Westwood Cross was busy this afternoon and there's more than a month to go until Christmas. Given that so many people appear on the blogs to believe the shopping centre was a bad idea, a great many more residents of Thanet are visibly voting with their feet or more to the point, their cars.
On the way towards home, I noticed that the Hornby factory was open and I dropped in for the first time, like the BBC's James May, wallowing in nostalgia, looking at Corgi models, Airfix kits and Scalextric cars. It was like a door to the past opening as I explained to my fourteen year old daughter that I used to spend hours gluing and painting model aircraft, suspend them from my ceiling on cotton and then one day, shoot them down with darts from my Gat air pistol. Didn't everyone?
Somewhere between the light bulbs and bathroom sealants aisles at B&Q, I bumped into the Chair of Scrutiny, Cllr Bob Bayford. We had a brief chat about the forthcoming by-election at Dane Valley and then I sauntered-off in my quest for quick drying cement; the very stuff of politics some might say!
I decided to finish the afternoon by taking the puppy for a walk and was ambushed on the way to the beach by the same dogs as before. Being a councillor I protested politely and was promptly told to F*** Off. A friendly local greeting that many readers may not be familiar with!