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  1. Perhaps I lack imagination but I can’t really see how the Hooded Ram tent will be that much different to the Bushy’s tent. If they intend on improving the service that will cost; if they want to make the place cleaner that will cost. All those costs will be passed to the customer and the biggest gripe I hear from visitors each year is how much things cost here. Plastic glasses will stay as our licensing Court seems to have got the strange idea into its head that the combination of beer and being outside turns us all into lunatics who will start glassing people left, right and centre. The bouncers will be the same people; the floor will be just as sticky and I’d be surprised if there’s a radical departure in the entertainment. Douglas needs a beer tent due to the volume of visitors; I agree that classic rock cover bands probably don’t appeal to all but I can’t see all the visitors squeezing into the Bath & Bottle or wanting to sample the delights of the Outback.
  2. When Okells had the tent by the war memorial it was poorly attended. People only really went there to watch the stunt show on Harris Prom then as soon as that finished they all went back up the Prom to Bushy's. Two tents offering a radically different service may work but I suspect that the crowds will go to one or the other. I've only been on the Island for ten years and a few years visiting before that but even I can see that in that time the non-racing TT Festival has gradually de-centralised from Douglas to the parts of the Island where visitors can camp. I'll be interested to see how cooperative or obstructive the authorities will be to Bushy's setting up a rival tent.
  3. I agree but the trouble is there is very little in the way of accomodation in the South in general and certainly within Port Erin and Port St Mary in comparison with the rest of the Island which would reduce numbers, The Bay is great during TT but gets nothing likethe amount of visitors that the beer tent gets because very few can walk home from there. Unless PE & PSM can get a decent sized campsite within the next twelve months I think West would be a good location as I cannot see Douglas allowing Bushy's to set up a rival operation within walking distance of the Bottleneck.
  4. It is certainly about time IOMG opened their minds to the possibility that knowledge and attitudes may have changed from when the current laws were first enacted. There are plenty of jurisdictions around the world that have legalised Cannabis; perhaps if we were to point out to the MHK’s that there will be plenty of opportunities for fact finding trips to California and the like the CM may become more receptive to the idea?
  5. I haven't had a chance to see the report; did it say whether the Deemster gave any consideration to a suspended sentence?
  6. The trouble with trying to design a process that helps people leaving the military adjust is that it would by nature be a one size fits all policy and even squaddies have individual personalities; despite Depot staff’s best efforts; and different needs. I served five years in the pointy end of the British Army joining as a junior straight from school; like many I had no practical experience of bills, rent etc but did not find this a difficult concept on leaving, most don't. The best thing I did was bugger off travelling for about six months as soon as I left; in its own way that served as the halfway house some posters have suggested. When I left I was still young with no responsibilities and served during a relatively quiet period for the British Army so PTSD wasn’t really an issue; I did tour NI but boredom was the most dangerous enemy when I went; along with the generic knob head that finds their way into every infantry company who doesn’t know which way to point a loaded rifle or how to clean his pants. Several mates I joined with stayed in and went on to serve in Kosovo, Sierra Leone and various sandy places; they have seen terrible things and deal with it in a variety of ways; I had one good friend who went into a spiral after Sierra Leone. He dropped off the radar and no one could find him until he was found hanging in some woods in his home town, very little help was available back then and from anecdotal evidence it wasn’t until we started sending large numbers to Afghanistan that the MOD realised it had a duty of care for soldiers with PTSD. It is sad that it took the MOD so long to realise this. Others who experienced similar horrors took advantage of what I’m told is now an OK system of support and counselling and have dealt quite well with their experiences; on our sadly rare meet ups I am truly horrified by some of their stories; and I don’t consider myself to be a shrinking violet. Yes; we all knew when we joined that we may go into combat but surprisingly they don’t put pictures of child soldiers and ethnic cleansing victims on the recruitment posters. I’m still in touch with a couple I joined with who are now coming to the end of their careers in the Army; all are concerned about adjustment but have taken advantage of the many training courses that have been available to give themselves pretty enviable CV’s. Given the age of Mr. Moon I assume he joined in the late-seventies/early-eighties and I doubt that any support was available to him and he was clearly the type that required it; I know from talking to people who did them that those NI tours back then were pretty grim; mine were no picnic.
  7. .....the Island will look like Gormenghast with the continual building.
  8. It may week work in areas where the demand will continue to exist. Under this scheme at some point the Island will reach saturation, no more houses will be built and then when they're all paid off you're back to square one as they are all now in private ownership.
  9. I don't deny that there is a need for basic accommodation for potentially high risk tenants but the rents should reflect the standard of the flat. Too many I saw we're basically slums but the rent was high.
  10. That was not what I was suggesting; my point was that IOMG seems to be encouraging building companies to throw up luxury flats and houses that will be empty for the majority of the year; whose owners contribute little to local communities. Goverment should shoulder the responsibility for ensuring that there is enough affordable houses being built.
  11. The problem with this sort of scheme is that it only really helps the generation who are in a position to take advantage of it when the houses first become available; unless they continue to build and build and build in some sort of social housing pyramid scheme. The scheme you describe is basically a mortgage without the risks associated with defaulting; the property still ultimately ends up privately owned and of no use to a young family who need affordable accommodation. There should certainly be a caveat that the properties cannot be bequeathed and have to be sold back to the LA rather than go onto the open market. I agree with Neil; in that LA housing tenants should be correctly means tested and charged the full market rate for their property if they fall within certain thresholds. To be honest; this may well already happen for all I know. The UK had a good system of LA housing that (from anecdotal evidence) often ran at a surplus enabling those in need to quickly and affordably get accommodation when it was needed; then Thatcher decided to buy-off the working class vote by selling of the stock well below market values. IOM should build and commit to ensuring fair access for those in genuine need; rents should be set at a percentage of household income; low enough to ensure that low income families have something to live off after paying the rent and high enough so that those who are more affluent will move into private housing when they can afford it.
  12. I don’t know; but given the poor standard of some the properties available and the poor behaviour by some tenants then whatever regulations/legislation that are in place would appear to be ineffective. My only foray into the world of lettings is the example I gave above and as it is effectively a grace and favour residence the normal landlord/tenant arrangements don’t really apply.
  13. The landlord/tenant relationship is a two way street; the landlord has a responsibility to provide accommodation to a certain standard and the tenant to respect that property and not neglect/damage it. I’m not sure what regulation actually exists but both parties should be protected by law.
  14. I’m astonished Singapore doesn’t feature.
  15. The state of affordable housing on the Island is woeful; cost, availability and standard are far below what they should be and could easily be. My company being multi-national runs an international internship scheme focusing on bright young people from less affluent parts of the world but not being complete bastards we actually pay our internees and accommodate them; usually for six month blocks. We tried finding suitable accommodation to rent locally without spending a fortune and everything that was within the budget I was given was foul. It is a damming statement when there are properties in Douglas that I would not accommodate someone in who grew up in a Brazilian Favela. In the end I made a business case and we bought a small flat in Douglas and renovated it to a decent standard; we could let it privately for about 70% the going rate and still make a decent profit. There are decent landlords; probably the majority but the slum lords must be forced to bring their properties up to an acceptable standard and the LA’s should be more stringent with means testing for housing. It is 2017; no one should be in the position of not having a roof over their head; especially with the amount of empty ‘luxury’ properties in the Island.