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  1. Thanks very much. I enjoyed that. I remember staying in Port Erin way back in 1965. Happy days.
  2. Robot Overlords. Starred Sir Ben Kingsley and Roy Hudd. Was that really the Marine Hotel in Peel which featured in the final scene of the film?
  3. I Googled the worldwide coronavirus cases this morning. If the figures for the Isle of Man are correct, you have 29 confirmed cases and so far, no deaths. I hope nobody on the island dies from this awful virus.
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    Manx Tunnel

    There's been a lot of talk, particularly before the General Election of the possibility of constructing a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland. It's met with a lot of criticism not just because of the expense involved but the difficulties in building on top of the Beaufort Dyke and with it all the munitions packed shipwrecks that lie there. Over the past couple of weeks, attitudes have changed from a bridge to the construction of a tunnel. But the Isle of Man isn't expected to be a part of that, if it ever got underground.
  5. Here am I refusing plastic bags and cutting back on groceries packaged in plastic containers. Then this happens.
  6. From what I've read about Greta in terms of her environmental concerns. She wants - No more building any buildings - of any description. Universal veganism. All fossil fuels to remain in the ground, where she says they belong. Don't buy or wear any new clothes and to remain within planetary boundaries.
  7. I thought I'd share this with the birthplace of the R.N.L.I. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-northern-ireland-49856159/rnli-photography-jack-lowe-photographs-uk-s-lifeboat-stations
  8. I've just watched Stan and Ollie on DVD. It was marvellous. I don't like Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge but I think he was born for the role as Stan Laurel. I found both of Stan & Ollie's wives, Lucille and Ida somewhat annoying. They could've formed their own double act - Munchkin and Meerkat. Laurel & Hardy perform their number 1 hit single "The Lonesome Pine". Locally, Norman Wisdom's name is mentioned twice.
  9. Same here. Running MS Edge on Windows 10 OS
  10. If any Syrian refugees do land on the island, in all probability they'll moan that what you give them by way of housing just isn't good enough. https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2018/07/31/news/syrian-refugees-speak-of-housing-problems-and-racist-attacks-in-west-belfast-1395013/
  11. I apologize profusely for submitting an article from the Daily Wail. But you're not the only island population to court such a controversy. Remote Scottish island? One can see the place from Wemyss Bay. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3366575/Senseless-Syrian-refugees-foisted-remote-Scottish-island-high-unemployment-poverty-given-perks-locals-don-t-enjoy.html
  12. I visited the Isle of Man every summer between 2005 and 2009 just to attend the Manx International Rally or as it was later termed, the Rally Isle of Man. Between those years, I saw some changes. In 2008 I walked all the way to Abbeylands/Scollaig Road because there was a spectacular jump at the crossroads there. The stage was just about to start when along came an Abbeylands resident who moaned in the face of one of the marshals about being "shut in twice a year". "My son can't get to his gym. Is there anyone I could write to?" Of course, all the rally fans laughed at this "busybody". A year later, when I managed to get hold of a stage map - the stage was diverted well away from the crossroads. I couldn't fail but notice that the three-day event was reduced to two days. In 2009, a lot of the Irish rally crews didn't compete and the champagne corks were risk-assessed to be popped well away from spectators.
  13. A few quotes from "The First Day on the Somme" by Martin Middlebrook. "I might add that five minutes after the attack started, if the British public could have seen the wounded struggling to get out of the line, the war would have possibly been stopped by public opinion" - Pte. J.F. Pout.55th Field Ambulance. "It was pure bloody murder. Douglas Haig should have been hung, drawn and quartered for what he did on the Somme. The cream of British manhood was shattered in less than six hours". - Pte. P. Smith 1st Border Regiment.
  14. The last man to die was killed at 10.58 a.m. It's inscribed on the headstone at St. Symphorien cemetery. The cause of death was that he was shot by sniper while excitedly running around celebrating that the war was over. Another interesting fact. In October 1915, the recruits of the 36th (Ulster) DIvision crossed the English Channel in three ships. The Lapland, the Onward and an Isle of Man paddle steamer - The Empress Queen.
  15. A whole generation has grown up never having seen Monty Python's architect sketch.
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    TT Grandstand

    If I remember right, the Royal British Legion has a residence/care home almost opposite the grandstand itself.
  17. Arrival. Are the aliens helpful or hostile? Did something get lost in translation? Will there be a war? It was okay. But not in my view "The best sci-fi film in years".
  18. No, I don't like yours. Cortana's great. She comes as standard with Windows 10.
  19. From the UTV News. http://www.itv.com/news/utv/2018-08-02/survivor-haunted-by-summerland-disaster-that-killed-50/
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