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Posts posted by HeliX

  1. 1 minute ago, wrighty said:

    @Max Power - what’s your view on 2022 and beyond? Can it survive the loss of momentum caused by successive cancellations, combined with similar cancellations in the Irish road racing calendar, and the ageing marshal demographic? Personally I doubt it, but I’m not exactly an enthusiast. 

    I am an enthusiast, and I am concerned. I'd hate for it to go, but as you rightly point out, with the demographics involved it really needs that momentum... I think it'd be a colossal marketing effort to bring a TT2022.

  2. 1 minute ago, All Right said:

    That’s not exactly a credible website to be honest. But thanks for the link. 

    I linked it because I think it's a reasonably good summary. If you're not a fan, type "how mRNA vaccines work" into Google and fill your boots!

  3. 1 minute ago, All Right said:

    How do you thoroughly test in six months? Genuine question when it takes several years to get stuff to market normally? As I said I’m not an anti-vaxxer but the amount of checking that must have been bypassed to get this live needs to be acknowledged. That’s all. 

    The normal development time of a vaccine isn't entirely consumed by testing. This also isn't a "new" vaccine (or at least the adenovirus one isn't), it's a tried and tested vaccine that's been modified.

    The mRNA vaccines are a sort-of new concept, though they're used extensively in veterinary medicine, and they're a pretty clean way of doing things. They don't actually involve injecting you with a virus at all. Some info here, it's interesting stuff:


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  4. 1 minute ago, All Right said:

    You think. I’m happy to advocate voluntary recreational drug use over enforced vaccination with a rushed together vaccine. I’m not sure there’s a parallel between the two to be fair. Maybe we’re one step away from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World where we’re all encouraged to take soma to feel safe and warm? 

    Who's suggesting "enforced vaccination with a rushed together vaccine"? Sounds like some words you've put together to suit your narrative rather than a presentation of the situation.

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  5. 17 minutes ago, All Right said:

    Yes but Steve has probably been doing that because he wants to and it makes him feel good. Not in order to be delivered salvation from a virus that in all reality is highly unlikely to kill him anyway. Recreational use of substances is very different to mandatory enforcement if things going into your bloodstream. 

    If Steve is happy to shove Columbian's pubes and petrol up his nose for a few hours entertainment, but not prepared to have a thoroughly tested vaccine to safeguard the vulnerable in society, I would posit that Steve is a bell-end.

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  6. 50 minutes ago, Barlow said:

    Many of his followers and fine payers are motorcyclists. Especially on the Isle of Man I have noticed that many bikers assume the moral high ground and will support a person simply "because they are a biker". It happens in other so-called communities or sections of society too of course, but that doesn't make it right.

    There is a certain amount of this going on here. 



    I ride a bike and I think he's a wrong'un.

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  7. 1 hour ago, the stinking enigma said:

    I think he would be world champion more often than not in equal cars. The red bull is always the better car in those conditions. Every race is a one off to verstappen, he's never yet had the pressure of fighting for the championship. Hamilton would win races in any era.

    I do think Hamilton would likely win the championship in equal cars, but it'd be a close run thing. Verstappen's raw pace is incredible. There's a lot of talent further down the field that could challenge in equal cars too. Heck, Russell gets an incredible amount out of that lame duck Williams.

    If I were to make a spurious and unfounded claim on a top 5 finishers in equal cars (not necessarily in order):
    Hamilton, Verstappen, LeClerc, Gasly, Sainz. With Norris, Ocon and DannyRic not far behind.

  8. 16 hours ago, the stinking enigma said:

    Nobody has ever won multiple world championships in anything but the best car. Schumacher wouldn't even allow competition from his team mate. The stage was set for verstappen to win last weekend. In the best car for those conditions. He blew it, has a long long way to go to reach Hamilton's level, he's nowhere near.

    Is the Red Bull the best car for those conditions? It appears to be a borderline undriveable car for anyone except Verstappen. Everyone else they put it in flounders.


    It's a funny thing, F1. Winning increases your funding and ability to hire the best brains, making you more likely to win. There's no doubt Hamilton is an impressive driver, but I do think if the whole grid were equal cars he wouldn't be winning every race. Podium probably, but not winning.

  9. 4 hours ago, Manx Bean said:

    So, whilst it is a ball ache, you are going to get a £500 handout from the taxpayer to soften the blow.  Yes, its not nice. Granted, it would have been fair and lovely to have been given more notice. But do you know what? WE ARE LIVING IN A GLOBAL PANDEMIC. SO, DON'T WHINE. JUST BE GRACIOUS AND ACCEPT ITS NOT GREAT, BUT ITS LIFE.

    They are getting on with it. The news story doesn't have anyone saying "this is ridiculous I'm not doing it". It's just full of students saying "this will be hard", and "it would've been nice if the Government could've given more notice" and "I'm worried about the impact".

    You've invented a narrative to get upset about.

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  10. 1 hour ago, Barlow said:

    "Only"..? Xmas holiday at 'uni' was only 2 weeks in my day. 

    Yep, it might be a good option to give 'em money to stay away.

    And I realise Skype/Zoom/Meet isn't the same as in person but again, in my day the best you could get in any case was a queue for the public phone.

    The kiddie winks are far too precious these days. Bless.


    Yeah! And pandemics were harder too! And I had to walk uphill both ways to get to the COVID testing centre!

    Stop being a sour old shite and perhaps acknowledge that finding out at a week's notice that your entire household will have to take 2 weeks off work on your return is a royal pain in the arse.

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  11. 2 minutes ago, monasqueen said:

    Could be the effect of too much wine :lol:

    The fact that a bottle of red wine comes back out the same size, shape and colour as a bottle of red wine is remarkable.

  12. 37 minutes ago, TheTeapot said:


    My hangovers were never this bad when I was young.

    I can't do it anymore. At all. Used to put away a couple of bottles of wine for a laugh and be entirely fine the next day. Now anything over 3/4 of a bottle and tomorrow is a gonner.


    Also there's a lot of people being particularly shitty for no reason in this thread.

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  13. 1 minute ago, Apple said:

    Should we compare an Associate Specialist post to the cost of a swab or a syringe? or even a vaccine...?

    It really isn't a good comparison.

    No, there must be a formula that describes the appropriate ratio of the person running the business' salary to the cost of the lunch ingredients.

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  14. 51 minutes ago, BenFairfax said:

    Just for reference I want to observe based on FOI requests (which I cannot confirm or deny I have anything to do with), the average pay of head teachers on island in over 77K (+ pension), versus the cost of ingredients of average school dinner being 97p.

    What do you think is an appropriate ratio of head teacher pay to school dinner ingredient cost?

  15. Just now, Non-Believer said:

    The imposition of a 50mph speed limit (on areas not already limited) on the Coast Road during TT periods of the past couple of years reduced RTIs to almost zero for the periods covered?

    I support a national speed limit in TT week actually. The increased traffic, which is to a level that our infrastructure doesn't really support, and the influx of people intent on going quickly on roads they don't drive frequently do push the risk-benefit analysis in favour of it IMO.

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  16. 5 minutes ago, Apple said:

    I try never to use the word 'you' in a post. I try not to do personal.

    We are all entitled to our own interpretations of the evidence  and use our judgement to back ups what we might regard as common sense, however controversial that may be.

    Final comment - work in an A and E Department for a while and then tell me about rights and responsibilities when a child has been involve in an RTC.

    20 is plenty. 

    Change the "you" in my last post to "one" if you like :) EDIT: If one likes. Sorry. :P 

    And for sure, being in A&E will definitely give you a particular viewpoint. Just as visiting a liver ward will give you a particular view on alcohol. Doesn't necessarily give a balanced view, though.

  17. 7 minutes ago, TheTeapot said:

    'It's not speeding, it's driver error' which of course, includes driving too fast.

    Speeding is indeed a driver error, but in the table I posted last page it's in a category of its own, separate from other driver errors.


  18. 2 minutes ago, Apple said:

    He is the paid professional. He knows the Isle of Man like the back of his hand. I think he is pointing the way forward. 


    On another topic if the roles were reversed you would be highlighting the same issue I am - the evidence doesn't support the view. A politician (effectively) saying otherwise has no bearing on that.

  19. 4 minutes ago, Apple said:

    However, a lot of work was done to convert the Island’s road safety strategy into a comprehensive programme of work, which will bring long-term, sustainable reductions in collisions. At the risk of straying into matters of policy, it would be remiss of me not to explain that the Island’s approach to the speed of vehicles, to the setting of speed limits and the enforcement of the law are the most significant factors in securing safety improvements.

    From the ChiefConstables annual report.  This year.

    Those are words from a politician, not statistics from a comprehensive analysis. :) They certainly don't invalidate the statistics at the bottom of the previous page.

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