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  1. 3 points
    I read some of the so-called constitutional reports and it contains a lot of language that Isle of Man should do as the UK does. I can go through and quote it FWIW but it is pretty clear how the UK want to treat the Isle of Man. Read some of the memorandums in the last linked zip file. Look, we had a Whitehall history degree qualified civil servant write it in a memorandum so it must be right. We've lots of them going back as long ago as 30 years and more and they even refer back to that 18th Century thing. And we put the bit about the Manx cat at the end of one of them to show how solid and friendly our relationship is (you subservient to us so shut up).
  2. 3 points
    Any "charity" that can pay out salaries in excess of £15m per year is not getting a penny of my money. Support local charities, you know it makes sense.
  3. 3 points
    JW. The comment was made tongue in cheek but nevertheless needed saying to those who seem to think that speed, ie a fast craft is the best way to go for LPL. I'm simply saying that OK if you want speed then pay for it. But of course no one will want to pay for it. FWIW, I'm with you on what you posted earlier, 2 x conventional ROPAX, one with a greater freight lane capacity than the other. Like you I can't believe how IOMG got sucked into the LPL dock scenario. Stitched up by both Peel Ports & Liverpool council. A right royal pincer movement, as the Thames report more or less concludes. Creek minus a paddle seems to sum it up.
  4. 2 points
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-47543471 Two killed out for a walk on a mountain. Not even the first this year. When will Scotland say enough is enough? When will they ban this government supported blood sport? That they enjoyed the hobby will bring no comfort to the families these selfish people leave behind. Or maybe deaths aren't as bad if they don't happen during an activity that makes you take the long route to Tesco.
  5. 2 points
    Our existing registers fully comply. A register doesn’t have to be available for public access to comply. Few countries have public registers. The U.K. doesn’t. There is no EU requirement for the BO register to be open. The legislation is to transpose EU law into English law for Brexit, as the Crown Dependencies aren’t in the EU, and never have been, for these purposes, it’s grandstanding by Hodge and Mitchell to try and push their amendment. Of course they’re back benchers, not the government. The constitutional conventions are between the U.K. and IoM governments, not IoM and back benchers. The solution is obvious. Eventually open registers will be the norm, IoM will change to open registers. The amendment will be passed, but subject to an appointed day order, or in amended form giving the government the power by regulation to make the IoM have public/open registers if IoM doesn’t legislate them itself. Honour preserved, it’ll sit on the shelf, nothing will happen, and eventually there’ll be a conversation between Whitehall and Government Office a la Yes Minister. ”I say old boy, more than 100 countries and territories have open registers, we are now adopting them here, you’ve got 12 months before we exercise our powers” The irony is JRM in his recent interview about his profit from his share in the investment fund being visibly shaken and insisting he was entitled to privacy.
  6. 2 points
    Indeed. Having agreed with W2 I’m now heading off to see my GP to get my meds adjusted.
  7. 2 points
    Do you think Rob Callister might have donated his much played with cat to the Home Office in order to try to ensure a smooth Brexit passage for Howard?
  8. 2 points
    I'm not going to Douglas It's a dump
  9. 2 points
    Oh dear. Normally I quite like the way you go about defending Manx Radio, but this is stupid.
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  11. 2 points
    I have always believed that IOMG could (and should) slow down any decision process regarding ferry service operation, these are some of my reasons for stating so; 1. There are too many pre-conceived ideas based on 'That's the way we have always done it so ...' 2. It is very rare in any major investment decision process to have some solid, long term, certainties on which to base your core assumptions (think financial services, offshore betting, technology investments etc. etc. etc. Here today - tomorrow?) - BUT, in this case - We know where Heysham is, Liverpool is, Douglas is, the depth of the Irish sea, the tides for the next 1,000 years, the silting rates, the harbour sizes, the (rough) population limits of the IOM etc. Good, solid, investment info - Gold dust! 3. Stop thinking about 'Travelling time' (speed) - think about 'Best time to arrive at destination' and 'Onboard experience'. Design the timetable around best arrival/departure times not 3 versus 4 hour journey times. 4. Brittany ferries deliberately slow down (and indeed 'hover') their Plymouth / Roscoff overnighters so that you can have a meal / drink, get a decent sleep, and start your car journey at 7am rested - who wants to start a six hour car journey knackered at 0445? 5. Engines do NOT propel ships! Propellers propel ships, engines turn propellers. Hull displacement and waterline length are critical factors in fuel consumption - but given the limitations in Douglas, Heysham and Liverpool, as well as Irish Sea average tides and weather conditions these factors are to a large extent pre-determined or at least pre-limited. 6. What will therefore most affect fuel consumption in this case is not ship size or sea conditions (because they are already pretty much determined) but hull and propeller efficiency. Get the prop configuration correct and you can retro-fit more efficient engines in future to drive the props that drive the ships. 7. You will not achieve best propeller efficiency with pods, CPP's, VPP's, or (especially) jets - you will achieve best propeller fuel efficiency by specifying the correct props for a stable constant speed (lower is better) and then fitting well designed props with low slip, minimal cavitation, decent blade area ratio characteristics. Propellers only ever work efficiently at one speed of rotation - if a ship leaves the Gulf carrying 500,000 tons of oil on a journey to Europe - does it really matter how long it takes to accelerate to cruise speed? That's why you see large-displacement ships propellers thrashing about like egg-whisks in harbour - they are not designed to get a ship moving - they are designed to keep the ship moving. Think 6th gear / overdrive and design the timetable accordingly. 8. Speed curves are not derived on sea trials, they are derived on initial specification, calculated during design, and confirmed to be within spec on sea trials - no surprises expected! 9. The Ben has one set of engines, props, gearboxes, generators, fire fighting systems, Manannan a completely different set, Arrow yet another. Countless different spares to be stored, three different crew training regimes, no common bits to be 'rabbited' off the spare boat to keep the in-service boat running whilst awaiting a spare part - COMPLETELY, UTTERLY, BONKERS. 10. Spend money on turn around time efficiency - take IOMSP staff down to Southampton to see how Red Funnel do it - it's like comparing an F1 pit stop to to a local garage tyre change. Three boats, identical spec, built to suit harbours that will be here in 1,000 years time, one set of common spares, spare engine in container on quay under crane with hull 'soft patches' or bolt down hatches to enable 6 hour engine changes (max) ONE IN - ONE OUT, BOAT BACK IN SERVICE - SEND KNACKERED ONE FOR REPAIR - NO MORE 'BEN OUT OF SERVICE FOR EONS AWAITING ENGINE REBUILD - BONKERS. One crew training manual, one set of dry-dock blocks and props. Life rafts, seats, galley equipment, all on 'trickle down' to stand-by boat. Same fuelling rigs, same fuel spec and loads, same newspaper layout on shop shelves, same emergency evacuation procedures, same weather go/no-go decisions................... Dont change travelling speed - Change number of BOATS IN SERVICE AND SCHEDULE TIMES to meet demand. STOP - THINK - You have all the info you need to make a 100 year decision not a ten year decision - that rarely happens - PAUSE - GET IT CORRECT! DESIGN THE TIMETABLE THAT BEST SUITS THE CUSTOMERS - THEN DESIGN THE SHIPS TO BEST PROVIDE THE TIMETABLE!
  12. 1 point
    Ask him if he'll accept damp, slightly stuck together tenners instead.
  13. 1 point
    Well you could say the same about newspapers - and they're certainly public.. But it's clear that the EU is moving on to public registers according to the HoC Library Briefing: It also says "Member states must ensure that legal entities incorporated within their territory (for example, companies) obtain and hold adequate, accurate and current information on their beneficial ownership".
  14. 1 point
    Well they told us that, "We hold all the cards!".. What they did not say is that they are all P45s...… On a similar theme In WW1 they said after the war it would be a country fit for heroes. They were right because as it proved post-war you had to be a hero to live in it.
  15. 1 point
    Actually, the UK Register is public. The EU only requires it be open to persons with a "legitimate interest". The UK went further and opened it to all.
  16. 1 point
    I reserve the right to challenge misleading statements made about me or my views by any poster on this site. I have made only one 'robust response' ( after several polite requests )which has been reposted (not by me) on the 'testing' thread which set out a series of facts in relation to my stance on this thread. If you choose to ban me for responding JW , fair enough , you're a mod and that's your decision , I can live with that
  17. 1 point
    All as clear as mud... that guidance indicates that UK cannot legislate for us directly without our agreement. So if we don't agree to a public beneficial ownership register, on the grounds that we already have an effective, regulated beneficial ownership register fully accessible to law enforcement, public registers not international norm, can UK really enforce this "nosey parkers charter" on us? What happened to privacy?
  18. 1 point
    FLA - I obviously didn't make my point clearly enough for you. I'll use thicker crayons:- The only comparison I draw with the emergency services is that they are also public institutions, owned by and run for the nation and funded in whole or in part by Treasury. Since the TT is also a national institution, it makes sense to me for it to be covered by the national broadcaster and not put out to tender, although that is of course always a future option. I suggest you wait until we all know the terms of the contract before spitting all over your screen again.
  19. 1 point
    Because the rest are shit. Ok, to be fair and in your language - shitter.
  20. 1 point
    In the instance of a grave national emergency IOMG will issue a press release
  21. 1 point
    Less than £1m a year for the national broadcaster (setting aside the issue of all licence fee money going to the BBC) is as nothing compared to the £50m per annum by which taxpayers will have to fund the PSPR
  22. 1 point
  23. 1 point
    Quite right Derek - I borrowed my friend Kathleen's Honda Jazz and in just under 90 minutes I'd made it from Glen Chass to Laxey.
  24. 1 point
    I would rather say that Humanity is More Complex than you would Pretend. 3X3
  25. 1 point
    I think chris kinley is pretty good on the tt broadcasts. At least he seems to have a passion for it. He is the voice of the tt and will rightly be revered in 20 years time. Jo pack's alright too.
  26. 1 point
    Someone has to get through their hermetically sealed bubble up there on Douglas Head. There's no point pussy footing around the issue. It has to be said though that a large part of their content is utter dross. It's what happens though when your operation is bailed out by the taxpayer year after year, existing in some kind of alternative reality so far removed from the reality of budget cuts and having to meet budgets. I have yet to go into a shop, office or restaurant over here that has Manx Radio playing in the background. It's either 3FM, Energy FM or one of the UK national stations.
  27. 1 point
    she did that not the uk........
  28. 1 point
    This is a far to sensible summary for our lot to begin to understand. Put 100 million pounds some where in your report and it’s home and dry!
  29. 1 point
    Are you honestly comparing yourself and Manx Radio to the Emergency Services? It shows the self-righteous regard that you lot up on Douglas Head hold yourselves in. All you lot at Manx Radio do is provide a crappy radio broadcast with an identity crisis. You lurch from trying to be some kind of current affairs service, to a Butlins Holiday Camp show through to some weird 1960's extinct radio station. It's a shame the Quayle Administration doesn't have the balls to pull the plug on that shower of utter sh*5e!
  30. 1 point
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2521057/BBC-Panorama-expose-reveals-Comic-Relief-sitting-100m-say-money-spent.html Comic Relief leaves a sour taste in my mouth after I found out about the shady nature of how the funds are "cared for". (Sorry for the Daily Wail link)
  31. 1 point
    100% her fault anything that happens....... did she even have a child..........
  32. 1 point
    Not at all,I'm quite fine with it thank you.
  33. 1 point
    The cops will eke every last drop of value out of a car. They shouldn’t be paying road tax (stopped in the 90’s in the UK) as it is effectively money laundering (govt gives out money, money spent with govt). Depreciation is pretty much immaterial considering the prices they are bought at. Vehicles are all bought for a purpose, and are fit for the job. Traffic cars will ideally be solid, dependable, high performance vehicles. Fuel consumption, all things considered, isn’t bad on that car. So no - continue to give them the best we can.
  34. 1 point
    I have no fb account but still got a similar message on email. Showed it to the wife, but she said she'd seen it all before
  35. 1 point
    This is all terribly confusing; why don’t they simply cut and paste the Wigan ferry agreement?
  36. 1 point
    Thank God he didn't see me shagging his missus!
  37. 1 point
    I've seen it and believe me, it aint pretty.
  38. 1 point
    Just stop wanking then...problem solved...
  39. 1 point
    Maybe IOMG should buy Condor too A Crown Dependencies Shipping Line.... #strongertogether
  40. 1 point
    Wrong. Britain has not moved away from basic rules and standards. Those who willingly joined a very vicious and brutal death cult moved away from Britain! This isn't rocket science...
  41. 1 point
    Deeply unpleasant thread. Trivialising threats of violence against a woman. It must take a very thick skin to be a woman politician and a resilience against a real nasty streak in human nature to trivialise and joke about violence against women.
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    That's the opening to the film Idiocracy.
  44. 1 point
    Come on, you know the mantra....... Global downturn, slump in diesel sales, collapse of Chinese market, etc.
  45. 1 point
  46. 1 point
    And lying about it repeatedly
  47. 1 point
    You are the ultimate bore neil. Study that x
  48. 1 point
    I have a decent tolerance to cs gas. Therefore for me it was 10 press ups followed by a couple of verses of culture clubs karma chameleon. When that didn't have the complete desired effect i had to try eat an apple. At this point it dawned on me maybe to ham it up a bit acting wise.
  49. 1 point
    failure rating......
  50. 1 point
    Just an addendum/update. Topaz's son just called around with a letter his mum had written to me before she died and a bottle of wine and a small present. I am very touched and a bit overwhelmed. Voice from beyond the grave. Thank you Topaz. Much appreciated. So good to have something to remember you by. I'm pretty hard hearted and unemotional, but I've just wiped away a tear.
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