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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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.

  5. 1 hour ago, Max Power said:

    The mystery of the promenade rondels has been sort of solved, like the Nazca Lines, nobody knows what they are for!


    Oh, you mean THAT "roundabout"? I've a theory that it's a racing circuit for Peel P50 cars.

  6. A very interesting plan for "Royal" Ramsey, especially this in relation to the Queen's Pier - "Transition area to allow direct access to the Victorian Pier".  I take it that means the pier will be "refurbished" for future use at some stage?

  7. 14 hours ago, Kopek said:

    If we were building Douglas today, would we build a promenade? I doubt.


    It seems to be a Victorian thing. Where you have a beach, you need a promenade. All the same, I love looking at old Manx photos of how Douglas has changed over time. It's interesting to note that there were road-widening and land reclamation schemes going on. For example in and around Broadway and also Port Jack to accommodate the Manx Electric Railway.

  8. I haven't been to the Isle of Man since 2009. But I'd go back, not expecting to see things as I last saw them. It would help the island's tourist industry if certain people in authority wouldn't demolish historic buildings. I recently read that HMP Douglas had been demolished. I think that there was a lot of tourist potential locked up in it (pun intended) and it wouldn't have competed with the other Manx prison in Castle Rushen. Douglas prison could've alternatively been used as a conference centre or a gallery, for example.

  9. On 12/26/2020 at 8:48 PM, SleepyJoe said:

    One fallout of the coronavirus pandemic is that European style outdoor eating is predicted to remain in vogue for some years


    Not a problem. Anytime I visited the Isle of Man, I always enjoyed outdoor eating in places such as the Min-Y-Don cafe and the veranda cafe in the Villa marina theatre in addition to The Cosy Nook.

  10. On 12/24/2020 at 5:05 PM, manxman1980 said:


    All completely ignorant of the fact that the Isle of Man is a Crown Dependency but can still set its own laws and impose them accordingly.

    I would've thought that was obvious. Pick up practically any Manx tourist guide book and it tells you "It has its own parliament, laws and postage stamps". It wouldn't surprise me if people still think the Isle of Man still has hanging and birching for certain offences.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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