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  1. 3 points
    I would imagine any conversation with you would be of limited value
  2. 3 points
    Utter, utter bollocks.
  3. 2 points
    With respect, my points are being misunderstood. Three identical boats does not involve any greater capital cost - in fact it means less capital expenditure. The point about three identical boats (or whatever the final number is best calculated to be) indeed does not make sense unless you also include my second point - i.e. That you take a long-term (say 100 year) view. Never have I said that you buy all three at the outset - but you do decide on the overall deign at the outset. Of course ship design evolves - I've been involved in that evolution since the 1970's - but Liverpool Heysham Douglas and the Irish Sea are not going to change their Lat & Long anytime soon! Decide on the need - then produce a vessel design to meet that need as best you can - then commission one vessel (not three) with a design lifetime involving a realistic possibility of a re-sale i.e. say 18 - 21 years instead of 30 years where you only have 'scrap' value. Year 1 = 1 new boat plus 2 existing (Ben & Arrow) Year 7 = 2nd New boat plus back up Year 14 = 3rd New boat - You are now at 'full class complement'. Each boat incorporates relatively minor improvements but stays to existing basic design. Year 14 = start of new class design brief (learning from experience) with a view to replacing Boat 1 in year 21 - and repeat by selling each boat at age 21 (whatever). To say that, because ship design evolves, you cannot have common class design is bollocks. Look across to Barrow to see how they have built submarines since 1953. Dreadnought — one boat, 1959–1960 Valiant class — 2 boats, 1962–1965 Churchill class — 3 boats, 1967–1970 Swiftsure class — 6 boats, 1969–1979 Trafalgar class — 7 boats, 1979–1991 Astute class — 7 boats planned (3 in service), 2001–present Look at how each class lasts longer and longer - because each class builds on the lessons learnt from previous classes and therefore gets closer and closer to 'Optimal'. Astute replacement already on drawing board - it may be different, but you can count on the fact that it WILL fit into Barrow and it WILL fit into Faslane, Devonport and Gibraltar - known, knowns. Quote. "Having spare props and engines sounds attractive, but it’s expensive and re boilering or engining a boat is a big job." I've changed literally hundreds of props and engines including taking a 16 cylinder MTU engine out of an in-refit passenger catamaran, removing gearbox from it (cannot be done with engine in boat) - remove engine from in-service boat, swap gearboxes over, put engine back into in-service craft. All done in 10 hours including slipping - boat back on the 6am first run Southampton to Cowes. 2 craft slippings, two engines out, swap boxes, one engine back in, relaunch - 10 hours, back on £10,000 fare income for the day (1990's). Above only possible because the ZF Gearbox on the refit boat was identical to the knackered ZF gearbox on the in-service boat - result = zero down time. I was MD of the refit yard at the time and supervised the whole operation from slipway preparation to re-launch. An example based on real-life experience not guessing. The new aircraft carriers (Queen Elizabeth and POW) ARE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED for fast replacement of engines - they are now located in 'Pods' (containers) under the flight deck control towers for just that reason. One Out - One In. As I originally said, IOMG has an almost unique investment scenario whereby it does have many 'known knowns' (not all, but many) - there is therefore an opportunity to cease navel gazing and look through the Heads-Up-Display thinking 50 - 100 years ahead. Look at what past thinking has produced - a combination of Ben, Manannan, and Arrow and tell me I'm wrong to ask for a pause with some rational forward thinking - I'm not holding my breath mind. "itd be better to wait until 2030 for boat 2 and 2040 for new boat three to keep steady turnover of tonnage, but neither SeaCat nor Ben will suit until 2030 so we are going for 2026/7 for boat 2." The very fact the that 'we are going for 2026/7 for boat 2" rather than being in the position of being able to take the better option of "better to wait until 2030 for boat 2" demonstrates my point perfectly - why are we in this position in the first place? - Answer; Because short-term tactical decisions are having to be deployed to cover-up for the lack of long term strategical policy. Time to switch on the HUD.
  4. 2 points
    And still manage to give more up to date traffic and travel information that their subsidised colleagues on Manx Radio....
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  6. 1 point
    First publicity shot of the new model that BMW are developing for UK market post-brexit.
  7. 1 point
    You're a threat to herd immunity. Please get yourself down to the doctors and demand all your boosters asap.
  8. 1 point
    Energy FM do. Their presenters phone their shows in from the UK.
  9. 1 point
    I understand that. However, the debate was already had when we developed the vaccines and basically wiped out certain diseases. Vaccines work, tiny coffins are bad. Now hipster parents with degrees from Google University and the College of Mumsnet are allowing disease to grow and spread.
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    He was a religious fanatic. He hated James I of England (a dictatorial tyrant if ever there was one) and wanted him and his oldest son Henry dead and replaced by his daughter Elizabeth, who they hoped could be raised Catholic. He was very anti-Scottish and resented England having a Scottish Presbyterian king, but doesn’t seem to have wanted to break up the brand new United Kingdom, just to ensure that the U.K. had a monarch who was English and Catholic. The aims of gunpowder plot wasn’t anything to setting up continental rule over the U.K. It wasn’t about tariffs (which were low and only intended for raising royal revenues, not protecting sectors of the economy). It wasn’t about laws, trading standards or regulations, which varied from region to region and didn’t come close to It any kind of codification until the Napoleonic era. It wasn’t about sovereignty and the Pope was not the political leader of Europe by this point, just another player in European power games (eg, 85 years later the Pope backed the Protestant side in the Glorious Revolution.) The gunpowder plot was motivated by religion, not politics.
  13. 1 point
    I agree with Henry David Thoreau: "that government is best which governs least." Far too many of them. We need to reduce the size of the civil service by at least 33% and Tynwald by at least 50%. Anything else is outside of affordability.
  14. 1 point
    The only thing certain about this deal is prices will increase.
  15. 1 point
    Surely the headline demonstrates that the battle is being won rather than "lost"? Incidentally I know a few drug dealers: my next door neighbour for a start, the woman around the corner, the Romanian guy lives in the flats at the back. They are devious nasty shits to a tee. I wouldn't buy jack shit off them. I suppose that is another story.
  16. 1 point
    Some of their arts, motoring and travel is the best in British journalism. I read the manx papers for Manx news, Guardian and Observer for truth, and FT as required. Also New Law Journal and Solicitors Gazette, professionally.
  17. 1 point
    No. You can already buy cannabis products, CBD oil which apparently has some medical effects. Proper medical marijuana though is simply good weed. The whole medical thing, as proved by what has happened in the US is a sham, designed to bring full legalisation in when everyone gets a medical card anyway. Just skip the medical step and legalise it ffs.
  18. 1 point
    Which port from, which port to, and with what motorway connections? You have to choose a Port ( on both sides ) with existing infrastructure, roads, linkspan, passenger facilities, security. So that’s Douglas. Not Point of Ayre. Not even Ramsey. Heres a marked up map. The drive Heysham from Stranraer or Cairnryan is about 3 hours 30 minutes. It’s a long haul up the M6 over Shap, to Carlisle and Gretna, before you turn off to Dumfries. The road after Dumfries isn’t dual carriageway. It’s why Stena succeed from Liverpool and Sea Truck from Heysham. It’s a longer sea crossing also. Its the same with Barrow, or the north Cumbrian ports. Even if they had adequate port facilities, which they don’t, their road/rail connections aren’t good. Barrow is 90 minutes to Heysham, on a good day, 2 on most. Whitehaven, Maryport, Workington about 2 to 2.5 hours. I’ve timed to M6 Lancaster North/Bay Gateway interchange. Just to give you some idea of how dumb your sugggestion is Glasgow to Heysham (168 miles) is only 30 minutes more than Glasgow to Stranraer (86 miles). The roads in the south west of Scotland are poor. You won’t be doing 70mph. More like 35.
  19. 1 point
    Because you need a Government and Ministers and at a minimum that will take up 7-9 people. But you then need at least as many backbenchers/opposition to keep a check on them (or they just override everything) plus officials like the Speaker, Committee Chairs and so on and just allowing for some of those elected to be completely unfit. 30 is a minimum really and probably 40 would be better. It's also worth saying that members of Tynwald individually aren't that expensive, because the cost of running it will be dominated by fixed overheads. So reducing the number of Tynwald members doesn't save that much and the lack of scrutiny that then happens may mean that you lose a lot more elsewhere. Of course this means that those who wish to run the government without any democratic control will do their best to claim reducing the numbers is a good thing, rather than looking at other ways of saving.
  20. 1 point
    The trouble is that too many people (you saw it on here) blindly accept the "Look we're saving money" message without bothering to actually examine the situation and see whether the claim was plausible or just (at best) creative accountancy. It's particularly ridiculous in this situation because the delivery of the post from ERS would still all actually be done by IOM Post - the bags probably went from their processing centre to the Island without the Royal Mail doing anything but sticking them in a van. But they got the income and IOM Post the cost.
  21. 1 point
    Someone must have mentioned the hundreds of millions to be made in the medicinal marijuana market so they’ve kicked into the long grass in the hope it’ll get covered by the 2020 version of the film industry.
  22. 1 point
    Appreciate a lot of what you said in your long post but I do think the above is contradictory. You might know the population limits of the Island but as you yourself say, "financial services, offshore betting, technology investments etc. here today - tomorrow?" If e-gaming takes flight to the extent that some aspects of the finance sector have, you have a whole new ball game in terms of the sustainability of the economic model and the population level. You might know the tides for the next 1000 years, but you have no clue what the economy will be in 10. We seem to have been a "one trick at a time" pony in the past few decades. We need to keep finding the next trick, or your 3 new boats will be as sparsely loaded as a December sailing from Uig to Lochmaddy. It would be just our luck after paying a commercial price for the shipping line.
  23. 1 point
    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.
  24. 1 point
    So many admin staff - so many cockups
  25. 1 point
    My goodness was his lawyer really helping his case by saying these things: There was no plotting, said Richter. No grooming. It was Pell, “stumbling on something without time for reflection”. Pell was not, as he put his penis in that boy’s mouth, acting as archbishop but only as a man. Mass had finished and that was the only reason Pell was at St Patrick’s. “The only differential of power is that he is an adult – for reasons inexplicable – with an urge to do what he did,” said Richter. “He is not abusing his position as archbishop but he is abusing his position … as a grown man.” Richter pointed out helpfully that (if Pell had in fact done anything at all) he exerted “No force greater than was required to achieve penetration.” There were no physical injuries, no ejaculation, no recording of the offences and he did not commit them while on bail or parole. This isn’t mitigation. It confirms the monstrous nature of his crimes. I hope he serves a long sentence.