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  1. My dad was unfortunately one of the residents who passed away at Abbotswood. It's very easy, after the fact, to focus on apportioning blame, to advise (from afar) on what ‘should have been’ – and assume that many of the people and organizations involved are incompetent. From our family’s perspective, in the early stages of the crisis, the staff (and management) at the time tried really hard to protect the residents – stopping all visits, sleeping on-site in two shifts to minimize passage in and out of the building and so on. In hindsight, this wasn’t enough to prevent the tragedy – but the wor
    26 points
  2. In the current circumstances, really? I have not seen my mother, who is in a nursing home, for over 2 months, I get that and comply. I could not take my friend, who cannot drive, shopping even though she could get on a bus, I get that and complied. I could not have my daughter and granddaughter round for a meal, I get that and complied. (Still can't if her partner comes too.) I have to queue to go into any shop, even though I shop also for an elderly couple who are shielding, I get that and comply. I cannot have a trip off the island without having to isolate on retur
    24 points
  3. Press Release from the Rob Vine Fund Following the cessation of Motor Sport on the Isle of Man in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic the Directors of the Rob Vine Fund, Registered Charity No.954 (Isle of Man) wish to inform the public of the Isle of Man that they have unanimously decided to make all our equipment available to support the Manx community. This means we can supply the DHSC with 1. All of the medical equipment in storage for motor sport events on the Isle of Man. The list includes; • 4 Patient ventilators, suitable for Intensive Care use • 4 Multipurpose Patien
    24 points
  4. I am delighted to announce that I will be returning to Manx Radio’s Late Show on Wednesday 1st July. This follows a three week suspension after complaints were lodged against me for comments made by me and contributors to my programme on 3rd June. This led to an investigation by the regulator, the Isle of Man Communications Commission. Their report, published yesterday (24th June) concluded that Manx Radio had not breached the Broadcasting Code and that there was no case to answer. I feel strongly that people should be able to discuss things rationally and respectfully – it’s the onl
    23 points
  5. This is exactly the sort of idiocy that justifies what many think was the over the top camp Comis set up. Whereas most people can be trusted, it would only take one like this to spread the virus to a handful of people (who all think it’s perfectly safe and don’t practice their own social distancing) and we’re back to where we were in late March. I think the sentence is spot on.
    23 points
  6. With respect, you are. Without @rachomics on island PCR testing for covid would not have happened when it did, if at all. Of course, Rizwan Khan and Steve Doyle were vital too - sorry don’t know Dr Shields. One reason Rachel needs to be involved in testing strategy discussions is logistics. She knows better than everyone how much we can do here, and how quickly etc. It’s no good someone announcing a mass-testing policy at borders, for example, if there’s been no discussion as to how it might or might not work.
    22 points
  7. Information Notice.pdf Not sure if the PDF link will work, but this is the official word. To everyone on here who has supported me, thank you sincerely. To my many detractors, have a nice day.
    22 points
  8. I quite enjoy Manx Forums. There's nothing wrong with a bit of satire. Happy to defend myself, wherever that may be. I grew up knocking around Willaston so while you may believe that someone with my qualifications and standing should be supping some cocoa or a brandy while surrounded by scholarly journals and listening to Radio 3, I would say that your stereotypes need to change to reflect the realities of the modern scientist.
    21 points
  9. Even Santa will get three weeks in prison if he comes to the Isle of Man. That's what I've told my kids anyway.
    21 points
  10. As I write this Joe Biden is on the cusp of being handed the keys to the White House. Gazing not so deeply into my crystal ball, I see this story in next weeks ‘Examiner’... ’Agneash man’s close encounter with President!’ A resident of Agneash has been telling the Examiner how he nearly met new US President ‘Sleepy’ Joe Biden. Terry Stupid, who is Chief Government Arse-Licker at Gef the Mongoose, was on holiday in Pennsylvania in 1979 when he saw a man in a big hat walking a dog. ‘I though ‘that’s a big hat’’ enthused Terry, ‘I wonder if that fella is a local big-wig with a big-hat t
    19 points
  11. 0845: 4 Nov 2020 My Dearest Ellan, By the time you wake up, take the envelope off the mantelpiece and read this, I will have gone. I couldn’t handle the big ‘goodbye’. It would have been just too hard. There’s stuff that needs saying though, and a letter can be a better way. It takes the emotion out of the moment, and gives us both time to reflect on what has been, what might have been, and what is still to come. I fell in love with you at first sight. A single day in your company, a fleeting encounter, led to us spending more and more time together. As we g
    19 points
  12. This is what is so extraordinary. Except it now appears they had since Wednesday morning to get the response correct and they still managed to come up with something that made a staged denunciation at a Stalinist show trial sound convincing and reasonable in comparison. It's incompetence taken to the highest level. Blaming the media for reporting stuff was never going to go down well either. I can't help wondering if Quayle is behind this - if only because not even the hapless 'communications professionals' that he surrounds himself with can be that useless. The sort of petty spite wi
    19 points
  13. How do I apply? It was. Although my Taxa Genomics insurance covers almost everything a medical research and clinical diagnostics company might need. They were given the option of reactivating me on "the bank" or paying my commercial rates. They heard my commercial rates and chose to reactivate me on "the bank". I didn't mind, I didn't need the money and wanted to help. Probably true. Give them a couple of weeks until the current reagents run out and then we'll ask this again if the legal agreements aren't in place. That'll be an interesting conversation. They are bein
    19 points
  14. Most professions, whether they are brick-layers or engineers or micro-biologists, require qualifications (and they all have skills that I do not). It takes time and ability to acquire these skills; the more complex the subject, the more time and ability. There is maybe only one profession that requires no skill or ability (apart from the age-old profession), and that is being a politician. The attitude of the politicians in regard to this topic annoys the hell out of me. Yes, no-one is indispensable, but to replace someone like Dr. Glover is extremely difficult and time-consumin
    18 points
  15. Can you guys start a separate thread titled "Jersey is ace - oh no it isn't" and leave this one to a discussion on IOM and the coronavirus?
    18 points
  16. There's a lot of difficult concepts and difficult decisions being made here. I'll have a go at a further explanation. Possible long post ahead. First the difference between 'public health' and what is generally known to be a medical consultation. During this pandemic so far I've been involved in a fair bit of the former - modelling the numbers, trying to predict how many patients we'll have to look after, what to do if we get overwhelmed - how, for example, you decide on who gets the last ventilator if more than one person needs it - predicting how much oxygen we'll need... For this fu
    18 points
  17. @Lost Login - (and anyone else who thinks this doesn't apply to them particularly) I seem to recall you're an accountant so you can do this. Set up your own model of exponential growth in numbers of patients infected with the virus starting from 1 last Thursday, using a daily growth rate of 29% (figure from UK growth in positives over the last few weeks). Probably 80% will get it as we have little if any native immunity. As many as 50-75% may be totally asymptomatic. Of the cases that get it, it varies with age, but broadly speaking about 20% need hospital care and of those 25% intensi
    18 points
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  19. My father was one as well. I agree entirely with your sentiments.
    17 points
  20. It's a safe place right now because of the Manx people, not the Manx politicians. None of us want to be "the person who brought it back" so we isolate and make sure we don't transmit the virus by being extra careful. That's not down to the politicians at all. I don't understand why people seem to attribute it to them.
    16 points
  21. Easy analogy really. If your in a fight you dont leave the guy/girl with the gun out of the battle ! We are faced with a uncertain future as far as lots of things go so currently left with numpties in charge who know jackshit and a person with knowledge , Rachel , left on the periphery. You couldnt make it up. We are governed and led mostly by ego driven people that believe their own hype and are not bright or intelligent enough to see the big picture. This all has confirmed what many of us have suspected for along time.
    16 points
  22. It's classic Manx Civil Service isn't it? What someone makes a criticism of how something works, instead of answering that or even altering the way you do things in response, you attack the critic personally for daring to suggest that anything you do could ever be wrong. The fact that Ashford is stupid or weak enough to go along with it is not a good sign.
    16 points
  23. Children don’t become feral all on their own. Children want boundaries, want to know where they stand. It helps them to feel safe and explore the world healthily. What’s happening in Onchan and elsewhere is the result of a generation (or two or three) growing up with few boundaries, and few sanctions for breaking those boundaries. Without them we all become feral. The police must get involved by the time it becomes unlawful, the teachers must get involved when the boundary breaking affects the learning of others. Neither are parents nor social workers, they are service providers
    16 points
  24. Well I for one welcome having something well organised on the Island for a change.
    16 points
  25. I expect the protest will be in front of the U.S. Embassy in Douglas - otherwise an IOM protest about police brutality in Murrica makes no sense except as a virtue signalling snowstorm. In other news (saw this on a graph earlier) , in 2018 the USA had around fifty thousand white on black violent crimes, compared with four hundred thousand black on black and around 550,000 black on white violent crimes. ALL Lives Matter!
    16 points
  26. I hope that no one forgets that it wasn't very long ago that that wonderful human being William Henderson MLC wrote a 30 page essay on why he couldn't live on less than £50000 per year. That is the attitude that is going to have to change.
    16 points
  27. I see that Sir Miles Walker was 80 two days ago. Still the best Chief Minister we’ve had. Lifted the Island out a social policy quagmire, fought hard to do so and was vilified by nasty bastards for doing it. And a gentleman too. I hope he had a happy birthday and has many more.
    15 points
  28. I've done over 600 hip replacements at Noble's. Two patients died before leaving hospital. I can recall three who sustained a nerve injury at the time of surgery. There have been at least two early infections requiring revision. A handful have dislocated. I can think of a couple who were very upset by walking with a limp (but no pain) post-operatively. In any health care setting there are bad outcomes, and those patients tend to think something has gone wrong, or their surgeon is incompetent, or the hospital is useless etc. The only way to not get complications is to not operate i
    15 points
  29. Ratio of admissions to deaths is not that different, testing is obviously out due to the massive capacity increase like just about everywhere in the world. The current UK situation is impacting on our healthcare here. Just today I’ve tried to deal with a handful of referrals that have had treatment in UK that hasn’t worked out and can I sort it here, or patients who really ought to go across for treatment but can’t as their capacity is gone. Only 1 out of 8 theatres running, that sort of thing. Don’t just take my word for it - listen to radio 4, or watch BBC’s hospital programme. We’
    15 points
  30. Quayle and Ashford have indisputably shown themselves as the petty, spiteful, ignorant and incompetent half-wits that many of us have clearly discerned from day 1. They’re a disgrace who should be unceremoniously booted out of office. ‘Chief Minister’ my arse. Appalling.
    15 points
  31. You have to love the Dr. She's got some cahoneys.
    15 points
  32. Having watched the glorious nations station clip with an ashy morphing into the guy from the hamlet cigar ads I kind of got the impression ashy wont be losing any sleep over the whole matter. Saddened is a bit of a weird word to use even though he doesn't seem to mean it. Also, he said he'd had a conversation with rach. Via email. Could he not have gone to the trouble of at least phoning her up? The guy is an arse, MBE or not. Strikes me as a bit of a slimeball. It's obvious Rachel has been working all hours all through this, I expect she's exhausted. These idiots have no people skills
    15 points
  33. ...and I so wanted a long illustrious career at the DHSC I run my own company so my involvement with the DHSC to set up and keep the COVID19 lab running wasn't exactly in the professional career plan... Compared to DHSC employees and civil servants, I'm in the position where I don't need to worry about the mortgage payments if I get sacked for questioning things as I have my day-job at my company. So I question things. On the flip side of that I'm pretty sure there are a few in the DHSC and civil service who would love to see my head on a spike for daring to speak up. OK. So fir
    15 points
  34. There are a couple of subtly different issues here. I would not so much condemn them had they done so temporarily and put out a statement to the effect that the suspension was pending the outcome of the independent enquiry, full stop. This I would accept as protecting their legitimate commercial interest. They didn't. They immediately jumped aboard the manufactured bandwagon of outrage by putting out a statement distancing themselves from the programme and Stu Peters: ’For those people who heard the show, we wanted to publicly address what was said and make it clear that we in NO WAY cond
    15 points
  35. @Josem - I offered to talk to you about the methodology behind the modelling, but was not prepared to share the spreadsheet as it’s a working calculator, which depending on input variables could generate all sorts of outcomes which could easily be misused. You never replied and instead put in an FOI request. The modelling was done about 8 weeks ago and its predictions were used to inform planning, mainly at the hospital, and to illustrate to the decision makers how serious the situation could get if significant measures weren’t put in place. It was a ‘plan for the worst, hope for the bes
    15 points
  36. To be fair, I used to design, validate and deploy DNA tests for ssRNA viruses for the entirety of UK DEFRA plant health and food security. It was only for around 13 years so I suppose I know sod all about anything. We used to run 20,000 tests per week with the set-up we had at DEFRA so - right now - 200 ssRNA Coronavirus tests per days seems like small-fry. Some of my contemporaries are running the "Lighthouse Labs" in the UK. But because I'm from the IoM and returned to the IoM with my "skillz" I must know stuff all. God, I love Manx Forums. It's right up my street
    15 points
  37. Pull up a sandbag, and I’ll tell you why.... I’ve been visiting the Island since 1991,and lived here since 1998. I put my heart and soul into keeping it safe. My kids grew up here, and are better people for it. I like the community, the safety and the general pace of the place. It is also incredibly beautiful. But, Over this time I’ve become acutely aware of how it works. And the answer to that is ‘not well’. When we were being propped up with a couple of hundred million from the UK, it wasn’t too bad. But we got ahead of ourselves. We thought we were doing really well, and eve
    15 points
  38. Did I tell you about a time when Bill saved the day? A load of us, including Bill, were on the red-eye patient transfer to various specialists in Liverpool hospitals, more than half of us including Mrs Q were having procedures. It's a long day doing this, tiring, we all just wanted to get home. When we were collected, and returned to John Lennon, after standing around for ages, Flybe, without warning, cancelled the flight! We were dumbfounded and immediately some of us began ringing the Steam Packet to see about catching the ferry. This resulted in either an unanswered call or engaged tone, fo
    15 points
  39. Rhetorical on your part I suspect Roger, but let me answer anyway: Because he’s an Olympic standard twat.
    15 points
  40. I hate to sound like such a bitch, but it's Dr. Glover to you. Anyone else can call me Rachel. The interesting point that you don't seem to have realised is that I resigned. It's now the DHSC who are contacting me to get my services back after they realised my skills were required after all.
    14 points
  41. I think it’s outrageous only allowing students having names beginning with ‘J’ to come home. It’s disgustingly letterist.
    14 points
  42. Whether you accept, or not, that the current situation here constitutes, or not, ‘community transmission’, this is almost an incidental matter. What is indisputable is that Quayle and his government are partial with the truth, opaque, unwilling to evidence or account for their actions, hostile to reasonable requests for clarification or information, shockingly bad at communication, and dismissive of alternative views, even when expressed by seasoned professionals. These are the matters that should exercise our alarm. It’s shocking.
    14 points
  43. Dr. Khan isn't on Manx Forums (as far as I know). I can't speak for @wrighty (and nor can @scotty). However, as far as I am concerned, I am perfectly entitled to answer however I like on a thread that has my name in the title. If you don't like the way I reply, feel free to go and find another thread to comment on.
    14 points
  44. Actually it's probably mostly because you are Not One Of Us, which is the greatest sin anyone can commit with the Manx governmental establishment. Mainly because the only qualification for their positions many of them have is being One Of Us, so if that weren't the main criterion they'd be exposed. Of course for many of them (including I think Quayle), being female automatically makes you Not One Of Us, so that's part of it, but your sex also dictates the way they attack you. If you were called Richard they'd be almost as nasty, but in a different way. But I think there's also a lo
    14 points
  45. To be fair, the majority probably do sympathise with anti-racism, I do. Do I sympathise with this bunch as they are currently positioning themselves? No. Do I think there is racism on the island? Probably there is passive or latent racism but it will manifest itself as ignoramuses being mean and insulting, nothing like the actions that sparked the BLM movement in the US. The US has it's own peculiarities, such as gun ownership, militarization of the police and systems that do inherently seem to prejudice black people, but it is not necessarily all one-sided as many black American
    14 points
  46. Several things strike me about that letter: 1. It wasn't Stu's comments that have caused the backlash, but the vindictive campaign. There have been no racist comments on social media merely many people questioning the motives of this group. 2. Stu did not laugh at them, clearly it was at the inability to get a word in edge ways. 3. Again, it is anonymous. Who is this group? Are they like the Hardy Commission (will that name) who have written to the Dept of Ed to demand that anti racism is taught in our schools? When asked who they were and who gave them their "Commission" t
    14 points
  47. Of course they should reinstate him. They should have shown some backbone and not suspended him in the first place. Very weak leadership in the face of the hysterical followers of a cabal on social media.
    14 points
  48. It's a shame that some of us on here have been so equivocal and not given him greater support. I'm not part of the fan club and I rarely listened to the show, but he didn't say anything wrong; or as some have suggested, dig a hole for himself. He was ambushed by a couple of righteous true believers and handled it very fairly and very well. He could easily have put his foot in it - but he didn't. I'm a bit surprised that the support is so tepid.
    14 points
  49. Thread not locked. Just @dilligaf and @Mr Newbie on lockdown for a while. £855 charge for 14 days. Dick1 + Dick2 = suspension
    14 points
  50. Being taught to knock a tune out on something and understand the rudiments of musical notation is a fine gift that will enrich the lives of any children exposed to it. As others have opined, I'd cancel RE before I'd touch music.
    14 points
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