Three Legs

The Manx flag depicts three legs, with the apt motto Quocunque Jeceris Stabit (“wherever you throw it will stand”).

You see this flag all over the Isle of Man, on vehicles, houses, monuments, business premises and, of course, on many flagpoles.

On the steep slopes of North Barrule above Cardle stands what is surely the world’s largest and most spectacular three legs of Man.

In a rectangular grass field, a huge outline of three legs more than two hundred yards across is treated with fertiliser each spring, and as the grass grows the image stands out. It is a living thing, changing with the weather and the seasons, visible for miles across Maughold and the east of the Island.

It is best seen in summer from the Glen Mona area on the coast road from Laxey to Ramsey.

This is not some initiative by the Tourist Board paid for by the taxpayer. It is done by the farmer, with help from local volunteers, purely for the enjoyment of others and the pride of being Manx.

Chris Thorpe

Chris Thorpe is a respected independent lawyer in the upstream oil and gas industry, and an established lecturer and author. Chris has a LLB in law from Magdalene College, Cambridge and trained as a barrister in London. He worked for eight years' as an in-house lawyer for BP and Marathon. Since 1991, Chris has run his own upstream legal practice, CPTL, which has acted for many upstream clients. He has extensive experience of international upstream transactions, principally in the North Sea, the FSU, Africa and the Middle East. Chris has spoken at many UK and International Conferences and Seminars, both public and in-house. His most popular current lecture is Fundamental of Upstream Petroleum Agreements, a two-day course with accompanying book.