Saturday, June 24, 2006

Wind Up Time

"What was that all about then?" asked a friend at a BBQ today.

More rubbish from Smudger in this week's 'Thanet Gazumph'. I wonder if he writes this trash just to wind me up?

I'm supposed to have "told off" a young lady on the same Hercules flight with the RAF Falcons for "Blowing her nose, telling her she should have swallowed it instead."

Let's be accurate here. The young lady in question was experiencing visible discomfort as the Hercules, having dropped the RAF Falcons, made its sudden, steep unpressurised descent from 12,000 feet to 300 feet for a flyby past the airshow. If you aren't used to this kind of drop, then you can find your eardrums close to rupturing if you can't equalise the pressure in time. In this case, she was clearly experiencing pain and I suggested that she swallow repeatedly and blow her nose gently to release the pressure trapped in her ears. It worked but a corrupted version of the truth in the Gazumph is all the thanks I get.

As for going through someone else's airshow programme, all the Falcons kindly signed one of these for my daughter but when we landed I couldn't find it on my seat and so I asked the person next to me if I might look at hers in case she had picked mine up by mistake. She hadn't but I found it later.

Smudger really needs to find something or someone more interesting to write about than me I think.

19 comments:

G Rhodes said...

Is it poor quality reporting, or perhaps smudger is having trouble seeing things accurately through green eyes! There is clearly an underlying motive for smudger to take such a keen interest in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Ignore the sad git. He obviously knows nothing and would say you're snogging if you gave someone C.P.R!!!!!

Anonymous said...

If the story was so pointless and inaccurate, why give it more airtime by repeating the gist, and talking about it, here. Self-publicity?

Lucy Mail said...

Quite a challenge that you lay down for Smudger!
A tenner says that he'll cope with it with ease.

tony flaig said...

There are several reasons, for blogging in my case, one) is I like the sound of my own voice, two) many of the people who run our lives are similarly opinionated and arrogant and occasionally I like to have fun at their expense.

Personally I am rather peeved that I have yet to be subject of newspaper comment, and if Smudger requires someone more interesting to write about Me, Me, Me,

Hopefully one day I will be as influential as yourself, but in any case I will continue to write hopefully with a bit of bite and humour.

I think you protest too much!

Anonymous said...

Dr Moores. You are right. There are far more subjects to write about in a newspaper than you.

Old Codger said...

You have all missed the point about Smudger and Dr.Moores. The fact that nose-blowing and swallowing is an item is because Thanetlife has become an important news forum and barometer of how local people are thinking and talking.
Because the medium is instant, well informed and topical, the 'Gazunder' is clearly tapping in as are many Cllrs; some openly and bravely others just looking; our Thanet North MP contributes.
Dr Moores' visits to site log has jumped in past 5 months, reflecting the strength of this medium. Contributors have reported prompt action by TDC on issues that had been neglected previously and a subtle change in Gazunder's editorial policy. There has been talk by contributors of political involvement in Thanet affairs and our own James seems to be getting stuck in. No wonder Smudger is interested. He is perhaps acknowledging the profile of Dr Moores and this site; no bad thing at all!

Anonymous said...

If you are right Old Codger, then it is important that this site is used to identify and debate local issues, and issues of relevance and interest to local people. It is important that the news items selected for promotion are chosen sensibly and fairly, and not to denigrate one political party - the Labour Party - and constantly to laud another - the Conservative Party. The news items should not have the heavy emphasis they currently do on topics - such as immigration and sexuality - that are certain to promote controversial and hostile language and antagonism towards certain parts of local society.

And there needs to be more "editorial" consistency. Jibes at those who attack the likes of Gale, Ezekiel, and other leading Tories should also be directed at those, such as local Tory Wise, who post extremely rude comments about opposition Thanet Councillors.

Until all of that happens, this site deserves no more serious attention than the local press.

DrMoores said...

Self publicity no. Indignation yes! If people are going to write stories about me, whether I like them or not, an element of truth would be appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Don't be silly DrM a truthful or newsworthy story requires some effort and a bit of intelligence. Not really something Smudger (and we all know who he is!) is capable of. He was a waste of space years ago and doesn't seem to have changed much.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the journalist - whom you really should thank, Dr Moores, for enabling you to court all this additional publicity - was being slightly satirical. I thought you approved of that.

Dear, dear, dear, there's no pleasing some people.

DrMoores said...

Believe it or not but I have absolutely no interest in having additional publicity from the Thanet Gazette. In fact.. I'll go on the record, "Please forget I exist" - Thank you!

old bodger said...

Come off it you bloggers are all the same, you have an axe to grind, otherwise why do it.

DrMoores said...

Possibly true at the beginning although I was more interested in creating a news resource of kinds for Thanet. The Guardian links in to my now very sorely neglected weblog that has been going since "Blogs" started. Now, I'm not particularly bothered by the publicity aspect. If people are interested in what I write they'll visit, if not, well I think I may have helped stimulate enough new local weblogs for them to find ideas and information elsewhere, so I think I've done my "bit".

However, if what appears here make even the smallest difference in improving people's quality of life in Thanet then it's worth it. And thanks to TDC for swiftly cleaning up the Westgate War Memorial after I pointed it a week ago. It's appreciated.

James Maskell said...

Trying to get stuck in, Old Codger, trying to...

One comments caught my attention. Which Opposition Councillor was Cllr Wise extremely rude about?

Doreen Potts said...

James, it was Councillor Green. And that nasty Mr Wise's comments were so unpleasant and unnecessary, I had to put the tea towel over my budgie's cage in case he saw the words on the screen.

Doreen Potts said...

James, it was Councillor Green. And that nasty Mr Wise's comments were so unpleasant and unnecessary, I had to put the tea towel over my budgie's cage in case he saw the words on the screen.

Cllr David Green said...

Did I miss something? I'd hate to think I'd been insulted without knowing it !

Anonymous said...

It's all in the "keep it clean" item posted on 16 June. Some especially cutting comments from Mr Wise.