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  1. Barrie Stevens

    Imperial Hotel, Douglas Promenade

    Oh well. Wonder if JW has a garden shed?
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    Imperial Hotel, Douglas Promenade

    No one I mean...(Dementia)…Know one! Last time I stayed in a Douglas B&B it was the Brighton Belle Loch Promenade at forty or fifty quid a week or so and I got lunch brought to me at work in the Funland amusement arcade Castle Street. That was 1990...How much today?
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    Imperial Hotel, Douglas Promenade

    Here am I trying to do my bit and know one can point me towards a bed for the night.
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    Imperial Hotel, Douglas Promenade

    Come on let's hear it for tourism....
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    Imperial Hotel, Douglas Promenade

    Or just a bed and ablutions....
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    Imperial Hotel, Douglas Promenade

    OK Anyone know a cheap bed and breakfast in Douglas? Like cheap, cheap.....Just the basics...
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    How do you define unemployment? It has been moved about so much over the years. I have been unemployed at various times of economic crisis 1987, 1993, 2008-2014. The statistics started to be massaged in the early 1980s when they said "the number of people unemployed and signing on etc" was "X"...But many people were put on schemes and courses whereby they got more benefits &/or did not have to sign on. The key was "signing on". Then it moved on to means tested benefits other than "Dole" so you did not count as unemployed. Then a full time job was legally defined as 16 hours as week so the people in full time employment rocketed in theory as those on benefits were made to work 16 hours a week but with their wages made up to a living level and which still happens. The latest version of this is the "Zero Hours" contract. In 1987 I signed on until they offered me a full time media studies(!) course at Salford College of Technology all paid and found. No signing on. Not unemployed. Ditto 1993 when I was put on an IT course at Lancaster Chamber of Commerce for a year. Not counted as unemployed. I was unemployed down on my manor age 58 when the banks crashed. However when I was 60 they offered me the state pension I would get at 65 on the basis that I would not have to sign on and so I was not counted as unemployed. This was called "Pension Credit" Neither did I have to seek work. When I was 65 I was not unemployed as I was no longer legally obliged to seek work being then an OAP proper. Now they have a sort of universal benefit or credit which has failed to get off the ground so far. I contributed towards the Office of National Statistics report. I think they pick the names out of a hat! The payment is a book of first class stamps by way of a thank you. I suppose people returning to the EU makes for job vacancies in theory but the problem is getting folk off the benefits once they have been out of circulation a long time.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Comparing it to 1975 is the rub. It was a terrible year with things associated with future Brexit predictions ie doom and gloom already extant. Inflation 25%, strikes, disruptions, bolshie unions. Items in supermarkets carried multiple sticky price labels one on top of the other because of inflation. Prices went up by the hour. Comparing it to 1975 is like saying 1941 was a good year compared to 1940. In 1975 I was often stranded between stations when drivers worked to rule on the trains. I suppose they chose 1975 because that is when had a referendum about staying in the then EEC. Propaganda.
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    Ben My Chree and sulphure/NO2 emissions

    Save that your content count is 27,295 and mine a mere 4,580....Also, you have nothing to say and make a lot of noise saying it...
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    Ben My Chree and sulphure/NO2 emissions

    No I was a member of the Baltic Exchange and am now a retired member of the Baltic..Get official invites twice a year...Get official briefings almost every day..With India SS Co Calcutta, Harley Mullion Hong Kong, Buries Markes , Louis Dreyfus, Aegis Shipping (N D Papalios), Well known writer of articles in all shipping press (In my day)...Everything went bust in the big 1980s shipping crash. Even the Baltic Exchange is now owned by the Singapore Exchange.. Old ways, Old days Old ships...But when I cleaned the King Orry, and "the Ben" I did say to myself: "Now I know that I have done it all!"..
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    Ben My Chree and sulphure/NO2 emissions

    I wondered if the issue of emissions and filtration/engines/fuel etc had been factored into the IOMG acquisition if issue it be and whether or not Tynwald was advised? I am stirring it I know but on past performance by others it would be so typical of a company to sell out to IOMG citing the "bargain of the year" and pass the problem upwards and onwards. I appreciate that this is but a superficial observation. "Pig in a poke".."It was a steal!" "A once in a lifetime opportunity!" . "Would you buy a second-hand 1998 built RoPax from this man?" etc... Perhaps one should see if there is anything on the IOM Registry website about IMO Emissions?
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    Ben My Chree and sulphure/NO2 emissions

    CalMac? Don't they get subsidies? That might help. The reports I posted refer if I recall aright to exemptions for craft operating solely in territorial waters of the flag of registry. Or I have read that somewhere on an advisory site ...anyway! I saw one elsewhere referring to ferries and coastal craft exemptions specifically where they operate within the territorial waters of the registered flag. I assume that the CalMac tonnage operates under the Red Duster in UK waters only. Presumably no problem unless the UK decides otherwise. I have only skimmed through the rules and regs so as to raise the question. "The Ben" is of the Red Duster group (Isle of Man) but operates in and out of Manx and UK waters I suppose. Therefore I presume it will have to comply in 2020 when the Irish Sea exemption is lifted unless of course all is well engine and fuel wise? It is just when the Steamies and any shipowner for that matter is involved I look back to my days working for Greek owners and ask "Now why did they get out of the market when they did?" I am just an old cynic really! Still, maybe "the Ben" and the fast craft will not need much work doing so as to comply or can just run on cleaner fuels but not every ship's engine seemingly can do that hence some owners are having to re-engine.
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    Ben My Chree and sulphure/NO2 emissions

    Try and be serious! I am having trouble with the MF site switching off or going dead at times so am sending quickly whilst I can..
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    Ben My Chree and sulphure/NO2 emissions

    Anyone know if "the Ben" will comply with sulphur and Nitrous Oxide emissions when the IMO rules and regs come into force in 2020? Apparently the Irish Sea area is currently outside the Emission Control Areas (ECA) but this exemption will cease in 20120. This issue has been on going for some years but soon ships will have to reduce their sulphur and NO2 (s that the right symbol?) just about everywhere other than if working only with territorial waters of the registered flag. Ships can comply by using low sulphur fuels (If they can) or by installing scrubbers/filters. Some ships are having to fit new engines. Some are going over to LNG. According to published specs "the Ben" is fitted with diesel engines. I suppose what I am asking is if the ageing "Ben" will be able to comply without an expensive refit in light of the recent transfer of ownership and control of the Steampacket? Will there be any surprise bills? I was in shipping many, many years ago when more efficient engines were introduced and owners with the older tonnage basically had to scrap and build or go out of the business. Many did as their daily costs were too high so as to be uncompetitive on a depressed global chartering market back then. There is a lot to read and I have really just skimmed although I am constantly being sent reports from the Baltic Exchange (Which I do not keep!) I post a link..Or two! Hopefully in 2020 "the Ben" will get by on cleaner fuel and maybe a filter or twain? That is the IMO rules apply? http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/HotTopics/GHG/Documents/FAQ_2020_English.pdf https://shipandbunker.com/news/emea/253984-eca-loophole-may-provide-a-competitive-advantage-for-some-uk-ports
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    It has been reported that the UK Treasury has shifted vast amounts of the nation's money from the US Dollar to the Euro. According to the Guardian anyway (Today's issue) there is groundswell shift towards giving up on Brexit as a bad job or not worth the candle/risk/turmoil such that another referendum would result in Remain. Now the old sweats of the money markets and retired bookies often told me that if you want to see what is likely to happen: "Follow the money"...
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