The nefarious tax activities of several corporations and famous individuals have been laid bare in recent weeks by the Paradise Papers investigation. At the centre of many of the stories is The Isle of Man, a self-governing crown dependency of the British Isles. A recent long-read from the BBC offers a fascinating overview of how the island found itself at the centre of an offshore cash scandal.
Academic and novelist, Carol Lefevre, reflects on the wild ocean of the publishing world, and asks if the role of the novelist can survive in the digital present.Read More
In 2009 UNESCO declared that Manx, the native language of the Isle of Man, was extinct. Its death began in the 19th century as English was enforced from the classroom and up as the only proper way to communicate. Now, however, it looks like UNESCO were a bit quick off the mark in making their judgement, for through an unlikely combination of chatter in bars, in the classroom and on social media, Manx is making a welcome comeback, as this story explains.
How three brothers from the Isle of Man became one of the most popular acts on earth, the Bee Gees.Read More