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  1. Non-Believer

    More death and destruction

    And some of the younger generation until their skill set has evolved.....
  2. Non-Believer

    More death and destruction

    This is the nail being hit on the head. Firstly, machine development, to include speed, far outstrips circuit (road) and safety development. It's almost all, sadly, done on a reactive basis. Such as the upping of the game following the Jefferies and Rowbottom incidents and subsequent fallouts. Add to that, in particular, the Manx attitude and traditional resistance to change and improvement. "This is the way we've always done it, yessir" and "We don't want no change around here". Can you imagine the reaction if somebody had suggested the use of reticel fencing 30-40 years ago? "It'll ruin the event, the TT's for men", etc etc. I can recall various things over the last 30 years, I'm sure others can too. Inoperative fire extinguishers etc. The game has to change IMHO.
  3. Non-Believer

    More death and destruction

    I'd respectfully disagree with much of that Wrighty. The changing views of generations, true. But sadly a fair few of the road deaths are not related to speed but of visiting bikers getting tangled up with appalling local driving standards. It's a matter of record. As a local biker of "mature" years myself, I can guarantee that just a gentle, law abiding ride out on a weekend afternoon will result in at least 2 local car drivers or farmers trying to kill me. Motorcyclists are, as we are told, are an ageing demographic, presumably with fewer speed fiends. The guy at Brandywell this week was in his mid fifties. There's more than one aspect to all this.
  4. Non-Believer

    More death and destruction

    Would the answer be then to slow them down in the Great Meadow area, possibly as well as nearer Stadium? Chicanes and "slowing devices" are and have been used frequently by circuit designers including F1 who I would think have considerably more experience and qualification in the subject than local organisers. I'm not disputing your Mallory example - but it is only one example. The overarching ethos these days is to slow things down where they are recognisably too fast, in all branches of motorsport. They've done it at the NW. They've done it at Silverstone.The old Hockenheim ring with its flat out blasts into the forest is now history, they even tried chicanes there IIRC. The old Nurburgring is competition history, although retains an enthusiastic following. About 20(?) years ago there was something of a cull of Irish road race circuits following a spate of deaths because it was felt that they had simply become unsuitable for modern racing. Things have to evolve and change in the name of safety amongst other things. Whilst most of us love our roadracing, the backdrop is that parents are losing children, children are losing parents, wives and partners are losing their spouses. I've been hit by the loss of people I was well acquainted with this year. I'd suggest that if things don't move, they might be moved for us.
  5. Non-Believer

    More death and destruction

    The Irish have introduced chicanes at the NW200 in an effort to slow bikes at accident blackspots, have they not? One if my concerns is what the current situation vis sad losses does to the Island's image amongst the outside "uninformed". They don't differentiate between TT, MGP or Southern. They just read the tabloid headlines and think IoM, bikes and death.
  6. Non-Believer

    More death and destruction

    IIRC, and I'm a bit hazy on this, the statement was made by the ACU's publicity officer of the time, Bruce somebody....?
  7. Non-Believer

    More death and destruction

    Nope, sorry gettafa.....Trachsel was killed at the bottom of Bray (though arguably the Quarterbridge Rd) in the same race and just after the double fatality of Hobson and Birch. Again, arguably caused by the same road defect that caused the Hobson crash, a raised manhole(?) hump at the top of Bray that created a ramp that Eddie the Eagle would have been pleased to have graced. That had previously been identified as a hazard and had had a white line painted on its approach to warn. After the TT that year the road was reprofiled and tested multiple times by Jock Taylor IIRC. The events elicited the notorious, "We've had more than 3 in one day before" statement from the ACU at the time. Hard to believe it was 40 years ago now.
  8. Non-Believer

    £3.8 Billion

    Consumed or concerned, Lxxx? In my case it's the latter over something that's going to have a bearing on my lifestyle and finances and those of generations to come that was recognised and should have at least started to have been addressed over 10 years ago? No private sector operation would have been able to ignore this for so long.
  9. Non-Believer

    World Cup Final

    England (IMHO from the pub) played well and controlled much of the first half whilst they were clearly comfortable playing at THEIR pace. Croatia came out for the second half a different team. Pace was upped and they were more aggressive. England didn't seem to know how to handle it and it clearly pushed them out of their comfort zone as individuals and as a team. Result was, being pushed back and desperate and slack defending.
  10. Non-Believer

    £3.8 Billion

    Precisely. It's more CS waffle designed to prolong the indecision. They refuse to present and deal with hard facts and figures. Which is why it gets fudged, time after time. Leaving retirees to walk away with their wheelbarrows.
  11. Non-Believer

    £3.8 Billion

    Nothing is what we'll have left of our finances the way it's going?
  12. Non-Believer

    £3.8 Billion

    Those who are and will benefit in the near to middle term are those who are ensuring that things stay right where they are. IMHO. Regardless of any politicians promises. IoM Govt publicity edicts have a massive credibility problem and not just on these boards. Nobody with any interest in local issues believes anything they say anymore. Caught out and proven wrong far too often. Usually painfully embarrassing.
  13. Non-Believer

    £3.8 Billion

    Along with the Steam Packet report and the Scope of Govt report on the next shelf down.
  14. Non-Believer

    £3.8 Billion

    CT has now made a couple of contributions to the comments section of the linked article in the OP. Assurances that much is being done and "what ifs" the prognosis is more positive and sunny.
  15. Non-Believer

    £3.8 Billion

    Just a quick question Phillip (and many thanks for your time taken with your contributions) 1) When do the forecasts that suggest that the liability can be met, date back to? Many thanks NB
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