I spent some time today over the top of the Ramsgate Week yacht races and to be honest, if I didn't know already what was happening, I wouldn't really have noticed, from above, that a significant sporting event was taking place. In contrast, Cowes, last week, was so packed with yachts across the Solent that it was like watching hundreds if not thousands of Ants, scurrying between the Isle of Wight and Southampton.
The Thanet beaches were certainly busy today and it looks as if we may get another 24 hours of sunshine before some very bad weather starts to come in our direction; another large depression forecast for early next week.
Another challenge today was to get a second aircraft over Goodison Park , requested by the Everton fans, for the game against Wigan. A last minute call prompted a quick change of plan as it was revealed that a special Madeleine McAnn moment was taking place just before kick-off and so before the match we trailed a `Say No to Kirkby' banner over the ground. Voting among fans on the issue of the club leaving Liverpool is taking place at the moment.
Yesterday, I spotted the horrendous trafffic jam on the M25, which had people trapped on the motorway for over ten hours. I felt desperately sorry for those trying to get to Gatwick for the start of their holidays, so near and yet so far, from my vantage point above Clackett services. It strikes me that simply getting from A to B along the motorway system these days is a game of Russian Roulette. You just know that your'e going to be stuck on the motoway one day and most likely when it's vital that you reach your destination on time. No wonder some people are choosing to stay in airport hotels the night before their flights, just to be sure of getting to the airport at all!
Every reason perhaps to encourage more passenger flights and destinations from Manston, just to avoid the challenge of the main London airports. I read last week that some passengers were having to wait as long as nine hours for their baggage to re-appear after arriving at Heathrow, thanks to new security checks!
One fine example of traffic madness could be seen yesterday, just on the exit from the St Nicholas roundabout heading towards Birchington. A driver in a 4WD Shogun, clearly not from these parts, had stopped about fifty yards in to the dual carriageway, having decided that he had taken the wrong exit. I then watched him reverse back towards the roundabout - I was coming the other way - into the on-coming traffic!
The fact that an accident didn't happen was only a matter of luck, as cars, swinging in at speed towards Birchinton, had to swerve to avoid the 4WD reversing back towards them.
Finally, I just spotted, on another weblog, that Thanet Life stands accused of being a Xenophobic, racist publication populated by a readership of morons and Neanderthals - pictured - . So nothing to worry about there then!