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  1. Just to get back to B and Q (boo hiss bring back Feltons to Peel) and to put a bit of a smile on your face and warmth in your hearts. A forum member previously unknown to me went to B and Q today and got the cement I needed for my stonework job and left it outside my house. Isn't that lovely? We're a lovely lot during a global pandemic.
    13 points
  2. To be fair, I used to design, validate and deploy DNA tests for ssRNA viruses for the entirety of UK DEFRA plant health and food security. It was only for around 13 years so I suppose I know sod all about anything. We used to run 20,000 tests per week with the set-up we had at DEFRA so - right now - 200 ssRNA Coronavirus tests per days seems like small-fry. Some of my contemporaries are running the "Lighthouse Labs" in the UK. But because I'm from the IoM and returned to the IoM with my "skillz" I must know stuff all. God, I love Manx Forums. It's right up my street
    8 points
  3. Don't forget the rather unpleasant flirting; made me want to go for a shower.
    7 points
  4. For your grovelling ass licking two faced attempt at an apology. That's what.
    7 points
  5. If the Isle of Man wanted to lose its main income, most jobs, USPs, identity and everything else that makes it a great place to live - then it could consider giving up its independence! Until then the answer is a very firm NO. If people want to be part of the UK, probably best to move (back) there.
    6 points
  6. We all know how this ends.
    5 points
  7. Dont mind Christy, Beth etc too much...only slight criticism is the amount of superlatives used for literally anything....every single story or discussion is usually preceded and or followed by 'Oooh that is soooooooooo lovely, its amazing, it really is fantastic'...even relatively mundane ordinary things...but aside from that...dont mind listening to them. The instant switch off however still remains Brindley. His consistent ability to annoy is a real talent. I don't make it through a sentence before the the channel is hastily changed.
    5 points
  8. It's a licence to drive like a nob.
    5 points
  9. I love Feltons too - Cleveland is awe so cute, could quite happily pick him up, put him in my pocket and carry him with me all the time. They’re doing mix paints up there (B&Q aren’t) and they have packets of pea seeds (other peas) too. Love Feltons
    5 points
  10. I suspect it was bought for either E.coli 0157 testing or fish virus testing. Basically environmental which fits with the DEFA remit. Definitely not bought for dogshit, otherwise my company (Taxa Genomics) would be drowning in the stuff by now. I sent a letter about 18 months ago to all the parish councils asking for partners to do a form of dog shit testing that didn't involve needing a database of dogs and only one responded positively. Anyhoo... Chris came out to my lab in Onchan the day before, and a few hours before that I had spoken to the sales rep of the company who makes the machines in case I needed to convince the DHSC to buy a real-time PCR machine. An "ABI 7500 FAST" is currently £31k list price. Chris had helped out the Government Analysts lab a few years ago and remembered seeing a real-time PCR machine there but wasn't sure which model. 24 hours later I got a phone call basically saying "I've found a real-time PCR machine, not sure which one and it's in the boot of my car, can you come to the hospital labs in 20 minutes and tell us how to use it?". The rest is history and I haven't had a day off since March 17 ;-)
    5 points
  11. Haven't you guessed yet? The accusation that posters are either drunk or angry, the false dilemmas, the forum is sheight. All too familiar...
    4 points
  12. Starting May the 4th...ironic....we could have built a Death Star for the money they are pissing away on the promenade.
    4 points
  13. But he took your mixer....
    4 points
  14. That can't be the reason. The legislation must have been thoroughly scrutinised by the LegCo.
    4 points
  15. I think this probably sums up the problem; the lack of clarity or specificity in the rules and regulations means that those responsible for enforcement are the ones who have to interpret the meaning; I guess that this often happens with new legislation but the far reaching nature of the Covid regulations means we are much more aware of it. At the beginning of lock down I think it was right that a blanket approach was taken; if they'd debated every last nuance of possible activity then we'd still be waiting and numbers would be in the long thousands by now. However; there should've been a dedicated team set in place straight away to interpret the regs to avoid confusion. Taking your points in order: Hadn't heard about fishing being a problem before now but it seems sensible to me that it should be allowed in places where a stationary person fishing can easily be 'socially distanced' by folk passing by and not allowed where it can't. Telling people to exercise at the closest location also seems perfectly reasonable to me; remember that when the regs were first brought in no one had any idea how all this was going to pan out; no one knew how well the general public would react and respect the social distancing rules. What may now seem like a bit of an overreaction in light of how low our numbers have actually been smacks riding the hindsight bus. I'm pretty sure that on the very first day of lock down the Police (having been made aware of someone going for a very long ride) put something out about this being unacceptable. People were told not to travel unless it was absolutely necessary; be it 100 yards or 100 miles they shouldn't be doing it and as you say; they were 'warned' not prosecuted. That seems to me to be a reasonable action. How does making up the rules suit the Police? You (and others) seem to think that the Police are somehow benefiting from or even enjoying this situation and I just don't see that. From the Chief Constables' last appearance at the briefing and from people I know who are Police Officers all this is at best a total ball-ache and at worst is seriously harming their core role. No one is enjoying the current situation, no one likes having restrictions on their lives and certainly no one likes the economic harm this is causing but we all have a choice between knuckling down so that we can relax the restrictions sooner or we can make things worse for everyone including ourselves by breaching the rules. Railing against the restrictions does not make anyone a libertarian warrior; it just makes them a petulant twat.
    4 points
  16. How many accounts is this now?
    4 points
  17. Just out of curiosity, what are you basing any of that on? In particular, Why would the economy of the Island (with a much smaller population, more limited industrial and services base, etc.) look anything like the UK economy? Is 'it would look like the UK economy' even a meaningful statement? The local economies of most places in the UK don't 'look like the UK economy'---there's massive variation across the country. Why the Isle of Wight (and, in fact, are we currently worse off than the Isle of Wight)? We're not exactly similar in terms proximity or transport links to Great Britain, population numbers, or even tourist industry. Why not the Isle of Lewis, or the Shetlands (not that either of these are better comparisons)? To my mind, the most likely short-to-medium outcomes of becoming a part of the UK is A large amount of money permanently lost from the local economy and government coffers thanks to much of the local taxes being funnelled to Westminster and apportioned around the UK. Rates are replaced with Council Tax, and water is farmed off to one of the big water companies, leading to increased costs for households and even less money coming into local government as a portion of revenue is taken by the local county council (who often have a tendency to throw money at the biggest towns/cities in their county and pay only lip-service to smaller areas). Service industries largely leave because there is suddenly no advantage to operating on the Island to counter the benefits of being located in the United Kingdom (or the Channel Islands). As a consequence, unemployment grows and is exacerbated as people leave the Island, taking custom away from local business, which gives the local economy another kicking. Those who are lucky enough to still have a job find that their taxes go up, a lot, with little commensurate drop in the cost of living. Education, Health, and other services are absorbed into the local authority, NHS trust, etc., of whatever area we're dumped into, probably with a cut in services and facilities being the most obvious consequence. Then there's the most permanent consequence: the loss of governance. For all the criticisms of the Island's system of government, it's potentially a lot more responsive to local needs and opinion than would be the case if our representation in national government consisted of a single MP among hundreds. Now, maybe all that's complete nonsense. But it would be reassuring if we could have something approaching proof that everyone would be better off and, for that matter, that the Island's experience with autonomy has indeed been a failure, before rushing into the arms of the UK.
    4 points
  18. I find that the trauma from the explosives diminishes the quality a bit...
    3 points
  19. In my time as a member I have been engaged with, challenged and occasionally praised (extra pink blush). It all depends in my experience on what, and how, you post. If, in general, we are an anti-establishment bunch but you are not, it would be best to stay away, because if you do act as a flag-waver for that establishment you are bound to get assertive disagreement with your position.
    3 points
  20. Some questions have been planted.... of that I am convinced.
    3 points
  21. Now that is heart warming! Good.
    3 points
  22. In fairness to the cops they have been in the same boat as the rest of us because Govt failed to publish any determinations with their law and regs. It was pretty much left to Peter Edge to interpret. The cops were a bit off piste to start with but Gary gave that clarification they were there to enforce the law, not the guidance. I think that got them back on track. He was also alive to criticisms of the police escort of the corona internees, not saying it was wrong publicly but saying it would be done differently from thereon.
    3 points
  23. This thread should be renamed the Felton's & Cleveland Appreciation Society. I really do miss having them in Peel. I'll never forget when I first moved to Peel and first went into the shop. I was having a good skeet around when I realised I was being shadowed by Cleveland - he was actually lurking behind things watching me. I was a youngster back then and I'm not sure what he thought I was up to, but he soon brightened up when I bought a load of household goods for the house I'd just moved into. He was always gracious after that, and never followed me around again. At least he never hid behind things to keep an eye on me again.
    3 points
  24. But the police arent just arresting people. They are giving out warnings to people then if those same people ignore it they are arrested or given a fixed penalty. The law is fairly simply dont be mixing with people from outside your household. Dont go to other peoples houses or let other people into your house.
    3 points
  25. Dennis i presume. He was a disgruntled ex cop who likes to blow things up. He hates Keanu Reeves .
    3 points
  26. Well excuse me mr Mourinho. I genuinely had no idea
    3 points
  27. No he's perfectly correct. The whole point about the guidance and what the law says is that everyone should be able to understand - not just people with degrees in law or who can ask a mate at the DHA. The purpose of all this is to make sure people behave in such a way as to stop the spread of the virus - not to give the police the chance to arrest whoever they feel like because they have breached some obscure regulation no one can understand. So even in a case where you, me and Lawrie Hooper all know what the rules are, you also have to make sure that the information is put in as simple and clear a way as possible. So that people who aren't very bright and don't pay much attention and don't know their way round the government website still know what they should and shouldn't do.
    3 points
  28. Having lived on the Isle of Wight for 10 years and IOM for 8 years now I really struggle to see how we could end up looking like the former, and even if we did, I can see no advantage to it, certainly not financially. Tourism is IOW's big income (day trippers, boats, as well as seaside hols). The population of 138,000 more than doubles in the summer with tourists (3 million visitors per year). They have zero financial services, insurance, gaming etc. Agriculture is much bigger than here with a number of 2,000 acre farms, the sweetcorn matures 3 weeks earlier than Hampshire due to to the mild weather (though the market price gain is lost in ferry costs - ferries are more expensive per mile than here). They have roughly one third of the GDP of the IOM but with almost double the population. GDP/Capita is way below here. Their highest paid workers commute to Southampton / Portsmouth and even London to work (100 + ferries a day) I agree with Phillip Dearden, there would be a max exodus from here, all financial services would leave taking a load of professionals (including hospital staff) with them. I think that the Isle of Mull would better represent a future IOM under UK taxes except that Mull is half as big again as here. Crofting would be my best bet too. Normally if one company was seeking shareholder permission to buy another, they would attempt to show that shareholder value would be enhanced by the move. If you were to compare IOM financial metrics (especially debt) to the UK's then I think that you would have a shareholder revolt. Merging UK Plc with IOM Plc would be financial ruin for here. £250M equates to a couple of weeks' 'turnover' (GDP) for IOM - No need to chuck the baby out with the bath water. (Did I mention the weather).
    3 points
  29. The dickheads moaning about fishing weren't anglers as such. They were lockdowners who were looking for something recreational to do and fishing didn't really count as permitted exercise. This now at least will stop their whining. They'll no doubt move onto something else to moan about.
    2 points
  30. Because the deposits that they can't/won't now refund have just been part of what carried them through the last winter?
    2 points
  31. if we lose the bikes the walkers won't be paying racket prices to get here when there are plenty of walking destinations without the travel costs.
    2 points
  32. Indeed, the farce is strong with that one.
    2 points
  33. And that's worrying because aren't airport security paid on a par with 'proper' bobbies?! Or was that issue sorted? Either way, not to ask for ID to validate who you say you are beggars belief.
    2 points
  34. Highlight of todays press conference was the amusing 'banter' between BBC 'journalist' Alex Bell and Our Lord chatting about brexit and how quickly things change Bell: "So its changed from a B word to a C word?" Howard: "Lets hope there's not a D word" There is Howard, its death, and there have been 20 of them.
    2 points
  35. A finer piece of non-committal fence-dwelling would be hard to find? The usual glossy OFT brochure that says and promises nothing.
    2 points
  36. I wouldn't say you could call the requirement for 24MHK's in the world's oldest parliament on a tiny Island an example of slavishly following UK.best practise. The tiers of beauracracy here e.g parish commissioners etc seems to be unique and of the Island's own making. This Island cripples itself by being a slave to history and resistance to change.
    2 points
  37. It wasn’t an apology. There really are some angry bell ends on this forum.
    2 points
  38. Christ. He'll be sitting at home shitting bricks right now. More bricks than we've seen on the promenade.
    2 points
  39. Thank you. I haven't had my first coffee of the day and I'm I'm a bit slacking in insult. But yes, add yucky drooling sleaziness to my "too late" comment.
    2 points
  40. I rather like Hooper - he comes across balanced and fair but makes some good and necessary observations!
    2 points
  41. You can rubbish Hooper, Hopper or anyone else for that matter but when you start moaning about participants of this fine forum you cross a line buster. If its that shit, why not set your own up and then you can ensure that only people of your obvious high intellect can get in.
    2 points
  42. That sentence is longer than a lot of people get at Jurby.
    2 points
  43. Nana Mouskouri for you then
    2 points
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