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  1. When assault became assault and not a squabble. A neighbour of mine died recently. (Former taxi-driver, nicknamed "crackers").The usual accolades and tributes appeared in the obituary. Oh what a man he sounded. But I know of him from his younger days. His standard weekend night out, with one or two of his mates, was picking someone out in the pub he didn't like the look of, preferably a totally innocent visitor, and battering shite out of them to show how hard he was. The police seemed to take this as a standard night out, just another drunken squabble. He was convicted a couple of times but that only added to his self-importance of being a hard man. That sort of behaviour needed, and still needs, stamping out.
    5 points
  2. And I think we have it about right. Compare our government with Wales, Scotland for example. I think they’ve taken a ballsy, but correct, decision to allow us to crack on with minimal interference. Good on ‘em.
    4 points
  3. I think we sometimes forget how lucky we are over here, compared to other places. Covid has definitely brought out the worst in governments and often also in people. I have some unvaccinated family members back in Germany and they can't use public transport or go to a hairdresser and many other places. It's a two class society and the atmosphere is toxic. Austria has done a full lockdown for the unvacced, Australia has built worrying KZ-style camps, Canada is going nuts and the list just goes on. Meanwhile, here we are, shopping at Tesco and sitting in the pub like almost nothing happened.
    4 points
  4. This incident was not a calculated risk though was it ? Of all the many risks the rider could envisage would not include coming face to face with a Marshall or Marshalls travelling towards you in a controlled 🙄 race setting. This is beyond inexcusable.
    4 points
  5. 3 points
  6. I don’t understand why, if riding the course the wrong way, when a race is not live, that rules of the road don’t apply. i.e. drive/ride on the left. If both returning riders and the car ‘racing to the scene’ stuck to that simple principle, this would never have happened.
    3 points
  7. That's fine. Provided that it becomes unacceptable for anyone to turn up anywhere with a sniffle. I've always been annoyed by people who take their colds to work/on a flight/to the supermarket etc.
    3 points
  8. It isn’t really a key tourist asset (we don’t have many tourists anyway). Although MNH might think that. And it is just a lease at the end of the day. To be honest as a business you’d make more money putting a Peel breakwater style kiosk in there selling hot food, bacon baps and coffee. It’s only government that’s tried to turn it into some sort of fine dining establishment in one of the most inaccessible spots in the IOM. This is why they will likely find a new tenant difficult to secure as between the rent and staffing requirements there won’t be much scope for profit running it like it is. And that’s assuming hospitality will be back to normal next year and it probably won’t be. My guess would be they’ve asked for a rent reduction to continue for the next 5 years under the extension and this is all part of a process to see if there’s anyone out there prepared to pay more then they’ve offered for the next 5 years.
    3 points
  9. That's nonsense. We only have control over who we can employ from those who are already legally in the UK. We have no say over whether people can be admitted to there. And the UK already has its own labour shortages. Edited to add: We can import people directly but have to do so under the same rules that the UK sets and under their control.
    3 points
  10. Much of the day-to-day ward and patient maintenance/care at Nobles wouldn't exist if it wasn't for our Philippine friends.
    3 points
  11. Omicron still causes hospitalizations and deaths. Less so than the delta, but omicron is far more contagious. There is still a worry it could overwhelm the NHS due to this, which has always been the main concern with covid. Some posters here and elsewhere seem to be under the impression it causes no more than the sniffles for everyone but that's not the case at all. Current UK data shows a 40% reduction in admissions from omicron, but that is still a lot of admissions, particularly if many more catch it at the same time.
    2 points
  12. The answer is simple. Charge for LFTs. People will no use them. If you are sick, get a PCR. At the moment, loads of people are probably looking for Wed to Fri off. It will all calm down when he schools are back.
    2 points
  13. I dunno. Does anyone in Douglas (or anywhere else for that matter) give any kind of a toss whether Douglas becomes a city or not? Except for Douglas councillors of course. I was outside the town hall the other week and there's a photograph of all of them on an announcement board outside. Massive hats! I wonder how many of them will be standing in the next general election? Not zero, you'll see! There are already manoeuvrings. Not least of all on MF.
    2 points
  14. i want to know why the bikes were coming back the 'wrong way' for want of a better term without a marshal escort as should have been the case. mercer should/ought to have known with his experience that there should have been a marshal escort.
    2 points
  15. He got lost in the bush. Never to be seen again.
    2 points
  16. Yes, I can see that, and perhaps that stakeholder interest will affect the rent to support the business and give it a better chance of success. Nevertheless, for the current incumbents, they have had 40% of their lease term subject to covid restrictions, on tourists, TT and full lockdown. You would just think that a pragmatic response would be to offer an extension with a full tender exercise later. There may be financial regulations which make that impossible, but if they are able to offer a lease with a renewal now, why can't they extend the current lease? Again, not one I would have a principled row about, but it does not seem a very unimaginitive approach. I am not sure that it is indicative of anything odd going on, just a lack of commerciality on the part of MNH.
    2 points
  17. That sounds like a cryptic crossword clue. It's supposed to, right?
    2 points
  18. I am not really in favour of the IoM submitting an application as we are quick to try and claim we are separate from the UK so it seems odd we would want to go crawling to the UK Government re this. It is the UK Government that vets the applications and makes the recommendations to the Queen. I would have thought the IoM should be able to apply to the Queen without any UK Government involvement. Why should a town in the Isle of Man, Falklands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar etc require the UK Governments approval before it can be called or declared a city. Surely that should be down to their Governments and their head of state.
    2 points
  19. I’d agree with that I think our government is 100% on the right track with its minimum interference approach.
    1 point
  20. If your kid had tested before going to about 4 parties, they would have maybe tested positive and not gone and spread it to others at those parties. That is the point of testing. I, and all my family and friends, are testing twice a week and before going out or visiting anyone. Most people seem to be not getting too ill with omicron but we don't know for sure yet. It's still early days. I don't know why that is so difficult to understand.
    1 point
  21. That’s probably right. We’ve had an unnecessary pain in the arse Xmas. One of our kids tested positive Xmas Eve so we had to arrange for half of our planned meal (Xmas & Boxing Day) to be doorstep delivered to their house as they hadn’t got any food in for Xmas as they were supposed to be staying with us. Three days in they still have absolutely no symptoms so likely they actually had Covid in the run up Xmas where they went to about 4 parties and works dos. So I’m not sure what testing is achieving really other then screwing people about and making Xmas a bit of a drag in isolation. If we hadn’t had some free LFT kits I honestly wouldn’t have bothered testing anyone as everyone was feeling 100% and had no symptoms at all.
    1 point
  22. Neither is there compelling enough data to suggest it does.
    1 point
  23. Their is not sufficient data yet to reach the conclusion that Omicron does not make people ill, are you an Epidemiologist now as well
    1 point
  24. FFS. You don't even live in the real world. Who said I was talking about me - although I have been in a situation where a few unpaid days would have tipped me over the edge. Can you not comprehend how it a big deal for some people to miss work and not be paid a days wage - wow.
    1 point
  25. If people keep their colds at home fewer people will end up with nasty colds. And fewer working days will be lost. If you take your cold to the workplace then everyone else gets it too.
    1 point
  26. I don't expect everyone else to have good manners, no. But anyone spreading their cold around is an oik.
    1 point
  27. Lol, it's a spoof Facebook page. He got me there!
    1 point
  28. 1 point
  29. Interesting video, our little Island gets a mention around 17 minutes in, Tim Spector, in the sum-up thinks we've got it right about isolation and testing. (Someone may've already posted it, can't be arsed going back over reams of subjective blather and brouhahahahaha 🤔)
    1 point
  30. We have to take a test when we arrive back on the Island from abroad. If we've got 800 cases currently, whats the point? Hopefully Boris will remove the need in the meantime, and we follow suit.
    1 point
  31. You should have gone to Tels. Cheaper than you might expect, especially if you do a bit of advance planning.
    1 point
  32. Brexit: The 'biggest disaster any government has ever negotiated'. This time from a cheesemaker. To go with the wine importer. I expect he'll be another Moaning Minnie who should get on to Tim Martin of Wetherspoons.
    1 point
  33. isn't Devon a South African ? or some sort of Johnny foreigner ,? must have a Manxie as first citizen ,
    1 point
  34. Are you fluent in spam? 😁
    1 point
  35. That’s one of the most informative posts that I’ve ever read on here. Thank you.
    1 point
  36. Yes , your right . Back in the 80's the doorstaff would for sure sort out any misdemeanors by giving the perps a good smack or three. Some handy lads worked on the doors back then who you wouldn't mess with but sadly lots did. They always came second .I witnessed many times the 'effective' removal of drunken abusive punters. Summerland Cave was a joy to behold if bar staff and getting grief . A quick nod to the always close bouncers and problem sorted .
    1 point
  37. I agree totally, I was really referring to instances such as, where some teenager has a few too many, gets kicked out and clumsily retallates. Doormen could usually brush these things off at one time, now they seem obliged to get the police involved, probably because they are concerned about being accused of assault?
    1 point
  38. Well not necessarily. The terms offered to future prospective tenants do not have to be the same as those which the present tenants signed up to. Maybe the relationship with the incumbent tenant has lead them to re evaluate things and decide that if all goes well with future tenancies then offering an extension option is the way to go. They could equally have decided , say , to now offer a seven year lease rather than the current five, for a variety of operational reasons. I am not sure it is indicative of something “odd” going on.
    1 point
  39. The Steve Mercer case is a scandal.
    1 point
  40. Those who supported it need to own it @CallMeCurious
    1 point
  41. Rising wages will not fix the shortage of people. The employable were already employed. It would be great to see the retirement age rise to help counter the people shortage - but only for those who voted in favour of fewer people.
    1 point
  42. Leave Laurence out of this..... 😂
    1 point
  43. The rebate is neither here nor there given Manx Gas have unilaterally decided to whack my direct debit up by £35/month without asking me. So much for Ms Cox's promises to communicate with her customers fairly and honestly. I'm fully expecting this announcement to be buttering us up before another price rise gets announced. The lube before yet another Manx Gas buggering.
    1 point
  44. Again, if you want to know the details go and ask Beach Buddies. Why do you think anyone on here would know the answer? And if you were supplied with one why would you believe it from an anonymous source? As Declan has said it is not unusual for clubs to give charities, particularly local ones, some promotion opportunities for free.
    1 point
  45. Don't get the saltiness myself. Where is the pride in getting behind a local side who are branching out into the wider world and giving a platform for the some of our talented youngsters to hopefully get noticed and move up the ladder? Who wants to be playing against the same people at the same level season after season, where's the excitement in that?
    1 point
  46. What do you mean 'normal football in England'? No doubt food and beer outlets will be improved once they can confirm demand, but signs are all promising.
    1 point
  47. Yes of course it is. But if you look at the fans forum(s) on the web of any club they as fans are interested in every aspect of the club. Transfers, injures, history, past players, rivals, the ground and particularly relevant here finances
    1 point
  48. I would rather the locals get behind FC Isle of Man and spend money with them than contribute to the obscene wage structures in the premier league. Even if Government decide to back them then it's no different to other sports that the government help out in. Manx Crabs doing what they do best.
    1 point
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