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  1. From todays Sunday Telegraph The Isle of Man is known by most as the location for TT racing, but officials are now seeking to use art to make the island a “cool” destination for hipster professionals. The 30-mile-long Crown Dependency is hoping to create a “Shoreditch vibe” in the Irish Sea by commissioning murals and other artworks more often seen in the modish quarter of London. The Isle of Man Arts Council (IMAC) has already invested 35 per cent of its budget this year on public works to create a culture of 21st-century “cool”, as the Manx government seeks to tempt tech-savvy young workforce to the island. “It’s about showing what the Isle of Man is like, that it’s a cool place to be,” Martyn Cain, of the IMAC, told the Telegraph. IMAC colleague and artist Olivia Savage explained: “It’s making it vibrant, fun, and appealing. It’s a Shoreditch style, it’s about finding a very Camden or Shoreditch vibe. “It’s about making it more attractive to younger people. There is a big push to keep younger people here, showing them that they don’t need to leave to pursue a career.” Since 2019 the IMAC council has spent £229,800 on visual arts, and the proportion of its total annual arts budget that has been invested in public projects like murals has risen from 18 per cent of the budget in 2020/21 to 35 per cent so far this financial year. The work follows the establishment in 2019 of Locate Isle of Man, a body tasked by the government with increasing the economically active population of the island which is home to just 85,000 people, 21 per cent of whom are over-65. The focus of this work has been on targeting younger people with skills in growing digital industries like online gaming. Local officials have identified this demographic, whether born on the Isle of man or “off island”, as having different lifestyle priorities compared to previous generations, and are increasingly keen to offer what young professionals want. Beth Cannan, a Commissioner (town councillor) in Castletown, said: “It’s time for Isle of Man hipsters. “People have thought of us as a cosy, slippers and pipe destination, and that needs to change. People want different things now. And things are changing.” As part of a “shift” in planning, Castletown, the former capital of the island, now boasts murals on its police station and bold street art overlooking the town’s vegan-friendly pizzeria. Walls in Douglas and Port St Mary have been daubed with brightly coloured murals, shelters on the promenade in Ramsey have been newly decorated, and the town’s public toilets have been earmarked for an artistic makeover as part of a raft of comissons on the island. Planning rules stipulate that design must be in keeping with the local area, with murals containing nods to TT racing and fishing, and officials have said while the arts scene is about reframing the island’s image, it must also show off what is unique about Man. Mr Cain said: “We have people going off island, perhaps thinking there is nothing for them here, but industries are changing, digital skills are becoming very important here. “I think everyone in Government is really looking at attracting people to come, and making it attractive to retain people. “The Isle of Man has always been the sort of downplayed island, with maybe Guernsey and Jersey being a bit more vocal about advertising what they were about. “We’ve been a bit more underrated here, which is a very Manx thing, but I think we need to be doing more of that, and telling people about what’s on offer here.” Alongside top-down funding, officials have said that the Isle of Man is becoming like an offshore St Ives, the Cornish town which became a hub for artists like Barbara Hepworth.
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    Burn the heretic
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    I thought they'd stopped giving the prices on Farming Today? The Archers is my farming listen to
  4. there's nothing wrong with the Terminus - especially now that awful manager has moved on
  5. Coloured crossings seem to be the in thing
  6. There's always at least two and a half months before they are released
  7. The article: Scientists on a committee that encouraged the use of fear to control people’s behaviour during the Covid pandemic have admitted its work was “unethical” and “totalitarian”. Members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour (SPI-B) expressed regret about the tactics in a new book about the role of psychology in the Government’s Covid-19 response. SPI-B warned in March last year that ministers needed to increase “the perceived level of personal threat” from Covid-19 because “a substantial number of people still do not feel sufficiently personally threatened”. Gavin Morgan, a psychologist on the team, said: “Clearly, using fear as a means of control is not ethical. Using fear smacks of totalitarianism. It’s not an ethical stance for any modern government. By nature I am an optimistic person, but all this has given me a more pessimistic view of people.” Mr Morgan spoke to author Laura Dodsworth, who has spent a year investigating the Government’s tactics for her book A State of Fear, published on Monday. Ministers have faced repeated accusations that they ramped up the threat from the pandemic to justify lockdowns and coerce the public into abiding by them – a claim that will be examined by the forthcoming public inquiry into the pandemic response. SPI-B is one of the sub-committees that advises the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), led by Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser. One SPI-B scientist told Ms Dodsworth: “In March [2020] the Government was very worried about compliance and they thought people wouldn’t want to be locked down. There were discussions about fear being needed to encourage compliance, and decisions were made about how to ramp up the fear. The way we have used fear is dystopian. “The use of fear has definitely been ethically questionable. It’s been like a weird experiment. Ultimately, it backfired because people became too scared.” Another SPI-B member said: “You could call psychology ‘mind control’. That’s what we do… clearly we try and go about it in a positive way, but it has been used nefariously in the past.” One warned that “people use the pandemic to grab power and drive through things that wouldn’t happen otherwise… We have to be very careful about the authoritarianism that is creeping in”. Another said: “Without a vaccine, psychology is your main weapon… Psychology has had a really good epidemic, actually.” As well as overt warnings about the danger of the virus, the Government has been accused of feeding the public a non-stop diet of bad news, such as deaths and hospitalisations, without ever putting the figures in context with news of how many people have recovered, or whether daily death tolls are above or below seasonal averages. Another member of SPI-B said they were "stunned by the weaponisation of behavioural psychology" during the pandemic, and that “psychologists didn’t seem to notice when it stopped being altruistic and became manipulative. They have too much power and it intoxicates them”. Steve Baker, the deputy chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of Tory MPs, said: “If it is true that the state took the decision to terrify the public to get compliance with rules, that raises extremely serious questions about the type of society we want to become. “If we’re being really honest, do I fear that Government policy today is playing into the roots of totalitarianism? Yes, of course it is.”
  8. The court listings are freely available
  9. Surely that would log the IP of the server hosting MF. I know single pixel images are used in emails to get the IP address of the recipients computer - assuming they don't just use a web based mail reader
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    Fancy a pint?

    I think most of them still have to work from the standard cookbook that gives detailed instructions and portion sizes. Somewhere like Oscars is not in the same market as normal food orientated pub
  11. The need to send them back was down to the railways inspector
  12. If you read the Strategic Board Minutes, you'll see that the issue with the points has been a regular topic
  13. We've got the Douglas Christmas Market to look forward to.... Nov 26 & 27
  14. If, or rather when, it gets thrown out, Mr Headcase will then claim government cover-up
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    Fancy a pint?

    I had a few meals there recently when family were visiting and found it very good
  16. Douglas Courthouse - would assume the public can attend just like other courts
  17. why do people write ect instead of etc?
  18. BSc = bronze swimming certificate SSc = silver swimming certificate Hence - 'Forgot to bring in his pyjamas on the day he was going for the gold swimming certificate though'
  19. The original comment was 'when they do the horse tram tracks across to the Sea Terminal there nothing going to move as the road simply isn’t wide enough on the Strand Street side at all for wagons buses or anything larger than a Transit.' Extending the tram tracks will not affect the road space available
  20. They fit fine now - why would it change when the lines continue to the sea terminal? They're going on the seaward side of the parking
  21. Here's a link to the survey Isle of Man Air Services Review
  22. It can be confusing - bi-weekly can mean either 'twice weekly' or 'fortnightly'
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