Perusing the local blogs I see Simon Moores author of Marxist Margate http://about.me/marxistmargate and Ian Driver who featured in the Marist Bulletin http://www.bolshevik.org/mb/2democracy.htm have just condemned the increasingly right wing administration at TDC for refusing to discuss the EEC while on the other hand Marx’s statue in Kiev has been toppled http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25290959 even David Green on his new blog named in Boswellian style “Eastcliff, Ramsgate, Thanet Diary” moved against the party line and published his views on the independent standard members http://eastclifframsgatethanetdiary.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/independent-members-standards-report.html I guess he was hoping to engage some of the locals in debate but instead attracted one of those rambling comment about firing ranges and the IRA from one of the Thanet blog spammers.
Meanwhile Barry has a dream http://promote-ramsgate.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/ramsgate-vision.html that someday Ramsgate may have a plan.
I have to admit to wondering exactly what the council could possibly say about the in out business with the EEC that would effect anyone or anything, to be honest I haven’t go a clue if we would be better of in or out. I do quite a bit of overseas trade in books, but mostly to English speaking countries or to be precise countries where either English is the main language or the main language for academic study, which precludes most of Europe.
The whole business of UKIP certainly seems to be stirring up the local Tories http://birchington.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/shut-that-door.html they seem to be very concerned about Will Scobie the only Thanet candidate to beat UKIP in the county elections. I guess as Will did his masters in European politics he is unlikely to side with getting out just in case he doesn’t win the parliamentary election.
I have started Christmas shopping, frankly not an easy one, new book wise about the only type that people don’t seem try to get rid of after Christmas as unwanted presents are the local history books, none of the ones I publish http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/catalogue/ ever seem to be included with the heaps of offerings from celebrity chefs, and coffee tablature that has been replaced by the internet.
Last year, the children 15 nephews and nieces + my own were using various mobile electronic game devices, this year they are all playing games on their smartphones, which include the once popular, walkman (no cassettes needed), mp3 player (no CDs needed), camera (no film needed), torch (no batteries needed) same with my own children. Anyone for socks?
In the peculiar world of secondhand books, the Ebay effect (basically secondhand items make much more acceptable presents than they used to) we are noticing increased Christmas sales. I had some of the nephews over the weekend which does involve some discussion of books they want. The Kindle which may have caught on with whatever replaced the YUPPIE doesn’t seem to have caught on with the youf of today.
Pleasurama and the cliff are still looking pretty bad the council still haven't done the work from the last inspection
Market day in King Street Ramsgate was once again made very difficult by the rubbish and recycling collected at 11 am which is the earliest yet.
|One mitigating factor is that there were far fewer shoppers, not sure if this is cased by the rubbish, or if it was just a quiet morning.