A note for your diaries for tomorrow evening. BBC South-east News Tonight will be filming their report, live, from Margate beach, starting with an interview with council leader, Sandy Ezekiel at 6:30pm. The weather is a little uncertain for Friday anyway but let's hope for enough sunshine to present the town at its best on an August evening. I suppose it's a chance for anyone milling around the seafront at the time to express their opinions about the town and its future, as I can't see the BBC making all that effort without some form of quick 'Vox Pop' after speaking with the council leader.
Walking to the cashpoint in Westgate earlier, I encountered the kind of modern family that you would recognise from comedies such as 'Little Britain.'
Outside the station, the conversation went rather like this:
Teenager (brother?) to older teenager (father?) naked from the waist-up: "Aren't you going to get a ticket from the machine?"
"If you don't buy a ticket you t****r, you'll get fined £20 if they catch you."
Mother (teenager) pushing pram with two infants:
"F** Off, why should we?
Ed: Inspiring isn't it? Where on earth do we begin as a society to solve the growing problem presented by this kind family unit example, depressingly familiar to all of us living in Thanet? What hope do the children of these two teenagers have? None at all by the look of it. It's not helped by the influence of the media either. Here's an excerpt from this week's Big Brother, a source of discussion on the radio today.
"Brian then told the pair that he had been asked by Big Brother if Shakespeare had any involvement in the production of 'Pig In the City'.A straight-faced Gerry replied: "No, I think Shakespeare was involved in 'Babe'. And he wrote 'Ghostbusters'. I think Sylvia Plath wrote 'Ghostbusters 2'.""'Ghostbusters' was based on a true story," added Liam."