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  1. Yes. I welcome our friends from Ramsey.
    4 points
  2. Much though they might love to, individual constables aren't dragging people to Court at their own whim. Any decision to prosecute will have been taken much further up in the police hierarchy. There is actually a Code of Practice (from March 2018) governing which offences, prosecution of which needs to be agreed by the AG or his staff. Though you'll notice that the main aim of it appears to be to enable the blocking of prosecutions against certain sorts of miscreants (lawyers, police, high-ranking civil servants etc).
    3 points
  3. It's a tough question, but I honestly don't think the Island and its fragile infrastructure could handle refugees in any significant numbers at present. I am originally from the Midlands, so I have seen mass immigration into close-knit local areas overwhelm the original population and its long established ways of life. It certainly makes for a diverse and interesting mix of people, their languages and customs. Think Sharia law in Leicester, Bengali parts of Birmingham. It's good in many ways, but the UK has far more in the way of services to handle such huge influxes. It takes people deca
    3 points
  4. On the subject of proof-readers, just how difficult is it to get a headline correct?
    3 points
  5. Its a big deal. Perhaps not the end of the world for the police, but, It’s not exactly the best thing to happen to the detained/wrongly charged person. Being dragged into court. Named. Mud sticks. But thanks for saying this. Are you volunteering to act as claimant’s expert in the ensuing damages claim..
    3 points
  6. SJR, there is a real shortage of teachers on the Isle of Man, especially in secondary schools, so please, if it’s such a cushy number, join our ranks! I’m sure the DESC would be glad to employ you, as having been to school yourself, you’re obviously an expert...
    3 points
  7. My gut is very prescient China. You'll see. It'll get colder before it gets hotter. For the record, I agree that the climate is changing. I agree that a contributing factor is mankind (but only because of more people and more industrialisation). I agree that anything we can do to make the planet cleaner and more sustainable is A Good Thing. But I don't think pious governments or disagreeable greenies and scared children can do anything about John Malkovich's cycle etc.
    3 points
  8. Good stuff as ever, China. I would make a few observations, though. I don't think anyone here, not even Stu Peters' gut, is dismissing the principle that human activity and consequent carbon emissions is making a big contribution to climate change. I think that this is now largely accepted, although I would contend that it is entirely possible that science will later discover other forces at work that will muddy those lovely clear correlating graphs. Actually, it's more than possible. It's very likely because that is how science usually works. What is not at all clear is any way of mitiga
    3 points
  9. The old plastic bags were really handy around the house for using in bins. Now I have to buy bin bags instead
    3 points
  10. Better to send monetary aid to other areas or organisations already active in the field. I would not go down the road of bringing refugees here as it always ends up being more complicated than people with the best of intentions anticipated. Looking with one eye to Germany and what is going on there, I would firmly suggest not to get directly involved. Idealism doesn't work here.
    3 points
  11. You’d be surprised. Many are called but fewer are chosen. Theres been some retention problems though!
    2 points
  12. They'll probably make a better job of it than the DOI. Let the DOI stick to what they're good at, like demolishing the 200-odd year old Manx cottage to make way for it. Thought there might have been more objections to that so far, to be honest?
    2 points
  13. I wish they sold Bags OF Life
    2 points
  14. Associate of convicted purveyor of hate, Anjem Choudary. What a surprise.
    2 points
  15. Wrighty's correct that we all tend to rely too much on spellcheckers nowadays, but headlines always seemed to be particularly vulnerable even before computer typesetting started helping a bit. On a lot of systems they don't even now seem to checked for spelling. The rule was always the bigger the font, the more likely something was likely to be missed. It's not helped by the fact that they're usually the last thing to be written (or re-written to fit space) and so won't get even the minimal checking that the rest of the article will. (Also of course it's a stupid headline because there
    2 points
  16. Really? It's only a matter of time before it's not the knife but the gun and the increasing use of IEDs. Innocent people are dead, yet again, because a radicalised hate-filled ideological nut job, emboldened by scriptural verse, known to security services, decides on rampage, wantonly and indiscriminately killing people he didn't know and who'd done no harm. The concept of jihad, and its mindset is obviously lost on most people. By downplaying it, or not "getting too carried-away over it" underscores its deadly nature and trivialises the threat it imposes to Western society and ordinary i
    2 points
  17. @MrPB and @P.K. and @hissingsid enough. Nothing to choose between you. Ad Hominem responses add nothing.
    2 points
  18. Some situations you just can't manage your way out of. You have fixed costs. If trade dips because of a flaccid market or competitor activity, you cannot put this right by reducing your pricing. You may just hit the buffers faster and perhaps spark a price war in the process.
    2 points
  19. Strange thing. At one time mentally ill people would be largely innocuous. They would generally sken at you or make strange noises. On a bad day they might spit at you. Either mental illness has conveniently increased its scope by an order of magnitude to embrace much more criminal activity, or everyone is just angrier nowadays
    2 points
  20. The IOMSP is a revenue stream and nothing else to IOMG . That's it in a nutshell. The 10 million a year is a handy sum to put towards CS pensions and the rest is just cosmetic . If they were really up to speed they were offer so many lower fares to encourage more people over which would benefit local businesses and give hotels and the likes more incentive to upgrade and open longer . Treasury would be the winner long term but there taking the easy option of a guaranteed income which is incredibly short sighted .
    2 points
  21. As I've said many times before government have stealthily removed all disposable income from our population then are scratching their head's as to why nobody goes out anymore!
    2 points
  22. I just continue to use my good old cotton carrier.
    2 points
  23. You are quite simply insane fella.She is having an affair as go past any school after 4 PM and the lights are off.Even if she was not avoiding you the 13 weeks holidays should compensate.During the day they even have half the alleged teaching periods off for "marking and preparing"....The staff room is the busiest place and we have all had children and seen how the system works...
    2 points
  24. The comments on this thread are very informed, they are also very laudable. But, with the greatest of respect, they are all wrong, as is the IOMSP questionnaire as to what you would like on the boat. Everybody, including IOMSP, has launched into the design of the boat - that is totally incorrect. The starting point is not to design / specify the boat (let alone give consideration as to what facilities it should / should not have onboard). The starting point is to specify the service requirement. Then you design the boat best suited to meet that service specification.
    2 points
  25. Interesting discussion? When I was very young my Nan used shopping bags made from fabric. When I was pre teenage we had the miraculous paper carrier bags. When I was a young man plastic carriers came in. When I was an older man, plastic carriers were on their way out and bags for life were coming in. Now I'm the same age as my Nan was when I was very young, shopping bags made from fabric are the rage. Long time passin', it all goes round and starts again.
    2 points
  26. my bag for life has just gone to bingo.
    2 points
  27. JVC LT-40CF890 Fire TV Edition 40" Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV with A JVC LT-40CF890 Fire TV Edition 40" Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV with Amazon Alexa. Do you have to pay a monthly fee for the Fire TV / Alexa ? Do you need an aerial, or can you use a Sky satelite dish ? Any advice would be much appreciated. Asking for a freind not on facebook. mazon Alexa
    1 point
  28. Saw the Starlink satellites going across yesterday morning and again today. Pretty incredible sight. So many of them! If you haven’t seen them yet, Sunday morning will hopefully be clear. Set your alarm... https://www.heavens-above.com/AllPassesFromLaunch.aspx?lat=54.2361&lng=-4.5481&loc=Isle+of+Man&alt=0&tz=GMT
    1 point
  29. Actually there's not that much oil in Syria. At least compare to Iraq or the Gulf states. There's enough for its own domestic needs and enough to fight over internally (as we saw with ISIS) but not enough to invade specifically for. What Syria is about is the playing out of various proxy battles by outside forces that have interests there or want to have them (US/Russia/Turkey/Saudi/Israel/Iran etc).
    1 point
  30. Russia came to the defence of the legitimate largely secular Syrian government. Barack Hussein did the precise opposite.
    1 point
  31. Waste paper basket type thing was a measure of volume that went out of use circa 1873 I believe.hence your struggle for such a requirement.
    1 point
  32. Nope. Relative is one and exactly like that.
    1 point
  33. A government imposed vanity project. The two new CalMac LNG ferries, due to be in service in 2018 and 2019 are now 100% over budget and delayed until late 2020 and 2021. Steel first cut 2016.
    1 point
  34. I wonder if it was Dog Tasering, Toy gun apprehending, plywood door smashing all action Super Cop - "Officer Schuey"
    1 point
  35. Indeed. Agreeably dead, and his condition is now entirely satisfactory. But you don't get away so easily with your above peremptory dismissal of this heinous act. I think that we actually had the modern equivalent of the gallows moment. What a pity that due to the moral cowardice of the liberal system it had to be carried out by brave passers-by and armed police at grave risk to the general public while being filmed in all of its gore by children on buses. This is a person who had been released early from a sentence for terrorist activity. What were the morons who made the decision thinking?
    1 point
  36. It is a schoolboy error. Guidance is in place for charging of public order offences, and for affray, the AG’s have to be consulted and agree the charge. I wrote that guidance about 6 years ago. Always puzzles me how these things get missed. The Bobby should have known, the custody sgt too. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s an example of how important it is to keep policy and SOPs up to date and in the sight of staff.
    1 point
  37. This is not an optional service though is it? It’s a complex bit of software that has probably been developed over years and will involve specialist skills. It’s not as if you could just ask a local firm to knock something together from scratch for an event that absolutely relies on it. I think you are being unrealistic. I suspect a local supplier was never in the running, at any stage of the tender process.
    1 point
  38. No you’re the joke forum member. I looked at some of your earliest posts. Full of rampant homophobia and other generally bigoted views. You seem to have spent 15 years on here (a joke in itself) providing little of value other than one sided bigoted views that I’m sure people generally have found hilarious. To find out that you’re also a tedious opinionated fool in real life was the icing on the cake really. You can’t see what other people see about this piece of intimidation as you seem to be an exemplary (if somewhat sad and minor league) intimidator yourself. I don’t really care what you th
    1 point
  39. I’m not sure what’s more worrying, your ill-informed rants, or the fact that you’ve had children.
    1 point
  40. With respect 2 bees, they’ve tried everything else. Before anyone strikes they’ll make sure there’s action short of strike, which won’t affect the pupils. In the event that the employer still doesn’t come up with a decent offer, any further action will be timed to minimise any possible detriment to children. This has been a long road and we’re not doing this lightly.
    1 point
  41. SJR you are spot on, this religious group who are hell bent on this ridiculous idea have got an MHK who would go to the opening of a letter to get publicity on side. It is much better to send money one and a half million pounds at the last count to help the many rather than bring the few over to the Island without any framework of support.
    1 point
  42. You should be taken out of your privileged life and looked after,
    1 point
  43. And she is retiring with a gold plate pension after an arduous 39 years..You are taking the piss..
    1 point
  44. At least it's a good size, I suppose. I've seen £50/60k asked for places less than a 10th the size. You do wonder what the hell you could sell in these places and at what margin to pay the rent, the rates, the overheads, the staff and still actually turn a profit. Crazy business!
    1 point
  45. I rather got the impression that JCK wanted a nice contract (see also demolition of the prison) and because developers on the Island prefer nice simple cleared spaces to build on rather than converting characterful old buildings. And it's even better if the taxpayer pays for it.
    1 point
  46. Probably not. But a very conscientious, dedicated & committed one.
    1 point
  47. Planning ........ a bunch of hitlers who don't give a shit what the man in the street thinks or whatever expense their diktats put the man in the street to.. all backed up by a raft of anti development regulations unless of course you are a developer ! Loathsome the lot of them !!!
    1 point
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