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20 minutes ago, Cambon said:

As said above, but also lack of maintenance. A couple of blokes in a couple of JCBs could have the sand moved away from the sea wall in a couple of weeks, allowing the wall to do its job. A bit of maintenance twice a year will keep it at bay until the chines / groynes are replaced. 

However, the powers that be, in their wisdom have decided a multi million pound project to build the wall up by a metre (which the sand will soon meet) is a better idea. 

As Peter Karran once suggested, just lower the seafloor by 2 metres in the bay. 

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On 9/20/2022 at 8:53 PM, Lilly said:

Douglas, the ... Naples of the North



"Founded by Greeks in the first millennium BC, Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited urban areas in the world. In the eighth century BC, a colony known as Parthenope (Ancient Greek: Παρθενόπη) was established on the Pizzofalcone hill. In the sixth century BC, it was refounded as Neápolis. The city was an important part of Magna Graecia, played a major role in the merging of Greek and Roman society, and was a significant cultural centre under the Romans.

 Naples is also considered a capital of the Baroque, beginning with the artist Caravaggio's career in the 17th century and the artistic revolution he inspired.[7] It was also an important centre of humanism and Enlightenment.

Naples' historic city centre is the largest in Europe and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A wide range of culturally and historically significant sites are nearby, including the Palace of Caserta and the Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Naples is also known for its natural beauties, such as Posillipo, Phlegraean Fields, Nisida and Vesuvius.  Neapolitan cuisine is noted for its association with pizza, which originated in the city, as well as numerous other local dishes. Restaurants in the Naples' area have earned the most stars from the Michelin Guide of any Italian province" 


Obviously there was no Advertising Standards Authority in 1970.

Anyway Morecombe and Llandudno also claim to be the Naples of the North! And Weymouth the Naples of England.

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20 hours ago, Wavey Davey said:

I was reading an article the other day that said the IOM had 500,000 visitors in 1903. So according to the DfE if we’re lucky we’ll apparently be back up there by 2032. 

In those days people were content to sit on Douglas shore in a deck chair for hours on end.

Things have moved on since then.

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Wow. Thanks for that link. That is a powerful piece of writing.

I remember architects firm Gelling, Ellis, Lomas in the late 1970s, that eventually became Ellis Brown. It took a while to drop the 'Lomas' but if he was on a yacht in the Med all those years it would be difficult to do. 

And that's a nice link (from Guardian to the Daily Mail) to Justice Joseph Cantley who presided over the Inquiry. The Secret Policeman's Ball 'judge sketch' sums him up very well too. A poignant indication of how no one was found to have been blamed - the "old boys network" was referred to at the Inquiry.

Summerland was a fantastic place for locals and visitors all year round. Could something similar be built now, nearly half a century later?

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