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  1. I am happy to see all seats contested, but why declare so late in the day. If anyone is serious (or wants to be taken seriously) about standing for MHK surely they have to declare early and give themselves time to do the necessary graft or I am missing something?
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    Tynwald Again

    A typical Peter tactic; vote against something you know is going to get the nod. I'll bet he doesn't refuse the pay rise he votes against.
  3. My view is it is all bollocks. There are many sights that debunk these frauds with my current favourite James Randi's at www.randi.org Read some of the commentary arcihive material to get a flavour of a whole range of nonesense that generally parts the weak and vulnerable from their cash. There is a great article about a how so called psychic, Keith Charles, peforms a cold reading. www.randi.org/jr/092603.html After reading this you will understand how this trick is done. All that is needed is someone 'looking' for something (eg emotionally vulnerable) and lots of fast talk. The site is a great read especially if you are a skeptic as I am.
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    Road Tax

    We seem to be shifting from Stuarts crap idea of a freight rail network to ease congestion to a more general issue about volumes of traffic and alternative forms of transport (other than cars). London has one answer to the traffic problems that was slated to start but is working well and that is the imposition of congestion charges. The other discussion worth merit is the using the Steam and MER to provide a viable alternative to get in and out of Douglas. (I understand there would need to be some investment in these rail service, but guess it wouldn't be prohibitively expensive) Now the two together may be a realistic solution. (I await Stuart’s tirade)
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    Road Tax

    Are you really convinced the existing track bed and earth work can be built on to support a freight rail network? By your own admission the existing set up supports toy trains. Also what about the old railway lines that aren't currently used? Surely there will be a cost to make them good. The rest of the arguement is typicaly weak and ill thought through. Think of the process of getting a conatiner off a boat in Douglas to, say Glen Maye. Taken off the boat by lorry Unloaded from lorry at ferry terminal Loaded onto a train at ferry terminal Shunted to Steam Packet yard Unloaded off train in yard Loaded onto train going to Peel (along newly laid rail track) Unloaded of train at Peel Loaded onto flatbed lorry to travel the 4 miles to Glen Maye. All that cost and effort saves 10 miles (Douglas to Peel) and increases the journey time of the goods by hours (generously) days (realistically).
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    Road Tax

    I would be interested to hear the argument about how this 'ideal' solution would actually work out cheaper and in who's lifetime? You are talking about building a rail infrastructure , presumably adding additional lines, a tramway system from the harbour to the Stream Packet yard, lifting gear at every rail and tramway destination and then still loading a container onto a lorry to deliver to the door!Where is the benefit? All main towns on the Island are within 18 miles of Douglas. Is there that much heavy traffic to warrant such a solution? Imagine the outcry of Government did back it! Remember the other sledgehammer schemes (incinerator, Iris, etc) Best to sort out the roads we have and try and minimise the number of road users. This may not sound radical, but lets get this into context.
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    Mhks Salary

    Wilddog, I can't see the picture you psoted. Is it the document FCMR is talking about?
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    Mhks Salary

    Thanks FCMR. I have heard of the pink book, but not the pink paper. I'll check it out. Are you sure it has salaries and expense for each MHK?
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    Mhks Salary

    Crumlin, how do you know how much they earn and how high some of the expense claims are? I'm curious to know if this is fact (reveal source and values) or fiction. Its been said before, but worth repeating, if you know something to be true back up what you say with fact, if on the other hand you heard this from a friend of a friend in the know, best not to post.
  10. Delaney is definitely out for me. His manifesto is a poorly written rant slagging off the performance of the very organisation he has been a part of for the last 29 years and full of contradictions. For example he says "...your Parliament is made up of 24 elected members....which you hold a franchise to elect or dismiss none or all at a general election. The other 9 members are not there at your behest!" yet he himself has been one of the 9 since 1996 and was trying to get another 5 year term before he got voted out. Now he slags of the position he enjoyed for 9 years. Also in one paragraph he goes on about 'not standing idly' by and then in his letter to Sir Ronnie Flanagan he states 'I have kept my own council'. Does he want to speak up or not? I do like his views on saving for old age and adopting the Scottish Parliament’s approach to elderly care. But he has been in the Keys or LegCo for 29 years and I don't think he has delivered and don't trust his motives. Vote Holmes.
  11. Thanks Jack. Sounds like an emotional response from someone committed to the TT. At what point does emotion run out and hard cash kick in? What I am interseted in is how long and for how much should the TT be propped up for? My view is it should generate tangible revenue or its budget directed at something else that will. (Or is £2m small change so why care about a return on this investment?)
  12. My wife and all her family are Manx and all complain about the races. I know more 'locals' who complain than come-overs. This may be more to do with me knowing more local people than other, but not really sure. My view on the whole TT 'keep or kill' debate is based solely on what it costs versus what it generates. This year's budgeted expenditure for 'TT Races and Festival' is £1.75m add to that a proportion of the budget for the Special Events Unit (as 25%) that’s another £300k. What does the event generate for the Island? This I don't know nor have I found. There doesn't seem to be any stats available (I haven't looked too hard yet) that gives some idea of revenue generation. (For the Manx economy) Sure there will be intangible benefit (Island's profile, reputation etc) But I would be happier to see hard cash returns. Any views or better still evidence of return?
  13. Has anyone in West Douglas had a visit from any of the candidates yet? I saw Geoff C coming along the road the other day, but despite me being on the drive he didn't stop. He just walked on by with his clipboard in hand. He didn't seem at all interested and didn't call in any of the dozen house he passed. Are any manifestos available yet?
  14. Rog, you are such prick when it comes to cyclists. What is your problem with them? (I joined this forum to comment on one of your earlier cycling rants and your juvenile behaviour towards them as you drive passed) Just remember for every cyclist on the road there is one less car. Should give tossers like you the space you carve. As Stuart says, unless you live here and make some kind of contribution butt out. Wheeler (A member of Manx Viking Wheelers Cycling Club)
  15. Thanks for the history lesson Rog. Very informative (seriously) A couple of points: weakness of the play as an argument you dismissed as the evidence for the play was factual and not an interpretation? Its a play - is that not an interpretation? and Are you saying the Roman Catholic Church is a cult? If so I could do with knowing your definition of a cult. And finally is it possible that the values and practices of this 'religion' could possibly have changed since 325AD or are you suggesting the rot is inherent in the whole church as we know it today? Are there any positives/good that comes from Catholicism (in your opinion) edited for typos
  16. Rog, Yet another contribution that starts off reasonably well before descending into some anti-(insert relgion) rant. Your arguements are typical; cherry pick some incident (big or small) to the exclusion of all that may be good about a religion/leader/other and then move from expressing your opinion about it. though to later posts that suggest this is fact, not your opinion. It is an often used technique of yours to legitimise an attack on something/anything you think is anti-jewish. The reference to the play to back up your arguement is also weak. There is a lot of 'evidence' that could be lined up to suggest man didn't land on the moon, 9/11 was planned by Bush, the Oklahoma bombing was the work of Government agents etc, etc............. Why the big chip on your shoulder about everything religious? why can't you balance your arguements with some positives as well as the negatives?
  17. I used a cheap humane trap with a bit of chocolate in; put it out just before going to bed and the mouse was caught by morning. You don't have to kill them, but you do need to find out how they get in otherwise you will have to set the trap frequently as they come back. By the way I dropped the mouse off in a field quite a way from the house, so it will take ages to find it's way 'home' again!
  18. Its quality that counts, not quantity. I remember Manx.net and some of the crap posted just to increase post count. Rhumsaa was particularly bad for this. Thankfully he appears to be pre-occupied by driving across continents and has less time to litter this place with his trademark posts of 'arse' or 'bo**ocks'.
  19. For clarity on this point, the houses on Ballanawin were signed for by the first time buyers during the latter stages of construction in July 1989 and people moved in during early 1990. The houses were completed 15 years ago, so the land must have been provided late 1988 early 1989. Also these houses came with a clause that you couldn't sell them on the open market within 7 years of purchase, they had to be sold back to Government. I know of some that were sold back. Edited for typo
  20. From my experiences roofers are the worst opportunists. Real life situation: Small leak in the loft Thumbed through yellow pages and selected 5 roofers who I had heard of. 1 was great, did an inspection, identified the small problem, turned up and fixed when he said he would. 2 didn't turn up 2 stood in the garden, looked up at the roof and said it would all need replacing! When asked why, one said he had done a roof down the road and if it was anything like that it had to go. The other claimed the roof tiles were porous!
  21. You could read the report another way and that is Donald could be trying to manage Ned's expectations? Reading between the lines Donald could mean Ned is thinking about a post, I'd better set him straight. I suspect not, but live in hope.
  22. As an active cyclist and someone who regularly cycles in a 'bunch', riding 3 abreast is never done. We only ever ride two abreast as it makes for effective training and efficient riding. We cyclist are well aware of the highway code, road etiquette and the fact cars do sometimes form queues while waiting to overtake. We are also courteous enough to 'single out' to allow the cars to pass. I agree with Declan, what does it matter that you are slowed slighty for part of your journey? Tango, Blue Kipper chill out. Wheeler Edited for typo
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