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  1. Early this afternoon I was driving from Sulby to Ramsey. At Glen Duff I happened upon the No 5 bus heading towards Peel, it was crawling along at @ 15mph, stuck behind two cyclists riding two abreast towards Sulby and it was clearly unable to pass them safely because of this situation. This must have been the case for some time as there was a considerable build up of at least 8 vehicles behind the bus, all reduced to the same crawl. Said cyclists were clearly oblivious to the situation they were causing (or were wilfully ignoring it, as it's difficult not to know when there's a Citaro sitting right behind you in such circumstances), this is the sort of conduct that thoroughly pisses other taxpaying road users off, including those who had paid their bus fares to be transported to an advertised schedule. Cyclists now have a law obliging motorists to give them adequate clearance during passing manoeuvres and that is reasonable. It's also high time that cyclists were obliged to fit rear view mirror(s) and were legally obliged to move over to allow faster traffic of whatever nature to pass them safely. This attitude of entitlement regardless of all others needs to be addressed.
    8 points
  2. The prime focus should be on bringing the airport to a technical standard that matches the capability of the aircraft and crews to land. Everything else is just dressing.
    7 points
  3. The decision altitude element of the minima was not changed by the demolition of the gantry - it remains at 200 feet above the runway threshold. Because the gantry lighting is no longer there, the approach lighting is now officially classed as basic, whereas previously it was intermediate. The required RVR (runway visual range) increased as a result, it went from 700 metres to 1000 metres because the approach lighting that was on the gantry is no longer there. A Cat 1 approach at an airfield with full lighting allows for landings in 550 metres RVR. Cat 2 landings allow for a decision height of 100 feet and an RVR of 300 metres. Ronaldsway does not have any capacity to determine RVR (runway visual range). It used to be the case that a fireman would stand atop a fire engine and count the number of lights he could see along the runway. Despite it sounding very rudimentary, this method is legit for the purpose. However, a few years back, the firemen were told they were no longer allowed to do this though, as it was deemed unsafe. Now we rely on the weather observer in the terminal building to asses the visibility by looking out of the window. His observation is passed to the tower, who relay it to the pilots who then convert it into an equivalent RVR using a regulated formula. Proper airports have equipment called transmissiometers along the runway which accurately determine the RVR and record/report is constantly. With Cat 2 landings, you actually need less approach lights than for Cat 1 - it seems strange, but if you think about it, because you are making a decision to land at 100 feet above the runway rather than 200 feet, you are much closer to touchdown - you don't need to see the lights that are behind you after all! On a standard 3 degree glideslope, you travel 1/3 of a mile for every 100 feet you descend. So, on a Cat 2 ILS your decision height is 1/3 mile closer to the runway than it would be for Cat 1. Someone needs to grab the bull by the horns and spend money on upgrading the infrastructure at the airport to allow planes to land in low visibility conditions. Hopefully the new airport management will understand what is needed, because the airport is there to provide a vital link to the outside world, we should do everything we can to make that link more insulated from the vagaries of the weather.
    6 points
  4. That has to be the biggest load of bollocks I have read for a while, written by someone who must have the same cycle mindset as the idiots blocking the road. Time and time again I come across cyclists riding two breast along the country roads up north who are oblivious to the traffic behind them or couldn't care less about it; riding two-abreast on blind corners and on roads where it would be impossible to overtake them whilst giving safe clearance. They have an arrogant and pious attitude and the belief that motorists, rather than themselves are responsible for their safety. Every road user needs to be respectful of other road users; something that is often sadly lacking as soon as the lycra and pushbike helmet is put on.
    5 points
  5. A couple of years back, NATS (National Air Traffic Services) were asked to report on what was the best that could be achieved so far as landing minima was concerned using the current facilities. The answer was as expected, nothing better than you have at the moment. The question was not asked about what was needed to allow for Cat 2. Meanwhile, grandiose plans were being drawn up to effectively knock down the terminal and re build it into a retail complex that incidentally handled aeroplanes. A completely arse about face way of considering what the point of the airport is.
    5 points
  6. I cannot carry anything heavy anymore, okay people in shops at giving a hand to load up but when I get home it is a challenge so I use Pets at Home delivery which is free over a certain amount and comes within three or four days they even carry it into the house for me. As we get older it is easier to get items delivered. I remember when I was a child everything used to get delivered the farmer came around with veg and eggs, the butcher, grocer, milkman and baker delivered and the paperboy and a fellow pushing a cart flogging fish. My mother used to leave the money in the porch for the bread man never went missing.
    4 points
  7. There should be a single person occupancy allowance.
    4 points
  8. Ronaldsway will never be like other airports with long dwell times for holiday flights combined with huge commercial shopping complexes. It is an essential island transport hub and should be operated as such. We must accept that ultra-cheap fares and frequency of service are not mutually compatible, realistically we need to find an airline or airlines that will provide a compromise. Twenty five years ago, with the demise of Manx Airlines, I was suggesting just such an option, with return fares of circa £200 and I still feel the same approach is necessary to give us what we need. EasyJet would probably not provide a guarantee of an assured service in the future, much as though I utilise and enjoy their present offerings. There are no easy solutions, let us hope that the new management recognises the needs of the island and focuses on the apparently neglected core issues.
    4 points
  9. But that is what happens when you appoint dreamers, bullshitters and reality TV stars, instead of an aviation professional !
    4 points
  10. That incompetent, arrogant and reckless woman, Reynolds, and her ex-CiC Nick Black, need to be dragged out of their comfortable retirements and asked to explain to Tynwald, a Scrutiny Committee, the CAA, or whoever, how and why they allowed all this to happen, and the AG's Office should be tasked with finding ways to recover, or reduce their pension. It's simply not enough to trot out the old 'lessons have been learned' crap. "The Isle of Man where you can (get away with anything)"
    4 points
  11. The Isle of Man. Nowhere to go. And all day to get there....
    4 points
  12. I and a couple of others recently posted on the Rates thread re. sewage and water charges components of Rates.....going on those figures an "average" of say, £600 for those charges multiplied by 35k properties equates to £21M being sucked out of what would have been disposable income spent in the local economy annually; sucked into the black hole of Govt finances and its debts. Annually. Bear in mind that's just a theoretical figure - It may well be more, a lot more. Plus everything else we pay to Govt. And we wonder why we're skint?
    4 points
  13. I know this and avail myself of this service, they are great.
    3 points
  14. Wow, you were lucky to make it home alive. It must have been like gridlock out there. Crazy.
    3 points
  15. I know of a property ,Onchan, Rates=£2957.86 ( Gov £1,739.94 , LA £1,217.92) occupied by 2 individuals . Why not be honest and call it a "Property Tax" . just saying
    3 points
  16. 100% Correct. Before any more money is spent on vanity projects, the airport's infrastructure should be improved to allow planes to land in low visibility conditions.
    3 points
  17. Minima were better before they demolished the lighting gantry, as usual they never consulted anyone who actually flies about making approaches before the runway was extended. I'm not sure about rvr though.
    3 points
  18. This was purely down to fog and to Shamblesway International not being properly equipped for it, despite Sonja Sunshine pissing away millions on it.
    3 points
  19. you would have thought after receiving £3million from the taxpayer , someone might have bought some wood filler and paint and started to make the Sefton a bit more presentable , if thats our flagship hotel in our best prime location , then first impressions say it all , What a Sh1t hole , its a disgrace ,
    3 points
  20. 3 points
  21. Bastards! They charge me every month for this. How are you getting it free?
    2 points
  22. I think I'd have terminated this fucker's journey right there...
    2 points
  23. Protect the authority? The MUA is owned by the taxpayer - it's not a living entity or a private institution. They're certainly behaving like the latter
    2 points
  24. I think it is. Absolute madness. It doesn’t go anywhere and is only about 100m long! Whats the point?
    2 points
  25. Luxury! Since 9am on Thursday 7/4 I’ve been on call for 149 hours (and counting - don’t finish for another 43). Wright & Wright - making a mockery of working time regulations. Tell this to the kids of today and they don’t believe you etc.
    2 points
  26. Pulrose bridge really is something else. What on earth were they thinking when they came us with the road layout?
    2 points
  27. The issue is that - in it's actions - the MUA wasn't necessarily looking after the best interests of the hard pressed Manx consumer
    2 points
  28. This is the problem the 'core' function of the airport wasn't sexy enough for the imbeciles who were in charge !
    2 points
  29. sts as the reason and after getting a few quotes recently I can see why, it was a minimum of an additional £1.50 charge to post here. Always having supported local retailers l recently had to switch to buy online, the item l have regularly purchased locally for last 4 months has gone up 3 times to £16.00 for one pkt we use up to three pkts a week now. My daughter visited a month ago and she started a bulk order for me, same thing costing just over £8 a pack including postage. Its easy to do and they always arrive within 3 to 5days. If l could have bought a bulk order locally at a more reasonable price I most certainly would have done.
    2 points
  30. I know this is a thread hijack, of sorts. But at 7pm I came off my on call duty. In the last week, 168 hours, since 7pm on Friday 8/4 I’ve been on call for 120 hours. I’ve spent over 30 hours actually at various police stations advising detained persons. The police have been unfailingly courteous. Treated me and the detained persons with respect and we’ve all moved the investigative process and interviews on swiftly and thoroughly. Even the detained persons have been OK this week. Listened to advice. Feeling of achievement. Yes, still things wrong. Still delays caused by overtime ban and staff shortages and issues caused by non working equipment.
    2 points
  31. Everyone seems to be in so much of a rush to get everywhere nowadays. The difference between 50 and 70 mph makes very little difference on the island as you're extremely likely to get behind a bus/HGV and then probably sat at traffic lights when you get to town. Only yesterday some dickhead in an air conditioning maintenance van overtook through Santon at probably 80/90 only to be caught up by the Santon Motel. Followed all the way to Fishers Hill where he then overtook 3 cars and a motor home approaching the bend at the bottom. We arrived in Port Erin at the same time. QED. I have an advanced driving qualification and am all for making good progress, but over here there's little point really.
    2 points
  32. This is one of the very things we’ve had to cut back on, even places that we regarded as cheap/reasonable seem to have put their prices up by quite a margin, I won’t mention the place as I’ve no interest in tarnishing their reputation but we went to a takeaway outlet on the sea front and it was just shy of £20 for lunch and it wasn’t even that nice, we just can’t justify spending that, so that will be the last for awhile.
    2 points
  33. I may be missing something here but could you point out amongst all that guff the bit that shows we're awash with cash?
    2 points
  34. Saying it's "everything that's wrong with our justice system" is over-egging it a bit I think. The guy's a despicable terrorist/murderer and if it were up to me he'd just be eliminated. Permanently. I suspect he'll get life without parole when he's sentenced on Wednesday. Whether he stands up or not to hear his fate is not really that important, and his 'religious reasons' for not doing so are pure bullshit that everyone can smell.
    2 points
  35. That is the strap line tourism have been searching for It is arbitrary bollocks, looking at the issue from the wrong end of the telescope. there is, by comparison,nothing to prevent you taking a horse up there. Or walking along the carriageway. Both arguably as dangerous, but it is of course not where the danger lies. this is a state- sanctioned fairground ride. Nothing else.
    1 point
  36. Let me just say 1. I am not defending those who do not take reasonable steps to protect themselves by not making themselves visible. 2. The loonies are not car drivers but the people who drive and ride over the mountain in the mistaken belief that its a racetrack. 3. I am talking about the law made to ban cyclists for 2 weeks from cycling on the public road. They are not the danger in that situation. I was saying I would support any protest against that injustice.
    1 point
  37. Your last line is exactly why I'm confused.😎 I'm confused as to why they would a/ break the law. b/ put themselves and others at risk. I'm agreeing with your comments !
    1 point
  38. i doubt we had planners , and i doubt who ever did the scribbling could envision anything.
    1 point
  39. I'm not sure there's any more risk of being crushed to death on the mountain compared to any other unrestricted or even 50+ road. In my experience there's scant regard for any other road user from a lot of motorists who feel it's their divine right to be on the road alone.
    1 point
  40. Online off-Island shopping is decimating local retail on the Island, everything from clothes through food, bog roll, pet food and car parts. Everybody says just buy local to support local retailers but there's more to it than that. Online is evolution in pricing, convenience and efficiency and it's something that we're all coerced into by modern lifestyle, like it or not. We're expected to be ever more efficient ourselves in employment and such and we then expect the same in what we go about in our own lives including shopping and choice. Island online shopping got instilled and ingrained particularly during lockdowns and it's only increased since then. Unfortunately evolution condemns some species to extinction and a lot of local retail is sadly heading that way.
    1 point
  41. Where on earth does a mark-up come into it? You do realise you can resell at cost. Which is precisely what the MUA do for MG. MG want gas, MUA buy it for them, MG pay for it in arrears. What the MUA didn't want to do was enter into a hedging agreement and then have MG fail to pay them for it. Jo Cox said this was the issue. The MUA have said this was the issue. I'm not sure why you're so determined to argue otherwise. But I'll leave you to it if you're so determined to argue the MUA should enter into a £10m agreement without knowing for certain that they'll get paid for it. The MUA wanted evidence before extending a credit line. MG couldn’t/wouldn't/didn't provide it. So it's all on MG.
    1 point
  42. Went over the mountain about lunchtime today . Very foggy. Cyclists prohibited sign just before the hairpin. Yet what do you see at Guthries? Yes you’ve guessed it - a couple of twatty cyclists huffing and puffing their way uphill. Wankers
    1 point
  43. "Antics" is also an opinion. I asked for evidence and got none. Bizarre, when you think that the Brits are often referred to as a mongrel nation.
    1 point
  44. The purpose of a 20mph limit is to move average speeds to nearer 30 than if a 30mph limit was set. It does actually work. Due to where they are, most 20 limits are technically unenforceable in any case. If people are doing 30 instead of 35 to 40, then it is working. If that is nodded in my direction then you've got it wrong by a country mile. I love motorcycle racing, and once they had started to get a proper grip of safety on Manx Road racing, I did even more. What I am against is an approach to road safety that for 'cultural' reasons ignores a key element of the Island's own road safety strategy - Safer Speeds. It sends out an obfuscated message and fundamentally undermines the rest of the adopted Safe System approach to reducing casualties on the roads. As I've continually banged on about, there needs to be a proper grown-up debate about where the Island is going with all this. In the last week of May, the one way signs will go up, and for 2 weeks the funfair ride will operate. A ride so dangerous that some modes of transport are legally barred from the route, but not the ones that are most likely to come to grief. A ride which carries such high risk that from 8 in the morning until dusk, five police cars and crews are stationed at the Hairpin to be able to put in place a set piece response to the fully foreseeable collision. That 'set piece', involving a full route closure is so designed because it is too dangerous for responders to attend the scene on open roads. That's what I have trouble reconciling. Hope I've cleared that up? Likelihood is that I'd have achieved higher rank if I'd have stayed put. There was only one driver of our move in 1998 - quality of life. That was pretty much achieved until the steady decline of standards gathered pace, slowly at first from 2008, but with gusto from 2015. There are many reasons I'd move back in a heartbeat. But then you look from the outside in. The UK has at least some excuses for being as screwed up as it is. That doesn't prevail on the Island, where the simplest of issues are simple to resolve but end up being complicated beyond comprehension.
    1 point
  45. This. I am shy but performed in a band - people assumed I was lying about being shy. But nope - just good at compartmentalising. Wasn’t really me while performing - became me again when I came off stage. Even I thought it was weird!
    1 point
  46. I never sought it out, but I accept that it’s inevitable so you’ll hear no complaints from me. There’s pros and cons.
    1 point
  47. Whoa! I proposed it first http://www.manxforums.com/forums/index.php...st&p=313438 God damn moderators, ganging up, ruling with your wieldy sticks - waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
    1 point
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