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Goat Yoga: a novel way to de-stress

Ever heard of Goat Yoga?

A group on the Isle of Man has been set up doing just that - Isle of Man Goatsfilmed this video showing local Howard Caine experiencing the alternative approach to yoga.

Suzanne Young set up the group, which some are calling 'Goga.'

It was great fun - perfect for those who like their yoga with a smile. My mountain pose never felt more realistic ... though had to watch those little hooves on my asana at times!

– Howard Caine

Wearing red for Sickle Cell

Manchester Town Hall will be lit up in red on World Sickle Cell Awareness Day to stand in solidarity and show its support for those who have the disease.

Manchester Town Hall Credit: itv granada

Organisers want as many people together as possible to wear red T shirts (or tops) to raise awareness with the public about what Sickle Cell Disease is. They also want to raise the profile of the disease and the need for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities to donate blood.


Comedian's documentary on overcoming Thalidomide

Liverpool comedian Ricky Tomlinson is making a documentary about his friend and fellow comedian Gary Skyner whose disabilities were caused by the drug Thalidomide.

The drug caused serious damage to unborn babies when it was prescribed to their pregnant mothers in the 1950s and 60s.

60 Years On will follow Gary's attempt to swim Loch Ness as part of his story about overcoming Thalidomide, and mark sixty years of achievements of others affected by the drug's side effects.

  • You can find out more information about 60 Years On here.
  • You can make donations to support the film here.


Double celebration for nurse from the Wirral

A 70th birthday is a great reason to celebrate, and a nurse from the Wirral has two anniversaries to mark - her own birthday and the founding of the NHS.

Ann O'Connor has been along to meet Kathy Shirley, who works at Clatterbridge hospital on the Wirral.

Hospital staff strike in Greater Manchester

600 catering, cleaning and portering staff at three hospitals in Greater Manchester are staging a 48 hour walkout.

It's over plans at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust to transfer their jobs to a separate company it plans to set up as a wholly owned subsidiary.

The Trust says that jobs are safe, and denies it amounts to privatisation.

But union members are unconvinced.

IoM abortion reform passes first stage of Legislative Council

The public entrance to the Legislative Buildings Credit: ITV

The Isle of Man Abortion Reform Bill has passed its first stage in the Legislative Council.

Yesterday the Bill, proposed by Dr Alex Allinson MHK, was scrutinised by members during its first reading in the Legislative Council Chambers.

Lord Bishop Peter Eagles said while the Bill protects mothers, it "doesn't protect an unborn child." He suggested the Bill be sent to a committee, which was rejected in the House of Keys.

The second reading will take place in the near future.

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