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  1. A professional lifetime working on the design and development of military and avionics system - all safety critical systems. If a broad experience counts, I have worked in England, Germany and Italy - and have noted significant differences in cultural approach to problems in all three countries. Ewart qualified as a medical doctor years ago. I assume, I hope, that her licence to practice has expired. I am not impressed by people who wave around titles that are no longer meaningful. I would have no regard for someone who claims to be an airline pilot but who last flew a Vickers Viscount -
  2. 'We're plateauing and coming off the peak" - this is the scientific analysis provided by H Ewart, PhD (History).
  3. Who is going to play the part of Deep Throat?
  4. But Quayle is also a member of Tynwald. Whose interests does he represent?
  5. Allinson has stated that meter readers will not be made redundant. He did not state what they would be doing, and the interviewer did not ask him.
  6. The "saves you money" bit is perhaps doubtful. There are a lot of fixed costs involved - staff, equipment, and not forgetting the big debt. The raw material - the gas that is burnt to generate the electricity - might only be a small part of the costs. If they buy gas in advance in bulk, they will possibly get a discount on quantity so there will not be a linear decrease in cost with decrease in quantity. So, if all electricity users - both domestic and industrial - used 20% less electricity, would the unit price of electricity stay the same or would it increase?
  7. There is a recent press statement somewhere, but I also refer you to a 2019 interview between Moulton and Allinson, in which Allinson said there would be no charge to the customer - "Manx utilities will be picking up the tab". He did not explain where Manx Utilities would be getting the money from. The cost stated is about £20 million for 50,000 meters. That is in line with the UK press statements that said about £400 per meter. (But I have suspicions about the probably higher maintenance and upgrade costs of a more complex system). It is frequently stated that smart meters allow the
  8. I believe the honourable gentleman was referring to the figures for March, 2021 - the 7 day moving average is about 6000 or so.
  9. There is a lot to be said for fail-safe, distributed, systems. But if the gov. had gone for a simplistic but nevertheless efficient style of vaccinations, if one "hub" went down it would have been merely be a matter of moving the desk and chair to another location. But I suppose the gov. could somehow manage to screw that up too.
  10. I have received a letter inviting me to register for vaccination. I have already received one injection and have a date for the second. This implies that they have more than one database, and they are not talking to each other. In that case, and knowing there would be inconsistencies, it would be sensible to have included the words "Please ignore this letter if...". But they didn't.
  11. Well, you see, this is the way it is. They cleverly decided to spread things out by only sending out 500 letters per day. But the next day, 500 letters landed on 500 doormats and 500 people picked up the phone. No problem, because they had they had installed an automated phone service which told people what place they were in the queue. Unfortunately they used voice recordings of a real person - and by the time he had got to "You are 11th in the queue" he had decided to seek other employment. So anyone over 11th in the queue got the music. If they had the sense to use a computer-gene
  12. A more relevant statistic, from my point of view, is the percentage of the general public that has been vaccinated compared to the figure for the UK. Probably a significant proportion of the IoM vaccinations so far has been to front-line staff. But to work that out one would have to know the number of front-line health staff per 1000 population in the UK vs IoM.
  13. It seems to me that a not insignificant part of the cost and problems of the northern end of the prom. is down to the requirement for red concrete - which is probably an unnecessary feature. You might also consider the cost of the concrete plinth which, as I mentioned, is there to take the weight of an electric tram. To run the trams, there would also need to be an additional significant cost for installing the overhead wires. Trams are damn dangerous. Flanged steel wheels running on steel rails do not break bones, they slice off bits of limbs - which is why modern trams have skirts
  14. There is a 6 or 8 inch thick concrete slab beneath the rails - that is there to take the weight of an electric tram. But I do not understand the need for red concrete as the top surface. Is there a technical reason for this - or is it just to make the road surface a different colour? If so, could they not just have laid tarmac and painted it red?
  15. I don't understand what the problem is..
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