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  1. Just seen an advert in the Examiner for staff for a new branch of Habitat.

    Maybe they could give everyone in the Island a free e-mail address with which they could manage most of their financial affairs such as banking, shopping, paying bills, placing bets and signing electronic documents with digital signatures???

     

    What a great idea! :lol:

     

    Is this the ad that's been in with no company name? Certainly no mention of a job here on the Habitat website, or a store.

     

    Just seen ad in the Courier - wonder where it will be sited down Tynny Mills? Hamleys going?

  2. This is just a rumour I've heard... but I was curious to see if there is any truth in it.

     

    I overheard a conversation in which one said that Tesco are hoping to buyout Shoprite. Thus, have a direct monopoly on the island. The conversation then continued to discuss the implications of such a move.

    Has anyone else heard anything along those lines?

     

    Given recent news coverage - I doubt it

  3. No problem with that one he is amongst the brighter of our MHKs.However, I still dont see how he has been in a position to make a contribution at MEA.

    He has no experience of what is a very complex industry. Surely the position of MEA chairman should go to someone with experience of the industry ?

     

    Yes but look what the people with 'experience' did!

  4. Would be a great site for a Malmaison Hotel! :)

     

    Or the old prison.

     

    Will be in the Newcastle Malmaison over Christmas

     

    Prison would be great location as well!

     

    Missed out this time, just back having stayed at the Travelodge round the corner (but still the Quayside you understand) - you Lucky Old Git! :)

  5. Open topic really, considering that not much has changed post election results.

     

    The idea of a new party being formed from these very forums has been mentioned more than once, as has the fact that there are some highly capable people on the island that could do a better job so, what say you all?

     

    'It's the economy stupid'. People have jobs and money in their pocket - nowt will change until that does.

     

    Agreed, something needs to change but the groundwork needs to be put in long before the next elections.

     

    Quite frankly, I'm astounded at the shortsightnedness of the electorate this time around, it really does begger belief!

     

    How do you mean Mission? As ever it comes down to attracting the right people, voters only have a choice between those who stand - look at Ayre!

     

    Less Tynwald members, higher pay to attract the best. Either that or something invovative involving the Chief Execs of each Department being made more accounatble to the public...

  6. That said, knowing the Isle of Man Government, Manx Telecom have full control and could switch it off tomorrow if they wanted. :P

    The Government have got their own mobile telephone infrastructure if they needed to use it and it is better than MT's as well...

     

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    I was thinking more of landlines.

  7. When all is said and done I would imagine Manx Telecom is/will become the Manx BT in that it OPERATES the infrastructure but has little more claim to it than being guardian of the fibre optics!

     

    That said, knowing the Isle of Man Government, Manx Telecom have full control and could switch it off tomorrow if they wanted. :P

  8. ...why doesn't the Corpn just compulsory purchase it do the place up and give the bill to the developer...

     

    ...because if they bought it and did it up, they would own it and have to send themselves the bill?

     

    Why should rate payers money be spent purchasing land zoned for development in a prime location? If an area is an eyesore there should be the means in place to give a written warning to the owner 'to sort or have it sorted' with a bill following shortly thereafter.

     

    Maybe there already is, but it isn't enforced?

     

    Maybe the enforcers are scared of being accused of hipocracy?

     

    It's not an eyesore per se, it just needs a sweep and a lick of paint. I don't think the square is zoned for development either?

     

    The place has always mistified me, don't Axa or someone own it? Yet I know the Douglas Development Partnership were heavily involved in its creation?

  9. manxchatterbox I hope you don't mind but I have had a play around with your digital iamge of the Forresters in Photoshop :rolleyes:

     

    Another Douglas landmark gone to the developers :angry:

     

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    The place is (soon to be was) a state - I'd rather have a new build than watch it continue to decay. It had just better not become another car park as per the site opposite it.

  10. Finally a good use for the Villiers Square. Went past it today and it's an absolute state, weeds everywhere and just looks trashed. Shame really, hopefully things like this will make it more likely to be well kept in future.

     

    Couldn't agree more - the god-knows-how-much-it-cost water feature is turned off and dried up with a good selection of litter in it.

     

    Maybe it's time for a flash mob to tart the sad and sorry place up.

     

    Ice rink will be great, let's just hope it happens!

  11. There will always be a market for smaller, maybe more independant films that cost way less than $50m to finance. The IOM is well set up to supply the demand.

     

    MCB, B+!

     

    See I don't know anyone who watches these sorts of films, or buys them. Beats me how they make money.

  12. According to MR "A bid to persuade Manx Radio to re-introduce the weekday Mannin Line in the build-up to November’s general election has been defeated in Tynwald. Michael MHK David Cannan wanted the Court to request such a move to encourage added debate. However, the motion was defeated by 14 votes to six in the House of Keys and seven votes to one in the Legislative Council".

     

    Seems like a vote against free speech to me. Or were Tynwald frightended that somehow, somewhere, they could get sued if they appeared to back this, if someone slandered someone on this programme in the future?

     

    But surely it doesn;t mean MR could bring it back if they wanted to.

  13. What poor results previously? We've never done this before, it's not a Department of Tourism and Leisure campaign to get people over to play with buckets and spades. 'Freedom to flourish' isn't all we get for our money, it's a strategy, not a logo and tag-line.

    I am more aware of this than you could possibly imagine. However, to quote from the branding report...

     

    "In 2006/07, marketing activities are funded through existing budgets. While significant funding will be necessary to promote the IOM internationally, it is not our need or desire to be recognised by individuals all over the world. Instead, we need our specific target customer groups and their influencers, such as advisers and journalists, to be aware of our brand proposition. This requires precision targeting of marketing expenditure, rather than expensive mass advertising campaigns in the general international press.

     

    "The level of knowledge of the IOM among potential customers (outside Financial Services and one or two niches such as Shipping), is shockingly low."

     

    "Building customer awareness is the first step in branding. If potential customers know little or nothing about the IOM, how can we expect them to want to do business here?"

     

    "Most potential customers had a neutral view of the IOM, consistent with their low level of knowledge of the IOM outside Financial Services."

     

    This budget limitation means nothing major will happen for nearly two years and I think the money for this video could have been better spent. Telling the Manx people that the logo 'Freedom to Flourish' had already been used to e.g. pursuade one high tech employer to locate a company (with several jobs) would be a far better way of achieving 'buy-in' from the Manx public.

     

    ...and we have seen similar campaigns before, maybe not branding like this, but which contained the same subtext of the branding report (as do various existing IOM company marketing campaigns). So far at least £450K has been spent on this for basically documenting what we already know and adding a phrase that could have just as easily have been obtained via a competiton in the Courier. People want results not more waffle.

     

    So I'll also add 'waffling.im' and 'costly.im' for the branding project.

     

    I'm still unlcear of what 'similar campaigns' you're referring to. Perhaps it would be useful to elaborate on your past experience?

     

    Sure a lot of money was spent, but we have a brand whether we like it or not. If our Government is determined on shaping this, I'd rather they spend money and do it right as opposed to the botched manner in which they're notorious for of late.

     

    I wont defend the Government to the hilt, but it's still early days. If we can spend £1 million raising a sunken ship, I don't think £400k is too bad to start building our future and help futher diversify our economy.

  14. Saw someone wearing a funny T-Shirt on Tynwald Day. Superman blue, with the logo, but the 3 legs in it instead of the 'S'. :D

     

    sorry for the blatant advertising - the SuperManx T-shirts were designed in Port St Mary and are available at Seventh Wave sailing shop in Port Erin (next to the ice-cream shop near the quarter-deck http://www.7thwave-iom.com/)

     

    I wanna check out the 7th Wave for a sailing course, looks like an exciting start-up! :)

  15. I saw the 'freedom to flourish' advert on the boat recently. To me, overall, it seemed more of an attempt to get more people to live here than anything else. Surely this advertising should be targetting business people and entrepeneurs rather than the man in the street, perhaps with copies of one style of advert sent to the sort of businesses we are trying to encourage here and another advert on the boat/travel agents aimed at attracting visitors. Why spend a lot of money targetting people who have already visited - when surely it's the ones who are not here and should be here we need to find?

     

    So I'll go for 'Freedom to massively increase the population without adequate thought' - but as that won't fit on a T-Shirt then:

     

    'Idiot a .im' or 'Full.im'

     

    The 'advert' isn't targetted at anyone, it's just a support video for the brand launch. Not likes it's going to run on ITV1.

    Maybe not - but I can guarantee this video has already cost many thousands of pounds to put together and no doubt several thousand more to run it on the boats. IMHO, this is money that could have been targetted and better spent elsewhere. For a start off I would have sent a more informative video and an information pack to e.g. many high tech firms in the UK that represent target companies in the economic strategy.

     

    If they are trying to justify the costs of this programme via such a 'launch' video I am not convinced. It's what they now do with this new 'branding' that counts and this is down to the abilities of the govt to market the business advantages of the island. Other than the 'freedom to flourish' phrase there was nothing new in this video, and this gives me no confidence that the government's marketing ability has improved, and that we are likely to get the same poor results as we have previously.

     

    So I'll add 'just the same.im' and 'Worse Off.im'

     

    What poor results previously? We've never done this before, it's not a Department of Tourism and Leisure campaign to get people over to play with buckets and spades. 'Freedom to flourish' isn't all we get for our money, it's a strategy, not a logo and tag-line.

  16. I saw the 'freedom to flourish' advert on the boat recently. To me, overall, it seemed more of an attempt to get more people to live here than anything else. Surely this advertising should be targetting business people and entrepeneurs rather than the man in the street, perhaps with copies of one style of advert sent to the sort of businesses we are trying to encourage here and another advert on the boat/travel agents aimed at attracting visitors. Why spend a lot of money targetting people who have already visited - when surely it's the ones who are not here and should be here we need to find?

     

    So I'll go for 'Freedom to massively increase the population without adequate thought' - but as that won't fit on a T-Shirt then:

     

    'Idiot a .im' or 'Full.im'

     

    The 'advert' isn't targetted at anyone, it's just a support video for the brand launch. Not likes it's going to run on ITV1.

  17. Don't know if this subject has been brought up before but...

     

    I ws think about T-shirts, don't know why but I just was. Does anybody have any ideas about humorous Manx Logos for T-shirts, similiar to stuff like FCUK type thing, but with a Manx flavour.

     

    for example:

     

    if you don’t like it, there’s a boat in the morning

    Yessir!

     

    I know not very funny, but thats why I'm asking. See if we can get the best ones made up by Promenade T-shirts.

     

    Saw someone wearing a funny T-Shirt on Tynwald Day. Superman blue, with the logo, but the 3 legs in it instead of the 'S'. :D

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