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  1. What I can tell you, is running a smaller business, we were often asked to quote for Government work, which we spent time doing. One of the larger players, who were friends of mine, knew who had the contract at the same time as we were putting effort into doing a full estimate. Their advice to me was, don't waste your time you are only being used as one of the quotes required ! I told them to get stuffed thereafter whenever asked to quote for Government !.
    8 points
  2. I've always found the ladies in the Welcome Centre very helpful and pleasant. Perhaps it would be easier if you just gave them another chance!
    5 points
  3. Short sectors with low cruise levels and frequent take offs and landings, cost an awful lot more in terms of fuel consumed and rotation limited maintenance items, hence from a pure accountancy point of view, the turboprops make much more sense. Had we not made so many mistakes in the past the service here could have been so much better, and I don't mean getting government involved in anything as they couldn't run a bath !
    5 points
  4. Really? Not to me it isn't. What a stupid acronym. It's not even a thing.
    5 points
  5. the standard of workmanship is disgraceful and the government should with hold payment if this is the best they can do, then , they should be removed from the government list of contractors,
    4 points
  6. When a big act comes over, I generally think of going because when you take into account the travel and cost, seeing a big name here is worth it. 1886 have some really big names, but really I can't justify the cost of seeing more than one or two. I don't know how visitors would view the cost. Top marks to them for trying and I hope they cover their costs.
    4 points
  7. Couldn't get on the bus?
    4 points
  8. The Mountain Road has been closed most of the afternoon and now will remain closed till after practicing tonight. It's only Monday and already the usual chaos and inconvenience. When's the damn thing over ?
    4 points
  9. you weren't quoting for the now old new radar at ronaldsway were you ? i heard a pub rumour that a few tenders for that job got lost.
    4 points
  10. the unobservant observer strikes again. 😁
    4 points
  11. Hopefully to include Longworth whose ego far outstrips his skillsets and his ability to stop himself interfering in matters he clearly knows little about. ETA. This will see the PAC investigating not one but two of the DOI's "flagship" projects, the other being the Liverpool Terminal debacle. It must be squeaky bum time in the Sea Terminal offices...
    4 points
  12. It was coined by the Fail Quayle during COVID.
    4 points
  13. Namely, one Jeffrey Robinson hopefully. Richmond Hill St Mark's Planter Fiasco That Bus Lane The tragic crossing at St Johns Oh, and Douglas Prom to name but a few The man is a walking disaster.
    4 points
  14. Stop being a dick. I’m one of the first to call them out if I don’t think they are supporting business. They could do a lot better than they are currently doing. They need to start thinking outside of the box. I have skin in the game and I suspect you don’t. I have suggested somethings they could maybe do better. Let’s see if they listen
    4 points
  15. You are now entering Austria?
    4 points
  16. 3 points
  17. 3 points
  18. One more time for the world!
    3 points
  19. It would be difficult to prove that a physical blacklist ever existed but it wouldn't surprise me in the least. There's no such thing as paranoia on the Island. If you think it, then it's probably true. There has certainly always been a systemic blacklist that disadvantages many local individuals and businesses in their dealings with Government, and a U.K. bias among senior execs in the Public Sector. We saw that with the Ranson Tribunal. The Island's traditional social structure has always ensured that social mobility is very limited on the Island. There's also a strong tradition of free-masonry, secrecy, cover-up, persecution, bullying, surveillance, and hounding of political subversives, leftists, trade unionists, whistleblowers and troublemakers. Roly Drower could've told you about that but he can't now. Then there's also the Manx crab culture that runs deep in the national psyche. How's that ?
    3 points
  20. can't fckn wait to do that
    3 points
  21. Why not. Surely anyone can manage their time and juggle 2 jobs. In my time I’ve had 3 at the same time and managed to juggle them all effectively. Outside the HOKs, Tynwald and department meetings they can manage their time and workload however they want. This is a silly comment.
    3 points
  22. Gary Thompson held no position in the IOM TTMA either and had no authority to sack a marshal , however the IOM TTMA retrospectively confirmed his decision. The new marshals association ( TTMA ltd) has 2members who had to be ratified by the IOM Gov along with all the directors. The memorandum and articles of a association stipulated that any person could be sacked without being given a reason and they had no right of appeal . Given the above I would venture to suggest that the CoC is effectively under the control of IOM gov/ the 'motorsport team'.
    3 points
  23. It's the Greater Manchester Police.
    3 points
  24. Well anyone continuing to use it in that context is as daft as he is.
    3 points
  25. I was up at the Creg yesterday evening. How anyone can think that they can drive straight on through there is baffling. The driver must literally be a moron. They should probably have their license cancelled for the rest of TT.
    3 points
  26. You’ve never been have you? If you would like an afternoon or evening out with some company let me know. Me and my mates are in there at least once a week for a civilised lunch and most weekends for football or F1. It is a great facility in town with something for most people from breakfast to nice lunches, good evening food, cracking Sunday roasts, a lively bar, cocktails upstairs, live music and DJ’s. There are also an army of well strained security staff and a state of the art CCTV system. You would know all that though or you obviously wouldn’t be passing comment? Unless it’s just nonsense you heard from a mate of a mate who has also never been
    2 points
  27. This happens every year, certainly for the past 25 years, people thinking "it isn't like last years TT". Things don't get really going until about Thursday although I would say this TT right now, seems busier than other years.
    2 points
  28. It shows how unreliable this service has become, when we're doing a running commentary on it's progress to the Island! 😏
    2 points
  29. Local bloke around 40 according to the guy who took this. He also claims there was a kid in th front with no booster and that the guy then complained he had to get to Ramsey.
    2 points
  30. Kids haven’t been taught imperial in school for decades. But a bunch of geriatrics want to bing back opal fruits, shillings and ha’pennies, and VHS tapes so they can feel young again.
    2 points
  31. Less accidents in 2020?! I wonder why……..
    2 points
  32. They've also left loads of bits of tarmac on the walkway because they haven't bothered to sweep up. It is amazingly bad.
    2 points
  33. All 3 of my kids used the bus for school and every single time I topped up their cards the system went into wank mode. It always took about 30 minutes for what should have been a 2 minute job. Typical GTS crap system.
    2 points
  34. Manx Care is well prepared to deal with any cases. People who contract Monkeypox on the Isle of Man could be sent to specialist hospitals in the UK for treatment. That's according to a consultant working in Genito-Urinary Medicine, at Noble’s Hospital. looks like Manx Care are very well prepared.
    2 points
  35. TT would be great if you had the 1886 stage, the Nunnery, Nobles, Villa Gardens and Hall, the Bottleneck all with bands, pay £200 for the fortnight get a wristband. And no bikes. Pre-TT in Castletown Square, Compton Vaults, the Pubs, the Pizza Place, Poulson Park. Or do it again in July but without the bikes. Well it was the gate to what would be called the backstage area if it was a festival. Where the oily men fiddle with big ends and carborettas.
    2 points
  36. I think prisoners are supposed to communicate with the outside world via payphones under controlled conditions. Presumably these phones will be programmed to permit free unsupervised calls to Crimestoppers at any time. Whether it could work in practice is another thing, but I don't think it's a big thing technically and no rectums need to be involved.
    2 points
  37. ?? I was referring to the anachronistic verbiage utilised in the court. Use modern language, to the point and meaningful. Might get more done that way, customs are all very well but not in a working chamber trying to modernise and update its workings and its image. It is trying to come to terms with the modern world and its needs and functions isn't it?
    2 points
  38. I've witnessed business changing contracts being pulled and never to be given again, because a departments direction has been questioned. I'd be inclined to believe the same goes for employment. Grudges run deep here
    2 points
  39. No it's not, it's Get Me Pot
    2 points
  40. This sort of thing might help...
    2 points
  41. The grocer obviously gave her some apostrophe advice too.
    2 points
  42. I know more than one person who has taken the possibility of a blacklist to their MHKs and the MHKs have basically laughed it off as it couldn’t possibly happen. The HR Department is possibly the most corrupt functions of government and has been for a very long time. I also know of one person who had a bet with someone very high up in a department that if they applied for a job that was being advertised that their application / CV would not find its way through to them and it apparently did magically disappear with no explanation. When a question was then asked if XYZ had applied for the position as they’d rang up about it the application was apparently then magically found as it had been ‘misfiled’. This needs to be one of the most fundamental parts of any review being undertaken.
    2 points
  43. PAC likely to investigate Prom failures https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/public-deserves-to-know-what-went-wrong-on-douglas-prom-says-minister/ I bet we see a DHSC-esque exit of DOI civil servants before this even takes place.
    2 points
  44. No you’re really not getting the purpose of the DOI. They aren’t there to improve anything. They’re there to live out their own personal fantasies about being vaguely competent big town planners in somewhere like Paris or Munich. What Robinson and his team would be really good at is building an It’s A Knockout course. If they could find a way of making your trip to Tescos having you avoid water cannons, balancing tyres on your head, and riding a bike with oversized rubber feet just to make something that should be simple as difficult as it could possibly be they would.
    2 points
  45. Well, as Carol Bayer Sager said, "your nasty habits ain't confined to bed, the grocer told me what you do with bread"
    2 points
  46. Yep. That appalled me when I saw it. Maybe there is some valid reasoning behind the short sentence, but to my mind it was rape and should have been prosecuted and sentenced as such.
    2 points
  47. "This is the best club in the world, I don’t care what other people think.”
    2 points
  48. I did see someone cycle over Pulrose Bridge yesterday. They were using the road not the cycle lane.
    2 points
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