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  1. These things are incredibly challenging to run. If it’s something that has grown ntomthe she seems of Goodwood, then it is all worth the grief, but this is not a scalable event. The highlight for me was when post-Shoreham, the RAF Spitfire and Hurricane, flown by the cream of the crop of pilots and maintained to incredible standards, were relegated to flying up and down in a straight line a few years back. Never quite understood why the cops became so involved inside the wire for a while. Traffic management outside, fine, but this wasn’t a drunken festival. Probably my lack of understanding was why I stalled at Inspector.
  2. You can bet your bottom dollar that a la horse trams, we will have bought a job lot of the junk ones off a bloke at some energy supplier in the UK who saw where things were going, and we will crack on blindly, installing them against all available evidence.
  3. Lezayre Road was an embarrassment. I am still convinced someone read the plans wrong, and painted the centre line there by mistake. In order to save face they called it a ‘cycle lane’, which actually causes more danger to cyclists than the traditional road markings as motorists haven’t got a point of reference. The solution was less than 150m to the north. Turn cyclists down Gardeners Lane, and then down the old railway track.
  4. I have every faith in Georgie, but this is a hell of a task THOR has set itself. It’s an enormous amount of money to raise. I understand that the footfall on open days has been disappointing. I hope the regular public apathy hasn’t set in already. There tends to be this outburst of outrage and jingoism, public money is spent, and then it all goes flat when something actually needs to be done.
  5. It was pretty much policied out of training. The risk is so very small. Mind you, I might have reviewed that in light of the forthcoming. Hopefully the mutual aid MOU is up to date...
  6. That’s the whole thing isn’t it? The major benefit seems to be the thing that will be most damaged. I would imagine the real public backlash will be next year, when a pound sterling is worth less than a euro, and the fun of the queues for passport control in the non EU channel starts to wear a bit thin at Alicante. That is where it will hit the common man, as a second wave of misery if the trading shortages predicted manifest themselves.
  7. Anything you have to 'prepare' for is rarely a good thing. War, hurricanes, flooding. The signs are all there that in whatever form it takes, leaving the EU is going to be far from straightforward, inconvenient at best and difficult at worst. It does make you wonder if it was really bad enough to justify all this/
  8. They are back folks. And apparently that well known highways engineer Mr O’Neal is satisfied.
  9. My bad - it was 20 to 25 grand https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/iomgovjobs/DisplayJob.aspx?JobId=6047 note: "You will be the public face of the project, and will bring an enthusiastic and energetic approach to the teams communication at all levels." I've never seen them front anything up? Anyone else?
  10. There was a full time limited term contract for the engagement officer. I think it was paying about 30 grand. With the reputational damage associated with the role, its not one I would want on my CV. That said, it was an impossible task from day one. This was never going to go smoothly. I wonder if they have actually seen the light and left, and taken the account passwords with them?
  11. The headline figure I'd really like to see is the carbon footprint of the TT.
  12. I have it from a reliable source that the Island is on the cusp of a real problem with Ash die back. There are something like 5000 ash trees around the TT course alone, apparently. Good time to be in the arbor business.
  13. Since July I believe that there are now 20- odd civil servants working on the “Climate Change Team”, and that at least some took a grade jump when they were taken on board.
  14. Pilots don’t seem big fans.
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