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  1. Manx Telecom still have more cell sites than C&W although some of the C&W kit is installed outside! Remains to see how the Manx weather attacks the rack cabins. Although weatherproof, one is located at the foot of a 45m lattice tower. When these babies ice up, the ice crashes down like rock. MT's kit at the same site is housed inside the adjacent transmitter building and has a massive battery back-up bank. The C&W may have some sort of UPS although its not obvious by looking at the kit. I have stuck with MT although people I know who have gone to C&W have not mentioned any coverage problems. However these aren't people who scratch around as much as me, so probably just stick to towns where there is good coverage. If your work relies on having a phone then this depends on a reliable network! It would be worth asking C&W if their sites are battery backed up. Usually the times people need comms most is during power cuts, severe weather etc. C&W does appear to be a stable network, however i could be bothered changing my number, i don't get over excited about having the latest phone offered with deals etc... its just a phone to me... so i stuck with MT.
  2. Robin Hood

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    Fair play to you Stu, you've always represented yourself and not hid behind a nickname. If manxmedia really is from a rival station, he needs to get some bollocks and put his name next to his accusations. My guess is his surname rhyms with 'learner' For what it's worth, I think it's perfectly acceptable that Manx Radio is partly funded by the government, same as I'm in favour of the BBC continuing to draw a license fee. I think the benefits are good value for the money. I still recon a discount card is a bloody stupid idea though! There was more info on air about it today, an apparently 'exclusive' club. Exclusive in an open to all kind of way apparently. No 'manxmedia' is NOT an MLC .... if that is what you are suggesting - but we believe he is a former employee of Manx Radio. Manxmedia was not there at the same time as the person who 'rhyms with learner'. I'm reliably informed that mr 'learner' couldn't give a toss what they are up to thesedays unless they particularly cross his path.
  3. I would be extremely surprised if that statement was based in fact. Where would the additional £850,000 in revenue come from? Playing pop music would be unlikely to generate the sort or revenue to replace what MR gets from the government. Also stations like Energy and 3fm seem to survive without such assistance - by employing less staff and being more commercially aware. I believe its called 'public service'? That's something that neither Energy or 3fm appear to have any interest in. Programmes about the countryside, or local politics and events are best done by a station that doesn't have to rely entirely on advertising revenue for its existence. If the only choice left was between Energy and 3fm, I'd have to switch the radio off, because neither of them provide what I want - and despite the protests of management and employees of the other two, I've no doubt that a very large percentage of local people feel the same. Anyway, this thread was meant to be about the disastrous closing of a local hotel so... meanwhile, back at the ranch.... we have all the fuss about people 'losing' their christmas treats due to their choice to plough money into Farepak, but what about some sympathy/charity for the staff of the Castle Mona who - through no apparent fault of their own - have had their celebrations utterly destroyed. nonesense, manx radio used to do everything it does now, but only on 180k per year, so where is the justification for the extra 800k? its not been spent on output, ask insiders. or are you an insider Lonan 3, you always defend them? anyway back to the Castle Mona....... It's a private business and couldnt make ends meet, sad but true, we are not privvy to the boks so can only stab in the dark about what its liabilities actually are/were.
  4. Mea classic example. Ah well someone had to say it. The MEA isn't exactly a failure. it's a state of the art outfit with an amazing infrastruture and a very highly qualified and dedicated workforce. Govt should just pay off the debts from their reserves. They'd still have plenty left. This is the rainy day the reserves were built up for. If the economy grows as it has been doing, we'll build it back up again in 10/15 years. The money will only be used for civil service pensions. there's too many of them anyway! Privatise the MEA? - it would end up like the IOM's version of Railtrack. As for the CMona, their debt registered at the FSC in 2005 was £5m+. It's a great shame to see such a fine building in a situation. It will re-open, it usually does. The timescale though is the difficult one to predict.......
  5. No names from police or any services now. You have to get the court lists and put 2+2 together. When they announce the details in court, you can confirm what you already suspected. But no decent reporter will go on anything until they have it confirmed. Of course if someone comes forward and issues a statement that would be different, you'd no need to wait until court, but you'd have to watch what was reported did not prejudice a trial or you'd be in deep shit. Although government didnt take any action against its own radio station for that, the AG dropped the case. Now that was predictable.
  6. Nothings 'avoidable', you fool, your life’s mapped out. What's going to happen is going to happen. If I didn’t do this, if I’d left 10 mins earlier, if I’d have gone the other way, if wasn't using the phone while driving, if I wasn’t pissed at the wheel...... These are things people say every day, usually after something’s gone tits up. Very sad for anyone involved in something like this, not forgetting the driver too. The person who knocked the guy over never set out to do it. If he's at fault the police will charge with the relevant offence, but Northern Light you really are an idiot to come on and spout you'd throw the book at someone and then admit you know none of the facts! I hope you are never on a jury!
  7. not always one or the other: here's an example the Minister for Home Affairs is usually the Chair of the Communications Commission.
  8. Simple, there are three options for Manx Radio, none of which are its current status: 1. Privatise it 2. Nationalise it 3. Shut it down.
  9. Yes they should declare, too much 'old boys network' in the IOM, it's the same in business, 'the old school tie' etc
  10. Manx Gas are fools. I have a gas supply to the house but told them to cut it off. I'm lucky to have oil central heating. The gas is only used for the fire in the lounge. (And a gas hob if i chose to install one) Now if Manx Gas didn’t have this ridiculous standing charge, then i would gladly use the fire and buy gas... But I’m not paying a monthly standing charge for the odd occasion I want to do that. The looser? Manx Gas In the 3 years I’ve lived at this address, I’ve never actually needed to put the fire on, the oil heating is so effective. But if the facility was there, I’d probably use it. No effort or work on the part of Manx Gas, just another paying customer. Their pipe comes to my property, their meter and valve is still in the wall of my garage, and they've even had to provide a padlock, just to make sure I don’t use any gas. Manx Petroleum’s oil is burning as I type!
  11. Paul Hughes at Energy FM is the Head Kandi IOM source. Contact him at Energy FM to find about next years dates, the HK main man does regular spots on the PH Factor, Saturday nights 7-10pm Energy FM.
  12. What exactly is Douglas Development Partnership (DDP)? I haver a few concerns about what appears to be a little club or Quango. Here we have an organisation that is partly funded by my rates and partly funded by Commerce. The problem as I see it, is that DDP are doing work that Douglas Corporation should be doing. Namely: pretty little tress, improvements to town centre, Christmas decs and music in the street. Why are we paying for DDP to have (presumably rented) an office in the High Street and full time staff? What are they doing all day? Another concern is that one of the board members of DDP is a Mr Horsthuis. I would like to know if this is the same Mr H who owns a significant share of the land around the Cooil – the same area of land that had been in for major Industrial redevelopment. In fact the development was bigger than the Spring Valley and the IOM Biz Park put together. Now Tynwald turning down the plans (at the last sitting) is a mere formality as we know from numerous previous applications, they always go through in the end having been tweaked. (Nobody is suggesting anything untoward, or any thing to do with brown envelopes as this doesn’t go on in the Isle of Man) But does it not strike you odd, that why would someone who cares so much about the Town Centre (Which DDP is all about) would be encouraging ‘out of town shopping’.? Now some may say that these developments are trade only, but so was Spring Valley went it opened. B&Q came in and suddenly we have a retail park. At odds to planning! My point here is not that I am against ‘out of town’ shopping malls, units warehouses etc. But why do we have a DDP where one of the members of its board could well be a person whose actions could destroy local business? We already have the start of it. B&Q, Robinsons, Various others, Riley’s Eden Centre etc. The big UK boys have already seen off smaller local shops. This is not unlike anywhere else, in fact Douglas is just like any other UK town. But DDP are doing nothing for local traders – it’s time the axe fell on DDP and the Corpy do the job they are paid to do! DDP have failed to get priorities right. It is no wonder that people want OUT of the Town Centre. The issue of Parking is hounding everyone. People are now harassed by Traffic Wardens and Parking Controllers. The DoT are driving people out. Surly these are issues that need addressing. Cheaper Saturday parking when the offices are closed. Free 1 hour parking in Chester Street, but rigidly enforce a fine for overstaying the hour. A good compromise for people wanting to ‘nip’ in to town. A variety of topics here……..
  13. What have the government got to do with this? Its a private enterprise as far as I understand it and from previous posts it looks like the government were asked to subsidise and didn't. Not only are we a nation of moaners, but also a nation of people who want government assistance for any sort of venture. Edited - Many of us on here are Manx too its a Manx forum. here here
  14. i think the criticism is levied at the cost and the fact it was hyped up to be something huge. the prices varying from one group to another is no doubt annoying and the fact its billed as an 'ice' rink and there is no ice is also taking creativity to the limits. Why not call it a skating rink? maybe because you know it would not have the same appeal. I really applaud anyone who starts a venture. But if the venture is to be taken seriously, you have to be honest. you could not advertise a 'pork pie' if there was no pork in it. etc. if the kids enjoy it, then great. but i do question the commercial viabilty if the figures someone on here was quoting on here are correct. That then makes me wonder about the reasons.
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