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They used to have that Star Trek one in the snooker club on Ballaquayle Road.

 

It was great.

 

I rescued mine from the Victoria Snooker Club in Ramsey, it was in a pretty poor way so I bought it off the dude who ran the place for a few hundred quid (£450 IIRC) and restored it to its former glory, took a fair bit of cash and a huge amount of time and effort - but it really was a corker by the time I'd finished with it. (So much so I was almost reluctant to play it in case something broke on it, and quite upset when the time came to sell it.)

 

There was also the occasion that I snagged myself on a live 50V flipper coil and got myself stuck under the raised playfield with electricity coursing through me :lol: Note to self - don't get smart and attempt to fix stuff whilst it's turned on......

 

I recall the old Bushys had an Addams Family and a Twilight Zone at different times, back then pinballs were common on the IOM - Jak's had one, Casey's as it was then, The Central (before it became flats), Sam Webb's always had one in, and probably others as well. The Brit in Ramsey, as well as The Schooner used to have them as well. It's a shame they just seemed to stop making money, or Island Automatics just couldn't be arsed maintaining them any longer and figured fruit machines were an easier source of revenue.

 

Also, apologies for derailing this thread massively, maybe this pinball chat should be split out to Gaming?

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Maybe this should also be on the Gaming thread. But I recall coming to the Island and finding fruit machines weren't allowed in pubs by law.

 

But due to some technical loophole a (Barry Noble?) domino gaming machine was allowed. Quite good fun.

 

Anybody remember them?

 

Should get one of them in the new bar/restaurant place. They're pretty retro

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Maybe this should also be on the Gaming thread. But I recall coming to the Island and finding fruit machines weren't allowed in pubs by law.

 

But due to some technical loophole a (Barry Noble?) domino gaming machine was allowed. Quite good fun.

 

Anybody remember them?

 

Should get one of them in the new bar/restaurant place. They're pretty retro

 

The IOM has always been a bit out of step with the UK when it comes to fruit machines and their ilk.

 

Even once standard UK fruit machines were allowed over here, the (rip-off) UK system of token payouts for the higher wins was (quite properly) deemed illegal, so the manufacturers had to write custom IOM programs to convert them to all cash payouts (the UK ditched token payouts once the jackpot went to £10, which happened in the late 90s IIRC). Attached is a pic of an emulated IOM chipset fruit machine booting up.

 

Unfortunately the IOM currently allows the £500 cash jackpot 'Section-16' machines to be sited in pubs, which can be played at up to £2 per spin (!). These sneaked in under the radar in the UK, on the premise that they were still basically £25 jackpot machines. (£25 being the maximum permitted jackpot per play at the time.)

 

It's a bit of a con really, technically you are simultaneously playing 20 x 10p games, each with an individual jackpot of £25, so 20x10p = the £2 per spin and 20x£25 = the £500 jackpot if all twenty games land the jackpot on each of their winlines at the same time.

 

These were outlawed in the UK as being dangerously hardcore casino-style machines (which will cheerfully take a thousand quid off a single player in a session, and because they're random, they don't 'have to pay out' after a certain amount of time), but the same loophole appears to be exploited successfully on the IOM on an ongoing basis, hence £500 cash jackpot machines at £2 per spin being a regular feature in the pubs here.

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I assume the totally minimal double page ad placed in tonight's Courier ties in ?

 

If so, then this place is looking great for disappearing up it's own arse already.

 

I'll still give it a whirl, of course, as one should...

 

...GOMH*...

 

clicky here ...

 

 

Wouldn't fancy eating that food if its beeen sat on a plate for 71 days.

 

Will we see it slowly getting brown and decaying over the next couple of months?

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There is no way those two candles are going to last

 

Wine may also lose a bit of taste.

 

Also not to keen on the background music. Suspect it would become a bit tiresome five minutes into your meal

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Give it a chance. I agree the advertising does seem rather pretentious but I will judge on what the place is actually like rather than how it tries to market itseld

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I don't necessarily agree with all the marketing either, especially some of the wording (especially on the temporary build site!), but I have to defer to those that do this for a living - I don't have the time or nous to spend hours coming up with copy... wrt the pretentious / minimal double page spread, it was a very good deal due to a cock up the week before, we wanted to let people know the launch date, didn't want to launch the full site yet and didn't want to mess with the build site that's up now hence new domain. Compared to recruitment ads it was a steal.

 

Will we disappear up our own arses? Dunno as we are setting the bar high so it depends on the staff we get really, and it's a struggle in some areas, even more so regarding work permits now. The concept is sound, and we're in it for the long term so whatever happens I can assure you it will still be there in 6 months.

 

As for the 031009 site, it was rushed up (as can be seen not only by some parts of the site, but also the ALT text on the image), due to aforementioned cock up in previous week's paper. Will be changing bits of it shortly. Including the muzak.

 

Hopefully when we finally open it'll be worth it

 

Cheers

Adrian

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I don't necessarily agree with all the marketing either, especially some of the wording (especially on the temporary build site!), but I have to defer to those that do this for a living - I don't have the time or nous to spend hours coming up with copy... wrt the pretentious / minimal double page spread, it was a very good deal due to a cock up the week before, we wanted to let people know the launch date, didn't want to launch the full site yet and didn't want to mess with the build site that's up now hence new domain. Compared to recruitment ads it was a steal.

 

Will we disappear up our own arses? Dunno as we are setting the bar high so it depends on the staff we get really, and it's a struggle in some areas, even more so regarding work permits now. The concept is sound, and we're in it for the long term so whatever happens I can assure you it will still be there in 6 months.

 

As for the 031009 site, it was rushed up (as can be seen not only by some parts of the site, but also the ALT text on the image), due to aforementioned cock up in previous week's paper. Will be changing bits of it shortly. Including the muzak.

 

Hopefully when we finally open it'll be worth it

 

Cheers

Adrian

 

Take control of your marketing Adrian. It's your business not a copywriter's with a flair for bullshit. If it was my place I'd just open. Trust me, if it's any good you won't need to advertise much to pull in the punters but the pre-opening advertising has not really given me much confidence (you're not even open yet, don't big up the place too much.)However, wish you well in the new venture, it's a tough business.

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If you can do consistently good food, served in a reasonable timeframe, and get decent staff in, you'll be fine.

 

Me and a few mates go out for lunch at least once per week in Douglas, and our list of places that are dependably good runs to about three names.

 

(Oh yes, and get a pinball too :D)

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