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Manx Bean

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  1. Regularly. They sent a delegation of 5 including their new lady Chief Minister to visit the late Queen laying in State..all queue jumped which went down like a shit sandwich with the electorate..
  2. And this is why our politicians are so disconnected from the electorate.. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/chief-minister-to-travel-to-bahrain-to-explore-opportunities/ And if you read on..not just Bahrain. It makes you wonder if he’ll be on the island at all before Christmas..
  3. Couldn't have put it better myself. Piss Poor.
  4. Jesus! Talk about scraping the barrel!
  5. I would be interested in other people's views on a subject that has been quite foremost in my mind as there has been two examples in the past couple of weeks..and that is where the wonderful civil service/Government decide to lay on events that could be of interest to the public - but on working days. Two recent examples are the "Conference" at the Villa and the proclamation of King Charles today on Tynwald Hill. I would have like to have gone to both, but simply can't because I'm at work to earn money and pay tax to keep them paid. I would have gone to the proclamation at Government House on Sunday, but the media basically warned us off due to "limited parking" - which is Government code for "the great unwashed aren't welcome". If these events are so important, why not make them available and accessible to as many as possible?
  6. Does anyone know how many controllers need to be on shift at any given time, and their shift patterns? I must admit I was surprised to read it should be 15 although we are in the middle of flight paths to Ireland and North America. P.S. Thank fuck Longworth was never let loose in the airport!
  7. I always read the story, and I am not outraged. The point I was making was that DESC clearly haven't considered the impact of this on parents who aren't able to go away, may be single parents, working parents - that have already booked any time off (if they were able to) and now they have the added challenge or having to organise childcare. In reality, this only benefits teachers and school staff. Anyone who is fortunate enough to be able to go away for Christmas will have already booked their travel a long time ago, will they not? In balance, it's not a particularly well thought through decision.
  8. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/schools-to-break-up-for-christmas-a-day-earlier/ Wow! Splendid idea if you’re heading off to Whistler or the Caribbean for the old Chrimbo hols, but not so if you’re effing on the bones of your ass and it means another day of childcare you’ll need to cough up for. Yet more joined-up thinking from DESC Ivory Towers.
  9. You just know it’s not going to run smoothly.. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/regeneration-of-east-quay-in-peel-begins/
  10. Strand Street is bearable when it’s a warm sunny day, but is utterly depressing generally. As had been referenced and eluded to throughout this thread, Douglas City Council (what an effing joke that City status is) needs to look around and see why other parts of the island are doing “ok”. By “ok” I mean has some shops worth walking into. Some may correctly argue that Tynwald Mills as a destination is out of reach for many, but the car park is always busy, and free. Basically, Douglas is the only place on the island where the odds of getting a free park are slim.
  11. Whilst I agree - it does seem typical IOM that we don't issue letters or permits like the UK does - surely, it wouldn't take much to produce a letter template the same as UK Immigration to remove this issue? I can't imagine it will be the first or last time this has happened - just the first time it's happened to the wife of someone with medial access on a slow news day.
  12. Won't or can't? Right or wrong? In my mind, this just builds a suspicion that the overall results may not be as good as was hoped compared to UK data. But, I may just be cynical.. https://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/education/government-decides-not-to-provide-grade-data-561566
  13. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/no-place-for-police-presence-at-pride-say-trans-drag-queens/ Seriously - WTF are these two clowns talking about? Historical events are just that. I doubt there is one serving policeman left here who was serving when being homosexual was illegal - even if there are any - at that time they were upholding the law. They weren't responsible for making the law FFS. So, shouldn't their protest be saying "No Politicians" at Pride events, hmm?? The irony of their statement is of course that it means that they, the queer folk, are being discriminatory - not to mention the fact that the Police have every right to be at such event, and in fact if they weren't, it would be unlikely that such an event would be allowed to take place for Health and Safety reasons. Honestly boys - grow a pair, get over yourselves and maybe get your facts right.
  14. It will be in next week's papers now that you've pointed it out. The local rag don't have any decent full-time journalists anymore, so unless stories come to them they don't report them..fact.
  15. 37.6% of all statistics are made up.
  16. From what I understand, Mr Bates previously worked in a senior managerial role for a bus fleet in the UK that was multiple the size of the IOM, so is very qualified. So yes, he'll no doubt be found unsuitable and they'll appoint Knobby Quirk who currently cleans the gutters at the depot, once drove a minibus and is probably Longtail's third cousin twice removed - and has a beard.
  17. Ah. They have a cunning plan for that - every single visitor will arrive on a Cruise Ship in Peel.
  18. Your £10 Woolworths voucher is in the post Rox x
  19. I'm always intrigued by the phrase "reported crime". Naturally, if it isn't reported it can't be dealt with or recorded. However, on the last 3 occasions I had cause to report a crime the local plod couldn't have been less interested to to be honest. Consequently, if being a responsible citizen that reports crime gets no reaction, you wonder how many simply don't bother anymore?
  20. I had the most magical 10 minutes yesterday morning listening to two fellas on the bus discussing (in a serious way) the virtues of hosting the 2023 Eurovision in Douglas, seeing as it's now a City. I thought it may make an interesting and entertaining thread...I'm already visualising a contestant village behind the Grandstand..
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