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  1. Jesus h christ alfuckingmighty mary mother of the holy ghost Mohammed and Joseph. I leave you fucking IMBECILES in charge of the place whilst I embark upon a spot of well earned gardening leave ( full pay minus new subscriber bonus). Decided to make use of my time by going on a bit of a world tour, get away from the pressures of always being forced to come up with solutions for other people's problems. Started in china, followed the silk road, couple of cruises then the big apple, finishing off with a tour of Europe's cities of culture. Arrived back early last week to find the place in total lockdown. Not that I'm complaining about the lockdown, should at least give me the chance to shift this persistent cough I been carrying round for 4 or 5 weeks now. Absolute fucking imbeciles the lot of you. I'm home now, I'll sort it. As usual. Jesus fucking christ almighty
    14 points
  2. If anyone in your household is socialising with friends / relations from another house hold, please ask them to stop now.
    13 points
  3. In case one falls asleep listening to the show.
    10 points
  4. No you're wrong again. We can and should keep the borders closed to people coming in either until there is a vaccine or until this thing is snuffed out internationally. Obviously there should be nothing to stop people leaving the island. If the island can get on top of it then certainly there will be a case for relaxing things a little locally. There is no strong economic case for allowing people in at the moment. And nobody serious needs to physically attend a business meeting away.
    8 points
  5. I start drinking any time Brindley is on.
    8 points
  6. I think that this first landmark was handled with sufficient gravitas and dignity. However, one thing that Comms must remember is there needs to be a consistent tempo. If you say you are going at 4, then unless there is truly something catastrophic, you go at 4. There are a lot of anxious people out there at present, and a creeping delay, peppered with an escalation to the CM and HE from a mere mininster, then a lockout of questions, won’t have helped. It’s desperately sad news, but I though we were being steeled for something much more widely impactive. Truly hope the victims last hours were as comfortable as possible. They were in good hands, and I hope the family take some solace in that.
    6 points
  7. Terrible news, R.I.P , thoughts are with the family involved, I was sincerely naive in hoping we’d be able to avoid the worst of this virus.
    6 points
  8. It's very sad and no doubt devastating for the dead person's family and friends. And though the person had underlying health issues, we don't know serious or life threatening they were and they may have had many years of life ahead of them. We really have to stop all this 'they would have died anyway' stuff - it's both heartless and inaccurate. Deaths on the Island of those with COVID-19 were always going to be highly likely given how we seemed to delay on every counter-measure. Even with a 1% mortality rate, so many were going to be infected that there would be deaths, but it doesn't stop each one being being a tragedy to those left behind. However I can't help feeling that whole way it was announced was a bit melodramatic. Why was it necessary to keep the media standing around for two hours for a five minute announcement? Given there being no questions there was really no need for anyone to be physically there at all (we're supposed to be cutting down on gatherings). Why not go ahead with the usual briefing and then make a separate announcement as they did when the first case was detected? Why on earth was the Governor there? (I assumed a member of the Royal Family has died) The first death in Jersey was announced by the Health Minister in a simple and dignified way without the Governor, though he still had time to complain about social media. It all suggests media management for the sake of it, whether as a way of avoiding awkward questions or simply because when you employ so many PR people they like to make a faff about things to show how important they are.
    5 points
  9. Too late for us...we're all fookin nuts on MF.
    5 points
  10. I'm pretty sure if someone had died we'd know. There is no way IOMG would be able to hide that; I'm sure that sensible people will make the assumption that they have been discharged. Obviously the scaremongering panic merchants who've nothing better to do might try to claim someone has died but anyone with their head screwed on right won't believe the jungle drums.
    5 points
  11. Aim higher, go for Howard in the swimsuit.
    5 points
  12. The 6 ventilators referred to relate to the 6 beds in ITU. There are several other ventilators (as in the machines that blow air in) available in the hospital that are used for giving anaesthetics - 1 in each anaesthetic room and 1 in each theatre, so that's another 12. Sorry, can't help you on the number of ventilators purchased for swine flu, but I think all in we have enough ventilators. The problem is where to put them if they're re-purposed as intensive care machines (solved) and who's going to look after patients who are on them (training happening to up-skill theatre staff, planning to be able to have a less than 1:1 ratio of specialist nurse:ventilated bed). I know there are many on here who believe that everything about Noble's/The DHSC/Its managment is incompetent, but we're not. There's a very impressive amount of preparatory work going on right now so that we are able to deal with the coming epidemic. If everyone keeps up the key public health measures (hand washing, stay home, social distancing, proper self-isolation if you have to) we might just get through this and come out the other side in a lot better shape than the adjacent isle.
    4 points
  13. That's an important point. When the presence of the Governor was announced, I genuinely did wonder if there had be a Royal death and the information embargoed till 6 pm, or if there had been multiple deaths or something. Many others must have had similar thoughts. Even in those circumstances, because of the rumour mill you need to announce it as quickly as possible. The sensible thing would have been to go ahead with the briefing as planned and then have a separate one to announce the death at 5 pm, having warned the media about the short embargo. There's also that if you make a big thing out of the first death it looks a bit disrespectful if you don't give the same sort of attention to subsequent ones.
    4 points
  14. If it seemed distant before maybe it's not now?
    4 points
  15. I think a problem was we had a few really good years of community policing around 2006-2010/11. The neighborhood teams were bountifully staffed and operated really well. I was proud of my little stint in the North, and we did have a lot of freedom that let us get things done. We did some good things, including setting the wheels in motion for the police station moving in with the commissioners, a neighborhood social services team working alongside and in the same building, and some great work with the schools, and some young offenders who have in the main done better in life than they might have otherwise. Then austerity kicked in, teams were cut, and partners returned to barracks. It really was a golden age and a platinum option. The only thing I’d have added was treating the whole of the road network as a community in itself - I think we could have made better inroads into road safety if we had. The job is trying again to get the community links back in place, now the numbers are back up. But in the meantime they have had to become more sophisticated in other areas, which has drawn on resources and finance. Gary has about another 3 years to do. I think he rightly wants to leave it in as healthy a state as he can, and get it back to something like that halcyon period. What it looks like under a new incumbent is anyone’s guess.
    4 points
  16. Youse guys! It's like a sport for you, this thread. Don't you have any baby seals to club?
    4 points
  17. And increasingly throughout the whole day. I presume the idea is that if one of them says anything remotely critical of the government or our Dear Leader, the other is supposed to shoot them.
    4 points
  18. Radio 3 is a blessed relief from the bollox of Brexit, that silly virus and the dumbing-down of daytime Radio 2 (Ken Bruce excepted). Try it - and as for a comparison with MR - I'd say it's valid. No need for any live presenters at MR until 7AM.
    4 points
  19. It’s also neither remotely funny nor original. I’m starting to hate quite a few people as a result of Coronavirus.
    4 points
  20. Pretty sure that if manx radio really wanted to reduce costs they could have less presenters on at the same time. Why on earth do they have 2 presenters on at 5am?
    4 points
  21. A fair few Manx residents trapped overseas, including European Union Countries and other countries like India. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/islanders-stuck-abroad-say-they-feel-abandoned/ Bill Shimmins asked HRH The Chief MInister a question in Tynpotwald, in which HRH came out with another hissy fit. Yes I’m sure Shimmins asked the question on behalf of a constituient, but it was the manner that it’s being handled. It is an emotive subjective, and yes some residents are thick, stupid, ignorant, idiotic, pathetic and really should have known better and returned to the island ASAP etc. Listening to one of the interviews, one interviewee caught up went away early March. Make up your own judgement! The issue needs addressing, rather like the lockdown should have been done much earlier, mistakes have been made.
    4 points
  22. "Meet the new boss Same as the old boss" The Who (Not the World Health Organisation) - Won't Get Fooled Again.
    4 points
  23. I would only ask that if Derek posted under a different account would you treat his statements differently? you wouldn't know his job history, his nationality or any future intentions. I really don't like the term 'when I', we all base our opinions on what's has happened within our own lives, regardless of the country we were born or reside in. I've met plenty of Manx folk who use the term 'when I' in their own statements, difference being I actually enjoy hearing the old stories, particularly when it's about farms or buildings and carries a lot of history, its just someone describing proud moments in their life, I've no doubt you have your own 'when I' moments as do I.
    4 points
  24. Phoned easyjet today. Took 2 hrs to get through but all sorted on the phone The chap said they're working remotely and having to adjust to new working practices and new systems He was also isolating from his family for 21 days (health not work reasons!) So remember, the person on the other end of the phone has their own issues and troubles to deal with - either work or personal Be nice people
    4 points
  25. You might have to. I can't make it round this week.
    4 points
  26. There's rumours up north that it's nearly reached police street prices. Never thought I'd see that in my lifetime.
    3 points
  27. Stop with this rubbish too. You tried another thread and you've posted twice in here. There is no evidence that this stuff works......yet.
    3 points
  28. I've not seen this covered on here, but all over facebook and now, rightly , on Manx Radio via telephone. Disgusting attitude to tourists. Reminds me of what many hoteliers were like in the 70's and 80's https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/tt-guests-disappointed-as-hotels-refuse-refunds/
    3 points
  29. I entirely agree. The wording used was not as others would have done either. This is a very sad and sensitive time; public announcements should focus on dignity and solemnity, not as you say Roger, flirt with melodrama.
    3 points
  30. There will be more than that dead in the UK of Covid-19 by May and that is with a country in lockdown. It's only been in the UK for little over a month and 2,352 are dead already. A 13 year old with no underlying health condition died in the UK yesterday. What are you not getting about this?
    3 points
  31. Its a damning statement from a frontline worker, fair play to whoever it was who had the balls to email the radio station because nothing will change until something such as that is highlighted, assuming of course the statement is true then it's a terrible state of affairs. Anyone in contact with the public should be wearing full PPE and any patient entering the hospital should be wearing a mask as a bare minimum
    3 points
  32. "People are wearing more ppe in the public than we have in the hospital and that's a kick in the teeth" Whistleblower nurse from Nobles. That will ruffle a few feathers. Bloody hope so anyway. While people are making swimsuits idolising our government by turning HQ into a cuddly teddy bear here is the hard reality of whats going on. if this whistleblower is talking the truth and it sounds bloody likely, people will be really panicking now about just how well under control our government has this situation, if they can't even keep our front line workers safe and alive. Standing outside clapping is one thing. Putting our front care staff in danger, unequipped and telling them to shut up and get on with it is hugely worrying and reminciencient of Haig throwing men over the front line.
    3 points
  33. I thought parsimony was one of the herbs ? I'm sure my grandmother used to put it in the broth...
    3 points
  34. From what I understand if one household has symptoms then the child stays within that household until all clear (14 days) but if neither household has symptoms then you are free to move the child between households, so up until the test was returned negative he did the right thing but now she’s been given the all clear then sharing time between parents should be resumed.
    3 points
  35. We need the seal pups to replace the presenters. They'd be more coherent than most of them and women find them even more cuddly than you.
    3 points
  36. DFEA have stopped it, like fishing it's not classed as exercise.
    3 points
  37. Where's Wotton ?
    3 points
  38. One of the 3 has likely recovered well enough to isolate at home, but I do agree it would be nice to have the confirmation. Equally is this someone who’s spent 2 weeks in hospital or 1 day? hopefully it’s the first patient who’s on their way to a full recovery.
    3 points
  39. Switched on for the news at 7:00 (Don't know why I bother) and caught a few seconds of Chris Kinley and Chris Williams. No doubt someone up there thinks it's radio simpatico to have the two of them on together. Kinley always sounds like he's reporting live from Ballaugh Bridge during a particularly hectic Senior T.T. Does he know the races are cancelled this year ?
    3 points
  40. Being a Copper has the propensity to change a persons' character, almost overnight. I've seen it happen on more than one occasion in my own extended family.
    3 points
  41. Nice to see some passion in Tynwald though Uhtred. I'm as critical as anyone on here but Howard's doing his best and we're all out of our depth in this emergency. I want to see some of the big earners in Health stepping up to the podium and doing what they're paid for. Is one of them even on Island or has she handed in her cards ?
    3 points
  42. I authored the media guidance for the IOM Police. It was an augmented version of the ACPO document and actually well before the Cliff Richard case we would not name people at point of arrest, nor would we name them at charge. The matter went to court and journalists reported the case under the restrictions of law. Quite how that would lead to the identification of a vulnerable victim is interesting as that is the precise thing it is there to prevent happening. The guidance has since changed in the UK and came more into line what we do here. We are seeing at the moment a real learning curve for PR and Comms. It is critical that the public is given sufficient, accurate information. Withholding it unnecessarily leads to public suspicion and mistrust, which doesn’t help as this crisis continues to unfold. Journalists are asking for the information. That reflects a public desire for the information. There is, therefore a balance to be struck. In this case, perhaps the answer is to just refer to age groups and no areas, or just areas. The press is currently onside. It’s crucially important to keep them there for the duration.
    3 points
  43. Wrong! What about the 57 other genders?
    3 points
  44. It's Dilligaf getting things totally wrong again, gobbing off for no reason. He picks some very odd targets. I'd not be voting for Derek Flint if he were to stand, he's a copper, but at least he is trying to provoke a debate on the future of the Island. Dilli also has a weird dislike for Roger Mexico, who posts quality stuff and has an ability to navigate the gov site that is totally beyond me. Oh and he hates the brewer too, shouts him off the forum any time he posts. Yet defends a rapist and plays pool with a paedo. Sort yourself out Dilligaf.
    3 points
  45. It would be quite interesting to see how the self isolating/distancing and more consistent hand washing do affect the figures for bog standard flu cases this year
    2 points
  46. How can there be a war if everyone has to stay home?
    2 points
  47. No it doesn’t.
    2 points
  48. Hmm. I've started making useless boxes, (where you press a lever and a hand comes out of the box and presses the lever back). All the ones I've seen are worked by batteries, so I set myself the task of making a purely mechanical one. After a few models I've finally managed it. Oh what fun we are having! lol. (Actually it was quite satisfying), especially now the house is gleaming, the lawns are all cut, the cars are shining and serviced and I'm re- reading all my books.
    2 points
  49. The German Government actually asked people here to refrain from Corona based April's Fool pranks because of concerns over mental health.
    2 points
  50. Yes quite ... but enough about Tynwald and back to the subject !
    2 points
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