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  1. 5 points
    Dodgy area. If there's info, then give it to the Police as mentioned earlier. It was in the news recently where a couple of youths attacked a Pediatric surgeon believing he was a paedophile. Get it wrong and action is taken that is witnessed or evidenced in some way and they're jail bound. Leave it to the Police
  2. 4 points
    It’s not incoherent. It’s written in English. Do you have difficulty understanding the queens English? You also seem to be quite aggressive and horrible to be honest. There really is no need to be such an odious prick. I thought most of us came on here just to discuss current affairs and the news. Not be total arseholes to each other.
  3. 3 points
    If I ever decide to add my own (unqualified) thoughts on the subject of 5G you can rest assured it won’t be on this car crash of a thread, where anyone who expresses any sort of opinion contrary to yours is described as “a shill”, “ignorant”, “a psychopath”, “lying through their teeth” or “an absolute tool” – and that’s just in the past week. You’ve pissed on your own chips when it comes to civilised discourse, I’m afraid.
  4. 3 points
    I wonder how much Stagecoach would want as subsidy to extend their existing service that terminates at Trumacar Lane so it carries on half a mile to Heysham Harbour to drop off and pick up after sailings. 2 or 4 services a day? That £37 mill could have been so much better spent. i do agree that fares should take account distance, sailing length, and speed, as well as load/demand factors.
  5. 3 points
    Efficiencies and savings didn't seem high on his agenda when he sorted the farmers out ! Kerrching !!
  6. 3 points
    That doesn't exactly narrow it down....
  7. 3 points
    Now there's a interesting bit that was let slip...." 6 million-odd vehicle movements" (presumably per year) along the prom and it's a main artery. And to think that they were going to introduce shared space! What planet are these people on?
  8. 3 points
    I loved the interview with Jeff Robinson, Director of Highways, on Manx Radio Mandate this morning. ....we've confidence going forward.....we've put that behind us now and we're moving forward on the front foot.....it is what it is to an extent...maximise opportunities..maximise those opportunities... In the game of government bullshit bingo this was full house stuff.
  9. 3 points
    Well that's true of course, but it's actually not a bad idea if you look at it as a piece of marketing. If you can get people to make trips that they wouldn't otherwise, then it's worth giving them a discount so that you're getting something out of them rather than nothing. And the retired have flexibility about when they travel, so if you can get them to take up space that would be empty than that's great.
  10. 3 points
    I do love a Dilli character reference.. always makes me smile.
  11. 2 points
    So....with a large fanfare quote from Phil Gawne extolling efficiencies and savings (could you make it up?), there is a proposal to merge Arbory and Rushen Commissioners (iomtoday). Maybe we're finally going to start slimming down and realise that an Island 15miles x 30miles doesn't need 22+ independent states?
  12. 2 points
    But the headline in that article is correct
  13. 2 points
    What a waster. Ignore....
  14. 2 points
    Just fit pneumatic wheel to the trams and fuck the rails off altogether!
  15. 2 points
    A project of this magnitude, commenced KNOWING that there were going to be so many variables and unknowns has the potential for huge cost and time overruns. With no other option if those unknowns are encountered other than to simply embrace those overruns and suck it up. Once it was started there was a one way ticket on it (no pun intended). That's why there was such cynicism over this project and its budget, only partly due to the involvement of the horsetrams. £25M? Lets look at £35M or £40M maybe. And a couple of years more than estimated as well maybe. Nobody knows. Because nobody CAN know. It's DOI justification heaven.
  16. 2 points
    Walton's reborn... http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=49666&headline=Waltons re-opens with new owner&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2019
  17. 2 points
    Just let them get on with it....allexperts at sod all.
  18. 2 points
    But wait, PG will one larger salary and pension /cynic
  19. 2 points
    From other fucking loons no doubt
  20. 2 points
    Is this apart from the Betteridge who got done for touching up a woman when he went to fit her carpet and traumatised her for life? Apart from that one do you mean?
  21. 2 points
    Tim Betteridge is one of the madder characters on Vader’s site.
  22. 2 points
    I think the name " Buster" speaks volumes. Saw a few videos on youtube of these paedo hunters. Dangerous territory I reckon. Let the police do their own work so it is done correctly and these pervs will get what the law says, not what these weird vigilantes say. I think they do more harm than good.
  23. 2 points
    Maybe, just maybe, if folk used their phones to PHONE, instead of going online they would be better informed.
  24. 2 points
    That’s not the reason it happens. It happens because it comes out of a different purse. This happens all the time. Take the Laxey sea wall as an example. For years the commissioners paid for a worker and digger to move the stones, lowering the beach at the eastern end. I’ve no idea of the cost but let’s estimate 30 000 for the year. The lowering of the beach assisted sea toppover. Then come the financial cuts to the commissioners. Then comes the notion of a sea wall costing 6.5 milllion pounds. The height of the sea wall will increase by 12 inches. Bugger all use when there are waves of 30 foot or more during the winter. But the commissioners don’t pay for this. It comes out of another purse. It saves them 30k a year even though it’s useless. This happens all the time and it’s happening with the prom too. Money shite. The problem is at source. With administration, with devolvement, with everything. Shite. That’s what it is.
  25. 1 point
    You didn’t, I have a long memory...
  26. 1 point
    Correct English and the way you use it are poles apart...
  27. 1 point
    @Neil Down As it's clearly user error I think you're owed an apology by Gizo and Teapot. Not that I expect you'll get one....
  28. 1 point
    That's not English it's Manglish....
  29. 1 point
    Just don't mention "the war". I did once , but I think I got away with it.
  30. 1 point
    Have these on me manxy. You seem to be clutching at these of late. Not really green, although some are
  31. 1 point
  32. 1 point
    I've had the useless oxygen thief on ignore for ages. Life is so much better...
  33. 1 point
    As ever the devil is in the details. It says we're the best in the British Isles, but actually we're 12th overall out of 33. It's just that we beat Ireland (14), Jersey (19), Guernsey (25) and the UK (27). We don't seem to have been in these rankings before, though there have been similar ones produced by other people. Obviously they're not going to headline it "The Isle of Man a bit worse than Vietnam, but slightly better than Poland".
  34. 1 point
    In red is all you need to know. Market forces are controlled by the rich men and they only see as far as the next quick buck. Everyone else - tough. We elect MHKs to look after our interests but many including the Chief Minister are money men themselves, others are easily manipulated by the great and the good with great bank balances.
  35. 1 point
    Kinda thought there was no more speculation. Stroke of genius challenging BS.
  36. 1 point
    With respect that takes no account of the engineering practicalities
  37. 1 point
    well as suggested above, it makes sense to get the middle section down during the summer so that can become a carriageway during the winter. that way the landward services can get finished with 'minimum' *** disruption to the hoteliers and businesses. most of what's going on at present seems to be fact finding for the big dig. if i'm right, then the seaward side would be tackled next spring / summer. this is only my guesswork as a former civil* engineer * i swore too much to stay in that business *** this isn't a joke honest, what is going on now is nothing compared to what it can become
  38. 1 point
    ANYTHING that Gawne has ANYTHING to do with will prove to be a disaster. That creature has just too much track record to expect otherwise.
  39. 1 point
    And they want to run horse and carts among the 6 million vehicle movements! You're right to ask... what planet are these people on!!
  40. 1 point
    I don’t favour direct subsidies for any group. Possibly student and pensioner discounts on off peak. In the 1960’s the IoMG did subsidise shoulder period mid week return boat fares from UK in April/May and September, to try and extend the season. Cant do it today, for competition reasons. Fares in 2019 are lower in real terms ( both discount and full ) than they were in 1976-1979. They’re also much lower as a percentage of earnings. We have more sailings a year despite having 2 boats rather than 6. Our problem is the bulges in demand as opposed to supply. TT, half terms, Xmas. Our other problem is that, just as with public transport, busses and trains, and airports, we have to work out the benefit against cost of essential national infrastructure and services, lifelines, and decide if user or tax payer should pay, or what the division should be. Steam Packet needs 2 new boats, £120m. We are getting a new £38m Liverpool terminal. The airport loses £3m and that doesn’t include the cost of capital employed. The capital cost of harbours isn’t factored in, but there’s been a big redevelopment authorised, even ignoring the cruise liner berth dream. With Liverpool terminal no one has looked at the capital and revenue ongoing cost. Assuming the linkspan and terminal are replaced every 25 years it’s about £15 per return passenger journey at constant prices.. So we subsidise already. A choice has been made, Liverpool and Heysham. Concentrating on Heysham and spending £5m on a terminal upgrade might have been better value. Unless the taxpayer is to pay for, and own, the new boats, fares can’t be reduced. Buses, we have to decide whether to continue current subsidy levels, or as part of climate change tackling, to make it free for all. 75% of operating cost is subsidy, 25% is fare income. Airport, we seem to be subsidising every return passenger by £8 in revenue terms, and that ignores capital costs of RESA, new radar, runway repairs, etc. The recent admission that the airport costs are opaque, intertwined with harbours, means that harbours costs are also opaque. Im happy for essential national infrastructure capital cost to be tax payer funded and costs not fully recovered by users. I’m not so sure about revenue. There’s got to be good political reasons, spin off benefits. That could justify free buses, I’m not sure it justifies sea and air fare discounts.
  41. 1 point
    They can't possibly be 9 - 10 weeks+ behind schedule and still be "within budget". It's a contradiction in terms. And you can bet that the "contingencies" for money will involve going back to Tynwald cap in hand for another handout. Which Tynwald will/would be unable to refuse or the capital's promenade is left looking like a bombsite. Win win if you're DOI.
  42. 1 point
    It is a massively under exploited sector. I looked for an opportunity to create a malt whisky distillery for about 4 years, but after losing out earlier this year on the Bungalow museum site, I’ve drawn a line under it. It was fun, but after a rough 2018 I’ve taken a position on what the rest of my life looks like and whether I wanted to be working 80 hours a week. It is simple enough to set up in a warehouse somewhere, but one of the big problems is finding a 5000 sq ft building, or space to build one, with a decent aesthetic where you can do all the nice periphery like a visitor centre, which helps tourism, and adds another attraction to the fold. I know Fynoderee are really in need of another move, and have similarly struggled to find the right place. I really do believe that there is potential growth in this sector, to create some really unique, world-beating spirits across gin, whisky and particularly rum, which is the new emerging ‘thing’. They can all be exported, create a VAT and Excise return too. Surprisingly I found little appetite from Government. Big opportunities to be had for the right people. PS - if anyone does know of any premises that might fit the bill, esp. up north, give Fynoderee a shout. I’m sure there will be a drink in it for you!
  43. 1 point
    As with 99% of craft gin, it starts as neutral grain spirit, which is shipped in. After that, they use as much local stuff for botanicals as they can, and it’s all done on three open-flame stills up at Jurby. Their distiller, Gerard, is ex-Tanqueray and Masons. Knows his craft. What they’ve achieved from a standing start is remarkable - not just in product quality, but branding and placement as well. A real IOM success story in what is a very saturated market
  44. 1 point
    It's not all about looks. Peel is not a healthy bay to swim in it barely passes against 1976 standards: https://www.gov.im/media/1361449/bathing-water-chart-2019-080719.pdf As for 2006 well: https://www.gov.im/media/1363441/bathing-water-chart-2019-against-2006-directive-080719.pdf All data from here: https://www.gov.im/about-the-government/departments/environment-food-and-agriculture/government-laboratory/bathing-water-quality/
  45. 1 point
  46. 1 point
    Why do people deserve a discount just for being old? There is a very real danger if this happening. It will only take a few too many granny farming members of Tynwald (eg the Honourable member for Onchan) to put pressure on for blue rinse discounts and it may well happen! What we need are affordable fares for everyone - tourists and residents (no matter what their age) - while still being able to pay off the debt and fund a couple of new boats. Being able to escape the rock once a year does anyone the world of good!
  47. 1 point
    Are you sure it was Rhumsaa. He may have had a baldy head and a big beard, but was he juggling balls at the time...or selling books... or singing in a band? You may have been tricked by a doppleganger pretending to be Rhumsaa.
  48. 1 point
    It’s common sense.
  49. 1 point
    Longworth found clubbed to death with an actual cabbage. It'd be like Murder of the Orient Express, but with 85,000 suspects.
  50. 1 point
    But...but...but... the boat's always gone to Liverpool, yessir. Add to that, over the last two decades especially, those running the Island have had this devout belief that if you hang about with very rich people, then some of it will magically rub off on you and the rich must know what they are doing[1]. Which rather ignores how they got rich in the first place. [1] There's a wonderfully revealing remark in the report on the MEA,. An unnamed politician (it sounds like Downie) at the time is asked whether the MEA Board are keeping close enough control on Proffitt and his spending. "But some of these fellas are millionaires" is the reply.
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