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  1. Oh, dear. Even when I stop posting it seems as if I manage to cause trouble! In all honesty, I did my level best to leave without flouncing - because it’s always the cause of justifiable hilarity when someone ‘announces’ their departure from Manx Forums as if it’s a world-shattering item of news. So I tried to slip away very quietly in the hope that my absence wouldn’t be noticed. Obviously, it didn’t work. I had received (as I realised later) a number of PM messages asking if I was okay. May I apologise for not responding to many of those well-wishers and thank them for their concern – it was rude of me not to have done so. There were also several ‘phone calls from those who are aware of my real identity. Once again, many thanks. I also realise that my timing was poor – choosing a moment when the most ignorant and unpleasant poster ever to contribute to the forums was gloating over the kind of imagined triumph that only a very small mind could concoct – but it just happened to be the moment when I came to realise that Manx Forums have ceased to be a place for rational or intelligent debate. As a matter of fact, I would now find it difficult to argue with the view that it’s a place for the ‘ill-informed.’ For those who aren’t sure how to break the addiction, let me inform you that the first step is to stop posting – regardless of provocation. (this may seem strange when I am posting this one but, having glanced at the current crop of 'discussions,' I can be completely confident that I won't be tempted again) The second step takes longer – avoid logging in to use the ‘New Content’ facility because, as you will soon realise, there is no such thing as ‘new’ content on MF – just a rehash of tired jokes, repeated subject matter and fixed, narrow-minded opinions. There have been some erudite and knowledgeable posters – but so many have given up when faced with the flood of garbage produced by those whose mental capacities are suspect to say the very least - and only a few now remain. Naturally, there will be suspicion that I’m logging in/posting under another name. That will not happen. I have posted as Terse some years ago; I have used spoof accounts for fun – Geoff Cockish and the Evil One, for example; as well as thomasjefferson (little TJ as he became known), but I will not be using them again. Despite the efforts of Sick Moon to suggest otherwise, neither Credente nor Endovelicus have any connection to me other than as friends – people I met when they came to the island and to whom I recommended the forums as a way of learning about our fair but flawed island - but I can honestly say that I don’t care what a piece of shit like the Sick Moon thinks about anything. I have, for a long time, had an image of that poster (in several manifestations) as some kind of failed musician who possibly turned to teaching until an attraction towards <removed by mod following a complaint by TSM> led to a painful downfall. It just seems to fit with the persona and the general sickness of someone who is so absorbed in/obsessed with the misery of motor cycle crashes. Obviously, the tiny little band who make up that asshole’s fan club think differently. Anyway, following today’s call from Credente and seeing the customary shit-brained response of Pierrot Keyboarder made me realise that a ‘final post’ was clearly necessary to clear things up. So, I will definitely not be posting on Manxforums again after this. I will be doing a little bit of ‘housekeeping’ by deleting some of the things I’ve written, for as long as my subscription lasts, and I may glance at subjects from time to time (even if it's only to have a giggle at TJ's extremely tenuous connection with factual history or to groan at Albert Tatlock's raisin-sharp wit), but that is all. After that, I will trouble you all no more. Lonan3
  2. My identities are Lonan3 and Terse (which I haven't used for a very long time and I don't think I can recall the log in password for). The other two are people I have met
  3. I remember a guy in a van selling herring. He used to ring a very loud hand bell and yell "Herring... fresh herring!"
  4. I don't want to defend Suarez in any way whatsoever. He may well be a brilliant talent but he's a severely flawed person who clearly needs a lot of psychological help before he returns to the game. That said, however, if the injuries he actually inflicted on opponents were worthy of the ban he received, what should have been given for some of these?
  5. I feel sorry for Chile. They did everything right and played football that was good to watch and losing a penalty shoot-out to the host nation must be gut-wrenching. Brazil have been a bit disappointing so far, but they seem to get the rub of the green, which suggests that they can win without being particularly great or exciting.
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  7. Well, he has been accused of being the second biggest asshole at the World Cup - after Sepp Blatter, that is.
  8. He's obviously there because of his record!
  9. I want the USA to go through just so this spoof Twitter account continues! https://twitter.com/usasoccerguy
  10. Someone probably relieved not to be facing him - the potential headlines being obvious.
  11. If we'd known the odds were that good....
  12. >I've been watching the England match. Oh so you're the viewer mentioned by the BBC... How did they get on? I've been in Shoprite; priorities you know... TBT I forgot to mention that it wasn't broadcast on the BBC - so you appear to know as much about cricket (the greatest and by far the most important game in the world) as you do about football.
  13. >I've been watching the England match. Oh so you're the viewer mentioned by the BBC... How did they get on? I've been in Shoprite; priorities you know... TBT I was watching the cricket. The England team were almost, but not quite, as bad as the footballers. At least they put up a fight.
  14. From the worst performance though. The cricket is much better. Well it was until the next to last ball!
  15. I've been watching the England match. Real backs-to-the-wall stuff as they try to get a draw. One wicket standing, five overs left and Moeen's made his maiden century - really gripping!
  16. I love the way that TJ begins by blaming everything on Islamic fundamentalists, moves on to point the finger at Western powers. then decides they're controlled by the 'international bankers and transnational corporations' and goes on to tell us to ignore them and concentrate on the elites 'who are obsessed with ushering in a one world government.' Eventually, as he keeps moving up the chain, he'll come to the point where the only person to really blame is the god that mankind invented - every god - to use as an excuse for our own greed and megalomania.
  17. And the future is? http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140623-the-real-life-hoverbike Electric bikes? Pfffft!
  18. And still got unceremoniously dumped out of the major competitions! There have been a few voices claiming that Cole - and even Terry - should have been in the squad but, although they both useful players in the past, neither of them would have been up to the current task. In many cases it has been loyalty to long-serving players that has prevented younger talent from emerging and all credit to Hodgson for challenging that philosophy to some degree. I have to say, though, that I think it was a mistake to include Lambert once Jay Rodriguez was injured - their partnership was the best thing about them - and a shame that Oxlade-Chamberlain doesn't appear to have been fit enough to play? I also think Frank Lampard was a poor choice - even though he'll be leading England in what will probably be his final match for them tomorrow. All in all the attack has not been too bad - it's in defence that Engalnd have been lacking. The left back position is a worry as we've discussed before. Luke Shaw, who will probably play tomorrow, is the big hope. So far, Cahill is the only defender who has had a decent competition - but the likes of Caulker, Jones, Lowton (Wow! a Villa player???), Ryan Bertrand and the often-overlooked Danny Rose are all clamouring for a chance.
  19. Says the only person who probably won't accept that Jagielka and Baines were culpable for the second goal.
  20. It may well be that, after the next election, Kate Beecroft will be seen as a potential CM - as might Cannon or Thomas. None of them have sufficient experience just yet, and I don't think they'd relish donning the mantle with the dead wood they'd have to use to construct a cabinet. If Bell were to finally realise that he lacks any leadership qualities whatsoever and decide to resign, the numpties are perfectly capable of turning to someone as inappropriate as Robertshaw, or even Teare as a temporary solution. Peter Karran, though sincere in most of what he says (it's difficult to be sure because he treats the English language with more contempt than he does his opponents), would not be able to command the necessary degree of respect from either Tynwald or the general public. He has, however, worked well as deputy speaker in the past, so I'd suggest a temporary solution of Rodan becoming CM for no more than the duration of this parliament with Karran taking over speaker's duties
  21. Poor choice - packages don't throw up on the back seat.
  22. You know the expression; 'would you like to talk to the man in charge, or the woman who knows what's happening?
  23. No offence, but I'll pass. I had an American friend who'd played at college level who explained it to me very well. Understanding it didn't actually make it any better - it still came over as rugby for the less intelligent. I had the same trouble with rounders and netball baseball and basketball if that's any comfort.
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