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  1. I am led to believe that there are fewer Germans in recent years (I dont know how many in % terms, perhaps the IOMSCo. have the stats) which reduces the riding on the wrong side of the road effect resulting in fewer serious accidents.
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    Wild Garlic

    Bishops Court Glen, real good stuff, lots of moisture, plenty of neutrient in the soil! I try not to eat it every day though~ baahhharraaaa
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    Funfair

    I assumed it wasnt coming also. So the Jane Crookall maternity wing will be busy in 9 months time! again...
  4. Would Mr Turner have to resign as director of a media organisation if he took up post as a political member? Does anyone know who sets the rules, is it OFCOM? and what must the senior members of Manx Radio be thinking?
  5. All credit to the Developer, it will be a night mare site to work on! Three carriageways around the building on a slope situated in the middle of the legal / financial district (they wont want any noise when the pile driving starts) and such limited access to the site - and then to have to work around retaining the facade... impressive work. Great pics by the way, it will be nice to see if and how the design team blend the new building into the impressive frontage. It shows how much profit there must be in cups of coffee.
  6. Wow!! It must be good stuff. Have you ever tried buying a WII (for the kids offcourse)?
  7. The lenders are very clever also. By pushing their 'buy to let' mortgages for second homes which can be secured on the first home it results in fewer houses on the supply chain keeping the house prices healthy even when interest rates start creeping up. In my opinion investing in bricks and morter, is still a fairly low risk investment and the way to go (just wish i has spare cash to do it)
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    Tt Own Goal

    If that is not the case then surely this has been an unknown problem in the past when Mad Sundays have been made one way on safety grounds. I recall Prince William when he came over for the TT; did he ride on the back of a bike on the Mad Sunday? Proposed new headline: The future King rides on public roads, uninsured!
  9. The TT is a tradition and symbol of the IOM much like cats with no tails and kippers etc... Without having the full facts i would suggest that it makes a vast profit. I recall an economic geek suggesting that for every pound introduced to the Island of new income a further 7 pounds is generated within the economy. I take all the previous points that it costs a fair wack on the emergancy services, hospital etc but we should remember that these people who earn the extra overtime, largely pay taxes over here and put their additional income back into the Manx economy. and also by having the TT it means that we always have at least one good road on this fair Isle where we cannot complain about pot holes, humps and bumps (apart from Ballaugh bridge). by the way, for any new non Manx people, please come and share this Island and enjoy the TT, soak up the atmosphere and have a little extra tax free income with homestay. (dont feel you have to put on a crash helmet to enjoy the fortnight) why people leave the island when the TT is on beggers belief? An interesting post which can be summarised thus - The island makes a load of money out of the TT, therefore it is justified. How many deaths in your opinion are acceptable in the pursuit of this profit? In my opinion no deaths are justified in persuit of the love of a sport. Deaths occur in rock climbing, skiing, TT racing, surfing and countless other high risk sports. Perhaps thats why participants take part, for the risk?, but i dont think it is particularily fair on their loved ones who are left behind. I think the thread started of with the simple question is the TT financially proven or viable which i believe it is. And more over i believe that the majority of the people who support it and enjoy comming over, do so in the hope that nobody is seriously injured or killed.
  10. The TT is a tradition and symbol of the IOM much like cats with no tails and kippers etc... Without having the full facts i would suggest that it makes a vast profit. I recall an economic geek suggesting that for every pound introduced to the Island of new income a further 7 pounds is generated within the economy. I take all the previous points that it costs a fair wack on the emergancy services, hospital etc but we should remember that these people who earn the extra overtime, largely pay taxes over here and put their additional income back into the Manx economy. and also by having the TT it means that we always have at least one good road on this fair Isle where we cannot complain about pot holes, humps and bumps (apart from Ballaugh bridge). by the way, for any new non Manx people, please come and share this Island and enjoy the TT, soak up the atmosphere and have a little extra tax free income with homestay. (dont feel you have to put on a crash helmet to enjoy the fortnight) why people leave the island when the TT is on beggers belief? An interesting post which can be summarised thus - The island makes a load of money out of the TT, therefore it is justified. How many deaths in your opinion are acceptable in the pursuit of this profit?
  11. The TT is a tradition and symbol of the IOM much like cats with no tails and kippers etc... Without having the full facts i would suggest that it makes a vast profit. I recall an economic geek suggesting that for every pound introduced to the Island of new income a further 7 pounds is generated within the economy. I take all the previous points that it costs a fair wack on the emergancy services, hospital etc but we should remember that these people who earn the extra overtime, largely pay taxes over here and put their additional income back into the Manx economy. and also by having the TT it means that we always have at least one good road on this fair Isle where we cannot complain about pot holes, humps and bumps (apart from Ballaugh bridge). by the way, for any new non Manx people, please come and share this Island and enjoy the TT, soak up the atmosphere and have a little extra tax free income with homestay. (dont feel you have to put on a crash helmet to enjoy the fortnight) why people leave the island when the TT is on beggers belief? An interesting post which can be summarised thus - The island makes a load of money out of the TT, therefore it is justified. How many deaths in your opinion are acceptable in the pursuit of this profit?
  12. The TT is a tradition and symbol of the IOM much like cats with no tails and kippers etc... Without having the full facts i would suggest that it makes a vast profit. I recall an economic geek suggesting that for every pound introduced to the Island of new income a further 7 pounds is generated within the economy. I take all the previous points that it costs a fair wack on the emergancy services, hospital etc but we should remember that these people who earn the extra overtime, largely pay taxes over here and put their additional income back into the Manx economy. and also by having the TT it means that we always have at least one good road on this fair Isle where we cannot complain about pot holes, humps and bumps (apart from Ballaugh bridge). by the way, for any new non Manx people, please come and share this Island and enjoy the TT, soak up the atmosphere and have a little extra tax free income with homestay. (dont feel you have to put on a crash helmet to enjoy the fortnight) why people leave the island when the TT is on beggers belief?
  13. One of the members was not present to vote, or submit an invalid paper, therefore reducing the majority by one. If you struggle to make sence of it all give Peter Karran a call. He will make everything perfectly clear for you....
  14. Doesn't a successful candidate just need a simple majority?? So 12/23 would have done the trick, shurely offisher? Yes but he only got 11. One short of the seat.
  15. One of the MHK's, David Anderson was not there to vote, therefore 12 would have been enough and he would have been within 1 vote of claiming the seat!
  16. John is spot on in his description of the two technology's. 99% of the solar panel installations supplied for the UK climate are conventional hot water tubes. Due to our reduced sun light hours the pay back on electric cells (battery store) does not really make them viable in this neck of the woods. I think that the board of ed are going to use them in the new Ramsey school - bit of a PR stunt if you ask me.
  17. You got to give your other half a romantic surprise. Go for it!
  18. Gas / Oil CH = £5000 to install, Electricity = £100, difference = £4900 = a lot of electricity. 10-12 years free heating! Slim, how much do you pay per quarter for electricity? Electricity is one of the most expensive forms of energy on the IOM. Look at the local OFT energy price index on the unit cost of power on the gov.im website. Heating your house with electric is a no no. I understand that a lot of the new appartments are heated by electic and this is because they are generally well insulated with low 'U' value (therefore reduced energy requirement) and more over it saves the developer the worry of having multiple balanced flues sited adjacent to openings, and offcourse the increased capital cost. There are lots of high efficiency boilers on the market both gas and oil (its a huge industry at the moment) Go to the manx gas show room on South Quay and you can see the new solar panel technology suitable for Alpha condencing boilers. In general terms ground source heat pumps produce 3 units of heat for every one unit of electricity required to run the heatpump.
  19. Gas is cheaper to install than oil (due to reduced labour and the cost of an oil tank). Assuming both boilers are the same energy rating then oil would have a lower running cost than gas on a 3 bed house upwards. Word on the street is that Natural gas prices will be comming down as the MEA has bought the gas in ahead on a fixed rate contract and they sell it back to Manx Gas. Gas boilers generally take up less space for the same kW output and you dont have a bulky oil storage tank in the garden. Gas is a cleaner fuel to oil with lower carbon emmissions. On the island there is only one gas supplier but three oil suppliers making oil more competitive. You only get the 250 quid from government if it is a gas or oil condencing boiler (high efficiency), these units cost more. Solar panels do not require batteries or extensive wiring, in the UK market they are designed to heat up water within the panels and in turn heat up the domestic hot water cylinder through a heat exchanger. There is new technology now where solar panels can be used to preheat the water on domestic combination boilers. The best way to save fuel costs is to insulate your loft area and wall cavity if possible (and seal off the loft hatch). Install thermostatic radiator valves on each of the radiators and throttle them down to the desired temperature of each room. When setting up the programmer consider the lag times, in other words if you leave your house for work at 8.00am in the morning set the heating to go of an hour or two prior as the house / radiators etc retain the heat for a certain time. The next big thing to hit the UK market will be ground source heat pumps, basically you will have a bore hole in your back garden and you will heat up the house from the thermal mass energy which is retained below the ground. Oh and try not to be tempted to buy one of those domestic windmills, they are a gimic and you will be wasting money trying to run one.
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