|Margate Beach December 2012|
I took a walk into Margate a little earlier to enjoy the winter sunshine and shot some photos along the way. You can find the picture gallery here.
The Old Town looked delightful but I was unconvinced by the present exhibition at the Turner Contemporary, which didn't really excite my limited artistic imagination on this visit.
I was quite impressed by the gymnastics of the teenagers jumping of the sand berm on to the beach, opposite Primark and in particular, two lads, Mike in the white shirt and Dan in the red. Future Olympic hopefuls? You never know!
|One Giant Leap|
I lean towards the 'Scobie-side' of the argument and believe that phones should be switched to silent, out of courtesy and that there should be no barrier to using tablets or smartphones to access data. I did exactly this at a Cabinet meeting earlier this year to bring-up the company records of the Royal Sands developer and correct an error in our own Council documents.
|Margate's Old Town|
Following Will Scobie's speech, there was talk of giving all Councillors a briefing on Social Media but I'm really not convinced, given the problems experienced with FaceBook and Blogs, that encouraging Members; a number of whom have yet to be introduced to the Internet, towards unrestrained 'Tweeting', is a good idea.
Meanwhile, I see that Cllr Ian Driver, is calling for the resignation of Council Chairman, Doug Clark for his “Appallingly partisan and unconstitutional abuse of power,” following Cllr Clark, a Labour Party stalwart, using his casting vote to kill any debate on the controversial Royal Sands development.
Ironically, it was the same Council Chairman and distinguished, former Mayor of Margate,, who was proud to inform me, that he never uses the Internet and wouldn't know how to. I understand that sending baked clay tablets in cuneiform script is the recommended method of contacting him on Council business. If you don't believe me give his email address a try!