Thursday, January 28, 2010

Port Erin, Isle of Man

I was supposed to do other stuff....but I totally overslept....consequence of a day-to-day lack of sleep....sooner or later it catches up with you...well, i have still tonz of work to do, but at this point Im really not into it...and yeah, its been over 10 days since my last post....will get down to that bit later....lets not spoil my new country :)
Isle of Man....when i first heard about it (and i did so only when i joined postcrossing), I totally mis-translated into it...that is, I translated the word "Man" too literally.....even though as a linguist, i am SUPPOSED to know that you DONT translate names of countries and such....
This card is just really great, not only for being my first from the Isle of Man, but also, it has a picture of a train on it, and if im not mistaken, on the picture in the top right corner, thats a lighthouse...well, it looks like that, and thats a natural place for a lighthouse to be....but maybe some local could confirm it just to make sure...
As for Port Erin, its situated in the southern part of the Island...meaning "The Iron Port" or "Lord's Port"....
Ok....I just found it....that is NOT a lighthouse but a tower...the Milner's Tower....well, there is quite a story behind it, as well as regarding the railway museum on the island (the locomotive you see is called No.11 Maitland)...I really hope to receive single-view cards from these places so i could get into an in-depth monologue about them :P

Thanks a million to Andy for sending me this one!

1 comment:

jamesq said...

Great post. I'm a Manxie and grew up round Port Erin/Port St Mary. I had no idea that Port Erin meant Iron or Lords Port. You learn something everyday:)

It's a beautiful part of the world and has a very rich history. the headland where the tower is has a number of mine shafts and old workings running through it so perhaps there is a link there with the Iron name?

If you're into Lighthouses I think there is something like 7 on the Island off the top of my head so I'm sure there are lighthouse postcards kicking about somewhere too.