I see that Tony Flaig, formerly of 'Big News Margate' now has an exciting new weblog, Outside the Turner Contemporary. Nothing I'm sure to do with the capture of passing trade, with the gallery due to open in three months.
I can see it now, national and international television and radio flocking into Margate for the opening and looking for local colour, ready wit and cynical comment, just happen to stumble across a weblog with a conveniently similar name to the gallery. A cunning plan worthy of the mysteriously vanished 'Eastcliff Richard', who is now rumoured to be holding up a fine new concrete bridge on the new road being built south of the airport, on account of having upset one of our well-connected local businessmen! Either that or he's enjoying a Martini on his yacht in the Caribbean!
I'm somehow reminded of Marvin, the paranoid robot from Douglas Adam's 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', in the role of unofficial Margate tour guide.
On Thursday, council voted through the re-structuring plans for TDC management, in order to make considerable savings to the embattled public purse. Labour's 'cabinet of all the talents', were reminded that the last time they reorganized in a similar manner when they held power, it added £500,000 to the wages bill but times are tougher and we have to find savings of £1.8 million simply to stand still. Rather than voting for the reorganization, Labour abstained, en masse, partly I think because they didn't really understand the detail in the balance sheet and no single member of their front bench team was capable of interpreting the contents of the report. For once, readers may note, no pre-prepared press release or should I say speech appeared, which reinforces my view that they are quite incapable of sensibly debating anything detailed on council policy and strategy, 'off-script.'
Back at Westminster, with the loss of Alan Johnson, Labour has lurched so visibly to the 'Left' with Ed Balls now Shadow Chancellor, that the news this morning reports that donors are leaving the party. Andrew Marr was interviewing the new Shadow Foreign Secretary and former Gordon Brown's right-hand man, Douglas Alexander on the BBC and remarked that the shadow opposition now looks very much like the previous Government's front bench with the exception of Gordon Brown. Ahh well said young Dougie, we are a different party now. I bet they are, just ask the Trade Unions.
Finally, I see there's a vigorous web-based campaign building up against the proposal to repaint the Margate light house on the Harbour Arm from its present fantastical shade of grey concrete. I had some vague notion that its often helpful to have lighthouses visible by day as an easy reference for passing ships. After all, hundreds of years ago, passing ships used to dip their sails in honour of the statue of 'Our Lady of Bradstowe' when they passed the North Foreland but I would have thought that once again, with the Turner Contemporary opening only weeks away, a touch of colour might brighten-up the view I see when walking my dog towards Margate in the mornings.