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  1. Here's a question for you..... who else speaks up for the traveller? No one, as far as I know. Not even your MHK. Certainly not any MHKs that I have approached in the past. http://www.travelwatch-isleofman.org/ I've been along to a couple of their meetings and I was surprised but pleased to learn that there's a lot of industry expertise available. If you have an open mind, that is!
    3 points
  2. Harmer and the DOI have been extolling the wonderful new ferry terminal, all singing and all dancing. I for one would like 100% Harmer, Quayle and Skelly proof guarantees that freight will be allowed from this new terminal. Without it, it’s useless and it will be a total white elephant, costing the IOM money. I’m sure the residents of the trendy apartment blocks and Mann Island development will not wish to see containers, articulated lorries and other large scale vehicles queuing up for the 02.15 or 14.15 HeyMax boat. So far we have had loads of talk, lots of nice drawings and maps, but little
    3 points
  3. Having strong Northern Irish Protestant connections, I was absolutely horrified to watch the programme on Channel 4 on Saturday night about the actions of British Troops in August 1971. It seems that at that time, the British Government began internment of IRA suspects in the wake of civil rights marches by Catholics who had been subjected to extreme provocation by Protestant groups. The IRA was pretty much an impotent force at the time and had in fact been accused of cowardice for not protecting those who were being burned out of their homes. The Army decided that the Ballymurphy estate
    2 points
  4. I see Bob Collister keeps posting links to news articles about himself because nobody else is. lol.
    2 points
  5. It may have helped to learn to ride a bike before you set off.
    2 points
  6. Agreed. If we are developing a new berth in Liverpool (not Birkenhead) and have to move from existing site, then we must be able to move freight through it as well 24/7, not just in "emergencies and on the weekend in the winter" Ask the major freight forwarders over here where they would like to sail from in UK, and I'm willing to bet Liverpool would be the preferred option, being closer to their distribution centres. Further, this proposed berth is restricted to Heysham/Douglas max size 142m. Why??? Well, in the proposed location there is not enough space for a bigger berth, but you are
    2 points
  7. Not getting involved in deep discussions as I know little about him, but I'd rather pay nothing for free energy thats safe than being ripped off by spiralling costs for some shareholders greedy profit margin.
    2 points
  8. If one Rally constitutes the third biggest tourist attraction then we may as well leave and turn the lights off. All the Rallies put together may be a worthwhile contribution to the industry but a Rally with just over 80 entries...please. Figures can be manipulated to mean anything and Robertshaw is good at this, added to the fact his constituency is mainly the promenade so he is going to put a case for compo, isn't he. No one, has yet answered the question that is..why have Poker Stars, who are subjected to the same safety issues as this failed debacle been signed off. Too many people
    2 points
  9. The horses are bred to do the job, that is what their musculature does. I seem to remember that the design of the tram means that once the initial inertia is passed they roll along pretty easily. You never see a sweaty horse, being whipped, pulling a tram and, IIRC, they only do a couple of journeys then are rested. I think they have a relatively nice life with very long serving staff (I still see PJ, who was a year ahead of me at school and worked on the trams in the summer holidays, driving). It was a nice sight. But, hey, this is MF, everything is shit, of course.
    2 points
  10. Not to worry. They have sacked the DOI cleaners in favour of outside contractors!
    2 points
  11. Bring on the tartan McLycra....aaaaargh!
    1 point
  12. What kind of consequences could you possibly give to someone who doesn't have anything?
    1 point
  13. BMX Track, skate park, velodrome, pikey van park, horse tram museum or any other financially embarrassing options or non profitable ideas welcomed......
    1 point
  14. I don't need any more than this, you utter cunt
    1 point
  15. TT / Southern 100 camp site ?, £200 per week ?
    1 point
  16. Why would we end up with two superferries each week? We own the SP company. Not Stena. IOM G can plan operations to suit the Island's needs, not shareholders. TT disappearing after 2019? Where did I mention that? I just don't see any thinking outside the box here. Yes, the Liverpool stage move's been known about for some time. But I see no advantages in what's being planned here, nothing looked at further that PP's "philanthropy". And we leave ourselves open to restrictions on freight passage imposed by LCC on our "own" port facility which will again benefit PP as it obliges us to co
    1 point
  17. Can somebody remove all signs to iom ferry?
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  18. Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most.... [voice breaks] human.
    1 point
  19. You’re totally wrong, and it’s been explained on here why, you’ll have to search.
    1 point
  20. Two, even three, isn’t much cheaper per build than a one off. However they’re basically a freighter with passenger accommodation added, Seatruck springs to mind. However, remember, that’s how the Ben started, adapted. Bouncy, lively. Had to add ballast. Not always a simple thing to adapt. Weve all known about the pierhead and the desire of Peel to extend the cruise terminal, for two or three years. As for the suggestion that distribution networks, logistics, suppliers etc would prefer Birkenhead or Bootle, they all involve city transits. Heysham is preferred, especially by Bay G
    1 point
  21. No. Strategically for the Island it was the right option at the right price. We purchased 8 years of future cashflow + NPV of the assets. The most important aspect of the whole thing is that we now have 100% control. However, it's what we do with that control that will be the make or break of the deal, and given IOMG's track record, can fully understand why people are nervous about it!
    1 point
  22. Well, that'll be a first, won't it? Not. Somebody in Govt must enjoy the sensation of being anally raped by Peel Holdings because they keep signing us up for it. My fear is that we're also going to end up with a more restrictive facility at the UK end than we've already got at Douglas harbour. Which at the moment is itself dictating what can and can't be used, tonnage-wise. If we're going to spend what, now £40M, on a terminal, it needs to be capable of and sited where it can improve transport to the Island. It's simple logistics. Unfortunately, Phil Gawne was just simple.
    1 point
  23. Stabbing at us from Hell's Heart! He's Not looking Well!
    1 point
  24. This subject is going to run and run. This afternoons latest - https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/situation-2019-21-not-clear-says-lpool-mayor/ and another article. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/passenger-watchdog-queries-ferry-terminal-changeover/ Either way, I can’t see Tynpotwald and Department of Incompetence coming up with any bright ideas to overcome this little problem. Sadly, the IOM are big Northern Powerhouse players, and we have got fcuk all influence with LCC and even less with Peel Holdings, coincidentally it’s CEO/Chair is a Man
    1 point
  25. Just to put a couple of things straight, Pokerstars are the rally sponsor, they are not involved in the organisation. I don't think government would necessarily be more lenient with that rally, it just doesn't have the same number of spectators, spectator stages or hold the same status generally as Rally IoM, which was a full international and championship event. There is a bit of a question regarding the reasons for the rally being cancelled though? The organisers say that the deadline had passed to order many of the items which were needed for the event, such as printing road books, awa
    1 point
  26. Notty asked me to put this up for him, “ I still view the site but only ever posted under one log in so wouldn’t create another to post. I’m still banned (as far as I know) for no discernible reason which is slightly comical given that certain bitter/deluded posters are still spewing out their bile pretty much without challenge. Gettafa, you’re a legend”
    1 point
  27. And there he goes... hundred number 33 fair play to the guy. Seeing his career begin then end makes me feel a bit old though.
    1 point
  28. I don't care about the rally one way or the other, to be honest. I'm just happy there aren't yet more road closures.
    1 point
  29. Surely the real reason this rally failed is because of the press releases that occurred in July? These publicly identified major failings with the organiser, caused fewer entries, let alone paid entries and put the whole event into a downward spiral. So who released the press releases, why couldn't it have been sorted quietly? Who's agenda was that?
    1 point
  30. Gonna take a guess Manxy that you're a 'fan' of Tesla and think his work was stolen, suppressed, covered up and all that, but are you aware of how tesla would have transmitted his electricity freely around the world? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Wireless_System Would this scare you as much as the 5g towers of death?
    1 point
  31. Apparently some of Tesla's patents were stolen and it was claimed that it involved free energy, but if true and were located, which utility company would want this? Some of Tesla's patents info - Link HERE
    1 point
  32. Glad it's not just me that is irritated by this every minute. +1 The other day the missus stopped me from literally pulling the plug on it. The fairer sex seems to be immune. It must be something to do with having kids...
    1 point
  33. Today’s belter comes courtesy of the Mayor of Liverpool. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/island-part-of-northern-powerhouse-says-liverpool-mayor/ Fantasy Island is part of the Northern Powerhouse, and Planning Permission is easy. Im sure Ray Harmer, Skelly and Co will be wrapped up in self importance at that interview. The HRH The Chief Minister will be swanning around even more with his chest puffed out, and a new Rupert outfit to match. Incidentally if as Holy Joe says we are part of the powerhouse (we are a madhouse at times!), then I can see IOMG passing
    1 point
  34. Maybe a motorway services style facility to break up the journey all the way to the airport.
    1 point
  35. because they never work.......
    1 point
  36. No not a Rally fan actually. Never seen it and don't intend to. But I am an IoM fan and if its is our third biggest event as Robertshaw claimed (or fourth or fifth) I wouldn't care if it was darts, basket weaving or anything else. It benefits the island and as such, even if the unpaid amateur organisers were more disorganised than normal, it should have been worth a little extra time and effort from our professional civil service managers to make it happen (which is not by "holding a meeting"). But once again the highly paid, small minded leadership of the DoI chose not to bother.
    1 point
  37. It's a woman with a counting clicker (i don't know what these are actually called) and a clipboard stood at the sea terminal. The data she creates is sent to DeD and used in some consultations with outside consultants to completely make shit up and spoonfeed to the public in suspiciously positive press releases.
    1 point
  38. Another dead junkie. Hardly news really.
    1 point
  39. Jesus H. Linz, p3t3, WKRP etc etc ad infinitum. Just how many socks do they need? It usually tails off when the holidays end but not this time it would seem....
    1 point
  40. It'll more than likely remain empty for many years to come, slowly decay and become a dilapidated eyesore for many years after that....I'm ever the optimist:-)
    1 point
  41. Has to be a better alternative to bloody great windmills ruining the areas
    1 point
  42. Surely the problem with that is that you get a boat to Liverpool, buy a car much cheaper and bring it back.
    1 point
  43. There’s probably more money in having a KFC drive through then a Citroen dealership. Make you wonder what Jackson’s actual business model is? Maybe the dealers that sold the franchise and kept the sites were the clever ones? Jackson’s business model doesn’t seem to stack up. If I had a site like Eurocars I’d be delighted to be able to flip it to a drive through. They’ll make more money selling horrible chicken buckets to chavs than Jackson’s will selling new Citroens.
    1 point
  44. There's something distinctly iffy about the whole Jacksons setup. I wonder how long they will last, unless it is some kind of money laundering operation I would not give it more than 2 years. I have not been to see it, and don't propose to but driving round the roundabout going to B&Q it does not look like it is buzzing with customers
    1 point
  45. That would be strange because, as confirmed several times here the other week, apparently he never complains and asks for posts to be removed or for people to be banned from groups. Never at all according to quite a few sources in that thread - including your good self.
    1 point
  46. You should join the Onchan Residents group, John. Everybody else on the island outside of Onchan seems to post on there.
    1 point
  47. My favourite line from the report on IOM Newspapers is: Investors were attracted by the Louis family’s self-projected religious values and representations of low risk investment. Could almost come straight our of a Living Hope Leaders training manual.
    1 point
  48. I like rallies, I do not like the TT. The rallies bring loads of car people & are a growing sport. That will be £500,000 thanks.
    1 point
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