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  1. http://www.jaunted.com/story/2011/10/13/233138/72/travel/A+Weekend+on+the+Isle+of+Man:+Prop+Planes+at+Ronaldsway+Airport another 'airline' ref. This article was posted on the Manx2 facebook page. When I queried the airline reference, my post disappeared...
  2. That picture speaks a thousand words. sickening!
  3. If (when) the red meat derogation ends, we will all be able to buy NZ lamb from Tesco at half the price of local stuff. A few fencing grants from DAFF won't change that.
  4. I used to partake as a teen in Ireland. The high caffeine content is the main reason for the problems. Drunk hyperactive teens generally attract trouble!
  5. Perhaps you were searching on Air Iran not Aer Arann? close.... http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/a...ad-1603889.html
  6. This explains taxes nicely and also why the rich move to the IoM. If somebody was clever they could rejig this for the IoM taxcap scenario Bar Stool Economics Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to €100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this: The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay €1. The sixth would pay €3. The seventh would pay €7. The eighth would pay €12. The ninth would pay €18. The tenth man (the richest) would pay €59. More... So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. “Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by €20.” Drinks for the ten now cost just €80. The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men-the paying customers? How could they divide the €20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share? They realized that €20 divided by six is €3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay. And so: The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings). The sixth now paid €2 instead of €3 (33%savings). The seventh now pay €5 instead of €7 (28%savings). The eighth now paid €9 instead of €12 (25% savings). The ninth now paid €14 instead of €18 (22% savings). The tenth now paid €49 instead of €59 (16% savings). Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings. “I only got a Euro out of the €20,“declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, “But he got €10!” “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a Euro, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I did!” “That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get €10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!” “Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!” The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill! And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a 20% tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up any more. In fact, they might start drinking overseas.
  7. No cultural ties with Ireland? Before the English decided to come on holiday there was far more in common with Ireland! Finn McCool made the Island Mannanan MacLir came from Ireland St Patrick brought christianity to the Island Manx Gaelic, the superstitions, the fairies, the music etc etc.
  8. never mind the dark continent. cf the 'carved up' island lying to our west....
  9. MV Corystes is the Northern Ireland Dept of Fisheries Research Vessel. They like to swing by the IoM to get some phone reception.
  10. Ragwort = cushag and is the national flower of the Isle of Man! It is an excellent species for wildlife and is only an issue where livestock esp. horses are present.
  11. Nobody is. Yep, I simply posted an article I came across for the interest and amusement of others. I think it's a refreshingly naive view of the Isle of Man from someone who came from a bit further afield than usual with few preconceptions. Note the gripe about accommodation costs, but not the Racket fare. The hotel seems a bit steep. Is it a good un? Did arriving after the start of TT reduce the extortion of the Racket?
  12. Not very Manx if it's Pollock and not Callig!
  13. http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-trw-...009aug02?page=2
  14. In my fist week at uni many years ago, the TV licencing people had a stall at the Freshers Fair and were giving out 'TV Licencing' emblazoned mugs in exchange for your name and address. There were quite a few mugs walking around with mugs that day!
  15. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12...house-home.html 'Mrs Clarkson, who was born on the island, said members of the public had even abused their young children.' That's a bit harsh...or there is a 'verbally' missing in that sentence.
  16. Au contraire.. I found the bar-frequenting Peel-folk to be very friendly and open to a friendly chat with newbies and strangers ...from the outside!
  17. nope but wish i was yes my writeing and grammar are shit, i fully admit it. but i dont care. Too many E's'
  18. It seems like our Island brethren on the IoW like the same pastimes as the good old IoM....
  19. All wild birds and their nest are protected under the 1990 Wildlife Act, making it a prosecutable offence to willfully (or recklessly) disturb or destroy a bird's nest. As others have said already, try to put up with it for the breeding season and enjoy watching the (noisy) starlings fledge some young. Starlings are on the RSPB red list (due to huge population declines) so you should take comfort in the fact that you are helping one of Britains fastest-declining native bird species!
  20. Lucky it wasn't 2 Protons colliding!
  21. http://www.snopes.com/photos/advertisements/kitesurfer.asp
  22. As I am starting to travel on and off the island regularly, both on the racket and out of Ronaldsway. I would like to get an insurance policy that will cover me for the cost of missed onward bookings, concert tickets, hotels and the like due to flight and boat cancellations due to weather conditions, breakdowns etc. There must be loads of people in this situation on the island, so somebody must have a good suggestion for a policy? Any help? Thanks.
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