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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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Sign No. 274.
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I have been running too and from work lately, partly to keep fit, lose weight and save a bit of cash. Yes that’s me!.
I have been really enjoying it, but something really gets to me.

My route takes me up and down Richmond Hill and I am sure every local would agree that the road is not ideal. What really gets me is on the way home about 5.20pm – 5.30pm the amount of drivers that are absolutely flooring it up there on the “dual carriageway” / overtaking lane like complete arseholes to only get one or two cars ahead of the queue. Bearing in mind that it is probably the only place you can overtake on your route south (well at that time of day anyway) I reckon that would lesson your journey time by about 15 seconds! Wow that was really worth it wasn’t it!

The thing is the number of people who do this is pretty staggering, well I think so anyway. I have been doing a rough count to distract me from the fatigue and I reckon it is roughly three cars for every ten. And just to please all you motorbike riders, you are pure angels, believe me!

Sort it out people. I am quite happy for you idiots to kill yourselves, just don’t get me or any other driver at the same time!

And I think I have been quite restrained writing this so consider yourselves lucky. You know who you are!

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Money at hand

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There is a new look Money media in circulation and I have to say I am quite impressed with the new look. Its a more modern layout using softer fonts with much clearer and well defined articles that are much more pleasing on the eye to read.

 

I also noticed an advert for the new online money media ‘the islands first dedicated business website’ so I checked it out only to find that the site wasn’t live yet and was under construction. I have since noticed that more recent adverts indicate that the site is not launching until early March.

There are also quite a few online news suppliers in the Isle of Man media arena already, maybe not specialising just on business, but certainly covering Isle of Man business news in a fairly substantial way!

The main news providers on the island are:

isleofman.com

iomtoday

Manx radio

BBC news – Isle of Man

3FM

Isle news

Energy fm

The Manx Herald

It will be interesting to see how the new site turns out and also to see if there is any legs still left in the printed version?

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Why you smiling Tony Brown?

Why you smiling Tony Brown?

I was driving back from a meeting this morning and was stopped at the traffic lights. I noticed  by the side of the road a poster campaign that has sprouted up around the Isle of Man.

You see Tony,  I would guess that in the current economic climate you have to be 100% transparent and it won’t do your popularity on the Isle of Man any good if your not seen to be practicing what you preach in terms of government spending!

Maybe you don’t care, after all when your term is up you can sit back with a nice little pension and enjoy the finer things the Isle of Man.

You have to laugh!

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There is a new online news service just gone live distributing news across the web available to Isle of Man and Channel Island business‘s and organisations. Isle News looks like its just started up, but it looks like a great service and all for free.

If you not up to to speed on the benefits of online PR yet, its all very simple to understand and undertake.

You simply email your news release to the site, if you want you can optimise your news release with some key words or the site can do this for a small charge. The you leave the rest to the site.

The benefits include reaching a new audience and driving traffic to your site, as well as getting listed in key news sites such as Google News and Yahoo News, they help to increase your organic search ranking by building new links to your site!

How good is that!

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How much has the Isle of Man Government spent on the Freedom to Flourish campaign or whatever they call it?

I think they should invest more time in a robust email policy!

Need I say more…….?

Actual screen shot from an email I received today! Believe me, I have seen far worse, but is this the freedom flourish?

Freedom to Flourish email

Freedom to Flourish

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