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    Manx Sport is Golden

    If there was an olympic event of being offended we'd certainly have some gold medalists here.
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    labour

    I see McDonnell has written to the civil service telling them to prepare for mass nationalisations and an emergency budget when they take power after a snap election in the next few weeks.
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    Donald Trump

    What did you expect? Entire thing has been a fantasy.
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    Gibraltar

    I'm not convinced that it's declining due to access to different sports and activities. Judging by the amount of obesity it might be due to sloth. I'm not sure either that we all shouted hurrah when Sky "revolutionised" football. We'd had live league games on terrestrial before they put their stranglehold on it. It's an exercise in seeing how much you will pay for what you used to get for nothing. Even now the viewing figures are pathetic and the economics of the game are a farce. https://www.statista.com/statistics/869181/english-premier-league-television-viewership-uk/ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/champions-league-final-audience-lower-than-us-hvl975363 Don't consider F1 to be a sport.
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    Gibraltar

    There is a general lack of players in their prime, it's that simple. Demographic studies bear this out. The population fall between the last two censuses was predominantly young adults. We aren't acquiring many and the home grown ones have a propensity to leave. I'm involved in a couple of sports and know contacts in others and it's generally fine up to mid teens and then they lose interest. Later they go off to university and never come back, or they have other things in their lives and don't have the dedication that training requires. For many it's just too much like hard work to go out training after a day at work. It's a problem. If the Island squash champ is 46 that tells you two things. One, the champ is very good, and two, there is something lacking in quality and quantity among the younger pretenders.
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    Gibraltar

    https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/international/world-cup-moments-roy-keane-tells-mccarthy-to-stick-it-up-your-b-ks-1.3480613 Up your bollocks. You're not even Irish. Just a thick fucking Yorkshireman.
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    Gibraltar

    Because the Isle of Man is affiliated to the English FA and it receives funding from them. Do you remember the Isle of Man winning the FA Systems Cup in 2006? They went on to actually play in full England kit as "England" in the following years UEFA competition at the same level. https://www.mic.co.im/news/isle-of-man-news/isle-of-man-in-english-fa-inter-league-final The Island could drop the affiliation and go it alone if it wished. There was a bit of a controversy about it a few years ago when the Ellan Vannin team was founded.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Hear yourself with this tired "unicorn" bollox. You, I would suggest, are smarter than the remoan social media buzzwords. Then the overworked "economies of scale" stuff. In a no deal situation business would survive and thrive. People want to do business and politicians whether they are in London or Brussels will never stop them. It just seems now as though we will never know what could have been. I am wondering if Woody would prefer single market and customs union "deal" or remain. He'll probably say no difference.
  9. Well I was one of those who believed that the "hurtling" had been overdone and was prepared to believe the official version of events put out at the time about it being a fairly minor incident over a couple of hundred yards. I now confess to being shocked at the level of negligence and that the distance was 1.4km and a speed of over 44mph was reached. That would be SERIOUSLY scary and does qualify as a hurtle. I am also shocked at the level of what can only be described as concealment of the facts by the government. Perhaps it is naive of me to be shocked. I stand by the following post though. As I said, I know some of the old hands who spent decades working the trams and just shake their heads at the lack of knowledge on the system now. It's not just managerial, maintenance or H&S knowledge. There is no substitute for experience and diligence at the operational level too.
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    Alesha Macphail

    I am of the opinion there are one or two on here who would be up for trying. Nobody is a lost cause for the ultra liberals.
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    Alesha Macphail

    Some things are beyond our understanding, but I meant "understand" in the sense of empathy towards the perpetrators and their future prospects. Not sure what we can do about it as we are unlikely ever to cure it. We are essentially animals with base instincts driving us after all, and sometimes in some individuals these will come to the fore and manifest themselves in heinous crimes. I suppose we could try a bit of interventionist Darwinism by ensuring such characters don't breed.
  12. No. New operating procedures were put in, rheostatic braking systems overhauled and the fell brake equipment (which should never have been allowed to deteriorate) was refurbished for the 2018 season, with a requirement for fail safe braking to be explored and implemented as soon as possible. That is now being actioned.
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    Guilty of GBH, consent irrelevant

    I think this is what China was alluding to in his earlier link which quoted a professional opinion that: doctors must consider their patients' psychological needs. To paraphrase in the vernacular, it would appear that practitioners need to make a call on whether the customer is a nutcase or not.
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    Alesha Macphail

    Shocking. No doubt we'll have the bleeding hearts along to say we should try to understand and rehabilitate such reprehensible human beings. Equally shocking. Not fit to breathe the air.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Nothing revelatory there, nor anything that makes me reconsider my post last night. Current deal is about the limit pragmatically. Anything closer involving customs union, single market, full budget contributions etc. might as well be around the table because you haven't left in any case. If it achieves nothing else, it proves that you cannot leave this thing until it dies its natural death.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Article 50 has been the big spanner in the works, and was designed by John Kerr to be exactly that. Big mistake to go down that road.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    This is the whole point, Stinky. It's an abdication of state responsibilities. Don't use your faculties and sure enough you will lose them. That is what has happened together with a lack of leaders and expertise. All part of the plan to hobble nation states and it needs to be reversed.
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    Manx Radio

    People get more for less.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    You aren't making a good case for staying in............
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    Manx Radio

    How do those Women Today do it then?
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    Can you please update the gov.im front page?

    It's all a bit pointless once they're dead isn't it? And I tend to feel the same way about it when they are just about gaga and at the dribbling into their soup stage. Sound of stable doors slamming with not a horse in sight and all of that.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    So the end game rolls on. It seems unlikely that the existing deal will be approved next week because both sides think they can get their preferred outcome. I wouldn't be surprised if MV3 never takes place, or if it does it goes down by an even bigger margin than MV2. May will then surely resign, or maybe that will happen sooner if she sees the position is hopeless. I think no deal is highly unlikely because Parliament has already voted it down, and now the EU has allowed more time to legislate otherwise. No crash out next Friday then. Brexiteers should take note. Realistically, the hard Brexit ship sailed when the UK submitted itself to the Article 50 process. It should not have done so, but that ship sailed 2 years ago. As one who has always disdained the EU, I could have lived with the current deal as a start. It's a step in a process and better than being in. I didn't like the transition period inside the customs union (backstop) and I was suspicious as to what it was that was going to replace it in the Future Relationship document. If a customs union was needed in the transition, then why not in the permanent relationship? Conversely, if we could have a permanent relationship without a customs union why was deemed essential in the transition? This was never satisfactorily answered, but on balance, I'd live with that package. I can understand why it was framed the way it was; as something that was actually nobody's ideal but might come to be everybody's compromise. I guess that reckoned without the divisiveness that the EU always invokes in the British. Nobody can see a compromise between entrenched opposing positions. However, I will say that if, as seems likely, the "alternative ideas" from the likes of Corbyn are going to involve being in the customs union and single market with full budget contributions and freedom of movement then that's ludicrous. A bit like signing up to buy a business with no say on its future direction. In that case, and through gritted teeth, I would prefer the revocation of Article 50, and working to clip the monster's wings from within. It would not be a pretty outcome, but it would be better than paying the dues, observing all the rules (more than most EU countries do) with no seat at the table. Welcome to the Hotel California.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    You've heard of buying stuff on line? Nowt to do with Brexit.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Well we keep being told that "Brexit uncertainty" is stopping people buying, so I suppose this is where the comment is coming from rather than any unfulfilled expectation of stockpiling. Move from high street to online is a global phenomenon affecting shopping habits. Been happening for years and nothing to do with Brexit.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Or maybe the Bobby Ewing scenario. Larry revokes Article 50 by walking across a keyboard in No 10, and sending off to Tusk a draft letter in Theresa's name that was judiciously prepared some months ago by a remoan staffer "just in case". The following day the news bulletins are running a lighthearted "and finally" piece about David Cameron walking out of the shower and saying good morning to Samantha. That's when she tells him of the horrible dream she just had about the Brexit saga and, worst of all, Theresa May becoming PM. "You have a vivid imagination, darling." he tells her. "Don't be silly. Thank goodness George talked me out of that referendum, eh?" Cuts back to the smiling newscaster who wishes everyone a pleasant evening, "and don't have nightmares."
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