What's Happening in Douglas blog

Dad plans mountain climb

Retired social worker Ray Johnstone is planning to climb a mountain to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder. Ray, 45, from Douglas, who suffers from the anxiety disorder after being in the army, wants to climb Kilimanjaro to encourage others like himself.

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Hairdressing winner finds lost family

Winning a hairdressing competition brought more than just an award for Cath Purvis – she ended up finding family members she never knew she had. Cath, of salon Hot Gossip, in Douglas, won the title of Stylist of the Year in the annual hairdressing awards organised by local newspaper group the Isle of Man Newspapers.

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Garden Party acts announced

Organisers of music festival The Garden Party have announced they will feature headline acts from the national scene for the first time this year. A spokesperson for the festival, which takes place on July 6 and 7, has named modern folk band Turin Brakes and rock band The Minutes as two of the acts that will be in the line-up for 2012.

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Horses help pupils

Working with animals and children has proved a big success for one secondary school. Ballakermeen High School, in Douglas, has been working with a local riding school in an aim to harness the calming influence of horses, and the results have been very positive. The project, which has been running for three years, aims to help autistic children and children with social, emotional and behavioural conditions.

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Awards will celebrate Manx talent

Music, dance, poetry and song will be celebrated on the Isle of Man with the new Manx Folk Awards. The awards will give children on the island a chance to show off their talents, and will take place in March in the Manx Museum, in Douglas.

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