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1. The weather – whilst it’s been raining elsewhere Brighton always seems to come up trumps with the sunshine!

2. Public transport is a reasonable cost and is regular, reliable and better thant the car around the town.

3. People – it’s really friendly, people chat to you on the buses in cafes, it’s how it should be.

4. Its by the sea – living on the Isle of Man means its never to far away and the same can be said in Brighton.

5. The vibe, people are friendly, there is much so variety and diversity, the place has a buzz.

6. The shops – the lanes are great and have so much character.

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Getting his knee down at the Creg

Getting his knee down at the Creg

Just got back after watching the Senior TT race from Cronk y Voddy. Such a close race until the last lap when Cameron Donald on the Relentless Suzuki had a problem and it opened the race up for John McGuinness to equal Mike Hailwoods 14 TT wins. Well done John.

Such a fantastic week of high speed racing on the Isle of Man, loved every minute of it and the weather and atmosphere has been fantastic.

Oh well back to work and the quiet life now, bring on May/June 2009! Sad its over for another year!

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I have been watching the TT for over 25 years now and I have covered a good many vantage points around the course. I always had a few favourite spots like bottom of Bray Hill, Sulby Straight and Gorse Lea. This year I have been watching at the jump out of Crosby before the Wagon & Horses and the Highlander which is awesome and also just further down the road pas the Wagon & Horses on the inside left hand sweeping corner down the hill.

Its full on high speed, hairs stand up on the back of your neck stuff and its just what I love about the TT. You can’t beat the crushed grass effect on the hedges and the high speed action and danger that makes the TT such a special event.

Caught a bit on camera and thanks to Steve Plater in the earlier practices there are a few extra skid marks – and not on the road!

Enjoy, long may the TT continue year on year!

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I have been counting the days down from last years superb centenary event and now its here. I couldn’t make the first practice session on Saturday but I will be heading out this evening to sample a few laps.

You cant’ beat it, the atmosphere, the fans and the best racing in what is one of the greatest challenges to mankind!

Sod the killjoys who want it banned, why not wrap us all up in cotton wool from the day we are born! Don’t even get me started on all the statistics!

Its probably the same loons that want to put Fluoride in our water!

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I have lived on the Isle of Man for over 30 years now and I love it here, there is no better place (well when the sun is shining anyway!) Now we are in spring I really start to look forward to the summer and the outdoors.

Here are my 10 reasons why I love it. In no particular order!

1. The coastline – its amazing, brilliant beaches, stunning cliffs

2. The countryside – the gorse, the heather the mixture of hills and valleys and the flat – fantastic

3. The hills – the views are spectacular and from Snaefell (the islands highest peak) you can see The Seven Kingdoms of Man on a clear day. England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, The Isle of Man, The Earth and Heaven. Cool eh?

4. Low Tax! – Brilliant. No capital gains tax, wealth tax, stamp duty and a top rate income tax of 18%ish (I think.)

5. The TT races – its one of the worlds ultimate challenges and has to be seen to be be believed. High speed motorbike racing over 37 and 3/4 miles of the islands public roads. Long may it last forever and sod all the kill joys who want to ban it! I hope they choke on their cornflakes or fall down the stairs! Yeah try and ban cornflakes and stairs you boring lot!

6. The local produce – the meat, vegetables and especially the seafood are second to none. I love the Isle of Man Queen Scallops or Manx Queenies as they are called locally. I am partial to the Manx Loaghton Lamb sausages on occasions, oh and the cheese as well! Yum.

7. The footpaths – there are loads of great walks ranging from coastal cliffs to inland valleys over a wide range of terrain.

8. The people – yes like everywhere you go there are a few tossers that on occasions let the side down, but overall the local residents are a very friendly and hospitable bunch.

9. The sea – speaking from the heart now, I dont think I could ever live far away from the sea. There is just something so great about being surrounded by it. I love the calm summer days when its like a mill pond but I also love it when its rough and the waves are breaking and crashing over the coastal rocks!

10. The general way and quality of life. We have a good schools, hospitals, sports facilities for the local people, low pollution and traffic conjestion. There is also a different pace of life with the local saying going ‘Traa Dy Liooar’ yessir, basically meaning there is ‘time enough’ fella.

There are many more as well, but thats my top ten for now, might share some others with you soon. Can’t wait to get the bbq fired up!

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I was sad to recently hear that the Manx Electric Railway will be closed between Laxey to Ramsey after a report to the Minister for Tourism and Leisure highlighted some disrepair to the line and the track. To which the minister took the decision to stop the service based on safety grounds. I later read in a local paper a letter from the ex manager of the steam railway who pointed out a number of recommendations that would allow the service to continue such as a reduced speed limit. In his view the condition of the track has never been so good! Why is the decision then taken by the Minister for Tourism and not someone more qualified to make the decision? And why does the minister seem hell bent on closing things down and ruining any form of tourism on the island?

Good website by the way Mr minister! visitisleofman.com. The first impression you get of the Isle of Man is fantastic….not!

All this raises the question as to how qualified an ex banker is to make decisions on the future of our tourism or lack of it for that matter!

But don’t worry everyone because the Radisson his here to bail us all out and as the minister said and I quote ‘ for them to be based in the Isle of Man will be a real feather in our cap and something we can be rightly proud of.’

Don’t get me wrong I am all for developing the quayside of Douglas (they should have gone further and banned the car, but hey that was an earlier post I wrote!). It will be nice to open the curtains and stare across at the building suppliers opposite and the lovely bus station on the other side.

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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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