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  1. Nearly £50,000 total plus the inconvenience (and probably a lot more than just inconvenience in many cases) and the robbing twats get a few months each, already laughably inadequate sentencing which I guess will be halved again with good behaviour.
    9 points
  2. Awens to All: Thin on the First Weekend after Beltane, I did the First Camp Out to Celebrate a Celtic Sacred Sabbath since 2016's Autumnal Equinox by going to my Favorite Camp Site which is in the middle of the Hemlock Valley. I packed Canadamobile for a week and then after Friday's Work, got a 15 Pack of Beer and took off. When I got there, I set up the Tent and had a Dinner with a few Beers and then went straight to Sleep. The next morning, I got up and had a Breakfast of Hot Dogs simmered in Chilli Con Carne: Then I went about taking a few Pictures of the Camp Site: Click here to view the original image of 600x450px. The thing I really liked is the area where I camped out in was almost totally surrounded by Mounds of Dirt. Made me feel like I was in the center of one of those Neolithic Circle Forts that dot the Landscapes of the Wiltshire Plains. And here is a Picture of the Surrounding Valley Road: Then I got out the Box of my New Portable BarBQ that I picked up for the Camping Trip since my Old BarBQ's Fire Element had Rusted Out so it was needing to be Replaced. Here is my New Portable BarBQ still in its Box: And here it is after I got it Assembled: The rest of the day, it got used preparing Delicious Beef Sausages that I had brought along. Then I went about gathering Fire Wood and Splitting It Up. Here is my Beltane Wood Pile: Then I made my Camp Fire Ring: And then I put together a Pile of Wood into the Fire Ring: Spent the rest of the day doing a lot of Lounging about Sleeping in my Tent enjoying the absence of other Annoying Humans as my Favorite Camp Spot where I tend to get a lot of Solitude. When the Sun went down, I Sparked Off the Camp Fire: And here is my YouTube Video of my Beltane Campfire: Now I am back getting this Unloaded and Cleaned Up for my next Camping Trip. 3X3
    5 points
  3. I went to the Delta Heritage Fair which turned out to be a Historical Arts Exhibition of Displays made by Elementary School Children at the Harris Barn. There was nothing there for Adults. But they had some interesting Displays on various subjects of Canadian History. There were Displays on Native History, the early Pioneers such as Jacques Cartier and about Freedom Fighters like Louis Riel. Here is the Displays: And here is one about our Minister of Defense who used to be in command of the Military Regiment that I used to be a member of - The British Columbia Regiment: After seeing the Displays in Harris Barn, I went for a walkabout and found the Children's Garden: And here is a Closeup of the Garden Boxes: When I was walking around the Barn, I came upon a Cement Garden Planter that had a Barrier around it: And here is the Mother Duck sitting on her Nest: That was a Good Way to start Beltane Celebrations by going to a Historical Arts Display at the Harris Barn. 3X3
    2 points
  4. To me this just shows how daft it is to set vehicle duty in various bands based on alleged emissions levels. All the CO2 produced by a car comes from the fuel it burns, so just stick the tax on fuel. Those that do most miles and guzzle the most gas pay more tax. Simple.
    2 points
  5. I doubt it. We can't govern ourselves financially responsibly without riding on the UK's coat-tails as it is.
    2 points
  6. It's taken this woman nearly 2 years to say something and this is what comes out. My constituency mhk as well. I despair, I really really do.
    2 points
  7. https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/grossdomesticproductgdp/timeseries/ihyp/pn2
    2 points
  8. I'm gonna make some stuff up. Steam Packet management team a few years ago thought to themselves 'this is going OK really, but we've got the UA renewal coming up and we'll need new boats, what do we do?'. They go see their owners, the Portuguese bank. The bank is pretty happy having the Steam Packet on it's books, its a relatively small company that kind of runs itself with steady cashflow and a decent profit, but it is also aware of the pretty hefty debt and isn't keen to get any further down that way. Management know this so come up with a plan. 'We've got to free the investment we need, let's convince someone to buy us, but it'll have to be good for the bank to let us go'. Some work is undertaken and a business plan of sorts for the renewal of the UA is issued. Doesn't go down to well and our government starts getting concerned. Clever work behind the scenes plants the seeds, 'well there is an alternative..'. Next thing we know our government has been led down the path, the same management will be in charge only now they can get their new boats. Paid for by you and me. And if things go a little wrong in the future now they can say 'its the governments fault' or 'we need more money'. It is a lot easier to put pressure on the local government than a foreign bank. Like I said, its all made up.
    2 points
  9. 6 months since my last post, it’s time to update. This week I got back the results from my April bone marrow biopsy. There have been no Leukaemia affected blood cells detected since January. But the important tests are the bi monthly bone marrow ones. At diagnosis 85% of my blood producing stem cells were affected by the mutation which causes my type of Leukaemia. By December it was 3%. Unfortunately, between Liverpool Royal, and Guys, in London, they lost my February sample, so I’m running 8 weeks behind on results. April sample result was no detectable mutated leukaemic stem cells. I need clear blood, haematological remission, and 3 undetectable bone marrow results, molecular remission, to be considered in remission. Next samples 31 May and last week July. Im still receiving the experimental trial protocol involving arsenic trioxide infusions. Few side effects, extreme tiredness, my hair is totally white and I’ve got baby curls, but worst is peripheral neuropathy in hands and feet. Permanent pins & needles, total numbness in my toes and soles of my feet. Mobilty is impaired and restricted. It may be permanent. But I’m getting back to some normality. Went to Dublin over bank holiday weekend, theatre trip, and I’ve chaired a couple tribunals with two more this coming week. Treatment continues until 6 July, then rehabilitation physio and 3 monthly, 6 monthly and, after 5 years, annual bone marrow biopsy follow ups for life. All on the NHS. Truly a marvellous resource. My treatment will have cost £250,000 plus. Each chemo dose costs the pharmacy £1000, and I’ll have had 99 doses by July.
    2 points
  10. But the user agreement is a contractual agreement. If IOMG just ripped it up early they would have to compensate the SPC for loss of earnings up to the end of the contract and it would probably end up in court. It could get very nasty indeed as the contractual rights are enforceable whether its IOMGs contract or not. To do this without major risk of disruption I think IOMG has to buy the income stream as they’d just get sued for breach of contract otherwise as contractually the SPC had an agreement with IOMG up to 2026 from which it earns around £10M a year.
    2 points
  11. Why? There's a contractual agreement. Why isn't it a case of buying that back? The alternative would seem to be (unless I'm missing something) IoM Govt defaulting on the UA - which could create a minefield of loss of service. Unlike a lot of MF topics, I'm interested in a mature debate on this. Happy to read alternative viewpoints and read through it.
    2 points
  12. I do not flutter my eyelashes, never have and never will. I find that comment hugely offensive. I learn to learn, that is all.
    1 point
  13. Trolling people in a very unamusing way again ? sigh
    1 point
  14. Heathrow baggage handlers set the bar.
    1 point
  15. I heard about this ages ago. Baggage handlers I think.
    1 point
  16. Interesting, but I suspect the writer is delusional.
    1 point
  17. I’ve stuck with MT but starting to get the feeling that they don’t give a shite about their customers.
    1 point
  18. you missed the important bit.....
    1 point
  19. I hazily seem to remember something similar a few years back but I think the perpetrators were at the Post Office in Liverpool where the letter post the island was sorted. I think it comes via East Midlands now so it was a long time back. I believe that mailbags on the loaded plane were being tampered with before the crew arrived to fly it to the island early in the morning. I think they were caught with a covert camera. Edit: not sure if it made the papers back then.
    1 point
  20. "Put your hands up in the air! Not that high. Head height only! And wave 'em like you just don't care! Ok jazz hands will do."
    1 point
  21. Awens to All: Here is my 2012 Imbolc 3X3 Triad Of Wisdom on The Buddhistic Chant of Sharing Loving Kindness. This is based on the Buddhistic Chant of Sharing Loving Kindness which is recited everytime I go to a Tuesday Night Meditation Session at the Buddhist Vihara Temple of Surrey. I have Rewritten the Chant of Sharing Loving Kindness to become one of my 3X3 Triads of Wisdom. It goes: When Sharing Loving Kindness: - One Is Well, - Happy, - And Peaceful. May There Be No: - Difficulties, - Problems, - And Failures In Life. All Should Have: - Patience, - Courage, - And Understanding. ------------------------------------------------------------- When One Is Well: - One Is Healthy, - In A Sound Home, - And With Good Nourishment. Happiness Is: - Having Good Relationships, - Enjoying Ones Work, - And Being Understood. When There is Peace: - There is No War, - No Arguements, - And No Fighting. -------------------------------------------------------------- Other Types of Parents Include: - Step Parents, - Adoptive Parents, - And Spiritual God Parents. Indifferent People are Those Who: - Having Tried to make a Difference, - Failed to do So, - And Then Became Apathetic. All Living Beings Include: - The Trees, - The Fish, - And The Animals. TheDruid-3X3
    1 point
  22. growth is better now than 2013 plenty of countries have free access to the eu without regulatory alignment.... more tosh from the remoans favourite propaganda paper......
    1 point
  23. There isn't supposed to be any truth in it, I made it up.
    1 point
  24. I agree with you on the £5.1M and I see even Philip Dearden says it looks “odd”; but on the contract presumably if we broke early we would owe the owners of the SPC compensation. That compensation would be calculated by a court relative to the income MIOM would be expected to earn up to the official termination date of the contract. So it could presumably go to court and they might say £10M a year x 8 years to go = £80M owed in compensation. So all we are really doing is buying that income for £24M from what I can see. Then at the same time we drop in £76M of loans so that the existing owner of MIOM Ltd can withdraw its loans supporting the SPC from MIOM and take the money and run. It doesn’t look too bad a deal to me as I assume after we’ve re-papered the UA the equity will be worth a lot more and also another lender would probably be happy to come in and buy our loans out as it would be a more attractive lending proposition to a private equity firm or bank.
    1 point
  25. It seems ridiculous that the user agreement doesn't seem to have allowed for a smooth transition to a new agreement with whatever unknown future parties whilst preventing the possibility of the island being held to ransom under the threat of a period of chaos. That's why I wondered earlier in the thread who had drawn the agreement up.
    1 point
  26. I was about to congratulate bobby on his maturity in not coming back with a yeats quote
    1 point
  27. 1 point
  28. I do hate the second -guessing as no- one other than IOMG has the information. Providing they have used appropriately qualified advisers of course.
    1 point
  29. The Govt. hired consultants (Park and Oxera) to advise on the value of the IOMSPCo business and, in particular, the value of the proposed new contract. They used a Net Present Value analysis of EBITDA (which was very close to cash generated) and a cost of capital of 4.5% (all debt). If you re-do those figures starting from 2019 up to end 2026, you get a current value of 89m for the projected cash flows to the end of the contract. The boats will have some residual value and I have left out 2018 profits - so I can see how you might get close to £124m. The actual cash flows generated would be about £118m (8 years - maybe there is another year to add?).
    1 point
  30. I've seen a shitehawk gulp down an off cut of 3x2" so a ringy would be no problem.
    1 point
  31. @Lost Login That's the way I see it. There's a contractual income stream guaranteed by the UA which has a value. There's also additional value in the assets and the ongoing business operation. You can buy out that income stream, but it's not free. The extra, non-monetary benefit is in risk mitigation. By buying it out now, you also indemnify the IoM against the chance of opertations becoming somewhat disjointed as the current operators run things down towards the end of the UA.
    1 point
  32. No we don't but the user agreement would run for another 8 years and at that point maybe the Govt could have picked up for nothing. In the meantime the IoMSP would have earned itself say £80m (say) £10m per year and also got a bit for flogging its assets. Even the boats would fetch a bit for parts or scrap. So to keep it in round figures lets say it might have generated £100m in cash prior to the end of the user agreement thinking there is more to come as nobody else will tender. The only way the IoMSP were going to walk away at this point is if somebody replaces that lost cash. If the Govt paid £80m now and got £10m back per year over the remaining life of the user agreement, ignoring time cost of money, interest, inflation etc. At the end of the period the net cost to the Govt is in cash terms £nil so whether they wait for 8 years and pick up for nothing or pay £80m and get £10m pack per year for 8 years the net cash cost is the same. That is a bit simplistic but it essentially what the Govt is doing. It is reimbursing the owners of the IoMPSP what the would have expected to earn during the remaining life of the user agreement.The Govt will now get those earnings and have control of the IoMSP
    1 point
  33. Because he's one of the good guys.
    1 point
  34. The vast majority of door staff I've seen do a great job and give people numerous chances to leave but in this day and age where everybody thinks it' their right to do what they want they don't listen continue to argue unfortunately some of the drunks don't understand talking and have to be gripped and taken out.
    1 point
  35. For years some posters and others have wanted the Govt to take over the IoMSP in some or other and now it is happening it appears that either they have changed their mind or what wanted is for the Govt have got for free. Obviously the last accounts available for the IoMSP are for 2016 and not a "full" set of accounts with notes but based on those the figures quoted seem reasonable for the deal as the owners of the IoMSP appear to have as you said looked at what they might have earned over the next X years and based on that plus or minus odd adjustments. If the profits over the remaining years of the agreement cover the costs then if you believe the IoM Govt should have control or ownership of the IoMSP then it seems an OK deal. By paying now they get control now rather than at the end of the user agreement and costs would probably be similar. only difference is Govt are paying a lump sum now and getting various amounts back in terms of profits over that period.
    1 point
  36. It seems pretty pointless to me, but I'm not a tranny.
    1 point
  37. Assaults are becoming more common. Some idiot doubly fractured our landlords jaw in 2 places last weekend. Similar happened to him just 18 months ago. Passing trade usually...tanked up elsewhere, probably not just on booze, before arriving. They should be getting guaranteed jail time. 18 months minimum IMO with a 3 year pub ban.
    1 point
  38. His £3.556 billion is an excellent illustration of why gambling is mostly for losers,
    1 point
  39. Not just the disused lines. The MER route, Douglas to Ramsey, would make an excellent cycle path. Cycling attracts many more people than bygone tourist railways and is very much less expensive to maintain and operate. If the Victorians were alive today they would be bemused at us keeping these old relics running as if they were somehow sacred. Sadly most of the disused railway between Ramsey and Sulby was sold off. That was mad.
    1 point
  40. bikes shouldn't be on the road......
    1 point
  41. mot's would of sorted that why was the tax dodging cyclist out on the road......
    1 point
  42. It really is hard to imagine where all this is going to end? I have always sympathised with the Palestinians and their plight, which was forced upon them by the British, but their leaders with their extremist intentions condemn the ordinary people into a life of conflict. The continuous persecution of the Jewish population of Europe created the whole issue of a Jewish homeland and I have now swung the other way. I would much rather live in a land ruled by Jews than one ruled by extremist Muslims.
    1 point
  43. The mullahs in Tehran continually threaten to wipe Israel from the map. In the mosques and madrasses throughout that Shia muslim nation, hatred of Jews, and calls for their total annihilation are prayed for regularly by fundamentalist imams and scholars. It's much the same in the muslim nations surrounding Israel. They are all a constant threat to Israel's peaceful existence. But in Iran's case, with its nuclear ambitions and threatening stance, a deadly deterrent must be maintained by Israel to address this threat. I don’t suppose the consequences of setting off a powerful nuclear device in an area where crude oil bubbles to and pools on the surface has ever been considered.
    1 point
  44. Yes. But the arab nations have had their collective fingers burnt/arses kicked many times in the past when taking on Israel. They learned by experience.
    1 point
  45. Freggyragh, I think you are deliberately taking the very darkest most extreme parts of Israel's turbulent birth and claiming it to be mainstream. To describe Ashkenazi jews in the way you have done is also pretty distorting. Whether a person agrees or disagrees with the right of jews to return to their historic, and always longed-for, home land and found a state is one of society's dichotomies. It is a difficult and problematic history with much blood and sadness within all the communities involved. I think denying jews the right of return would be an injustice and think the UN produced a compromise in 1948 trying to give give space for the aspirations to nationhood of both the main communities. For the surrounding Arab nations to invade and attempt to annex the aspirations of both communities and for first Pan-Arabism and now Islamism to stymie moderate Palestinian nationalism has cost them dear. There is, I hope, space for a two state solution, but Israel is a reality and trying to wish it a way is no way to find a solutions to the fraught history of the region.
    1 point
  46. So that's what being up your own arse sounds like.
    1 point
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