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  1. But furthermore you have to be able to prove that you haven't just moved to the UK for the purpose of undertaking your education - something which is not as easy as it sounds....
  2. Because you have to go through your local authority - which in an Isle of Man Student's case is the Isle of Man Government Department of Education, not the Department of Health. What it actually means is that you are entitled to those places if you come from the IOM (unlike some UK institutions and on Island Career's advisors state), but you still have to go to your 'local authority'. Because you are resident in the Isle of Man, despite studying in the UK it means your local authority at the time of application is the IOM Govt. The end result is that Manx Nursing Students undertaking cours
  3. Prune it from the unnessarily large road budget. You don't need new stock to run a service like that, the IMR proved it could be done with what it had. Anyway a start would be cutting the bus routes which run parralel to the railways. Funny isn't it when people talk about spending obscene amounts of money on the roads to little effect hardly anyone bats an eyelid. Mention spending it on public transport and everyone is screaming outrage at it. Regardless of what in the long run offers the best value for money. Look forward to seeing what happens when oil runs out and the Island is ill
  4. My Grandfather survived the Prison Camps of the Japanese, likewise many other members of my families have been involved in numerous wars and conflict zones both in the past and recent times. One thing I know is that whilst my Grandfather would have been saddened that a teenager didn't appreciate the sacrifice that his friends made, he would have been evern more saddened and disgusted about a culture where free speach does not exist and someone can be arrested for a symbolic gesture of burning a poppy. This wasn't what they were fighting for, it was what they were fighting against - and it's h
  5. Well the 5C is timetabled at 90-odd minutes, so a leettle over 'half an hour'. You do realise that buses move quite slowly and tend to stop a lot? Though given that the current management appears to think it a good idea to drive them as fast as possible, maybe you are Mr Longworth and I claim my £3 million and as many slightly used buses as I would like. Of course there may not even be any facilities for a 'comfort break' for drivers (or indeed passengers) when you get to the destination, so maybe you should look at return timings. In reality they probably pop into the nearest public t
  6. So they should take away the bus service that takes people from where they live to where they work; and insist people use a steam-powered train that does neither? What I've suggested is a bus service to feed to and from the railway (rather than mirror it) to take people pretty much from their door to their destination. As for the motive power, what's the issue with using locomotives designed to haul faster passenger trains by people who actually knew how to design something to do a job properly and make it last for years doing the same job? The times for the trains for the Ramsey an
  7. Well, my problem with the horse trams is that they lose money, year on year and are an out-dated, albeit quaint, form of transport, rush-hour or not. Who uses them? Tourists we don't have anymore? Back in the day, they were usually full of happy, smiling holidaymakers. I haven't seen one, in years, full to capacity. So get rid. Cars (a mode of transport belonging to the 1950's and 60's - most modern cities are turning to alternative options such as tramways and railways - the Isle of Man and many of it's inhabitants are just typically behind the times as always not seeing the merits
  8. I've been going over more than ten years and have seen it happen on a few occasions. It may be that they've clamped down now on escorts - as they should. Most patients don't need an escort unless they're struggling to mobilise, have cognitive issues or facing a piece of bad news.
  9. Electrical battery vehicles are nowhere near the stage where they can compete with tramways for running duration & speed combined, and its mainly in rail mounted transport where the best innovations in electrical traction have been made. In addition what exactly are you going to be driving these vehicles upon?...I'm curious when oil runs out how you propose to maintain the roads?.....At least rails can be cut down, welded to form reusable lengths and then the rest melted down and rerolled Nothing is affecting my cognitive abilities. At least I can consider the options other than the hi
  10. So they should take away the bus service that takes people from where they live to where they work; and insist people use a steam-powered train that does neither? What I've suggested is a bus service to feed to and from the railway (rather than mirror it) to take people pretty much from their door to their destination. As for the motive power, what's the issue with using locomotives designed to haul faster passenger trains by people who actually knew how to design something to do a job properly and make it last for years doing the same job? The times for the trains for the Ramsey an
  11. I don't see the issue with someone who has to be with a person doing a bit of shopping in a case like you've mentioned above - Mrs Baps was unable to push a chair and therefore you came along (and saved the cost of paying for an Escort). However some people get off the plane with their friend, get the taxi to the city centre, then disappear leaving their perfectly mobile friend on their own at the hospital, then reappear at 17:00 ready for pickup having spent little or no time in the company of their friend. So it begs the question did their friend really need them there at all, or was it just
  12. Nope quilp you just show that you're totally unaware that in general most modern disorders which are on the increase such as obesity and type two diabetes are linked to the generally sedantery lifestyle and poor diet. Having to walk a bit would do a lot of people a lot of good....
  13. Once you put the systems in place to make it work effectively you can invest more. If needs be pull the necessary revenue from the road budget. At least the money goes back into the government pocket rather than into the pockets of the greedy oil industry. If the petrol and motor companies had to put into place the infrastructure require to run their machines, then it would cost even more for petrol and cars than it currently does. As it is the whole industry freeloads off the back of the taxpayer far more than any railway system does. But car drivers won't see that because the fumes have alr
  14. Well, my problem with the horse trams is that they lose money, year on year and are an out-dated, albeit quaint, form of transport, rush-hour or not. Who uses them? Tourists we don't have anymore? Back in the day, they were usually full of happy, smiling holidaymakers. I haven't seen one, in years, full to capacity. So get rid. Cars are filled to far less capacity than horsetrams and their occupants are rarely smiling.... more like time to get rid of the motorcars particularily as providing the expensive infrastructure for the fuel wasting luxuries cost far more than any other part
  15. Once the "alternatives" are in and running, then get rid of some parking places..... However, at the moment, people feel the need to be able to park in town. I don't live on or near a bus route, I don't live near an electric or steam railway track and I don't live near the horse tram! There is no pay or display coming in from the north, and why should I pay to park my car and then pay to get a bus into town, when I can park for 2 hours on the prom for free?? Out of town parking (at the nearest railway/tramway station) could be made inclusive with the tickets to get you into Douglas an
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