Archive for February, 2008

I am off to the match today, flying over to Liverpool with Euromanx and heading up to Anfield to watch the Liverpool v Middlesborough game.

I havent been to Anfield for to watch a game for almost three years now so I am really looking forward to it depsite Liverpools form in the Premiership this season. My mate who I am going with has a friend who runs a pub not far from the ground so I reckon a few beers will had!

Come on the reds!

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As I mentioned in my previous post yesterday, I headed off to the ifs School of Finance Isle of Man lecture at the Manx Museum. I didnt’t know what to expect really and I was very pleasantly surprised. (more…)

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I am attending the second prestige lecture of the ifs School of Finance Isle of Man tomorrow night at the Manx Museum. The speakers are two former air force flight instructors from the US Air Force ‘Top Gun flight school and they will be presenting their Flawless Execution approach to decision making.Sounds good. Or does it? I’m not sure? What do you think?Anyway I will keep you posted tomorrow on how well it went.

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Golf in need of some help!

I played golf three times this week at Mount Murray. Firstly on Saturday morning, later in the afternoon and a few holes on Sunday. Saturday morning was terrible  –  I do have a witness!The other times there was a marked improvement but nowhere near my best. Need some lessons and plenty of practice!

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Sunset Santon (c), originally uploaded by nickopmillion.

Another cracking sun set in sunny Santon Isle of Man!

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The word on the manx grape vine is an apparant a fall out between the Isle of Woman committee and the Department of Tourism and Leisure. As I understand it Isle of Woman wanted to register as a Manx Charity after they found Breakthrough Breast Cancer very difficult to work with and Isle of Woman wanted the money raised on the Isle of Man to stay on the Isle of Man to help the people who raised it.

After three months being directed round in circles Isle of Woman finally heard from the charities commission last week and were told that they were not willing to register the charity without a company number, the companies registration would not give Isle of Woman a company number without a letter from the Department of Tourism and Leisure (DTL) and so it went on and on!

The charities commission would not allow the use use the Isle of Woman or Think Pink because of an objection from Breakthrough for Breast Cancer.

In addition the DTL requested a meeting later last week and insisted that the charity launch be cancelled, apparently it is an imprisonable offence if they are not completely registered. Breakthrough were also present at the meeting.

Heres the really juicy bit!

The DTL then laid out their terms for letting Isle of Woman register as a Manx Charity – under agreement with Breakthrough to let them have the money raised or a substantial sum of it!

The whole point of the charity being registered as a Manx Charity is to have the freedom to help cancer cases on the Island, buy some neccessary equipment for the hospital or pay a nurses salary, or whatever is needed on the Isle of Man at that time and not send the money off the island to a UK National Charity in London!

The outcome being that until a satisfactory resolution is found then the current Isle of Woman committee will cease to operate.

Honestly, the politics of trying to raise a bit of money for charity and keep the monies on island!

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Last Friday the new plans to redevelop Douglas promenade were unveiled to a select few (well the manx media), the proposed cost being estimated at more than £10 million pounds!

Apparently what I can gather so far is that this will basically entail resurfacing of the roadway from the Sea Terminal to the old Summerland site as well as the creation of a reservation with palm trees from the Villa Marina to the sunken gardens alongside the pavement. And wow heres the really clever big idea, one of the sunken gardens could be fitted with a roof to create a winter garden. Oh my god thats so groundbreaking and money well spent in my book!

Er hello………

Any one out there…?
I know we live on the Isle of Man, a small island with such a great heritage, but we do also have a great history of wasting a hell of a lot of tax payers money!

We have some great people on the island, how about talking to them, getting them involved?

Its the 21st century, lets be creative, ground breaking, bold even. Lets do something for the people of Douglas, the Isle of Man, lets bring life back to the promenade, make it somewhere for all ages, all backgrounds to mix and mingle.

It could be skateboarding or drawing, rock bands to brass bands, five aside to bowling, curries or queenies? Who cares!

I do. Thats the problem!

But not palm trees and winter gardens (well this could be incorporated if the people wanted it! )

Do you think people would care about the road surface if all this was going on down on the prom? Would they care about the disruption for a few years if the end product was worth it? I guess not. So come on locals, lets not settle for boring and wasted money lets strive for better, we deserve it!

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