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  1. Link on the police Facebook page. Scumbag, what did he think he'd get away with, a couple of hundred quid? Staff are lovely in there, poor woman will have been terrorised.
  2. I thought some shitbags were dropping their rubbish at juniors school car park, but you're spot on, it was seagulls pulling out the contents of the bin and spreading all over. Not sure this is the case on Douglas head as I think they've replaced them up for them big gulping bins, or if they haven't, they should.
  3. No different to Thomas Cook advertising summer holidays now.
  4. Yeah, seen about 6 or 7 in convoy going through Qb onto the course, with go-pros stuck to the roof.
  5. Jesus, she's as thick as shit. What candidate standing in an election says that about an opponent. It's unduly aggressive and hateful for no real reason. Furthermore why does she always claim she is being bullied by people who respond to idiotic things she herself has done? "We are not in a school playground" ..... Oh the irony! Also please explain how are they up your "electorate"? You haven't been elected by anyone yet. "Doesn't live amongst us" lol. You'd think KB lived in Ramsey, she lives just over a mile from where Amy lives.
  6. Manor park Douglas was it not? Rather than Onchan
  7. We got some foam to stuff the seats from interior rehab in the tromode estate, near the bathroom place. Also, downstairs from IR also sell cushions, foam etc.
  8. Good opportunity for the old Nigerian Scambods. Dear Friend, your child didn't show up today. Send £15 by Western Union or I go to the papers.
  9. ETA, the revised book, taking into account the generous feedback given, is free to download on Kindle until Sunday. If you download, feedback left on Amazon would be greatly appreciated. The nicer the better
  10. Hi Wrighty, thank you for reading and like Declan and John, thank you for the useful, constructive feedback. I have really listened to the feedback and temporarily taken the book of/off (J) Kindle to correct some of the issues. The book took three months to do and I really wanted to get the book published by the end of last year which I shouldn’t have done. I had spent so long on it so rushing it at the last was stupid and things like proof reading suffered. As Declan pointed out, the opening scene weak and I wasn’t happy with it. I have deleted the whole chapter and re-written it. I have also introduced place names and taken time to describe the characters in greater detail. The biggest thing I have done is to pay a proof reader to clean the text up. I found him from my new favourite website, E-lance, by posting the job a I received numerous offered from proof readers for a fee. The guy I am working with is not only helping with grammar and spelling but also giving me feedback and advice on areas I can improve. I never realised the complexities of structuring a sentence, particularly those involving “.!? Etc. But I think I have finally got my head around it. The notepad suggestion is a great one and I am using that on the short stories I am writing. When you write a really long story over several weeks it is so easy to forget things and describe something that is different from the last time. Having the ability to quickly check a fact is an obvious but useful facility. It is really strange how I, as the writer, can read a sentence over and over and not spot an error which is so obvious - wood for the trees springs to mind or laziness. From the £2.00 sale, I get 70% but a further 30% goes in US withholding tax, why I have no idea. I sold about 14 books in the few days it was on and from that there appears to be about £13.00 in my Kindle account. So, will writing a book make you money, possibly not. But it is enjoyable, but hard, a lot harder than I thought. Short stories are more fun, because they are quick burst and you can do a 3/4000 story in a day if you can throw a few hours at it. My injury is coming to a conclusion so likely I will be back at work shortly, so the second instalment may take a bit longer. Some of the stronger characters such as Una, Larry and Clint will definitely be taking a major role. Thanks again!
  11. Hi John, Thank you for reading the book and like Declan the feedback is really valuable for me. I really enjoyed writing the book so hopefully it will be a catalyst to others and with the honest constructive feedback, I can only get better. Thank you also for your valuable time it is genuinely appreciated! ETA - I am going to take the book out of Kindle. I want to make some revisions using the great feedback received
  12. Hi Declan, thank you for reading and I really do appreciate the constructive feedback. You are pretty much on the nail with some of the initial concerns I had, particularly the backstory and the lack of detail such as place names. The place names was because I modelled it on places I knew in the IOM but didn’t want to use a real place in the UK I didn’t know well. I suppose this is a research issue or do you think there would have been any harm in making a place up but using more detail to describe it? The development areas you suggest are particularly useful and things that I will genuinely follow up on. Going from draft to amazon was not particularly difficult, but quite fiddly and for some reason I am now paying 30% US withholding tax because I live in the IOM? One thing I found about writing the book is that your tolerance to do things dramatically increases. The book to write, took in total about 250 hours according to MS Word so things that I would get frustrated by, such as Amazon, didn’t seem to faze me as such. I am doing a collection of short stories 2/4000 words each at the moment, and from the pain of writing the book, this is enjoyable and I have written two stories since the weekend of the total of ten I want to get to. Once I get to ten I am going to design a book cover and get that on Kindle as well. Really enjoying it! Kindle is a wonderful thing and I would encourage anyone to give it a go. I am pleased that on the whole you enjoyed my book, and thank you for being so generous with your time!
  13. Ha ha I did Ans. You will appreciate my pain when the ambulance crew incorrectly thought it was a dislocation and tried to manipulate my leg. Can I PM you about the recuperation process because that has been my biggest concern?
  14. Thanks Wrighty! Constructive comments would be appreciated either on here, or PM. If anyone buys and hated it, just let me know and I will stick the £2 in a charity bucket.
  15. At the end of September I was out with my son and his friends and while they were exploring I thought it a good idea to play on his scooter when nobody was looking. Everything was going fine until I decided to relive my childhood and complete a wheelie and show my son how cool his dad really is. As I was part way through the tricky manoeuvre I heard a loud snapping noise which I initially thought was the scooter, buckling under my weight. I landed on the floor struggling to breathe and screaming louder than I had done before. A steady stream of people looked after me until the ambulance finally arrived and I was given gas, the same gas I was so tempted to try when my wife was giving birth to our son. After a few moments the ambulance crew lifted my trousers and it became immediately clear that my kneecap was not where it should be and they assumed it was dislocated. Once the gas had taken effect, they tried to pop the joint back into place without success, which hurt, a lot! Apologies, I am going on. Anyway, the fault was quickly identified as a ruptured patella tendon and surgery followed the next day along with a week in hospital which for someone who had never been in hospital was tough. Eventually I was sent home in a full cast but with feelings of trepidation about how I would navigate the house and conscious that the injury would impact on my wife and son. I was told I would be off work for about 3 months and as I write and looking at my swollen knee I would guess closer to 4 months. I have always been an outdoor person so I struggled for the first week and ended up getting really down in the dumps watching rubbish on the TV so I decided I had to do something with the time that had been given to me. Due to mobility issues the only things I could to were to paint and to write, so I decided to do both. I started to write my debut novel and people I told were genuinely interested but I deliberately didn’t tell anyone what it was about or show them anything I had written. Because it was a first time attempt I knew that any negative reaction would probably have given me the excuse to write it off as a futile, stupid attempt. The weeks went by and I persisted, mainly because my young son would come home and excitedly ask how many words I had written. He had no idea what the book was about, or even why I was writing it but he was proud of his dad. Trust me he wasn’t that day in the park when I was screaming like a girl! I eventually finished the book and then struggled as I went through it time and time again trying to find corrections. When I started the book I wanted to sell 10 copies to people who were not family members or friends and yesterday I finally achieved it. This isn’t a shameless plug for the book, well ok a little bit. It is more to demonstrate the power of writing and how the creative process, be it writing, knitting or whatever can really have a positive influence on you. Without writing the book, I would have struggled over the past three months but instead of the injury getting me down in the dumps, I now actually feel positive and slightly proud that for the first time I have done something that I said I would do and seeing the book on Kindle was a great feeling. I did miss a couple of spelling mistakes but hey, it isn’t the end of the world. I did the best I could! If you want a read , it is called My Final Excuse by JC Williams and is on Kindle.
  16. It is ridiculously slow. I thought it was my ipad on the blink but other sites working fine
  17. 679738 canvas art studio. Type canvas into manx ads for full advert
  18. I don't get the whole hashtag thing that people put on facebook and here. Does it serve a purpose? ie show up on the users twitter feed or is it just done for comic effect? If the latter then I still dont get it.
  19. Some sort of pressure pad? No passenger no pressure, small light goes off to warn driver. They use a similar design for babies cots to detect movement
  20. Cunt fuck and bastard in a supermarket thread, sweet.
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