Posting has been a little late today as the server has been unavailable for some unknown reason. Still, it’s fixed now or appears to be.
I had a call earlier from the BBC, Radio Kent’s Pat Marsh Show. Apparently, they want to have a quick look at the “Blogging” phenomenon at 10:30 am on Monday and have honed-in on this one for an interview. Mind you, if we knew who the mysterious “Eastcliff Richard” was, I’d recommend him instead, as his is much funnier than mine and you can’t have enough coverage for Ramsgate as the millionaire’s playground of the south-east.
Mind you, I had a look at one of our other local “chat” sites today which has a “name and shame” feature and I was alarmed at some of the content, which wouldn’t be permitted under the site rules here and which sails very close to the libel laws. Most recently, someone there was accused of having “Aids” and I believe that there is a real danger of some people misunderstanding the nature of free speech in regard to the law.
On another note today, I suppose that if you wish to sum-up politics today, then read the news that during the last election, Cherie Blair spent £7,700 on having her hair prepared by a personal stylist, which says it all.
In her role as Ms Booth, a high court judge, Cherie rumoured to earn as much as £700,000 a year – not including speaking and appearance fees but it’s convenient that when ‘Bad hair day’ arrives, the Labour party will pick up the bill. Now I’ll lay odds that John Prescott’s wife – she of the really big hair – may have run up a similarly large bill, allegedly but that has yet to come out in the wash. – That’s a pun!
A Labour spokeswoman said: "So what? We won the election."
I wonder how our very own New Labour – New Hairstyle, Iris feels about this use of party funds. Did Thanet have a hidden political hair-care fund during the last election?
Meanwhile, County Councillor Clive of the immaculately coiffured hair writes to tell us that he’s delighted that “KCC Cabinet Member Keith Ferrin has finally acted to remove the large scaffolding-like structures that supported two huge motorway type signs on the main pedestrian promenade in Margate.”
However, Cllr Clive’s original request, made during a debate last year at County Hall, was for the supports and signs to be replaced with more appropriate designs given the seafront location and the negative impact on people entering the town.
Cllr. Hart said “I have to say I’m somewhat bemused by the way this matter is being dealt with by KCC. The removal of the scaffold-like structures will undoubtedly help with the free flow of pedestrians along the promenade and I’m very thankful for that. "
“However”, adds Clive, “we are still left with the hugely offending motorway-type signs in a conservation area. To make matters worse one of these signs directs people to the Margate Caves, which are closed, and the Turner Contemporary. Directions to our much-loved Shell Grotto and our beautiful Theatre Royal on smaller, more appropriate signs would be far more useful for visitors.”