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The Phantom

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  1. I find it surprisingly difficult to get grown-ups to buy me alcohol... This actually did happen to me in NZ about 15 years ago. They brought in a new rule that anyone under 30 needed proof to purchase booze. Only NZ ID/drivers licenses or a passport were acceptable. I'd had to send my passport to the Embassy for something and didn't have any valid ID to buy booze for 2 weeks. So I had to resort to hanging around outside Off Licenses in my mid 20s trying to get people to buy me booze!
  2. Isn't this the case with most laws however? Most of us know what is right or wrong and don't need it spelled out to us. Idiots, share several identifying traits: they are abundant (often moreso than people realise), they are irrational, and they cause problems for others without apparent benefit to themselves, thereby lowering society’s total well-being. There's been studies into this, noting that the greatest threat to mankind is probably stupidity. There are no defenses against stupidity. The only way a society can avoid being crushed by the burden of its idiots is if the non-stupid work even harder to offset the losses of the stupid. Which brings us back to Covid and vaccines etc...
  3. Which would have been ironic considering my comments! I'd rather not talk about it thanks. Still regret selling the 'Rado! I've actually had a few cars over the years that have now turned into 'modern classics'. I just sold a mid 2000s car that I had for 5 years for the same price I paid for it. Probably would start appreciating in the next couple of years, but it's the effort/cost of storing them etc. If only I had a barn...
  4. Earlier this week there were 23 teachers off sick at Balla. They tried to work it with cover teachers etc, but it just wasn't viable. Years 9 & 10 proposed as they are old enough to stay at home and don't have exams this year. Frankly I don't see what else they could do?
  5. Nope, pretty much why I don't own a £20k car. That and general depreciation. Still manage to get very specific niche classics below that price. Years ago I had a VW Corrado. That had a pronounced ridge down the sides that was the perfect impact point for other people's doors. Still got PTSD from Tescos with that car....
  6. There was someone 25ish on here a month or so ago moaning about the price of property, couldn't afford etc. Turns out he had a £20k car! I earn reasonable money, in my 40s and a car nerd. I still don't own a £20k car!
  7. The big white building on Prospect Hill?
  8. Wow, she is special. I am amazed how tolerant High Baliff seems to be. Perhaps she actually finds it amusing? I've found that people only really tend to get angry when they know they are arguing against the truth. Would explain why the normals don't seem to get as wound up as these Anti-Vaxxer/Conspiracy theorists do when arguing the other way...
  9. I had an 'Airport Survey' come through work from the Govt a few days ago, to 'understand the requirements of business/leisure travellers'. It seemed to have been purposely designed to get me to say that I didn't want to fly to London.
  10. Here's another one that seems to think that laws don't apply to them! http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=63999&headline=Woman accused of causing unnecessary suffering to animals tells court her name is a 'legal fiction'&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2021
  11. Agreed. I happily rented 3 properties for around 10 years total up until about 5 years ago. Two of these were found through friends of friends etc because it was so difficult to find something reasonable that wasn't snapped up right away. I'm guessing it's still a similar scenario. Lets face it, the vast majority of issues many people have with rental landlords is due to jealousy. They seem to be regarded as some sort of evil, rich property hoarders. In my experience renting 3 properties, only one landlord was someone who owned many properties. The other two were people who moved away or had legacy family properties.
  12. I understand that people wanting 'starter' homes, wish for them to be detached, in the country, with a garage, garden, hot tub, tennis court, day spa, dog grooming room, maze, swimming pool, stables and helipad. But the government has to pay for it.
  13. You're still talking about almost 100 'starter' homes. Better than nothing, which is exactly what will happen when everyone complains about this. Personally I doubt it would be commercially viable to build an entire estate of them. They are a business remember.
  14. Housing crisis = anger and outrage Developer building more houses = anger and outrage No one else find this ironic?
  15. No of course not, you're veritably Switzerland!!
  16. The open water swimmers don't swim in the harbour - they are twice the size of the kids and generally swim with a bouy. Boats generally stay well clear of the beach, but strangely utilise the harbour. Your suggestion is akin to suggesting kids play football in a carpark, rather than in the field next to the carpark. Then blaming the owners of the cars for getting pissed off.
  17. The same with Laxey. It's not the kids jumping that's the problem. We always did it and when a boat came or we were told off by the Harbour Master for swimming in the harbour, we would stop/move on. That doesn't happen anymore as either the kids or their parents basically go into full kick off/abusive mode as soon as anyone dares suggest they try and avoid getting mowed down by a fishing boat. I'd be the first person to encourage the kids jumping off the piers, but the reality is the pervasive complete lack of respect for authority and the fact that the parents seem to believe that their kids are completely without reproach has caused this. If you're a parent and have posted an 'outraged' message on FB or spat venom at the Harbour master because he tried to stop your kid being diced by a propeller, then you're the problem....
  18. If you could make arrangements for this I think it would be one of the most well attended events in our history.
  19. It's probably North Korea on a public relations exercise. Look at what happened in Newcastle yesterday! Previously I'd find it hard to believe anyone there would have anything positive to say about Saudi generally, yet alone their human rights record. Yet now, there are loads of Geordie footyball fans celebrating, cheering and waving around the Saudi flag (which lets face it, is the ISIS flag in green). I've not seen a black and white striped shemagh yet, but give it time...
  20. Britain and Europe are on the same continental shelf.... The drop off from the European shelf to the Abyssal Plain is way south of Ireland and goes diagonally SE to the Bay of Biscay towards Biarritz. Then it pretty much follows the coast of Spain & Portugal. Your point would work for the Canaries or Azores, which are the tops of seamounts from the Abyssal Plain, but not the Channel Islands.
  21. Yeah what he said. ☝️ You'll be absolutely fine driving it around in the UK on manx plates for up to a few months realistically. Might get pulled by the police as they'll think it's possibly on fake plates, but once you explain it's from IOM, they'll lose interest and send you on your way (my experience anyway). Not sure if this will help? https://www.gov.im/categories/travel-traffic-and-motoring/drivers-and-vehicles/vehicle-registration-and-licensing/exporting-a-vehicle/ MVR9 form of export on the right of the page....
  22. How dare you. I have a very high standard of older nubile feline!
  23. **** WARNING - POSITIVE POST **** Had some clients over this week and they were staying at the Sefton. I apologised for the state of the prom and tried to briefly explain the shambles. They thought it looked really nice!
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