A reader has sent me this picture, allegedly taken in the corridor outside 'Our Leader's ' Office at TDC earlier today. I cannot believe that staff and visitors are now required to take their shoes off, just in case they express disgust with his public conduct, in the Iraqi fashion!
On an equally gossipy note and equally unsubstantiated, it is reported that we had an architect from 'Eclipse' (never heard of them) in Thanet at the week-end. His firm look out for and buy land and then franchise it to Holiday Inns. He is reported as saying that Infratil are in advanced discussions with BAA or BA (source was not clear) and have earmarked land around Manston for one hotel and a premier Travel Inn. Just village gossip? Does Frank need to look out, over at Pegwell?
On the subject of Frank, rumour (again unsubstantiated) has it that 'Escape' is on the market and that 'Frank's' in Cliftonville will shut again after the Christmas and New Year is over. Unsubstantiated 'Thanet Village' gossip reports that Frank is taking an interest in Leisure and New Club facilities at Hartsdown instead.
Troubled times continue with trade in Margate with the splendidly re-furbished H2O having only 4 customers in it between 11 and 4.30 yesterday and news from 'Mauwices' old haunt, The Tea Stall in Market Place is not good. The difficult times there are measured by 'loaves of bread'.
Just 3 years ago they needed 20 loaves per day and now they are down to only 2! The fact that 'Mauwice' has gone up-market to frequent Cafe G cannot solely explain this dramatic turn-down in their business, can it?
Sam Dodson at York Street Gallery in Ramsgate - Sam Dodson this week until Wednesday of next week
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