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Mr Bear

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  1. Mr Bear

    Fun Fair

    Yes, but enough about the Catholic church. What about the fairground?
  2. Mr Bear

    Fun Fair

    It's an important part of the TT experience by adding character to the promenade. I've heard there's going to be a new ride there this year called The Inseminator. It claims to make 1000 fairground babies a day.
  3. Mr Bear

    White City

    And once again this interesting thread degenerates into the usual cesspit. Shame. I didn't realise that there was at least one ride in Mooragh Park and found it quite interesting that a small ride had been made out of full size gallopers. I wonder if they came from a damaged or scrapped ride and if they were static on the carousel or had a lifting mechanism.
  4. Few smashed bus windows, a bit of acting and fake blood. You can't buy front page advertising in this league. This is how the fight industry works. Eat your heart out Saatchi and Saatchi.
  5. A Ramsey branch of "The Pie Maker". Now there's an idea. (Famous Edinburgh pie shop) Or it could be a branch of BRGR (Edinburgh burger bar) Or even a Subway sandwich shop so people could get better value than a limp Costa toastie with a thin scraping of generic sandwich filling.
  6. It appears to be a female member of their staff who has flipped and wounded three people before killing herself. One has to wonder what was going on in her life to do that and if the people she shot were bullying her at work or just unfortunate targets of random fire.
  7. As an actual Ramsey ratepayer I'm fine with that. It strikes me that most of the people complaining aren't even from Ramsey. Indeed, some may not even be based on the Isle of Man. It's hard to say when they don't reveal their location.
  8. I was looking at one of his posters on the Gaiety front doors and really staring at it trying to work out what made his face so distinctive. He came up behind me and said "Handsome fellow, isn't he."
  9. Some of my technically inclined friends have been involved in the control systems of cannabis farms in places where they are legal. It's very clear that it's a very competitive market where the established drug importers have been undercutting the new local growers to push them out of business. There are a lot of costs involved in growing the stuff. If the IOM does ever legalise it then it might be worth establishing protection for on-island growers to avoid the island being flooded with imported material of unknown standards and from organisations that might also ship in their other more undesirable drug products.
  10. I've noticed an increasing anti-Russia content in the media. The megalomaniac club must be very keen to get the public in the mood to renew Trident so that all the contractors they have significant financial interests in can do the work badly with the cheapest labour possible for as long as possible with a ridiculous budget that then ends up costing ten times as much. Then of course there's the lucrative ongoing maintenance contract which involves cheap labour walking around in white lab coats looking busy.
  11. Mr Bear

    Tipping

    Not sure about here, but HMRC in the UK taxes waiting staff on an estimated tip income.
  12. They did the 5p bag thing in Scotland years ago. You'll soon get used to taking a bag that will probably be stronger and nicer to hold than the flimsy carrier bags were anyway.
  13. DC transmission is not uncommon. Much lower losses due to capacitive coupling. The conversions are dine electronically use very expensive mofo IGBTs with fibre-optic gate inputs. I bet they're really loud when they fail.
  14. Neither compared to some UK networks, but for such a small customer base they're both doing fine. And I'm even being nice after having slight technical issues with both of them.
  15. I like the style of the stamps. It gives them a very 3D look.
  16. Even if the fittings are double insulated the CPC/Earth must be continuous and present at them for when someone puts up a light that requires an earth connection. If the earth wire is present but not showing continuity then it may just be broken or tucked out the way in another lighting point. Did you know that when England, Wales and The IOM jumped on the Part P cash bandwagon, Scotland and Northern Ireland declined to get involved in the racket. The only requirement in Scotland and Northern Ireland is that if you do wiring in your own home you must do it in compliance with the electrical regulations, which is sensible. So someone on the Island must have pushed for it here. I wonder who it was? NICEIC approval means that you pay them on an ongoing basis to use their heavily marketed brand's logo. They're a privately owned company. To quote their own words - "NICEIC is the UK’s leading VOLUNTARY regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry."
  17. New houses are like iPads. Expensive and stylish, but glued together with built in obsolescence. Cheap electrical fitments with active electronics inside that will fail loudly within a few years. Push together plastic pipe for speed that seems somewhat more prone to failure than traditional copper pipe was. Floors made of water soluble wooden compositions. Low air flow to conserve heat and asphyxiate the occupants. And a new era of crash certified labour doing technical work with no grasp of any of the actual theory behind it.
  18. I'd like to see down to earth affordable housing for the people on the island who's work is somewhat less predictable than office working. Tradesmen, labourers and farm hands make up quite a large percentage of the population and they need affordable housing that they can actually afford to pay a small mortgage on without having a property speculator holding a gun to their head for rent with the threat of them being turfed out if they dare even fall a month behind. It doesn't have to be what is often badly described as "luxury apartments". Just bare bones, secure, easily heated, comfortable, easily maintained, single level chalet type housing that people can actually call a home. The reason a lot of the existing housing on the island is not selling is because it's fundamentally mould and rot infested old dumps being presented at loony prices set by profit motivated estate agents. I mean sure, the listings look great with those big white rooms and lovely trims. But when the air freshener runs out and the special paint can't hold the mould back any longer the reality will set in.
  19. The Isle of Man has had a much higher mortality rate of the elderly so far this year.
  20. I could totally understand Steps deaf followers in the sense that it's a very visual show and the deaf audience will still get a rhythmic sensation from the loud audio.
  21. That's so harsh that I can't resist the urge to "do a Dilli". (The act of quoting someone's entire post so that they can no longer delete it.) Old people can do and say things out of context. As my mum was progressively affected by Alzheimer's I initially alternated months living with her and back home working before we moved over to provide full time care. On one of those visits my mum told me that a lady had visited and made her hand over money, which was alarming. It turned out that the care workers had arranged for a group to go to the Gaeity Theatre and it was just the ticket cost for that.
  22. Oh, I'm sure the people here will think of something nonsensical. Like "Old people will be scared to go to the doctor in case they get arrested."
  23. How about we reduce the government pensions to the exact same level they set for us?
  24. That must be a completely different MT you're dealing with from the one I used in the past. The reason I switched to Sure was because of poor service from BT's sibling.
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