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  1. Katman


    Doubt it, China is getting expensive, more likely Bangladesh or Vietnam.
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    I used to like Regatta Clothing, it was cheap and fairly good quality, You could buy a pair of lightweight trousers in Newsons for around a third of the price you would pay for say a pair of Mountain Equipment Trousers. Unfortunately, they now cost about the same.
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    I see Venture Outdoors (Newsons) shop is up for rent or sale. https://www.chrystals.co.im/commercial/commercial-lettings/property/11569500-strand-street-douglas I think they were a bit daft, moving away from their core business and going into an market to compete with the likes of Millets and Mountain Warehouse.
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    Whatever Highways said about the project, and they always seem to have a lot to say about any application that moves traffic on or off the highway, it's down to the Planning Department and most likely the Planning Committee, as they can ignore such concerns if they wish. They must take responsibility for the mess, but they won't.
  5. Always thought the inside of the Villa Arcade should be just a food venue, with general seating in the central area and lots of different food establishments in the various retail outlets, some permanent, some run as pop-ups.
  6. Is this going to be just a seasonal restaurant, nobody is going to want to sit outside eating their steak and chips in the middle of winter and there isn't much seating inside.
  7. Looking at the planning application, which is available online for all to see, there does not appear to be any new walls, glass, brick or other type, it's just an external seating area, just like the café next door has. There's nothing stopping pedestrians walking between the tables under the cover of the colonnade.
  8. I see the Strand Street Post Office is turning into a convenience store, the foreign exchange counter has now gone, and you can now buy your lottery tickets and basic expensive groceries as well as buying a stamp or two.. Seems to be undermanned as well, three people behind the post counter, one working, one said she couldn't help as she was new and didn't know anything and the third had to leave the postal counter to go to serve someone at the shop counter, then realised she didn't know how to operate the lottery machine.
  9. I find the Government's own planning search map is pretty up-to-date and pretty clear. https://services.gov.im/planningapplication/services/planning/search.iom
  10. So is Shoprite buying Sainsbury's stuff at retail price, hence the reason for the large price jump, or do they get it at a wholesale price, which makes their inflated pricing even worse?
  11. How many Callister bashers (I'm neither for or against him), will pop along to his surgery and actually discuss the comments they have made in this thread directly face to face?
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    TT 2022 ??

    They have barriers and No entry signs at low level now. I was parked on Dukes Road on Friday afternoon and within five minutes there must have been half a dozen cars drive past going the wrong way.
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    TT 2022 ??

    Wrong, planning has been approved for the new Scoreboard, they just need to find the money to build it now.
  14. It's obviously being taken very seriously by the Manx public, as their Facebook Group has grown to five members, but no new members in the past week.
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