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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.
  15. According to manxwildflowers.com there is a specimen of Ozark Witch Hazel in Silverdale Glen. It's a large shrub or small tree, not native to the island so presumably brought in and planted at some point, it should be in flower right now and the flowers are very unusual and distinctive and look like the picture below. I was in Silverdale Glen today and I couldn't see it anywhere. Has anyone come across it (particularly those of you who live Down South)? I'd like to photograph it for my book on Medicinal Plants.
  16. That's an interesting use of the word "sustainable". Every year the IOM imports around 25 million litres each of petrol and diesel, a similar amount each of kerosene and gasoil (heating oils), 110 million cubic metres of natural gas (to heat homes and generate electricity at the Pulrose power station) and an unknown quantity of food - at least, unknown to me because I wasn't able to find any figures, even from this Tynwald paper which didn't seem to want to talk about it: https://www.tynwald.org.im/business/opqp/sittings/Tynwald 20142016/2014-GD-0076.pdf This is anything but sustainable, and the more people we have on the island, the less sustainable it becomes. In contrast, the population of 30,000-ish in the 1700's and before, was sustainable because then the islanders lived largely on their own resources.
  17. One thing which frustrates me about these population debates is that almost nobody is willing to stick their neck out and say what they think the IOM population should be. For example, it was 40,000 in 1821, 63,000 in 1980 and 85,000 today. So does that mean that today we have too many people? Or that in 1821 we had too few people? Or do we still not have enough people and we need more? Getting more people of working age onto the island to support the retirees seems to me to be a glorified pyramid scheme, because many of those young people will stay on the island and grow old themselves, and then need even more young people to support them, and so on ad infinitum. Personally, I would like to see a return to something like 1821 population levels. If you want crowds of people, better services, more shops, more nightlife etc you can have all that and more in Liverpool, and I don't see why we should be aiming to make the island more like Liverpool. However, if people disagree with that, what do you think the ideal population should be?
  18. So do I. These are my last year's Frankencarrots: not, as you might think, genetically engineered, but mainly a result of over-manuring them and not digging the ground properly.
  19. I think there's a lot of misunderstanding about genetically engineered food, both among its supporters and detractors. I don't have a problem actually eating genetically engineered food because I think it's inherently just as healthy (or unhealthy) as any other sort of food. It all gets broken down to its component molecules inside the body anyway. However, I do have a problem with the system within which it operates. Genetically engineered plants are bred to be resistant to pesticides and herbicides and to require the soil to be supplemented with artificial nutrients, which encourages farmers to use more of all of the above, with damaging results to the environment: insects are currently in catastrophic decline and nobody knows where that story is going to end - fancy hand-pollinating a field of crops, anyone? Also, the contract of sale of genetically modified seed prohibits farmers from saving seed from the crops and re-planting it the next year (even if this was possible: hybrids often don't breed true from the parents). So the farmers have to re-buy the seed every year, and worse still, if some of the genetically modified pollen finds its way onto a neighbouring farmer's land and hybridises with his crops, that farmer may become liable for legal penalties if he re-sows his own seed. This year on my allotment I am experimenting with heritage variety, open pollinated crops where you save the seed for re-planting every year and it becomes acclimatised to the local environment - technically this is called a "landrace" and it doesn't occur with genetically engineered crops for the above reasons.
  20. We moved in to the Haven Homes development at North Shore, Ramsey in 2017. In our row of 10 houses, all of them are showing as "sold" on the developer's plan but two of them have never been occupied. I don't know why.
  21. A golden opportunity to join the food revolution and boost the island's economy: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=60351&headline=Golden opportunity to join the food revolution and boost the island's economy&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2021 So says billionaire entrepreneur and island resident Jim Mellon, whose big idea is for farmers to have "bioreactors in which cells from a cow are fed a cocktail of nutrients growing into edible tissue", also known as cell cultured meat. He is so keen on alternative approaches to current intensive farming methods that he has written a 283-page book called Moo’s Law about this. I agree with him that we need alternative approaches to current intensive farming methods, and in fact I am already producing food by alternative methods. It's called an "allotment", one of the old fashioned kind which involves carting wheelbarrowloads of manure and compost around and getting rather dirty. I think that anyone who has high-tech fantasies about producing food by cell culture, vertical farming, high yielding genetically engineered hybrids and so on, should actually try producing some food themselves and find out what it's like in real life. So I read the article and thought to myself "This is a man who has probably never tried growing his own food. He probably doesn't even have a vegetable patch." And as he gave his address in the news article as Collinson House, Port Erin, I thought I would have a quick look on Google Satellite and see if I was right. And I was. Not only that, there is no greenery to be seen anywhere at Collinson House. Not even a blade of grass. Look for yourself: I think I'll give the cell cultured meat a pass and stick to my allotment.
  22. That's interesting, and probably true, although I'm sure Tesco employs top creative accountants to keep its actual tax burden to the minimum possible, so it won't be anywhere near 10% of turnover. However, that doesn't alter the fact that when you pay money to any large corporation based off-island, a significant portion of the money will go off island (after all, that's why they are here).
  23. I guess this is a variant of the "tragedy of the commons" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragedy_of_the_commons I totally understand that Tesco sells the cheapest food on the island, that's why most people go there, and buying higher priced stuff direct from the producer seems like a luxury. And yet, over the long term, a significant portion of the money paid to Tesco gets siphoned off to pay the Tesco executives and shareholders, leaving the island, and the people on it, slightly poorer. On the other hand, money paid to local producers mostly gets re-spent locally by them, creates employment locally and stays in circulation locally, making the island slightly richer.
  24. We should support our fishermen and farmers by buying more food locally e.g. at the quayside or the farmers market (both of which are alive and well in Ramsey)
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