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    Hi-Fi Dealers?

    OK, I suspect they mean this stuff, not your regular WD40 https://www.amazon.co.uk/WD40-Drying-Contact-Cleaner-250ml/dp/B00KPUBO2S I prefer this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Servisol-701-100UK-Super-10/dp/B000KEB6WW and I might have an old can in the garage. Edit: I'm being thick. Whoever does the radio engineering at MR should have something ideal. You only need a couple of squirts. I don't think this repair service is that expensive if you like your kit. If I had a 33 & 303 I'd definitely think it good value. My Arcam amp has a dual-concentric volume pot which seems to be unavailable now, and I know it's going to fail one day.
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    Charity Laws change considered

    There is a chunk of me (I am a (unpaid) charity trustee) which agrees with you, however we don't have the concept of Community Interest Companies (CICs) in the IoM companies legislation. That being said, the larger charities (Hospice, ManxSPCA) etc. necessarily have to employ people to deliver their front-line services, which in turn means paying for either in-house or outsourced HR and management to look after those people, and sufficient fundraising capacity to bring in the money to pay for them etc. Not all good works can be done on a solely voluntary basis, that really does limit the scale and scope of the good which an organisation can deliver, so I think the focus should be on the proportion of funds consumed by admin & fundraising vs. the delivery of actual charitable purposes - which has been scandalously high in some charities across.
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    Hi-Fi Dealers?

    Was that on a Quad 33? Might be worth trying http://www.quadrevisie.eu/quadrevisie.html I nearly left school at 16 to work for Quad, Peter Walker took me around the factory then, some of their production techniques and philosophies were "interesting" - but they worked. Always had a soft spot for older Quad gear. My own aged system is largely Arcam Delta and Tannoy, still sounds great but I have to get the soldering iron out occasionally because it's over 30.
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    What will happen to the old Whitestone Garage Site ?

    My bet is that Isle of Man Enterprises (Shoprite and the past owners of Whitestone) will turn it into a supermarket to capitalise on the new Ballasalla expansion and close their Castletown store.
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    Charity Laws change considered

    Do not pay VAT on what? Basically there are some limited classes of supplies which charities may arrange with the supplier to purchase zero-rated or low (5%) rated if they are relevant to the delivery of the charity's charitable purposes - see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-vat-affects-charities-notice-7011#sect6 If you have been in societies which have charitable status and have claimed all their paid VAT back on a blanket policy then they probably owe the VATman for their incorrect overclaiming of VAT relief. I believe that if the VATman thinks the overclaiming has been intentional he can look back and recover up to 20 years of underpayments, plus interest, and may also impose extra penalties. There is no blanket VAT exemption for charities.
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    Rally Under Threat...

    Director of DoI Highways Division. Heaven knows what the actual truth of all this is, but I'm getting the strong impression that DoI are pushing for more, more rigorous and complete, risk assessments and road closure process documents from the organisers, which require work effort beyond the capacity of the amateur volunteer organisers to provide. If so one could read that as DoI wanting more documentation to cover themselves, and pushing that burden onto the organisers. Obviously the organisers must provide adequate documentation, but if recent expectations of what is adequate have become more burdensome than what they have previously needed to provide then they're going to struggle with it.
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    Police ready to race to the scene

    Used to have these on my RS, never needed to replace them
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    Ronaldsway Airport

    Which radar?
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    Island at War

    That would be contrary to our national economic development strategy. Gov't keeps telling us we need more people on the IoM.
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    Island at War

    I hadn't seen this when I posted originally, but I think this report seems to sum it up http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=42332
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    Island at War

    Glorification of Wartime - and no, it hasn't been advertised as such. Deeds speak louder than words and repetitive portrayal of the glamour of wartime culture without the downsides - the cripples, the body bags, the homeless, the evacuees, the orphans and widows etc. seems to me to be inappropriate messaging to younger generations. Oh! What a wonderful war. My perspective.
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    Island at War

    Is it just me who finds the "Island at War" weekend inappropriate? It seems to be a "celebration" of wartime which people take pleasure in, and I'm struggling to reconcile that with the bombed-out houses, casualties, grieving families who have just received a WD telegram etc. What sort of message does it give to younger people who have not lived through military conflict, lost friends, neighbours, family members etc.? Maybe I'm the one who's out of step, but I'm getting heartily fed up with this annual glorification of wartime. Walked through Port Erin on Sunday and there was a Self-Propelled Gun (looked like an Abbot) parked up on the station platform, quite upset me. I can understand folks celebrating the culture, engineering, music, fashion etc. of times past, but am I out of tune in finding the island's annual glorification of WWII to be a bit sick?
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    Bum slapper has to be nice to all

    Who said it was funny to slap a lady (or any gender) on the arse? It is the reporting of the case and sentencing that is a source of entertainment.
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    Bum slapper has to be nice to all

    Perhaps we're getting too past it for a little innuendo in the morning? He clearly deserves a good paddling, but bondage does seem to be a bit OTT.
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    Port Erin Marine Research Station

    It's certainly not a greasy spoon, although the greasy spoon cafés on the island seem to do OK. As for whether it is what is wanted - not by you perhaps but clearly by the many loyal customers who keep returning to it and recommending it. Horses for courses, diversity in a free market etc.