Thursday, 30 October 2014

Skate Park Contracts awarded

After the disgusting treatment of the skateboarders at Cliftonville I am delighted to say I read on the Thanet District Councils website that a Contract has been awarded. The winning contractor is WHEELSCAPE Who are specialists in constructing skate parks and have installed many facilities throughout the country.
I hope the the skateboarders and BMX'ers enjoy these wonderful parks and we already have the wonderful REVOLUTION skatepark and climbing centre. Well done TDC.
Read more about these parks on the TDC WEBSITE where they also have links to other sports facilities available on Thanet

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Why I love Margate and Thanet

The name of this blog came about after reading several bloggers flagging Thanet off and  I wanted to put a more positive spin on the place. TDC make that task very difficult at times but I try not to speak badly of them but over the six years of this blog that has at times proved difficult. I was flicking through Twitter earlier and saw a photo of an almost deserted Viking Bay the bare flat sands with one or two kids playing at the waters edge encompasses for me all that is good about Thanet. I am now in a wheelchair and very rarely get onto the sands but before Multiple Sclerosis wrecked my body I loved being on the Beaches. I would swim and sunbath I would fish and I would stroll. Falling in a rock pool fully clothed at 2am. While night fishing is not high in fun value at the time of its happening but very memorable all the same. On my window fill is a couple of fossils found at Minnis Bay over twenty years ago found while hunting for them with my daughter's after a heavy storm. Next to them is a sliver of stone bought back a few weeks back, I found it while in my wheelchair I bought it home to remind me of that wonderful walk from West Bay to Westgate.
I know I don't walk anymore and Heather has to do all the hardwork pushing me but walk wounds nicer than a push. Thanet has some wonderful memories for me. I have said in the past memories of being five years old sitting on the main sands at Margate. Or visiting my dad in the Royal Sea bathing Hospital. Memories of my mum coming home and describing the Mods and Rockers in the 1960'

Why I love Margate and Thanet

The name of this blog came about after reading several bloggers slagging Thanet off and  I wanted to put a more positive spin on the place. TDC make that task very difficult at times but I try not to speak badly of them but over the six years of this blog that has at times proved difficult. I was flicking through Twitter earlier and saw a photo of an almost deserted Viking Bay the bare flat sands with one or two kids playing at the waters edge encompasses for me all that is good about Thanet. I am now in a wheelchair and very rarely get onto the sands but before Multiple Sclerosis wrecked my body I loved being on the Beaches. I would swim and sunbath I would fish and I would stroll. Falling in a rock pool fully clothed at 2am whilst night fishing at Joss Bay will never figure highly on my list of enjoyable experiences but I can smile about that cold November night now.
Thanet has so much to offer and I try to promote Thanet. My memories are all around me, as I sit here  in my wheelchair typing this I can see two fossils found on the beach at Minnis Bay. Next to them is a stone collected a few months back from West Bay Westgate. I drive my wife mad bringing these little bits home with me but they are my reminders of that moment in time. I can remember my daughters finding those fossils as clearly as I can remember finding that insignificant stone. I can remember successful fishing trips and the unsuccessful ones. All of these memories were made in Thanet.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Ukip for South Thanet? maybe not

I was browsing local blogs earlier today and it seems most people like the idea of Ukip but when it comes to the actual practicalities it's a different matter. We want fresh vegetables but won't pay the prices that enables the farmer to pay more money to the workers. I can remember as a boy mothers with children getting in the backs of lorries off to pick fruit or potatoes. Nowadays health and safety regulations would never allow that. The rules churned out by some faceless aristocrat put paid to many things over the years. All other countries read them and file them under chicken shit just like the rebel in that 70's classic Amercan Graffiti. Not us the great British way is to ensure compliance, it creates red tape and jobsworths love red tape. Give a cretin some authority and he will bask in ensuring red tape is adhered to. In France the same regulation in met with NON from authorities and public alike but we ensure adherence.
Ukip blame all ills on immigration but I see Europe and its endless legislature of every facet of daily life as the problem. They legislate everything and it employs thousands to invent new rules which are churned out in there thousands each year. The only thing the haven't managed to legislate for is toilet paper strong enough for diaharea. All these stupid rules have sanitized our lives and when your morning cuppa in the cafe is served by a Pole who will work in a low paid job we blame immigration for everything that is wrong. In my humble opinion it is the rules and regulations that have given rise to Ukip not the fact our carrots will not get harvested if immigration is reversed.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Skiffle for Change Mental Health Event TC Margate

Skiffle for Change are proud to be holding an event at the fantastic Turner Contemporary in Margate.
This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a two hour interactive session bringing music and art together to break down stigma and discrimination around mental health.
The event itself involves attendees taking part in a music workshop, 1 to 1 conversations with people with lived experience of mental health issues, a mental health workshop, and tea and cakes!
The Turner Contemporary offers a stimulating and beautiful venue and is sure to add a new dimension to the experience.
The event is limited to 40 attendees and registration is open now. skiffle for changewebsite