Tuesday, 13 May 2008

A BRIDGE TO FAR


Euromanx, the sorry excuse of a flight company ceased being as of last friday. Claiming high rises in fuel charges and mounting debts as the main reasons. Duh! Who hasn't been affected by rising fuel costs. Perleeeze spare me the sob story. Bad manangement, as usual is the likely culprit. The famous Manx procrastination, or as they so quaintly term it "time enough" came to the fore yet again. Sticking your head in the sand like the proverbial ostrich, and neglecting to pay the other businesses Euromanx were dealing with was always going to result in the collapse of this shoddy outfit anyway. Good riddance to a complete waste of (air) space. My thoughts are with the poor buggers who duly turned up for work , to be shown the door. No prior warning given. It takes forever to get another job on the island. The very least they could of done was forewarn the staff of the likely outcome!

Going off at yet another tangent( non sequeters and typos at the ready Lola,LOLA LIFE you are quite right) brings me to Ramsey Swimming Pool. Yes we do have some form of entertainment, besides pubs( the ratio of pubs to residents is disproportionaDte), well we do at the moment. We presently have a perfectly good swimming baths and large cheap and cheerful cafe. A unobtrusive building tucked away at the far side of town, accessible to all, adequate parking prime location overlooking the sea. Why the hell then are they tearing it down to build another one!

We need and requested a cimema. Obviously the typo went through that we need a new swimming pool. Where then is this to be? Demolish the old and rebuild because it's the perfect location. Oh no, that would be sensible. No the new shiny sterile building is to be built next to residential flats over the bridge. Why is this a problem. A whole host of reasons. Lack of parking, it's a residential area it's going to disturb the migrating birds and the clincher it's over the bridge. You're not getting this are you? You think the Boo has finally lost all rhyme and reason of the plot banging on and rocking backwards and forwards, dribbling and repeating obsessively it's over the bridge.

The reason it's the worst idea in the world(ok there are some marginally worse ones) is that this is the bridge that at ceratin times of the day cannot be accesed. It's called the Ramsey Swing bridge for a reason. It swings out to let the tall ships and boats through about 4 times a day, thus preventing car/pedestrian access at these times for up to 30mins. So bang goes the kiddies swimming lessons for starters. Also the early morning workers swim, the ladies early swim. Don't even get me started on the poor old dears who can just about struggle to waddle to the baths now. Don't think they want to be huddled on a bridge for the 30 mins in the bracing winds and high tides. Disabled access anyone? Wheelchairs can do without the extra hike and the indignity of being stuck on the bridge for eons at at time. Not everyone wants or is capable of going the long away round, through town and over the main road with traffic lights that are a law until themselves. Accidents will happen, and I will say I told you so.

Ooh that was good. Dying to do this one but I have had laptop woes that have prevented me monopolizing anyones pc to do the mega rant. Back on track now, so this demonic blog will continue apace.

The photo is of the cheeky cat who came looking for birds a few weeks ago. He found a jug of coldwater instead and hasn't been back since.

WALLABY WATCH!
Last seen heading out of town, rather than be stuck on the bridge trying to decipher what the cryptic traffic lights are trying to signal. Why did the wallaby cross the road? To go swimming of course.

19 comments:

Lola said...

That feels better now, doesn't it? Nothing like a good rant to clear the passages. And thanks for the name check!

laxeylass said...

How funny. I did not know this about the swimming pool. It is a silly idea. The cat is so funny too.

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

Good rant - I wish I had a cinema here that actually played INTERESTING movies lol
Great cat!
Ciao (yeah, I'm back, at least on SCG)

Scarlet x

moonchild said...

More on this blog please. The other is very good, but it's too serious. This is well funny. That cat is well bad.

Lily on the Road said...

Oh Welcome BACK!! You were sorely missed!

Great pic of puss'n'boots, bad kitty!

Yikes, does not sound like a good idea for the pool location, what gives, sounds typical though....what bothers me is the disturbance for the birds and other wildlife....

Having worked for an airline in centuries past, it always seems to be the case, small airlines get sucked into the void....sorry for the employees....

Well, welcome back, haven't decided on the camera carrying adventure or not...will let you know

Raquel said...

Thank you for your visit. Your blog is very well.

Faizal said...

is that a cat?

Jack said...

I know what a wallaby is! Just visiting but there's a CAT still here! BWARK! *flying away real fast*

nonizamboni said...

Great rant, my friend! And these words of yours will go down in infamy:
and I will say I told you so.
Take good care!

Pearl Maple said...

Great photos

UN PEU LOUFOQUE said...

And no doubt as in the rest of the shoddy and not very bright world someone will build something in the way of over priced accomodation with stunning sea views who those who can afford it on that prime piece of building plot that was once your pool! BAH HUMBUG to the lot of them C'est pas juste !

Mr. Faizal said...

babooshka!! why no update since 13may???

me ann my camera said...

What a handsome cat! Great photo; love the richness of the colour.

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

Come on! Get your act together with Purple Haze Babs, we want some more rants!!
Ciao

Scarlet x

Jerez said...

HA! What a chuckle I'm getting from this!
Other than that, I'm speechless!

Helena said...

Is Euromanx the old Manx Airlines???

If so, please tell me, cos then I can have a good LAUGH cos my ex from many years ago and PRIZE PLONKER became one of their pilots and I'd like to go HAHAHA at his demise. I've waited long enough.

HA!

Shrinky said...

Oh Lord, such great foresight from the planners, as ever. Living in Douglas, I am fortunate with the NSC so close by, my kids are frequent visitors, and I couldn't imagine them being denied access to it. It this a done deal, or still just in the planning stage?

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

LOL! Very cute picture.

Max-e said...

So it is not only Port Elizabeth that suffers from bad planning.
I see you are a true photographer - taking a picture of the cat before the cold water treatment.
I have also found it works very well.