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The Last Bulgam Miner

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  1. He's certainly been to RADA. What a performance. Should audition for Manx Legion Players.
  2. Ah, Christian Values. What a loaded statement. One doesnt have to research very far back to discover what these mean. In the present day, the pedo priests were hiding behind christian values. As recently as 1775 the Archbishop of Canterbury approved the burning of the last witch to be executed in England. Oh, why go on....... Millions have died over the last 2,000 years in the cause of upholding Christian values, One should alway treat with suspicion any person or organisation who promotes themselves with this phrase.
  3. Regarding the memorial service last night, it was very moving. but it was disgraceful that at the conclusion, the mayor walked out without acknowledging the families of the dead. I didnt see anyone from the council or government speak to the families. They were just there to be seen and associated with an event they never were involved with. Summerland veteran.
  4. They should be seen I think. There are lots of clips on You tube; Start with this one:
  5. A very moving story quilp, and I hope it conveys to folk to whom Summerland is just a name, how everyone, the whole community, was touched by this tragedy. As I said, there will be hundreds of stories because a lot of people are still alive who had to deal with the consequences. As for St Georges Bar, I was working there the week after the fire , upstairs was turned into an incident room, while the bodies were kept downstairs. They were their for nearly a week I think. Nothing could hide the smell. The bodies were only wrapped in plastic sheeting, there were no body bags in those days, and they leaked onto the floor, staining the floor boards. When the building was opened as Bar George I visited the place to try it with some friends. I felt decidedly uncomfortable after we went in, and then I saw that the staining on the floor, I told the bar staff what I knew but they thought I was taking the p***. The floor boards were bare and you could see the stains. I have never been able to go back into the building.
  6. Most of the flack was taken by the chief fire officer who signed the building off as being safe. He got sacked That is a very bold statement cheeky boy can you please quote your evidence! I think Butch may be right. http://home.ubalt.ed...summerland.html Quote: Rohm and Haas, the manufacturers of Oroglas, themselves state that "There is no building code in America which would allow it [Oroglas] to be used overall as it was at the Summerland centre. A structure like that would just not have been allowed in America." U.S. fire codes require a comprehensive sprinkler system to be installed wherever Oroglas was used on a large scale, and in fact the UK subsidiaries of Rohm and Haas were aware of these codes and requirements...but did not pass them on to the Isle of Man chief fire officer. Maybe Local knowledge: The Fire Officer's health... When the above was revealed, it destroyed him!! The winter before completion 'off-cuts' of Oroglas were burnt in braziers onsite. Some I knew (now deceased) mentioned ' what off-cuts would fit in their workbags would give them a full tank of hot water... Hindsight is wonderful thing... I remember, we didn't go there that night because of the Fire Engines along the prom and just a little puff of what looked like steam from the upper outside putting area. Me and my mates headed for the Barbary... Thinking no point going to Jonny Silva's Disco - by the time everyone got back in after the 'False Alarm'... When I got home, Border TV were appealing for Blood Donors for the disaster that was still happening... The wife and I went to pictures that night cause a couple we were going to Summerland with couldnt get a baby sitter. On the way we drove down Little Switzerland ( it was through road then) to watch the fire. In the middle of the pictures, an appeal appeared on the screen for blood doners. The rest is history...... Everyone involved has there own story to tell, and there will be hundreds of stories....
  7. Thought that more would have picked up this. Obviously elderly contributors of manx heritage are rather scarce on this forum. although there are a lot of crabs contributing. I've been educated in England, so I have adjusted my language to better communicate with the 95% of this island's population who happen to be comeovers from across. Educated in England. Your communications skills are certainly superior to your maths. Or did you pick 95% with a pin?
  8. Mmmm Not sure what the definition of freelancing is. If they are paid by the government then....... or take government positions........
  9. I am afraid I can not give any further details. The police are dealing with it now and I hope that a result can be made public later. Best regards, Steven Thats a yes then. Oops
  10. You are totaly correct. Politicians have had very little power. In the past 20 years the civil service have taken over governing on the Island.
  11. How could they have met at work if they work in different buildings? I don't know exactly how many people got their jobs because they were related (by blood or marriage) to individuals already in the managerial class of the civil service, but I'd wager quite a few. It is certainly remarkable the number of new people I have seen join the civil service who just mysteriously happen to have a relative high up in the managerial class. There's definitely a lot of dodgy backroom shenanigans involved. It's totally corrupt. And lets not forget the numerous retired police officers (retirement age 50), who pocket their lump sum and pension, and walk straight into a government post. Retired police men and women lets remember.
  12. Thought that more would have picked up this. Obviously elderly contributors of manx heritage are rather scarce on this forum. although there are a lot of crabs contributing.
  13. It is normal practice to have a 40th anniversary after 40 years has passed. It avoids confusion.
  14. As far as I'm aware no Manx boats fish for fish as stocks are all but depleted. So scallop dredge instead. You need to find a friendly angler. There are a few around who catch callig (pollack) for the local market.
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