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  1. She was a victim. A victim of a nasty smear campaign. When victims are in the middle of it and feel unheard, many of them try to explain and explain hoping someone will ‘see’ them. It’s exactly how their abusers want them to behave. It’s so they can say, look, I told you she/ he was bat shit crazy. Most people could see what was going on, but I get that you were not one of them. It takes insight.
    26 points
  2. I've read some of the stuff about people here who are retired and economically inactive .... I've just had coffee with two other retired people and guess what, they pay tax, they pay rates, they tax vehicles, they shop here, they eat out here etc etc ! From my own perspective I also have two grown children, both professionals who live here and pay buckets of tax, rates shopping etc etc ! So what exactly is economically inactive about "pensioners" living here ! The economically inactive bit is Government trying to support its massive edifice in the face of increasing costs, the economic problem has been simply of their own making, maybe the cull needs to start elsewhere !
    22 points
  3. Nail on the head. Both @Newsdeskand @offshoremanxmanare here for the same reason - to inflame and further devalue Dr Glover. It’s almost as if they’re on the government shill list - or maybe they just hate intelligent woman - or maybe they just hate women. Either way - it’s wrong.
    22 points
  4. Born in Phurt le Moirrey 1964 Michael! That 88% NEEDS retaining as undeveloped green land! Knock Rushen, Ballakilley, Ballawhattleworth are all blots on the landscape, Dandara's Kirk Michael debacle will need some coastal erosion defences in a few years too. I am very aware of the regional area plans, but as a passionate Manxman I do not under any circumstances want this island to be over developed, particularly at the pace it has been, and importantly not simply to suit speculators!
    17 points
  5. Mate. If you’re going to be a dick then just own it.
    14 points
  6. No, there's no such thing as 'astetics'. Sorry, it's my inner grammar nazi... But it's lazy to rely on past glories which are now run down and beyond viable use. Imagine London, Liverpool or Manchester with no new buildings since the 1930's (if you're lucky). Of course I'm not suggesting soviet housing blocks (although the old Lord Street flats are pretty Gorbals) and anything new should be sympathetic or of architectural merit, but many of these old buildings are well on the road to dereliction and reflect badly on us all.
    13 points
  7. Some govt sitcoms... Only fools and your money You are not being served Closed All Hours One foot in the mouth Some Councils do ave em Gimme, Gimme Gimme
    13 points
  8. I’ll test first thing tomorrow. I’ve a hospital appointment at Clatterbridge. They don’t require a test, but I don’t want to take covid in. Ill also test if I’ve symptoms. I’m entitled to urgent antivirals if I test positive, so I’ll also ring 111 and report. Its called being responsible and taking care of yourself.
    13 points
  9. Reminds me of the bloke from Fleetwood who came over for a fortnight's holiday in Peel because he'd heard that there were two women for every fella. It turned out though that they were the same two women.
    13 points
  10. Did you read her evidence to the PAC? Did you read what they did to her? How they stole her intellectual property and passed it off as their own, while at the same time, shutting her out? Do you think it is coindenece that both Ashford and Ewart have gone? Do you think that was just about the Ransom enquiry? I don't know what Rachel posts on Twitter. I don't go there. I don't even know Rachel apart from on here and a zoom conversation we had once. I do however know men and women who have experienced exactly the same treatment that Rachel was exposed to, and the majority behave exactly as Rachel behaved while all this was emerging. It was not to her credit but it's what she felt compelled to do. Taking the moral high ground is ALWAYS the best way but too many victims are too exhausted, too confused and in too much pain to even consider that. It's not just emotional, it's chemical. When it was all good. when Rachel thought she was going to be able to do something really good, for free to the country that she was born in and loved, something altruistic, chemicals and hormones are released. Seratonin, oxytocin, dopamine and norepinephrine are rushing through and it fells really good. Then the rug was pulled Instead of sitting back like a good girl and being respectful to the imposters in the field of genomics and it's effects on Covid tracking, instead she starting fighting back and explaining, with evidence of why they were wrong - and they didn't expect that. She didn't waver. I couldn't look it was so awful to witness (soz Rachel) but she kept going like a fucking whining puppy dog. But it worked, it got people talking and we're still talking. When an abusive relationship ends, 5% of people believe one party is the baddie and 5% of people believe the other is the baddy and 90% of the people don't give a shit. Rachel kept going until more and more people took one side or another. She kept them talking, for good or bad... At the same time she was experiencing so much shit behind the scenes and putting up with so much crap personally and professionally. And why? Because she wanted to do something she was really good at for the island. Yes, there are people who would take great pride in this honour and do something selfless at a time of great need and I believe Rachel is one of them. Why didn't it happen? Because she scared the shit out of the imposters. She called them out on their bullshit professionally but these lot aren't professionals, they run on ego, so telling them the truth didn't help them self review their own behaviour, they just did what they've always done - bullying/abusing - just as has gone on through civil service forever - just as happed to Dr Ransom. And funnily enough, the same people were involved in both cases. And yet time after time, this comes up and it usually is from men, that she's a victim (yes, the she is actually - or more a survivor), that she's mad, doom monger, attention seeker, paranoid, martyr, yada yada - instead of just seeing the nose in front of their faces. Unless you have ever endured sustained bulling from and at the highest level it's hard to see the truth. If you have not been targeted, groomed, enticed, devalued, blamed,gaslit, stonewalled (and this the worst with Rachel begging to help and to start again without rancour, without charge - and she was completely and utterly stonewalled. if you have never been in a situation such as this then you will never understand. If you have found yourself in a situation such as this then what I have written will be extremely familiar to you and will resonate deeply. Because abusers all do the same things. it's like they all subconsciously read the same handbook. So, when you know what those behaviour are you know how to spot that behaviour. And many people, spotted I hands down. So, VoR, I do not believe my 'insight' is wrong on this occasion. Rachel, I have made a lot of assumptions in the above. I'm quite happy for you to tell me I am talking bollocks if you believe I am.
    13 points
  11. There have been some throw-away casual comments / assumptions about RDCH. So, just a few things here to consider : It is busier than any time in its long history. It has provided the mainstay of minor injury provision and orthopaedic clinics - and follow ups during the difficulties of the Pandemic. The outpatient consulting rooms where these patients were seen were built with charitable funding. The X-ray department was provided at no cost to the tax-payer and subsequent upgrades have been funded and will be funded from hospital charitable organisations. Martin ward ( refurbished at no cost to the tax payer by a hospital charity is ussualy full with rehabilitation patients, releasing beds in Nobles. The Renal unit ( fully equipped at no cost to the tax payer by a hospital charity) is essential fo the Island cope with increasing dialysis demands and provides dialysis cover for visitors for which their Health Trusts are charged . The operating theatre ( provided at no cost to the tax payer, funded entirely by a hospital charity ) provides whole-Island services including Plastic Surgery.Prof Viaude - from Whiston Hosp., now resident here carries out surgery here.Where previously patients had to travel off Island they can have this in Ramsey. RDCH provides the Island’s dermatology service in the same facilities .. which were again funded by a hospital charity. The physio / occupational therapy unit was built at no cost to the tax payer - again by the same local charity. The equipment on Martin ward - ditto The refurbishment of MIU, the entrance upgrade and the waiting room -ditto. The emergency helicopter landing site - ditto The car park extension -ditto. There are dozens of other smaller items. Remarkably well -supported. There is also something else which is not only special, it is bordering on unique in the NHS these days: Based on what one can observe by the responses, and general demeanor of its staff ..morale does seem high. This observation was similar to the view when the Hospital was independently reviewed a few years back where the report remarked in the “ Enthusiasm “ of its staff. Even if that is not specially acknowledged - or celebrated, it at least needs careful analysis- if only to see if it can be replicated elsewhere. As an edit… Somehow I managed to not mention the Wound Management Clinic -the jewel in RDCH’s crown for many. From all over the Island, they see patients who have serious, debilitating on- going problems. Not gee -whizz, high tech stuff, but things that have a major ,very debilitating and profoundly negative impact and depressing impact on life for some. The unit has a reputation of taking on - and succeeding in managing “problems” that other agencies have, for whatever reason, been unable to deal with. -and largely their equipment has been obtained without troubling the tax- payer.That same source has funded attendance at off- Island training courses.
    12 points
  12. I have to go to Liverpool twice a year to see my consultant for a chronic illness. I go the day before for several reasons. 1. The appointment is always first thing in the morning and if the morning flight is delayed or cancelled, I miss my appointment. Going the day before gives me some leeway. 2. Due to the stress of worrying about whether or not the flight will be on time, coupled with the fact that I need to be up at least two hours before leaving the house (due to issues from said chronic condition) by the time I get to the clinic my BP is through the roof. This has caused the consultant to ask me to have my BP checked weekly at my GP's surgery, wasting everyone's time and NHS money. 3. This stress also sometimes causes some of my lab results to be skewed. When I used to go the day of the appointment, several times I had to go back over to have labs redone, again wasting time and money. (These test can't be done here reliably as they have to be sent across anyway and these results are often also skewed.) I ALWAYS pay for my accommodation. I put money aside in-between appointments for this purpose. I hate that my chronic condition costs the NHS money. Since I started going the day before a few years ago, I haven't had the BP and skewed lab issues I had in the past. So for the sake of saving up around 50-75 quid of my own money, I'm potentially saving the NHS hundreds. I can't tell you how much it pisses me off when people are all tarred with the same brush due to a few jerks.
    12 points
  13. Interesting. You hoped I'd gone away - which implies that you didn't know I was still about - yet you also say I have a "constant and ongoing victimhood" which can't mean that you follow me on twitter at all, otherwise you'd know otherwise. I think after the two years of crap I was put through I can remind people that no-one should be treated that way in the future and that things still need to change on this Island. I did notice that you stopped posting here for at least three months. Holiday in Jurby? Hate crime legislation that brings us into line with the UK is long overdue, which is why I posted. Nothing to do with me personally, other than I'm absolutely delighted that they're going to consult on it. Why is it that some people feel the need to resurrect an ancient thread to complain about me? This one was dormant for five months before someone's axe needed grinding. There's a thread on the hate crime legislation, use that.
    12 points
  14. Yeah - it had to climb the bank and go across a couple of fields, catch the bus and walk a bit - but it was the train - saw it happen I did.
    12 points
  15. The things you refer to are largely issues that are turned into crisis by people making stupid decisions. A good example of this was the Airport parking. Any normal person would have said. We need to restore the airport parking. It's worth over 600k per annum so let's get the barriers and cash machine operational again(I think it was decommissioned when the airport was the covid vacination hub). Get someone to carry out repairs, reinstall. Issue over. But instead they created a crisis with lies and excuses and we now have a rubbish system and a trial to last months and loss of income. Crisis created. Press releases. More untruths. Mistrust all round. And a couple of weeks issue becomes an ongoing crisis.
    11 points
  16. There was a real problem with so much of what he said. Either he was just plain stupid or someone was feeding him rubbish that made him look stupid. 1. We cannot get machines that take English and manx pounds. This is totally untrue. 2. it would cost 250 k to replace barriers at airport car park. Totally untrue 3. there were no cancellations of bus journeys during the TT. Totally untrue. The sources of these untruths need to be traced and if the CS were feeding false information then severe action should be taken against the individuals concerned. If that is not the case then the population can vote accordingly at the next election.
    11 points
  17. They could invite Ashford on as a guest and call it 'Talking Shreds'
    11 points
  18. I remember that incident well as I was flying that type of aircraft at the time. It was a watershed moment for a number of reasons. It created a shortage of airline pilots in the US as the number of hours required for a commercial licence increased dramatically following the NTSB's report. It also drove a focus on fatigue management and reporting, which was replicated on this side of the pond too, and resulted in those changes I alluded to in my previous post. The Captain of that particular aircraft had convinced himself that the best way to exit a stall was to pull back, rather than push forward on the control column. He had seen videos on the effects of disturbed airflow generated by a stall making 'T' tailed aircraft more difficult to recover as the elevator was less effective. His training record was less than exemplary too. Back to the F word.....in today's world, pilots are required to be more vigilant regarding their fatigue levels, and how it affects their ability to operate.They undergo annual refresher training on the topic - although it made me laugh once when a couple of fellas struggled to stay awake during one session I was at because they'd had a few beers the night before - oh the irony!. Most, if not all, airlines now have fatigue management policies with dedicated staff to manage the process. Pilots must not report for duty if they are fatigued to the point where it affects their performance, nor must they continue to operate if they become significantly fatigued. There is a 'just culture' regarding fatigue reporting, and it is encouraged. Regarding split duties being a particular risk regarding fatigue, I'm not so sure they are really. Unlike the Colgan incident, proper rest facilities will be provided, it is all controlled and regimented. I used to quite like doing the split duties - you had a full day at home, went to work for a couple of hours, had about seven hours kip in a hotel room before going back to the airport in the morning to fly the return leg - I used to be back at the house by 10am. You are actually probably only getting an hour or so less time in bed than on a normal night. I'm not advocating that split duties are the way to go, as I said they are not very efficient, and should one crew member not get enough rest, as with standard night stops, then the schedule would be at risk due to absence. I am very much of the opinion that the Island's aviation needs will be best served by having an operator with a significant base here, with staff on standby to cover absences and engineers on hand (with a well stocked spares locker) to fix the aircraft if they should become unserviceable.
    11 points
  19. I've been filling a few buckets from the kitchen tap and driving up to the reservoirs to pour them in. It's hard work in this heat but if we all did it then I'm sure they would be full in no time.
    10 points
  20. They've had years to invest the taxpayers money in renewable energy generation & have done absolutely fuck all about it
    10 points
  21. "Is govt there for the people, or are the people there for govt? My goodness me it is now the latter. It's about time people started getting angry & saying we have had a enough of this. We demand that you reduce the size of govt, deliver the money to our teachers & health service"
    10 points
  22. John’s post should be read carefully by everyone. Perhaps most by those fortunate not to have need to seek consultation or treatment for a serious condition that involves travel off-Island. - You may yet, unfortunately. When you do, the stress of a serious diagnosis; awaiting the prognosis, it’s symptoms ; your mortality ; your family ; concerns about treatment, its effectiveness; its side effects and the concerns about how you will manage the logistics of receiving treatment is likely to be severe. Travel for those in good health - just off somewhere to enjoy ourselves, can be very stressful. Now add in the above factors plus symptoms of an illness - fatigue, pain, anxiety and effects of treatment such as weakness and nausea, then any “extra” stresses such as delays, transfer confusions, wheel chair foul- ups and “notes transfer problems”, then the effects can be can be very severe and demoralising, and will likely to impact on someone’s decision whether or not to continue with their treatment plan and ultimately affecting their condition, their symptoms - and their survival. Travel arrangements should be viewed not just as important, but an essential part of an individual's holistic care.
    10 points
  23. Oh no. It must be left exactly as it is as a suitable memorial to the Quayle years, when every government action was intended to look good in a press release rather than do any actual good to the Island.
    10 points
  24. Why not, We keep saying we have our own parliament and produce our own laws. Why can't we not withhold lump sums and pensions if people are found to be grossly negligent with funds or the truth. If someone fucks up to the tune of costing the tax payer £7,00,000 to millions is it right that person walks away with a 5-7 figure lump sum and a 5 figure pension for the rest of there natural. Meanwhile, old Joe at the coal face puts in his 40+ years and has not cost the public a penny gets his £15,000 and £220 per week . I hope its not just me who thinks this smacks of a two tier system
    10 points
  25. Before we attract all these extra 1000s here, the infrastructure needs to be in place first. That has to be part of the attraction. People won't come if they have to wait silly time for doctors and dentists, there's no place for their kids at a school, the roads are falling to bits, energy costs are extortionate, travel links are tenuous or their sewage isn't being dealt with. I think it might be too late now. All the billions (yes billions) that have been squandered on pointless, bit-part, fucked up vanity projects in the last 20 years could have been focused on the above and we could have been welcoming a steady stream of people to improve our economic lot. Instead, we have......?
    10 points
  26. Precisely. Government should be concentrating on making the island somewhere where people want to live rather than paying them to come and live with what we've got. Look at the happiest countries in the world, they have fair and equitable societies with plenty of opportunity for young and old. Here we have tax breaks for millionaires, food banks and employment incentives that differ depending on where you come from. We have an environmental policy which consists of heavily subsidising rich EV owners, while at the same time reducing services on our expensive, unreliable public transport system in favour of cruise ship passengers. The island has some amazing natural attributes and has an awful lot going for it - it wouldn't take much to make it somewhere people want to live and work, rather than needing to throw thousands at them to do so.
    10 points
  27. True. But once those industry wide issues have been resolved, we will still be left with an airport that can’t deal with low visibility conditions, and an open skies policy which sees us down at the lower end of the priorities of certain carriers who grace us with their presence. Our air links are vital to us as we are a small island nation, we should be doing everything within our power to ensure they are as reliable as possible. There is a lot of work to be done in that regard.
    10 points
  28. It seems Rachel can't express an opinion without being called "bitter and twisted", "attention-seeking" and "mental". She posted a Tweet supporting the introduction of hate crime laws into the Island. You brought the tweet to resurect this thread with the words "Talk about bitter and twisted." Is your "opinion" that hate crime laws are "bitter and twisted"? Why not express that in the thread about the new laws rather than singling an individual out in a thread about them? A thread in which she has repeated been called names and received abuse. And the result isn't a discussion about hate laws, it's Rachel getting called mental and attention seeking. It looks like your intention was to prompt a discussion about Rachel knowing that that would bring out the kind of comments we've seen. If it looks like trolling...
    10 points
  29. We no longer have a heritage horse tramway. Manx radio are right we have a new instalation, Light railway tram line. Which will now have to conform to the regulation's set down by the UK railway inspectorate. Which will include an annual inspection and what ever upgrades they decide. Of course Longworth thought he could bully his way around all this, so surprise surprise when this would not be happening off he fucks leaving us holding the baby all so he could bring his mates and show off what a clever prick he is driving up and down the prom on a diesel electric tram. Our best course, my own opinion. Fill in the tracks with concrete and scrap it, take the hit and get shut. It will save us money in the long run. Oh and take that pricks pension off him. But we are obligated to pay it I hear you cry, fuck him he had no problem changing the bus drivers contracts. See how he likes it, we always we make our own laws so change them. Let him take it to court, wrap it up for 20 years, I would rather the lawyers get it. And breathe.
    10 points
  30. Actually you're not. It doesn't become officially a city till the 'letters patent' are handed over and that is usually done at some sort of royal visit. As Tynwald day failed to attract even any C-list Royals, you'll just have to wait till they decide they can trust the flights.
    10 points
  31. So, anybody without children still eligible for family allowance or earning just enough not to be claiming social security payments will just have to suck it up. It’s the typical lazy allocation of relief which penalises those that already receive nothing and pay for everything.
    9 points
  32. What, from 1770’s when it was first legislated on IoM? 1880’s when it was extended? Quayle apologised for the politicians. Roberts has written a long self justificatory piece with a one line apology about policing methods. However, it is time to draw the line. I’ll quietly remember friends and clients caught up in the witch hunts, the entrapments, the knocks on the door, the family lives ruined by exposure through the courts & press. The guy I knew who had just won custody of his daughter, was picked up for wanking off another guy in a public loo cubicle and was told by investigating interviewing officers ( in the days before duty advocates ) that they would tell his ex, and social services, and ensure he lost his child. First thing he did on release was to get some hose pipe, drive to the Point of Ayre, and kill himself in his car. Thats what I’ll remember, and grieve for all those lost and damaged. No apology will change that. I, for one, will never forget them.
    9 points
  33. I tested yesterday as I felt pretty crappy - just like I did when I had it in March. The reason I tested was because I have a close family member with cancer and I don't want to put him at risk, not only because of his vulnerability, but also because he has to go across later this week for more treatment and so it would be a terrible time for him to get covid. I tested negative, and I'm going to test again today to be sure. Will I report a positive test? Yes, I would, because it's the right thing to do.
    9 points
  34. Saturday morning. The machine has broken. Ten/now twelve, people waiting in line to get out. Someone might be coming to fix it. I’m giving it another fifteen minutes then I’m going to make a dash through the barrier. The rest have said they will follow. See you on page two of the Examiner in two month’s time.
    9 points
  35. Do you know… I’m SO over the damn horse trams. I never thought this day would come but seriously, I’m done. Let them run around the fields for the rest of their lives, lift the bloody rails, and the red bandaid and let it just be a road again.
    9 points
  36. I’m replying, this once, to the comments about the summons I’ve received and the other stuff alleged. I’m pleading not guilty. The matter is sub judice. I can’t comment. Thomas Jefferson was banned from posting as long ago as 2015, not by me. His posts have not been deleted. Barrie Stevens was in 2019, and was banned by me. He’d posted some really nasty stuff in response to posts by a secular Jew about incendiary matters against an ultra orthodox family on Canvey Island, including stuff about where to send/who was paying the gas bills. He’d been requested to wind his neck in and carried on.
    9 points
  37. In a world where lack of staff in hospitality has pushed the minimum wage way over the legal amount, asking someone to drive a bus with all the responsibility involved for £12.60 an hour is clear evidence that someone is way out of touch with reality.
    9 points
  38. Not so many years ago it was Govt's ambition to have a "high value, high pay" economy. Now Govt leads the way in low pay, low terms employment offers across many of its operations. How times have changed.
    9 points
  39. If I were a minister, I would start a reply for any information regarding an answer supplied by others, with the name and department of the person who supplied the information ! I think as an administration we have come to that !
    9 points
  40. Yes, it's legal. No it's not monitored. It can't be covert, there have to be warning signs, just like with speed cameras. It's there so the recorded images can be looked at when needed. It also has an effect on crime - even if the cameras are dummies
    9 points
  41. Increase the population! Brilliant. I’m game. Dragged my old Barry White albums out of the loft, got one of those scented candles that smells like midnight in a Paris dustbin and told Mrs Peas to dig out her brightest lipstick. If anyone had a six inch splint, I’d be grateful for a loan. Brace yourself love.
    9 points
  42. She is a professional who called out a load of assholes in the CS and "political" class on the island. The "establishment", which makes me laugh for a collective name as they are a bunch of inbreeds, has tried to make her look like an unhinged "Woman" for some reason picking on her sex. The boy vampire who has about as much business experience as my Labradoodle, and is much less attractive, has been, along with his followers particularly nasty to her. Lets not forget.... AT THE VERY START OF COVID IT WAS DR GLOVER THAT TOLD THE MANX CARE LOT OR WHAT EVER THEY WERE CALLED THEN, THAT THEY ACTUALLY OWNED A MACHINE THAT COULD TEST FOR COVID. THIS MACHINE HAD BEEN SITTING IN A CORNER IN A CUPBOARD UNUSED BECAUSE IT WAS BOUGHT BUT NO ONE IN THE LAB KNEW WHAT IT DID. - That alone says a lot about the standard of employee up there but Hey-Ho its only lives at stake That is a summary of what went on, early 2020 Dr Glover should be given an award from her Majesty's Government, as she is far more deserving than the boy vampire.
    9 points
  43. You say whilst taking umbrage at what someone has said on social media. Give over man.
    9 points
  44. No, she’s still doing the same job, unlike David.
    9 points
  45. What has she said that’s wrong? She’s right. A minority of island residents need to accept that these attitudes are toxic. Are you saying that they aren’t toxic and it’s OK?
    9 points
  46. I disagree tbh. As figures show ATC at the airport for the most part have been bending over backwards to try and facilitate Easyjets schedule but if they are on time then theres not a problem. They are operationally trying to fit too many flights into their timetable. Once a delay happens , and it does , that means if falls back onto our ATC. If those figures of how many times they have kept the airport open are true then thats just not right or fair. If you go into work a shift and are supposed to finish at 9 30 pm then within reason that should be the time you walk out the door. Easyjet know the parameters and there the ones that need to sort out there scheduling. I get there trying to get the most they can out of crew and planes but its not all about them. I say respect to the ATC at the airport for even trying to help passengers.
    9 points
  47. You can debate the rights and wrongs of the airport opening hours some other posters have clearly explained why it’s not that easy to extend them on a permanent basis . Given so few flights why open for such long hours anyway. I am sorry EasyJet are made aware of the opening hours of the airport and they schedule right against the limit . So in my view they are culpable . And those passengers who complained on Sunday that they were left stranded when the Gatwick flight had to abort take off should be talking to EasyJet too the airline is responsible for the passengers in that situation.
    9 points
  48. With 1000s of public servants, the churn rate will be be a significant number every month. I, for one, find it very hard to believe the pay out figure. It wouldn't surprise me if they paid that to Greenhow alone to get him to walk without a fuss.
    9 points
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