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  1. Interesting to find out who lives in that house though.  I often walk past it on the coastal footpath from Port Greanugh. 

    It's a damn impressive building.  You actually have to walk down their drive a little bit before the footpath turns off to skirt around the house. 

    Funny that one of the reasons for approval is the benefit to the exchequer of £466k.  Bearing in mind this couple are now being busted for vat fraud, I wonder if this was ever actually received. 

  2. On 1/12/2021 at 2:17 PM, Boo Gay'n said:

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday cycle already announced

    So does Howie O'Clock still apply on Tuesdays and Thursdays?  

    If not, when is the generally accepted time to start drinking on these days? 

    I feel like I've been robbed.  I only just learned I could crack one open when they start the briefing! 

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  3. 16 minutes ago, Boo Gay'n said:


    Viruses aren't cells.

    Yeah, we were talking about biological time limits and lifespans etc, not the virus. 

    But this is what makes viruses so scary and weird when you think about it.  They're not alive (so saying something kills a virus is incorrect) therefore, why do they need to replicate etc. 

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  4. 9 minutes ago, Apple said:



    We were taught that cells are programmed only to be reproduced so many times. After that, they fade and die.

    Not sure I believe that any more.

    Yep, hence there has been quite a bit of research into stopping or slowing of the degradation of telomeres. 

    Ever heard of Henrietta Lacks - you could potentially consider her immortal! 



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  5. 43 minutes ago, AcousticallyChallenged said:

    Well, big animals tend to take longer to make, and take longer to have babies, and make sure those babies grow up. There's a clear evolutionary pressure for surviving longer to keep the species ticking over.

    We take so long to cook not least because our brains are so good compared to most other creatures. The evolutionary cost to that is that we're effectively useless for a few years and have to be looked after. But it means we can come out of bipedal mothers. Though. Then parents have to live long enough to make sure we don't get eaten, otherwise all their hard work would've been negated and the species would've died out.


    28 minutes ago, manxman1980 said:

    Smaller animals have a higher heart rate to support their metabolism and because of the surface area/volume which is getting into an area I don't fully understand.

    However, to suggest that we have a limited number of heartbeats is a bit silly.   Those who undertake cardio exercise and therefore have a lower heart rate than someone who isn't fit aren't going to live longer because of some limited number of heartbeats.  They will live longer because they are fitter and healthier than their more sedentary counterparts.  

    Undoubtedly true to both.  Add into this the length of telomeres and various other factors.  All elements that contribute to or result from the same thing.  I'm not saying that you hit 5 billion heartbeats and then perish instantly, but the maxim to me makes an element of sense.  All biological processes can't go on ad-finitum and must have some form of limiting factor. 


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  6. 11 minutes ago, Roxanne said:

    My grandfather had a similar view. He believed that when we are born we are allocated a finite amount of breaths and when your breaths are done then you are done. He would do the bare minimum in order to 'save his breaths'. Bloody crackers he was.

    Not as crazy as it sounds. I've read a study to do with similar, but it was heartbeats. Obviously very approximate, but explains why big animals or fit people with slow heartbeats live longer than little animals (e.g. a mouse at 600 bpm) and the unfit.

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  7. 9 minutes ago, Gladys said:

    Some friends have the gin bottle primed at the start!


    6 minutes ago, horatiotheturd said:


    Even Howard doesn't hang on until he is finished!


    The terror of when they delay Howie O'Clock... 


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  8. 54 minutes ago, Gladys said:

    So what time is Howie o' clock today?

    I assume we can all go back to starting drinking as soon as he is finished? 

    Personally I find it a valuable tool for limiting my lockdown consumption and at least something to look forward to everyday. 

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  9. 26 minutes ago, asitis said:

    I'd vote for Josem, purely on the grounds he is as far removed from the old boys club as it is possible to get, and that imo is what we really do need, to move forward !

    I was gonna say similar. Him not being 'local' is a potential benefit. 

    If i recall he actually did a politics degree or something similar.

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  10. Just now, Albert Tatlock said:

    Thought he was moving onto other things?

    I think just stepping down from LibVan.  No word of not doing anything political - maybe just as an independent?

    I've seen him post on MF before, so maybe he'll comment. 

  11. 1 hour ago, TheTeapot said:


    Agreed.  He's a bit liberal for me and unfortunately not my constituency. 

    I'd vote for him if i could.  He seems pretty switched on and is willing to challenge the establishment. 

  12. Amazingly it seems that Laxey and Peel actually tried to sign up to the designated bathing beaches.  I really do wonder whether these people are delusional or just stupid. 


    In related news, just like Laxey, Peel wants to treat it's discharge, but appears to think this will either happen by magic, or they want someone else to clean up their shit. 



  13. I play in the sea regularly in Laxey and have never been sick (despite often seeing Round Brown Fish, Condom eels etc).

    However, I never go in at Peel main beach anymore.  I and several others I know have gotten really sick after being in there a few times. 

    Neither of them will ever get in the new 'Bathing Beach' thing.  Peel regularly fails the usual bathing water tests.  Laxey not so often.  I guess it's maybe the placement of the outfalls and the currents etc (Laxey - behind the Second Pier, Peel - pretty much straight off the main beach in the middle of the bay). 



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