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  1. The Duck of Atholl

    TT Grandstand

    Are you calling me out because I can't tell you how many people die each year at the TT? Is that it? Can I ask you why you have a problem with what I do or don't remember?
  2. The Duck of Atholl

    TT Grandstand

    yes I can. did I say I couldn't?
  3. The Duck of Atholl

    TT Grandstand

    I was also at Heysel stadium for the European Cup Final and I can't now tell you how many people died that day. I'm not sure of your point here.
  4. The Duck of Atholl

    TT Grandstand

    No, much like your good self, I wouldn't have remembered that without looking it up. What I do clearly remember though is the remains of a heavily crash damaged Triumph Bonneville chained to a lamppost on the Prom. IIRC the rider had been killed and the police took the bold step of displaying his bike as a stark warning to others to ride carefully. Certainly an image that stayed with me.
  5. The Duck of Atholl

    TT Grandstand

    Yes I remember that. I also remember the whole of Douglas prom being packed with bikes. Back then there were very few places to stay out of town
  6. The Duck of Atholl

    TT Grandstand

    1980! My first visit to the TT on the back of a 1960 pre unit Bonneville. Jock Taylor won the sidecars and I recall Ron Haslam losing his chain in a race
  7. The Duck of Atholl

    Cycling news

    To be clear on this the cycle to work scheme was open to other employers to offer to their employees before it was open to Government employees by some months. There is no saving to the employee on the VAT of the bike only top slice of tax and NI.
  8. The Duck of Atholl

    Cycling news

    Like most things the pension arrangements for emergency services reflected the good times when money wasn't an issue. As well as being disproportionately generous retirees could take almost all of their pension pot in one huge chunk after 30 years of service which was ridiculous. Dilli is right about the general attitude towards the CS though. In general pay wasn't so good compared to the private sector and tank top wearing tupperware carrying employees played the long game of pension security. Now as a result of the big crash of the noughties and the degradation of the CPA everyone is crying foul about those pensions. The situation is being addressed and the CS pension is being degraded over time along with all general pay and conditions in the CS. An example is the police service whereby they have over the last couple of years struggled to recruit. The pendulum has swung the other way.
  9. The Duck of Atholl

    Cycling news

    Excellent initiative. Let's see how may posts it is before "it" is mentioned. I say less than 10
  10. The Duck of Atholl

    Population growth challenged.

    then we'll all be able to bask in its rejuvenation and prosperity following Brexit when we're free to do as we please won't we?
  11. The Duck of Atholl

    Population growth challenged.

    #duckyfact
  12. The Duck of Atholl

    Population growth challenged.

    Not really Neil, it's this rather simplistic view of matters that has led to the Brexit shambles we have. I don't want to get embroiled in a Brexit/Remain argument (although I am a remainer) However, by example I would suggest anyone who thinks the EU has decimated the fishing industry read this... https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/06/ukip-british-fishing-westminster-brussels-brexit
  13. The Duck of Atholl

    Trouble at Okells

    I disagree. modern brewing would suggest there is much more hoppiness going on
  14. The Duck of Atholl

    Population growth challenged.

    none of this really.
  15. The Duck of Atholl

    Trouble at Okells

    The relevant Act to get the covenant lifted would be the Conveyancing Act 1983...but you'd have to be able to demonstrate an interest in the property...that doesn't extend to using it as your regular boozer methinks.
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