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If the manifold was loose, you'd get a blowing exhuast and that's all. There's no oil in there.
The head gasket doesn't usually leak oil outwards.. between and next to the oilways there are coolant channels and it would be more likely that any leaking oilways at the head gasket would see oil getting into the coolant or being sucked into the combustion chamber (and burnt) before it got out.
Your most likely problem is a rocker cover gasket or a camshaft o-ring. Rocker cover can leak anywhere (even round the back... ) but the tilt of the engine means the oil can creep round to the front before dripping south. Look in the spark plug holes too, to see if there's oil in there.. that would kind of prove it.
For the camshaft o-rings.. look for oil at the cam pulley end of the engine.. around the belt cover. That's probably running down the side of the engine and also spreading round to the front (since oil "creeps").
Rocker cover is about £20 and no bother to change.. so have a look. If it's the camshaft seals then you'll need to take the cams out to change them.. you might want to put a new cam-belt and tensioner in there at the same time, since they'll have to take those fellas off to change the o-ring anyway.. so it's worth getting the belt/tensioner done at the same time.
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