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  1. I would appreciate some thoughts please : I'm 68, almost 69 with no underlying health problems I'm aware off, my wife is 71, relatively fit but received a warning letter from the govt about being a risk etc. She, however has contacted shingles a couple of weeks ago even though we have self isolated since 25 Mar. Do i go out or fall under the guidance she was issued as well ? Your thoughts please
  2. I had hoped that once it reached here people would wake up - it doesn’t seem to have! i have family just across the water in Dumfries and Galloway, they had the first case on Wednesday, they now have 13 !
  3. I might be wrong, if I am I’m sure someone will put me right : but if the TT is cancelled and the Island is open there will be no claims, the only way they will be able to claim anything is if the island is shut ? Then they can claim for the travel and accommodation but only if the FCO say it’s not safe
  4. Quick question : Do any of you take out travel insurance when you go to the UK ? I imagine very few of us do, subsequently how many Uk bikers take it out to come here ? So even if the TT is cancelled I think a large proportion will still make the journey as they will have paid and without insurance might as well still visit. just my thoughts
  5. I’m slightly confused by most of the comments and the direction this forum is taking, this was a ‘competition’ by a major, if not THE major motor cycle magazine in the UK, they decided that the Sound was a worthy contender and they themselves nominated them, it had nothing to do with the Sound. How many of the contributors to this forum are bikers and have actually been to the Sound over TT week ? The area is full of very happy bikers who make the Sound their destination of choice. Bikers like to go to somewhere where they can meet likeminded people, relax, talk bikes and generally enjoy what the Island has to offer. Yes you can get cheaper, bigger, better value breakfasts at other venues on the Island but that’s not the objective of this competition. Last points - I don’t think the cafe ‘adjust’ their prices or level of service for TT week and I should imagine that the rent they pay is considerably more than other locations mentioned in this forum.
  6. Just a starter: if the proposed new customs border is agreed could this be a boost or pain for the Island !
  7. I’m still owed £17,000 from flight support, who were tied in to Euromanx. I’m not holding my breath !
  8. Supamanx

    Home Stay

    Is it still 1 April ?
  9. Is this the security as in baggage checks etc ? If so I thought that was already ‘private ‘ ?
  10. Supamanx

    Police Cars

    Because it’s too cold !
  11. Supamanx

    Police Cars

    After all the ‘publicity ‘ over the speed limit on Richmond Hill anyone who gets done for speeding there deserves all they get , I always get a queue behind me as i set my car to 30 when I get to the limit , I can see it annoys some people but tough, I’m not getting done to pacify them ! Just to clarify I’m not some old bugger who deliberately drives slow to annoy people, I enjoy driving and am a confirmed petrol head, my car is a V8 and gets driven as it should where possible, but as I said above it’s been well publicised that the police will be on Richmond Hill
  12. Yes, but I didn’t have 4 o levels !
  13. I left school at 14, worked in an accountants office until I got bored and joined the RAF at 19, I served 22 years and reached a high level as a senior nco, when I retired and returned to the Island there was a job advertised in the tourist board, the post required 4 ‘o’ levels, despite my service history and being Manx born I wasn’t considered as I only had 2 O levels ! The rank I attained required more than any O levels but the rules said 4 O levels.
  14. Budgets need to be spent ! In my previous RAF life I was involved in producing many budgets, any areas that didn’t spend the current years allowance would Suddenly NEED new cars or equipment before the year end. The most memorable one was in Saudi, where 2 new Range Rovers, a Rover SD1 and a Daimler XJ12 !! Were needed before the year end, the reasoning was to fly the flag ! Ironic that both the Daimler and Rover blew up within 3 months, but at least they matched the budget !
  15. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but a speed limit was put on Ballamodha following a couple of fatal accidents, I seem to remember that in addition to driving too fast for their ability, both times the driver hadn’t passed their test and obviously weren’t insured, they also happened at night time. I’m currently teaching two of my grandchildren to drive, in addition to them having ‘proper’ lessons, they are progressing very well and I’m quite confident and relaxed when out with them, I’m teaching them to actually drive and not just pass their test ! They go to an official instructor to help pass their test, mostly in a limited speed area on certain routes. I do think that there should be additional experience once they have passed their test as going from a controlled environment to being on their own, or with ‘mates’ they are obviously going to try things and learn by their mistakes, sometimes with disastrous results. The fact that they officially can’t go over 50 will in most cases be ignored, how many times have you been overtaken by a car with R plates ? My father taught me to drive, he was a bus driver and also ingrained in me to expect the unexpected and what to do if something did happen and how to avoid it. A few hours at Jurby being taught car control and basic maintenance knowledge should be instigated. i’m a long in the tooth petrol head pensioner and drive ‘stupid’ gas guzzling old cars, I stick to speed limits but also enjoy driving to my ability when there are no limits, driving should be fun but within your ability - when I passed my test my first target was to see how fast my car went - it was an 803 cc Morris Minor so I reached 40 mph downhill with the wind behind me ! Unless things have changed with time I should imagine most young people today have a similar aim when they get their license ? The problem is their first cars are rocket propelled in comparison with my moggy and they don’t know what to do when they lose control. Most speed accidents occur in the dark when nobody is watching, are any tests taken at night time ? My final comment is that education is more important than speed limits !
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