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Cover and pages from 'Manx Myths, Mysteries & Miscellanies
  “There was a tradition at the tea rooms’ garden that men could put their arms around a woman called Flora for them to be photographed having a hug. She didn’t protest because she was made of wood. ”
Manx Myths, Mysteries & Miscellanies, page 53
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   pic of Robert Kelly  
Robert Kelly
  Robert Kelly spent a lifetime
in newspapers. He began his career
as a cub reporter and, decades later,
retired as Editorial Director of the
Isle of Man Examiner. He was the
first man to be responsible for the
Times, the Examiner and the Manx
Star all at the same time.
  Robert was fascinated by the history
of his homeland and published
several books revealing his deep
knowledge of the Isle of Man and
his love of the unusual and arcane.
  Sadly Robert died in 2018, leaving
behind him a collection of unfinished
and unpublished writings. After his
passing, Robertís friend and executor
Neil Hanson, together with historian
Matthew Richardson, foraged
through Robertís CDs and computer
drives to compile this collection of
his unpublished writings. The
arrangement is theirs but the words
are his and reflect the enormous
breadth of Robertís interests,
encompassing almost every aspect
of life on the Isle of Man.
  Loaghtan Books is delighted to be
able to publish the writings, albeit
posthumously, of such a well-
respected Manx journalist.
  Manx Myths, Mysteries & Miscellanies
By Robert Kelly

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Do you know what a Vitascope clock is?
Or where you can find the remains of the Manx
flax industry? Or what was the meaning behind
Mabelreign? Robert Kelly does!

Manx born and bred, Robert spent his entire life
researching and writing about the Isle of Man,
and amassed a huge fund of fascinating and
little-known information..

images from MMM & M

Sadly Robert died in 2018, but this collection
of some of his unpublished work reminds us not
only of his erudition and delight in detail, but also
his love of the myriad stories which contribute
to the identity of his homeland.

swing bridge in Ramsey'

Whether heís writing about repurposing a concrete
ship or the history of the Douglas mace,
Robert Kelly writes with wit, individuality and style.

Isle of Mann Gaol'

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