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James Hampton

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    "At least there's a protest vote available now"
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  1. A similar change in demand to that seen for weddings I guess. Only difference being it’s probably a bit more difficult to challenge tradition for a funeral unless the deceased made it clear before they went - which was the case with my Dad. When we got married in 2006 I think we were the first to use the local humanist celebrant for our main event, but it has become much more common now I think. We were legally married a few hours before in the registry office with only the two witnesses present as at that time you couldn’t do the legal stuff elsewhere - as you could I believe in the UK (have private venues registered to conduct ceremonies). I don’t know if that’s changed in the IOM since, but it’s what makes me wonder if there might be a similar legal block on private burial grounds as you’ve linked to.
  2. I don’t know what the legal situation is with regards burial grounds on the IOM (if it is legally possible I don’t see why not). Gordon told me they are seeing increasing demand for less ‘ceremonial’ funerals in general - so I guess demand will increase for that sort of thing. He was also the person who made sure I understood that we did not have to do anything at all with regards to ‘ceremony’ at Braddan - other than give the Sexton the correct paperwork. You don’t have to use the church, or the vicar if you don’t want to. The ground is actually owned by the local authority (at Braddan, not sure on others), the Church administer it but you can have an entirely non religious process if you wish. I think a lot of people possibly aren’t aware of that - I certainly wasn’t.
  3. There wasn’t any logic. The person I spoke to on the phone (I assume a receptionist) was most apologetic - she understood. When I offered to bring the death certificate in person she went and checked with someone, but the answer was still no - easy to do I guess when someone else has to do the dirty work. As mentioned I would ordinarily have pursued such an illogical and inconsiderate position until I found whoever had instigated it - or in this case possibly made a complaint. I might even have done so if my dad had made more specific requests, but he hadn’t and it wasn’t the time to take on unnecessary battles. I never tried the newspapers due to difficulties with getting him back from Liverpool (boats being cancelled) so we didn’t have any time left. The final decision on the time and date for burial was made only a few days beforehand, so not enough time to print. I don’t know what their policy is. That’s pretty much how it was. I only found out he was dying about two weeks before he did by accident (he wouldn’t have told me), and he didn’t leave any specific instructions just a trail of clues and hints - very much his style. Luckily the combination of the clues I found at his house, the people he had spoken to at Braddan and what he did tell me when I found him in hospital was enough to piece it together hopefully more or less as he wanted - and he can’t complain if it wasn’t! Have to say in contrast to the issue with MR, Gordon Cringle in Pt Erin (who organised bringing him back from Aintree Hospital, put him in the box I made and let me take him on my truck), and the team at Braddan Church where all extremely considerate given our unusual requests.
  4. It is only worth remembering if you ask for something different next time. If you vote for someone else promising the same arrangement you had with the last representative clearly nothing will change, no matter what else they are promising besides (that which they cannot promise because they have literally no power to achieve). In the case of the sewage charge Hansard shows that it was promised during the original vote debate that a full review on the equity of the charge would take place before it was increased again. Did that happen?
  5. It’s a “long term lease” (leasehold) from the Peel Empire. A good example of the difference between organisations that plan and negotiate for the short term vs the long term, the reasoning and benefits thereof.
  6. That was the afterthought. Ordinarily I would have kept pushing until I found out who was responsible for the policy, as ‘funeral director’ is not a protected or registered profession as far as I’m aware - there is no way to police the position. Technically I was the funeral director for the burial itself. I made the box, I drove him to the cemetery and I put him in the ground. I should have just phoned back and said I was calling from Hampton & Co. Funerals but obviously I had other things to deal with at the time, and he wouldn’t have really wanted anyone there anyway! I was only asking on behalf of his siblings really, and it’s been a shame for those who found out afterwards. Ahh well.
  7. Off topic... I had to do my Dad’s obituary on Facebook as Manx Radio will not announce a death unless the information comes from a funeral director. The justification given was that they didn’t want to risk people doing joke obituaries. I offered to bring an original stamped and signed copy of the death certificate and hospital notes up to Manx Radio in person but still the answer was no. Shame really as several people have contacted me since saying they’ve only just found out by word of mouth, and would have liked to attend his funeral.
  8. From my experience you are correct. I don’t recall being asked about ‘local’ issues much if at all, and I do think there was a general desire for change - that’s certainly the way it was reported in the immediate aftermath when the turnover was confirmed, and was the impression I had from the people I did speak to. In our case it was probably me who messed up the chance for change in at least one of our seats by standing but not being in a position to do what I should have (shoulda, woulda, coulda). Of course by not knocking on any doors I probably only heard from people who liked my unusual idea, so maybe my impression is skewed. Informal alliance and collaboration should work, but the numbers still have to be significant enough to overcome the machine for that to be possible. To my mind there is still only one thing which can precipitate those numbers - the public.
  9. There are political parties with apparently progressive intent. Presumably they don’t receive enough support to affect change because the island is probably more conservative in it's overall composition than those parties would like, or those who would support them understand that the format of the process after election is weighted towards conservatism - which is why we don’t need a conservative party. It is actually genius from a conservative perspective because it’s so well protected. The majority must support this model for it to continue with so little opposition though?
  10. Presumably they don’t have to accept it? Anyone know if an island politician voluntarily reducing their take or diverting it to support public services as was seen in UK recently?
  11. James Hampton

    Manx Tunnel

    I did. Always have enjoyed a long drive, though clearly when I say ‘epic’ I mean ‘utterly stupid’ with regard to that trip. I was naive, thought I was invincible, knew it all, business to grow, staff to pay, etc, etc. Customer wants the impossible... sure, no problem and all that shite. Did IOM to Algeciras non stop in a 2.25 Diesel Series 3 Landy once too, but that was with another driver, for fun! The Gozo trip I was on my own on the way down, and working. Was there for a day, then drove home. Thankfully the customer turned not long after that. Set the lawyers to kill at any cost after I requested a change to the schedule before the trip due to the imminent birth of my daughter (request not met obviously). Only the lawyers won after that. But at least I was insured, had a bit of stuffing knocked out or sense knocked in if you prefer - and learned how to say no to people with big cheque books. Did me a favour really.
  12. James Hampton

    Manx Tunnel

    I hadn’t heard about this. Seems a shame in a way, likely to dilute the character of the place (same would be the case for the IOM I guess). There’s also something lost when places are easier to get to I think. I remember a factoid I was told about the amount of time people spent at the Grand Canyon before and after it had a road leading to it. IOM to Gozo non-stop was probably my most epic road trip ever, during my brief stint as an international cat smuggler.
  13. Exactly what I thought. 2 Range Rovers and an S Class - there’s £1800 in tax disks before the other 3 are counted. Probably at least £3k all in, and only a £1k fine. He won this round I’d say. They’d be better off allowing monthly payment on this basis.
  14. So has anyone actually asked their MHK directly?
  15. This has to be the real issue doesn’t it? Despite what the regulars of MF might think the majority of people living on the IOM must be reasonably unconcerned with our political system and its output. The level of comfort maintain by the majority must be so great that they really aren’t bothered to consider the mechanics of it - because anyone who does is horrified and clearly most people are not horrified are they? And that must be to the credit of the system I guess, right!?!
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