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cheeky boy

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  1. I watched them put that cable in whilst keeping an eye on my lobster pots, it runs right through the proposed site for the deep water berth Dredging without moving the cable is an impossibility, moving the cable would add a massive cost to the project http://subseaworldnews.com/2013/12/11/mattressing-protection-displaced-on-isle-of-man-uk-interconnector-power-cable/
  2. As an inspired guess, I would say the bloke who bought the Hooded Ram brewery and much else besides has bought it to do a big Wetherspoons type food/pub operation with Airbnb listed self-contained letting suites upstairs
  3. There's a boat in the morning if you don't like it here, well sometimes there's a boat, if they haven't crashed it
  4. As has been pointed out here, I have posted my experience of registering and letting on Airbnb on another thread To add: I have declared my income stream from this to Treasury who required me to register a separate self employment in addition to my existing plumbing trade For those of you interested in letting, a report was commissioned last year by DED into the "non serviced accommodation sector" i.e. holiday accommodation that id not hotel or b&b There was a well attended presentation of this at the museum in July where it was pointed out the various types of accommodation available here and what types we were lacking. I don't know if the DED have managed to make this survey available or if they have I wouldn't know how to navigate the hopeless government website to give you the link, I would have thought that such information would be the starting point for anyone seeking to invest in tourist lets If anyone can find the link then please post it here, if they can't then it shows a lack of enterprise by DED
  5. The people staying in my place weren't here for entertainment facilities. They could go to a thousand places with great entertainment, London, Liverpool, Brighton etc. The groups that stayed came for some kind of outdoor activity, cycling, motorcycling, rallying, diving. The families came to explore the countryside and our charming little towns which they did either on the heritage railways or on the bus network. Some hired a car, almost none brought a car and it's not hard to see why Promoting tourism here does not require vast sums of money spent on facilities which already exist somewhere else. What is needed is a plan like the Lake District worked from where all the relevant agencies work with each other to make visiting the Island as easy and pleasant as possible For instance footpaths and cycle tracks need to be kept in good condition for walkers and mountain bikers. There are at least three different departments responsible for this and each has its own agenda. Road cyclists ans motorcyclists love decent tarmac and no potholes, yet some clown would rather open the Marine Drive than fix our roads Mallorca hosts 25,000 cyclists a week in the spring & autumn and has dedicated cycleways alongside many of the roads. This network is expanded each year, it was not a massive investment but it brings in millions of Euros a year Relaxing the planning conditions for glamping, yurts, tree houses, log cabins etc would encourage investment. Those investors would do their own advertising like I do, all the government has to do is make things easier, not spend a shedload of cash This government is still addicted to spending, it is incapable of comprehending growth without some big fund attached. Look at the ridiculous scheme for the cruise pontoon which is quite simply a scheme put together to relieve the government of the £50 million it said was available Better government is what will attract business, in all areas not just tourism
  6. The people staying in my place weren't here for entertainment facilities. They could go to a thousand places with great entertainment, London, Liverpool, Brighton etc. The groups that stayed came for some kind of outdoor activity, cycling, motorcycling, rallying, diving. The families came to explore the countryside and our charming little towns which they did either on the heritage railways or on the bus network. Some hired a car, almost none brought a car and it's not hard to see why Promoting tourism here does not require vast sums of money spent on facilities which already exist somewhere else. What is needed is a plan like the Lake District worked from where all the relevant agencies work with each other to make visiting the Island as easy and pleasant as possible For instance footpaths and cycle tracks need to be kept in good condition for walkers and mountain bikers. There are at least three different departments responsible for this and each has its own agenda. Road cyclists ans motorcyclists love decent tarmac and no potholes, yet some clown would rather open the Marine Drive than fix our roads Mallorca hosts 25,000 cyclists a week in the spring & autumn and has dedicated cycleways alongside many of the roads. This network is expanded each year, it was not a massive investment but it brings in millions of Euros a year Relaxing the planning conditions for glamping, yurts, tree houses, log cabins etc would encourage investment. Those investors would do their own advertising like I do, all the government has to do is make things easier, not spend a shedload of cash This government is still addicted to spending, it is incapable of comprehending growth without some big fund attached. Look at the ridiculous scheme for the cruise pontoon which is quite simply a scheme put together to relieve the government of the £50 million it said was available Better government is what will attract business, in all areas not just tourism
  7. I have a license for tourist accommodation under the 1975 Tourism Act It was a total pain in the arse to get, DED have a thick book of rules about what you are supposed to have. Sufficient eggcups was one listing and the suggestion that you put a 500ml bottle of water in the toilet cistern to save water when flushing. As a plumber I can tell you that is a fucking stupid idea DED took forever to respond to my emails and there didn't seem to be any liaison between them, the fire officer and building control, both of whom have were equally slack. In the end it took me seven months to do what could have been done in two weeks. Anyone coming here to invest in tourism and having to put up with that would probably just give up Airbnb scares the shit out of DED tourism because it makes them redundant. Rather than get an annual inspection your property is reviewed every time a guest stays there, the customer reviews are crucial to your marketing so keeping the place immaculate and looking after the guests has to be consistent. In addition Airbnb has a massive internet presence and like Amazon etc. is for buying goods, Airbnb is becoming the first point of call for many people seeking accommodation. Despite the problems I had getting registered, I would not support unlicensed accommodation, there could be a beautifully presented property that was a death trap. But if the Island is serious about tourism there needs to be better coordination between departments
  8. Every tourism related thread on here it gets drowned in misery and negative comments about the Island, usually making some point about what we haven't got. Makes me wonder why you lot live here My experience of letting out my place on Airbnb paints a different picture Most of my guests stay around 3 nights, they were evenly split between families and groups such as cyclists, motorcyclists, divers, rallyists etc Pretty much all of them enjoyed the Island, I have yet to hear a negative comment Most came by boat and saw the journey as part of the holiday Despite the shortcomings and expense of the Steam Racket, the crossing is more interesting than a four hour slog up the M6 or down the M5 There was a survey done last year of non-hotel accommodation and its criticisms were that there were too many farm cottage type places and not enough glamping, yurts, forest cabins and the like. The cost of getting here and the weather were also seen as counter incentives to tourism I would dismiss the weather as an issue as The Lakes get 85% occupancy and have worse weather than us I would also say that the reason The Lakes do so much better is that they had The Lake District Strategic Plan to work from. Where all the various agencies, roads, forestry, planning etc. were brought together with the objective of enabling tourism. Whereas we have all these agencies going in whatever direction there chief officer thinks fit http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/170299/core_strategy_oct_2010.pdf
  9. It's a nice piece of PR and probably didn't cost much If it brings more business here then good on the DED for having the savvy to place it Stop being such a bunch of fucking negative twats
  10. Quid pro quo Next year's cycling festival will see the mountain road closed to motor vehicles
  11. I went through the file in the planning office, I don't have copies or numbers for it. Planning has been granted though
  12. I went through the planning application, public submissions etc. today A condition of planning is that the right of way across the sea frontage be maintained Looking at the location of the gates, just ahead of the steps to the beach and the fact that only that end house is gated, the only possible reason for that is to block off the right of way If you were going to gate the development the gate would be at the other end, but that would allow people to walk across the beach and up the steps We all know what will happen once the gates are up, the pedestrian gate will remain locked and there will be some excuse about not being able to locate the key I propose a concerted effort to do away with the gates all together
  13. I seem to remember Heysham as being a non-union port
  14. Wow ! it must be really nice
  15. Travelled to Heysham today on the Ben and the foot passengers had to disembark by bus A tedious business of hanging around in the lounge until the car decks were empty then having to all get aboard a coach to be driven the 200 mt to the terminal. Adds about an extra half an hour to the crossing What is really annoying is that it's been like this for weeks. If our local engineers can dismantle something as complicated as the ships main engine and get it back in service within 18 hours what the fuck is happening at Heysham Port that they can't fix what is only a simple metal bridge ?
  16. Wasn't Mount Murray meant to be tourist accommodation ? Just saying................
  17. Pretty tame compared to the Glasgow Fair holiday in the 60s & 70s I was in the Hawaiian Bar in August 1973 when it kicked off between the Glaswegians, Belfast skinheads and a few Manx lads. A single fight drew in hordes from each side punching, kicking and smashing bottles on heads Being underage and younger than most of the participants in the fracas we legged it through the fire doors to find the police loitering outside, they waited until the first of the wounded stumbled onto the prom then arrested them and bundled them into waiting vans. The seriously injured were carried into ambulances Those arrested were tried the following morning then put on the next boat home Gentle times
  18. Steve was the man who spotted the opportunity in the VAT agreement to Manx register films on the Island, shoot some of the production here then claim the whole VAT content back from the UK treasury It was estimated that he generated over 200 million for the Manx exchequer in the first 10 years, not counting the amount that was spent locally by the film companies on hotels, transport etc. On a personal level he was a genuinely nice guy who never affected any of the bullshit that goes with showbiz, he gave the impression of being slightly surprised at his success One of the good guys, sadly missed
  19. Let's build a 50 million 300m floating pontoon capable of taking even higher sided boats on the outside of a sheltered harbour in a tide run and directly opposite gas storage facilities ,that'll fix it!!! I hope the people at IOMSA are paying attention to this Douglas harbour is sheltered on three sides and has no tidal flow, yet experienced skippers who have docked there thousands of times still run into trouble As my salty sea dog chum points out, there will be many occasions when docking a ship at the proposed cruise terminal location will not be possible I don't see how could a business case be made with this level of uncertainty The justification for the Terminal was that passengers were reluctant to use the ships boats when the weather was rough, but that would be the only option if it was unsafe to dock Either find a viable location or put the project to bed
  20. Whereas most of us see this as a problem, Douglas Borough Council could use this as an opportunity Buying a fleet of pooper scooters, employing riders, pictures in the paper of the new fleet, drinks & nibbles in the Mayor's Chambers It's not quite on the scale of the unnecessary £1.5 million for LED streetlights (decision approved)or the ludicrous £11 million car park/library/retail glass thing at Cambrian place ( thankfully shelved) Come on Mr Christian, this is just the kind of thing to further burden the ratepayers with
  21. They should have applied to be baristas or scallop cleaners
  22. I don't understand what all the fuss is about The Island has been accommodating tax refugees for years Blatantly driving off the boat in huge German saloon cars, establishing ghettos in Maughold, Majestic View, Hilberry Green and the like No intention of doing an honest days work, they live off the backs of decent hard working families by exploiting holes in the UK tax system They won't take the time to learn the local language nor even try to become integrated with our community, shunning our long held practices of kipper eating and incest Enoch was right SEND THEM ALL BACK !
  23. Probably because the gear was hidden well enough to escape detection at Heysham. Anyone who has ever had their van/car searched at either Liverpool or Heysham will know that they are far from thorough, usually just a cursory look in the back and job done. Most of the big busts over come via the police sniffer dogs that routinely patrol the car decks on both the Ben and Mannanan. The fuzz will then radio ahead to their mates in Douglas who might choose to let them depart the boat so they can scoop up as many of those involved locally as well. Someone's been telling you stories All of the big busts come from a list of informants If you're such an expert how come you got nailed? I'm happy with my source of info mate. Someone snitched on me
  24. I haven't been on here much for a few years, but I'm currently biding my time in SE Asia so I've followed a few topics The drug threads are hilarious, I know that a few posters on here actually have some idea of what's going on. But they tend to keep it to themselves The rest of you post away in total ignorance, but that doesn't stop you presenting an opinion fully formed This belief that there is some kind of Athol St cocaine club. How funny, did you get that from a Fo Haloo pamphlet in 1973 ? Cocaine use nowadays is what pot use was 20 years ago, widespread and as likely to be found at The Bretney as Majestic View Since the sentencing policy was brought in line with Jersey about 15 years ago the DS have been gifted with a torrent of information from couriers who thought they would get 18 month max and now find themselves looking at 5yrs "Shooting fish in a barrel" is how it was described to an advocate friend of mine But the tech savvy amongst you are all aware of the Onion Router. This really makes a mockery of all drug enforcement on the Island. Instead of buying 95% baby milk with 5% cocaine from some local idiot, anyone with a bitcion account can get decent quality cocaine, MDMA, cannabis or any of the myriad of weird & wonderful concoctions shipped out of China and mixed up in Israel The " Local Drug Dealer" is going the way of all things retail, 1 in 6 shops is empty in the town and it's going to be 1 in 2 soon You are currently using the future of drugs, it's called the Internet
  25. Better to keep that amount of cash on the island then. They might blow it all on booze and fags and keep Douglas shopkeepers tills ringing for a while. Or just go buy some decent coke from the Athol Street suppliers. Or one of the hundreds of other weed dealers on the island. Decent Coke Don't make me laugh
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