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  1. Please understand teachers are not yet over their six weeks holiday, they need a little more time off to recover. I mean we all know how hard it is to take a week or two off, then get back into our stride at work, think how long it would take you to get into the right frame of mind after six weeks off. I mean teachers work harder than anybody else, Geraldine O'Neill says so. After listening to the interview, I cried alittle for the teachers, I felt so bad for them.
    7 points
  2. David Ashford is looking after them. The sight of his cheery little smile as he goes down the slide is a balm for the soul of all those feeling a bit down by the Queens death and the cost of living crisis.
    5 points
  3. All the ceremonial stuff, for 10 days, and the collective, competitive grieving, is bollocks. But the notion of a Royal Family and inherited head of state? I’m not the first to say it, but I’d take QEII, and probably KCIII, over Liz Truss, Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair etc.
    4 points
  4. He's complaining about the attack of the right to protest, so anywhere would be suitable. But Parliament Square in London is a traditional place for protest, something increasingly under attack in recent years. And of course arresting someone for holding up a blank piece of paper is exactly the sort of behaviour we've seen in Moscow recently. No doubt there were people there telling it wasn't the time or place for it because of there being a war on.
    4 points
  5. Not a great monarchist, but also not anti-royal, I think the real thing they bring is continuity. This was explained very well during the wall to wall coverage that in the passing of a Queen of 70 years who has reigned alongside 15 PMs, that is a continuity that surpasses political longevity and continuity (and partisanship) which in comparison is quite fleeting with many PMs consigned to relative obscurity with nothing passed on in terms of a leaders' legacy. However, that royal continuity is not entirely lost as Charles has known this point would come and has been in an increasingly involved training programme for many years. It is that that sets the UK apart from a Republic and I get that.
    4 points
  6. The problem with schemes like this is that they require planning and organisation. The energy-selling companies have almost zero interest because it would simply diminish their market. Local government doesn’t give a **** about anything. Which means that the individual has to start from scratch and do all the research, then find a reliable supplier who won’t rip them off, then finance it, then manage the installation. Most people do not have the money, the time or the expertise to make it work properly……………
    4 points
  7. Maybe I had a trip to here planned before she happened to die. Maybe it’s a once in a lifetime historic event. Maybe you’re just miserable. Some questions will never be answered.
    4 points
  8. It's exactly the time and place for anti-monarchy sentiment, if you're so inclined.
    3 points
  9. Generous in the extreme 👏 Unfortunately, whilst it gives some respite it's still ultimately passing money to the bastards who are causing the problem in the first instance.
    3 points
  10. A friend's just told me his wife returned from work to say that her company, a local financial house, has donated £1000 to every employee to help with energy costs. Way to go...
    3 points
  11. Hope these help.
    3 points
  12. How come their tram rails don't have multiple shades of pink concrete (c/w cracks)? Poor show.
    3 points
  13. China has no desire to prop up a rival, because in the long run they are rivals.
    3 points
  14. The Russian Army doesn't really do NCOs (corporals, sergeants etc) like the west. We train them quite extensively to make tactical decisions and lead the squaddies from the pointy end on the ground. Russia however does not empower them in such a way, these are the main reasons that their responses to changes on the battlefield are awful and why so many high ranking officers are getting hit, as they are having to go to the front and make decisions there themselves. It really has descended into a very interesting battle of two doctrines. One (is now) nimble, fast, high tech and creative. The other is a giant stupid lumbering beast that smashes away here and there. I'd also take the whole N Korea supplying weapons with a pinch of salt. If anything their weapons are probably worse quality than the Russians. They then have the logistical problem of getting them there (look how long it's taken the West to supply Ukraine effectively and they have much better logistics). Finally I reckon Kim wouldn't want to hand over that many weapons (they are literally only asset).
    3 points
  15. Well, it's swings and roundabouts innit...
    3 points
  16. He should be arrested for being a dick. Now is not the time or place for this kind of behaviour
    2 points
  17. Fair play. If government won’t act ..
    2 points
  18. 2 points
  19. Are there many professions where workers pay hasn’t been eroded over the last 10 years?
    2 points
  20. Well, yes. This is what happens when there has been an ongoing industrial dispute since November of 2019. I think it's quite reasonable that they are doing precisely what they are contracted to do (and no extra) given that teachers' pay has been eroded by 30% over the past 10 years. It's amazing that 'Working to Rule' is even considered to be disobedience by some!
    2 points
  21. We were all thinking it, now The Commercial have out it in black and white 😂
    2 points
  22. This image is from Ramsey transport interchange, and is an example of the useless sign-mania that the DoI managers have (I doubt if MER enthusiasts demanded this). And then there is the crap plastic fencing and a green, yellow, and rust bus shelter, just to give a bit of extra vintage feeling:
    2 points
  23. I never knew Harry Potter lived in the Station Hotel.
    2 points
  24. I see the postal workers in the UK called off their strike when they heard the Queen was dead. I hadn't even realised it was one of their demands.
    2 points
  25. Now with video. Enough royal watching for us. Royal mile is chocker anyway and the queue for lying in state is endless already. Seen her being driven by and him arriving. Now time for some jollibee and then hit the Balmoral bar.
    2 points
  26. I see that that "chairman" of the MUA has gone remarkably quiet since Liz Truss' price cap came in making future UK utility bills capped at less than the IOMs average bill. No doubt he's another paying his respects to the Queen by not saying or doing anything until next Monday while people get bigger and bigger in debt.
    2 points
  27. China will look at opportunities a weakened Russian Federation may present it
    2 points
  28. doesn't it just go into your battery bank or get wasted as heat energy once your batteries are fully charged?
    2 points
  29. Someone could replace you with a bot that posts "blah blah blah teachers" every 2nd day and nobody would notice the difference.
    2 points
  30. Have the MUA and Manx Gas stopped charging because of the Queens demise? Is inflation on pause?
    2 points
  31. CNN has very good reporting on the conflict. On the eastern front, a stunning week of Ukrainian success and Russian failures - CNN
    2 points
  32. He's probably right. The people who knew what they were doing not been listened to by the CS and other 'experts' . And along the way the MHK's in charge just muddied the waters as they had zero idea. And that long gone muppet Quayle could only laugh when asked about the prom on day of Princess Anne's visit . Sums up the whole debacle really. Never mind its only tax payers hard earned money.
    2 points
  33. Fair enough. I thinks it’s odd and you don’t. People are different I guess and I have to admit it’s not just you, there are thousands gawping at other people grief though their phone or camera lens. It isn’t once in a time for you or I though assuming we manage another 20 years. The new one is well old and we will probably have to endure all this nonsense again in the next 20 years or less
    2 points
  34. Yeah ban the train save the planet 🤣 time people woke up
    2 points
  35. Cost of journey , time taken and limited destination. In competition with Bus Vannin too. Not feasible I'd say for those reasons alone .
    2 points
  36. Hasn't taken long for old racist jokes to re-emerge, either
    2 points
  37. It hasn’t taken Charles long to try to heal the family rift with his sons.
    2 points
  38. It's kind of like the Emperor's new clothes all this royal bollocks. The whole thing is bloody insane really, in the modern world, but everyone just goes along with it as if its the most normal thing in the world. Hardly anyone questions it.
    1 point
  39. The glory(hole) days
    1 point
  40. He’s highlighting an issue that the reduced frequency has reduced the number seats available. When we had a three an hour service previously they put double deckers on in the morning but Longwith switched to four an hour of single deckers. But now they’ve gone back to three an hour they’ve not enough double deckers. But the question is ridiculous because spare seats in Castletown Square aren’t necessarily spare in Ballasalla - particularly if a plane has just landed at the airport.
    1 point
  41. UK peeps are getting a £400 household payment too
    1 point
  42. The Commuter Train idea is nothing more than a wet dream of assorted anoraks and trainspotters who have a mental age of five years and believe they live on the Island of fucking Sodor. We don't have a population big enough to sustain such a thing, there's only 86,000 here and 40,000 of those already live in Douglas/Onchan/Braddan so wouldn't need to use it anyway. There's a lot that could be done with the bus services though to make it more sustainable. One example is the Peel bus arrives at Lord Street just 2 minutes after the Port Erin bus departs - so you get to spend another 20 minutes wasting time at in Lower Beirut Douglas.
    1 point
  43. One thing I have noticed is that in some areas power authorities will pay you to allow them to store electricity on your Tesla Powerwall
    1 point
  44. I am pretty sure I could have been a half decent rally driver but couldn’t ever afford it. Where do you draw the line?
    1 point
  45. True, but the Chinese support for Russia has been kind of tepid to be honest. Unless that's just a ruse. But personally I think the Chinese are smart enough to see that Russia has backed itself into a corner from which there is no favorable exit and they don't want to be seen to be backing the loser (it will happen, just a matter of time). But then maybe a good reason to route through Kim. Although I've got a feeling the Chinese will want to hold onto as much materiel as they can for Taiwan.
    1 point
  46. I suppose the issue is should government both national & local be running various things at a loss paid for by those who don’t use them eg sports centre, cinemas, theatres, golf courses etc etc
    1 point
  47. Including the now disbanded “my prom” social media team that literally gave up trying to polish the turd they were paid to polish.
    1 point
  48. They won't last long I expect.
    1 point
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