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    Helpful member of the public threatened with the cops

    FFS Surely they could just give him the bloody paint and a handshake for his trouble!
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    New Year Healthy Lifestyle

    Thanks Wrighty - well-said. As I always do, I made a mental 'New Year Resolution' to start getting into shape this year (I'm almost 50 and definitely sedentary). This plan usually lasts a week-or-so - but given your encouragement maybe I'll last a bit longer and maybe even manage to keep it up. It's a shame that as well as waist-lines bursting at the seams, so do our modern-day schedules - trying to find time to fit in exercise is maybe more difficult than the exercise itself. Micky
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    Manx Radio site when overseas

    I'm in Moscow. Maybe our comrades in the east can't be trusted not to meddle in the heady world of Manx politics.
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    Manx Radio site when overseas

    I'm off the Island at the moment - checking-in to see what excitement I'm missing. For some reason, it appears that the Manx Radio site is blocked (see attached). Any idea why? Do we really have much that needs to be hidden from the outside world? It looks to be blocked Manx Radio itself. Micky
  5. I got kicked out of Barclays - so signed-up with IG after specifically checking whether they were happy with IOM customers (which they are. So far!) Micky
  6. Hence this... http://www.applebyglobal.com/news/news-2017/media-coverage-of-the-offshore-sector.aspx
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    Ronaldsway Airport

    In passing through security at the airport today (which was quiet), I noticed that there's as second door between the queuing area and the security screening area. It's marked 'Escorted only', or 'Staff' or something - but goes into the same area on the other side. If the delay is genuinely the time it takes people to get ready for screening and unpack their stuff etc. then I wonder why they don't just reposition the barriers to form two separate queues to and open the other door too? Then just have two sets of tables for people to use to unpack? Then channel the people into both (or even just one) X-Ray machine? It would be a bit cramped but would make much better use of the space and would cost nothing in terms of staff etc. if they stuck to one machine for now. Even while they try to come up with a strategic/expensive/complicated solution they can claim lots of credit for, it has to be worth a try to see if it helps. Micky
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    Phones Dead

    Seems harsh. Very rare I see issues with broadband, sometimes there are DNS issues but just use Google Or opendns. Sometimes people have internal issues or wifi issues but confuse them with broadband issues. Sometimes people have genuine broadband issues and in my experience they are always dealt with quickly. Sometimes you struggle for mobile reception in certain areas but that's life. What to people want them to do if the can't spend millions on a booster in every home (or get planning for the additional masts they have identified that would help) I can't remember the last time landlines all went down, but I would guess it works out at less than an hours downtime every five years. Well if it is an hour of downtime in 5 years, then that's 99.998% availability. I'm sure that in every year there are several failures which cause no service impact - due to redundancy and resilience - but sometimes sh*t happens and I think 0.002% downtime is not too shoddy. Irrespective of what you think of their corporate strategy there is a team of dedicated hard-working local staff - who provide a pretty reliable service. Well done for getting the wheels back on so quickly. (I don't work for them but do work with them) Micky
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    New Gov't Software Loco

    I doubt it cost much. How hard can it be to show a static picture of the inside of a workshop door - to the sound of a few spanners jingling underneath. Micky
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    Local petrol-heads?

    It's the third Sunday tomorrow - so the monthly meeting at the motor museum as Jurby. Forecast looks good too! Micky
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    Importing cars from UK with no tax disk

    That may be true, but nobody told the DVLA web site! Perhaps that's because it's in beta. The dealer filled it in with my IOM post code, with me present, and it happily produced this... ...so, officer, in my mind I was legit. Micky
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    Importing cars from UK with no tax disk

    In my case, the car was UK-taxed by the dealer online at the time of purchase - in my name and using my IOM address. I then drove it to the ferry, back to the Island, and applied to have it tested. For the next 3 weeks I was driving it on the Island with no disk displayed. As soon as it was tested, I reregisted it with a Manx plate and bought an IOM tax disk. This seems entirely fine to me - but the article I linked in the first post suggests otherwise. If the police are going to make statements like this they need to be clear - this one seems unclear (or just stupid/nonsensical). Micky
  13. http://147-5433bc3297b05.radiocms.com/news/isle-of-man-news/police-warning-over-uk-car-tax/ So, what are we supposed to do while we are waiting for an imported car to be tested so we can register it on the Island? I recently bought a car in the UK and they put 6 months tax on it. No tax disk due to the new UK system - so in the 3 weeks when I was running it on the Island on UK plates was I breaking the law? Seems a little silly. Micky
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    Breakfast recommendation

    For millionaires,ffs who is on these fuvking forums. Indeed. Not sure that was called-for. I don't play golf - can't stand it - and I'm a long way from a millionaire. I've had breakfast there a few times with the kids and it's been cheaper than many other places. OP asked for a recommendation - that's mine. You don't have to like it.
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    Breakfast recommendation

    Clubhouse at Castletown Golf Links. Good full English on a Sunday morning.