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  1. It used to be all the people's land, the Commons, until it was stolen off them in the 19th century.   If you look at Manngis though you can see areas of land marked as public ramblage.  But oddly all of Carraghyn does not seem to be.

    Not sure who has the land.  I wondered whether it was the same people that have Cardle Veg, Corlett's, but then I met the farmer recently and he seemed laid back so not sure.

    It does seem strange to close off the unenclosed land, so I would have thought the same in thinking it is because of bikes.  There are complete twats about on bikes or quadbikes. 


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  2. On 1/24/2021 at 6:49 PM, quilp said:

    Ah, the sound of a distant trumpet. And a bagpipe or three..



    I was getting confused there.  I thought you were saying that I was watching Quilp when he was in a band.  I thought you knew something that I didn't.


    'It's a Sin' was so good. I don't watch much TV at all and very rarely programmes like this.   I only put it on out of a little curiosity and with some prejudice that I wouldn't enjoy it because I've never been mad on the idiocratic storytelling done in Queer As Folk, Doctor Who and other programmes by the same writer.   I also didn't realise it was about AIDs. 

    It didn't all feel very close to home in a way because although I didn't live in those times the characters seemed very real.  Already by the fire episode I wanted to see each character do well, be happier and be gay.  And I think that's what made this programme work so well because that is taken away.  Things reach a peak of excitement and wonder and then there is so much pain and sadness.

    And although I knew about AIDs and a fair amount of LGBT history, I've never seen anything on the TV or on film like it from a very British perspective. 

    The last episode really stuck with me for a week or so afterward.  I kept dwelling on how many young men from that time died at a time when they had only just found their...place in society amongst their friends and loved ones.  It just doesn't seem fair. 

    Whereas I wouldn't have been moved by an AIDs vigil because my sense of connection or understanding wasn't strong, I know if I attended a vigil now I would feel very differently. 

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  3. 22 minutes ago, Neil Down said:

    Mainly because between the ages of 5 and 10 they are too young. I know of several parents who are not happy starting off at that age. Not just LGBTQ but also sex education. Let children be children for heavens sake.

    Children are taught to be heterosexuals from a very young age given the stories that they read of men and women falling in love and getting married, etc.  Disney films are one example.  Sexuality isn't all about sex.  Homosexuality has never had any mention until recently. 

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  4. 5 hours ago, Sheldon said:

    You're probably correct because period and full stop are generally interchangeable. Period is more common in America. However, the use of "full stop" more strongly implies the end of a sentence, and the ones in e.g. and i.e. are different. Again, Skitt's Law. :(

    Generally interchangeable?  They are the same but one is a term used more in American and the other in Britain; they aren't different terms for the '.' depending on its use.

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  5. 2 hours ago, wrighty said:

    Reflexive pronoun abuse bugs me. Usually in speech more than writing. You hear it from flight attendants, Apprentice candidates, junior management types... People seem to think it means they’re being more polite (“Please don’t hesitate to speak to myself if you have any concerns” for example)

    I don’t mind ‘re’ - I use it myself in e-mail titles, usually followed by a colon. Not in sentences though. A simple ‘about’ would be better in the OP example. But being clear and understandable is the most important thing. 

    But it's perfectly correct when it is used as a title.

    Yeah, I hear the reflexive pronoun everywhere.  People think that saying 'you' is too informal and abrupt.  It gets worse when that thinking changes 'me' to 'myself'. 

    Your 'please don't hesitate...' sentence is everything wrong about writing.  I mean, it's such a dreadful cliché.  It's partly used just as a lazy filler and partly because people think you should use it. 

    I think one of the worst business letters I've seen has at the end, 'Thanking you in anticipation of your consideration of this...'. 

  6. 1 hour ago, ecobob said:

    It used to get on my tits too LDV but then I realised that language has always evolved like this (even Manx! and to resist is to allow it to persist and so I made the decision just to roll with it all. I suggest you do too. Stop fighting it. Let it go. Find something else to get in your tits. 

    And this from someone who still puts commas in when typing my address.

    I'm OK with some aspects of language change but using 're' almost seems as if it is being used because it ought to be and that sort of thinking should be challenged, shouldn't it? Like people getting in the habit of trying to sound fancier by using 'prior to' instead of before or 'utilise'. I don't like the pretentiousness. I assume it is happening here. And, setting aside meaning, it isn't easier to read than alternatives, so why is it happening? But yes, if it is becoming increasingly common then I think at SOME POINT you have to give up. 

    Commas in addresses? I thought that was a modern American thing!

    I suppose one good thing with the Manx language not being a community language anymore is that it can't evolve anymore in such irritating ways. 

    Anyway, much has been lifted off my tits by moaning. I do feel better. 


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  7. It's just 're' means 'in the matter of'. If someone uses it to means 'in regards to' or 'about' then it is just not correct. But why not use 'about' if that's what is meant? Besides, 're' isn't English so it doesn't make for instant intelligibility. 

    As an aside, hats off to the person writing Hansard, as I doubt that's easy. 

  8. I know this isn't a big problem of the world today but I was looking at Hansard today and was surprised to see that the Proceedings question titles often have 're' in them.  Is this a very modern thing that has come from the world of corporate business minutes and work e-mails?  It just doesn't seem right to me at all.  I have a bit of a conservative take on what should and should not be in writing but 're' seems really out of place for something like Hansard.  It's not standard English when it is supposed to mean 'about' or 'in regard to'.  Am I being too fuddy-duddy about it?






  9. Oh god. What is it with this Island?  This is along the same sort of lines as public art in my opinion.
    Could it not go in Union Mills where they were born, as there is no public art and are no statues there




  10. On ‎10‎/‎29‎/‎2018 at 9:11 PM, hissingsid said:

    I have seen loads of Bonfire and Fireworks displays advertised on Facebook strangely not one yet on the actual day....am I missing something.

    Where were or when will be the bonfires, as everything seems to be just fireworks.  Was there anything in Peel?

  11. On ‎10‎/‎24‎/‎2019 at 9:32 AM, John Wright said:

    Looking at upgrading sat nav, probably on phone for now.

    The thought of being able to pinpoint a 3m x 3m square seems attractive.

    I used it for giving my location to the Control Centre/Police HQ here when I found an injured sheep (and needed to let the farmer know) and they very efficiently worked out where I was straight away.  I was impressed. 

  12. Is there no way that the House of Manannan can be reorganised to put the new stuff in?  If needs to be updated but I imagine that would cost a bomb. 

  13. 1 hour ago, Declan said:

    I don't hate the Isle of Man - it's mostly towns and villages. It's people and culture that make a place not grass. And I don't mind the coast, it's countryside - fields and stuff that are basically a waste. 

    No, I don't agree.  I think this is just how you have found value living in the place.  If it was just towns and villages I'd have left a long time ago.  What makes the Island for me is its hills, glen, and beaches. 

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  14. 15 minutes ago, John Wright said:

    @La_Dolce_Vita cairns aren’t just official. Neither chalk hill carvings. They have many different, especially Celtic and Norse origins in North & West Europe, they can be communal or individual. They represent human endeavour. I’m not sure how the achievement of the guy who built the three legs is able to be differentiated.

    You would know that I know that old cairns exist for a few reasons.  My presumption with the mention of those specific cairns is that they were the work of government to show a clearer path.  If not, I have less of a problem with them but again can still see the point of those who would want nothing on the land for aesthetic reasons.

    I am able to differentiate the achievement from the result, however, and the result is of principal importance because that is what the community is left with for a long time. 


  15. 1 hour ago, Declan said:

    Nature is regularly ugly. A decaying corpse, manure, a tree rotting from the inside, leaf mulch, a great big hill with nothing on it but grass. 

    Every time public art is proposed here it is opposed by neer-do-wells. But those people aren't protesting about Milner's Tower or the Tower of Refuge or the Tholtan above Fort Anne. 

    Apologies, I was specifically referring to the countryside when I said nature.  But leaf mulch?  I wouldn't say it was ugly.  And you think a grassy hill is ugly? 

    But those buildings have been around for a long time and have been accepted as part of the culture and history of the Island.  Though not to say that someone wouldn't have a point in wanting rid of them if they preferred to have a naturally beautiful landscape. 

    Though Milner's Tower, as far as I am aware, was built using money from the community so presumably had a fair bit of community support (though accepting that, I think, the community fundraising didn't raise as much as expected).

    What is this tholtan on Fort Anne? It's probably awful and completely unnecessary but I am curious.

    Other unnecessary things would be that wizard sculpture at Ballaglass or those terrible Millennium stones in each parish.  The worst might be that stupid sword in that dog-walking area by Noble's Hospital.  That thing is grim. 

    For some reason, a lot of people think public art is something we should have.  I don't know why.  In modern society where we are bombard by images and designs (especially with a lot of meaning and value behind them) it would be nice if people just left the countryside alone.

    Maybe something wonderful could be conceived that looks fantastic.  I wouldn't rule it out but when people care little for mediocre stuff being set up in the countryside then I think that shows public lack of taste and general apathy.


  16. A cairn is just a pile of rocks so I'd have less of a problem with that and maybe it is helpful to have markers (though I've never been there - is it just government molly-coddling?).  But yes,  I can certainly see the point of view of removing them when they don't belong. I think they could give the wrong impression of them being very old, such as being very old markers or burial sites.

    A cairn is not quite like this though.  Here we have something trying to be done for purely aesthetic reasons. And unlike a cairn, the Three Legs is purely symbolic and value-filled political symbol.

    (Though I must admit to being rather anti-three legs, as the degree to which it is slapped on things makes me wonder whether the Island is slipping from having much of a separate cultural identity from England that people are anxious to use it as much as they do).


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  17. I agree with Slinkydevil.  There is a peculiar thing on this Island where almost any form of public art is accepted as a good thing.  

    I do not see how this is an improvement at all.  Yes, it is just a hill with grass and I think that it looks beautiful just the way it is.  I doubt many would say that the scenery is ugly.  Nature is very rarely ugly, I think.

    But when someone puts up images,  symbols, or sculptures then it certainly enters into the realm of opinion of what is attractive or not.    

     On land that is shared by land, I think it is a little arrogant to presume that it is all ok to put something like this there and I think anyone has just as much entitlement to remove it if it annoys.

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  18. Hello, I am just posting this on behalf of a friend:

    DreamCacher is seeking Buskers to take part in Battle of the Buskers on Strand Street this Saturday, 12th of October between 11am-5pm to raise funds for this local charity and the community it supports.

    The idea is to fill the street with sound and entertainment, with the general public voting for their favourite performers with the change they donate to the collection buckets at the feet of the performers.

    Throughout the day we are hoping each performer will play for around three one hour sets, and the location they are positioned will be changed to give everyone an equal chance and the funds raised weighted across the location.

    We hope that this will provide a celebration of the great grass roots busking skills on the island, encouraging the public to listen to the performances rather than simply pass by on their usual shopping trips.

    We have a range of music and performance types but we still have space for more. There will be a small prize for the performer who helps raise the most and the title of DreamCatcher’s Busker of the Year 2019.

    Dream Catcher is an independent Manx charity that nourishes the community spirit of the Isle of Man. At the heart of what we do, are members of the general public who look out for and nominate other community members to receive a DreamCatcher gift.

    These gifts are given to help lift a burden, makes life better or opens new opportunities.

    To find out more please contact communityteam@dreamcatcherappeal.im or send us a phone number and a time to call here and we will be in contact with you.



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  19. Hello, can anyone please recommend a person or company who could do t-shirt printing at short notice (i.e. ready for the weekend)? 

    Are the two shops on the Promenade, viz. Promenade Embroidery... and Promenade Shirts, different companies?

    Thank you



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