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The Phat Tog last won the day on October 23 2015

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  1. labour

    The Labour party... Dear God, where to begin I'm decrepit enough to remember doing my homework by candle light in the 70s because of power cuts. Industry brought to it's knees by empowered unions striking over the tiniest thing. The recently departed Derek Robinson destroying British Leyland. Scargill destroying the coal industry. This is the kind of politics that Corbyn and his sidekick McDonnell would return us to. God help us all if this horrendous regime ever get into power, so altogether now to the tune of Seven Nation Army: "Fuuuuuuccckkkkk Jeremy Corbyn. Fuuuuuuuccckkkk Jeremy Corbyn....." and so on. Harman should resign. End of...
  2. Bikers - this ever happened to you?

    You would have to assume that for some reason he hadn't fastened it properly. If the visor was up when he gunned it it may have caught the wind and pulled the lid off but it would have to be a poorly fitting lid for that to happen. Helmets can come off in accidents - I was informed that the human body can 'shrink' enough for a lid to come off if it goes into shock. if that's true or not I'll leave to the experts! However, extreme force will take a lid off. A TT rider I used to know who was as strong as the proverbial ox told me he could pull my helmet off no matter how tight it was on. Like an idiot I put on my Bell Star Ltd II, fastened it tight and told him to have at it. He didn't get the lid off but it was bloody close (and bloody uncomfortable...). If my personal comfort and perhaps survival hadn't been an issue he'd have succeeded...
  3. Coffin Dodging

    Will you have to be dead first?
  4. Brexit Is Reversible...

    A democratic decision was made. End of... The bullies and empire builders of the EU would do well to remember that they enjoy a substantial trade surplus over the UK and so would also do well to come to as favourable an agreement as possible and in a timely manner. I suppose they'll have to be seen as playing hardball because the last thing an empire builder wants is someone to leave said empire but the truth is they need the UK's business. Badly.
  5. Radio 4 - Ramblings

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  6. Radio 4 - Ramblings

    As a British licence payer I would much prefer they spend it on that kind of thing than ram their left wing and anti-brexit agendas down my throat at every possible opportunity.
  7. "Is it time to ban the TT?"

    Over the last few years three riders I knew have died road racing - 2 on the Island (one right in front of me) - and 3 have sustained serious injuries, so yes it can be a very hard sport to love sometimes. I know it's incovenient for the anti lobby to accept the riders loved the sport in which they were taking part but they did and do... There's a huge committment for a rider, especially a prvateer, competing in the TT and MGP. The entry application is a major ball ache and to qualify for a licence to race the Mountain Course requires a major effort and expense. So when someone goes to that effort and expense to compete on the TT course then you'd better believe that they love it. They sure as hell wouldn't do it if they didn't. I accept that for the risk averse that it's hard to understand what motivates someone to want to do something, anything, dangerous but maybe, just maybe, the people with whom they form relationships find that part of the attraction? The wife of one of the riders I report on is his greatest supporter and acts as team manager. I'd bet you'll find that same support with couples throughout the paddock.
  8. Manx Grand Prix 2017

    Long way off on that one Wrighty. For UK or IOM based riders there is a minimum requirement that they will have held a national competition licence for at least 12 months prior to the first day of practice. Overseas riders will need to have held an FIM International non-championship licence, also for 12 months. This means that comparative newcomers to the sport in general would not be considered and those applying to enter will have achieved, by the nature of their licence, a certain level of expertise and experience. Further to that, they must also have taken part in enough events prior to the meeting to qualify for their mountain course licence.
  9. TT visitors - increase in numbers and spending for 2017

    I was 4 when my parents first brought me to the TT. Bikes whipping past on full bore? Loved it. 50-something years later I'm still coming to the Island. God knows how much money I've spent in that time so maybe encouraging the toddler market is the way forward
  10. A must for any TT fan

    Not totally wrong Steve Hillage did indeed record L - I have a copy somewhere and it was kind of post-psychedelic (if that's a thing,,). The follow up album sucked and I lost interest after that. Antoni Gaudi was indeed a Spanish architect - a practioner of Catalan Modernism. Surprised you didn't know that. Rappers? Meh......
  11. A must for any TT fan

    Steve Hillage - ex member of Gong and creator of the album L. A must have for anyone still trying to be a hippy in the mid-70s. Gaudi - Spanish architect behind buildings such as La Sagrada Familia. Suggs - madness warbler. The others? Not a clue...
  12. Terrorised by Seagulls

    The RSPB classifies Herring Gulls (no such thing as a 'seagull' BTW) as red status, meaning their numbers are in noticeable decline. Across the UK there are estimated to be approx. 140,000 breeding pairs. Not so many compared to the 66 million people...some of whom are far more of a menace. Most of us exploit animals in one way or another every day but the moment they dare to exploit us or move into 'our' environment people whine and bleat endlessly. Sad.
  13. Insane Drug Sentencing

    Point being they either stay involved, in which case you've solved nothing or as you point out, move into other illegal enterprises. Perhaps therefore, it would be better if they were banged up?
  14. Insane Drug Sentencing

    And what do you suppose the 'shady drug dealers' will do? Shrug their shoulders, say 'it was nice while it lasted' and then go get a job in a factory? Or do you think they might take another course of action?
  15. Insane Drug Sentencing