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Charles Flynn

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    Health, religion, politics, economics,sport, science, environment, town planning, conservation, culture, history.

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  1. Ruby, Yes I knew them well as they were like me both committee members of the Society for the Preservation of the Manx Countryside for a long time as indeed was Bill's mother, Ivy. Terri, our Treasurer, and Bill did much work photographing the countryside and bringing attention to issues which were important in conserving nature. Ivy inspired us with her writing. Those were the days! I deposited the past minutes etc of the Society in the Manx Museum a few years ago so if you wish you can find out what Bill did.
  2. The lady who died was Terri Hayton. She lived at St. John's. His mother was Mrs Ivy Robinson who lived in Brunswick Road. Bill was seriously ill some years back but made a good recovery. Unfortunately I do not have any information about his current whereabouts but someone told me he was on the island two years ago.
  3. I hope the last press release is not a signal that the State will provide less support to the aged and expect charities to fill the gaps. It is important that there are no gaps for people to fall through and be neglected. I prefer obligations to be enshrined in law so everyone is covered without discrimination.
  4. On the contrary I do not try to get away with anything or circumvent anything. As i have said i have paid thousands and thousands to Flybe this year alone and have bags that comply (when they feel like it). If Flybe's policy was not so idiotic and it's staff so rude in policing it to a zero tolerance level then air travel might actually be vaguely enjoyable. Personally I think Flybe should just employ a Fagin like character to quietly pick your pocket as you get on the plane if they need to hide charges to that degree as its licensed theft a lot of the time. As is Flybe's website whose sole objective is to try to fleece the unwitting traveller at every possible opportunity and then load a excessive admin fee onto all the other fleeced charges right at the end of the transaction. I'd happily pay more on the ticket price not to be conned and treated like a crimminal and to actually be treated like a customer who is there for their long term profits not one to be ripped off on a trip by trip basis whenever they feel they can get away with it. So would I. I found this on another site. Sounds familiar: David Mason: Flybe used be one of the few 'respectable' budget airlines that still seemed to care about the quality of customer service. Not any more. I don;t know if anyone has noticed but, as a means of making millions of pounds, they've actually reduced the dimensions of allowable cabin luggage to 50cm so that 'standard' cabin luggage cases (i.e. such as those made by Samsonite etc.) which are between 52-54cm in length no longer fit into their check-in cages, which in turn means that unsuspecting passengers are then charged £30 per leg to carry on a piece of cabin luggage that fits all other airlines (even Ryanair). Its a deliberatly nasty tactic that caught at least 12 passengers and myself on a recen t flight from Southampton to Dublin. When I arived at Dublin, two (equally irritated) passengers and I were walked around Dublin's departures area and managed to fit our (small) canin-cases into the cages of every single airline... except Flybe. A disgrace! #3 Paul 2011-05-24 09:29 I agree with you David. I have been a regular traveller with flybe for the past 3 years and have seen standards plummet and charges increase. No surprise that half of Flybe's flights are running half empty when it costs you £250 for a domestic flight, and I keep refusing their pushed sale for seat reservation or insurance. I think their new booking charge on a per passenger/per leg is outrageous. It is about time that authorities jump in and stop airlines ripping-off people. But would you expect them to do anything when they are guilty themselves of applying similar charges? The reduction of hand luggage size is simply scandaleous, and there should be a minimum standard size accepted on all flights. It's so easy to reduce gages by a few centimeters and tax people with hefty charges. Rynair started it, now everybody is jumping into the wagon. flyBe customer review : 30 December 2011 by M Quinn (UK) Economy I recently flew from Southampton to Manchester with Flybe - I pre-paid for one bag to go in the hold. My return flight with luggage cost me £108. On check in at Southampton I was advised that my hand held luggage was too large for the plane and as such I would need to check this in. Despite my protestations indicating that I had always used this particular item of hand luggage with numerous airline (nationally (including Flybe) and internationally) without a problem Flybe insisted I check the item in. I was advised that as this now brought my baggage allowance above 20kg that I would have to pay £66 excess plus £30 check in fee. A total of £96. The three staff employed by Flybe customer services at Southampton were useless - apart from sticking a laminated card in my face describing in small print the pricing guidelines they offered my no explanation as to why my hand luggage was not permitted. Expecting to have to pay a further £96 on the return trip from Manchester you can imagine my surprise when I was told that my hand luggage was fine for the flight (the outward bound flight was half-empty and a larger plane than the return flight). My bag fitted in the overhead locker with room to spare! Flybe have taken £96 from me - an absolute con! I will not be flying Flybe again - instead I would sooner travel into London and fly to Manchester with BA.
  5. On the contrary I do not try to get away with anything or circumvent anything. As i have said i have paid thousands and thousands to Flybe this year alone and have bags that comply (when they feel like it). If Flybe's policy was not so idiotic and it's staff so rude in policing it to a zero tolerance level then air travel might actually be vaguely enjoyable. Personally I think Flybe should just employ a Fagin like character to quietly pick your pocket as you get on the plane if they need to hide charges to that degree as its licensed theft a lot of the time. As is Flybe's website whose sole objective is to try to fleece the unwitting traveller at every possible opportunity and then load a excessive admin fee onto all the other fleeced charges right at the end of the transaction. I'd happily pay more on the ticket price not to be conned and treated like a crimminal and to actually be treated like a customer who is there for their long term profits not one to be ripped off on a trip by trip basis whenever they feel they can get away with it. So would I.
  6. We'll never know as I am the only poster apart from John who is not anonymous.
  7. Don't you just love conspiracy theories? I speak from experience!
  8. You only paid £30 when the real charge is £40. Think of it as a £10 saving!! I feel much happier now! You must be a counsellor for those in distress
  9. Bees it works because as well as the sometimes half empty planes you also have people like me who paid over £4k to Flybe last year to fly around the Islands and the UK to still be treated like a third class citizen everytime your bag is either slightly too heavy, or vaguely the wrong size etc. Just because its low cost each flight does not mean that some customers are not spending a lot of cash on their services or regularly subsidising some of the slower routes. No matter what you spend we all get treated the same though, which at the moment is largely like rubbish when it comes to anything connected to baggage. For the record I also have paid many thousands to Flybe over the last few years. They appear to be totally without shame in asking for £40 for an oversized bag on their website. However not everyone has access to the internet.. The Dash 8 I flew on had only 12 passengers with plenty of room for bags in the lockers. So why was there a concern for an underweight bag slightly oversized in length? I was not the only passenger complaining from the Isle of Man as one of the clerks whispered to the other *another from the Isle of Man!" I would not be surprised that at least some of the anonymous posters are connected with Flybe to defend them from justifiable bad publicity. This is common practice with companies which depend on direct public support. It is about time the Manx Government took these concerns up. Most of the posters agree that Flybe have a case to answer although a minority are worried about our transport links. I share these concerns but what I regard as a rip off should not be tolerated.
  10. Thank you all for the advice. Of course it is easy to book online when you are at home but coming back when you have no access to a printer you have to go to the check in. £30 is a price which some think of as pocket money. I do not. I would prefer to give it to a worthy cause rather than to a demanding airline. In fact a hard up person can spend time in jail or worse in some countries for stealing £30 - yet we accept this treatment from companies whose policy is said to be to take as much from us as possible. The OFT should investigate without fear or favour. The implied threat that we will stop operating the route should not be open house for the airline to charge what they please.
  11. Well I won't lose any sleep over it! It is better to be positive. Happy New Year!
  12. My only interest is as a fare paying passenger. I think that the airline should review some of their charges. On the particular point we are discussing i.e. baggage allowances and charges Flybe say: "Flybe will be unable to carry any bag in the cabin which is too big to fit in our baggage sizer. If your bag is bigger than 50 x 35 x 23cm please go to the Flybe bag drop to check it in. Please note that we may apply an additional charge of £40 for any oversized bag checked in at the departure gate." Many airlines allow a bigger bag free of charge and if payment is required the price is less.
  13. No one has ever queried my bag before especially as it was bought on the understanding it was within the airlines guideline - obviously though Flybe seem to be the exception. I do not wish to get away with it. If I did I would not be putting this on Manx Forums under my own name.It does not matter to me but I do think that an online bag charge of around £10 online which rises to £30 at the airport is over the top. Perhaps some of you have a vested interest in supporting this? Perhaps some of you are travelling on company expenses?
  14. Unfairness is in the eye of the beholder. The buyer must beware especially when dealing with a company with little competition. Flybe according to their recent publicity are making a lot of profit. Excellent news for their shareholders. I wish them well but there have been many complaints over the years about charges. Their continued well being as they will agree depends on ensuring their service is excellent and seen to be fair. Different treatment at the check in depending on how the clerk feels is unacceptable.
  15. Whilst I accept what is being said,the point surely is that these companies get away with it. The public just accepts unfair practices which are usually not headlined.
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