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The Voice of Reason

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  1. Well I, and most political commentators ( who know a lot more than me), seem to think it is most likely. However time will tell
  2. “London is almost certain to have a Labour Party government” . Do you mean the UK? There have been Labour governments throughout the decades. Through the UK the insidious EU has impacted the Isle of Man to the extent it has, in shaping its laws,poking its nose into financial regulation here etc So I would be surprised if the constitutional ( and practical) relationship between the UK and the IOM were to significantly change were Labour to win a UK general election
  3. Thanks I’ll give it a try
  4. I find the Hawthorn fine and the staff are certainly not miserable. Going back to Coast it’s certainly not cheap. I had fish chips and peas for lunch, whilst OK was pretty expensive and would probably have got the same quality in say the British for 20% less and the ambience and service would not be any less. I don’t know what you think is “proper wine” but again that was OK but expensive. You can get a “ proper” wine in Brewery pubs,or indeed any independent restaurant at a dining out market price. I don’t think any brewery pubs or Coast employ a dedicated sommelier so you have to know a little bit about wine and what you like. I would say we recently went to L’experience for lunch , having avoided it for many years due to the what I found claustrophobic atmosphere in the old premises ( my problem not theirs) Similar price but the food and overall dining experience knocked Coast into a cocked hat. Anyway each to their own. One man’s floor is another man’s ceiling ( as Paul Simon once said)
  5. Yes but unfortunately that’s just the way politics works. Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas etc
  6. “Keats and Yeats are on your side while Wilde is on mine”
  7. As much as the Tory party is rubbish they were voted in for up to five years whoever their leader and direction. Thats democracy.
  8. Just watched an interview with Morrisey from October I think, put onto you tube about 3 days ago. The interviewer was just absolutely gushing about his new album coming out and his stance on the music industry and why he was no longer popular. Actually was quite sickening. He wasn’t questioned about his support for the England First campaign or his particular political views. I used to be quite an admirer of the Smiths and his solo works until he allied himself with the right wing. Can you separate the man from his music? Anyway as someone said everybody grows out of their Morrisey phase except for Morrisey himself
  9. I’m afraid that’s not been my experience. We went there after some friends had bigged it up but found it average at best. But each to their own. Wouldn’t do if we all liked the same things etc etc
  10. Thanks for your research. I wasn’t imagining it then.
  11. On the plus side the South African lady’s accent is becoming more understandable/ listenable as time goes on. (I did go on the Manx Radio website and looked at the list and photos of presenters so I didn’t have to call her the South African lady, that seems a bit rude. Anyway she didn’t appear on that. Maybe she doesn’t qualify as a presenter, she seems to be more a news person)
  12. Well it’s more than just a case of sounding like. To my ears they are nearly identical. But I like them both.
  13. I would say it’s merely being pragmatic. Yes it was incredibly rude and unacceptable to have asked that question but a resignation allows the situation to defuse without the Royal Family being dragged into God knows what sort of situation going on for however long. And all the attendant media circus. It’s not an excuse just the realpolitik of the situation.
  14. Well yes I think so. Obviously there has been the widening of scope that you refer to ( and associated costs) but the principle that everyone should have the right to basic healthcare, regardless of the size of your wallet is one that should be protected. If that means extra taxes or shifting budgets within different government departments so be it
  15. I remember many years ago the chap with the Peter Wyngarde type profile picture on here ( Bananaman?) posted a picture of a self made meal to try and demonstrate how good it was. He was met with ridicule and derision for posting a picture of his creation. Seems he was some sort of trailblazer. Since then it seems to have become de rigeur to take a picture of your food ( your own or restaurant fodder) and post it on social media. I’m not a fan.
  16. Possibly Gladys but if so it has stumbled further since.
  17. Has anyone else noticed the remarkable similarity between the Australian band The Church “Under a Milky Way” and Johnny Marr’s “ New Town Velocity “? I have.
  18. The merest suggestion that a comment may be racist is fraught with all sort of difficulties. Which Is why I’m hesitating to even make the following observation. But here goes. Re the furore about the skin colour of horrible Harry and Meghan’s offspring before he was born. If the family of a white man married to a woman of colour, neither having any Royal connections, engaged in idle speculation about how black or white the impending offspring of the union would be upon birth, nobody would be bothered. It would be like saying will it have his fathers ears, his mothers nose?etc Obviously if anyone were to say, for example “I hope it doesn’t come out too black” that would obviously be a different matter and racist beyond any doubt.
  19. Is it racism or just pure ignorance? I don’t know
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