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BallaDoc last won the day on October 23 2019

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  1. Dear Balladoc Thanks you for getting in touch with Minister Skelly about this. We have looked into it and it is a mistake by the cruise company and it is in fact a motorcycle Trike Tour Best wishes Mike Michael Doherty BA Hons (Econ) Tourism Events Manager
  2. I take your point about Manx law being different from English law so I stand corrected there. However, the article says: "... paths to the summit are well established ..." so wouldn't that satisfy the test of going from A to B via an identifiable route? If there is a track going up to the summit, I would rather use that anyway than try to "ramble" through knee deep heather.
  3. Three thoughts: 1. If there has been long established access, I would have thought that this would have created a right of way simply by continuous use (a right of way doesn't necessarily have to have an official footpath sign on it) 2. "Trespassers will be prosecuted" is nonsense - it is not a criminal offence but a civil matter between the landowner and the alleged trespasser 3. Do we know who owns this land? According to the online comments on IOM Today someone thinks it's a wealthy Scandanavian. The MF private investigators are usually good at this sort of thing...
  4. Dear Balladoc, Thanks for email and sharing your interest in this event. I have included Paul from our Motorsport team who are leading on this initiative and advise further details. Tannee sauchey – Stay safe, Laurence HON. LAURENCE D SKELLY MHK Minister Department for Enterprise Member House of Keys for Rushen Member Tynwald - World's oldest continuous Parliament Isle of Man – World’s first Island Nation UNESCO Biosphere
  5. To: Mr Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise laurence.skelly@gov.im Dear Mr Skelly I am pleased to see the latest initiative from your department, which is to allow tourists to ride the TT circuit on an ATV, as advertised in this cruise brochure: https://www.primaholidays.co.uk/tours/uk-southwest-liverpool-poole-tradewind-cruise Although I am a resident not a tourist, I would be very interested in taking part in this event which I believe is due to take place between 25 July - 4 August this year, according to the brochure. Please can you tell me where I can book for this. I hope the roads are going to be closed to other vehicles for the occasion because as you know, there are a lot of lunatics around who really shouldn't be allowed on the road without supervision. Yours sincerely Balladoc
  6. Do the people booking this cruise actually know that the IOM is not part of the UK and the borders are closed? This is what it says about it in the cruise brochure: https://www.primaholidays.co.uk/tours/uk-southwest-liverpool-poole-tradewind-cruise "We'll make our way to the Isle of Man overnight, docking in the capital, Douglas, come morning. Here, you can ride the mountain railway for fantastic views over to Britain, or take to the world-famous TT circuit in an ATV." (Eh? Did I read that last bit right?) The words "trade descriptions act" come to mind.
  7. One of these days I must get round to setting up a Facebook account. And a Twitter and Instagram account...
  8. Sorry, missed that thread as I don't usually log on at the weekend
  9. WTF is this? Looks like a cross between an 18th century schooner and the Death Star. The greyed-out windows make it look a bit sinister. I believe a photo of this ship also appears in this week's IOM Examiner.
  10. I agree with you - but here's the other side of the argument: "The days of the 'bobby on the beat' in Oxford are officially now a thing of the past, a top city police officer has said. Acting Inspector Neil Applegarth, head of neighbourhood policing in Oxford, has said a targeted approach is more effective at tackling crime. Mr Applegarth, who is based at St Aldates Police Station, said that modern-day efforts were directed towards more focussed police work." https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/16390238.top-oxford-cop-says-bobby-beat-thing-past/ It's the age old tension between what the public would like to see (bobbies on the beat), vs "efficiency" as defined by the bean-counters (who probably live in nice areas where the toilets all work).
  11. There seems to be an epidemic of this sort of thing. The toilets in Ballaugh had a notice on them for a long time (possibly still do, I'm not sure) saying "toilets closed due to repeated vandalism". I can't imagine it's the same people.
  12. Netcetera is based on the island, near the airport. https://netcetera.uk/ I use them for my website, and they are good, although they have a slightly bizarre billing system which seems to operate by telepathy: you think about paying them some money and then before you know it and without any warning, said money is extracted from your credit card, so just watch for that.
  13. Our Manx Telecom internet has now been down for over 24 hours, the Manx Telecom website says under "network status", "there was a problem yesterday but our engineers have now fixed it" but clearly they haven't fixed it, at least not for us. I believe the Sure network is still up and running. Does anyone have any views about whether Sure or Manx Telecom are more reliable overall?
  14. I agree in principle, but in practice that can be very difficult, especially if granny/grandad has dementia and the adult children both work full time and have young children of their own to look after, as was the case with us. My mum's dementia had probably been deteriorating for several years, unnoticed by the rest of us because my dad was taking care of her and keeping the lid on it. When he died, her dementia was unmasked (that's very often the case), she started wandering the streets at night looking for him, she couldn't remember how to turn the oven on and off, she became increasing demanding of daily shopping trips and car rides which we couldn't provide because we were both working full time (a weekly shopping delivery by Tesco just wasn't acceptable to her), and in the end we had no choice but to put her in a care home. She didn't like it at first but soon got used to it, it is burning through ours and the grandchildren's inheritances at a fantastic rate but we didn't really have any other workable option.
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