This week we welcomed thousands of sports fans from around the world. All here to watch the world’s most famous (and deadly) motorbike race. We sat inches from the track as the bikes whizzed past at unbelievable speeds. The weather was hit and miss for the crowds. We did had some sunshine to sit and watch some of the races. Though I felt for the people, many of which had travelled from the other side of the world, to witness the races only for some of them be cancelled due to the infamously unpredictable Manx weather. I can honestly say in the past week I have seen more motorbikes than I have the rest of my entire life. Although I am far from a sports person it was pretty awesome to see the race close up.
We went surveying as much as we possibly could. Sadly though the Cetaceans have continued to avoid us. Trying not to take it too personally. Though it’s always difficult to face rejection especially from sea creatures. Of course we all face rejection at some point. It might as well come from whales and dolphins. Still the scenery remains beautiful and the people remain friendly, so I shan’t complain too much. Though I personally rarely do complain. I just offer a running commentary that happens to be negative.
We were supposed to have a stand at Peel day though sadly the poor weather struck again. We couldn’t risk our poor gazebo being ruthlessly swept out to sea by the wind. So had to cancel. Still there are many events still to come in the next few months. We did make it out to watch a motorbike stunt show and have a drink at the pub. So not all was lost.
Lots of office work this week. Learnt a lot.Sadly my reunion with excel was a disaster and I couldn’t remember a damn thing about how to use it. I have a excel proficiency certificate at home that clearly needs shredding; as it’s a lie in ink. I had more luck with photo identification and graphic design . We have also learnt how to use GIS (geographic information systems) and worked with lots of data analysis of public sightings. As well as continuing with our social media efforts. Sorting through our photos for photo identification of Risso dolphins.
The emergence of TT also highlighted the issues when it comes to staging a world class sporting event on a small island. Road closures an increased population and motorbikes. Everywhere . All. The. Time. Though the Isle of Man coped with it all very well. Though for me as an individual I could do without hearing the vroooommmmm!!! ever again my entire life.
Edit: Just realised I didn’t take a single photo of a single bike so here is an emoji 🏍