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  1. Sixty redundancies amongst Shoprite admin staff. Whenever there's a takeover bid, there are almost, always redundancies.

  2. 9 hours ago, Albert Tatlock said:

    Verdict opens him wide up to a serious insurance claim against him too I imagine...especially with spinal injuries etc. involved.

    All too many spoiled R plate drivers on the island these days driving too fast in fast cars that mummy and daddy have bought.

    R-plates and the restrictions applied - are there for a reason - a reason like this.

    More than that, I dare say his insurance policy is now void. Reading the fine print, any car insurance company will tell you of the consequences.

  3. 12 hours ago, Cueey Lewis And The News said:

    It’s getting almost impossible to do that in some places. Only two none self service tills left in B&Q. When they go I won’t be shopping there. Might as well buy online if I have to do everything myself. 

    If any Tesco staff ask me, "Would you like to use a self-service till?" I just reply, "No thanks. I don't work here."

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  4. So, Tesco intend to buy Shoprite? It doesn't surprise me in the least because on 21 March 1997, Tesco announced the purchase of the retail arm of Associated British Foods, which consisted of the Quinnsworth, Stewarts and Crazy Prices chains in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and associated businesses, for £640 million.

  5. 18 hours ago, Chie said:

    You aren't going to get people summer vacationing here anymore when they can go to Spain, including hotel, for the same price as bringing a car over on the boat.

    What we need to do is cater to niche tourism markets.

    For instance, take the recent transport festival! Absolutely roaring success, buses were full, the electric trams nearly had people hanging off them from start to finish each day. I heard recently that keys are planning to debate whether these services are even needed anymore, and given the recent success of the transport festival, yes....yes they are....it brought in tourism, albeit only for a short while.

    Create a new type of road race festival in the north of the island where competitors race vintage cars around the road. With the paddock being the Jurby airfield, vintage car showing by the museum, talks on vintage cars etc etc.

    Link up with various water sport agencies and see if it's possible to host any sport qualifying events here each year. Given, ya know, we are surrounded by the sea.

    Could cater to the archaeology tourists, "The Great Manx Dig" and all that.

    See if Butlins or Centre Parcs wants to open up a site here, we have enough unused land for this.

    Offer a discounted deal for travel that includes your hotel, I'm sure lots of local hotels would sign up to such a scheme.

    Actually IMPROVE heritage, rather than just tout it as a finished product. .


    Back in Summer 2018, I was considering taking a holiday on the island. I phoned and e-mailed several hotels in Douglas in an attempt to book a single room (no supplement) bed & breakfast stay for a week in August. Prices quoted were between £700 and £900. Seriously? Was this just profiteering because August is when the English holidays take place? Honestly, where in the world could you go if you had £900?

    Needless to say, I didn't holiday in the Isle of Man that year.

    I like the idea of a vintage car road race festival. It should encompass the Manx Motor Museum. If I ever returned to the island, it's one place I'd want to visit. Certainly, there's plenty of scope for a festival of the kind as I've noticed there are many vintage and classic cars on the island. Nevertheless, encourage competition from the UK and abroad.

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  6. Adverts like this aren't necessarily true.

    The Isle of Man was in black and white when I was a kid in 1987 | By UKADS | Facebook

    The problem is, the Isle of Man has changed. I used to have holidays there between 2005 and 2009. Between 2008 and then, i noticed quite a few changes, especially in Douglas. The Min-Y-Don Cafe became a private residence and the Carousel Cafe had been closed down. The Waterfall Hotel at Glen Maye had been turned into a "chav pub" with a pool table and loud music - such a stark contrast from 2006 when I heard the bar manager yell down the phone "WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF EVERYTHING!". It was a good, popular place to eat.

    The only real indoor tourist facility I visited was Castle Rushen. For practically everything else, I just wanted an "outdoors" holiday. However, I'm not sure if you could call the Villa Marina arcade a "tourist facility" but I was amazed at the change, compared to what it was in 2006. I'd wanted to see the interior of the Camera Obscura at Douglas Head, but it was closed.

    Is it really a viable option to build more hotels? Hotels in Douglas have either been demolished, closed down or converted to luxury apartments. Believe me, I'd absolutely love to see that huge ivory tower on the hill - the Falcon Cliff Hotel, restored to its former glory. 

    I think that better transport links to and from the island are needed. If I wanted to take an IOMSPC ferry there- which I did, sailings are not on a daily basis and arrival and departure times are sometimes at "stupid o'clock" in the morning or at night. Getting up at 3am to catch a ferry home and therefore missing an hotel breakfast at 7am was my least favourite thing about the Isle of Man.

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  7. 2 hours ago, Roger Mexico said:

     What better way to respond to the concerns of vulnerable elderly people and their families than by telling them you can't be bothered to address their worries because you're off on your hols?

    This sort of thing happened to my mum and I last Easter when one of the daycare nurses asked "What kind of care would you expect us to provide? Would you consider no nursing visits until Easter Tuesday?"

    "No. I take no holidays, so why should you?"

  8. On 7/30/2023 at 9:13 PM, Jetfour said:

    Manxman is showing as being in Belfast tomorrow (31/7/23) for 7 hours trials.  Also showing as being in Belfast next Saturday night after midnight for 1h 40m.  This is the exact time that the Ben has been calling all summer.

    The report's true. She was in Belfast harbour two days ago for berthing trials. Maybe next year I'll book a holiday in the Isle of Man and I'd look forward to sailing on her. I sailed on the Mannan in 2009, not long after she entered service.

    Post courtesy of Isle of Man Harbours.   


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  9. "Care at home for as long as possible is a good thing so long as the requisite resources are provided to fund it, a bit like wider care in the community. Problem is that it becomes a cheap option to do nothing and brush everything under the carpet".

    "Quite, and will have a high reliance on 'informal' care which will not be supported". 

    "Won't there be a need for respite care so families can have a break from  looking after elderly relatives at home?"

    I have recent experience of caring for an elderly person - my mum. I agree that care at home for as long as possible is a good thing as long as requisite resources are required for funding it. My mum was receiving DLA and I received Carer's Allowance which is now little more than £70 per week - a pittance when your carer's there more or less twenty-four hours a day, although you can work and earn money. But again there are limits.

    As regards the "informal care", my brother and I had to call in a daytime nursing service to help care for my mum. It was difficult as she was so resistant to change and didn't like the nurses fussing over her. I've friends who work in care homes and elderly care and they told me this attitude is common. Nurses are always seen as "the enemy".

    There is a need for respite care, but think of that as very much a last resort. When you think that you and the daycare nurses have done all you can do. In the space of three months, I was absolutely knackered with having to get up at 4.30am just to prepare my own breakfast before making my mum's breakfast and giving her her medication - all before the nursing staff arrive. I'd to give up practically everything, especially a social life. My mum's eyesight and mobility were so bad, even bringing in four nurses a day and having a key safe installed, was only doing so much to help. Bear in mind that nurses are there to provide a level of personal care. They will do no housework. When you have to place an elderly person in respite care, understand that they may not want to go quietly and you can end up paying a hefty bill for their care.

    Respite care should guarantee your elderly relative a good level of care and nursing homes usually have their own GP. But again, you'll be billed for whatever care they've given your relative.


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  10. First boat home in the mornin' for them all. We've had problems with these beggars in Belfast. Some of them actually brought their children to sit and beg in the streets. The problem was always worse at Christmas time when they went begging next to ATM's outside city centre banks.

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  11. https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/petition-calls-for-changes-for-tt-2023/?fbclid=IwAR2KZXog8G5EM8NCfZRCWOYAIsds44JL8M9XZUa-PESSVQlnY2SsTMWrNrc


    This doesn't surprise me in the least. Were I a TT fan, I wouldn't welcome this. Between 2005 and 2009, I made a point of visiting Ellan Vannin to attend the Rally Isle of Man. In 2008, I went to the Scollaig Road/ Abbeylands stage and a NIMBY turned up and moaned in the face of of one of the marshals, "We're shut in for the TT. We're shut in for the rally. My son can't get his gym. Is the anyone I can write to, to have this stage moved away from Abbeylands?" Of course, I and other rally fans assembled there, were laughing at her. The following year, the stage was moved away from the crossroads. In addition to that, Health & Safety had decreed that the rally was cut from three to two days and popped, flying champagne corks were directed well away from spectators at the winner's paddock at the TT grandstand. I always looked forward to the last day of the rally at the grandstand. Yep, a great occasion was wrecked by Health & Safety.

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  12. I've been looking at the views from the IOM webcams and to be honest, nothing I saw would be called "beautiful" or "inspirational". https://www.gov.im/webcams/douglas-marina/  What a lovely view of Ramsey's sludge-filled harbour at low tide.  If your Government really wants to attract tourists, do you think they'd have the sense to show more attractive views of Ellan Vannin? Fair enough, the IOM webcams may be redundant now that we've Google maps and street view. The views I saw were so disappointing.

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  13. The number of drivers who drove straight across the err...roundabout. You do find such drivers at mini-roundabouts.  But other than that, I heard the words, "Five-year plan". It's like something you'd find in the history of the Soviet Union.

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  14. On 12/16/2017 at 5:39 PM, John Wright said:

    My experience of Hermes is that they

    1. Say they’ve tried to deliver and couldn’t, even if we were in

    2. Leave cards with no tracking number and no contact details to arrange re delivery

    Due to my health issues I’ve ordered a wheel chair from Amazon. Hermes allege they tried to deliver at a date and time we were definitely in.


    Did you check the contents of all your wheelie bins or if your parcel was chucked over a garden wall?  It happened to a parcel "delivered" to a neighbour of mine.

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