Saturday, April 15, 2006

North West Frontier

I had planned to "buzz" the CH4 Time Team digging-up the ancient remains of Ramsgate, in an attempt to catch presenter Tony Robinson with the aircraft's banner hook before releasing him out towards Belgium but the weather has defeated me.

Instead I notice from tomorrow's Kent on Sunday newspaper (I'm psychic) that the plans to run flights to and from West Virginia have reached a stalemate, as the Americans have concluded that Manston sounds too much like 'Manstoon', a Taleban-controlled province on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan and have decided that the good people of West Virginia would much prefer to holiday in Miami instead.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

They have probably looked at Thanetlife.com and realised that with a place like Birchington on Manston's doorstep, stuff Al-Queda and the Taliban risk; there's a real greater threat from baseball bat wielding and gun toting chimps around a smog ridden saloon called Pow Elarms in down -town square.

Anonymous said...

No doubt Tony Robinson, benefittng from his previous incarnation as Baldrick in the brilliant Blackadder series, would have accepted the indignity and pain of what you planned as just what he deserved.
After all his main reason for living as I recall was the vain hope that one day he might have his own turnip.
And he came from a family whose living was earnt shovelling dung.
Maybe this is why he now spends his time digging, its either looking for a turnip or reliving his father's vocation of shovelling.

Anonymous said...

This plan for flights to/from West Virginia was patently stoopid.
We need flights to/from Orlando MCO/SFB or New York JFK if we are to have viable and sustainable schedules, its where passengers actually want to go in large numbers every day of the year.
This is not rocket science.

Anonymous said...

What is also not rocket science is that daily commercial flights to anywhere taking off and landing over Ramsgate would kill the place stone dead. TDC would then have two dead ducks on its hands - Margate AND Ramsgate.

Of course, I suppose in that eventuality we could all live off vastly increased council taxes from Broadstairs.

Anonymous said...

5.25 Anon - Gatwick with who knows how many flights a day hasn't killed Crawley stone dead has it?
Why should the millionaires playground be any different?
I do have an old Georgian property in Arklow Sq Ramsgate and it has in the past been pretty deafening when the old russian cargo planes took off in our direction but over the last couple of years there has hardly been any noise, even when eujet were operating, or when the big 747 planes come and go.
I did put in double glazing which helped a bit, but when you were in the back garden you really couldn't hear anyone talking to you for maybe 30 seconds or so.
Not a big price to pay for the financial benefit of a working Manston.
But we've worked this topic to death in the past year so let's not start over again.

Anonymous said...

Sorry 4:48am, I was slightly exaggerating for effect. The level of overflying here in Ramsgate, if a trifle unnerving sometimes, isn't too bad at the moment. But I do believe that most people wouldn't want it to get any worse, or go on through the night.

As for Ramsgate becoming the new Crawley, all I can say is that in that case we'd better hurry up and burn down some more listed architecture to make room for all the Barrett homes. That's the sort of forward thinking Thanet's renowned for!