Jump to content
Manx Forums, Live Chat, Blogs & Classifieds for the Isle of Man


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


flaps last won the day on November 19 2018

flaps had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

137 Excellent

About flaps

  • Rank
    MF Senior Member

Recent Profile Visitors

1,116 profile views
  1. It's definitely worth reading the actual consultants report. I hope our politicians have, as the case for arms length/corporatisation whatever is very slim. It's also slightly out of date, as since then the airport police have been privatised, so the staff costs figures/savings won't be right any more. There seems to be 2 main issues in the report - one is that it's hard to quantify certain costs that are done centrally by government, such as IT, HR/payroll, building maintenance etc. Whether that's a bad thing or not is debatable. Certainly those costs would be passed on to a new operator. The other point the report highlights is that they think the airport could better realise 'commercial opportunities'. We know what that means. Excessive parking charges, charging to drop off, taxi surcharges, paying to jump the security queue, no actual seats in the departure lounge apart from in cafe's, loads of whiskey and perfume all over the place etc etc. And it suggests employing a 'commercial manager' at £75K to oversee all these lovely ideas. But it's OK, the info desk will be replaced by a notice board, so the 'savings' will pay for that. And at the end, the report suggests a slight reduction in the 'loss', by maybe half a mil or so, in five years time. Except, it also says the income from departure tax is higher than the loss. So it's not actually a loss. Also - check out the findings re EasyJet and related income per passenger, and value to IOM. Very interesting.
  2. flaps

    Manx Radio

    The program content of Manx Radio is very good, but the quantity of adverts is rendering it unlistenable. The same annoying jingles every few minutes soon make me have to turn it off, even when it's a show I want to hear. The thing is, the market is changing. Why would anyone listen to annoying jingles over and over, when you can put on a streaming service without them? Commercial Radio needs to offer something fresh and worth tuning in for. I wouldn't mind Manx Radio going fully public service, as long as it didn't go mad with the costs. What they do, they actually do very well.
  3. flaps

    Cut & paste

    I wish they'd copied the road safety strategy from somewhere else, it would have been much more useful.
  4. I've read through the road safety strategy, and I have to say it's very disappointing. It seems to be all about gathering data and 'evidence' and discussing stuff rather than actually doing anything. Amazingly, it also dismisses at the start any suggestion of an all-island speed limit. There is obviously already plenty of evidence of serious RTC's on roads with no speed limit, such as the A18, so what they hope to achieve by gathering more for more years I don't know. In the time they spend gathering evidence, many more people are going to be KSI'd. It also refers a lot to our 'special' circumstances; ie unlimited roads and motorsport events. I really do think it's just a massive cop out. How on earth you can talk about an evidence based strategy, then dismiss speed control before you've even started... clearly somebody has already made their mind up about this.
  5. I was told by a road safety campaigner that the IOM accident rate is around double that of the worst county in the UK (South Glamorgan, I think). Not sure where the figures were from, or which period that was in relation to. www.roadcrashindex.org is quite interesting
  6. I had that happen to me last year between upper and lower foxdale. I was doing 40, got pulled over. He told me it was 30 all the way through. I assumed it must have changed, so apologised profusely and grovelled. He let me off. Imagine how annoyed I was when returning that way, to see that it was 40 after all, and he was wrong.
  7. There's nothing unique about our roads. There's nothing special about here. We're not a special case. The only reason our accident record is one of the worst anywhere, is because of the speeding culture here, and the lack of enforcement. The RPU has been cut to the bone, and there are no cameras, and roads with no speed limits. If I travel at 30 in a 30, I'm the slowest vehicle on the road, with a line of traffic tailgating me. At the end of the day, humans don't like admitting we are the problem. We don't want an all island speed limit, as we all like to have a blast, so we'll make up nonsense to justify it, like, er, "It's not speed that kills, it's bad driving".... yeah yeah whatever. Education doesn't work, as we won't admit we are the problem. Enforcement is the only thing that will make people wise up, and there's hardly any of that. When you see some Athol Street type overtaking 4 cars at once on a blind bend in his Audi - that guy is intelligent. He knows he's being a twat, but he doesn't care about anyone else. Enforcement is what's needed. 1000 RTC's a year is utterly ridiculous. I see the wall is knocked down again at church bends. Those holes in walls aren't caused by people driving slow. It's not cyclists. It's people driving like twats. Those 1000 RTC's per year involve about 1500 cars. That's right - a huge proportion aren't 'collisions' but people just driving their own car off the road. 2 reasons for that - 1 - too fast, 2 not looking where you're going, ie on your phone. Speed, and inattention. People feel safe in their cars now. And if you feel safe, you'll take risks. This is why people who drive big cars are aggressive drivers. Just imagine this - instead of an airbag on your steering wheel, there was a big spike. You'd drive carefully then. You certainly wouldn't be looking at twitter. The lack of real policy or strategy regarding road safety here is shameful. And we can't use the excuse of our motorsport events. Other places have motorsport events too, and they don't acccept loads of deaths and 100 accidents in a week, just because there's a race on.
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Fry_Richardson Lewis Fry Richardson, quite incredibly, described the process of numerical weather prediction long before computers had been invented. In his vision, 'computers' were lots of people doing computations. His theory was that by using the equations of fluid dynamics, it would be possible to predict how the atmosphere would evolve, if we had observations of the current base conditions. He was right, and that's how its' done. Amazing. In a sense, that app on your phone? He invented that... before computers.
  9. flaps

    Cycling news

    Yes, the government would pay for your new bike up front, then take the money out of your wages. So it was a loan, not a free bike or discount or anything like that. Technically, as your pay was docked before tax, you'd pay slightly less tax on your salary. In short, it wasn't worth the paperwork. At the end of the day, cost is not a barrier to cycling, as a decent enough bike for commuting a couple of miles can be picked up for £50.
  10. flaps

    Cycling news

    Ballakermeen is a good place to start, as it's in a residential area where there are problems with school run traffic. More kids on bikes or walking will be less 4x4's clogging up the streets.
  11. The Classic TT is a good event, and pulls in quite a few punters, helped by the bank holiday. It seems that a lot of those people don't stay for the MGP. Watching amateurs just doesn't have the same attraction as the top stars. It's like how a club race might attract 500 spectators, and British Superbike 40,000 at the same circuit. It also seems very dangerous having club-level riders and newcomers pushing themselves on such a dangerous course. Go and watch the Senior MGP on Friday and you'll have no trouble getting a good vantage point. Is it worth the inconvenience? Good question... Re the CoC. He usually makes pretty good decisions. On Monday though, I do think they could have run the parade while the roads were still a bit damp in places. It would have at least given the spectators something to look at. But hey, no-one is right all the time. At least the roads weren't closed for hours with nothing happening. The weather has been difficult for this event. These days, conditions have to be virtually perfect. That's quite a big ask. We've been pretty lucky. One year, they'll get nothing done at all.
  12. My motorcycle has 2 lights at the front. The dipped light is permanently on - there is no switch. The other is 'main beam'. So, it can look like only one light is working, but that is not the case - the other is main beam only. The issue of bright vehicle lights is real. The technology might be good for the driver, but is dangerous and antisocial to everyone else. Also, the fashion for leaving fog lights on all the time. Manufacturers really need to sort it.
  • Create New...