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Morris Mini-Minor 1959. "621 AOK" is...
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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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337/365: The Big Money
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It was reported today on www.iomonline.co.im that the boss of the Venda claimed that the Manx online shopping portal www.shopiom.com is ‘visionary’.

As I don’t really agree with what Dan Wagner (The Venda Boss) has said or the decision taken by the DTI to use a UK based company and pay such considerable fees using the Manx tax payers cash (Freedom to Flourish in action), I thought I would share with you a some song lyrics of that 1998 classic by the Vengaboys – The Venga Bus, that I have adapted only slightly to indicate my true feelings on the matter, so here goes.

If you cant remember the tune and how it goes, check out this link on youtube so you can get the jist of the tune!

Vendaboys – Venda Boss Lyrics

I like to party (Dan Wagner)

I like, I like to party

I like to party

I like, I like to party

I like to party

I like, I like to party

I like to party (I’m not flippin surprised!)

I’ve got something to tell ya

I’ve got news for you

Gonna put some online retail wheels in motion

Get ready ’cause we’re coming through

Hey now, hey now, here’s what I say now

Online retail happiness is just around the corner

Hey now, hey now, here’s what I say now

I’ll be there for you (for only £265,000)

The VendaBoss is coming

And everybody’s jumping

From Ramsey to Santon

A manx government fiasco

The wheel of fortunes turning

And the taxpayers pounds are burning

So if you like to part with your money

Get on and shopiom

I like to party

I like, I like to party

I like to party

I like, I like to party

Gonna put some online retail wheels in motion

Get ready ’cause we’re coming through

Hey now, hey now, here’s what I say now

Online retail happiness is just around the corner

Hey now, hey now, here’s what I say now

I’ll be there for you (for only £265,000)

The VendaBoss is coming

And everybody’s jumping

Ramsey to Santon

A manx government fiasco

The wheel of fortunes turning

And the taxpayers pounds are burning

So if you like to party

Get on and move your body

The VendaBoss is coming, the VendaBoss is coming

The VendaBoss is coming, the VendaBoss is..

I must admit I really hated that song when it came out, but I am quite liking the new version!

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Coffin Nails
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Well if it already isn’t then it sure wont be long! And it won’t just be the Manx High street.

In one sense I find it really sad to see empty shops along the islands Strand Street, but in another I kind of of think they deserve it and many more shops deserve it too. The thing is most of the time that I physically go into a shop to buy something I am left feeling disappointed with the experience and the service. I often wish you could score the shop on the way out instead of whinging under my breath as I leave through the door.  I really do believe that the general service in shops is dropping whilst my own and that of the consumers in general, expectations are getting higher?

Surely in the current climate business should be bending over backwards to delight customers with high levels of customer service, but sadly this isn’t the case.

May be it’s because on the Isle of Man they have a captive audience so we just accept mediocre service as the norm, but I also think shopkeepers and retailers have just gotten lazy.

I don’t think it is acceptable anymore to simply hang stuff on a rail and expect us to buy it.

I think retailers need to be more creative, with more interaction and engagement with the public or potential buyers, so why not try something different today, instead of blaming the internet for your lack of business!

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