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  1. maybe he can do some academic research - suggested title "Government Secretary - Servant or Master: a study from Betram Sargeaunt to W Greenhow"
  2. well if freight remained the same or even increased then maybe no TT or MGP was to blame - I guess 40,000 paying maybe £200 a head would give a lost revenue of £8M and the season's tourists maybe a similar figure
  3. I suspect Covid would have altered the freight - how much construction was done? all of which used to involve imported building material. Why they ran two boats daily defeats me as a bi or tri weekly sailing would I think have sufficed for foodstuffs etc
  4. this site merely links to the arch satan of all - pagead2.googlesyndication.com -
  5. the bigger loss re airports was Burtonwood near Warrington - a major USAF airbase with very long runway that served as supply depot for American troops in Germany - the cold war went on just too long for it to replace both Liverpool + Manchester - would have had easy road + rail links. Putting the gaol out at Jurby was IMO stupid - removed any sensible use of the airport site
  6. actually the many usual users of that road pay either for additional miles of travel or in opportunities denied because of access restrictions
  7. the report states crash on the Patrick Rd near Peel - which for is probably somewhere near to the Knockaloe to GlenMaye stretch
  8. I agree it requires some mechanism of trust but of course they go back after a fixed period - but the only option I can see is to remove the ability of the existing CS and the politicians to select the new entrants - remember a certain MHK whose basis of selection was on riding a Harley Davidson.
  9. The root of the problem lies in the small pool of talent from which the higher levels of the CS are drawn and the stagnant nature of the waters of this pool - in terms of population the Island is smaller than any of the several authorities that form say Greater Manchester with its elected mayor who is delegated some powers from Central government who can (+ do) exercise power over him. There is no oversight over the Island's CS other than the bunch of individuals, some excellent many mediocre with a leader none of the electorate voted for and elected with policies nowhere set down for the approval of the electorate. Given the deliberate corruptible nature of the governing clique it is easy for the long serving CS who have no obvious promotion path and thus generally have risen to just above their level of incompetence to run rings round these neophytes who have little experience other than a parish council. The only solution I can see is to give up a bit of independence and arrange a regular exchange of CS with a larger body so that the pool is regularly stirred by people not selected by those already in the pool.
  10. there are two long sections of the Peel to Douglas that are, out of TT season, unlimited but the 40mph limits do seem to expand each year - catch is that the traffic also seems to increase each year and also more estates feeding onto the road.
  11. sorry my machine has hiccuped in trying to reply to Banker but we shall see re the infected packaging - NZ are still checking it - recall that judging from the large number of infected food processing plants the virus seems to find cold + probably damp conditions good for survival - the team that finally proved that aerosol transmission of viable corvid19 virus was possible used a cold damp protein rich solution as the 'trap' on which to catch + hold the virus
  12. the NZ case is most interesting as it is possibly another case of infected packaging on refrigerated food imports - there is thought by the Chinese to be a similar case due to infected Brazilian seafood imports
  13. Let me add my comment of the last decade or so - the ministerial system was deliberately arranged to allow corruption - maybe not so much in terms of explicit bunches of used fivers but in terms of increased salaries way beyond those many could aspire to with their ability or education, 'prestige' and/or 'gongs' for those that crave such things (eg fancy robes for use at Tynwald) - the price of all these being not to ask any awkward questions or to damage the CS gravy train in any way.
  14. the London solution to the commuter car driving was simple - congestion charge coupled with warden monitored + expensive car parks - whether this is really applicable to Douglas I doubt but it does appear that all-day commuter parking is too cheap both in terms of individual charges and the taxes on company supplied parking - I know in the University I worked at a couple of decades ago the University found it cheaper to pay some subsidy to improve bus services than to pay the annual charge on a larger car park. Wardens checking cars within a certain zone (easy these days with handheld ANPR devices) would remove the 2 hour car shuffle + keep places open for the shopper tho quite what brings them to Strand St defeats me.
  15. Modern tram systems with on-board batteries can operate with stretches away from the overhead lines (several examples in European cities with historic centres) - a modern tram could operate in the short section of the prom possibly as far as North Quay and Tesco/Bus garage via the Sea Terminal - likewise if you choose to rebuild the Douglas-Peel as a tram line then you could operate with unpowered sections where it crosses roads - whether this is an economic system I'm not sure tho there is now considerable commuter traffic Peel to Douglas following the building of the Poortown Rd dormitory estate
  16. I suspect it means no scouser crew (or Heysham equivalent) as presumably those crew domiciled in UK pay their tax + NI there - possibly she also objects to the East Europeans (at one time many were Lithuanian but guess this will change from next Jan) who worked during the summer season.
  17. you can't easily convey a dog by bicycle - it is probably dog walkers who dominate the need for car parks near trees other where else does one hang the poo for the fairies to remove it.
  18. Interestingly the 1914-1919 coroners inquest reports were held under the 100 year embargo rules at the PRO - I did query this when I was researching Knockaloe as they were open to the public and the newspaper reports in some cases are more accurate or detailed than the inquest reports - I still had to wait until Jan of 2020 to see those for 1919.
  19. Frances


    at least it seems they are fewer in number than the weird year 2000 markers allocated one per parish by Gov that did appear in fields - not sure how much they cost nor their present condition.
  20. Frances


    there were necessary diversions around a section from Dalby to Peel hill and a much more awkward one around Santon burn - possibly the Dalby one has now been resolved. The path around Onchan head has been fenced in sections so only passable to a fit mountain goat
  21. there was a much nearer case of an infected meat plant on the other Mona
  22. I was intrigued to learn that the covid infected head of the NZ household worked at a refrigerated food depot - my guess that frozen meat may have been the vector seems not too far out - the Wuhan seafood market was supposedly an initial 'hotspot' of infection - it seems that the virus likes cold wet situations - can't then understand why warm beer English pubs are also infection hotspots unless too much cold lager is involved.
  23. sorry as a retired academic I've usually found that unexplained 'funnies' often tell us more than we may initially think - often comes up in the bit of historical research I currently do to keep myself occupied
  24. but don't they hold every traveller for the full 14days (they had that couple who were let out early to see a dying father to serve as a warning) thus maybe the 14days is questionable in efficiency?
  25. I'm not arguing for/against NZ's action but am very interested in how the covid arrived - by mail (eg on a letter, parcel) or frozen meat (tho thought Kiwis subsisted on lamb)
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