Peel Castle, Isle of Man

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I haven’t posted for absolutely ages. I am can’t put it down to one thing but think it’s more a combination of the following:

1. Living on the Isle of Man is brilliant in the summer, the last think I want to do is sit inside in front of my mac writing blog posts
2. I sit in front of a screen for 7 hours a day, 5 days a week. Our IT policy is really bad and I can’t access any social media/ blogging sites, so the odd post at work is out of the question
3. I have become a little bit bored of what’s going on the web, is it me or are  no really exciting things going on? I don’t so Foursquare or all this location bollocks so I guess I’m looking for the next big thing! That reminds me, I must check our TED
4. My two kids keep me busy!
5. I have had quite a lot of other work on outside of my day job, its slowed down just for the moment!

Any way I hope to be back on a bit more soon so I will keep my ear to Manx grapevine!

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Trafigura Scandal

As they say, in for a penny in for a pound! I’m in. This is lifted from the below site and is my way of showing support to highlight the Trafigura scandal.

A book blog by Richard Wilson

Late last week the BBC chose to delete from its website a damning Newsnight investigation into the Trafigura scandal, following legal threats from the company and its controversial lawyers, Carter-Ruck.
Previously, other media outlets including the Times and the Independent, had withdrawn stories about the case, amid concerns that the UK press is choosing to engage in self-censorship, rather than risk a confrontation with such a powerful company in the UK’s archaic and one-sided libel courts.
The BBC is a dominant player within the UK media, and its independence – supposedly guaranteed by the millions it receives from licence-payers each year – is vital both to its public service function and its global reputation.
Freedom of speech means very little without an effective and independent media – if it’s true that the BBC’s independence can so easily be compromised by legal threats, then this sets a very dangerous precedent for the future.
The mainstream UK media has so far assiduously avoided reporting on the BBC’s climbdown. Yet it’s an issue that raises serious questions about the state of press freedom in Britain, at a time of unprecedented attacks on the media.
To help subvert this latest attempt to muzzle the press, please embed this video on your blog, and link to this PDF of the original story.

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Recent Manx Radio Interview of Tony Brown Chief Minister of the Isle of Man.

This is the taken from the Opinion Programme 25th October 2009.

A politician who doesn’t have an answer!

Cheers to dtiom.

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The Red Phone
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For those of you that might have seen the teaser adverts in newspaper or on the isle of man today website, the cat is now out of the bag on what and who ed is?

Ed or www.edonline is the new name for Wimanx broadband. I wasn’t sure who or what ed was, but I had a feeling that the campaign had been created by the team at Home Strategic – they like there big chunky graphics and words down there!

I am not sure what I think about the name ‘ed’ for a broadband package but as a current customer of Wimanx I am very impressed with the level of service I receive so good look to them and ed is what I say!

They are giving away loads of ed goodies as part of the launch, so be sure to log on to http://www.edonline.im and you could be a winner!

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On Friday I noticed a new CCTV camera by Marks and Spencer facing over to Wilkins and KFC. Walking back to work today I spotted another one by the New/Old, Refurbished Courthouse (or what ever it’s called). They look like they are very much temporary structures on poles with a power box at the bottom. I reckon a few drunks or someone fairly nimble could easily move one or even climb up one – if they felt the need.

It got me thinking, who it is or what is they want to monitor? the customers/patrons of KFC v The customers and clientele of Wilkins and the New/Old, Refurbished Courthouse? The Isle of Man is awash with criminals and antisocial behaviour…..?

Who put them there? Douglas Corporation or the police? Or is this the work of Banksy as part of one of his latest stunts?

One thing is for sure. Big Brother is watching. On your way to work, nipping out for morning coffee, visiting the colonel and evening drinks with the boss. They even know what jewelery your buying!

Who is watching you and where?

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Only on the Isle of Man

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On the www.iomonline website today the Treasury Minister Allan Bell say that the ‘Isle of Man faces fresh challenges from a new world order created by the credit crunch.’

Yep fair enough I thought and then my eye catches a glimpse of another story that has had equal or more prominence on the Isle of Man news site for the past few days ‘Hospital cafe customers quick to criticise new operators.’

Oh my god, you want to see the right little hornets nest this one has stirred up! I didn’t know the people of the Isle of Man could be so passionate about two slices of bread and a filling and the price of a coffee! Check out the comments!

Me thinks there will be far more comments on this story than poor old Mr Bells new world order one! Oh well best not cry over spilt beans!

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There is a Mini gathering up at the TT Grandstand on Sunday so if you have any Manx registered Minis in your garage, shed or on the drive (the pre-BMW sort) why not head up there?

Its been orgainsed as part of the marque’s 50th birthday and it all gets going at about 10.30 in the morning.

For more information email John at jonetee@manx.net

Sounds like a bit of a do!

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