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Pale Rider

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  1. I flew out of Ronaldsway this morning. The Flybe queue was huge as they were having issues with their check in system which had delayed flights to Manchester,so there were quite alot of people hanging around that area of the check in hall. Every other queue seemed to be moving normally. Thankfully I wasn't flying with Flybe, queue for my check in took about 5 minutes, and there wasn't a queue at security either when I passed through. The departure lounge was busy, but I've seen it worse at this time of year. Maybe I was just lucky at the particular time I arrived.
  2. Fortunately or unfortunately I don't have as much hair as that!
  3. No but I wish you were.
  4. What absolute nonsense. Would this be in the sport you usually hate but know everything about? For someone in their recent post that said they weren't against the TT and I was making stuff up, you have managed to turn a topic about a seagull into the TT!
  5. I've been a visitor for many years to the island, but will stand corrected if I did miss that particular instance.
  6. Deliberately luring the bird in just to kick it was a bit uncalled for. I'd say his arrest was probably because he then pushed the other guy who objected to him kicking the seagull in the first place. Sounds like the guy with the chips was a bigger nuisance than the seagull! We were at the grandstand yesterday. The seagulls were a bit of a nuisance at the burger vans. Not helped by the vans having open bins, or people leaving open food containers on the tables, rather than putting them in the large dumpster bins which had lids. If we changed our behaviour slightly, it might reduce the amount of gulls gathering near fast food outlets. I've even seen people deliberately place open chip containers down for a laugh to watch the flock of seagulls fighting each other for the food.
  7. Pale Rider

    TT 2018

    I don't think I'm the confused one. All you do is spout about deaths in roadracing every chance you get, then post you aren't against the TT as above! Bizarre.
  8. Except I'm not from the Isle of Man, only a visitor. It would be innovative because it hasn't been used here before.
  9. They certainly didn't seem as plentiful as in previous years. Digital mapping on a building or perhaps a laser show would be a more innovative idea.
  10. Pale Rider

    TT 2018

    You started it. For someone so against the TT, you don't half post alot about it. There isn't a TT thread on here you don't stick your oar in. If you aren't interested in others views on the subject, maybe best to refrain from posting about it at all and give us all peace.
  11. Pale Rider

    TT 2018

    As 2bees says. Racers are fully aware of the risks of this type of racing. Ryan Keen took to the course in tribute to his brother. And after Robert Dunlop was killed at the NW200, Michael still raced the next day. So I would say the racing fraternity are fully aware of what can go wrong without someone on a forum pointing it out every 10 minutes. The road racing course is an unforgiving place should riders get it wrong, which is why the riders should have a huge say in the future of their sport, their livelihood. And in most cases their whole way of life. Any deaths are extremely sad in motorsport, but I think it is very hard for any of us to comprehend that world unless actually involved in this type of sport.
  12. Pale Rider

    TT 2018

    Yes, stood and watched that. Pretty amazing the amount of people that took part in that.
  13. Pale Rider

    TT 2018

    There was a very good BBC NI documentary on last year about the world of road racing. It featured the thoughts of the riders and their families about their road racing careers. In many cases it was a way of life, not just for the rider but for the families of the riders involved too, helping them set up at meetings, assisting with the pit stops etc. The subject of rider deaths came up. Some riders admitted they were probably selfish to their family by taking part in road racing knowing the risks. Others said they didn't overly think about death, despite having close friends who had died racing. They weren't the mad individuals that some think they are, but committed racers in their chosen career. All supported by their families. There was a female rider, whose name I can't recall, who was in a relationship with Malachi Mitchell-Thomas who was tragically killed at the NW200. Yet after his death she still continued racing. Any race death is tragic. And to suggest fans just forget about the deaths is incorrect. Alot of these riders are heroes to the fans, why would they want to see them killed? Whether racing should continue on the Isle of Man is another debate for residents and government. (Although I never fully understand anyone who hates the racing voluntarily moving to an island that is famous for racing). Anyone Manx born and bred, i can see they haven't been given a choice in the matter. For the subject of roadracing itself, I think that can only be a decision for the riders and their families whether they want a family member to take part. For the future of the TT and MGP which I enjoy spectating, should there be a referendum to decide whether it continues?
  14. Pale Rider

    MOUNTAIN ROAD

    I'd mentioned before that I was at the NW200 last year, and noticed the lack of reckless and dangerous riding on public roads. Of course the NW200 has a more urban setting, and everyday traffic makes it harder to get about quickly. The TT needs somehow to get the message across that the event is about the racing, and not causing danger on the public roads. It would seem a minority of the visitors can't distinguish the official races to open roads. The more I think about it, maybe there should be a speed limit on the mountain during TT, and police speed traps. There will be those who will always speed on that road, but at least it gives the police a reason to pull people over. If they witness someone doing 100mph at the moment, can they pull them over when there is no speed limit? Does the rider need to be doing something dangerous or reckless aswell as just riding really fast? (Although some would argue that speed is dangerous or reckless). And that could be the person that the police haven't been able to stop legally, who then runs out of talent a few miles down the road. A limit MIGHT have slowed them down. For those that don't, the police can then do for exceeding the limit.
  15. Pale Rider

    TT 2018

    Pfft. You'd never get a bike up Everest.
  16. Pale Rider

    MOUNTAIN ROAD

    I was at the NW200 last year. The course there is a more urban setting than the TT. If you drive around the course the majority of your time is spent in traffic, or negotiating mainly traffic lights and roundabouts. Even on the open stretches I don't remember seeing much in the way of bad riding and traffic was always busy. Also with N.Ireland being alot bigger than the Isle of Man, the visitors are more spread out. We were staying in Derry, which was about an hours drive away from the course. On non racedays we done a bit of sightseeing and I'm sure others done the same. Away from Portstewart, Port Rush and Coleraine, you wouldn't know the racing was on. From what we seen of the towns around the course, most of the visitors tended to frequent the pubs during the day rather than a desire to ride the course!
  17. I am a road racing fan and come to the TT or MGP when I can, and have been to the NW200 aswell. It was really sad what happened in Macau, but just because I haven't posted on the thread regarding Dan Hegarty doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about it. I just don't tend to post on that type of thread, and I am sure others are the same. That's not to say there was anything wrong with the thread, different people just deal with really bad news in different ways. Going by previous threads I'm sure there as many people against road racing on the Isle of Man as there are for. It is also good on the thread regarding Dan that no one has tried to turn it into an anti TT or road racing subject.
  18. Certainly after 3 fatalities at the Jim Clark Rally, the Mull Rally has been cancelled for this year due to difficulties getting insurance. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-40187432
  19. My perception is for someone who hates motorcycle racing, you seem to post an awful lot about it. Especially ready to pounce whenever there is a racing incident.
  20. Dear oh dear, do you ever post about anything else?
  21. I like Port Erin. We went down there last year for Port Erin day. But the one thing that let it down in the evening were the drinks queues at The Bay and The Falcons Nest Hotel. 30 minutes to get served at the Falcons Nest, and we didn't even bother with The Bay as the queue was way outside the pub. It was like the pubs didn't know Port Erin day or TT were on and hadn't put enough staff on. So maybe if Bushys had a beer tent near to the stage on the beach, it would take the pressure off the other bars.
  22. Pale Rider

    TT 2017

    Leaving the argument on whether it is right to put motorbikes in the back of a van to go on the ferry for fare purposes aside for one moment, I can see the advantage if a group of mates hire a van to put their bikes in, to come to the TT. The bikes might be safer in the back of a van on the crossing. The van gives you room to keep personal belongings safe or carry more luggage that wouldn't be possible on a bike, and gives you somewhere to store the bikes overnight too, or shelter from the rain during the day. Regarding the issue on whether this practice is fare dodging or not, perhaps people wouldn't be tempted if the Steam Packet didn't hike their prices up quite so much for TT. With the amount of traffic coming over surely the Steam Packet would still make a healthy profit charging standard or even slightly increased fare as they know every boat will be full. I priced bringing the car over for MGP, and not so many years ago you could get that for around a standard fare, this year nearly £400. I've decided to fly instead for just over a quarter of that price. I'm fortunate that I can stay with a friend when visiting, but I feel sorry for the TT fans who firstly pay through the nose to get to the island, then pay alot again for accommodation, food, drink etc. It certainly isn't a cheap holiday!
  23. Pale Rider

    TT 2017

    If they had missed out the accidents you would be complaining they were covering things up! As I said before no true road racing fan wants to see competitors get hurt. Anyway I've posted way more than I've intended on this, I'll leave you all to continue to fight this matter out, and I shall look forward to visiting the island in August for the MGP.
  24. Pale Rider

    TT 2017

    I notice you didn't answer my question on how much say the riders should have on the future of the TT? And it would be interesting to see the adverts that market the TT as dangerous? I don't understand how I'm misrepresenting what you are writing when I have given you examples of how other forms of motorsport can be dangerous. It was you that said other motorsport wasn't that dangerous! There is a whole world of motorsport outwith the TT.
  25. Pale Rider

    TT 2017

    Apart from the fact that all motor racing circuits have signs warning spectators that "motorsport can be dangerous" perhaps? Only at Croft racing circuit last week in the British Touring Car championship, due to oil being dropped on a rain soaked track during qualifying, 3 drivers ended up being cut out of their cars involved in a 12 car pile up. 2 of them ended up in intensive care and induced comas, the other had a broken leg. So yes, it can be dangerous. Rallying involves hurtling along gravel tracks through forests where you could smack into a tree. Billy Monger unfortunately had to have his legs amputated after an awful crash in a single seater race at Donington recently. Ian Hutchinson suffered his horrendous leg injuries at Silverstone not a road race. So to say motorsport apart from Manx road racing "isn't that dangerous" isn't entirely true. There can be different types of danger of course, but I wouldn't say motorsport was a non risk sport in any form. You obviously think the TT should be done away with, but do you think the competitors should have some say in its future? They after all turn up to race. If they thought it was too much of a risk, they wouldn't enter surely? No entrants, no racing, no TT.
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