THE ISLE OF MAN: Majesty & Magic

Up to the Pixy Bridge at Ballasalla in the Isle of Man drove Britain's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. At the bridge, their Majesties cried: Evie, manyagh veggar! (Greetings, Little Men!). This was necessary because the pixies in the glen below whistle while they work and hence do not hear the approach of strangers. They have been reported to wreak horrible vengeance on unannounced intruders.

After this precaution the King & Queen proceeded to the annual meeting of the Manx Tynwald, claimed by Manxmen to be the world's oldest parliament. Seated on a red, canopied throne atop a 20-foot...