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  1. I really wanted to like John but there are some holes in his manifesto that simple research could have addressed. I missed his visit when he was on walkabout last week. He does however pick up on some points that none of the others want to try and tackle when I have asked in the past simple stuff, the pavements and roads in the area are so neglected its difficult to cut around with a pram/wheelchair which we do on a daily basis. Ashy called a couple of weeks ago, I used to bully him in School and have never liked him so it wasn't a lengthy conversation. Ralf messed up his post drop so he got fucked in the bin straight away. Our street talks quite often around the candidates and its quite split at the moment. Not seen anything from the other candidates, I am open to which way I am going to vote at the moment but its not going to be DA or Ralf
  2. To be fair, I wasn't a fan of LFT's until my recent experience where my partner returned from the UK and went on to develop symptoms (quite bad, couldn't catch her breath after coughing). She had a positive PCR and our children were using LFT's to monitor if they had contracted and were asymptomatic. There are people receiving cancer treatment in the wider family so we wanted to be sure after my partners isolation that the household were not incubating the virus. I can see how some of the jittery people wanting masks mandated would be testing themselves every day for shits and giggles.
  3. Will be nice to see how your comments age over the next year or so.
  4. Must have took some blowing up….
  5. Terry playing a very clever game knowing that the world is watching. Maybe they have learned some strategies to help them push through the short term before silently bringing back the old regime. Or, maybe they are going to surprise everyone and show they are committed to some sort of obscure mixture of the old guard with a more reasoned approach to the modern ideology of Islam. The latest pictures showing trigger discipline compared to 10 years ago might be sleight but it shows something has changed. Now just to try and fathom the pictures showing Terry at the funfair!
  6. Seeing lots of the global do-gooders chatting shit about how the US and UK have done a shit job and are backing out far too soon. The harsh reality is that there has never been full co-operation with the locals and the corruption in the county is so rife its farcical. I don't think there was ever a belief that things were going to really change over there. Ben Anderson did a lot of great work in Afgan, this 3 parter is a really good introduction to how we were doing back in 08/09 and not a great deal had changed.
  7. All for fortnightly bin collections, when are they swapping the bins for bigger ones then? As for the Statue, I had a brain fart at the weekend thinking I would take a picture of my boy next to it and forward it to my step dad who is a big Beatles fan with a sarcastic quote like “Staying alive”, then I remembered it wasn’t of the Beatles….why the fuck would it be of the Beatles….so I took one with a quote of”Imagine all the people” Step dad took the bait.
  8. I try not to challenge the belief structure and debate cause/effect and who stands to gain from whatever is in question as it tends to be less emotive. It’s starting to get a bit pointy now that unvaccinated people are now being called out and that on the face of it, there could be a whole set of restrictions/hoops to jump through for none medically excused people who are not vaccinated.
  9. I am fascinated by the Anti-Vaxx cohort, my step-daughter is one of them (nearly 30) and while I am pretty convinced her reasoning is purely because her value set was diluted years ago by social media and that also caused her common sense to erode during that time. I fail to see the legitimate cause for Anti-vaxxers other than sensationalism.
  10. Ha ha, that was quality. Currently explaining to a group of my UK colleagues that the video is genuine and not a spoof, they are having none of it.
  11. There was a recent meeting in Onchan hub attended by around 60 Anti-vaxxers (husband of one of them is in our golf group) Fascinating how rational people can have their common sense overshadowed by mentalist views. I am assuming mostly via YouTube and Facebook groups but if people are meeting up in person, this must add more credibility to their cause as it’s taking the discussion offline.
  12. I agree regarding cases as there isn’t an accurate way of tracking and it’s largely irrelevant anyway. Hospitalisations and available beds in the next few weeks is the interest for me and I guess other people too as this could influence behaviour
  13. I think it’s down to a lack of information being provided in the public domain that gives us any idea of what to expect in the short term. Despite the dates constantly evolving, and the potential inaccuracies It’s the only one out there really apart from Danny Winrow’s (again from Twitter)
  14. I see Dr Fairfax has posted some simple projections on Twitter which is great to see. It would have been more enlightening to have these posted without calibration and then actuals plotted against predicted. Still interesting all the same
  15. She wasn’t very attractive…….. Anyhoo, what an absolute shitshow. The fact that there was more than a couple of hysterical lunatics there is a worry. In times of relative crisis people sometimes lose perspective but that was full on Phoenix nights meets the X files. let’s hope the cooler weather dampens their enthusiasm for a while as that display was pure embarrassment. Fully expecting to see that clip pop up on satirical TV shows in the coming weeks saying how crackers the Manx are.
  16. If they are not expecting the numbers, it’s hardly surprising that some venues/services won’t be running full time. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and I am sure checking to see what’s running and what’s not is an easy way to avoid disappointment but unless it’s prompted or you have super organised holidaymakers, there will be a few confused punters around this summer.
  17. I tried looking at the model on Google docs but it’s all Greek to me. Today is day 34 if June 26th was day 0 or whatever. The request was genuine to see if the modelling is matching up to the reported stats. Part of the reason for my curiosity is around the shift to LFT and people either succumbing to symptoms and riding it out without testing as they don’t want to SI or they use an LFT pathway without calling 111 so they don’t become a statistic on the dashboard. With the above, projected hospital admissions may be one of the only visible markers if that’s such a thing.
  18. That’s a no then? Simple words please Ben, I am thick as mince
  19. Most areas of the Island are spot on. There are plenty of weekend adventures to be had exploring and finding new things to do, mostly outdoors. Its a significant change of pace compared to most UK areas. The Manx are known for our hospitality despite what some may think on social media (it’s not real life). Eating/drinking is getting a lot better recently with some fantastic places opening up across the Island
  20. @BenFairfax - genuinely curious, as you seem to have a very bold statement using your numbers around the future timeline of our current Covid “wave”, has your modelling been accurate to date? Is there a simple graphical format an idiot such as myself could follow depicting your timeline, the factual timeline? Thanks
  21. Seeing people back in work that caught Covid at the nunnery. so, with no exit tests we should be looking at 100+ people a day out of SI which will hopefully help the venues that have been struggling with staff. As many people flapping on Social media about the current situation, out in the real world there is little or no panic and the atmosphere seems really positive. There are even more than a few people casually donning masks when faced with crowded or poorly ventilated areas and nobody is batting an eyelid. I think the people driving the mandate for masks want some sort of fanfare played for attention when the reality is it’s becoming part of normal life and there is far less stigma around compared to the previous waves.
  22. Have been following a story about an old Debenhams site being turned into an activity area with karting and shit like that. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57934829 I don’t see the Summerland site ever being used again, and I think there is far too much risk involved in creating something out of old retail units such as Chester street or the Castle Mona. Short trips to the UK are ok if you are that way inclined but it’s a crying shame we don’t have a big fun/leisure facility anymore.
  23. In reaction to the IOM topping the Covid stakes: ”I suspect this may be the end of the IoM tourism sector and the TT. It will take many years to live this down.” love reading this level of absolute bafoonary while out on a morning stroll. There doesn’t seem to be a care in the world by anyone including those choosing to wear masks that I have seen.
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