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  1. I think they've been watering down diesel too. 20 quid used to get me much much further a year ago.
    6 points
  2. I always add extra powdered water to mine to make it more watery.
    5 points
  3. The trouble is that if you ask anyone who doesn't work in Banking who the most financially inept and feckless group of people are, and they’ll tell you, “Bankers”. And looking at the last few decades ...
    4 points
  4. If people listen to this at face value, do they honestly not think it’s a fair offer ? Offers of between 8 and 11 percent, starting on 36k, an increase in the “management allowance” all ON TOP of the increase they got last year when the Uk didn’t. According to the minister that puts them on London Fringe on the UK pay scale (which they are tied to) PLUS a 4% IOM allowance. Surely that’s very generous and their desire to hold out for 30 percent (when they have had an average of 12 percent over over two years) is absolutely ludicrous in any financial environment, never mind this one. https://www.manxradio.com/podcasts/manx-newscast/episode/departmental-debrief-julie-edge/?fbclid=IwAR0Uhi07kF36gfkF4ORSeL8EWeZ7Da4SsEMjLf3iNJUVOUNG-QPObVVPraM
    4 points
  5. I think the issue is not about the ability to be an ATCO but a lack of understanding of technical aspects of what is needed to get planes operating in all weathers., and how pilots get the job done on such days. There have been erroneous edicts issued regarding approach bans, take off minima and evident misconceptions about the effect that categories of airfield lighting have on approach minima. For example, the head of ATC wanted to ban planes from making approaches in low cloud conditions, this when the only factor that can generate an approach ban is reported visibility. Also, he wanted to ban planes from taking off in low visibility, but pilots are legally allowed to assess take of visibility themselves once lined up on the runway. The job can be tough enough getting into the IOM with the low standard of airfield lighting without someone making up rules based on what they think rather than on the actual rules of the air. The runway 21 issue seems to have been akin to finding a small leak from a plug in the bath and pulling it out to fix it when the bath is full without having a spare plug at hand. The small leak wasn’t really a problem in the first place.
    4 points
  6. I doubt you'll get a reply... 150 players + friends/supporters, probably family - surely can only be a good thing?
    4 points
  7. Tbh, is a landside cafe really needed? Gone are the days when people used to toddle down to the airport to watch planes come and go. It was a thing when I was a child, but it was different then, we thought air travel was glamorous.
    4 points
  8. Sounds like a school field trip for GCSE Politics students.
    4 points
  9. There’s no more money so the lazy git’s can just bugger off!!😊
    3 points
  10. But in that case why send a lawyer's letter, rather than just from the Town Clerk or whatever? If legal action isn't possible, why get lawyers involved unless you are hoping to intimidate someone from repeating the allegations? Many people faced with such a letter might assume a threat and be put off. At best it's wasting ratepayers' money and pointless. At worst it looks like suppression of free speech (with an implication there's something to hide) that could backfire.
    3 points
  11. And yet giving workers in the Finance, Insurance and IT sectors double digit pay rises doesn't do that somehow? Is it only public sector pay rises that affect inflation?
    3 points
  12. No doubt proof will be produced for the next 4 pages 😉
    3 points
  13. It’s happening all over Douglas a mate of mine now has a padlock on his bin as the neighbours are going up and down the lane on bin night putting their crap in other peoples bins as they’ve run out of space. We have truly become the UK when it comes to pointless local authority rules that encourage bad and pathetic behaviour in response.
    3 points
  14. They need to publish that letter.
    3 points
  15. Didn't bother me, I just had toast...
    3 points
  16. There is always cake 😉
    3 points
  17. Did anyone starve or was it just a mild inconvenience?
    3 points
  18. It’s the DBC firework display sweepstake! Two choices each Potential outcomes below: A - Display goes off successfully and everyone is happy with value for money, parking arrangements and the provision of food vendors. B - display is cancelled after everyone has stood in the cold for a couple of hours due to a technical glitch, as happened not that long ago. C - An errant firework lands in a back lane full of rubbish causing a major response by the fire brigade, who then can’t get near the scene due to traffic chaos. D - Douglas head is closed a full hour before the display. Leading to numerous Facebook rants. E - People crying as the music turns out to be the 1985 hit by Starship. “We built this city” F - biosphere status is revoked due to the pollution both from the display and everyone driving into town to sit in their cars with the heaters going. G - Facebook goes potty with claims of horses dropping dead and dogs panicking H - Ramsey tomorrow turns out to be an infinitely better night out, as usual. I - The McFlurry machine breaks as everyone is trying to get their Friday night sugar rush on the way home. Leading to riots on Peel Road
    3 points
  19. Private sector employee and I get an hour break for lunch plus being office based often have periods talking to colleagues which you could fairly argue as breaks. DSE regulations also recommend frequent short breaks from using such equipment. I can also work flexibly so if I shorten my lunch break I can start or finish earlier. Sucks to be you! Suggest you go and renegotiate your terms and conditions of employment if they are so bad.
    3 points
  20. It’s probably a lucky escape. That whole estate is hideous.
    3 points
  21. I believe so, not a bad result, considering the original agreement was to build a few houses, then build the bypass before carrying on ! They do whatever they like, whilst the rest of us fight planning tooth and nail over minor stuff !
    3 points
  22. Work permits should be scrapped full stop.
    3 points
  23. Don't think Peel Commissioners sent the letter.
    2 points
  24. Ask anyone who works in Banking who the most financially inept and feckless group of customers are, and they’ll tell you, “Teachers”. You could pay these people £100k a year and they’d still be hard up and want more.
    2 points
  25. Action short of a strike had 94% support on a 66% turnout, and NASUWT claim 86% in favour of strike on the same ballot. So you're looking at about 400 actively voting in favour of strike action. If 40% of the workforce is that pissed off then listening to them is usually a good idea. Mad how the Brexit "mandate" was on a lower percentage!
    2 points
  26. Except it didn’t threaten proceedings, it didn’t say she couldn’t say the things she did. It pointed out that: 1. There had been a public enquiry 2. That Douglas Corporation shouldn’t be charged with manslaughter because it had done nothing wrong. IoM does not have corporate manslaughter in any event. Douglas is a body corporate, in any event. Its not possible to defame a public body. So, wisely, the advocates didn’t allege defamation and try to stop repetition. Derbyshire County Council v Times Newspapers [1993] AC 534 The letter is clearly designed to stop further requests for prosecution. Its just a bit odd.
    2 points
  27. Higher wages leading to inflation has been debunked many times. For higher wages to lead to higher price level there needs to be an increase in the money supply. Higher wages have little impact on the money supply, the ability of high street banks to create money does, hence manipulation of interest rates by central banks. Glad you aren’t an economics teacher. The myth of wage push inflation Milton Friedman: It is always and everywhere, a monetary phenomenon. It's always and everywhere, a result of too much money, of a more rapid increase in the quantity of money than an output. Moreover, in the modern era, the important next step is to recognize that today, governments control the quantity of money. So that as a result, inflation in the United States is made in Washington and nowhere else.
    2 points
  28. This thread, along with the COVID one, is just great for identifying people to block. This one is just full of jealousy and people who want a race to the bottom
    2 points
  29. Are all the shops in Strand street staying open late?
    2 points
  30. Why? It’s happened for decades with certain foodstuff when the boat doesn’t sail. You just make do for a couple of days
    2 points
  31. The Chief Minister says he's concerned about lots of things. Doesn't mean he's arsed about doing anything about them.
    2 points
  32. Michelle Haywood MHK the first to put her head above the parapet and to provide a lame justification for the trip with no mention of any tangible benefit
    2 points
  33. Ah, I see now, if you pick the bits you like and ignore the bits you don't the "overall message" can be anything you want it to be. Much like an IOM Strategic Vision document. Based on the bits I've picked out of the Bible, even if God did exist he's exactly the sort of person I'd avoid down the pub, let alone worship. Each to their own, eh?
    2 points
  34. But woe betide anyone who asks for inflationary increases to their pay.
    2 points
  35. Just to add a bit of historical information to the ex-military to civil ATCO path. Historically, it has always been difficult for military ATCOs to retrain and re-qualify as civil ATCOs, training courses were very expensive and few and far between. Nonetheless, many military controllers who had completed their, often short, career paths in the military, spent their gratuities and/or savings on the crossover training. Indeed, back in the 1980s and 1990s, when we still had many military airfields, there were a considerable number of ex-military controllers who crossed over each year. More recently, with the huge reduction in the military infrastructure and personnel numbers, added to a reduction in available re-training opportunities, this flow has hugely reduced. Indeed, many would say that this state of affairs has had a considerable impact on the current Civil ATCO shortage being experienced throughout the UK. Filling the shortfall is not going to be easy.
    2 points
  36. Saw someone getting out car on ballanard road on junction with Porte chee avenue & putting contents of large black bin bag in the bin on pavement so maybe the way forward 😀
    2 points
  37. Kipper99, just to put your mind at rest, all Civil (CAA) ATCOs, whether they be ex-military or not, are trained and qualified to the same exacting standards. Ex-military controllers cannot just go to work at a commercial airfield without completing full CAA training. This does not detract from the fact that there are many extremely competent ex-military ATCOs employed at commercial airports.
    2 points
  38. Didn't the Manx Motorcycle Club have a gun held to their head ? they were told what the new schedule was going to be responsibility for this rests entirely with the motorsport division , who I feel are bringing about a demise to all motorcycle racing events on the isle of Man ,
    2 points
  39. Some politicos are so locally Manx entrenched and think the world begins and ends in the Isle of Man. Have any of our politicos left the island before for a bucket and spade holiday? When you have parish pump politicos, ex Douglas Corpy politicos and ex Manx Radio presenters/newsreaders, along with some who just above Village idiot status, whilst some are Village idiots. How can you seriously expect this lot to take a serious view, they can’t influence other jurisdictions and Westminster certainly won’t take any notice of their views. Perhaps it would have been better (and cheaper) if these clowns had stayed on the island, and had a training course from those two (know it all and probably experts on CPA/Westminster), David Ashford and Rob Callister.
    2 points
  40. There is no need for a landslide cafe, and I do r get the obsession with having. Coffee before your flight. A vending machine in there would be more than sufficient (as long as it did beer) and would free up more space. More importantly, what sort of trainers are you wearing that they ask you to take them off? I don’t think I have ever been asked to remove trainers or shoes at Ronaldsway.
    2 points
  41. It's pointless trying to have an objective theological discussion with someone so convinced as yourself. In some christian sects the adherents see it as their solemn duty to convert people; Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Churches of Christ, et al. They might not have to convert people but there is a certain kudos to be gained in doing so. 'Born Again' christians can be the most boorish of proselytisers, especially. You stated that, "the burden of realisation is on non-believers." What is this 'realisation' and, what 'burden' must be endured without the knowing? And what consequence? From an Atheist perspective there is nothing to prove nor disprove because there is nothing to be considered, the existence and concept of gods, worship and blind devotion is for others to contend, a burden they must carry every time their faith is challenged.
    2 points
  42. 100 Ukrainians would suggest that they do. I've no idea what Albanian's controlling the UK dope trade have to do with refugees but then again I don't read the Daily Mail.
    2 points
  43. Credit cards are the work of the cursing classes. Get a dog instead.
    2 points
  44. Breaking news! Notorious teacher hater now claims lunch hour has grown to 90 minutes. 🤡 EDIT: in the interests of transparency could you just provide evidence of a single IOM school with a 90 minute lunch break. Just one. There are 30+ primaries and 5 secondaries. Just one. Please.
    2 points
  45. Breaking news! Notorious teacher hater suggests local branch of UK wide Trade Union, affiliated to the TUC and with a considerable legal department calls strike without a ballot despite his own quoted post clearly stating “The strikes have been called after NASUWT members overwhelmingly (74% of respondents) rejected the government’s latest revised pay offer” and “In September it said that 82% of its members who voted in a ballot at the time had supported strike action.” 🤡
    2 points
  46. The whole airport is an embarrassment. Even the basic costs and services. I went to London the other week and a coffee in Pret at London City airport is £3.55. A coffee at Costa in departures in the IOM is £4.05 and that’s if the bored, hopeless, staff finally get round to serving you before your plane takes off. The outside cafe at Ronaldsway is even worse. They’ve been recruiting for staff for months and yet clearly have none. They might as well install a vending machine. Plus we seem to have security staff obsessed with shoes. I’ve never been asked to take off a pair of trainers anywhere else in the UK. Here it’s every time you go through as you get the impression they’re bored and just looking for stuff to do.
    2 points
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