|Jesus Saves in Brighton|
People here in Thanet, may be relieved to know, that this is not coming in their direction, either because the client has concluded that we can't be saved and are beyond redemption or because Brighton has been singled-out for special treatment.
Normally, one sees this kind of banner flying in the mid-west of the United States, rather than Sussex and for me, at least, it's a first.
I can't wait for that telephone call from the Church of Scientology though!
I had rather hoped that summer had arrived at last this morning but now, as it's briefly clouded-over, this gives me time to write a short blog entry. Today being the last day of June, we appear to be moving in to the mid-summer blogging doldrums, with not very much happening and no single Thanet Council crisis for at least a week.
|Reculver Towers Descending Back into Thanet|
Rather than taking the 15:53 high speed to St Pancras, I decided on the 15:20 from Westgate. The latter was late but I subsequently noticed on Twitter that the former had been cancelled altogether.
As it was, I arrived at my appointment somewhat hot and bothered but near enough on time but if I had relied on the high-speed service, I would have been in trouble.
On the way home on almost the last service from Victoria, I speculated on Twitter what the train for Ramsgate might have in store for me this time; there's almost always something disturbing or intimidating on the north Kent line.
This time, it was the drunk opposite waking-up and complaining that I had stolen his can of drink and his mobile phone. I've noticed now that on the late trains from London that the conductor or guard, rarely if ever leaves his spot at the back of the train, possibly because, from conversation with them, they are too worried over encountering a difficult or potentially violent situation between Chatham and Ramsgate.
Most recently, I have been in dialogue with the British Transport Chief Constable, Andy Trotter and the BTP inspector at Maidstone but if my personal experience in any way mirrors those of other travellers, the late night trains from Victoria require some kind of presence on a regular basis and more recently, there have been far too many stories of unpleasant and often violent incidents on the route.
Several of my fellow travellers that night in the carriage, were easily identifiable as being on a one way trip to Margate, even past midnight. Where are they coming from and more importantly, who is sending them to us? It's a mystery that we badly need to solve if we are to be given any control of the deprivation statistics that are too often thrust upon us, here in Thanet.