There doesn’t seem to have been a lot of point in setting up a pay and display parking system on the Loch Promenade walkway in Douglas.
Hardly anybody is doing PD. (Ex-Servicemen will recognise this as standing for Punishment Drill).
I don’t pay and display. With my Blue Badge in the windscreen I have lots of little free bolt holes for parking in downtown Douglas. But when I get the chance I drive along the walkway on my way to work, admiring the sea view, avoiding the pedestrian crossings on the roadway, and wondering fretfully where the hell they’re going to put the horse trams.
Because of this I have been able make a count of payers and displayers and I have seen no more than three vehicles there at any one time.
But there is still some limited provision for free Christmas parking on the walkway and old traditions of this are being upheld. There are still the usual worrying signs saying: ‘Caution, beware pedestrians.’ The rascals are still loitering there. But these days there aren’t enough Christmas shoppers’ cars to stick up and rob.
Government is still good at crime prevention it seems.
Pedantry Corner re-opens. Retired advocate Neil Hanson asks me to give the Manx Radio History Man a Latin lesson.
In one programme I said ‘Quocunque Jeceris Stabit’ means ‘Whichever way you throw me I will stand.’ Wrong, says Neil. It translates as ‘Whichever way you throw it (or it could be him or her), it (or it could be he or she) will stand.’ It would have to be ‘Quocunque Jeceris Stabo’ to mean ‘Whichever way you throw me I will stand.’
Mea culpa Neil. Sic transit gloria. (I think the latter means ‘Take Gloria home, she’s had too much to drink’).
I have a Nokia mobile phone and it must be nearly 20 years old. But the Daily Telegraph reported that Nokias are going out of production. There will be no more mobiles stamped ‘Nokia’ and friends tell me I should get a new one. But I like my Nokia.
I’m not going to hang up.
The Telegraph also reports that many people no longer ask for traditional music to be played at their funerals. They ask for something more light-hearted and the most asked for is ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.’ Frank Sinatra singing ‘My Way’ is also a big favourite. I am going to have Anne Shelton singing to the assembled mourners ‘I’ll Be Seeing You.’ This is because it’s a haunting song.
(If anybody has similar requests I will be glad to reveal them to my worldwide readership).
Sean has been on again, this time talking about the re-surfacing of Athol Street in Douglas. He says since I seem to be so good at getting things named after me like Cringle’s Rock he has a suggestion. At the Peel Road junction at the end of Athol Street there is, on the left, a lane running to the rear of the buildings there and it has no name that he can see. He suggests I might to have it called Cringle’s Back Passage.
I wouldn’t go there if I were you, Sean.
This week’s Manx crossword clue is sent in by Sara Goodwins. It was in crossword 927 in ‘This Week’ as follows: ‘Attempt to secure TT is upset? Could be down to this (3 4) – PIT STOP. I would like to add that a third reader, Barbara Taylor, also sent in the Telegraph cryptic’s ‘Quietly fish from the Isle of Man port (4) – PEEL.’
We have the next of Les Kneale’s SMS code words for Seniors: BFF. It stands for ‘Best Friend’s Funeral’.