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Everything posted by Lxxx

  1. Or just have an innocent epsom salt foot bath until the situation rights itself then stop. You don't inform your doctor before you go on a massive bender/smoke 20 fags/binge on McDonalds/drink coffee all day. Your GP is there for genuine emergencies, not to hold your hand.
  2. An epsom salt foot bath in the evenings. Magnesium is a muscle relaxant so try that, works for a lot of people.
  3. But you still have to treat people with the maturity they deserve. You shouldn't have to spoon feed every single bit of information out. It's been said before numerous times but this thing isn't going away what we're now having to do is move to the next phase of managing it, comfortable in the knowledge we feel we have sufficient capacity should there be inevitable mini peaks amongst the troughs as things get back to normal. If people want to disregard guidelines they will be punished accordingly but the world still keeps turning and we have to move on.
  4. You don't need to work me out. If the government fucks up I'll say it. If I don't believe they have then I'll back them. There's no exact science to it. I'll judge as I find. I think the permanent administration of the island (politicians come and go but nothing really changes) were taking and will take the island into financial ruin. That hasn't changed, albeit it may have been expedited due to the current situation. On the subject of the lockdown I think relaxing restrictions tomorrow is a huge call but ultimately, on balance, possibly the right one. Only time will tell of course. It's no more complex than that really. I'm backing this decision just as I've criticised others.
  5. How exactly would you like them kept out of harms way? Maybe throw them all together under one roof like Abbotswood? Barricade the front doors of the elderly from the outside? Some might feel they have lived a decent 80/90 years and they'll be damned if they are going to be kept under house arrest at this late stage. Who would blame them if they fancy an ice cream on a sunny day after 6 weeks indoors going stir crazy. What will be will be.
  6. What bullshit are you smelling? They have decided to relax the restrictions to attempt to get back to a functioning society. It may work, it may not. These decisions aren't made on a whim, they have input from both medical professionals as well as politicians. Everything we do from here on in is a gamble, some decisions will be good ones and others not so, but hindsight is a wonderful thing and they don't have bags of time to make important decisions. There will always be the temptation to wait another week, another fortnight but life must attempt to go on at some point.
  7. You can't mollycoddle everyone. They have been quite explicit with the new guidelines, it's up adults to act like adults and respect them. They have told the vulnerable to stick to the same daily routines, nothing has changed for them. If they decide to disregard them then we all have free will, just.
  8. You want a top up or is that glass still half full?
  9. Seems to have worked though, so they didn't get it wrong at all. Let's knock them by all means when necessary but they've got on top of it and still allowed pizzas, chips etc... Following that logic what's a bit of ice cream too?
  10. Eradicating this is out of the equation, we have to move onto the next phase of managing it. We can't wrap young, fit and healthy people in cotton wool, life has to attempt to get back as near to normality as we can. Obviously older and high risk individuals aren't going to go out for an ice cream but if someone else wants an ice cream after a chippy then so be it. Let's not get too nanny state about what constitutes essential. Commerce needs to be be resumed, for the good of everyone.
  11. Correct. This type of situation always brings out the intellectually challenged who will moan at every move government makes just because that's what they like to do. Complain when it's justified by all means, although negativity is a far easier state of mind than positivity.
  12. I'm not back on island, I'm in the UK for the foreseeable. I decided against entering the government lottery to be picked to pay a grand and be interned for a fortnight so I'll ride it out. It's not ideal and I might be adding 'marriages' to the list of losers out of this but what will be will be. Lots to sort out over here anyway yet.
  13. Senior figures in London who may remember that, if they remember it at all, will have since taken retirement. They have had far bigger issues to content with in the last decade than to recollect a bit of bravado from a pea-brained caricature from a parish council on sea.
  14. Every red line is arbitrary based on an individual viewpoint. There will be losers in this whatever happens; deaths, businesses, livelihoods, jobs. The issue is politicians are torn and no-one wants to be the one responsible for making the wrong decision in times like this, which is why we are copying the UK when really we should be making decisions based on our own unique set of circumstances. Takes wise heads and strong nerves.
  15. Quite right. I unexpectedly had to leave the island last week to care for a loved one in the last days of their life. Totally unplanned but unavoidable in the circumstances. Having to register deaths at the moment in the UK is a hassle in itself too in these times, not to mention arranging some kind of farewell and dealing with affairs. All takes a lot longer than usual. I'm now undecided what to do next about returning. Not everyone who is off island and wanting to get back was sat on a beach disregarding government warnings, like you'd think reading some posters on this thread.
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    Manx Lamb

    At a time when the island needs every penny it can get it's hands on, attracting much needed funds onto the island from elsewhere needs every bit as much attention as maintaining the flow of existing capital within it's borders.
  17. Should we really be starting a new thread after each death?
  18. China it was undeliverable in so much that the assumptions they had in the bid, which were reasonable at the time based on the knowledge available to the marketplace, weren't delivered upon by a state-owned apparatus, Network Rail. Burnham could and should have made the public aware that the reason their train now wasn't arriving on time was that a government owned infrastructure provider hadn't delivered on it's promises. Instead he sat on the side of his bosses and sniped at the private sector. He'll ride the wave of public opinion on any issue he can score political points over. It's why he's so well-liked by the average Joe, they aren't privy to the bigger picture and just see his media soundbites. Standard politician. Twas ever thus.
  19. Arriva Rail were told by Arriva Group, and by definition Deutche Bahn above them, they had to be successful in a franchise bid within 12 months if their business unit was to survive. Their bid was effectively undeliverable and was built on the premise of every variable going in their favour, which of course it didn't and unravelled rapidly. As you mention a lot of factors were out of their control and they were unfortunate, but the unions also saw weakness and pounced on it with some debilitating union action. There are some good people within Northern that were working with one arm behind their back and Burnham certainly didn't help their cause when he could have called out Network Rail and the unions more publicly, but he kept his nose clean and rode the wave of public opinion. Now it's back in public ownership he'll have to wind in the rhetoric now, it won't be as easy to score political points anymore.
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    Manx Lamb

    If I wanted something to run efficiently and be cost effective I definitely wouldn't want a guy with a Masters in Economics overseeing it.
  21. Lxxx

    easy jet

    Easyjet should have heeded Stelios' warnings. Air travel was never going to continue on the same trajectory, once you factor in the increasing focus on climate change and the political will behind it. Greed overtook sound business planning.
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    Manx Lamb

    They have to factor in transportation costs. You've seen the cost of fuel on the island haven't you...
  23. Absolutely spot on. I worked closely with Northern Rail over the course of the Arriva franchise, still do now they are back in government hands, and he used to pop up with his soundbites on Granada News and other local media sticking the boot into Arriva whenever asked. It made good headlines and it encouraged talk of the local regions having more say into whatever comes after Arriva hand the keys back, which of course they had no option but to do. Your stereotypical politician. All things to all people, style over substance.
  24. And that is an issue because...? If they are residents of the island the government needs to accommodate their travel back home by putting in place suitable procedures upon their return.
  25. Lxxx

    Future Mann

    It would be refreshing to see some leaders emerge from this to take the tough decisions needing to be addressed and build a micro nation fit for purpose for the years ahead. It's going to take strength of character and thick skin to withstand the attacks from all quarters of vested interests but it's necessary. I'm not optimistic but we can but hope.
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