    21. Because a Peel sunset makes fish 'n' chips taste all the better.

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    22. Because for two weeks a year there's nowhere you'd rather be.

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    23. Because the island knows how to have a good time.

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    24. Because it looks just as stunning when the weather turns.

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    25. Because occasionally you can find yourself in Windows XP.


    26. Because you're used to getting this close to the action.

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    27. Because the island offers refuge.

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    28. Because the engines that power our public transport have names like "Jake".

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    29. Because everywhere is (more or less) walkable.

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    30. Because you have no desire to see the Hollywood sign.

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    31. Because flying cars are almost impossible to find anywhere else.

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    32. Because you thought the sky looked like this everywhere.

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    33. Because this is how you determine that spring has sprung.

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    34. Because you know that what most people call a strong wind is nothing but a light breeze.

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    35. And because you've seen TERRIBLE things while getting the ferry in the wrong conditions.

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    So. Much. Vomit.

    36. Because even the harsh winters still look like this.

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    37. Because you've got the northern lights on your doorstep.

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    38. Because you find Manannan's Cloak comforting.

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    39. Because they make 'em tough here.

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    40. Because you spent your childhood exploring places like this.

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    True story: I caught my first (and possibly last) fish while sat on the rock on the left.

    41. Because you're totally used to 100-feet-tall seagulls.

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    42. Because you know 4 July is just a warm-up for the following day.

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    43. Because the national dish looks like this.

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    44. Because there's no other spot from which you can see Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales.

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    On a clear day, of course...

    45. Because, well, there's nowhere like it.

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    Many of the images included in this post were taken by Manx photographer Ron Strathdee. You can see more of his work and order prints by visiting his website.

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