How do you view Manx Teenagers? Contrary to popular belief, we do not spend all our time sitting in McDonald’s or the “vibrant” sea terminal departures lounge. Nor do we, as what is almost becoming a seasonal tradition now, throw aerosols on fires down at Happy Valley. If you are unaware of what Happy Valley is: I’ll be honest with you, it’s probably not worth finding out.
Here I am, doing what I do best, cocking up what would be a really great photo with, at a push, a Z-list celebrity. Story of my life.
The Isle of Man has been an interesting place to grow up as a millennial. So, after a bit of a think I have put together a list of 10 myths about the strange creature that is, a Manx Teenager. A rare breed indeed.
Disclaimer: I do not represent all Manx teenagers, I am probably what you would call, an anomaly.
1. That we are all inbred
When I first told some friends from Liverpool that I was from the Isle of Man they immediately assumed I was inbred. I wonder where that stereotype came from.
2. That we all eat Chips, Cheese, and Gravy
Personally, I’m not a fan.
3. That we are not well behaved
*chuckles* We are not all idiots, however if you just looked on Facebook your opinion might change on the matter. I’m pretty sure the Isle of Man is the underage drug and alcohol capital of Europe?
4. That all R-plate drivers are idiots
Some of us can actually drive sensibly.
5. That nobody cares KFC is gone
For some reason, it never tasted the same here and I’m not old enough to remember Griddles.
6. That the scenic Maccies eating spot is called Douglas “dogging” Head
Another myth, I’d say it might have happened a good few years back yet now, there are way too many cars and nobody wants to see that over lunchtime.
7. That we all go to beach parties
There comes a point when going home smelling of smoke just becomes too much.
8. That the police seem to know about every party
Ah, not all of them 😉
9. That we don’t really care about politics
I once had a pretty heated argument with a nameless politician about cream eggs. I’m not trying to be funny, I genuinely did.
10. That there is nothing for us to do
That timeless phrase; the simple answer is yes there is, it’s just a case of finding it in whichever form you like.