Isle Of Man Ferry – MHKS http://mhks.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 20:07:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mhks.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/mhks-icon-150x150.png Isle Of Man Ferry – MHKS http://mhks.org/ 32 32 Tourist Trophy – the new feature film Isle of Man TT gives a gripping insight into the allure of world famous motorcycle racing https://mhks.org/tourist-trophy-the-new-feature-film-isle-of-man-tt-gives-a-gripping-insight-into-the-allure-of-world-famous-motorcycle-racing/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 20:07:46 +0000 https://mhks.org/tourist-trophy-the-new-feature-film-isle-of-man-tt-gives-a-gripping-insight-into-the-allure-of-world-famous-motorcycle-racing/

This succinct but powerful statement is how Peter Hickman describes his willingness to risk it all in pursuit of the ultimate prize at the Isle of Man TT in ‘Tourist Trophy’ – a gripping new feature offering a revealing glimpse of world fame motorcycle race.

Shot by eminent documentary filmmaker Adam Kaleta as the TT returned this year after successive cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the gripping 95-minute film explores the lure of racing on public roads around of the unique 37.73 mile mountain course and the inherent danger that comes with it.

From man-of-the-moment Hickman to lesser-known Mike Russell, who was trying to become the first competitor to compete in all six solo races and two Sidecar events, this moving rendition of the TT presents an intimate portrait of the racers. a desire to push themselves and their machines to the limit, and their acceptance of the price so many have paid when things go wrong.

Peter Hickman is featured prominently in Tourist Trophy – a new feature film about the 2022 Isle of Man TT due out on November 23.

In a year where six competitors lost their lives in racing incidents, it was a baptism of fire for Glenn Irwin of Northern Ireland, who was a top rookie for the Honda Racing team.

It was a sobering experience, one which Irwin admitted was the “greatest challenge” he had ever faced in his life.

“We had the best moments of everything, breaking the newcomer lap record, and then we had some really unfortunate incidents before and after breaking that record with the fatalities,” he says in the film. .

A shot of the Tourist Trophy as Peter Hickman looks out over Douglas Bay during the 2022 Isle of Man TT Races.

“I’m new to the TT and I’m still pretty raw and fresh in road racing, but it’s so hard to put on your helmet when you have a few young kids to go.”

He became the fastest TT newcomer of all time with a lap of 129.849mph, but the 32-year-old will not return in 2023.

“I love the TT but I don’t love the event as much as I love my children: the dangers of the TT outweigh the dangers of other events,” he said.

Northern Ireland’s Michael Dunlop won both Supersport races at the 2022 Isle of Man TT to move up to 21 wins.

Every TT rider has to come to terms with the risks involved, but for most competitors setting out on the road to Glencrutchery, regardless of status, the sense of accomplishment and thrill of the chase outweighs any rest.

It’s an event that few on the outside are able to comprehend, and even those of us on the inside have times when we question the role we play in this sometimes cruel sport we participate in. . But the same thing takes you back in time after time: there’s nothing else like it.

“Obviously my thoughts are with anyone who can’t get home this week,” Hickman says in the film, his voice cracking with emotion after winning the Senior TT to secure his fourth victory of the week in June.

“It’s a difficult sport for that. We’ve had a really tough week and there are ups and downs with that; we all know that.

John McGuinness in an image from the Tourist Trophy. The Morecambe man and 23-time winner made his 100th TT start in the Superbike race this year.

“We all absolutely love him, for all the right and wrong reasons. Whichever way you want to look at it, we all know what we’re doing here and a lot of people just don’t get it. My thoughts go to everyone.”

This magnetic appeal of the TT is encapsulated by the continued presence of legendary racer John McGuinness.

Second most successful TT rider with 23 victories behind Joey Dunlop (26), McGuinness returned this year at 50 to start his 100th race with Honda.

He has nothing left to prove and clearly now has a lot more to lose than he has to gain, but the Morecambe man just can’t let go.

“I would love to win again,” McGuinness said.

“I’ve done over 52,000 miles around this track, so I’m probably one of the most experienced on the track. I have my hundredth start and strange things have happened.

Glenn Irwin made his Isle of Man TT debut for the Honda Racing Team and became the fastest newcomer ever.

“I think it’s psychological and it’s in your head when you get to 50 – whoa, that’s it, I’m done. But you’re not. You can still do it.

“I never thought I’d be sitting here now at 50 with 23 wins – I don’t know where that went, it’s like a blur.”

You can’t talk about the TT without talking about a Dunlop and although 21-time winner Michael isn’t interviewed in the film, the Northern Ireland rider’s no-nonsense approach to his race is summed up perfectly by a DJ world famous and unlikely friend Carl Cox.

“He won races because of that aggro, I call it – he rides angry,” says Cox, who is one of Dunlop’s main sponsors.

“He’s been able to smooth that out which makes him faster and he always gets his bearings at certain points on the track where a lot of drivers won’t really go because they think it’s not the racing line or that it’s not safe to be where Michael is.

“But Michael will go there because that’s where he lives: he just lives at this point where he knows no one else will really want to take him.

“I think in his own mind, he has big shoes to fill with the Dunlop dynasty, with his uncle (Joey), his father (Robert) and his brother (William); all of them are obviously no longer there.

“So he is the only one to fly the Dunlop flag. I don’t think he had that as a burden in some ways because for him, that’s what he does; it is his vocation.

An immersive and must-watch for any TT fan, “Tourist Trophy” will air exclusively on TT+ – the event’s official digital channel – from 7:30 p.m. on November 23.

You can sign up for TT+ completely free here to watch the movie plus hundreds of hours of other exclusive free TT content.

To mark the release of the film, the TT+ Live Pass 2023, which offers 11 days of live coverage of next year’s event with an increased schedule of 10 races, will be available for a limited time price of 14.99 £.

TT+ is available online, on mobile and on a range of free apps for Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox and Roku.

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Piel Island – Walney, England https://mhks.org/piel-island-walney-england/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:24:52 +0000 https://mhks.org/piel-island-walney-england/

Located just half a mile off the Furness Peninsula, Piel Island is a small spit of land with an extraordinary local tradition. It can be reached by ferry from the island of Roa or on a guided walk through the sand at low tide.

Near the island’s pier you will find the Ship Inn, which was built in the 18th century and later expanded. The owner is known as “the King of Piel”. Tradition holds that the monarch is crowned in a ceremony believed to have been invented by a group of drinkers in the 1800s remembering an uprising that began on the island in 1487. Alcohol is poured over the head of the monarch as they sit in an ancient chair holding a sword. Pub visitors can also take part in a ‘Knight Ceremony’ where, in order to have the honor of sitting on an oak seat, they must purchase a round of drinks for the entire pub. The most recent king is a former underwater electrician who was chosen from more than 200 applicants and crowned in September 2022.

The island is a site of great historical interest. A motte and ruined 14th century castle (now managed by English Heritage) overlooks the west coast of the island. It had important connections to Furness Abbey – it was here that the Abbots of Furness stored their grain and wool as well as controlling shipping and trade with the Isle of Man and Ireland. Smuggling was widely known; In 1423 the merchants of Calais issued a petition complaining that Furness Abbey was smuggling wool from the island without paying the official duty.

Thirty years later, the island played a part in a plot to overthrow King Henry VII. In 1487, Lambert Simnel landed on its coasts with a detachment of Flemish and Irish troops. They claimed he was the Earl of Warwick and as such the rightful King of England. Simnel set out for London but was defeated by the king’s men at the Battle of Stoke on 16 June and arrived in London as a prisoner of Henry VII. It is this uprising which would be at the origin of the tradition of the “king of Piel”.

Over the centuries the island continued to play an important role in controlling shipping entering the harbor and in 1875 a row of cottages was built for pilots and customs administrators. At that time, the land belonged to the Duke of Buccleuch. He gave it to the people of Barrow-in-Furness in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the First World War.

The “king” and his family are the only permanent residents of the island. Some of the harbor pilots’ and customs officers’ cabins are privately owned or used by sailors.

There is a shingle beach which offers views of the nearby seal colony on Walney Island and the offshore windfarm beyond. The island itself is a nature reserve and home to a number of seabirds including eider duck, herring gull and black-headed gull. At low tide, wading birds such as redshank and shore duck can be seen.

Know before you go

Piel is an offshore island. There are ferries to the island from Roa Island during the summer. Station: Roose (4 miles from Roa Island) Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster Line. Postal code of the island of Roa LA13 0QN. There is parking on the island. Please check the Piel Ferry Facebook page for up-to-date information regarding service times and weather conditions.

It is possible to spend the night. The Ship Inn offers bed and breakfast accommodation, there is a dormitory and a campsite.

Visitors can also walk on the sand with a local guide at low tide. A guide is essential as much of the coastline is dangerous due to quicksand and tidal currents.

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Heysham could become an investment area in the government’s post-Brexit push for growth https://mhks.org/heysham-could-become-an-investment-area-in-the-governments-post-brexit-push-for-growth/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 17:03:51 +0000 https://mhks.org/heysham-could-become-an-investment-area-in-the-governments-post-brexit-push-for-growth/

The government is encouraging local councils to create special growth areas and in some cases new housing.

Investment zones were launched by the government in September to create locations with multiple business incentives. Elements could include low tax and business rate agreements and “liberalized” planning procedures.

They aim to accelerate economic growth, business investment in buildings, equipment and jobs and, in some places, the construction of new homes.

Heysham could become an investment area.

A Heysham investment zone is among various updates planned for Lancaster City Council’s next meeting tonight (Nov 9).

It follows recent talks between all of Lancashire’s local council leaders with the Tory-led Lancashire County Council over plans for an investment zone across the county using ‘business corridors’ and job centers. Lancashire has been included in a list of 38 areas where the government is considering new areas.

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Lancaster City Council Leader, Councilor Caroline Jackson, said: ‘Through county officers we have been asked to tender for an investment area at very short notice. The proposed area was Heysham Gateway.

“No housing was to be included and acceptance was to be based on an investment area that proved consistent with our business priorities.”

She added: “It is not clear whether the government will pursue this initiative. Lancashire council leaders continued their work on Plan 2050 – a county blueprint for post-pandemic recovery, growth and the development of a greener economy – with overarching priorities set for all areas and meetings between leaders, officers and general managers to agree on progress so far.

Heysham is a key regional and national location as a seaport to Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man. Today Peel Ports owns Heysham Port which is used by ferry operators such as Stena Line, Seatruck and Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.

Heysham also has nuclear power stations. The Heysham 1 plant was due to be decommissioned in 2014 and Heysham 2 to cease production in 2018. However, calls have been made this year for operations to continue operating for longer.

Lancaster City Council is involved in the Heysham Gateway project which aims to transform a former oil refinery site in Heysham with new commercial investment.

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SPC ‘concerned’ by cumulative effect of Irish Sea wind farms https://mhks.org/spc-concerned-by-cumulative-effect-of-irish-sea-wind-farms/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 14:37:00 +0000 https://mhks.org/spc-concerned-by-cumulative-effect-of-irish-sea-wind-farms/

Ferry operator says new developments could lead to more canceled crossings

The Steam Packet Company says it is concerned about the cumulative effect of wind farms in the Irish Sea.

It comes as the public in Manx seeks comment on the Morecambe and Morgan wind farm proposals, which could impact the ferry operator’s Liverpool route.

The public operator insists it is not opposed to offshore wind farms, but is concerned about the impact on “vital routes” serving the Isle of Man.

The Steam Packet says its concerns include the navigational safety of ships when navigating the corridors of wind farms.

He adds that a lack of open seas for sailing in bad weather is likely to increase the risk of cancellation, affecting passengers, carriers and the entire population of the island by delaying the delivery of goods.

The operator also points to the impact on the environment, stating that having to travel the extra distance to avoid wind farms will mean more fuel is used, increasing CO2 emissions.

The Steam Packet has confirmed that it is in active consultation with various project developers.

An event is being held at Douglas City Hall until 7 p.m. for those interested in learning more about the plans.

More information on the Isle of Man

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A storm is brewing on the Jura: a millionaire accused of “ignorance” of the plans https://mhks.org/a-storm-is-brewing-on-the-jura-a-millionaire-accused-of-ignorance-of-the-plans/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 14:55:40 +0000 https://mhks.org/a-storm-is-brewing-on-the-jura-a-millionaire-accused-of-ignorance-of-the-plans/ A SUPER-RICH and powerful main character, an anxious group of people who are reluctant to speak out, and a simmering sense of inequality: themes that could easily have slipped from the pages of a George Orwell novel.

The Inner Hebrides’ Isle of Jura, where in the aftermath of World War II Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four, his dystopian novel of oppression, inequality and abuse of power is, of course, a huge leap forward in the imagination of the fictional Big Brother State of Oceania.

And yet, while nervous locals – some worried about speaking too outspoken – wait to see if a development bid by a domain owned by a wealthy Australian hedge fund trader is approved, some may find it hard not to. make subtle comparisons. .

In a fortnight, a group of councilors from Argyll and Bute will make the rare decision to visit the Jura to judge whether its main village will be overwhelmed if staff accommodation plans for the 12,000-acre Ardfin Estate go ahead. before.

The move is unusual: some councilors will have to spend up to three days making the trip, traveling the islands by ferry and then traveling four miles on a single-track road to reach Craighouse.

There, a location has been chosen for what the estate says is a “critical” one-and-a-half-storey development to house up to 40 permanent and seasonal staff to run its 18-hole golf course and luxury hotel.

HeraldScotland: The Ardfin estate wishes to welcome up to 40 permanent and seasonal employees to manage its 18-hole golf course and its luxury hotelThe Ardfin estate wishes to welcome up to 40 permanent and seasonal employees to animate its 18-hole golf course and its luxury hotel (Picture: NewsQuest)

“The site was chosen to locate staff as close as possible to essential local amenity services at Craighouse and to create a residential environment separate and distinct from their working environment,” Ardfin Architects say in a design statement. submitted to Argyll. and Bute Council.

“The chosen site is within a pre-determined settlement area, adjacent to existing utilities, and offers minimal visual impact compared to alternative sites on the estate.”

Affirmative action?

SUCH development for a small island in the Hebrides – the kind where you so often hear locals calling for investment and new families – might sound positive.

Yet it’s the latest move from the estate, owned by wealthy Australian hedge fund manager Greg Coffey – nicknamed “the Wizard of Oz” for his knack for making huge sums of money – to annoy locals.

Although rarely seen in the Jura, since its takeover the once ‘benign’ estate has become a destination for the wealthy.

An 18-hole golf course, carved into the moor and which saw a working farm on prime land closed to make way for it, was originally for private use. Instead, it has opened up to those who can afford around £1,500 for a hotel room and an extra £500 to play the course.

Few who visit, say islanders, stop to spend money on local businesses.
Meanwhile, Jura House, built in the early 19th century, has been transformed into a luxury retreat where a minimum stay of three nights costs £24,000 a night and its famous walled gardens, popular with locals and tourists, closed to visitors. visitors. Meanwhile, dotted around the island, properties have been bought up by the estate – some left empty – which it is alleged have driven up property prices even further.

Staff accusations

To add to the concern of the islanders, some of its temporary workers are said to have caused a range of problems, ranging from drunk driving to drug use and road accidents.

“People are eager to put their name to it because the estate employs a number of people on the island and has a lot of influence,” said Sheena Gow, one of the few to speak out.

“Even if people are not directly employed, they may have family members employed by the estate or have contracts with it through their companies.

“It’s a small community, and we all have to get along. People are cautious. But what has been proposed does not match the rest of the island,” she added. “A sudden influx of 40 people to an island of around 230 people is going to create a big impact.”

Some point out that 40 new residents will increase the island’s population by a fifth, with impacts on infrastructure and services, including healthcare and policing.

“For a small community like this to be sustainable, we need people living here who are interested in the island, as opposed to transient workers who come and go,” she said.

‘Voluntary organizations such as the Development Trust, the Coast Guard, the Fire Service and even the Parents’ Council rely on people who have made a commitment to live here and want to give something back. We get the feeling that we don’t get that from succession.

“The domain has the potential to do a lot of good in terms of supporting infrastructure, but that hasn’t happened. It seems to be a case of ‘we do what we want to do’.

Ardfin Domain was approached for comment but did not respond. Instead, its planning statement says the 40-bed development is “essential to the operation of the Ardfin estate and golf course, and it is expected that the jobs generated by the venture will help maintain levels of population on the island and to provide long-term employment”. opportunities, including skills and knowledge.

Its proposed location in the village, however, has brought back memories of the last time a large group of temporary workers arrived to work on the estate.

“When the golf course was built and Jura House was renovated, the workers were housed in modular huts on a wasteland next to the village,” said local councilor and former police officer Dougie McFadzean: ” Mr. Coffey has invested a lot of money in the island and hotel employees, but it is a transient workforce.

“He wants his staff to be five or six miles from his station but that will change the dynamics of the village.

“People perceive it as if the island has been taken for their benefit.
“It’s not ‘not in my backyard,'” he added. “The Juras like the growth of their island, but they want constructive growth.”

‘Ignoring’

LOUISE Muir, a Jura islander for 18 years, recognizes that there is a touch of Orwellian romance here. She said: “The ignorance they have of the power and influence they have on the island defies belief.”

Former GP Lesley Morrison, who has close ties to the island, says recent events have highlighted the rift between the estate owner and the community.

“He raised awareness of the power imbalance on the island.

“This person has bought a fifth of the island and has shown no awareness of the social fabric and what people think of the land. He is completely unaware of the impact of his plans on the fabric of the community and is using his money and his power simply for his own gain.

“At a time when there is an urgent need for housing to retain young families who want to contribute to island life, he is taking potential properties and land out of their reach. He is engaged in the releases of the 21st century.

Ardfin domain has been approached for comments.

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Freedom of Information Requests Placed in Response to Public Inquiry Under Floating Bridge Settlement https://mhks.org/freedom-of-information-requests-placed-in-response-to-public-inquiry-under-floating-bridge-settlement/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 15:45:43 +0000 https://mhks.org/freedom-of-information-requests-placed-in-response-to-public-inquiry-under-floating-bridge-settlement/
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FREEDOM of Information Act applications have been filed following the Isle of Wight Council’s refusal to release details of its Floating Bridge 6 settlement to islanders.

Questions were posed to the board, including how much the board won, whether the board signed a nondisclosure agreement on the settlement (and if so, why?); and how much counsel paid in legal fees during the action.

The board declined to respond referring to their original view that no further statements would be made.

A freedom of information request has now been submitted by the Isle of Wight Local Democracy reporter, as well as several island residents, asking the same questions.

The request could take up to 20 business days to respond.

Late last week it was announced that the legal mediation process between the designers and builders of the struggling £3.2million chain ferry – Burness Corlett Three Quays and Mainstay Marine Solutions – and the Isle of Wight Council was over.

It would have started in March this year, but the legal action was first mentioned by the previous Conservative administration almost two years ago.

Although the settlement was well received, the Isle of Wight Council refused to disclose its amount.

The authority says it was agreed between the parties that the terms of the settlement were to be kept confidential and that neither party would make any further statement regarding the terms of the settlement agreement.

Cllr Karl Love of East Cowes said he disagreed confidentiality was needed and that after years of unrest in the town they had a right to know the details.

Cllr Joe Robertson, Conservative leader at County Hall, called the secrecy “completely unacceptable”.

East Cowes Councilor Cllr Cameron Palin said locals were being kept in the dark and this led him to question the Alliance administration’s post-election promises to be open and transparent, making them seem rather closed and misleading.

Members of the public are also wondering how the settlement can be kept secret when it was taxpayers’ money that funded the troubled ship.

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Fans react to TT 2023 schedule https://mhks.org/fans-react-to-tt-2023-schedule/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 12:15:00 +0000 https://mhks.org/fans-react-to-tt-2023-schedule/

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 1:15 p.m.

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Concerns over ferry rides and Marshals coverage

Motorsport fans have given their reactions to the announcement of the TT calendar for 2023.

The new program was announced this morning (October 25).

Among the main changes, the Senior TT will now take place on the last Saturday of the racing festival on June 10.

The Superbike TT race will now take place on Sunday June 4, the day historically dubbed “Mad Sunday”.

Following the announcement, some TT supporters raised concerns about the impact the format could have on supporter and volunteer travel.

Some fear the new timetable has ‘created a problem for anyone wanting ferry space’ to return home on Monday after the fortnight has ended.

Others describe the changes, as a whole, as simply “madness”, while another thinks those who made the changes are “out of line”.

The Department for Business insists the new calendar will promote ‘long-term sustainability’ while increasing visitor numbers and economic benefits by creating two long weekend options for away supporters.

Enterprise Minister Lawrie Hooper said the 2023 format was created “following a great deal of research and stakeholder feedback”.

It was also announced today that post-TT races at the Billown course have been canceled after 31 years of racing, while next year’s pre-TT classic road races will be held on a revised schedule in response to next year’s program for the mountain course.

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Charter ferry options remain uncertain https://mhks.org/charter-ferry-options-remain-uncertain/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 10:54:03 +0000 https://mhks.org/charter-ferry-options-remain-uncertain/
The Pentalina, which operates successfully between Caithness and Orkney, has already been touted as a possible solution.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar transport committee chairman Uisdean Robertson said this week: ‘Chartering continues to be raised at every meeting with the Minister and continues to be beaten with ‘commercial confidentiality’.

“It is extremely worrying that with all the signals suggesting that we are heading for another very uncertain winter, there is still no sign of concluding the negotiations that are supposed to take place.”

The urgency was highlighted last week when seven ships – almost a quarter of the fleet – were out of service due to technical problems. This led to a new wave of cancellations with ships being moved to provide temporary cover.

Islands carrier David Wood said: “This is the worst since I started and I don’t see it getting better for the foreseeable future. No one takes responsibility.

“I haven’t heard of a charter in months and now that the ‘Arrow’ has been sold I guess it’s not on the agenda. This deal could have been done a long time ago “.

The MV Arrow freighter, which has in the past served as a freighter replacement on the Stornoway-Ullapool route, was recently sold for £8million by Seatruck Ferries to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company who previously used her as back-up.

In August, Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth told community representatives she had asked officials to reopen negotiations over the lease of the MV Pentalina, owned by Pentland Ferries, but nothing more was heard. on this subject.

A source told the Gazette there had been “no recent discussions”.

Once again Lochboisdale was the hardest hit port when ‘Lord of the Isles’ was retired and had to be taken to Cammell Laird yard on Merseyside for extensive repairs in a steelworks area, leaving the port of South Uist without service throughout the past week.

Mr Robertson said the episode was ‘particularly worrying’ because of Uist’s intentional reliance on ‘LOTI’ from January during the period when Uig pier on Skye was closed.

The Lochmaddy connection for much of next year will be via Ullapool, creating new reliability issues and making the Oban/Mallaig -Lochboisdale link even more critical. Mr Wood described the outlook for the Uist as ‘poor and will get worse’.

Meanwhile, Uisdean Robertson this week met Angus Campbell, the former chief of Comhairle who has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to consult on the future structure of ferry operations.

Mr. Campbell has still not received any specific mission or assurance regarding logistical support. However, he said he would not be restricted by “red lines” drawn by the Scottish Government to rule out radical reorganization options.

This was welcomed by Mr Robertson who said there was a risk the consultation could be used as ‘another device to get things done while everything is decided in Edinburgh’.

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Red Funnel launches sponsorship program for talented islanders https://mhks.org/red-funnel-launches-sponsorship-program-for-talented-islanders/ Sat, 15 Oct 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://mhks.org/red-funnel-launches-sponsorship-program-for-talented-islanders/

Ferry company Red Funnel has launched a new sponsorship scheme to support talented Isle of Wight residents.

Twelve Red Funnel Island Ambassadors will be selected for travel sponsorship over 12 months. The goal is to support off-island training, competition, performance and events.

Ambassadors can be individuals or a group of up to six people – all island residents.

Applications are now open – from any field or talent, from sport and competition to arts, performance and more.

In addition to the Ambassador Programme, Isle of Wight groups and clubs of six or more people can apply to become a Red Funnel sponsored team, with applications due to open in the coming weeks.

Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel, said:

“We are committed to supporting the Isle of Wight community, recognizing the great talent demonstrated by Island residents across a wide range of sectors.

“Whether you’re a musician, gymnast, photographer, performer, dancer, surfer, biker, show jumper, comedian or anything else, we want to hear your passion and encourage you to apply to become a Red Funnel Island Ambassador.”

Applications for the program are open to all ages and talents. They close on November 11 at midnight.

Applicants must live on the Isle of Wight, have already pursued their passion at a high level on the island and are now looking to take the next step across the water to compete or perform at county or national level .

You can apply here.

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Todd Howard says you can’t run out of gas in Starfield https://mhks.org/todd-howard-says-you-cant-run-out-of-gas-in-starfield/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 19:07:00 +0000 https://mhks.org/todd-howard-says-you-cant-run-out-of-gas-in-starfield/

Howard responds to whether or not Starfield is “hard science fiction”.


There are two types of science fiction: soft science fiction, which resembles Star Wars and Star Trek, which does not try to explain the fantastic things that people can do in their universe, and then there is the hard science fiction. This category is more concerned with making an accurate representation of the future. Think cyberpunk stories like Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell, or classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Bethesda CEO Todd Howard said in a recent interview that Starfield would be more like “hard science fiction, where you can draw that line from ‘okay, this is how man explores space. “and you can even look at our ships and say ‘okay, that has some visual identity to that.’

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“But that’s a trick question because it’s a video game. A hard sci-fi video game would be ‘you die in space cold’.”

As an example, Howard pointed out Starfield’s space travel and how your ship’s gravity drive would go through fuel. Initial implementations of gravity drive seemed “punitive” to the player because “your ship would run out of fuel and the game would simply stop”. However, the latest version of Starfield changes direction to essentially prevent the player from running out of gas and getting stuck in space. Basically, the system will only let players travel as far as their gas tanks will allow.

“We recently changed it to where your ship’s fuel and gravity propulsion limit how far you can travel at once, but it’s not running out of fuel,” Howard explained. “Maybe there will be an update or a mod that will allow that, but that’s what we’re doing now.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Howard talked about Starfield’s list of “super fun” traits, but cautioned that every trait will have a downside. However, these negatives can be cleared later if the player takes on a certain quest or performs a certain action.

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