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  1. 22 hours ago, AOR said:

    So what good is learning Manx? Yeah, I know the stuff about  learning a language helps all round education, but Chinese or some other such language would be actually useful. Learning Manx just makes people a bit smug and superior on the isle of Man, but otherwise not much use at all.

    Learn it as a hobby seems fair enough. Not as a taxpayer funded school.

    It's culture innit. Forms part of a well rounded and balanced education. The chances of Chinese being useful are quite slim too, if you've ever tried to be understood using schoolboy French, a language much more similar to our own and with the same alphabet, you would know that the usefulness of learning Chinese at school would be similar to that of a chocolate teapot.

    It's kind of like saying why learn history when we live in the present and are going to the future? Why learn RE if you're not religious? Why do music when it can be created by computers? Why do maths when every phone has a calculator?

    Is it perhaps that you don't speak Manx which makes you feel people who do are smug and superior? I don't either but I've never got that impression of those who do? Is your feeling on inferiority a good premise on which to base a school curriculum?

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  2. 3 minutes ago, wrighty said:

    I did Latin for a couple of years. Great for learning about grammar, which applies to many of the local European languages, and some of it has filtered through to English. And many words in the medical lexicon have Latin or Greek roots (not that it’s particularly useful to know that a little bone in the wrist is apparently shaped like a boat, which is where it got its name)

    Yes medicine and law are full of it. Don't think it does any harm really. There's an argument, especially for law I think, that replacing it with plain modern English would make things more accessible which I think the law should definitely be. 

    Did you find the strange Latin and Greek names you learned about in medicine added to the mysterious allure of the subject? It's always nice to appreciate the history and development of a something. In any case you'd have to call that little bone in the wrist something so may as well stick with it. I wonder if any of today's acronyms will last as long.

    What's the bone in the wrist called BTW?

  3. Yes, language learning stimulates and develops a certain part of the brain which can provide useful benefits. As far as I'm aware, nobody is forced to learn Manx as part of their compulsory education either, which is more than can be said for some of the other useless crap they are taught. The point is it's not useless crap to everyone. It forms part of a full and balanced education.

    I learnt Latin at school, centuries after it was dead, for what purpose I can't tell you. I think the excuse was that English was derived from it. I actually quite enjoyed it although I haven't used it since. I do know people who drop the odd word into conversation because it makes them sound posh - personally that always reminds me of Del Boy's French.

  4. On 11/20/2022 at 8:35 PM, 0bserver said:

    He's solved the housing crisis.


    Did you miss the press release?

    He talks a good job and is certainly fond of blowing his own trumpet. In terms of achievements though - how long has he been in government? They're very few and far between.

  5. 3 hours ago, TheTeapot said:

    The nearby registered buildings being presumably the college upon whose land this was to built? She's off her head.

    If they're looking to prevent an "adverse effect" on the college buildings then they're several decades too late. The hotch potch of poorly built flat roofed extensions and other buildings on the approach has done a good job of that for donkey's years.

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  6. 28 minutes ago, Banker said:

    Well it costs a lot more to develop brownfield sites than greenfield which is why developers always prefer nice open fields!!

    Anything which stops the countryside being covered in concrete & Douglas & other town centers being redeveloped is great news!

    Could be sorted out with planning for nothing. Stop the developers building on green fields and they'd start on the brownfield sites themselves.

    These are the same developers that have abused the requirement to build a percentage of first time buyers for decades. Their greed is a large factor in our acute lack of affordable housing here. The very last thing we should be doing is paying them to solve a problem they themselves have caused.

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  7. Just nationalise the bloody thing. We've had well over thirty years of our communications being in privatised. In that time the price has rocketed and the service diminished just as quick as the monopoly or now near monopoly operators have squeezed every penny they can out of us. Despite these guaranteed multi-million pound profits year on year, when the system needs any investment (ie. fibre 20 years behind everyone else) , it still falls to the taxpayer to stump up the millions to do it, so they can continue to be overcharged by the companies making millions in profits.

    Telecoms in the modern world is as much of a utility as electricity or water. We can either continue paying over the odds because of our "limited market" or do the right thing and nationalise it. 

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  8. 15 hours ago, samfromuk said:


    I'm thinking of moving to the Isle of Man. I've looked at Douglas and Ramsey and there seems to be a big disparity in rates.

    I'm looking to buy a two bedroom purpose built apartment. Can anyone recommend a good area on the Island with reasonable rates and clarify why they differ so much? 

    I've visited the Island twice and am certain that I want to move here. 



    Hello Sam, welcome to the island (when you get here), rates tend to expensive in the towns with lots of facilities provided by the commissioners (or Corpy in Douglas) and much cheaper in the smaller areas. There's been talk of an all island rate for donkey's years, no sign of it happening though.

    Flats tend to be a bit cheaper outside the Douglas/Onchan/Farmhill area, probably rates too, and as you know, nowhere is far away anyway so you might be best looking in places like Ramsey, Peel, PErin etc., these places probably have a bit more soul too.

    What I would say is that rates are one small financial consideration when moving here. The very limited choice of utility, communications and transport companies, as well as any other big business you can think of will pull your pants down at the slightest opportunity. If you're expecting to move here on a budget you'll be sorely disappointed.

    Oh and some fella called Alfie will probably be in touch, asking if you've got 14,999 friends you could bring with you to pay for his pension.

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  9. 9 hours ago, Gladys said:

    Just the phrase "Hanging nonces" tells me there is no debate to be had. 

    If every country in the world had to forgo independence because an attention seeking dickhead lived there then there would be no independent countries at all.

    I think the fact that so many people seem very scared and become irrational at the prospect of even allowing a debate to be had is indicative of the importance of having one.

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  10. Our independence, such as it is at present carries few advantages as far as I can see. Mainly because our politicos and senior civil servants are not far sighted or radical to use it or develop it in any meaningful way.

    We basically use it to make rich people richer and very little else. Our independence is basically a very expensive illusion. You only need to look at the cringeworthy bowing and scraping that went on following the Queen's death to see that.

    IMHO as far as our constitutional arrangements with the UK are concerned we either need to piss or get off the pot. We either need to become more independent or give up on the faux independence we currently have.

    I firmly believe there would be many benefits to the Island in increasing our independence significantly, unfortunately I think it's very unlikely our middle of the road, unimaginative and very well remunerated Government will agree. 

  11. On 11/10/2022 at 5:06 PM, Stu Peters said:

    Unnecessary. Even with a smiley face.

    Fair enough, my apologies. A misjudged attempt at humour.

  12. 19 hours ago, Non-Believer said:

    The UK MoD has had a long history of squandering billions in pursuing, "We must have our own thing" projects when off-the-peg-options were/are readily available. It supported whole UK contract industries in doing this although those off-the-peg options are now becoming more commonplace through financial restrictions.

    But if you want a couple of examples, there were/are the billions spent trying to turn Nimrod into our own AWACS despite the known age and shortcomings of the aircraft, which were eventually scrapped in favour of the off the shelf purchase; Trident which is still not operational; and a huge amount of in-fighting between the Army and the RAF over responsibility for helicopters, Wildcat (or Future Lynx as the project was known) vs off the shelf purchase of Merlin or Blackhawk.

    The list goes on and on. Regular reports make reference to expensive procurement failures.

    To say nothing of the thousands of lives that have been consistently and needlessly lost worldwide in the name of "defence".

  13. On 11/12/2022 at 6:21 AM, asitis said:

    It would be very nice to think we had the skills to pursue greater autonomy. However, Government have proven itself to be incompetent in so many areas over many years, it be folly to assume we could do this !

    Sorry but I believe we need the backstop of the UK.

    With its famously competent government.

  14. 20 hours ago, GD4ELI said:

    Oh really? You should take those rose-tinted spectacles off sometime.

    And don't forget the IOM isn't paying a serious defence contribution like grown-up countries do. Pro-rata with the UK this would be ~£55 million per annum based on the 2021 UK defence spending. 

    It never ceases to amaze me how at the slightest suggestion we should have a debate including independence (that's all John was suggesting after all), some people who at other times are lucid and rational seem to abandon all logic and rely on any bullshit they can think of in an attempt to prevent any further discussion.

    The idea that any move towards independence would require the IOM to spend £55 million on defence is one of the most desperate attempts I have ever heard. Regardless of its suitability for any further independence, the fact is that the IOM is a peaceful and law abiding place who, in its modern history, has never needed defending against anyone, nor is it likely to. The UK (currently responsible for our defence) has not defended us from any military attack in its entire history, indeed the one occasion on which it may have defended a crown dependency, it chose to leave them occupied for several years before making a huge song and dance of "liberating" them after the enemy had safely departed.

    In fact it could well be argued that aligning ourselves militarily (via our defence contribution) with one of the most warmongering countries in the history of the planet is by far the biggest threat to our national security and that any move towards independence would reduce our need for "defence" from the almost non existent status  quo.

    The idea that we need to spend £55 million on defence to be a "grown up country" is the kind of logic that exists only in the mind of a British colonialist with a bruised ego. 


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  15. 4 minutes ago, Stu Peters said:

    I think it's 'berk', a word my old dad favoured for everyone he disagreed with (often me). It was many years later that I found it to be short for 'Berkshire Hunt' in rhyming slang. He was quite horrified.

    Horrified that his cunt of a son had finally rumbled him? 😀

  16. 6 hours ago, John Wright said:

    I did a week of duty advocate up at police station last week and I’ve done 3 days duty advocate in court this week.

    At least one assault/abh/resist arrest with injury to officer/affray every day on average. 

    Mainly fuelled by drink. By perpetrators and victims.

    As these things were mentioned in public court they are in the public realm

    One  had both parties consuming 10 pints, another where it was said one party had consumed 8 but that a session of 13 wasn’t unusual.

    All claim not to abuse alcohol or have an unhealthy relationship with it.

    Another where it’s alleged that two individuals broke into a house using  a block hammer and terrorised the occupants and stole their stash.

    Are you sure it’s not a daily occurrence?

    Small time petty squabbles. If you don't go looking for trouble it's extremely unlikely to come looking for you on the IOM.

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  17. 4 minutes ago, Meoir Shee said:

    You can cut your grass, leave the lawn mower outside whilst you have a break and it will still be there when you return.

    Just this. I sold a car a few years ago. Fella turned up had a look, took it for a spin, without road tax, presumably without insurance - came back, gave me three grand in cash, didn't want a receipt, asked me to leave the keys in it and he'd pick it up at the weekend. I tried to give him the log book, he said just leave it in the glove box so he wouldn't lose it.

    Only in the IOM.

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  18. The weather. Best climate in the world. Controversial I know after the month we've just had, but the heat rarely stops you doing anything in the summer, likewise the cold in the winter, the wind and the rain are so frequent you barely even notice them.

    It also produces the most beautiful and changeable landscape you could ever imagine.

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  19. So I think it's fair to admit there's a lot of negativity on this forum, much of it aimed Government's way. A lot of it is well deserved, and I'm at least as guilty as anyone else of dishing it out.

    I do however think there remain many positives about the IOM and Island life, none of us are forced to live here after all and many have actively chosen to make it their home.

    So lets here them, no negativity allowed, no back handed complements, just purely positive things.

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  20. His advice seems to be due to the increased threat of nuclear war due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

    Surely in the event of a huge explosion and resulting radioactive cloud from Ukraine we could just survive by not eating the sheep and picking the bilberries of the mountain, like we did last time?

  21. Free car parking, where it was until fairly recently recently paid for, does seem to fly in the face of the move to a greener future. Government is one of the biggest employers on the island, why are we throwing money at active travel strategies and subsidised public transport at the same time as encouraging them to commute in their cars?

  22. 5 hours ago, Get a life said:

    No we didn't. The company that owned the jet got a rebate, which is perfectly legal. Don't believe everything Panorama tells you.


    Just because it's legal doesn't make it right. Don't believe everything a tax haven tells you.

  23. 59 minutes ago, Max Power said:

    Actually we didn't, HMRC did. We just administered it in accordance with HMRC regulations, although they took a bit of time to audit their own rules when we asked them to confirm this. 

    The reason the IoM was used was expediency rather than any material benefit.

    Add perspective though don't you think? I guess it's like someone not paying their gas bill when Shell are making £7bn in profit last quarter. Who's the crook? Answer: both of them, but only one will go to court.

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