Friday, April 21, 2006

It's Gone - All Gone

The Thanet District Council website has completely disappeared from the Internet. I've established this with a "Ping" test which confirms "Destination unreachable." Whether this means Thanet or simply the website, I don't know but I'll make some calls and try and find out.

Two minutes later and from the Chief Exec's office, yes.. the website is down or more accurately the hosting company is having "difficulties". Until an online government is returned to the island, I'm declaring emergency rule and Thanet will be run from here and EastCliff Richard's weblog until further notice.

The first acts of local legislation are to flood the Wantsum Channel and turn us back into an island with a border control and to place a moratorium on all further building projects until we've sorted out the roads mess. Those in favour vote here please. Those against can go and vote somewhere else!

Later... It's back, so that was the fastest change of local government in history. TDC is carrying the message "WEB, SERVICE CENTRE AND AUTOMATED TELEPHONE PAYMENT FACILITIES TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE" but you can always send your cheques here if you prefer.

Ten minutes later... No, it's gone again, so the people's 'Free Thanet Liberation Party' are in charge until further notice.

13 comments:

Peter said...

What a great post! Viva la democratic people's republic of thanet!

To show my support I tipped a bottle of water into the field just to the west of the sarre roundabout!

Every drop counts!

Peter

Brother PR Bloke said...

This is the Peoples Liberation Party for a Free Thanet (PLPFT) and we don't like the PFTLP, Dr. Moores. Anyway what did TDC ever do for us?

DrMoores said...

Have you never heard of the Thanet aquaduct, the Westwood Colliseum or the Turner Romanus Centre?

TDC gave us these and more.. roads, wheelie bins, sorry I have to stop to think for a while...

DrMoores said...

Have you never heard of the Thanet aquaduct, the Westwood Colliseum or the Turner Romanus Centre?

TDC gave us these and more.. roads, wheelie bins, sorry I have to stop to think for a while...

Anonymous said...

Has anyone thought of driving a large iron stake in beach attaching a long piece of string to the stake and a pedlo and towing us down to the Channel Isle,s.

Brother PR Bloke said...

Wot aqauaduct; yeah, ok, so other than the Westwood Colliseum, the Turner Romanus Centre(they never got round to that)and Brother Hon Sec just reminded me about the Situs Domus Mobilus Maximus, other than that WHAT has TDC ever done for us? Long Live the PLPFT or was it PPLPFT?

Peter said...

With the republic now declared I like to think of what Thomas Jefferson said:

in matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

(sorry borrowed that from the side bar)

Peter

DrMoores said...

Thanks to the revolution, the first contribution to the law and order debate will be the re-introduction of the stocks for ASBO-related offences.

Peter said...

I always get confused...what's the difference between stocks and shares...and why would I want to buy any in ASBO people?

hmmmm

Anonymous said...

I think you should relax, whether their website is available or not I'd do not think it will affect their competence in any other matters.

James Maskell said...

The website is working fine at time of posting here. This is the explanation of the problem according to the TDC website.
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We would like to advise customers that our online payments facility is temporarily unavailable for essential maintenance purposes.

As this service also operates the payment facilities offered by our Service Centre and automated payments line, these services are also unavailable.

To save you any inconvenience please avoid trying to make a payment at this time.

We apologise for the inconvenience that this work may cause you but it is an essential upgrade requested by our bank to maximise the security of our customers.
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This warning has been up for most of this week so it shouldnt be much of a suprize. Other than this there shouldnt be any problems.

DrMoores said...

Satire is lost on some people!

Anonymous said...

I love this, keep up the good work. Thanet for Thanet people, go on flood the Wansum. All for FTLP

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