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4 minutes ago, John Wright said:

The Independent didn’t exist then. 
 

Dor was hopeless at industrial relations, row with editorial staff, year long strike/lockout.

 

The Gazette was though. Dor was a twat and a tyrant

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6 minutes ago, gettafa said:

Then it was The Courier that was knocking about?

Ramsey Courier and Mona’s Herald were about in 1978

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3 hours ago, John Wright said:

Was it Roger? Or was it the guy who ran the country farm and animal park down  at Port Soderick, Oakhill, Lough Ned(?).

I first got to know Roger in a dark place in his life. He’d had a fall out with Maltese IoM Newspaper proprietor HL Dor who had managed to hoodwink the authorities that there was something untoward. Roger stood trial. It was trumped up. Unfortunately he was convicted. Fortunately the Appeal Court overturned his conviction.

Roger dealt with it all with good grace. I never heard him utter a bad word against Dor.

As a guest on his programmes from time to time I can attest to his meticulous preparation and how hard he worked to make it all seem effortless.

If my memory is faulty and it wasn’t RW I retract the comment. I can’t recall the name of the Lough Ned guy. H L Dor was known to many. Enough said.

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1 hour ago, John Wright said:

Ramsey Courier and Mona’s Herald were about in 1978

The Courier was too and had been going a while at this time.

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6 hours ago, gettafa said:

The Courier was too and had been going a while at this time.

Ramsey Courier and Courier are the same paper.

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Ah thanks,

I only knew it as 'Isle of Man Courier' from early 70s.

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The Ramsey Spar/Post Office used to be the old "Courier Office".

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4 hours ago, gettafa said:

Ah thanks,

I only knew it as 'Isle of Man Courier' from early 70s.

Think it changed name in 1976 when, having merged with the Mona’s Herald, it moved to Douglas. Ridgeway Street. Mona’s Herald ceased 1978 and the Courier became a free paper in 1981.

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16 hours ago, Barrie Stevens said:

I was not going to mention the trial. Or a trial. The one I read about was when he was an MHK. I read it also in the archives of the local paper in the Manx museum. Deemster Eason heard the case. There was a lot about an invoice and a motorbike. Michael Moyle prosecuted. I do not recall the Maltese man. The appeal is in the Manx Law Reports Watterson v R. If I recall aright there was some fault with the Deemster's handling the case and what he may or not have said to the jury. The papers reported the trial in great detail. You can see it on microfilm in the museum.

The low flying deemster!

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14 minutes ago, Donald Trumps said:

The low flying deemster!

Another one who remembers the graffiti in the Athol Street Grosvenor pub gents loo 

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The "suck don't blow!" cartoon had genuine artistic merit. 

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On 11/8/2019 at 11:09 PM, Uhtred said:

If my memory is faulty and it wasn’t RW I retract the comment. I can’t recall the name of the Lough Ned guy. H L Dor was known to many. Enough said.

I’ve had one of those eureka moments whilst thinking about something else entirely. Was the Lough Ned guy with the magister’s fasces CB Hampton?

Probably not. But it just sprang out of nowhere, and I thought I’d better write it down before it returned whence it came.

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13 minutes ago, John Wright said:

I’ve had one of those eureka moments whilst thinking about something else entirely. Was the Lough Ned guy with the magister’s fasces CB Hampton?

Probably not. But it just sprang out of nowhere, and I thought I’d better write it down before it returned whence it came.

You’re dead right that the Lough Ned Guy was C B (Brian) Hampton, and yes he certainly was a Keys candidate. I simply can’t recall if it was Roger W or Hampton who went all fasces, but through the murk of memory I recall that the background colour of the manifesto in question was (I think!) a mauve/purple shade.

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3 minutes ago, Uhtred said:

You’re dead right that the Lough Ned Guy was C B (Brian) Hampton, and yes he certainly was a Keys candidate. I simply can’t recall if it was Roger W or Hampton who went all fasces, but through the murk of memory I recall that the background colour of the manifesto in question was (I think!) a mauve/purple shade.

The fasces is widely used in heraldry as a symbol of good government, law enforcement and justice.  See the seal of the US senate.

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Thanks for that - I wasn’t aware. Another misappropriation by the bad guys.

i was equally ignorant of the festive elf’s cap of Liberty!

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