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  1. Just to answer the question which has appeared on this topic concerning my absence from the station and to clarify a couple of points. I had been referred to Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital earlier this year for a double bypass operation. This was delayed twice due to Coronovirus which has obviously placed extra pressure on the facilities and staff. I received a last minute phone call two weeks ago to advise me that surgeons would be able to perform the operation last weekend. I took a Covid test here on the Island and self isolated prior to travelling. I was tested twice whilst in Liverpool and have now returned to the Island to complete two weeks self isolation. I am self employed and won’t receive any payment from the station whilst not presenting or producing programmes. I have learnt in over 40 years in the business that listeners do relate very closely with presenters that they like and are naturally interested if they do not appear on air. However, I do not believe that it is anyones given right to know details of somebody else's private life just because they happen to work for a radio station which is part Government funded. It was my decision to allow my colleagues to mention the situation on air if they felt it right. Any of you with experience of this type of surgery will be aware that it will take time to recover and I hope to be back at work as soon as possible. There you are, that’s it, no hidden agenda, no waste of public money and no skeet or gossip. Keep safe, be lucky and be nice.
    10 points
  2. This. The Bookface vigilante mob may think they're doing good but I can't see how. If they accuse someone and they're wrong, they can ruin lives. If they accuse someone and they're right, they are potentially screwing up a criminal prosecution or at the very least give the person time to get rid of evidence, etc. If you suspect someone of this kind of thing, the only correct course of action is to report it to the police.
    6 points
  3. Boils your piss, eh? The appraisal system was a time-wasting paper exercise, despised by all, which needs to be replaced by something not intended to be used in industry, which is robust and raises standards - objectives the old system never achieved. There will no doubt be a system of external inspection, just not the one where clueless employees of the DESC were meant to be both advisors and scrutineers and proved incapable of either role. So, a good outcome today, made even better by the apoplectic reaction of the usual blowhard gammons. And no, I'm not a teacher - just very well informed.
    5 points
  4. You would have to be a special kind of stupid to be injected with a rushed vaccine with side effects unknown at a time you were carrying the most precious cargo imaginable.
    5 points
  5. Get well soon. Sorry you felt the pitch of and tone of comments meant you felt you had to come on and justify. It’s no ones business but yours.
    5 points
  6. The only decent road we have is the sloc and Phil the gawne lost his job over it. I personally can't blame them for being a bit reluctant to fix any others.
    4 points
  7. If you ask people whether they they are satisfied with anything, it's mostly only those who are perpetually dissatisfied who will bother to respond. Or those with too much time.
    4 points
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buster_Gonad
    4 points
  9. Dead wood caught in new trap
    4 points
  10. If you wanted to ruin someone you hated, properly destroy their lives to settle a score, then this is the allegation that would be most effective at doing that. It's pretty much the single most destructive allegation you can make about someone. And even though the police might find no evidence, you'll still get plenty who think there's no smoke without fire. So there's a motive to make something up, if you were inclined towards vindictive malice.
    4 points
  11. Hi Frank. Just wondering if you had a website or anything?
    3 points
  12. I was going to add, without searching for it myself.
    3 points
  13. Pregnant women aren't physiologically vulnerable. Nothing is ever tested on pregnant women, and most things aren't tested on children. So you're right, that the effects on foetuses are unknown, but not really. Plenty of pregnant women catch colds, with no known foetal effects. The covid vaccine is a modified cold virus. You've also got the placenta, which is great at stopping harmful things getting through. What I can say with some certainty is that if a pregnant woman gets a severe covid infection it is bad news for the foetus as well as the mother.
    3 points
  14. I think there were 20000 participants. The numbers you refer to are the ones that got covid - most of them in the placebo arm of the trial (the 102) and 33 in the treatment arm. So essentially you've prevented about 70% of the expected cases in the vaccinated group. In a (very) simplistic way that's how these trials work. The half-dose vs full-dose thing is on the basis of a sub-group analysis. I'd always treat such things with caution.
    3 points
  15. So many of these ‘speeding issue’ areas could be transformed with velocity controlled traffic lights as they have in Portugal. Kirk Michael is a good example. Two more crossings at each end of the village and convert the one by the shop. Approach at more than whatever the set limit is and they change to red. People soon modify their behaviours
    3 points
  16. Do you shovel cow shit on Howies farm?
    3 points
  17. It seems that government is waking up to the fact that EVs can not be towed following breakdowns. https://www.motoringresearch.com/car-news/transport-minister-astonished-hazard-electric-car-motorway-breakdowns/ Imagine the scenario, mid winter 2035 and snow brings the UK to a halt. Thousands of cars stuck on motorways with their heating, radio and lights on. Batteries fade away and the cars grind to a halt. How will they clear the road and rescue all those people? Scenario 2, having been searching for a charging point, your car runs out of charge on a 'smart motorway' and grinds to a halt. It's not worth thinking of the consequences. More and more it seems that hybrid or hydrogen are the only viable options!
    2 points
  18. I was not convinced bt Mr Baker's performance on the radio He said the foundations were rotten and needed to be replaced. I saw no evidence of that. In fact I even heard a story that workers were complaining that they were too solid and hard to excavate, now replaced with lower standard hardcore. He also emphasised the problem of services being difficult to replace. This does not ring true, of course old victorian pipes and drains and things need replacing. This happens all over the world on all big engineering projects. Competent contractors do that stuff all the time. A project like this should be planned with precision before even starting.
    2 points
  19. I wonder if they would somehow find a way to fix potholes quicker if someone went round spraying a penis shape over each one with brightly coloured paint like I once saw in Ireland?
    2 points
  20. Don't bet on it. According to the Beaman's Report: Second, headteachers will be accountable to the board of Manx Education through their governing boards for both personal performance and the performance of their schools. We would also expect that the accountability of the role is set out formally so there are no misunderstandings as to where accountability begins and ends. Similarly, we would expect performance expectations to be clearly articulated. Third, the governing boards will be accountable to the board of Manx Education for ensuring they discharge their responsibilities. The board of Manx Education will moderate all performance assessments both school and personal. This could be done either by the main board or more likely by a board sub-committee. It looks like it will be the same situation of marking their own homework (actually worse because there is nominal outside assessment at the moment) but with the added attraction of lots more jobs for mates.
    2 points
  21. I never had the box unfortunately, does he want to buy mine back do you think?
    2 points
  22. According to the Facebook post it's actually 10 - 1 in hospital, 9 in the community. Presumably two have recovered over the weekend. At least you would have hoped they have 'recovered', I don't know if they are being tested to see if they are Covid-free (as it happens Guernsey do) or they are still using the guesswork assessment of 14 day since the first symptom appeared. Unfortunately, especially if people also have other ailments (say a cold) and delayed in seeking a test, it may not be accurate and they might not really be free of infection because they actually caught after they thought they did. Whether we're getting more because there was a rush of people coming back before last Thursday to beat the household isolation deadline is a question. Of course giving a week's notice encouraged that and led to the possibility of (at best) more clusters. But policy seems to be decided more on what is convenient for people's mates rather than what is inconvenient for the virus.
    2 points
  23. I wanna go to testin' Howie said No, No, No .... Yes I've been slack but when I come back You'll know, know, know I ain't got the time And my Ashy thinks I'm fine I wanna go to testin' But I can't go, go, go
    2 points
  24. Which is all very well if we are using a similar type of technology tested over time like the flu vaccine, for example, but this vaccine is using new technology to turn the bodies cells into viral protein-making factories. It's still experimental across large groups of society. Anyway, I'm not necessarily against this vaccine I was just speaking from the perspective that as a new father, I wouldn't have wanted my wife to take part in this live experiment, just yet. I'm not ideologically opposed to anything, apart from racists and women from Peel. As I said, the stupid comment was, err, stupid.
    2 points
  25. Well if vaccine roll out is starting next month across Europe there will be demand starting in new year but not for Isle of Man if Howie keeps us hidden like brigadoon!!
    2 points
  26. Only if they are wearing a kilt.
    2 points
  27. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery Chris.
    2 points
  28. Not at all, but it explains why he would be persuaded to become involved, as a way of getting revenge for his own problems. Yes, very strange.
    2 points
  29. I wouldn’t usually comment on things like this but AF didn’t just plaster things on fb, he sent anonymous messages to the men’s work, family and friends. For over a year. These men werent the only people he has done this to, I am led to believe it was double figures the people who had complaints in against him with the police but harassment is a hard charge to stick, as I’m sure anyone with knowledge of these things could confirm and these are the only charges that could be held against him. I don’t know if what he has said is correct or not, I do know he has ruined multiple peoples lives, many of whom he has had arguments with, through messages to friends, family and workplaces making very big false accusations. My personal view is that he probably does have some mental health issues and if you upset him he is willing to tarnish your reputation in the worst way and the internet has given him the avenue to do this.
    2 points
  30. It's worth saying that they have made things more difficult for themselves by introducing the exercise hour for those isolating. At first it looks reasonable - according to Quayle's statement[1]: One final point worth mentioning, is on the topic of exercise for households isolating because of a traveller, but which are free of the virus. So long as no one is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and has not tested positive for the virus, the traveller and other members of the household can exercise outdoors for up to one hour each day, but you must wear a face covering, you must physically distance yourself from other people and you must exercise alone or only with members of your own household. But of course it now means that any isolatee found out and about can just point to their mask and claim they're on their statutory hour. Unless you expect the police to monitor all returnees and anyone in their household 24/7, there's no way in which isolation can now be enforced. Of course most people will behave responsibly, but it can't be proved someone is breaking the rules. I suspect what has happened here is the usual. Someone recently described Boris Johnson as a cushion which always bore the marks of whoever had sat on him last, and his Mini-Me is the same. Some mate no doubt complained about not being able to get out for a bit a fresh air when isolating, and they ended up making the system unenforceable because they didn't think things through. [1] Though why (as we all have been regularly pointing out for nine months) it should be Quayle to make these announcements is a mystery. Especially now they have discovered they have a Director of Public Health who has to sit there hoping to get a word in after the Dynamic Duo have finally finished speaking.
    2 points
  31. Was he doing what he was doing to bring attention to himself or the 'victims'?
    2 points
  32. He’s been “sent to his room”, permanently.
    2 points
  33. I’m having some mental health issues with the news reader at the moment. How can someone come so far in live news reading and not know that after a decimal point you read out each figure? 1.13 is 1 . 1 3. Not 1.thirteen. I think my head will explode if he ever has to read ‘thirteen thirsty ferrets have 13.13 thousand followers on Facebook’. Please God, can we have the girl back who’s lips couldn’t keep up with the rest of her mouth.
    2 points
  34. I think she is enjoying the adulation and 5 minutes of fame to care much about others. Next she will suddenly stand for election as the people’s saviour. Bitches gonna bitch. There are thousands of hard working front line staff who are in the front line army who saved lives this year, imagine if they all stood up to claim their job importance! Whether a nurse, bin man, shop server or science worker like Gobby Glover , they are all equal-in service.
    1 point
  35. I know where you’re coming from. Rachel knows my views about her getting involved in the bitching. I have great respect for her, but still think she should not get involved in what is on a par with the Facebook shite.
    1 point
  36. LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1985 Port St Mary Commissioners have submitted a Petition seeking approval of the Department of Infrastructure:- · Under Section 25 of the Local Government Act 1985 to sell Manxonia House, Bay View Road, Port St Mary for the sum of £227,500. Further information regarding the sale is available from the Commissioner’s Office, The Promenade, Port St Mary, IM9 5DA or on www.portstmary.gov.im The Petition will be considered by the Department of Infrastructure and any views on the proposal should be submitted to the Petitions’ Officer, Local Government Unit, Strategy Policy and Performance Division, Department of Infrastructure, Sea Terminal Building, Douglas, IM1 2FR no later than noon on Friday 4th December 2020. Dated this day 20th November 2020. Hayley Fargher Clerk to the Commissioners Below is a statement from the potential purchasers: http://www.portstmary.gov.im/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Potential-purchasers-statement-1.jpg
    1 point
  37. I realise I am way out of my depth here, but assuming the placebo was a meningitis vaccine, how can they be so sure there wasn't some sort of reaction to that which left those taking it more susceptible to covid?
    1 point
  38. The placebo group got to wear red outfits...the actual vaccination group green...and they all got beamed to the planet Zorg.
    1 point
  39. Very many years ago, when I lived in the real world, I met Sir Clive Sinclair at an event, after his C5 electric midget car failure. I asked him how, given the benefit of that disappointing experience, he saw the future of car propulsion. He predicted a return to electricity, but that eventually hydrogen would win in the end. He then came up with the folding bike!
    1 point
  40. Its a joint responsibility of the MUA and DOI which probably means each will leave it to the other and the blame will be passed too.
    1 point
  41. Test, Test, Test .... Howie: No, No, No ....
    1 point
  42. We were referring to pregnant women. As far as I am aware there were no pregnant women in any of the trials so no-one knows the effect of this new kind of vaccine on foetuses. Mrs Lxxx, who was pregnant last year, is quite insistent on this fact. Of course if someone wants to take that chance then that is of course their decision. Maybe it was ill judged of me to call them stupid but it would be wise to omit our most physiologically vulnerable in the first wave. I also don't personally think I am a 'bit of an anti-vaxxer' at all. It would be silly to be anti anything if it is safe and effective. It would be prudent though to see if it satisfies both those criteria over the medium term before we hail it when it isn't even out to market.
    1 point
  43. So those who choose to have the vaccine gain immunity, and anti-vaxers can catch the disease, continuing natural selection
    1 point
  44. I thought the Poles went home when their economy picked up and the exchange rate went the wrong way.
    1 point
  45. Suspect not. People transiting are mainly locals and the VC notices “luces controllada per radar” signs went.
    1 point
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  47. It was intended more as an ironic reflection that two wrongs don’t make a right, rather than expressly humorous. Although there has always been, and always will be, a place in this world for tasteless humour.
    1 point
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  49. I can't help but feel you're a little easily touched by the topic. If an employee of mine sent me a letter to my home address (not that they would) saying they didn't think I gave them the right level of credit for the work they do, I'd be recording that. Just saying.
    1 point
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