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  1. I hope everyone is happy when the Square turns back to a fucking car park. "Oh we can't use this public space as an actual space, Fat Linzi won't be able to get to the butchers for her mince" I fucking hate humans.
    8 points
  2. there wont be a debate , Robertshaw is no longer in Tynwald , and I can not believe that in 2022 its not possible to construct a sewage treatment works in lower Laxey to best EU standards and practice ,similar to 100's of small regional plants constructed all over Europe in the past few years , the cost of electricity of pumping the sewage to Baldrine up over the hill to be treated , and the clean effluent back to Laxey to be discharged out to sea in the bay will be astronomical , This is the politics of the mad house , and brought about by a minority of unqualified experts and pressure groups like PAG , the outrageous capital , and on going pumping costs cost to be born by the rest of the taxpayers what a bloody disgrace ! do we have any civil Engineers on Manx Forums ?
    5 points
  3. The new traffic setup in Castletown is a disaster. Spoke to a few local businesses and trade is down up to 40%. I don’t know what they were thinking doing this but it needs changing ASAP.
    5 points
  4. Do you have the origin of this comment? Superficially the power station consists of a building, a gas turbine engine, and an electrical generator. The turbine engines can be replaced as can the electrical generators. "End of life" might just mean that one component has reached the end of its expected working life and has to be replaced.
    4 points
  5. 11 pages dedicated to tge wrapping of some cheese. Jesus christ.
    4 points
  6. I suggest that you and others arguing that the trans "issue" is a modern thing go and read about Michael Dillon and Roberta Cowell. As for pronouns on badges... those complaining need to stop reading the Daily Mail and grow up. It is not being forced on employees they have a choice. If you are offended by a person's preferred pronouns the you need to take a long hard look in the mirror.
    4 points
  7. I won’t be buying it not because of pride stuff but because their cheese is shit. Whatever happened to blm?
    4 points
  8. I said this on another thread, but when you see senior people and read their CV, and realise that they have the "butterfly" syndrome, it usually means they are crap !
    4 points
  9. It does have some relevance. When people were being assessed for this post, here it would seem was a candidate who was apparently very talented and valued by her employers. Such was their generousity, they readily agreed to lose such a vital member of their organisation for 3 days a week to for her to work some where else. “ somewhere else’”, being here.It didn’t even mean going “somewhere else but instead staying at home and and delivering her talent in the form of latter day colonial service by modern technology.
    4 points
  10. Ashford still doesn't get it does he. Arguably the key to the Ranson debacle was that Magson couldn't provide effective leadership and purview from hundreds of miles away. Ashie's comments today on the radio are another arse-covering exercise. But it's too late. We've already seen his arse.
    4 points
  11. Our politicians put their names to packs of lies on a regular basis, it's certainly not a new phenomenon.
    3 points
  12. It is about creating an inclusive working environment where someone who has been brave enough to state they are trans gets referred to by the proper pronouns. It's about avoiding having to explain it to everyone or correct people all the time. If you tell someone your name and they mispronounce it once or twice are you offended? Probably not. If they continue to mispronounce it constantly then you will probably get annoyed eventually. Same applies to using the wrong pronouns. People really are making a mountain out of a mole hill with this all fuelled by outlets like the Daily Mail and the Culture Wars. Those in power would much prefer that you focus on this tiny issue which they have over inflated rather than actually pay attention to the real issues.
    3 points
  13. i knew it wasn't steak and kidney, last time i get one of those pies.
    3 points
  14. This waffle from Rob Callister says that basically (whilst blaming covid for everything) the cruise visits were cancelled as they didn’t have enough bus drivers. At any time in the process did anyone say - alternatively there is a private hire business that could do the work we’ll give them a ring and see if they could supply vehicles and drivers. This is really embarrassing and really starting to piss me off. They’d rather fight petty fights and turn away visitors our shops and cafes desperately need than do things that will help us re-built our economy. The whole press release is an exercise in writing sh**e.
    3 points
  15. There’s a car park at the Grammar school and 2 car parks on Farrants way, also a few spaces on the old fire station. All require a walk of less than 2 minutes to access the shops. The busses still access the square too. All the while the square is being used by families, people watchers, cafe dwellers and the place is alive. never thought I’d be sticking up for Castletown but there you go. Change is good, sometimes.
    3 points
  16. The LGBT community has been (and in many places globally still is) a persecuted minority in which many lives have been ruined by prejudice and bigotry. Even in the civilised West, in countries like ours, up until fairly recently, the legal system criminalised a lot of behaviours and through those processes legally prosecuted people. E.g., Alan Turing, the genius behind the codebreaking programme at Bletchley Park (which was a major contribution to the allies’ winning WW2) took his own life when he was outed as a gay man. The current BBC documentary “Aids: The Unheard Tapes” is also an acidulous reminder of cruel attitudes that some in society, often through ignorance and stigma, espoused against gay people. I will gladly purchase merchandise from businesses that are trying, albeit in a small way (“10p of each purchase donated to Isle of Pride” is not exactly king’s ransom), to put right these dreadful wrongs of the past. Isle of Pride is local LGBT peoples’ opportunity to exuberantly express their joy of being free and not being threatened, ‘because of who they are’. I will also use the ‘preferred pronoun (‘he’ or ‘she’) that someone wants to be greeted with. I personally do not mind a jot as long as this does not cause any damage or hurt anybody.
    3 points
  17. At least they've got Callow's Yard.
    3 points
  18. The Castletown problem is largely to do with the Commissioners being in the pocket of the people currently buying up half of Castletown. They should never have agreed to the road being closed for a year. And on top of that Bus Vannin totally failed to come up with a proper plan as in typical civil service style their original plan was called out as being shit by the commissioners and then they had a big huff so implemented the second stupidest plan they thought up instead. The town is certainly dying though and everyone is sitting back and watching it die. The end result though is probably more cheap property bought from failed businesses by the people who have shut the town down.
    3 points
  19. Immediately after covid this sort of thing is inexcusable. Government should be bending over backwards to make sure the retail trade recovers. Whereas as what we seem to have is even more taxpayer funded fuckwits actively trying to make a very bad situation even worse for people who have already suffered enough.
    3 points
  20. if e10 or ethanol based fuel comes anywhere near water ,condensation or dampness , it starts to breakdown and form a sludge , tell me of anyone on the isle of Man who's petrol tank does not have some form of condensation in it , thats why it does not travel by sea in tankers and even in the EU and UK it has to be blended at the refinery , very shortly before delivery to the forecourts , the ethanol content is very corrosive and will melt fuel pipes carburettor seals and parts , given we have a damp climate and older vehicles on our roads , I hope this fuel will not be forced upon us , and cause problems for the motorist and other petrol users
    3 points
  21. The reduction in their losses comes at a cost to private businesses who BV should not be competing with in the first place. Whichever muppet came up with this idea probably thought he’s a right clever genius for using a tax payer subsidised fleet to undercut private operators, but was then too dumb or arrogant to realise that this is a calculation that doesn’t work on any level. And of course now that the shit has hit the fan it’s a double screw up. BV is letting fare paying customers they are supposed to be there for down and private businesses still lose money. Irresponsible clowns.
    3 points
  22. Apparently his belief that it is perfectly possible to to have a 'top government job' in the Manx Government without actually being on the Isle of Man. Because that worked so well when he was in charge at the DHSC. I suppose if you think the only skills required for these jobs are bullying and lying, he may well have a point.
    3 points
  23. Oh dear. On the day that London Pride, on its 50th anniversary, saw 1 million participate, by marching, dancing, kissing, wearing badges, rainbow attire and waving flags. Bears, queens, dykes, leathermen, butch, fairies, bi, queer, mtf, ftm, as well as mere gays and lesbians, and on and on. All with their community identifiers, colours, flags and badges. I went on a couple of early London marches whilst a student. I’ve been on subsequent ones. I’ve got the badges for the NALGO/NALGAY disco at the Villiers in 1982, I’ve got rainbow badges, pink triangles, ones that have all sorts of slogans, picked up, and worn, over the years. Your arguments are identical to the ones used in UK about ‘67 law change in England, and later in Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Crown Dependencies and the armed forces. The ones used to justify s.28, deny civil partnerships, same sex marriage, an unequal age of consent. They weren’t correct then for LGB, they aren’t correct now for T. It’s a simple as that.
    2 points
  24. Almost certainly Jon Callister, head of the Office of Human Resources. He and Will Greenhow were close personal friends of Mary Williams, and most people that I have ever talked to think that they got their jobs at the top as a result. Callister, for example, was not an HR professional.
    2 points
  25. It uses a version of the Jumbo jet engine so unlikely to become scarce anytime soon.
    2 points
  26. Pulrose could be good for another 20 years at least and these days gas fired turbines are leased , exactly as they do in the airline industry ,but not being exposed to the elements and running on clean gas their lifetime is surely extended , the rest of the power station is the distribution network and I guess thats good for many more years yet , Get another cable across from the UK powered by energy from nuclear or wind , then we tick a lot of boxes and significantly reduce our energy carbon footprint overnight , few small wind farms in out of the way places locally and were set up for the next big transition in energy generation we don't need to be the world leaders in all this just sit quiet and watch what the smart people are doing , and if its cost effective and works for the Isle of Man then adopt the same policy O'h and get rid of Callister !
    2 points
  27. Genuine question if we have any experts on this. We're all told that there's only c.10 years before the Pulrose gas generator plant gets to 'end of life' and has to be replaced, but I've spoken to a few people now who say it could go on indefinitely if it is properly maintained (new big end bearings and piston rings kinda thing). I suspect we're too quick to allow people to scrap infrastructure so they can buy a shiny new thing, and that the climate emergency lobby would prefer to propagate the story that 'we have to do something now and gas isn't the answer'. Yes, I could ask the MUA, but wonder if we have any deep throat sources at the coal face (so to speak)?
    2 points
  28. Lets just say that the financial cost and construction disruptions to pump the sewerage to Meary Veg will make the Douglas Prom look like a splash in the ocean
    2 points
  29. I live in Douglas but work in C'town on the Parade - it only adds a few minutes to the drive down in the morning. I don't see what the big problem is
    2 points
  30. But that wasn't what HeliX was refuting. You claimed that the whey "it was dissolving the pipes and manholes it goes through". He was pointing out that even if it was acid whey (which is a by-product of stuff the Creamery doesn't produce, such as cottage cheese and Greek yoghurt) it still wouldn't be acid enough to have anything like the effect you claimed. Does anyone know what the story is about whether the permission that Douglas Council gave to the Creamery to continue discharging through the waste pipe into the Bay, which would have lapsed in October 2021 was extended.
    2 points
  31. Of course people don’t. But for some they cant afford to be a foster carer without some financial support. But my criticism is wider than that. How can they have had a conscious recruitment freeze when there was a demand?
    2 points
  32. Quite, and it is also to help the colleagues of trans. Just makes everyone's life easier and allows people some respect and courtesy.
    2 points
  33. We all have a role in making the economy work for everyone post pandemic. It’s painful to see civil servants actively turning down opportunities for people to come here and spend money in shops. As noted above the liner went on to Liverpool where people have got off and have probably all spent a few quid in Liverpool One rather than here. That press release is just lies. Callister should be embarrassed to have put his name to it.
    2 points
  34. Agreed - what happened had very little to do with covid or anything else said in that bullshit statement These assholes are ruining business for people who desperately need to trade just to pursue some sort of departmental pissing contest about how important they are.
    2 points
  35. Seven Seas Voyager was parked up in Liverpool yesterday and people were getting on and off without issue. I smell more BS.
    2 points
  36. Just flip the one way system so it favours people going into the centre of Castletown rather than out of it.
    2 points
  37. The course is what it is and can't or doesn't need to be re-engineered...it's public commuter roads for 95% of the year (in better condition than any other roads on the Island). What we have is the horses for courses argument and the problem is that we've evolved into currently using horses that were designed for other, different courses. Of course those horses now make the event particularly spectacular and that's a great thing when you've got coffers being drained by remarkable salary and pension liabilities. But when it goes wrong, the harder that you throw frail human bodies into solid immovable objects, the greater and more horrific the outcome, particularly when it involves innocent spectators and bystanders.
    2 points
  38. Well I’ve not caught it as far as I know & not worn a mask or avoided crowded areas for some time but no others who have been very careful & still got it so I think it’s just luck at times
    2 points
  39. Every so-called local authority is a joke. Amateur hour plastic politicians spending people's hard earned cash with no recourse or accountability
    2 points
  40. I don't particularly like the word preference because it implies choice. But yes, gender and sexuality are different. Trans people have been persecuted for considerably more than 30 years. There are trans people who are only just transitioning now who were alive not long after WW2 ended. The reason it's taken them this long is due to societal discrimination and insistence that it's not "real". Also I'm not sure the point you're making is a sensible one. Let's say for arguments sake that gay people have suffered longer than trans people, surely society becoming more tolerant is a good thing? Should trans people have to pay some sort of dues and suffer for longer? Very odd. I have no idea why you'd be framing that as a bad thing if it's something you genuinely believe, in spite of the evidence.
    2 points
  41. Because a few decades ago it was in the same position. People refusing to acknowledge it was anything but a "mental illness". People refusing to believe people could be born that way. People refusing to treat each other with respect. In both instances it's fucking stupid.
    2 points
  42. There is a shop in Castletown (not the butchers) and the girl on the till suggested that a lot of their regular customers who would normally travel in on the bus and visit regularly with the silver surfer passes have stopped, as they have found themselves standing round with no buses turning up and have lost confidence in the service. Its not likely to be an issue at 7:20 in the morning however, I never really considered the knock on effect for the day time cancellations beyond people being generally pissed off.
    2 points
  43. Do you actually understand that the DfE are behind this??? They want a cruise/tourist service no matter what affect is has on the bus timetable??? They couldn't foresee the covid / illness problem but, then, they didn't allow a contingency service for the regular schedule of services that had been promised. When BV saw that their schedule was to be compromised, they should have taken action that would have preserved as much as possible, that might have been to forsake the cruise/tour obligations to the private sector but many would argue that, that should have been in the first place???
    2 points
  44. The point is with it on a badge you don't need to ask. What about if you go into the bank, speak to Dave first, clock his badge but Dave refers you to another staff member. You explain to the new staff member, starting with Dave's name having been referred to them by him/her/them you then go on to say "As I said to ?". It would be good to give the right pronoun, particularly if Dave is witnessing the conversation, but also for the other staff member who will be accustomed to referring to Dave in a particular way. It isn’t a huge issue, but handling it in the right way helps Dave and their colleague. It is only a matter of courtesy and respect for everyone you deal with.
    2 points
  45. Quite obviously, masks do make a difference, otherwise medical professionals including dentists would not wear them. The purpose of wearing a mask is not only to protect the wearer but more importantly to protect other people, especially vulnerable people. Anyway, you can lead a horse to water but you can not make it drink...if it is stubborn and silly.
    2 points
  46. Bus Vannin wouldn’t even know If it was profitable or not. How can you undercut a small private operator by doing work in a brand new £250K bus with a fully paid driver? The fact is their contract price factors in nothing that are true costs. They could do the job for 50p and still claim it was profitable as everything is made up.
    2 points
  47. It is interesting that in the interview he says that to get the “top notch candidate” ,.. their might need to be “ compromises in working conditions” He has perhaps revealed the approach taken in candidate selection. It would be interesting when faced with similarly qualified candidates how the “Top Notchers” were selected, as there is now a proven and consistent record of disastrous failure using this process. I suspect these candidates were impressive by apparent confidence and self promotion backed by extravagant claims of ability from a facade of personal dynamism. It also raises the depressing thought that rejected were some very able people who may not have dazzled with charisma, but would have just quietly and efficiently excelled - doing what we need of them - doing their bloody job..
    2 points
  48. We all had appalling stresses under the pandemic. My business nearly folded and I’m still financially in a much much worse situation than I was before the pandemic. I don’t see anyone giving me anything. In fact all I got back end of last year was a twatish VAT inspection where they tried to screw me for even more money they weren’t owned. This governemt cares about nothing but itself.
    2 points
  49. You know MC has only been operating the NHS here for 15 months. It inherited a broken system in the midst of a pandemic. Its taken some good initiatives, but it’s like the proverbial oil tanker, it takes forever to stop or turn around. Give them a chance. There’s a UK wide shortage of Doctors & Nurses. As for accommodation, have you seen the extent of semis, maisonettes, and apartments, built on the Nobles estate, at Mwyllin y Dhoo Aah?
    2 points
  50. A properly ring fenced Health fund which Government can't get their grubby mits on would be a good start. Lack of funding is not the whole story, mismanagement and financial irresponsibility are rife in the Health Service !
    2 points
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