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  1. Sunday 8th August - 11am to 2pm Car boot sale in aid of Onchan AFC's new clubhouse To book a space please contact Annette on 457826, car spaces £10, vans £15 and traders £20
  2. If you read Lon's facebook page, he had to go off-island earlier in the month as a close family member passed away, and then he will have to isolate on his return so won't be able to do any door to door until close to election time
  3. The Isle of Man is hosting this year's Home Nations Table Tennis Event at the NSC from the Fri 8th - Sat 10th Nov, featuring England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Jersey. Guernsey and the Isle of Man. Players will be battling it out over the three days for both team and individual honours, and there will be some top class players involved. Entry is free for anyone who wants to come along and watch, so why not pop in and have a look.
  4. For anyone interested in playing table tennis on the Island, the IOM Table Tennis Association holds open practice nights every Weds evening during the summer between 7pm and 9pm at the NSC secondary sports hall. Cost is £4 per adult and £2 for kids, just come along and give it a go.
  5. Car boot sale, Sunday 9th July, 11:00 to 15:00 in the top field at Blackberry Lane, Onchan in aid of Onchan Junior Football Club's New Pitch fund, Spaces available, please contact Annette on 457826 for more information.
  6. I wonder how the number of commercial vehicles compares to other places, as we do seem to have a lot of vans on the Island, although this may just be an impression and not actually any different to anywhere else. There seem to be a lot of Transit sized vans.
  7. The problem lies in the planning system that continually allows housing estates to be built without adequate residents parking. Rightly or wrongly, the majority of family houses now have at least three cars, works vehicles etc in the household, yet houses are continually built with a parking allocation either on a driveway or car park for two vehicles. This means that the other vehicle(s) ends up on the road and it only takes a few vehicles to clog things up. People then resent larger vehicles which can often take up the equiavalent of two car spaces, as people then look for spaces outside other peoples houses, on pavements and next to junctions, and the whole thing just snowballs. The Island is unfortuanately awash with vehicles and the problem is only going to get worse.
  8. Quote from the forum on the pprune.org website which is well worth a read: Is it just me that's amazed how critical people are here? Just to clarify that from an announcement at 22:00 on a Friday, Eastern have been able to find space in their schedules (flights, maintenance, crew) on TWO of their aircraft. They have arranged ground handling and passenger services at 3 airports they don't currently operate into (VLY, BHD, IOM). They have insured that the crews will have also correct documents, to allow performance and airfield familiarisation be available to crew. They have done this in a 48 hour period, over a weekend. Just purely looking at staff cost, office workers which would usually be off at the weekend, are likely to of had to of come in. Then you have had to find a crew of pilots and cabin crew willing to spend the next week in CWL, and from NCL crew that would be willing to take longer days. Bear in mind they have also launched these routes with zero marketing or research. Especially the IOM they are taking a risk, that is not calculated. An airline is not a charity, if the cost of running the route to get off the island right now is £99, that seems cheap to me based on what Eastern would of had to throw at this. You will only get cheaper costs and therefore flights if you have a historically good load factor, more frequencies , or bigger aircraft. If you want that, you will have to use it....or lose it
  9. Does anyone know of someone who would be good to repair a Whirlpool oven, I think the thermostat or something similar must have gone, as it comes on as normal but the oven won't heat up. Thanks.,
  10. I'm happy to say I voted for Mr Fitton, having read all of the manifesto's I thought him worthy of my vote. However I do think that certain areas of the constituency are always targeted by candidates whilst others never seem to get a second thought, even though their votes count just the same.
  11. My wife and I voted for you as did my next door neighbour. It's absolutely gutting Malarkey got back in. Gutting. The one thing I would say is this - I didn't see a single candidate on my doorstep and I think the fact you were so late to the party has probably cost you (and those 296 wasted votes for David Fowler). If what turned up on my doorstep is representative (i.e no one) then I think the reason for your low turnout is possibly that. Do you know what the figures of turnout were like at the polling stations? i.e was there more in Pulrose than the school in Saddlestone? I echo these comments, I live in Harcroft Meadow and the only knock we had at the door was from Mr Fowler. I did not vote for him personally, but maybe the 296 who did used that as their main criteria when voting. There are a large number of houses on our estate, but we didn't appear to be deemed significant enough for any of the three main candidates to call as far as I'm aware, however they always seem to find the time to visit Pulrose and Anagh Coar !!
  12. In which case you will no doubt be relaxed about not making an impression alongside their names on the ballot paper. Two days left and still no other candidates around, mind you one this time is one more than called in either 2011 or for last years bi-election, obviously not an important area !!
  13. Four days to go to the election and we've had just one of the four candidates call at the door, not even a "sorry you were out when I called" from the rest. Obviously not too bothered about making an impression.
  14. And we thought the last five years were bad. There are three names that I think on past performance may have some credibility (Cannan / Quayle / Watterson) but dear god, looking through your predictions, we really are in trouble. The sad thing is that one or two credible candidates who would have helped matters will not get in. I think that Shimmins and possibly Bowers in Middle would have enhanced that list, as would possibly others. A couple of things come to mind - perhaps we really need to review whether a) all island elections are required or b) whether we now offer better pay and conditions and secondly I pity the next CM. Even Maggie Thatcher would struggle with this collection of misfits ! If we could just select 24 for the whole Island as opposed to just picking 2 in the constituency in which you live, we would get a much better standard of MHK, As stated above, some constituencies have 3 or 4 candidates who would all make good MHK's whilst some constituencies have none, or a at the most 1.
  15. Unfortunately the intelligent ones get the Ministerial positions and have to make the unpopular decisions, whilst the unintelligent ones can just concentrate on helping their electorate with all the little things they ask for in their area, thus remaining popular.
  16. Outdoor car boot sale today between 12 and 3 in the top field at Blackberry Lane, Onchan in aid of the new Onchan Junior Football Club pitch
  17. Good to see Mr Malarkey has his priorities right though, the IOM may be facing major problems due to the EU exit, but he's calling a public meeting to discuss the closure of the Pinewood !!
  18. I think and I could be wrong, but when the MHK's and MLC's are referring to it being unfair on Civil Servants, they are not saying that Civil Servants shouldn't pay, but why is it only Civl Servants, and not the other Govt employees who also get free parking spaces in the same areas of Douglas, such as at schools, health care establishments, police stations etc. Not everyone who works at those places requires use of a car during the working day and many are doing clerical jobs which are no different to those undertaken by Civil Servants. Do people think they should pay for their spaces too or not ? I'm sure parking costs for private sector workers in town aren't charged depending on job type.
  19. In the same Manx Independent today where they are naming and shaming the MLc’s and MHK’s, there is also an article about how the Sefton Group has introduced pay and display for everybody at the Palace Hotel car park. To quote the Chief Executive, “it wouldn’t be fair to make exceptions. Once you start making exceptions for one category of customers you end up making exceptions for everybody. The only fair way to do it is to introduce it right across the board for everyone who uses the facilities”. I’m sure that if this was applied to the Govt parking spaces so no matter what grade you were and where your place of work was, including offices, schools, health centres, police stations etc., then the charges would have been approved. It is the fact that some people have to pay and some don’t that causes the problem.
  20. Car boot sale on Sunday 16th Aug in the top field at Blackberry Lane, Douglas/Onchan, in aid of Onchan FC Junior Pitch Fund - 12:30 to 15:00.
  21. Onchan FC are holding a car boot sale at their junior pitch site in the top field of Blackberry Lane, this Sat 25th July from 12:00 to 3:30. All proceeds towards developing the new pitch for their junior teams. Everyone welcome.
  22. Have just found something in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1985, which states that several categories of vehicle, of which a "trailer" is one, are not permitted to be parked on any road with a speed limit, between the hours of 6pm and 7am on a weekday, or anytime at weekends.
  23. It's not mine, someone has just left one on the road near my house since the weekend, don't know whose it is.
  24. Can anyone advise whether it is against the law to leave a boat and trailer parked on a public highway without being attached to a vehicle and whether it will be covered by any insurance ?
  25. Does anyone know why they didn't do a Dublin trip, I don't think the Manannan was running to Heysham until the afternoon each day so you'd have thought that they could have fitted in one round trip to either Dublin or Belfast. I know a few people who had to go over to Heysham and then get another boat from either Stranraer or Holyhead to Ireland or vice versa. If there were enough people booked to schedule a trip in the first place, then those same people presumably still wanted to travel.
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