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  1. I was hoping and waiting to see that a change of Government might have made a change. Unfortunately we are now just over 1 year in and things are just getting worse. This almost seems to me like the proverbial camel's straw: Want to develop a falling down warehouse on the Quay – No Want to develop a falling down cottage/cafe on the beach – No Want to bring new business to the Island without excessive red tape – No Want a grant to make your house more green – No Want to have any kind of realistic renewable energy plan – No Want a Government infrastructure project remotely on time or on budget – No Want any Government project to be successful – No Want schools at least on par with the UK – No Want a functioning health service – No Want some horses pulling a tram blocking the middle of an arterial main road – yes
    13 points
  2. This just reinforces my view from attending some of the IOM Government Conference last week that were all fucked. They will stand on stage trotting out a load of aspirational and delusional bullshit about population growth and new opportunities and then the next minute it’s officers are delivering brain dead shit like this. The site is an absolute eyesore. Anything on that site would be better than what’s there already. The only message it’s sending out to anyone is don’t invest a penny in the IOM. If you’re a developer go to Jersey, or Guernsey or Manchester or Leeds. Don’t be bothered going through the process of trying to make a faded dismal Victorian shit-tip of a town (which now thinks it’s a City) any better for the people who live there as you’ll just be throwing money into a hole in the ground. This makes me so angry. This Island has totally had it.
    7 points
  3. I actually like this Governor. He's been far more active and engaged with life on the IOM than previous ones. He's also seemingly up for anything. Fair play to him .
    6 points
  4. I can’t see many people supporting them to be honest. Just a vocal minority on here under a cloak of anonymity. Even the Facebook support is tepid and largely from teachers themselves. Almost everyone else who has kids at school seems to be pissed off with the way their kids have been taught in the last two years especially.
    6 points
  5. 5 points
  6. i was hoping for Noddy
    4 points
  7. I was actually giving some thought to your circumstances. You have said that you earn a three figured salary and that your daughter is academically gifted with the opportunity for very good grades. You clearly are not a fan of the Islands High Schools so did you ever consider a private education for yoir daughter? In your position this is something I would certainly have pursued in order to ensure the best education possible. Well after the lockdowns they should be well experienced in dealing with this... Remember the teachers are not on strike they are simply working to rule which suggests that the schools are under resourced if they are relying on teachers undertaking additional work.
    4 points
  8. The irony today balla sent out a letter informing parents about what they expect from students re respect….what about the respect for students who are entitled to an education. It has to go hand in hand
    4 points
  9. And this is bang on the point. There appears to be sod all recognition at leadership level, in Manx Care as in the wider Manx Public Sector, that culture needs to change, radically. The Manx Public Sector will continue failing, and dragging down the island and the quality of life experienced by most of the island's residents, until its culture is reformed.
    4 points
  10. That was shredded whilst he was at Health....
    4 points
  11. Government need to overturn this decision ASAP - like today.
    4 points
  12. How much of the rest of the Douglas Harbour redevelopment from 2002< fits into the "conservation area" FFS? Chinese granite everywhere on both North and South quays, there was no compunction about dropping and rebuilding the old Riley's warehouse when it was found to be unfit for anything, Quay West when EB Christian's was dropped. There's nothing original about any of the rest of it to warrant a conservation area.
    4 points
  13. I'm not keen on critiquing politicians based in their looks and appearance - it doesn't change the end product. But purely based on her political performance, Daphne has had an awful 12 months. Full of green diatribe and no end result or firm proposals to show for it ETA Although we shouldn't be too harsh as she's had a very tough year... someone emailed her on one of the last 52 weekends.
    3 points
  14. The night shelter could be funded with the money that we waste on the horse trams. £600k a year would provide enough to cover it.
    3 points
  15. Yeah he's alright really. We have no need for the role. It's pointless. But as a human he's alright.
    3 points
  16. However, the latest ONS report suggests average pay grew by 5.5%, with private sector pay growing 6% and public sector 2%. The ONS also suggests that 32.7 million people are employed in the UK. Therefore, according to the ONS, the pay of 32.7 million people went up by 5.5% on average. Just facts. Is wage growth for 32.7 million workers relatively rare?
    3 points
  17. Yes , done it myself a few times. Nothing like the feeling of putting your foot through a ceiling and the pain as your meat and two veg manages to straddle a joist . Had more than numbnuts that day .
    3 points
  18. 3 points
  19. Bacon and Sausage Baps - a Manx culinary feast.
    3 points
  20. New Normal of doing everything online via zoom and not needing a physical presence didn't last long then. Remember these jaunts the next time one of the hypocritical fuckers like Lawrie Hooper tries explaining why its ok to have the head of a department work from a different country.
    3 points
  21. I wonder which "local businesses" have requested him to attend Bahrain, Brussels and South Africa?
    3 points
  22. I'd expect her to be registered with the common law society.
    3 points
  23. Yes I noticed Air Miles Alf was off on his travels. We'll find out the cost eventually, I think they have to publish them. But the civil service love this stuff, because it keeps the politicians busy and away from even attempting to control them. Cannan seems to have fallen completely into this trap. I reckon he gave at least six speeches/Q&As during the Conference last week, all written for him and as meaning-free as possible. All a great boost to the ego, but nothing gets done.
    3 points
  24. Your probably wrong. We don't have polling on the Island, though I have heard expressions of support from less expected places. But we do have polling from Britain and I doubt the island differs greatly. In June YouGov asked Thinking about the following groups of workers, how much sympathy, if any would you have for them if they were to go on strike this summer? and for those groups would you support or oppose the strike? Teachers got a high level of support and sympathy: and of course the current action is less than a strike and so might gain more support. I also suspect that when the public are considering particular strikes, about which more details are available, than support might increase. So at roughly the same time as this poll, Savanta/ComRes had a poll on the rail strikes showing 58% thought they were justified - higher than the levels for rail workers taking action above. As for parents being universally opposed, the detailed tables show the group most likely to be parents (25-49 years-old) were a bit more in favour than average. The group most opposed were the over-65s, those less likely to have children in school.
    3 points
  25. Come on people, be fair, he's only had a year so far 😝 Writing a Tynwald speech in crayon can take a long time!
    3 points
  26. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/8-million-project-to-revamp-north-quay-shelved-after-planning-refusal/ Have you heard the bollox the member of the committee rambles on about in this news report? Complete stupidity turning down this proposal. Who the hell wants to invest in the island if they are up against idiots like this?
    3 points
  27. Yes Bees. Feel ya, 100%. This is not logical in any sense. Feels personal and spiteful. It is hardly an attractive building as it stands and getting an old building with significant inherent defects up to 2022 building regs is not gonna work. The age of the building should not determine whether it is of significance. What Douglas and the island needs is updating.
    3 points
  28. Attention seeking and quite prepared to throw tantrums if not successful blaming others. Probably given the position, as it shifts the problem and gives her an opportunity, should the problem not get resolved, monies spent is spent negligently, then the finger can quite rightly be pointed at her.
    2 points
  29. It's not an easy job to single handedly save the world.
    2 points
  30. She’s seems to be divorced from reality.
    2 points
  31. People on 25k needing foodbanks doesn't seem that outrageous when we have firms raking in billions in profits for years who then apparently need taxpayer bailouts.
    2 points
  32. Agree with that. If you’re earning £25K a year and eating at the food bank you need to enroll on some sort of course to teach you to manage your finances.
    2 points
  33. Architects is specific to one firm.
    2 points
  34. Conveniently skipping over all the other examples listed...
    2 points
  35. It's hard to believe that any Govt Dept would be more experienced at the distribution of free money than DEFA. Ask the landowning community.
    2 points
  36. Meanwhile the only night shelter for homeless closing, perhaps the cost of these trips would be better spent on sorting a replacement shelter!! https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/conversations-have-begun-for-permanent-emergency-shelter/
    2 points
  37. Jesus is it really that bad? I must pop in and sample the ‘atmosphere’ sometime
    2 points
  38. Noa opening up in Manama soon!
    2 points
  39. Bahrain will be nice for him. It's getting a bit chilly around here these days.
    2 points
  40. Clearly a load of nonsense. P.K. disagrees with me on this subject and he is not a right wing loon. I will do my best impression of a teacher... "D- Must do better."
    2 points
  41. http://dtcm.im/about/ Where's the 'cohesive bespoke look' we were promised? We are paying for these people to DO something.
    2 points
  42. Quite astounding if they've effectively turned down a private investment of £8m in Douglas. Isle of Man, where you can't.
    2 points
  43. 5 meter breaking wave, possibly. Not swell and not easily. Generally a breaking wave at the shore will be about double the swell height as it starts to break, it will effectively suck water forming a trough infront of itself. The biggest wave ever recorded in the Irish Sea proper was at the M2 meteorological buoy to the east of Dublin with a record significant wave height of 6.6m measured at 18.00 on Monday 16th October 2017 during Hurricane Ophelia, which was widely regarded as the worst storm to affect Ireland in 50 years. During the same storm other buoys also recorded at M5 - 12.9m and M3 - 13.5m. Generally the Irish Sea doesn't get swell that is massive. It's actually the swell period (the gap between waves) that makes it so treacherous. We get pretty short periods, so it's almost like a machine gun effect compared to those big slow well spaced open ocean swells you might think of that vessels can leisurely roll over.
    2 points
  44. i was doing my hair.
    2 points
  45. Yup we are good at this sort of thing ... Reynolds, sacked, track record of failure and bullshit ! Spake ... clinically insane LOL !
    2 points
  46. This is just the same as the Newsons thread. If you look round North & South Quay you’ve got Newsons site, the empty bus station, the empty Middlemarch site on Walpole Ave, the Trafalgar sat rotting away. Two empty dropped plots on South Quay where Starwash was. The gutted apartment block Raj Chatta has left fallow at the Railway. All just sat there hanging. It’s like we’re really trying to make Douglas look as shit as it possibly can be. Yet you have a government conference last week that tells us that 15,000 people are going to come here and that we’re going to make it easier to get planning to build! Someone in Government Offices must be on the crack pipe 24/7! All they’ve delivered is fuck all.
    2 points
  47. It looks like it. Of course it's not even the first Sheffield Airport that Peel have shut down for financial gain. Given that Reynolds was in charge for that one, now she's free, maybe they brought her back to work her magic in Doncaster.
    2 points
  48. I support payrises for nurses too, I must have a very busy work life. If you want better teachers you need competition for jobs. If you want competition for jobs, the jobs need to be competitive. It's not rocket science.
    2 points
  49. if you look at whats happening on Douglas beach , since the groynes have been removed great sections of sand and shingle about 100 yards down the beach have been scoured by the tides which run north south and south north when the tide turns , at times of big tides the scour can move as fast as 8 MPH The groynes actually prevented this scouring effect , but what also is happening is the sand and shingle are being deposited along the Harris prom and areas up to the palace hotel , some years ago Murtaghs used a large bulldozer to take large amounts of sand and gravel back down the beach back to the areas where the scouring took place , this worked and we had several years with very little storm deposits washed up onto the roadway also in the winter the seaweed was always left weil down the beach to form a natural break for incoming waves and also be benificial to the bird and aquatic life , this gets removed now leaving the beach to form a natural ramp for the waves to wash everything right up onto the promenade and roadway , I cant wait for the first real easterly gale to see how inadequet and poorly designed the drains are and how they will cope , the prom is a disaster in design and shoddy workmanship , the DOI will never be away from it !
    2 points
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