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Mysteron

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  1. Those supports look like very good Manx Lightning conductors....
  2. I agree, a lot of employers would have done, and for exactly the reasons you mention. I suppose it depends on one's morals. We all have a moral compass, but not necessarily all of which point in the same direction. I think his employers might have changed their stance had his conduct/conviction affected their bottom line. There again, I'm not convinced the finance sector unduly concerns itself with morals...
  3. If his conviction had been for a dishonesty offence - theft/fraud etc - then his employer's stance might have been different, irrespective of whether or not he was imprisoned.
  4. You might be right, but we're talking about Isle of Man Government here...new access roads into the airport would probably need to be built to accommodate any new airbridges. It's the way we do things. The Isle of Man....Where You Can
  5. Three airbridges for €1.8m as part of a €10m investment. Isle of Man Government would struggle putting up one airbridge for £10m, let alone 3.
  6. And yet Isle of Man Government can easily create a 'crippled ship' in much less time than five years, as they have consisently and persistently demonstrated. Five years is more than long enough to turn things around, but there must be the will to do so. And therein lies the problem.
  7. Is the cafe's tables/seating areas there with the relevant permissions/fees etc, or is it just something which the proprietor has developed over time without such authority? If the latter, what if we all started doing the same? What next? 'I only erected beach huts on the foreshore without permission/authority, to attract more visitors to Laxey. What's wrong with that? I should be applauded, not criticised' Seems to me that some businesses think they should be immune from such 'commonsense' initiatives because they're satisfying a demand from the community, when in reality they're commandeering public spaces for their own ends.
  8. Not sure that 'avoidance = evasion' is correct, as the former is legitimate while the latter isn't. Tax evasion is a predicate offence for money laundering. If local payroll entities are allegedly facilitating tax evasion (as opposed to avoidance), then this presumably would amount to a criminal offence. If that was the case, surely local law enforcement would be all over it?
  9. Mysteron

    TT 2022 ??

    I remember the 'Accident Black Spot' signs dotted around the place at one time. Whatever happened to them? Don't see them any more, so presumably all our roads are now safe and accident/collision free. While what you say about the roads reprofiling might be true in your stated cases, does such road reprofiling regularly occur at other spots away from the TT Course, or did those 'Accident Black Spot' signs somehow just disappear, without any remedial intervention? Answers on a postcard. While it will be argued that the Course reprofilings were done first and foremost on 'public safety' grounds, it just so happens that each altered section you mention then became faster than it was beforehand. Hmmm. Contrast that with other road safety initiatives implemented elsewhere on the island, where the sole aim seems to be to reduce speeds, not increase them. Except that is, if such section of the road happens to be on a certain 37.73 mile stretch. The recently resurfaced section of road at the bottom of Bray Hill is a good example. Other than the 150mph near crash by Mark Higgins there several years ago, and this year's fatal incidents, all on closed roads, what other serious incidents have occurred on that stretch in recent times on open roads? Presumably, the road was resurfaced recently to improve public safety. What other reasons could there be? I also noticed this year that just prior to the TT period, the white line road markings at Quarterbridge on its approach to the TT Access Road were repainted. Probably to improve public safety. Yet have a look around elsewhere. White line road markings are being repainted all the time. Not. Most of us on the island live within a very short distance of roads which are largely unfit for purpose, and the conditions of which even most third world nations would be ashamed of. Potholes everywhere. Complaints about them are usually met with 'not in this year's budget' or 'they're in our long-term plan' etc. We've all seen how quickly those roads are repaired. How come these excuses are not trotted out when the TT Course needs repairing etc?
  10. Similar situation a few years back with the Government's IT procurement and their 'preferred' supplier, who just happened to be extortionately more expensive than other local suppliers.
  11. Mysteron

    Next AG?

    Could be waiting for Sir Keir Starmer to become available...
  12. Far from it - we've just realised we have a bit of competition from our Celtic cousins, and so as not to be outdone.... https://spaceportcornwall.com/
  13. Mysteron

    TT 2022 ??

    I'm not sure you can remove all danger elements from road racing, unless you prohibit it, so to that extent I can see why you posted your last sentence. However, how many sidecars managed to travel safely without incident through that stretch of road over the course of the fortnight? Nearly all of them apparently. How many sidecar incidents occurred this year on other parts of the course, resulting in serious injuries? Most of the injuries updates I've read about seem to be in respect of solo riders as far as I know, although I'm not an avid follower so might be wrong.
  14. Mysteron

    TT 2022 ??

    Is the government interested in measuring anything which might have negative connotations, unless it can be spun positively?
  15. Mysteron

    TT 2022 ??

    In earnestly trying to make things better, maybe there's a huge chunk of reverse psychology going on here? We've seen enough evidence recently - and going further back too - to easily persuade us that Isle of Man Government has the Reverse Midas Touch for anything which it involves itself in. Rather than turning it to gold though, it turns it into shit. This could all just be an ingenious ploy by them to end the TT for good, without admitting so, thereby hugely saving face. I mean, they've not disappointed up to now, have they?
  16. Mysteron

    TT 2022 ??

    I know someone who eventually will inherit land adjoining a fair bit of either side of the Course. They are adamant when the time comes that they will not allow the TT/organisers access to the land to erect appropriate signage etc. I don't know whether this is feasible or achievable, as I would have thought legislation/agreements etc already exist to allow such signage to be placed on private land, but I don't know. I don't think for one minute that everyone who lives on the edge of the Course will be TT supporters, but it does raise an interesting conundrum, especially with increased property ownership by non-locals who may not like the status quo. Signing a disclaimer, in my opinion, would effectively be tantamount to accepting personal liability for something over which I would have absolutely no control over whatsoever, and which could be viewed as an abrogation of responsibility by the TT organisers. How does the current situation work, or is the 'fingers crossed' principle applied?
  17. Mysteron

    TT 2022 ??

    Very familiar territory then.
  18. Mysteron

    TT 2022 ??

    One here who might be able to help, if they let him out for the day... https://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/courts/marshall-to-appeal-against-his-sentence-549769 The Isle of Man. Where You Can.
  19. Mysteron

    TT 2022 ??

    There's usually TV cameras in that vicinity, although I haven't watched any of this year's coverage to see if that's still the case.
  20. Do the Government think we have forgot what twats they have been? If we have, they'll remind us soon enough. And often.
  21. In one form or another climate change has existed since the beginning of time, so is not the recent phenomenon some would like us to believe it is. However, like all 'new' things, it invariably attracts its fair share of chancers, charlatans and fraudsters, keen to cash in and/or maximise investment potential. And governments too are never slow in recognising taxable opportunities, and I daresay in some cases, creating the circumstances in which to maximise those taxable opportunities. Then we have the scientific research, which often produces data/results in accordance with the entities funding it. Quelle surprise. So we are where we are, and it continually perpetuates itself. And guess who pays? And who benefits? I read recently that somewhere in the USA had just experienced its hottest period since records began 60-odd years ago. The recent heatwave was attributed specfically to global warming / climate change, with all the resultant climate/earth doom prophecies. So what caused the last record making heatwave there 60-odd years ago? Around 22,000 - 33,000 years ago large parts of Britain were covered in ice apparently. Where did all that go? What caused it to go? The world's population was miniscule then compared to now, so humans probably weren't largely responsible, and what humans there were back then didn't have all the modern day appliances/carbon burning vehicles/aircraft which we have today, which are supposedly the primary causes of climate change. Maybe, just maybe, it was a natural evolution, and possibly, still is. And, what part do volcanic eruptions, and its pollutants, play? Scientists think they have a cooling effect on the earth's temperature. Natural phenomenons taking care of things, much like it has for the last few million years. Who'd have thought it?
  22. Mysteron

    TT 2022 ??

    The TT organisation has always struck me as consisting of mainly dogged enthusiatic amateurs, who are seemingly wilfully blind to their perceived organisational inadequacies. The show must go on, at any cost. Any cost. And, we've seen recently what happens when one of their own people expresses an alternative view to the organisation's - the toys get tossed out of the pram, because they know best. No dissenters welcome. Very North Korea. As I recall, the enquiry into the 2007 incident at the 26th Milestone was less than complimentary towards the organisers and some individuals within it. The outcome of the more recent Mercer enquiry may be known, but has not been publicised. One wonders why, in a time of expected increased transparency and accountability. What, if anything, are they hiding? Today, they appear to have raised the bar.
  23. Mysteron

    TT 2022 ??

    Well, we've been waiting a good while for the Mercer incident mistakes to be reported on. We might be in for a long wait...
  24. Mysteron

    TT 2022 ??

    You mean in much the same way it did after the Mercer incident?
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