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  1. Hi John. I appreciate that this could contain very delicate material, but even without it, the story is interesting and varied and depicts many aspects of Island life over the years. Politics and politicians are very much part of the story, but can be kept to a bare minimum if need be. I suppose I am looking for a collaborator with writing experience.
  2. Thanks MCH for that! The book would be mainly aimed at the local market but some of the stories I feel are interesting enough to warrant a far wider market, which is why I am serious about the project. It is not an autobiography. There is certainly plenty of (substantiated) gossip, scandal and more than enough sordid sex stories and yes, there are politicians involved!! JU
  3. I am interested in writing a biography, or having someone write it based on my research. Is there anyone on the Island who specialises in this sort of writing or can offer advice as to get the project started? Cheers Ju
  4. From the following website: IoM Elections Website 2006 "James Anthony BROWN has been re-elected un-opposed" I think iomelections.com is an excellent website with past results and manifestos and plenty of other information, including local authority elections. _____________________ These threads are good to find opinions of the standing members and I hope nearer the time (177 days to go it says on the above website!!) and once nominations close we will have a chance to assess whether or not to vote for all the other candidates including new hopefuls.
  5. BBC Broadcasting House article on the TT Sunday 28th May 2006 20060528BroadcastingHouseTT.mp3 The BBC has more or less gone for a 50/50 type balance in its reporting, even if the actual balance is more like 90/10 or even 95/5. I wasn't aware that there were "quite a few people who don't leave their homes" door during TT, although I don't doubt it. Edited to add that I have just listened to it again. It is not 50/50 balanced reporting. An average BBC Radio 4 listener would feel quite traumatised after hearing this report early on a Sunday morning.
  6. The Parish Walk got a mention on Manx Radio this week: 20060524_Radio_Doctor_Parish_Walk.mp3 Sound advice not to overdo it!!
  7. What What ? I remember this posted and at the time it WAS Lone Wolf's 2nd post Nice bit of digital graphics freehand though, for what it was worth. Lone Wolf 1 Ans 0 He'll go far
  8. Although I don't necessarily agree with the actions he took (I wasn't on the Island then, I had left to find employment elsewhere), as a politician I trust and respect that guy more than most in Tynwald. Let's see if your view concurs with the electorate Mr Beckett, in 11 months time . . .
  9. And milk should be sold in glass bottles only. They are re-usuable. Probably thousands of times. Cooil Bros down at Bradda use glass mik bottles. And many are 'Lesley Cooil' milk bottles that have been in circulation for decades. And what happens to the milk cartoons you - yes, YOU - have in your fridge? I suppose that now we have an incinerator the argument for needlessly bringing more plastic etc. onto the Island is so easy. ps Isn't it about time Old George was wheeled out to tell us all about Christmas Day on the farm. I know the cows don't have a day off with their hooves and udders up.
  10. This is an mp3 clip of the first few minutes of the programme and deals with the house burning thing. 20051229_Phil_Gawne__1.mp3 The complete programme is available on the BBC website.
  11. I don't really know many Americans but SugarBee who posts here seems like a nice person .....and Dames Aflame is an American. One of the nicest people I have met on this Island.
  12. An interesting 1/2 hour on BBC Radio 4 this evening. BBC Radio 4 - It's My Story Did anyone else listen to this programme? I will post the listen again link when it is available
  13. Although I am very much against an overall Island speed limit, I have to say that straight as it is, the Ballamodha road is not a safe road to speed along. There are too many houses on the road and too many junctions. And the fact that it is quite a sloping road makes it even more dangerous because such as boy racers seem to know how to speed up but have little clue about the driving skills needed to slow down, especially with the added momentum of a bumpy down hill road. 50mph? I'd say that's about right.
  14. Until 2:47pm this afternoon, I have had neither central heating nor running hot water in my home. And I have lived here for over 9 years. I could go on to tell you about the conditions in which I grew up on the Island if you want? One thing colder than a house with no central heating or running hot water is no house at all. I could tell you a lot about that too. I do not understand what the cause for complaint is.
  15. One that irritates me, and seems to be pushed by Manx Radio only, is "Road Island Roundabout" (geddit!) This is the roundabout on the turnoff to B & Q or Spring Valley Industrial Estate, which before the road was put right, was often referred to as Fort North (after the DoT Transport Minister at the time, David (I love roundabouts) North. The thing is, why on earth call a piece of land Road Island in the first place. Well apparently because it is surrounded by roads. But it isn't really surrounded by roads. Not since the road to the incinerator from the bottom of Richmond Hill was closed off. Ah well, Manx Radio (Stu and Alex) love the name. On another point regarding, the Tower of Refuge, the Irish folk I knew always called it The Shithouse because in the days before IRIS it looked like all the Island's effluent emerged from it
  16. Yes, indeed, it's more like a Nation of foul mouthed louts.
  17. Just been in there - nice one Uni !!
  18. Ahhh!! It is excellent indeed. This one blows all the others away. So simple and straightforward and yet very powerful. After all the heartache I've had over the past month or so with other editors, I'll be only too glad to fork out $30 after 30 days Thanks a lot for the tip!
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    Its been posted before I think but I like this song: When The Man Comes Around
  20. I'm starting to get into all this. I want an HTML editor. I find Mozilla ok but there are a few things that annoy me such as after saving and returning to the editor it doesn't go back to where I left off. And it seems to always want to reformat the text, making it even harder to find my place. I tried Coffee Cup. It doesn't have the above problems, but it still seems a bit sharewarey. I had problems with the ftp but perhaps if I register such things will be ok. It costs $30-40 Crimson Editor is free and I like having the lines numbered but it does seem a bit limited. I don't mind paying for an editor as I want to do this properly (eventually!) although I'm sure there are plenty of editors about which would serve my purpose for free just now. Any suggestions?
  21. Victor Kneale, former speaker of the House of Keys says Tynwald has misjudged the views of the public when it comes to changing the title of the Lieutenant Governor. Manx Radio News He's calling on anyone who feels strongly about it to write to the Queen. or email the Queen The Royal Family 'Contact Us' page is here To Contact One
  22. A general question. How many people do you know that have both parents and both sets of grandparents born on the Island? Ask the most Manxie person you know and the chances are their grandmother was Irish or a Grandfather Scottish or something.
  23. Not a piece of writing as such, but it is too long to put in the thread on swearing: When Billy Connolly became famous in the 1970s it was for his outrageous sense of humour and his relaxed way of speaking. He was known to swear a bit also, and wrote a song that went to No.1 called D.I.V.O.R.C.E. It was widely rumoured there was a swear word in the song but of course this was beeped out. In fact the word was also beeped out on the record, and even beeped out when he played live! But the fact that he was actually going to use a swear word in public made him famous. A highly talented musician, who did the rounds of Scotland with the likes of Gerry Rafferty and rubbing shoulders with McGuinness Flint and Gallacher & Lyle. Billy Connolly is known best of course as a comedian. One of his songs stemmed from when a BBC TV presenter and theatre critic, Kenneth Tynan was sacked after saying ‘fuck’ on air in 1965. Four motions were tabled in Parliament backed by 133 MPs. Mary Whitehouse wrote a letter to the Queen saying Tynan “ought to have his bottom smacked”. One could perhaps wonder at Mrs Whitehouse’s perception given later revelations that Tynan enjoyed the occasional session of flagellation . . . So anyway, Connolly’s parody song about the “Wonderful One, Two, Three, Four Lettered Word”, based on the “Wonderful 1, 2, 3, 4 Legged Friend” country song about a horse, was to my mind one of his best. Connolly described Tynan as opening the flood gates to swearing, but personally, I blame Connolly for that, 100%. I saw Billy Connolly at the Villa Marina in 1975. Despite his reputation, he problem swore, or even hinted at swearing, perhaps twice during the whole show. These days he swears probably twice in every sentence. He’s gone way over the top, but when it comes to swearing, this guy has made it, quite literally, an art. We laugh, perhaps with a little embarassment at his jokes and stories, but his delivery is perfectly timed. As I said, it is an art. Many people copy his style thinking they are likewise amusing. Nothing could be further from the truth as there can surely be few successful Connolly impersonators although I take my hat off to Des McLean. The gig at the Villa was supported by Gerry Rafferty. It was on a Sunday evening and a sell out. Fortunately (for me) because of a power cut in Douglas that evening, the gig was abruptly halted before the Big Yin (pronounced as if to say big ’un) took to the stage. The powercut was jokingly blamed on Godly forces because Connolly had been warned about his blaspheming in some of his sketches such as The Crucifixion, by various senior members of the Scottish Church. They used to attend some of his gigs and heckle him . . . . . and apparently there was one such person in the Villa on the night of the powercut. Thankfully, the gig was rescheduled for the Monday, which was intended to be a night off for the tour. I picked up tickets from people who were only able to attend the Sunday night. A great evening of entertainment though. Does anyone else remember it?
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    A very good point. But to simply scatter a post with 'f' and 'c' words etc. shows an ignorance of respect towards other people's sensibilities. We simply do not know who our audience is. For example, we are not all schoolboys being naughty on the internet or indeed drunk builders being naughty on the internet. So if you must swear, 'f***' and 'c***' at least shows some consideration. For example, The Guardian, The Telegraph, or The Isle of Man Examiner have not stooped so low as to allow their writers (who I believe at least some to be drunken and foul mouthed at the best of times) to include their usual mode of speech in their writing. I suppose it will come though. And no, it is nothing to do with PC. Nothing whatsoever. /pompous mode off
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    I second that idea
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