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IoM - best place for all those who hate modern Britain?

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Message 1 - posted by U6196471 - alt id 5, Dec 1, 2006

Would there be room?
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Message 2 - posted by John of Paddington, Dec 1, 2006

The only thing I've got about not going to the IoM is the weather, it's far warmer in Devon.
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Message 3 - posted by U6196471 - alt id 5, Dec 1, 2006

Supposing we paid for you to have full double glazing, loft insulation and year round heating.
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Message 4 - posted by U4357578, Dec 1, 2006

It's very expensive and quite insular. I'd move to Peel in a moment but I don't think the locals would speak to me for 30 years...<laugh>

Laxey is lovely.
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Message 5 - posted by U6196471 - alt id 5, Dec 1, 2006

Insular? Is that a compliment?
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Message 6 - posted by U4357578, Dec 1, 2006

You know that taboo thread you've started......

Not that Im saying it's done on purpose you understand but with young Jack the lad spreading his seed....well he can't spread it very far can he? Those seedlings grow up and soon you have kids who's mum and dad are their own aunts and uncles....
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Message 7 - posted by 800lbGorilla, Dec 2, 2006

Jonah - you are giving the wrong impression of this Isle. Less than 40% of us Manxies are locally born!!
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Message 8 - posted by U3220267, Dec 2, 2006

So where was your family TREE?
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Message 9 - posted by 800lbGorilla, Dec 2, 2006

So where was your family TREE?

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<laugh><laugh><laugh>
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Message 10 - posted by U4357578, Dec 3, 2006

That's where the joke was rooted Rob<laugh>
So where was your family TREE?

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Message 11 - posted by U6532874, Dec 3, 2006

One day Gorilla might come ashore and have a look at the real world.
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Message 12 - posted by U5209345, Dec 5, 2006

Hello Ernie

Yes, it is the best place for those who hate modern Britain. It's the main reason I moved here. I know I moan about the place (that's my privilege because I live here!!). Contrary to the opinion of lysis, the crime rate is very low here and children are much, much safer. The local police have far more say in things than the police on the mainland and are quite happy to give a ticking off to those who 'stray' of the straight and narrow.

Car theft? Rare. Cars (when they are taken) tend to be taken by those who don't want to walk home when they've missed the last bus. Still wrong I know, but the car is nearly always found undamaged with the keys still in the ignition. We do get breakins occasionally but that is mostly from 'undesirables' (for want of a better expression) that have moved here and they are swiftly sent back, with a ban on returning to the Island for X number of years, if they continue to offend. Schools, not overcrowded. Excellent hospital. So, on the whole, yes it's a good place to be.
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Message 13 - posted by *RebelBadger*, Dec 5, 2006

My father lives there and I love it. These are my reasons: -

1. There is hardly any traffic. You don't get stuck in traffic jams for hours on end and the only drivers you have to be aware of are really really old people who drive a bit slow which really isn't too much of a problem.(I remember seeing Norman Wisdom driving his Merc one day and he could hardly see over the seering wheel). You do get the odd motorcyclist on the mountain road and the odd boy racer but their few and far between normally. Not like in Manchester where I risk a crash nearly evertime I go out on the road caused by some maniac listening to hardhouse or a car full of young asian men.
2. I hurt my leg horseriding one day and my father took me to the hospital. I was seen straight away and it didn't feel like they wanted me out of there as quick as possible. And it was CLEAN and didn't stink of urine!
3. Manx people are really patriotic and they have power over what happens on their island. If there is a change to something and the community decides they don't like it they kick up a fuss and it goes back to the way it was.
4. You can walk around at night anywhere there without fear of being mugged, raped or murdered by somebody. Oh to walk my dogs whenever I wanted!
5. It's not overcrowded and I've heard that when they reach a certain population limit they will stop people moving there. Is this correct? This means that the whole place is greener and picturesque, not jammed to the brink with buildings. Less people and less cars means less pollution too and you definatly notice the difference in air quality.

I could think of more but I should get back to work. I think the Isle of Man is great and one day I would love to live there, I just hope they haven't shut it to newcomers by then.


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Message 14 - posted by U5209345, Dec 5, 2006

Hello RebelBadger

Yes, our senior citizens can be a bit frustrating, you see a flat cap in front of you and you groan!! 13.5mph wherever they go. Bless 'em.

I smiled over the Norman Wisdom bit, he nearly ran into me up by the Cottage Hospital and I swear it was because he couldn't see over the steering wheel!! He looked like a Weeble!

Are you listening lysis? RebelBadger knows how safe it is to walk around here at night - goodness knows what tales have been spun for your benefit ;-)

They don't refuse entry to the Island if you are UK born or resident, they just won't give you a work permit!! That means you have to support yourself. Neither is anyone eligible for housing (other than private) until they have lived on the Island for ten years. That's pretty much how it's controlled.
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Message 15 - posted by *RebelBadger*, Dec 5, 2006

Hi there astroAngelFish,

So I still have hope then! It's either the Isle of Man or the South of France so I'll see what happens when I want to start a family.

That's a good rule. It means that free-loaders are completely discouraged from moving there. Why can't they adopt something like that here, oh yeah its a bit too late...<doh>

Have you lived there a long time? Where abouts?
My father lives in Ballaugh and moved there about 6 years ago but I know the island really well because my best friend lives there.
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Message 16 - posted by U5209345, Dec 5, 2006

Hi Again RebelBadger

So, you have a choice between the Isle of Man and the South of France? Talk about poles apart! Could be a quick decider: do you like the sun a lot or not ;-)

Yes, freeloaders do not have an easy time of it at all and often end up leaving. I have no idea why the UK government doesn't do the same thing, it puzzles me.

I've lived on the Island for around 15 years in Ramsey. So, your father doesn't live that far away. What made him choose the Island as a place to live?
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Message 17 - posted by 800lbGorilla, Dec 7, 2006

Jonah - yes, it is more expensive here than on the Big Island (especially gas and electricity) but bear in mind the lower taxation. The personal allowance is 8,670 (double for a married couple) before any income tax is payable, then the next 10,500 (21,000 for a couple) is at 10% and anything more at 18%.

So, a couple earning less than 17,340 pay no tax at all and the 18% doesn't kick in until the couple's earnings exceed 38,340.
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Message 18 - posted by U4357578, Dec 7, 2006

You be careful Grill, you'll be talking me into moving over there.......and you know what that means?


More noisy motorcycles:)
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Message 19 - posted by jintyyt, Dec 7, 2006

I left the Isle of Man in March and I am glad to be rid!! I now live an hour away from Harrogate and have never felt safer or more relaxed.

I returned to the Island last week and wanted to leave straight way! it was still as dirty and unnerving as ever.

After 33 years of being a resident on the Island I am glad Ive left.
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Message 20 - posted by 800lbGorilla, Dec 7, 2006

Even more attractive for you, Jonah - there is going to be a tax liability cap of 100,000 coming in so you'd save even more!!!!
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