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  1. Its touching to see such genuine concern for others from yourself and the banker nom
    5 points
  2. If we had a public sector that cut its cloth accordingly, and a government that had more realistic ambitions, I would tend to agree.
    5 points
  3. Any news on the Cornish variant? will it be the better one?
    4 points
  4. There's a boat in the morning. Do us all a favour and do one, on it
    3 points
  5. I guess people are unhappy that more will die or live in pain from other ailments remaining untreated than will die from Pandemic. Also the former groups will probably younger ages than the latter.
    3 points
  6. This is correct and has been said on here (by me and others) before, that vaccine developers cannot possibly test the application rates at every interval. If they did they would still be testing them now. That's why I don't get our dogmatic approach. Yes aim for 3 weeks but stop worrying if 3 becomes 4 or 5 or 6 due to supply restriction. It doesn't matter a ****. Might turn out 4 or 5 or 6 (or more) was the best anyway. All programmes, be they building or vaccination, run better if you take some risk and don't rigidly apply/constrain dates and times. Any constraint will slow a progr
    3 points
  7. The Howie Show told us we’d have a new promenade by now & our children would be riding flumes. The Howie Show chats a lot of wham.
    3 points
  8. I think I’d like some of the MHKs to be Manx but I don’t consider it a requirement. What I do consider a requirement for a Manx candidate( or any other)is that they have been off Island and working in a professional field and/or gained life experience in a big corporate, public service (teacher, nurse, military) - both would be ideal . I want broad experience leading to good judgement from my MHK.
    3 points
  9. So we acknowledge that young people are leaving the island. That has to be opportunity and adventure led. Unfortunately I don't think the Island will ever be able to reverse that trend. It will only ever have limited appeal in terms of entertainment and jobs. The best alternative would be to push the family friendly aspects of the Island so you can get your lost young people back that way when they are older and others to boot. This place being a safe place to raise children was a decisive factor in my own emigration here. It certainly wssn't the weather, nightlife or welcoming smil
    3 points
  10. A population of 100k would be easily sustainable. But we tried for over15 years to get any meaningful importation of Jobs and people. The strategy didn’t work. We couldn’t even bribe companies with a £50m chunk of cash. If anything, post pandemic may well be harder. Companies are going to be wanting to be on the logistics and supply routes that make things easy, and families are going to think twice about the impact and implications of isolation. The IOM Government will have to redouble their efforts to make this work.
    3 points
  11. Young people have always left the Isle of Man to some degree. There's a big wide world out there. It shouldn't surprise anyone people want to live and work in other parts of it.
    3 points
  12. You'd have to be really dumb to live in a place which you think is a "shithole". Given that you've only got one life and can live anywhere you want on the planet.
    2 points
  13. Great stuff. Welcome to MF, enjoy IOM.
    2 points
  14. Welcome I hope you enjoy it
    2 points
  15. However, it's not the same virus as day one. The variants that have become prevalent are to take an advantage of our weaknesses, including your own. What if a variant were to be fatal to the 'Under 10s'? Would you still say, ''Keep them at home''? So that you can go to the Pub! Suppose that your generation were to become highly susceptible, you going to stay home while we 'Oldies' go out to enjoy ourselves? We really are 'all in this together' and that includes the rest of the World many of whom do not have our advantages!
    2 points
  16. Literally, who gives a flying duck about the UK or Jersey or anywhere else actually? The government here have simply chosen to follow what the manufacturer says. Which is what we tend to do with things every day in medicine. So what if we are three weeks behind.? Three weeks behind in the race to go absolutely nowhere. It looks to me like we've set up decent vaccination centres and protocols because this isn't a two minute job. This obsession with what others are doing is bizarre.
    2 points
  17. You're not alone I'm not and never have been in the least bit frightened and I'm no spring chicken!
    2 points
  18. Called it as I’ve seen it from Day One. There had to have been a way to protect & shield the vulnerable whilst those at minimal risk of developing life threatening symptoms (the overriding majority) were allowed to continue with normal life. Even now, knowing what they know, they are still locking millions of people away who should be contributing to keeping the economy alive. Poor lifestyle choices & obesity have contributed massively to the mortality rate also - that can’t be disputed. Many thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions perhaps, over the course of the las
    2 points
  19. Quote: "Mr Black said in the long term, the new tracks may be used by modern trams as part of a possible light rail system running from Birch Hill to Farmhill." Also in the same article: "Mr Black said the DoI was looking at the idea of a ’green tramway’ for this southern section of the line, with the tracks laid on sleepers in ballast rather than in concrete, to allow plants to grow." I think that the horses may have a bit of difficulty getting traction in loose ballast. But the horse manure mixed in the ballast will be good for growing roses.
    2 points
  20. Fishplates tend to potentially need more maintenance and need to be electrically bonded for a return path for the electric current (if they are going to be used for electric trams that is). The fishplates they have fitted are bonded so you can read into that what you wish. Surrounding the whole lot with coloured concrete does not seem a stunning idea though. However, the old track was all fishplated joints and I cannot recall the road ever being dug up to do maintenance on the joints as horse cars are not heavy nor is the amount of rail traffic on them and the joints looked good when ripp
    2 points
  21. Jesus Christ Superspreader? Bats? The Pangolin of the Opera?
    2 points
  22. There's nothing special about peer review. A journal such as the Lancet will have a bank of people who act as reviewers for articles (I've done it myself - not for the Lancet, admittedly) and usually ask 3 to blindly review submissions for publication. By blindly I mean without sight of the authors or the institution that produced the work. For something such as a covid vaccine paper that is so high profile it will be obvious to anyone in the field where the paper's come from so the blinding aspect is not really relevant. If the 3 reviewers, or maybe 2/3, recommend publication it's in. Th
    2 points
  23. We're north of Watford.
    2 points
  24. You clearly don’t understand sub judice
    2 points
  25. Typically, the mods here are very good at pointing out when cases can't be talked about in public. There isn't currently a case.
    2 points
  26. Either this is sarcasm or we have differing opinions on what "a good idea" is!
    2 points
  27. Hear hear. I do see much more challenge at present in HOK and Tynwald but some of it is clear electioneering and some questions are stupid.
    2 points
  28. I'll stick with nonsense
    2 points
  29. There is a definite bias in favour of the old on the IOM. MHKs govern on the promise that 'we won't change anything dearie....vote for me'. If you have young children, you're safe in the knowledge that little or no serious action will be taken against paedophiles who may target them. Then, when you have teenagers, if they want to smoke a bit of pot, they will be banged up in jail for it, whereas on the adjacent isle, a blind eye may well be turned. A lot of rental accommodation is substandard, some landlords are actively against measures to improve. Why? This impacts younger p
    2 points
  30. It was always around 60 000 whilst I was growing up and it was around 30 000 for most of the entirety of our history. You can't have infinite growth in a finite area. without loosing the ability of feeding yourselves etc. eventually. A larger population is a more expensive population. More hospital space, police, doctors, waste management, more jobs needed, more power needed to be generated.
    2 points
  31. Personally I think we could easily sustain a population of 100k to 125k with more infrastructure. Jersey has 125k on a much smaller island & Guernsey 64k on very small island. We need younger people here & for that we need more varied jobs, more nightlife etc which will help retain them & contribute to economy . The way it’s going in a few years we’ll have hardly anyone working & everyone expecting pensions, hospital, free opticians etc to continue
    2 points
  32. Brighton and Sussex University Hospital has begun to adopt the phrase 'chestfeeding' in preference to breastfeeding! It has also started using the phrase 'Secondary Parent' or Co-Parent to replace the term 'father,' all in the cause of being more inclusive! I'm certain a lot of fathers will be a tad put out to find that their position has been downgraded, and that they now have to chestfeed their child! Please don't let this lunacy find its way to the island, at least until I'm gone! ETA: The new terms will be used by the midwifery team for those who identify differently to 'c
    1 point
  33. The manufacturer hasn't really said that though.
    1 point
  34. I haven’t heard about October as being the potential full opening date. Are you able to share the source? I am hearing a lot earlier if UK eases its restrictions.
    1 point
  35. Thing is that Jersey and Guernsey are much nicer places to live. Both have better weather , nicer pubs and restaurants and are just generally better. But , and it’s a big but , both are like here in that they are ditch water Dutch dull to live in. It just happens that here is the shittiest crown dependency lifestyle wise unless you like biking and walking. Really you have a truck load of money , and you’re going to live in this shithole. Not going to happen.
    1 point
  36. But we don’t need to attract wealthy individuals or retirees, what we need is younger families to come here but for that we need jobs, affordable housing & childcare, nightlife etc If we got rid of Skelly & department who haven’t brought many jobs in we’d have £m to subside housing for younger families
    1 point
  37. Yes I dont see it either . But its the new process they were doing so who knows but only passing on what I was told .
    1 point
  38. Great data from Jersey, into 65 years old now. If we weren’t following this 3 weeks idea we would be much further advanced https://www.channel103.com/news/jersey-news/watch-jersey-exceeds-20000-vaccine-doses/
    1 point
  39. Manx solutions 😀 we’re the only ones in UK including Channel Islands continuing with this 3 weeks intervals when it appears better immunity from 6-12 weeks
    1 point
  40. I think Derek that the island has access to lots of money, but waste has gone on and that is the politicians. They all like a building with their name in the foyer or on a brick near the gate. That should stop. As for population size, the new Hospital was built to accommodate an estimated 85,000 on the island. I remember the bi=g conference in the Villa when they were looking into all these issues around 1999. @Blackajah. Some good points there. The minimum standards for property to let needs an urgent review, and second home ownership for Manx residents needs to recognise the impact
    1 point
  41. I agree it’s declining but this is an issue with any small community. Go to the cities where all of the young people flock and you’ll find different issues - overcrowding, a buckling NHS, impossible housing market, very competitive job market. I know where I’d rather be. We sustain ourselves far better over here and I think in the not so distant future we may see a reversal.
    1 point
  42. Good points re impact and isolation. 5 months since I saw my wife and daughters.
    1 point
  43. Hopefully someone will ask question tomorrow as maybe our population won’t be as well protected as we were told
    1 point
  44. Disagree...we don't need them...they're clamming up our systems (health/property)....and buying up young people properties. Which is why 18 to 30 year olds are leaving. This immigrant age group is a major problem. Plus they are also a major issue in the BTL (Buy to let) area depriving youngsters of homes. They need to be majorly discouraged and taxed hard.
    1 point
  45. I've never agreed with the "pyramid scheme" mentioned above of importing new taxpayers to pay for the current retirees or whatever. Not convinced that young people are such a great draw when compared to older people either. Not when you factor in their 2.4 children who need years of free education, health care, vaccinations, dentistry etc. Retired people have money and spend it. That's their tax contribution. And it is valuable. Every "young person" will probably start a family then also get old and retire. Whereas most retirees people won't be starting a family. "Old peo
    1 point
  46. Legal weed and a big dirty terrestrial casino.
    1 point
  47. Hardly ever dip in here anymore due to some peoples lack of concern or care for others situations. I did notice the huge reported increase in suicides during 2020 though (21 vs 6 in 2019) I wouldn’t mind betting that more of those people would have still been alive at the end of 2020 without COVID restrictions and travel restrictions than of the unfortunate 26 residents who were counted as COVID deaths.
    1 point
  48. I've said it many times but size of government should fit with the population size not the other was around!
    1 point
  49. That would be some plot twist. Phil Gawne in disguise as Columbo, sent to investigate a fire..... Mysterious graffiti on the wall FSFO..... Hmm...
    1 point
  50. Certainly not Corlett and Bolton. Far too slow and a rip off,by quite some margin.
    1 point
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