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This is what The Guardian had to say about Douglas:

  • Douglas (pop 27,000) has links to the royal family through the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which originated there, with George IV as first patron, and the Queen patron today. Its cultural highlights include the annual Manx Music Festival, dating from 1892, and the Isle of Man Film Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

 

Those accolades are somewhat tentative. When was the last time Douglas, or rather, the Isle of Man, made a decent film?

 

 

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28 minutes ago, Amadeus said:

The wild flowers take a while to blossom, hence we weedy look. 

The whole point about wild flowers is that that they are annuals, so they should flower quickly.  I suspect the problem is that you've used a commercial wildflower mix which look nice for two weeks a year and badly maintained grass for the other fifty.  Rather than different species flowering continuously through the summer as you would actually get in the wild.  And of course you should be using a mix suitable for sowing a few metres from the sea, not for an inland meadow.

But all the money has probably been spent on Wildflower Strategists on £50K a year rather than gardeners.

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32 minutes ago, Amadeus said:

City Hall. Sounds nice. 

 

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Yes, no doubt the running budget can be raised accordingly...?

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2 hours ago, Amadeus said:

There is change within the chamber for sure. Just look who we elected chair of the housing committee recently. Dynamics in council are changing. Old vs New Guard and the new kids are starting to win. 

Can some of those "new kids" get to work with a paintbrush and start tidying up Douglas?

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2 hours ago, Amadeus said:

The wild flowers take a while to blossom, hence we weedy look. 

Did I see some rapeseed bloom in there a couple of days back?? Is the City going into rapeseed oil production now?

Seriously though, if the City gardeners know anything about wild flower seeding (which I'm sure they do) then you could be waiting a couple of years at least before they take hold and that's providing the soil isn't too acidic and too rich. otherwise they won't take. 

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-61505857

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The above quote from the BBC article refers to the UK's Cabinet Office, but what boosts (besides the almost inevitable 'boost' in Douglas rates) can Douglas ratepayers now expect?  

The Isle of Man already touts itself as an international place to do business, so it's unlikely our new city status will improve or enhance things on that front.

Perhaps Amadeus or other Douglas councillors will be good enough to provide us with an idea of what boosts long suffering Douglas ratepayers can now look forward to?

 

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Councillor Devon Watson's contribution to the news has appeared on Twitter.

Apparently "Peel's Cathedral is now officially the property of Douglas City Council."

Is there bad blood between Douglas Council and Peel? Not sure why elected councillors are being so high and mighty about it.

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34 minutes ago, Twitch said:

Councillor Devon Watson's contribution to the news has appeared on Twitter.

Apparently "Peel's Cathedral is now officially the property of Douglas City Council."

Is there bad blood between Douglas Council and Peel? Not sure why elected councillors are being so high and mighty about it.

Perhaps we should have applied for the title 'Soviet Socialist Republic of Douglas'?

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3 hours ago, Amadeus said:

City Hall. Sounds nice. 

 

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Didn’t want to put a picture up of the sunken gardens then? People get evicted for less of a mess. I’ve a fantastic photo of how Douglas town hall threw someone’s personal belongings onto the street. Why are you giving a false front of who the Douglas corporation really are ?

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