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  1. Fairies are imaginary, they don't exist, and neither does the £367K.
    8 points
  2. It's worth pointing out that Edge's question yesterday was actually about procurement: What procurement process was followed for the installation of fairy houses around the Island; and what the total cost was? and Skelly simply didn't answer that part of the question on the procurement process, despite Watterson pointing out that he should. But no one pressed Skelly further and he was too busy congratulating everyone on this wonderful marketing 'success' to tell us what the procurement actually was.
    6 points
  3. Anonymouse 'thought it would be fun'? At five grand a pop I bed they did. Meanwhile, in Rome....
    5 points
  4. I suppose you're right when it comes to art. Perhaps artists shouldn't be allowed to hustle governments to buy their works, too much scope for cronyism. Maybe governments should come up with the ideas in the first place and then invite interest from artists. I dunno either. But the indirect marketing value used as post purchase justification is mental.
    4 points
  5. Not really, it would be perfectly reasonable to convey something like, " Yes, we like this idea a lot, but there are rules governing the allocation of public finances so it will have to go to a procurement process". As long as the originator wasn't precluded from that process it would be fair. Or at least appear to be so.
    4 points
  6. Anyone who is interested in some actual science, in bite size and easy to understand chunks, should check out SciManDan on YouTube. He regularlly takes apart FlatEarthers, Space Deniers, Gravity Disbelievers, etc, including the Flat Earth Panel that PGW has a hard on for.
    4 points
  7. Scrawling dicks on the sides of Catholic buildings is the absolute least they deserve, I'd be happy to see these bastions of a paedophilic institution be burned to the ground en masse.
    4 points
  8. It could speak volumes about a) the level of desperation for revenue that we've reached that we've resorted to building fairy houses to try and attract some sort of income and b) the paucity and level of political thinking that deemed this as a viable revenue possibility without any firm evidence or figures to confirm it. Or perhaps the La La Land thinking is that if we build them, the fairies will come in order to reside in them. Bringing some fairytale finances with them. Some of our Govt will feel very at home with that.
    4 points
  9. I think they’re a good idea BUT FFS they are six and a half grand each. You’re not telling me that they couldn’t have gone to a local tradesman or the workshop for the disabled or something nd got them done for a few hundred quid? It’s a complete piss take to be honest when we’re closing hospital beds and people are DYING waiting for bowel cancer screening.
    4 points
  10. Just makes me wonder how we would have coped with the projected 2.5 million passengers per annum we were headed for when they blew the cash ! We suddenly couldn't cope with the two easy jet flights close together for goodness sake !
    4 points
  11. Laurence Skelly, the Isle of Man's very own Jim Hacker.
    4 points
  12. It was only just under 12 months and I think someone suggested on the other thread that if the notice period added on to that took you over the limit, it meant it was treated as if the year had passed. In addition there may have been whistleblowing implications (certainly he was alleging some irregularities in the way that the Commissioners behaved) and I don't think that is time-limited. That said £500,000 does seem a lot - though maybe less if it included his legal fees. The judgment in Sutton v Creechurch Capital (which still seems to be being appealed) was £685,000 or so (plus costs and interest). But there were lots of special circumstances there, including whistleblowing and stopping someone getting another job.
    3 points
  13. Why am I being dragged into this now? I find the Sultan quite funny, love it when he gets on his horse. It's especially funny when he's giving you or the other clown stick cos you both deserve it.
    3 points
  14. Seeing as we're on the subject of housing; when the fuck are the authorities going to bring in a system where people in public housing who exceed a specific threshold of income and who's children have grown up and left home are turfed out of their public housing and forced to rent/buy private property? Oh, and another fucking rant; bankers, brought about a recession , austerity and mosey for millions but instead of being jailed or forced to wear a banner stating 'Im a fucking greedy banker" in public they are forgotten about all too quickly and its business as fucking usual? Rants over!!!!!
    3 points
  15. All looks like a massive publicity coup for AnonyMouse. Perhaps they should be paying DfE/us for piggybacking on our fairies legend and reputation? Rather than us stumping up to display their products for them? Or am I missing something?
    3 points
  16. Not with his hips. He'd be better off in central defence.
    3 points
  17. Possibly not, it demonstrates a certain level of ignorance and an inability to understand scientific evidence.
    3 points
  18. Well no, not really. We were discussing the procurement of strange and mysterious things, rather than general procurement across all of government. Although obviously the way Bus Vannin operate could be described as strange and mysterious.
    3 points
  19. You sure it wasnt Mickey Mousekewitz ?
    3 points
  20. All bets are off. Jeremy called the scarecrow a stupid woman. Brexit will have to go on the backburner for a couple of weeks while the tories express their righteous pseudo indignation in as many ways as possible.
    3 points
  21. I don't know why we bother with any financial regulations here about procurement or otherwise ! they are just ignored ! All the way down from the MEA debacle to Eddie Teares and "strictly speaking it isn't public money", to small dwellings for mythical forest creatures there is no one bothered one offing bit about financial regulations ... unless of course you are outside the bubble then regulations bring the financial sector virtually to a halt. It really is a joke !!!
    3 points
  22. God, you lot love to moan. Why can't people just be happy about these new fairy houses? I think they are beautiful and I am currently working on a machine to shrink myself to be able to live in one of them.
    3 points
  23. A highly qualified relative works here in the financial world in the private sector, he doesn't read the forums but I sent him a link to this thread for his opinion. He said "they are all licking the windows " LOL
    3 points
  24. RM's contribution is always worth another read. Sums it up well imo. And the original IOMT article is still there. If you can handle the stench.
    3 points
  25. It isnt kids. That is a secret writing code that priests use to write the menu for choir practice
    3 points
  26. Stop posting selfies
    3 points
  27. The Hon. Member for Arbory, Castletown and Malew (Mr Moorhouse) to ask the Minister for Home Affairs – What strategies could possibly be enacted should one find oneself in the company of several fun seeking friends and colleagues and in an establishment that is well known for the production, storage and commercial retail of alcoholic beverages, in order to promote much joviality and merriment?
    3 points
  28. I’m sure all Onchan ratepayers will all be eager to know how much this has cost them. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=44656&headline=Commissioners%20come%20to%20deal%20with%20sacked%20clerk&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2018
    2 points
  29. The post office should be notified about dogs on a property and it it should be appropriately signed on the property to make people aware of the dog
    2 points
  30. So tenacious of you to endure 25 seconds. No wonder you are so knowledgable in all matters!
    2 points
  31. Please tell me the reliable source wasn’t Buster...
    2 points
  32. Deary deary me, the two posters who whine about topic disrupting are the ones doing it (again) tonight. For the record, I haven’t specifically gone out of my way to “like” TSOS’s posts but now that I know it irks him I may now... ETA - especially for you Sultan my little ray of sunshine
    2 points
  33. You sad sack of shit people can check for themselves. I get the notifications. Huge number in last 24-48 hours.
    2 points
  34. If someone is a committed anti-vaxxer then I am highly likely to view their other opinions with extreme skepticism. That's an entirely fair position to take.
    2 points
  35. I noticed you got posters (you and Neil largely) to like or respond to many of my posts in the last 24 hours so I would shoot up the forum rankings; you sad prick. I thought it was odd. Who even has the time to be arsed doing something that pathetic just to try to perpetuate an argument on an Internet forum? You really are one massively angry and bitter individual with a lot of time on your hands
    2 points
  36. .............in any case it's a legal requirement to have working sidelights, brake lights and indicators as well as triangular reflectors, side markers are also a requirement depending on the length. All of those things when used on a public highway, night or day............
    2 points
  37. I've looked at that clip of Corbyn, half a dozen times, slowed-down, zoomed-up, it looks like he said what he claims, i.e. "stupid people" I wouldn't stick up for him but fair's fair...
    2 points
  38. There are probably many factors, but I think a really simple reason being (and i'm only elaborating on your comment of ignorance - as it's correct) is that often any radical change over here is deemed highly unpopular. When getting voted in or out falls down to so few votes, culturally unpopular subjects are ignored. So despite various acts of change being so desperately the morally correct thing to do, it won't happen in order to protect personal popularity and ultimately their bank balance.
    2 points
  39. No doubt keen observers of the local media will be aware of the latest spat between Ray Reardon’s great-grandson David Ashford and the “patients group” Health and Care Association (HACA) over colonoscopy/endoscopy/internal (excuse the pun) reports etc. Whilst I have little truck with Whispering Dave Ashford, another flimsy Minister, let us not forget that HACA is the creation of, and veiled mouthpiece for...Kate Beecroft! Now there’s an unbiased and objective commentator on health matters eh? Oh yes...and a comprehensive failure as Health Minister. I’ll be listening to precisely nothing that HACA has to say on anything.
    2 points
  40. Ah ok, I didn't go either,, cos I forgot. Maybe there's something up with my brain tissue.
    2 points
  41. Little Men? Bit sexist.
    2 points
  42. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.androidauthority.com/5g-dangers-895776/amp/
    2 points
  43. Speed limits should be evidence based. I may be wrong*, but there is plenty of evidence in the shape of fresh corpses every year on the mountain road. To say nothing of the horrifically injured. *I'm not though.
    2 points
  44. El skell was on the glorious nations station this morning rather passing the buck and saying it was a cabinet office decision, not really down to him. Even helpfully put chris thomas's name forward as a human shield
    2 points
  45. .............not moaning, just failing to understand the lies and bullshit that we pay for........
    2 points
  46. I don't subscribe to the hyperinflation element of simian number theory. I prefer a more gradual non-malthusian buildup in numbers.
    2 points
  47. I’d have expected a fairy house in Troll-aby Lane. (I’ll get my fairy coat).
    2 points
  48. (Forget the VAT), this whole thread reminds me of the film industry bullshit, where droves of people were eating 8 million quids worth of fish and chips per annum, and sleeping in bed night equivalent hotels, when the reality was clear for the man in the street to observe ! It strikes me you have got to have some brass neck to stand up and spout this crap whilst the taxpayers have a giggle at your (or rather their) expense ! You cannot proclaim anything a success or failure unless you can measure it and the DfE do like their intangible benefits !
    2 points
  49. Not if they continue to see, hear and speak no evil.
    2 points
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