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    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.
  1. 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.


  2. 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.










  3. On ‎7‎/‎2‎/‎2016 at 7:53 PM, Non-Believer said:

    It wouldn't happen like that today because the public wouldn't stand for it either. There is more regard for human life (ours). Waves of men marching slowly into enemy machine gun fire is no longer the done thing either morally or from a point of military efficiency.

    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.

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  4. On ‎11‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 9:43 AM, the stinking enigma said:

    i'm sure i read somewhere the other day that more soldiers died on the very last day of the first world war than the d day landings day

    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.

  5. 23 hours ago, treesandshrubs said:

     The adults squawking and messing everywhere.  Even in the middle of the night they are at it. 

    Oh yeah, tell me about it. 2009, Cubbon House Hotel. I could hear them, screech, screech, screech, squawk, squawk, screech, squawk...ALL BLOODY NIGHT LONG. Do they ever get tired and shagged out after a long squawk?

  6. 12 hours ago, Pale Rider said:


    The ferry times don't lend themselves to the short break either. A 5 day saver fare is offered, including days of travel. So you either arrive at 6pm on your first day, or have to miss a nights sleep and travel in the middle of the night and get the 2am boat so you arrive (shattered) at around 6am. Then on the return leg you either have to leave the island first thing in the morning on your 5th day, or wait until the late sailing and only arrive back in Heysham at 11.30pm. Not much good if you have work in the morning in Scotland. An earlier sailing from Heysham might encourage the weekend visitor, if they are getting at least half a day on their first day on the island. A late afternoon sailing from Douglas means most people could still get home at a reasonable hour.


    In other words "Stupid o'clock in the morning" departures. Been there, done that. In 2009, I had to get up at 4 a.m. to get ready for a 7 a.m. departure. That's one night's sleep and a hotel breakfast missed. But if you're really unlucky your trip home will be on the Super Seacat Two, which probably still has engine problems and makes crossings at reduced speed. I really enjoyed that 1 a.m. departure, last time.

    12 hours ago, Pale Rider said:



  7. I'm considering coming back to the IOM after an absence of eight years. I want to stay for a week. I'd imagine it would cost more - particularly the £49 return for a foot passenger on the Steam Racket.

    Reading some reviews - the Waterfall Hotel in Glen Maye has closed down and everybody's fighting mad in Lake Road Tesco's of a Saturday.


  8. I'm no fan of the IoMSP's pricing, although their foot PAX fares seem excellent value whenever I travel, although vehicle fares can be pretty steep, especially without advance booking or at peak times.


    The distance from Kennacraig to Port Ellen is only around a third of the distance between Liverpool and Douglas. Because the IoMSP uses a fast craft, the crossing times are loosely similar.


    I agree. The last time I visited the IOM, the foot passenger fare was £49 return (including £10 fuel surcharge). Reasonably priced even if ferry departure times are at stupid o'clock in the morning.

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