Friday, 29 February 2008
Have sacked that idiot apprentice ,Chav , whose bright idea this farce was and to add insult to injury a sheet was apparently hung out of a cell window with " No way- you fat cow" on it and another one appeared with "Should have gone to Ace-Ads". I now have plenty of time to consider that delivering messages like some bally Cupid is not worth the bother.
Thursday, 28 February 2008
Thankfully, our young apprentice, Chav, (an awfully keen lad despite the unfortunate name) who has the benefit of a day release at Thanet Tech to back up his practical skills, came up with an alternative solution and its from an old design first tried out circa 1500 AD. The lads are working on it in the hangar tonight and hopefully I take to the skies tomorrow.
I was very moved by the simple cry of anguish contained in this letter from Pauline Dunnill of Pauline's Cafe in Margate High Street. It should be a reminder to us, when we see shops closing in our High Streets around The Isle , that real people are having their hopes, dreams and hard work for little reward shattered by the impact of Westwood Cross. The impact on Margate has been horrendous and the failure to sort out Dreamland and the great glass hope for the future, the TC, means that it is going to get worse before it gets better. Every independent trader still hanging on in the Isle needs not just our moral support but our patronage and some of our cash.
I commented else-where, some time ago, that February and March this year would see the closure of businesses that have managed to hang on through 2007 but have no more capacity to sustain losses. Is reduction in Business Rates not a possibility that TDC can consider? It does beg the question of who do the Councillors of Margate think they represent?
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
Readers, if there are any, will be pleased to know that 49% (okay, roughly half the site) will be built on with houses and that the other half will still be an Amusement Park! Why is this? Simply because TDC has now approved a Planning Brief on the matter. They ignored the advice of the Independent Planning Inspector who stated that the Dreamland site should be reserved solely for a major visitor attraction as it was integral to Margate's regeneration and was a key site in the town. Despite the people of Thanet overwhelmingly stating in a 'consultation process' that Dreamland should be reserved as a visitor attraction site, our elected Council, TDC, has chosen to ignore the wishes expressed.
Let me quote Cllr Roger Latchford, one of our elected representatives who clearly thinks that TDC knows best: " "People have made their views clear that they wish to keep an amusement park and THAT THEY WISH TO AVOID MORE HOUSE BUILDING" How clear is that when combined with an Independent Planning Inspectors recommendations? So half the site, lets not quibble about 1% please, is to have permission for house building. Why? Because, despite, the downturn in the housing market, developers like Persimmon, still expect to make at least a 20% profit on each house built. For a £150,000 unit that means £30,000 per house!
As for 'The Save Dreamland Campaign' they caved into Waterbridge and its 'Siren' voice a long while back. Nick Laister, their 'leader' said " We're happy with the brief......the amusement park will still be the dominant use ( by 1%!!! so big deal) and if that means that some of the site (almost HALF is some of the site?) is used for housing , then in my opinion, thats a compromise worth taking." What ideas do these 'anoraks' of 'Save Dreamland'( what an oxymoron that is) have of the 'new' Dreamland? They have proposed a 'heritage' site of knackered old rides that the average Londoner will laugh at and I wonder who the future 'Director' of this 'Heritage Collection' might be? I will not make clear my thoughts about the 'Scenic Railway' just in case I get a knock on the door after it suffers the fate of 'internal combustion'.
As our 'rulers' TDC seem to hold the expressed views of its electorate in contempt, they should not be surprised to discover that the 'contempt is mutual'.
The first international flight into it will be a British Airways plane followed, I hope, by me in my Sopwith. The chaps are replacing the elastic bands as I write and I am doing some hard study of my Daily Mail Inflatable Globe and have dusted off the old prismatic compass and have spent most of the past 12 months studying the film 'Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines' for good ideas to get me there in one piece; not too happy with the 'down diddly down down' bit though.
The ' News from the Front' in regards to the 'Thanet Blog War' is quite sparce. Tony Flaig is clearly jarred off with it all and OVIT and ECR are in their bunkers with filter systems running full pelt. Simon Moores is still busy on Zentelligence telling readers about ID cards and showing a clip about his mate Simon who had the British Goverment, no less, snooping around his dhobi looking for any 'skid-marks'. I couldn't work out which Simon was making the real point about having their dhobi from the past being examined, it all seemed rather Freudian.
According to the DT, that nice chap in the USA, Barak Obama, is having similar problems with Hilary's lot sniffing around his dhobi and dragging up quotes from his past. Nothing new under the sun , is there?
Tuesday, 26 February 2008
I love the idea of Manston having lots of flights in and out, after all it is an airport, but just wish that they were disgorging or collecting passengers and creating jobs for Thanetonians. Practising landings and take-offs to satisfy CAA rules gives us all the noise and pollution without benefit to the local community.
I couldn't resist going to the www to complain to them but got diverted when I found this job application below for a First Officer. What a pity I can't post it on Thanetlife (its suspended), as Simon obviously has plenty of time on his hands now that running Thanet's leading blog is history.
OOZALUM AIRLINES - JOB OPPORTUNITIES
First Officer (Ref. No. CRWFOFO8W88997)
Post Date: 25th February 2008
We are currently recruiting First Officers to be part of our dynamic and highly experienced team of B747-400 crew. Successful applicants will be based in Hong Kong operating ultra-long haul routes and will spend most of their time a long way from The Isle of Thanet. The airline is expanding rapidly and filling Captains positions from the ranks of First Officers. Requirements are:
At least 500 hours towing banners
Minimum of 1000 hours flying anything.
Experience as a Thanet District Councillor
1. Are you able to accept a Hong Kong Basing? Yes/No
2. Do you have at least 1000 total hours flying anything? Yes/No
3. Do you like going round in circles above Thanet? Yes/No
4. Do you spend your spare time tracking down bloggers? Yes/No
Monday, 25 February 2008
A brief recce over to Zentelligence reveals a rash of activity by Simon Moores on his 'other' site since he suspended Thanelife and one cannot help but get the impression that the need to blog is perhaps ingrained in us 'flying chaps'.
What is clear though, is that Simon is monitoring Bignews and that his latest offering on Zen is directed towards the Thanet blogging community. I liked the post on BigNews that ended with 'put up' or 'shut up' and trust that Simon Moores will heed the advice given. If he has enough material to back up his allegations on Thanetlife and in the press last week, then he should get on and give his legal beavers the go-ahead for a court order to track down those dastardly anonymous bloggers. I for one, or two, if I include the former journalist who has commented today, fail to see how anything since the 'Christmas Truce' has been out of the ordinary or illegal but I am not flying around to the press all the time with allegations in tow!
Just in case I get labelled as 'obsessed of 1.08' I had better finish this post quickly and I can think of no better quote (as Thanetlife has ceased to provide me with a good quote for the day) than from John Alden:
" There is great unwillingness amongst men to face the cruel facts of history and to accept harrowing experiences of the past as sure evidence of more to come."
Sunday, 24 February 2008
The decline in Margate continues unabated as this clip from 'Skinnydipper' shows. (Click on Youtube to see the clip)
Will the Turner project turn around the remorseless decline that has been accelerated by Westwood Cross? We have 2 more years before it becomes a reality and will it be too much, too late? All we can hope for is some lovely summer weather in 2008 and 2009 to attract visitors to the 'free' natural assets of our beach and sea views. The fiasco of the Turner project combined with TDC's odd decision to ignore the Independent Planning Officer's advice on preserving the Dreamland site for 'visitor attraction' use only, has resulted in a decline that seems to be terminal. The present ducking and diving going on concerning the improved value (courtesy of TDC) Dreamland site, is not in the best interests of the town and its now too late and too costly to consider compulsory purchase. I wonder what horrors 'Skinnydipper' will be showing us in February 2009?
Thom Morris is on the case at The Isle of Thanet Gazette and the set grimace of Air-Ads director, chief pilot and Westgate Councillor, Simon Moores in the photograph attached to last Friday's article looks suitably hands on hip serious.
We have one suspended site; OVIT closed for business and ECR gone up-market but with
'the gazunder.blogspot.com' still an avenue for blogger chat to the Eastcliff Mansion resident. Whats all the fuss about? There has been some sharp exchanges in the past few weeks but nothing that we flitters around Thanet's blogs have not seen before. It will all come out in the wash in due course but as some have found in the past, dirty washing is best left to the 'dhobi-wallah' to look after, not our friend the legal beaver.