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  1. Blimey. You sound like the yorkshire sketch on Monty python.
    5 points
  2. I love a wildly misjudged Dilli character judgement “send her back to flog unproven remedies for deluded hypochondriacs with her proven illness whilst facing an unknown proven pandemic - rub some butternut squash extract on Abbotswood- that’ll cure it £58.99 please” Likeable Rogue
    4 points
  3. In the early days of these discussions (a couple of months ago) the ONS were reporting survey figures based on random sample testing of the UK - so that's not people going for tests based on symptoms, or contacts, or whatever. They were being reported as a headline figure of 1 in 1900, or 1 in 2200 etc. Calculations can be done based on these, and the number of likely arrivals here, to work out the probability of importing a case of covid. These numbers were used to formulate the prevalence of infection required at each stage of the border policy. The ONS survey figures quickly became
    4 points
  4. Contact tracing - both formal and informal. My niece has it - one of her friends had it first, she got minor symptoms and got herself tested. I think youngsters are blase about the risk of getting it, but once they have it I suspect most of them will be relatively sensible and avoid visiting grandma in the care home. In my view it's not a bad thing that university students are all going to get it in the next month or so - adds to the herd immunity.
    4 points
  5. If you think that's bad - I've got to tell you about these things called churches and the, so called, religious people they attract. The stuff they believe would get you sectioned under mental health law in any other context. Some of these people literally talk to imaginary beings.
    3 points
  6. If they can't hack that they can quit and come home. Or else they get on with it. Like every previous generation which went away from the IOM. I really don't understand this thing with the current generation (or their parents more likely) of them apparently needing to come home for a hug every few months. We didn't have mobiles or the internet either. Phone boxes or we wrote a letter. ETA: and we were living the easy life vs people who had joined the military.
    3 points
  7. It isn’t out of line. It’s guernsey that’s out of line at 33. Many countries are using a semaphore or traffic light system. The most commonly used boundary between green and amber is 20 in 100.000 ( or 1 in 5000 as Howie so quaintly puts it ) I even think there’s a Manx reason. If you visit the many Manx FB Covid and politics pages you’ll see the argument regularly trotted out that x in 100,000 doesn’t apply here because there are only 84,500 of us!
    3 points
  8. Remind me not to use your financial services. Thanks...
    3 points
  9. Tosser at the tip turned me away the other day because the man's van (who was helping me to bring things down) was too big - total jobsworth told me I could go home and put the items in my car and do two trips if necessary or I could come with the van on Monday or Wednesday, completely ridiculous. Suffice to say I went to St Johns where they're not dickheads.
    3 points
  10. Can't speak for Comin, but personally I'll leave it up to the kids to decide. I don't think my eldest will be coming back Christmas as she'll be working. Middle child may or may not do so - if he does, and has to isolate for a couple of weeks so be it.
    3 points
  11. I think you’re misinterpreting. There appears to be a spike amongst late teens and early 20’s. They may be asymptomatic. They may suffer no ill effects. But they can pass it on. To the elderly, vulnerable, your grandparents. How do we deal with that? There wasn’t a vaccine for Spanish flu. It just burned itself out and disappeared. Other pandemic viruses, polio as an eg, didn’t behave like that, and we had to wait for a vaccine. There were local lockdowns up until the 1950’s and 1960’s for towns with polio outbreaks, even in UK. We don’t know which category Covid falls into
    3 points
  12. Thx John. Everything is done behind lock & key. This is an unprecedented situation, perhaps the biggest crisis the Island has ever faced. There are as yet unknown people (so called medical experts amongst others no doubt) playing fast & loose with peoples lives, seemingly unaccountable. The Manx public have a right to know who is advising our Government, what they are saying & information surrounding testing & arrivals.
    3 points
  13. I’m sure the info is gathered and will be being used to assess. Whether the public would understand, or is qualified to interpret, the raw numbers, is another question entirely. But yes, the info should be freely available, along with the number of weekly arrivals broken down by category, returning patient, returning resident ( further broken down by repatriation or temporary off island ), compassionate, new resident, key worker, exemption certificate, guernsey air corridor
    3 points
  14. Do you think he was the only one to Proffitt from it?
    3 points
  15. Of course, its why you're forking out £200 odd quid a year in 'sewerage' tax.
    3 points
  16. In light of the insanity being brought in in England next week I hope you 'get the borders open NOW' people reassess your thoughts. Just chill out and recognise how fucking blessed we are to be here. Just means more waiting, but at least its not waiting outside Tesco in the rain.
    2 points
  17. Well if your doctor advises you not to work behind a counter as you should be shielding because of your health issues I’d suggest that’s probably a valid reason to ask your employer to be able to stay at home and an invalid reason for you being sacked. I wonder how many of the current unemployed have been treated in a similarly shitty way?
    2 points
  18. Is that the health shop that sells homeopathic tablets? If so, they shouldn't even be allowed to use the name "health store". Homeopathy is pseudo-scientific quackery.
    2 points
  19. Ideally it will be arranged for DBC to be abolished & it's magnificent arts & crafts building to become the islands national art gallery
    2 points
  20. That's what happens when you accidentally delete a post instead of editing it and then re post it. The question gets answered before it is asked.
    2 points
  21. They are so called if they are. We don’t know who they are & what they are advising or based on what assumptions or information they are using.
    2 points
  22. Part of my job, in the days of film services was to convert slides to copy negative and thus print. For the process in those days I used a Canon AE camera on a tripod with a fixed 100mm lens and a 1:1 converter fitted, set on aperture priority and obviously manual focus, using 100ASA, 35mm standard Fujifilm and cord shutter-release to eliminate shake. The slides were placed on masked-off (daylight) light box and the mask cut to the size of the slide. With the 1:1 converter it was possible to fill the viewfinder full-frame and set on aperture-priority it gave an appropriate exposure time, usual
    2 points
  23. Thought by the topic of this title that they'd finally given up on the NSC slides and were going to convert them into vertical gardens!!
    2 points
  24. It is still a scandal, especially to those of the public who show(ed) any interest or knowledge in exactly what went on. And it should remain a scandal if only as a warning to our politicos that whatever they neglect or try to cover up will eventually come out. A trough-fest for the few and their connected mates. The truly disgusting part is that nobody was ever properly held to account for what happened; the Board stood down and doubtless moved on to other interests; the other individuals concerned walked away unscathed to their pensions and sunbeds. Unlike the bank accounts of ene
    2 points
  25. And why the MUA buys gas and puts a mark up on it to sell to Manx Gas, affecting your gas bill!
    2 points
  26. A bit like the woman who eats a water melon with her legs open to keep the flies off her food, I think the Promenade is doing a very good job of taking the focus of stuff like the MEA huge mega loans scandal, IRIS, incinerator and many more.
    2 points
  27. I always thought it odd that we built a great new incinerator , energy from waste, then immediately started saving all combustible material and paying thousands to ship it away, then paying for crap to be imported to burn. Mental . How many companies have made fortunes from this fiasco?
    2 points
  28. That’s worse then. Who elected them ( although they are telling our fearful elected reps what to do ).
    1 point
  29. When the alternative is talking to condescending people like you, I can't say I blame them.
    1 point
  30. Not unless you want the little brats home every evening and weekend.
    1 point
  31. They had been of a generation that they would have quite rightly thought it weird and somewhat worrying if I had wanted to constantly come home like a needy child. It would have reflected poorly on them.
    1 point
  32. To be honest that makes the employer look even worse than the newspaper story.
    1 point
  33. @Banker - why do you imagine that leaving the IOM is such a scary thing?
    1 point
  34. Phone box, same one each time. Tried to place a reverse charge call, which my family refused. They then rang me back.
    1 point
  35. According to para 6 of the article she did advise her employer of her situation/intentions?
    1 point
  36. Up 23,000 in one weekend, before last.
    1 point
  37. Or more specifically, the Island's taxpayers. Without, apparently, any politicians with the wits or wherewithall to see it or do anything about it. Alf Cannan announced during his "COVID" Budget that this year's heritage railway funding was being diverted into the promenade to counter the £700k(?) overspend (then). I wouldn't bet on that being the last of it, personally. In DOI offices they'll be hoping COVID lasts a bit longer....
    1 point
  38. It's not really something you can call me out on, nor is it for me to tell someone to register here to reply when there's questions inevitably coming from all angles. But I believe they're aware of this thread. I honestly wasn't aware of the Lambo or anything surrounding it up until reading it online recently and we've been notified that an FAQ is now up at https://manncoin.im/faq/ My honest view - and I'm sure the folk at MannCoin won't mind me publicly saying this - is that it seems bonkers that the FSA wouldn't want to regulate or have any degree of oversight. They've been categor
    1 point
  39. I have known many a student 'jet off' to Uni full of confidence about how they won't be coming home for ages - 'can't wait to get off this rock' you won't see me back here' etc. etc. Give it until November and then its "Missing home, Missing Mum and dad" - "Uni's not for me" - "Please come and see me". What happens then? Is it just tough luck? The UK kids will just go home. Our departing students are just kids and they know no better. This cannot last until Christmas. Why is there no plan for if (when) the infection rate in the UK does not improve/gets worse? What then? Are we sitt
    1 point
  40. Exactly, I do not want my children to become neurotic and scared. I want them and other young people to enjoy their youth. This is going to go on for a long time and to deny a large section of the population who are not going to be affected to any great degree their freedom, is unrealistic, naive and some may say cruel. It is up to the government and those who are vulnerable to take responsibility for their own safety without restricting others. Neither I or my elderly vulnerable relatives believe that the 'cure' is worth the potential consequences to our youth.
    1 point
  41. There you go Gladys, all you need is a few thousand quid for the equipment...
    1 point
  42. ??? It don't think you fully understand what they do.
    1 point
  43. I also dont understand why the road into the prom I'd blocked by bordellos which means you have to come round lord street and down victoria street to get onto the prom, the barriers appear not to have any point to them they are just there. The traffic around lord street gets heaving during the day
    1 point
  44. Cycling home tonight, a lot of motorists let me through mainly because I don’t think they could believe what they were seeing State of the road not state of me...
    1 point
  45. They're supposed to cross over the road before Castle Mona Avenue then cross back over by the Gaiety. It's going to be carnage in Douglas tomorrow when Summerhill opens. From a car users point of view you can't get off the prom if travelling from Onchan before the sea terminal (except to go up Empire Terrace). From a pedestrian and cyclist point of view it's just bloody dangerous. Crossing two lines of traffic and cars turning out of Castle Mona Avenue. On a side note I wonder if the walkway is going to be able take the weight of the vehicles on it? All this because they couldn'
    1 point
  46. Politics (government rather than Tynwald) and inertia seems to be driving some of this so far not science. We cannot live in a bubble, a bubble is completely unsustainable, even if you create a bubble you can’t live in it forever. And actually the bubble mentality is a psychologically damaging environment to create as it creates fear of outsiders and all sorts of other strange and insular behaviours and nobody can move on from it. The optional 7 day testing is going to reveal much more of this and people just need to get used to it as the virus is circulating, there is no vaccine, and so locki
    1 point
  47. Things are going to get very very serious. Trump genuinely seems to be trying to get the Republican base to attempt to wreck the democratic vote. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2020-54011022 There is a world of difference between a system which is robust against isolated and societally disapproved attempts at manipulation and one where one side actively encourages its supporters to undermine the election. Just incredible. The man is a danger to democracy and seems to want it to be undermined. And his base is so red meat they'll lap it up and blame the Democrats ev
    1 point
  48. This is woolley’s final contribution on Manxforums which will come as a blessed relief to some, no doubt, and so, ladies and gentlemen, I crave your indulgence one last time. Considering that I’ve written so much here, I can’t even recall what it was that moved me sufficiently to sign up to MF in the first place. It’s all lost in the mists of time, but it was clearly the start of something that endured and became a part of my routine. All things, both nice and nasty, eventually come to an end. When I’d idly pondered in the past how I might conclude my MF tenure other than by fa
    1 point
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