My TT: The Anti-Fan
Not all Manx people embrace the TT Races. In fact, Laxey man Peter Shimmin gets as far away from it all as the boat will carry him.
I was born in the Isle of Man on 4 July 1958 and have lived here all of my life, so far.
What is it like for me living in the Isle of Man during TT fortnight? I cannot answer that question because for the past few years, I have left the Island for the duration of the festival.
What was it like for me living in the Isle of Man during TT fortnight? Well that’s a different question.
"How can the death toll be justified? Money, I suppose, is the answer. "
I hate the TT. Not the TT as such. I think the racing is a wonderful thing and I admire immensely those people who have the courage to take part (as opposed to the hangers on and the people who simply want to make money out of others, some of whom die in the pursuit of their love of racing).
hate what comes with the TT.
I hate the disruption, the inconvenience, the road closures, the amount of litter created, the downmarket entertainment put on and, worst of all, the deaths of competitors, spectators and locals.
How can the death toll be justified? Money, I suppose, is the answer.
Too many people who are not brave enough to do it making money out of those people who are brave enough.
Ben my Chree courtesy of IOMtt.com
I can do nothing about that but I can do something about the disruption and inconvenience – by leaving the Island before the TT starts and not returning until after it has finished - which is what I now do.
I well remember the last time I had the misfortune to be on the Island during TT, trying to get home from work, stuck in traffic and taking an hour to get 2 miles along the Promenade.
Other people will consider the Island to be the best place to be during TT but not me. For me, the Island is dreadful during TT.
Ah well, each to his own.