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  1. Great news, hope this goes well and perhaps shows the way for future developments. I was disappointed to see that the planning appeal for the glamping pods at Rowany in P/E wasn’t successful.
  2. The trouble with large events is that they only last for a short period; TT and MGP are probably two of the longest ‘special events’ in the UK but even they cannot sustain the accommodation sector all year round unless we have one special event after another. The Island has all it needs to attract a reasonable amount of tourists for the long weekend/one week break market that would last for most of the year; I know this to be true as we liked visiting so much we moved here. We need to build on all that we have to offer in terms of outdoor activities, none of which are unique to the IOM but very few places have such a variety on one small place and what we have is good enough to attract plenty of people and possibly a whole lot more with better facilities and marketing. We already host world class events in fell running and mountain biking, we have some of the best diving in Europe. Whatever way the wind is blowing you can get out on a sea kayak form some part of the Island and I’m told by those who kite surf that we’re one of the best sites in the British Isles. And then there’s all the motorsport and heritage stuff. As Cheeky Boy says, we need to improve infrastructure, road surfaces being a great case in point and allow developers a little more freedom to build the kind of accommodation people want these days. Make it easier and possibly a bit cheaper for people to visit and they will come. Before we moved here we visited a lot; the price of the boat never put us off, that being said; we always stayed with friends so didn’t have to pay for accommodation.
  3. When I was at school (left at 16 in the early nineties) they were still spouting the line that a degree was a guarantee of a good job and income, many of my school friends went, some with barely an A-Level to their name. This coincided with the massive increase in the courses available (I still don’t know what media studies actually qualifies you for) and a significant lowering of the bar to entry. As a consequence what was considered a good degree ten years before had been watered down; many of the people I knew got a decent 2:1 in a traditional subject but ended up working jobs they could’ve got with their A-Levels or even GCSE’s. Banks, Civil Service etc wouldn’t entertain anything less than a 1st. I suspect that things are even worse now. I’d like my kids to go as the experience is on the whole positive and helps young people mature but unless they’re going for a degree or course that leads to a professional qualification and subsequent employment then I’m not sure I want to pay thousands of pounds a year for a three year piss-up that won’t get them an advantage. I expect my kids to make a strong business case for me funding their degrees. I’m very much in the University of Life camp myself and generally have no regrets, I’m confident that I could have got into university and done fairly well but I wasn’t interested in anything enough and didn’t want the debt which was a fraction of what kids end up with now. Good luck to all those who got their results.
  4. I'd be interested to know how many late flights were caused by the weather rather than poor management.
  5. I'd better start looking for a new job then.
  6. Censorship; I don't think that you can say that the police control local media until it is confirmed by either the police or MR that the post was dropped at their request. It looks likely but pointing out that a post may be a bit insensitive and suggesting that it is removed is a far cry from 'media control.' Without proof you're just making assumptions to suit your agenda. WTF; you're right it could put minds at rest for people who may be worrying for no good reason and would sooner or later discover their loved one is safe and well but I would submit that the needs of those actually effected by this take primacy over those who are not; a little bit of needless worry for many is better than a whole lot of distress for a few in my opinion.
  7. Or a family member complained, or the fire brigade, or Manx Radio management, or Manx Radio lawyers, or possibly the police. This is not some kind of cover up; just an effort to try and protect family members from working out that their loved one is dead before they can be informed in person.
  8. Why is it almost certainly due to a request from the police?
  9. @ Censorship. I won’t quote your post in its entirety to avoid bloating; just a couple of points. I disagree that the information could not easily lead to the victims being identified; maybe by the wider public but if it was your relative and you knew they were travelling on that road at that time and you now couldn’t get hold of them you’d be worried and putting two and two together. I think that minimal reporting should be adhered to until the Police can confirm that close family have been informed. You believe that Manx Radio deleted their post at the request of the Police; any actual evidence to back this belief up? You also believe that it is of public interest; I believe that there is a big difference between information that is of public interest and information that the public are interested in. This matter falls into the latter; there was no public interest in knowing that three (now sadly four) people had died at such an early stage; all the public needed to know was that the road was closed due to a crash. In regards to the original thread topic; the lack of information on inquiry progress or lack thereof is of concern. In regards to your concerns over yesterday’s fatal crash I think you’re clutching at straws.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. I haven't had a chance to see the report; did it say whether the Deemster gave any consideration to a suspended sentence?
  15. 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.