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  1. I think dental ethos/culture has changed considerably, whereas 40+years ago they were happy to pull teeth at the slightest excuse now the realisation is that everybody is issued with only one (adult) set and they try to save them wherever possible. Hence the modern reluctance to extract and only as a last resort (although they may of course have one eye on future work too).
  2. Lack of parenting skills doesn't help. Filling kid's teat bottles with sugar laden juices and cordials sees the rot set in (literally) from early age.
  3. I'd have to recount memories that concur. South African ours was, early 70s. Think he'd worked for their Secret Police or something. Absolute butcher. A school mate had a needle pushed clean through his tongue, no shit. I still get asked by my dentist why I still fear treatment so much, I'm a white knuckle job. A previous one sussed it out for himself and said as much. I'm sure I can't be the only one.
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    TT 2021 ??

    Looking at the average TT fan's (and marshal's) age demographic and the situation in UK (easily forgotten given our status) - chances of it going ahead without yet another of Trumpy or Bojo's miracle vaccines? Sweet FA IMHO.
  5. There will be after a DOI salty winter
  6. How about "Push On" purple? Or "Toe Down" turquoise? Or "GobShite" grey?
  7. Some might say Ramsey's got enough mongs already....
  8. Well, if Ian Longworth fulfils his wet dream about running the MER into the town centre it'll have to be dropped to make the new station. All aboard, ticket holders.
  9. Doubtless a massive offence too...You should have had lights and brakes on your pushbike then...
  10. As Derek Flint has previously posted, it would need considerable change just to comply with fire regs. It's not that great a space inside either. There's bigger bar rooms in pubs.
  11. Is this primary treatment dentists or the consultants as well? There is a long waiting list for the latter - I'm on it.
  12. Don't think there'll be many 747s left in service soon, they're all being retired on the grounds of being less fuel-economical than the new generations of wide body, two engined jets. BA have retired all theirs, 'twas on news a couple of weeks ago. Even questions on the same grounds, of those relatively new, colossal A380s. Let alone the fact that there's currently bugger-all passengers...
  13. Manx solutions for Manx problems.....that's the worrying, and will probably be expensive, bit....
  14. We have something of a glut on the surplus to requirements bit....obviously one still feels the need to try and justify his existence even though he reached the Golden Nugget...
  15. Not many over here...have a look around. Any idea how long it takes a mahogany tree to grow to maturity? Check it out, and some Far Eastern hardwoods. He even had a sign in the shop advising customers of the environmental toll that their purchases were making on the planet. Still took their money though. Utter hypocrite.
  16. Reminds me of a man who owned an up-market furniture shop, did a lot of business in furniture manufactured from endangered exotic hardwoods, mainly from the Far East. Couldn't sell enough of it. He also claimed to be an environmental activist and regularly attended demonstrations, including the big one in Peel about 20 years ago. One day somebody challenged him about the conflict. The response was to giggle and walk away.
  17. Are there actually any Douglas Councillors who don't have their nose in the DBC or Govt trough in one way or another?
  18. It has taken an impartial external review to expose this situation and these failings. Now obviously this is the purpose of the review, it's what these things are for. What is worrying IMHO is that those at the top of this Dept had apparently allowed this situation and failings to develop and were either blind to them or disinterested enough to ignore them. Or, perhaps had any concerns dismissed if they had indeed flagged them up. Simply resigning is not good enough. Questions need to be asked of the attitude and competence level of those previously richly rewarded for the responsibility of the management of this Dept. And of their own overseers who allowed them to proceed in such a fashion, because this clearly goes beyond the Dept itself. It is symptomatic of our whole current system of governance.
  19. The one in DOI must have their work cut out. Or they're permanently asleep.
  20. Methinks that Derek's experience now serves the taxpayers better by being outside the tent, pissing in. Rather than accepting a role with whatever good intentions, then finding out that the edifice he's joined has no intention whatsoever of restructuring or adapting to the times and being assimilated into the "pissing out" club of tent occupiers and staying schtum is the best and most lucrative way of staying in the tent.
  21. Ah, but the Gods of the DOI have the divine capacity to declare an Indian summer and autumn in order to progress the work. And an equally divine capacity to bullshit just in case it doesn't materialise.
  22. And that faint desire began and ended largely with the hiking of taxes and charges to the general public across the board. With a small reduction in relatively low-paid coalface jobs whilst layers of management remained intact or even proliferated. It would be good to see a breakdown of where and at what level the @ 1500 new jobs since 2016 really are?
  23. Fleet Manager answers to Director of Transport? - whether it's via another tier(s) might be another question. Weren't assurances given not so long ago that Govt headcount was reducing?
  24. Indeed. Article in MR News covers a response from Cabinet Office to a question from Juan Watterson that reveals that full time Govt staff numbers are still growing. Up now to 8100 (amounting to 7000 full time jobs apparently) from 2016's 6700. One might wonder how many of those were in Cabinet Office itself? Empires full steam ahead eh?
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