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The Voice of Reason

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  1. Maybe not just un PC but insulting to those who had to deal with the consequences of the raid on the “Fairy Cottage “ (ha ha v funny). You are indeed what you are.
  2. And all these mountain climbers etc who go into schools and give motivational talks knowing that their pursuit is a dangerous one. Not forgetting those T V ads encouraging young people to join the army showing how they will become much better people if they do without mentioning the risks.
  3. Thanks Roger for clearing that up. I will be using my GOv card at least once a year so it should not expire 15 months after purchase. That will teach me not to take everything posted on MF as gospel. Still I should have known that already!
  4. I’m not sure about all the above but to answer the OP yes I think such devices should be banned. If you can’t control or train your dog without inflicting physical pain on them you are not really a fit person to own a dog.
  5. On line. Just Google them. They come across a bit chummy but the wines are good
  6. I understand that B & O on the island have had rather a lot of problems delivering their acclaimed service levels over the last couple of years (maybe longer). And no this is not from the man in the pub.
  7. Maybe but that doesn’t make it acceptable though. My journeys that I have yet to make for which I have paid may be stolen from me. For what? An accounting convenience for Isle of Man Transport? Just because other organizations indulge in dubious business practices (eg MT not reducing your monthly payment once your phone has been paid off) should not be a license for all to do. Two wrongs don’t make a right.
  8. I didn’t know about the 15 month expiration date on the Go card Although an infrequent bus user I find it useful to have one in my wallet for the odd time I use the bus. Im sure this was not brought to my attention when I purchased my card and I have a number of journeys left which I imagine will be lost upon expiration which I think must be approaching. Is there a facility to “cash in” my card? . I could then rebuy my journeys with a new starting date. It doesn’t seem right, albeit that it may be in the T & C’s, that they can just take away something you have paid for. It is stealing.
  9. How can it be other than a vindictive motive proven by the speed at which the jury. came to their decision? What is sad about all this is that people (myself included) would hesitate before coming to the aid of a distressed child in case their motives were misinterpreted. What sort of a society have we become?
  10. Can I recommend Naked Wines. You see their little slips advertising Sixty quid off a case falling out of Sunday magazine supplements etc. I was initially sceptical as you are but you are invited to become an “angel “ and invest twenty pounds a month (which you can increase) which entitles you to buy. Wines at a discount (eg ten pounds not fourteen a bottle) . Whether this is a genuine discount I don,t know but the wine is very good. Shipping over 100 quid worth is free including the Island and the service is great. I wasn’t in when one case was due for delivery .so had to collect it from the post office for which NW credited my account with a tender . So there you go
  11. He doesn’t have to. At school I learnt about the human reproductive system without having to take my clothes off.
  12. Okey dokey. I’m having a bit of a hard time in getting my head round the idea that the scenario on the right is a courtesy to motorists. In the middle and right scenarios why are the cyclists, whether in a row of 1 or 3 all bunched together? Why don’t they leave a sufficient gap between each row that a motorist , or even a fellow cyclist (in the case of the right hand scenario) can overtake one or two rows safely when it would be unsafe to overtake the whole lot at one go? As a motorist if I am following a car that I don’t wish to overtake I leave sufficient room so that if someone behind wishes to pass me they can do so safely and if safe they can overtake the car in front of me as well, or if not safe, wait for the next safe opportunity to do so. That is courtesy, a concept which appears alien to most, but I stress not all, pedal cyclists.
  13. Thanks I get it. One lone cyclist is as much responsible as a group of three or four cyclists riding abreast for holding up a string of traffic and the extra emissions that that creates.
  14. Perhaps because it is a legitimate argument? Anyway on another matter cyclists may and do suggest that they should be exempt as they do not create any emissions. To which I would say what about the extra emissions unavoidably created by a queue of traffic stuck behind a pack of selfish cyclists, riding three or four abreast, which cannot be safely overtaken. Surely it is only equitable that cyclists should make some contribution towards the environmental costs that they create?
  15. Is this the same old spurious argument that cyclists use in respect of Road Tax (or whatever you want to call it) that because they pay tax for a car it somehow covers their cycle as well? Its complete nonsense. If I have two cars I can’t just pay the tax on one and say I don’t need to pay tax on the other because I have already paid one lot.
  16. Is this really worth creating a new topic for? People park on double yellow lines -shock horror
  17. What is even weirder is that show on Saturday morning where the presenter pretends he is broadcasting from a train and thinks he works for Radio Caroline. Whats that all about?
  18. Why do you have to be so rude? Your assumption is incorrect however. I do have children who are now past the school leaving age. My use of the word “would” in this context means “to refer back to a time in the past” (Cambridge English Dictionary) . Suggest you re-read my post in the light of this information Whether people are bothered what I think is up to them. I thought this was a forum for discussion not naked aggression.
  19. Insurance? Accidents happen - that’s what it’s for
  20. But not impossible. Yes it may be cumbersome but it’s for the greater good. OK let the children keep their mobile phones in their possession but make it clear that if they are caught using them in school hours they (the phones, not the children) will be taken to the nearest disposal point. Once it’s happened a couple of times it should encourage adherence to the policy. Bit draconian I admit and a probably not legal but something must be done to stop this scourge. As a parent I would tell my children to leave their phone untouched from the beginning of the school day until the end. Unfortunately there are many parents who are not quite so responsible including those who unbelievably will text their children during the school day. Yes I have seen it happen
  21. Of course mobile phones should be banned from schools during the course of the school day. If necessary hand them in at 9 and retrieve them at 3:30 (or whenever schools finish these days). Then they can ring if they have missed the bus home or whatever . In the event of an emergency any parent can ring the school and vice versa. It would show children that there is life without a mobile phone. Maybe they could relearn hopscotch, games etc in the playground at lunchtime which would be a damn sight more useful than spending the time spreading gossip via Facebook etc. As an adult I can live my working life 9 to 5 without touching my mobile phone. It really is not difficult.
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