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  1. 18 hours ago, Twitch said:

    The saga of Castletown Golf Club and the nearby hotel epitomises most of what is wrong with this Island.

    On local golf clubs, wasn't Douglas Golf Club designed by the same guy who did the world-famous Augusta course where the Masters is held?

    Plus Peel designed by James Braid, and Castletown was originally an Old Tom Morris design, so the island hasn't wanted for big name architects in golf. 

  2. 20 minutes ago, Max Power said:

    Strangely, I always heard that it was and couldn't appreciate why it had such a good reputation. I'm not a golfer and subscribe to the Mark Twain view of the sport, but accidentally picked up a golfing magazine at my GPs surgery. In there was a review by one of their contributors who it seems evaluates golf venues around the golfing world. He came to the island, stayed at the Sefton Express and played a couple of rounds in the wet and dry. He seemed mightily impressed and espoused all sorts of favourable comments. 

    I'm sure that a good sympathetic hotel development would do wonders for the place. God this scruffy little island needs a good sort out! 

    15 years now since I left, and at the time it was scruffy, F-L had just arrived, and I believe he did eventually spend quite a bit on the course, and the new bar above the pro-shop, so my opinion may be somewhat dated. 


    Also note I did them a disservice, they're 65th in the top 100 UK courses :blush:

  3. On 3/21/2020 at 8:21 AM, Derek Flint said:

    Castletown Golf Links is one of the best courses in the world. This should be a high quality golf resort hotel. 

    It really isn't Derek. It's an OK course, but that's it. On the back of Ferguson-Lacey's money it got into <cough> the top 100 in the UK for a few years, right near the bottom, but totally unjustified, and I speak as a former member. 

  4. 6 hours ago, woolley said:

    I will have to defer to your greater knowledge of Swinson. Aside from her vainglorious pronouncements of impending Prime Ministership, I have taken little notice of her. So what is she "like" and why then did they choose her as leader? She should be used to losing the seat because she did so in 2015 too, didn't she?

    I suppose I can understand a request for a recount. It was a bit tight. Sturgeon didn't cover herself in stateswoman like glory with her celebration either.

    She's like exactly what you've now seen. Arrogant, tin eared, nae too smart, and basically a Tory as was shown by her refusal to work with Corbyn even temporarily to get her own party's policy of a delay in Brexit through, but at no time ruled out working with Bojo if he won. She's learned nothing from her previous time in coalition. 

  5. 21 hours ago, woolley said:

    What of Swinson, the putative PM in waiting, with her "Article 50 revocation in the first 24 hours" policy? She'll be working in the local pub next week. Politics is one unforgiving business. A shame for some good MPs, Brexiteers, who got caught up in the melee, such as Caroline Flint.

    I understood those in England not knowing Swinson, and mistakenly thinking she'd be a decent leader, but surely the membership should have known what she was like? We did in Scotland, she was always going to be horrific, i was shocked when Davy lost to her.

    What's also really funny is their subsequent bawling at Sturgeon's reaction to Amy Callaghan winning the seat off her, buried in all this was the delay to the result was a massive tantrum Swinson threw because the returning officer refused her a recount, toys out the pram, threatening legal action. FAF. 


  6. 2 hours ago, Max Power said:

    Thanks Dilli but people are entitled to their views I guess. It would help if some of them thought it through before posting.

    I assume I'm being nosey, but who are you? If you're a former TTer who had a big one, Milky? 

  7. 40 minutes ago, On The Bus said:

    You're missing the point, chum. Everest has fuck all to do with the TT. Everest doesn't need road closures and 500+ Hi-vis Hitlers to make it happen. It's a big Mountain that's been there for years people will climb it whatever. The TT is an organised death sport where the government goes out of it's way to make it happen. Think you may need to think about that again Chum.

    He's now clarified, seems I understood and you didn't chum.  No apology necessary though :thumbsup:

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  8. 1 hour ago, On The Bus said:

    Wow, using world wars to justify acceptance of TT deaths is a new one... that's  above and beyond the expected 'but what about Everest?' lines. 

    Think you need to read that again chum, he says the opposite.

    The "everest" argument is rather valid this year isn't it? Can you imagine if there were the same number of casualties at a TT? 


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  9. On 12/26/2018 at 8:08 PM, Chris C said:

    The thing is the other things that can kill you don't close the roads, so are seen as more acceptable. 

    Many football games close roads in vicinity, some golf tournaments require roads in area closed, parks commandeered for parking etc. I could go on, but those two are the sports I know most about so will stick on solid ground.

    Yes the TT is fairly unique (apart from rallying, running, cycling) in that it closes roads for actual event use, rather than ancilliary use, but being against it because it closes roads is no argument at all.

    As a one time comeover, I found the whole TT week fantastic, closed roads and all. But if you don't like it, let out your house for the week/fortnight, you'll more than pay for your foreign holiday. What's not to like. 


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  10. Deary me. Everything can kill you, many with a higher chance than motorbike racing. If you don't like it, there's a boa.........oh wait, boats can capsize. Hmmm, well there's always air.....oh ffs :wacko:

  11. On 6/8/2018 at 4:59 PM, yootalkin2me said:

    For what it's worth the TT effects everyone on the island to varying degrees. Just the increase in volume of traffic makes it more likely to be involved in a crash. Even if someone was to remain inside their house for the whole duration the TT still effects them by them choosing to stay inside their home.

    So you also would like things that are inconvenient to you banned? Should the island do nothing at all? 

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  12. 7 hours ago, gettafa said:

    Two temporary beer tents doing well and raking it in.

    The weather helps of course.

    But pubs...losing out apparently. They need at least a coupla days pissing down rain and the occasional race cancellation/postponement.

    You can't please everyone all of the time.

    Surely only in relative terms, they'll still be coining it in over a normal week. 

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