Thursday, 3 July 2014

A couple of ten minute sketches of the Italianate Greenhouse in Ramsgate a few photos near Epple Bay a possible ramble

 I think the Italianate Greenhouse is one that I would need to practice quite a bit to get anything I was really pleased with.
 Anyway two attempts.
well the photo is accurate I guess
 The main news today seems to be the meeting between Ann Gloag and the leader of Thanet District Council, this is the only info that seems to have come out of it:

“Iris Johnston
Dear All, Cllr Nicholson , Mrs Homer and I met with Mrs Goag, Mrs Bradeley and Mr Welch for well over an hour this am and I have just got back to Margate. I am extremely disappointed to say that despite our full and frank discussion Mrs Gloag's position is unchanged . She asked for full confidentiality at the outset of the meeting and I must respect that. The next step is the motion and petitions to Council. Mrs Gloag is aware. Kindest regards and much regret, Iris
Sent from my iPad”

These pictures are from just west of Epple Bay, or if you like the coast at the eastern end of Birchington, this was where I had my picnic lunch.








30 comments:

  1. Did you go up those stairs Michael? I'd been cycling past them for over 20 years when I finally went up to investigate a couple of years back, and somehow expected some sort of magical secret garden (turns out it's just a concrete footpath round the back of some houses).

    I wonder why they didn't continue the promenade sea wall eastwards around the rest of Epple Bay to West Bay?

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    1. To be honest Peter I had very little time to do anything much today, so no I didn’t investigate and assumed like the other entrances along there it lead to someone’s garden.

      I guess it was the spider’s web against the brick and steps I wanted in the photo, but as it was pretty dark in there I couldn’t really get enough depth of field using the camera on my phone.

      Natural coastline I suppose I would like the prom to go around the whole of Thanet

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    2. Looking at the last Corporate Performance report back at April's Cabinet meeting, the only problem with that is funding. The technical reports to go towards applying for funding are ready along with designs but there isnt any money to pay for it. Always found those entrances a bit eerie.

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    3. I'm guessing those tunnels went right down to the beach prior to the concrete sea wall being built (late 70s?). I guess it was needed, but I love looking at old photos of Grenham Bay with the chalk stacks and unprotected cliffs (looks alot like Botany Bay).

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  2. Houses it is then and I bet she gets grants from the Government to build them, or am I just an old sceptic?

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    1. Looking that way Don, have to wait and see I think, there is some talk of a European coach hub too.

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    2. Its TDC that pick up the New House Built Premium set up by this government as a bribe to councils to allow developments to go ahead. Based on the council tax income it will be at least £5 millions for a 1000 dwelling development.

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    3. Yep just what I thought Dave someone somewhere will be making money out of this debarckle plus Gloag get the tax rite off

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  3. Watching the news lately our bank interest rate and our economy seems to hinge on housing if lots of houses are built and first time buyers get them it must be a good thing a glut of houses would drop the prices and foil all the rich with their surplus money from buying them provided there was a residency clause it could be only a good thing for our future generations.
    Also I think Ann Gloag should stand for our South Thanet MPs vacancy she would walk it with the Ramsgate votes,
    Stargazer.

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  4. I also think she would walk it, but I don't think she could be bothered or has the time as she has so many houses to build.
    I wonder how Iris Johnson was received when she had a chat with Ann Gloag

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  5. Wow, she has the support of two people who hide their identity. I bet Nigel Farage is quaking in his boots.

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  6. Peter the thing is, Manston has closed there is no chance of TDC getting a CPO or Ann Gloag OBE giving it away. So the airport will never have planes using it again. Now as for your friend Sir roger and the conservative party won't see power in Thanet for a while as its normally a conservative area but UKIP will take a large number of conservative votes so Labour will win for the first time in ages. This will happen all over the UK and Labour will win a land slide victory.
    It's good to see your supporting the losing side again, "you just can't pick a winner"

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  7. Purple if the tories want to enlist the support of locals in Ramsgate then short listing 3 out of town tories is a funny way of going about it!!

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    1. ex UKIP man gets Conserv endorsement. Short list of 3 becomes Craig Mackinlay.

      interesting choice as Farage (if he stands here) will be up against an ex UKIP. I wonder how Driver and Scobie will react?

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  8. If you have say £3,000,000 your would think that would be enough money to be represented by the conservative party but it's not. How many people of Thanet do you think fall above that amount of wealth?
    A quote I read today by Winston Churchill
    Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains.”
    But it should read " show me a young conservative with less than £3,000,000 and ill show you someone who cant read a manifesto.

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  9. I have admit that it looks like the Thanet Conservatives are going through the motions but expecting UKIP to split the Right vote much more than the Left vote.

    My guess is that as Will Scobie managed to get the seat at KCC despite the swing to UKIP he will probably get in in Thanet South.

    Like Laura, Will is often to be seen in the local towns, and I would say both of them are about as well liked as politicians can be.

    Will is very responsive to all forms of communication, this is the first thing I look for in a candidate.

    I suppose the best constituency MP we have had in recent years was Jonathan Aitken, which as a statement has a certain irony to it.

    Not sure what will happen in Thanet North, I had assumed that Roger Gale had it for as long as he stood, but I think recently some of the things he has said, particularly relating to the airport are undermining his credibility. I think it was only yeaterday he was on TV saying that the vast majority in Thanet want an airfreight hub at Manston, well from my perspective I would say it looks like about 20% are glad to see Manston close, about 35% are very keen on the airport (not a freight hub) reopening and the other 45% just don’t seem to be interested in issue.

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    1. http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/transport_select_committee_to_look_into_manston_1_3669770

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  10. Peter I would be pleased to invite you to my home for tea or coffee provided we did not discuss politics religion or Manston as we have a common interest but the uncouth people you rub shoulders with might heave a brick through my window,
    Stargazer

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    1. I don't go to the homes of men I don't know, you might only be after one thing!

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  11. Reported on twitter a few hours ago "BBC Radio Kent has learnt that the Leader Kent County Council held separate talks with Ann Gloag the owner of Manston airport yesterday."..
    So much for a united front from both councils.

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  12. Presumably that was a secret discussion too...

    Incidentally Michael, a rather good book shop opened in Margate High Street recently (I went in there today for the first time, came out with a nice biography on Carl Perkins).

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    1. Yep Peter I did post about it the other day, “Hooked on Books” moved from Dover, run by Gary pleasant chap who used to work in my shop years ago before he set up in Dover.

      Good quality book stock and well worth a visit.

      Not sure all this secrecy is going to help anyone in the long run, it’s as though the main players are still living in the world before social media.

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    2. I wonder if any of the local KCC councillors were invited along or at least know what the meeting was for?

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  13. How come everyone knows about these secret meetings

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    1. It's what was said at the meetings that's secret.

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    2. I don't think it was ever a secret. In fact the one with Iris had been due for a good while. TDC issued a press release on the 11th June referring to it.

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    3. I'm that the actual conversations will always remain secret. Were they even taped / filmed?

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