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  1. 9 points
    Thank you. I’m in remission. I’ve got bone marrow biopsy tests every three months to check it doesn’t return. Ive quite serious side effects neurologically, from the arsenic trioxide chemo, in my hands and feet, severe, continuous pins and needles or numbness. Having to use a wheel chair to get any distance. But I’m alive, got a second chance at life. i know that sounds soppy. But 30 years ago APL type Leukaemia was fatal. Diagnosis life expectancy was 6 weeks. Now, if you survive the first 6 weeks ( which 95% do ) the chances of it returning are nearly zero.
  2. 5 points
    It basically means that the new guy won't get first dibs on a cut price new Mercedes.
  3. 5 points
    I think that is the point .... you don't get tractors ,horses , cyclists on a straight multi lane motorway which has a National speed limit of 70 mph in the UK and similar speeds throughout europe . Yet we allow cars /bikes to travel along a fairly narrow ,rural road with all these hazards , and more, at speeds well in excess of this . Just doesn't make sense .
  4. 5 points
    Seems to me the road safety strategy is basically going to be to reduce or introduce speed limits. Over the last ten or more years, a lot of speed limits have been brought in. Is there any info on wether these have brought down accidents? How about hammering drivers overtaking on double white lines, talking/texting on mobiles, blasting through existing speed limits. See how much that improves things over a year or so. Let’s face it, idiots are going to do all the above anyway, so what difference is a lower number on a road sign going to make? It’s lack of a deterrent at the moment that’s making things dangerous, not lack of a national speed limit.
  5. 4 points
    unless it was all in latin........
  6. 4 points
    What if you are posting on here AND working well after midnight, or even a couple of hours later? And again by 8 the next morning? I've certainly done that at pressurised times. On here while waiting for responses, then minimise to do a bit more work. I might be in bed for 10 hours the following day though. I would have thought you of all people here would be alive to the flexibility of the 24 hour global economy.
  7. 3 points
    I agree 100% and have said on here before that I can’t understand why inner-city parents and community leaders wouldn’t want more stop-and-search as its their kids who make up the majority of the victims. Instead, you get ideological muppets like David Lammy demanding less. I’d say your memory is playing tricks on you when you come up with a figure like 98% though. It was Paul Condon who got into trouble for mentioning race, but I’m pretty sure he just mentioned that the majority of street robberies were carried out by black males - and I think the figures at the time were around 65%. Anyway, more than enough reason to target young black males, or probably more accurately, young inner-city males, for stop-and-search - if the officers were available. Also, and I know it’s not in the power of the Commisioner, but I’d argue for much tougher sentencing and community outreach - that’s what worked in Glasgow.
  8. 3 points
    That you used it as an opportunity to have a go at Neil?
  9. 3 points
    I've been following a travel journal on youtube about 2 motorcyclists going through Europe. In Switzerland one was caught by an average speed trap at slightly under twice the limit of 80kph for that stretch mountain road. The on the spot fine was £3000 . That's right , 3 grand. On top of that, an immediate 3 month ban so he had to get the bike transported out of the country. If he had been twice the limit it would have been a prison sentence as well. I think that might get everyone's attention if we went down that route.
  10. 3 points
    No, I get that. Hence why I said that I wasn't disagreeing with you. I know that you've clearly said that you haven't missed the point... but I'm a bit nervous that you may have still missed the point. We're still getting strung up on Stinky's question about how to safely (or unsafely) overtake somebody travelling at 35 mph in a 50 mph zone. I gathered that the aim (or at least part of the aim) of Stinky's original question wasn't for a literal response to the question but to magnify that so many people do fail to make progress in these zones and a 50 mph limit is very often too slow to safely (and legally) complete an overtake. If we read backwards, I understood that Stinky was trying to argue that a national limit of 50 mph in non-built up areas would be too slow given the fact it could be unsafe to overtake within this limit, as outlined above. Judging by the subsequent string of responses within this thread, I think it was a good question by Stinky with quite an interesting argument - 50 mph might be too slow of a national speed limit. Good food for thought!
  11. 3 points
    when you have driving instructors parking on corners/double yellow lines/white zig zag markings whilst talking to their pupil, what chance is there for better driver training?
  12. 3 points
    I’m not I am advocating safer roads.
  13. 3 points
    Big clubs don’t care about the FA cup. I’d go as far as saying they see it as a distraction and extra unnecessary games that get in the way of the premiership and champions league. It started some years ago when Man U were kings and didn’t even enter the competition to concentrate on the world club championships.
  14. 3 points
    Bad driving. Mobile phones. I work next to a road and if I had a quid for each person I see using their phone especially when slowed down or stopped for the junction (is that ok to do?) I wouldn't have to work. When driving behind a car, take a look at the wing mirrors. If you can see the driver, well at least the mirrors are set correctly, but as in so many cases, the mirrors are either set at some random position or set to the pavement so the driver can say "hi" or beep or whatever if they see one of their mates. Would you really trust either of these types to drive safely up on the mountain, or indeed anywhere?
  15. 3 points
    I'm not saying I disagree with you, but we're completely missing the purpose of Stinky's original point with regards to motorists going 35 mph is a 50 zone. If it wasn't so painfully common for people to travel well under the speed limit, the conversation of safe/unsafe overtaking would never have occurred. P.s. before some wise-crack says 'its a limit, not a target', if you were to re-sit your driving test and do 35 in a 50, you will fail. Why? Because it is argued that it can be unsafe to drive well below the legal limit.
  16. 3 points
    That would mean breaking the limit. So no, it isn’t.
  17. 3 points
  18. 3 points
    It is possible to enforce. you don’t get out of the sea terminal unless you’ve got a proper one. Ports presence is slowly getting more robust.
  19. 3 points
    I think that you are right about this. However no responsible government anywhere has ever based a road safety policy in support of road users who intend to drive /ride in a manner that is dangerous and anti social. A road safety policy is one thing. Allowing people to drive at dangerous speeds is a separate issue and with some vision both could be catered for. Allowing motor cyclists and car drivers to use a closed roads circuit for a fee and proof of suitable insurance could be an option and a money earner. But doing nohing just gives us the worst of all worlds.
  20. 3 points
    A few speed cameras wouldn't go amiss particularly where the unrestricted stretches end. Anyone with an objection probably has a problem complying with speed limits in any event.
  21. 3 points
    Lest we forget. 4 years ago today...
  22. 2 points
    That's great to hear, John. The neurological side-effects not so great to hear, but still better than the alternatives which don't bear being mentioned. Though it isn't reciprocated, I have always enjoyed or appreciated your contributions both on here and on Facebook and wish you the very best of health.
  23. 2 points
    Are you stealing my lines?
  24. 2 points
    I don't think TSOS sees how stupidly creepy his posting is of late. Poacher turned gamekeeper does not come close.
  25. 2 points
    Well ok...but do we really want to model ourselves on fruitcakes like the Swiss?
  26. 2 points
    Ans shot it.
  27. 2 points
    Good to know, thanks. Good to see you’re back as a moderator now too. Hope that as things are improving after the reasons you gave for standing down.
  28. 2 points
    It was a subscription feed service. Free. It was late, often ended up duplicating threads. I think it just got switched off at MF end.
  29. 2 points
    For good reason too. They were given a massive new complex up there in exchange for their old dilapidated shithole in Lake Road. This enabled Dandara to develop the area into something much needed and modern...………..OH ! it is a rough car park.
  30. 2 points
    ......sorry to disagree about tractors but many tractors can't get near 25mph and some of the more modern ones can travel much faster than that even with a big trailer on. It all depends on the suspension and braking system.........If any one wants to research the legislation it will be clearer.........like most things it's not a simple thing to sort out........... Less modern tractors are limited to about 17mph. But isn't the whole thing here about safety ? If all drivers/riders drove/rode at a speed and a distance that they could see to be clear and stop in, there would be no problem.
  31. 2 points
    Against the law in Germany so I think they must live in some sort of Euro Fantasy World where the laws in one country are the same in all of them? Oh wait....
  32. 2 points
    Some are geared for 22.5 mph. Some are geared for 45 mph. I was (clearly poorly) trying to illustrate that there are other slow things on the road other than grannies in Micras.
  33. 2 points
    US downgrades EU diplomatic status in Washington https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46798861 ouch...... The previous day, in Brussels, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had questioned the EU's role, in a major policy speech. "Brexit - if nothing else - was a political wake-up call. Is the EU ensuring that the interests of countries and their citizens are placed before those of bureaucrats here in Brussels?" he asked. He took issue with the liberal consensus view of multilateral organisations, such as the EU, as guardians of peace and security.
  34. 2 points
    I wonder whether you’d feel different if his Dad was someone else? People complain that the BBC don’t provide value for money on the Island. Here’s a method to increase BBC spend on the Island. There do need to be oversight within that these roles aren’t just replacing an employee but adding to what’s being offered.
  35. 2 points
    ......absolutely the most honest post for ages............brilliant
  36. 2 points
    Whilst I fully accept the funding situation, you do not Police by money, you Police by leadership , enforcing the law whoever it may offend, and securing the streets for the safety of the public. Political correctness and the balance sheets are not going to make London a safe place to live and work anytime soon !
  37. 2 points
    You have a point. I'm a keen cyclist and riders breaking the law or riding without consideration for other road users really winds me up. I'd like to see more pulled and ticketed for indiscretions to get the message across.
  38. 2 points
    Interestingly, IIRC the R plate 'attaches' to the car, not the driver. So even if you're Stirling Bloddy Moss in an R plated vehicle, you're not doing over 50.
  39. 2 points
    Steady on Phil.
  40. 2 points
    Perhaps this helps https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/more-bbc-staff-planned-for-island/ The money's not being given either. He works for it. You're an especially bitter troll too.
  41. 2 points
    Before moving to the Island some years back I lived in Cornwall for 30 odd years - I have a Merc V8 AMG and a Ducati with the 1262cc engine - both can 'make progress' when required. The odd thing is - I drive faster on the (similar) Cornish roads than on the Island roads due to the appalling standards of driving over here. My daughter has survived her first three years as a new driver over here - I have genuinely lost sleep over her safety - and it is all totally self inflicted for no good reason. Sadly, some of her teenage mates did not make it through. Derek is correct, whilst 'living in the past' is one of the great attractions of the Island - road safety and driving standards need to be brought right up to date without delay.
  42. 2 points
    Just grannies. They're heavily farmed on a four-yearly basis.
  43. 2 points
    Since the referendum, brexiteers have constantly had to put up with being called "nazi's" amongst the other despicable sour-grapery, as in the mantra of "xenophobic, thick-as-pigshit, Daily Wail reading, etc., etc. Makes a nice change...
  44. 2 points
    A couple of points 1.You only overtake where it can be done safely. If you have to break the speed limit to overtake a vehicle you shouldn't be overtaking it. A speed limit on a road is a speed limit. It isn't "50mph but a bit more is ok if you are overtaking" 2. I said cameras should be placed particularly points where unrestricted roads end...nothing to do with overtaking but more to do with people taking it upon themselves to decide when to slow down
  45. 2 points
    did you see the clips of her repeatedly calling voters nazi's? yet anyone says the same to her she goes bsc........ then bangs on about freedom of speech.......
  46. 2 points
    My visitors over the last 40 years enjoy at least one full lap of the course during their visit, especially the freedom of the unrestricted Mountain. Although they may think so, they don't actually go that fast. but it is the perception that they could if they wished that is the enjoyment. The freedom to choose. My motorcycle rarely leaves Douglas these days, but it is a huge comfort to me, to know that at any time I could take it for a lap round the course and go as fast as I feel safe on the ever diminishing unrestricted sections. In fact, I know that I will rarely touch say 60 or 70 mph anywhere, but that is not the point. I value that feeling of freedom and as a biker it is one of the huge benefits of living on this Island. And it is that feeling of freedom that our visitors value during TT.
  47. 2 points
    A few years ago I was standing talking to a collection of Irish guys on large powerful motorcycles at the pre TT races. The subject of speed limits came up and they said to a man that the only reason they came to the island was the lack of speed limits, all their motorcycles had the tiny unreadable number plates on. This is the reason that COMIN don't want to limit speed the perceived tourist pound !
  48. 2 points
    So where's the problem? You can watch Strictly on your device while she watches the docudrama on the 55 inch. Then you're both done and more time for making love. Or there's always online catch up of course.
  49. 2 points
    Correct re the pans - they must be ferrous metal as the induction relies on magnetism (sort of). You’ll wait a long time for your soup if it’s in a copper pan!
  50. 2 points
    As I can’t read the reply I assume that’s useless Neil trolling already hoping to create a pointless argument again. A quirky reply no doubt.
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