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  1. This is woolley’s final contribution on Manxforums which will come as a blessed relief to some, no doubt, and so, ladies and gentlemen, I crave your indulgence one last time. Considering that I’ve written so much here, I can’t even recall what it was that moved me sufficiently to sign up to MF in the first place. It’s all lost in the mists of time, but it was clearly the start of something that endured and became a part of my routine. All things, both nice and nasty, eventually come to an end. When I’d idly pondered in the past how I might conclude my MF tenure other than by fa
  2. Well, John, it's your show and I respect your position as a moderator which I am sure must be a thankless task. It's your call who posts on here and what is beyond the pale. However, nobody appointed you as the infallible authority on current affairs, so strip away your position as moderator and I reckon with your second paragraph you are at least close to committing the same misdemeanor that you accuse PK and I of. It would have been a better look with just the 1st and 3rd paragraph. Threats of official sanction and insults do not sit well in the same post. I watch with astonishment some of
  3. Maybe memories of the Free Enterprise III are still too raw. There have been 6 Mona's Isles. Only 2 Manx Maids, which I think I'd plump for. Or perhaps "Howard Quayle" in honour of the Island's crisis leader.
  4. I see "Other" is in the lead in the naming poll at the moment. Bloody awful name for a boat.
  5. I wonder if there will be another fastcraft. It is nice to have the shorter crossing. That's the problem though. It's a "nice to have".
  6. That's no lifeboat. That's the passenger accommodation. Rest of it devoted to freight. Follow the money.
  7. Sounds like one of those old medium women that ran seances in the parlour.
  8. To be fair, you couldn't ask for higher levels of reliability than they've had out of the Ben for over 20 years. Major constraint has been the scant passenger facilities.
  9. I wouldn't bet against it being too big for Douglas.
  10. Yes, it is, but look who's using it. I think it's his family having a bit of sport with the old duffer. No they don't. You use it and that's about it.
  11. Perhaps she could do it in her spare time. She's only running a couple of large rocks in the South Pacific with a few people and a lot of sheep. Passenger arrivals in 2019: New Zealand: 3.9 million UK: 143.9 million (that we know about).
  12. Obviously don't understand the word "mainly" which, believe it or not, makes provision for exceptions. Look at the areas of highest infection. The figures don't lie. Within those areas, for instance, Oldham is hard hit, but the areas outside of the highly concentrated Muslim areas within the borough are not.
  13. The illustration actually looks like Manannan photoshopped onto the top of the Ben, so probably not.
  14. The sea most definitely. And we will have to pay!
  15. I think it's down to political correctness. It's mainly the Muslim areas that are seeing the rise, but they can't come out and say that or they would be crucified, so they lock down the entire region. Ironically, Muslim leaders on the BBC saying they are being "picked on" at Eid and how would you like it if it was at Christmas. I think most likely that it will be, as the virus doesn't discriminate. I take your point about the short notice and confused detail, but looking back at the ridiculous opprobrium heaped on them before, I guess they see it as better to issue the clampdown as soon as pos
  16. They seem to have it much more under control now, in common with other countries. The areas that are being locked down have rising rates, but nothing approaching the earlier peaks. I wouldn't say they have given up on SD. You can put out instructions but if large numbers ignore it you can hardly jail everyone.
  17. That was always the plan, wasn't it? So that health services don't become overwhelmed.
  18. It's pretty low level for now, provided they get a grip on it quickly. No doubt that is why the urgency.
  19. I see some are moaning now that only two hours notice has been given. Too slow before. Too quick now. Never happy.
  20. I wonder if there will be a cap.
  21. Maybe they'll put a tax on it. Graduated scale.
  22. I don't see anything like this in the guidance. Not heard it publicised either. Is it in the legislation? (Assuming living and not loving!)
  23. I'm not making excuses for anyone, in the same way as I'm not congratulating anyone. Success is also the wrong word, because it's too soon to say. It is a long slog and will continue to be. Nobody knows for how long. There is no "right" way to deal with it, because we don't yet know enough about it. There are a few things that we know about the nature of the virus and there are things we know about the nature of civilisation and economies. One of those is that we cannot go into a cave and hide. There has to be compromise.
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