To the Hon. Laurence
Isle of Man Government.
Three weeks ago I told my readers how I had sworn a solemn oath not to park on your double yellow lines ever again at the request of a lady traffic warden who had caught me doing it in downtown Douglas.
As a result I was later accused, anonymously, by a member of the public, of parking on double yellows in Athol Street, so breaking this promise.
I was able to reply, truthfully, that I had parked on a single yellow line, which didn’t count. I didn’t know what, if anything, a single yellow meant for a motorist. But I held and still hold that my promise had held good.
The situation is that on the right-hand side of Athol Street this single yellow line goes all the way from the bottom of Upper Church Street to the bottom of St George’s Street. Where there seems have been another one originally, there is only a layer of newly laid tarmac, the result of some DoI diggery pokery I presume.
In the circumstances I think, Mr Skelly, that you must acknowledge that we Manx motorists are free to park there as long as we want without penalty.
I must also inform you that something of a similar situation exists on a section of the Douglas Head Road which I go up on my way to my office in Broadcasting House but this time it’s not just a single yellow. There are no less than three which again appear to be the result of mis-managed diggery pokery.
The only place in the British Isles to have triple yellows? Is that how you want the Isle of Man to be seen by the outside world sir?
Meanwhile, I continue to avoid parking on double yellows. I made my pact with the lady traffic warden with an exchange of high fives and a man doesn’t go back on that kind of thing.
I just wonder . . . what do traffic wardens do when they’re out in their cars off duty?
Last week I told how I had been given a new walking stick, hand-made by an old shepherd at Ballaugh out of hazel wood with a ram’s horn handle.
I was also told he was well-known for this use of the resources of the countryside, making a lot of sticks like mine for people he knew.
This brought in a call from his niece, Linda Warren, to tell me he is 76-year-old George Simpson now living in retirement at Brookfield in Ramsey. She added that once one of his sticks was put up for auction and made £500.
I can’t run to £500, George,but perhaps you can ask Linda to find out for me what good cause you favour.
Robin Smith living in America at Manassas, Virginia, emails about the CD by the ‘The Tallis Consort’ whose front cover shows a photograph of Peel which has been reversed.
He says: ‘They are in good company. The first album recorded by Bob Dylan in 1962 also had its on its front cover a reversed photograph.’
See. I told you I had a worldwide readership.
This week’s church notice: ‘Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.’