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  1. 29 minutes ago, Banker said:

    Stuart Quayle is an excellent choice & 1 if the most competent senior civil servants 

    was Stuart  in the Chief Ministers office  and  our man in the EU  for a while , if it was him then he has his head screwed on  , and has a lot of respect , ! a wise choice 

  2. 49 minutes ago, Amadeus said:


    there was a very  good story on radio 4 this morning with Esther Rantzen  highlighting problems  the elderly and those with some arthritic conditions are having with parking apps , some people have been  avoiding going out as they cant either use the app system or their phones are not up to date enough and they only use them to phone or text , I just hope our government are not hell bent on introducing  this system  right across  the government owned car parks , there has to be a system when you have the option to make debit or credit card  payments ,and have regard for some of the population who are not IT literate ,

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  3. if anything the law should be tighter on drugs   or at least enforced , the Island seems to be awash with drugs at present ,and sadly the police are only appearing to be  scratching  the surface . cant blame them if the courts  and magistrates appear to be taking a softer line  or are finances so bad we cant afford to send those involved in drug dealing  to jail anymore , 

  4. 1 hour ago, Happier diner said:

    I agree it's not his thing. However, what he is saying is that its usually windy here so all that potential is going to waste. It's the cheapest renewable by a country mile. Good for him for having to guts to say it. 

    Don't have a problem if we supplement our electricity supply with some wind powered generators ,  but when the wind doesn't blow  or we have too much wind  and the blades are feathered  you need something more sustainable ,  the correct mix for the Island is something the experts are working up now ,and in fairness  it should include another inter connector  cable to the UK , forget wave and tidal for the moment both very expensive and high maintenance  ,

    as greener energy options are further developed  there will be plenty of opportunities  to revisit  our energy policy ,especially when  Ukraine , world fuel costs and the  massive cost of dealing with Covid  are starting to be resolved  and when we can actually be in a better position to afford  to do something ,  and what might be the  cost the taxpayer 

  5. 11 minutes ago, SpunkCookie said:

    I give him 2 years before he realises he can’t change anything 

    as long as the crayonistas in the sea terminal  don't try to brow beat him and starve  the airport of resources , he has an uphill battle on his hands ,and he is inheriting a crock of sh1t, run down, tired ,inefficient ,   and first job sort the bloody car park out and ditch the silly app which I hear they are looking to introduce it right across all the government carparks if they get away with it at the airport , people of the isle of man time to rise up !

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  6. 43 minutes ago, Happier diner said:

    thats  fine for him and he is entitled to an opinion  to  but he doesn't have the responsibility  for the Islands electricity supply  or  carry the can when the lights go out , we require a number of strings to our bow , and energy security is of the uppermost  importance , and I cant understand  MHK's like Daffy  seemingly allowed to go off and undermine  government policy ,and develop her own   so called green agenda  , 

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  7. 11 hours ago, Kopek said:

    If we could increase our population by 10,000 adults then the visiting relatives, 2 sets of parents, some grand parents and adult siblings, could raise the number by some 50k.

    These people are included in the visitor figures and while their spend may be less than a pure tourist, any contribution gratefully received?

    ( Economically active new residents hopefully)!

    so  bring in another 10,000    where do they live ? where do you plan to find all the additional hospital beds , doctors .dentists , schools .old peoples homes and support services  ,  traffic   ,  all this crap about growing the population   will create more problems than it will solve , 

    yes more tourists , fill the hotels or whats left of them and the cafe's  spend in the local community  take their money give them a good time , and bid them a fond farewell , that how it used to work  when we had an Island that isn't run down tired and falling  to pieces  and a decent quality of life for those of us who live here 

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  8. 1 hour ago, ManxTaxPayer said:

    Err. It's a city. 

    most European  cities I have frequented ,wash the main shopping area and associated streets every morning , the area under the Villa  and in front of the cafe  is filthy  some of the gulley suckers and street cleaning machines are fitted with sprays and jet washers , but you never see them being used in anger , I guess this is down to poor man  management , it will take the Corpy all its time to empty the  litter bins over the next few weeks ,  and where I am going to  put the new recycling bin and the one for green waste ,that I don't even have a garden for I don't know , 

    more  unwanted  expense  and add this to being granted City status  the rates are only going to go one way   UP !

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  9. 25 minutes ago, Passing Time said:

    The top of Victoria Road isn't wide enough for a start. There has been numerous occurrences of riders coming off at Governers' exit, imagine the mayhem when a they exit to see a car in their line of sight

    the plan was to build behind the wall  top of Summerhill glen and come out near the front entrance to government house  there would be no line of sight to riders  to worry about   , and well out of the way of governors exit    big problem with the prom is the silly temporary traffic lights ,  they want to leave it  to the motorist to sort themselves out which they will do and take turns over who has  right of way  in fact turn all the lights off and you fill find the traffic moves a whole lot better 

  10. 11 hours ago, Non-Believer said:

    The Braddan Bridge flyover hasn't been forgotten....

    that would actually make sense  and take all the north and southbound traffic away from the quarter bridge , and at the same time provide a new TT access   ,inside the course   but when this plan was mooted back in the early 1990's the houses on the lower part of Johnie Wattersons lane were not yet built  and the hill does require to be widened  to take the additional heavy traffic which is becoming a problem now , just think  that plan is over 30 years old ,

  11. 12 hours ago, Zarley said:

    Since when is DoI supplying missiles to Ukraine? And is that some sort of new-fangled missile launcher disguised as a crane in the background? 

    You cant believe anything this guy says , he  has had 3 different major ministerial  jobs in government in the last few years and not delivered on any of them ,

  12. 3 minutes ago, Passing Time said:

    You're joking aren't you... please tell me you are?

    there were plans  to put a slip road in there  at the top of summer hill glen  to ease the  traffic , as far back as Bruce Hannay's day  but like lots of DOI projects not evolutional or sexy enough,  one thing for certain  if they ever get the horse trams to run again ,the promenade will be in total gridlock   and nothing will get past the esplanade  and the tram traffic lights  there is just no room to pass ! I recon the Crayonista' s  got the road width measurement wrong ,and to 20 mph doesn't help either , 

    were in a bloody mess down there  cant wait to see how they cope with the TT traffic ! 

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  13. 15 minutes ago, TheTeapot said:


    So I thought I might have been a bit harsh with this response, but as it happens I'm in The City right now with nothing much to do so I've been for a look.

    It is full of docks, dandelions, buttercup, plantain and thistle. Many others too including some bind weed and the notoriously difficult to remove when established buddleia.

    I can't upload photos on mobile because of the stupid small limit, bit might chuck a few up later when I'm home.

    It's a fucking mess.

    perhaps some of the City fathers should get a copy of the weeds act and see exactly what they could be liable for ,  if they are not cut down or removed  before a certain date , 

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  14. problem we are having is there are so many  different  crossings and signs .people are getting confused , wait until next week when a visitor travelling down broadway to the promenade  see's the green light on the pelican crossing and thinks he has the right of way  ,while someone going north on the roundel thinks they have the right of way , there are 3 different types of crossing on the promenade, they should have got rid of the very expensive  and high maintenance  pelican lights crossings , and made them all traditional pedestrian crossings with zig zags   at least the motorist would have half a chance at stopping and had proper notice that a crossing was coming up , because of the markings on the road , 

    Crayonistas  in the DOI  got to be seen to make things complicated and expensive 

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  15. 11 minutes ago, 2bees said:

    This is so sad, that crossing was a terrible idea and totally to blame for that young lads death - anyone who claims otherwise is a liar and a fool. 

    There should be a speed restriction on that road, I’ve had people over taking head straight towards me on my bike (on the road) and a few hairy moments crossing the road.

    My heart is heavy for the Perry family. Tragic and unnecessary loss. 

    there is a speed restriction on that road mainly  for the civc amenity site , but the crossing was an accident waiting to happen , when it was first established the painted surface was so slippy in the damp that you slid over it ,I witnessed someone almost coming to grief on a motorcycle when his front wheel went out from underneath him while braking , the DOI put blow torches on it and a sand like substance to improve grip , 

    but the invitation to drive across the road was still there  for any unsuspecting cyclist  and gates should have been fitted from the outset , with a warning sign  main road ahead !  a very sad time for the family , I knew the boy ,and still think the whole sad incident was preventable , 


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  16. you would have thought  the contractors or even the DOI  would have had  a small  bogie  with wheels set to the 3 ft gauge ,that they could  move along by hand   and test  the gauge    as the work progressed , , there is a bogie in the tram shed ,with a spike that they used to use for clearing out the channel in the rail after the winters storm deposits ,  not rocket science all done before  on a regular basis   for almost  130 years , 

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  17. 19 minutes ago, WTF said:

    Paul won't be happy.

    I just tried to log into the parking   App  and guess what my apple   iphone  6 if not up to date enough! to use it   where  is  the logic in all this ,why cant we have a touch pay or debit card system in conjunction with this ,and I am not going to buy another phone .

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  18. 47 minutes ago, Banker said:

    so as usual , regard to any  comment from the public  is, we know best ,  no user friendly  solution , just because some civil servant  here wishes to abrogate  their responsibility  to operating the car park   to some payments company in the UK , 

    time someone was sorting this lot out !


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  19. 1 hour ago, Manx17 said:

    They probably know it’s going to cost a fortune 

    all the stationary and signage will be changed  and we must have a new logo   , they cant manage a weekly bin collection  but the city fathers will be wasting  lots of ratepayers money on nice to haves , time  they were lumped  in with an eastern  district local authority  and we stopped all this waste  and dick waving 

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  20. Just now, HeliX said:

    She stood on a fairly green manifesto and got elected.

    perhaps she should explain  to her constituents  why she is so opposed  to even finding out if there is any gas there , typical labour champagne socialist approach , knowing full  well someone else in Tynwald  will have to come up with a solution , 741 votes in the general election  is hardly a massive result when we have a population  of over 80 thousand struggling with energy costs , 

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  21. there appears to be a massive gap in the female part of the rail  and giving  a lot of  play between the flanges of the wheel and the  new rail ,  when it comes to the curve  it appears to be easy for the tram to derail because of the pressure at the two axles  working against the curve  , the gap in the old rail was quite narrow , the wheels fitted snugly and did not  bind against the curve as it appears to be happening now  and possibly causing a derailment  

    the old rails were so smooth  a single person could actually pull a tram without any real effort ,  it was like  comedy sketch on the prom yesterday ,during the trial , I would say back to the drawing board , it doesn't look like an easy fix !

  22. I see from todays paper  the DOI are looking to permit electric scooters  to be used  on the Islands roads and pavements , 

    having witnessed  the problems they have caused in other places , are we  sure we are  ready  to inflict these controversial forms of transport on the Manx public ,

    I just hope  this subject is properly discussed and the decision does not just go through on the nod as it were , 

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