Monday, 26 June 2017

A few Ramsgate photos

The Albion hotel was demolished to make way for Madeira walk and National Westminster Bank that was built in the 1890s, the pictures here should expand with a bit of enthusiastic clicking 
 Harbour Parade in the 1800s
The domed building, harbour commissioners rooms was demolished in 1890
 These photos taken this evening, the air is fairly clear today
 making it easier to see in the distance,
 although not so easy in the direction of the sun
the cliffs in the distance are France, I think, also note the ship pumping out a cloud of exhaust.

We have been moving book sections around in the bookshop today, this isn’t so much a sort of M&S method of confusing customers as a reflection of changes in popularity of different subjects because of the internet.

In this case there has been an increase in music book sales, musicians biographies and music scores, both classical and wosisname while books about the movies and film star biographies are seeing a decline in sales.

But what does it all mean? Anyway here is the link to the books that went out on the shelves http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/pigs-and-vampires-in-bookshop.html   


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Manston Airport Consultation drop in sessions initial thoughts and out and about Ramsgate photos today

The various companies that have gone under various names containing the word Riveroak and have had some of the same senior management team but none of which ever seem to have had any non senior management staff held another series of drop in sessions relating to their desire to have some part of government use government powers to take the Manston site from its current owners, for them, held another series of public drop in sessions last week.

This relates to Manston airport which started commercial operations in the 1960s with Air Ferry Ltd and following a series of operator bankruptcies starting with Air Ferry Ltd and finishing with Plane Station Ltd finally closed in 2014 after going through the hands of a couple of operators to big to go bust.

At the moment it belongs to the group that rescued the Pfizer site in Sandwich and is now the largest source of local employment. Their plans are for light industry and housing and as we need the jobs, have to build the houses somewhere in Thanet and they have a proven track record, it would seem most likely that this is what will happen. They own the site, have already run a local site that provides hundreds of much needed local jobs and having sold the Pfizer site presumably have the money.

This is the link to their website http://www.stonehillpark.co.uk/

The last RiverOak drop in session I went to was back in July 2016 and here is the link to some of the posts I wrote about this back then http://thanetonline.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=riveroak+canterbury

This time around I noticed that the Ramsgate session was very short and as Ramsgate would be the main town affected by aircraft noise I assumed the session would be far too crowded so I went to the Canterbury one, which as Canterbury isn’t affected was pretty much deserted.

Having tried fairly hard at the last session and in subsequent emails to get my concerns across I was expecting some understanding of the main environmental issues, that I first raised with the RiverOak team about a year ago, to be going along the road to solutions.

The two main issues being Particulate pollution and its impact on public health and noise pollution over Ramsgate and how any insulation scheme would operate in a large conservation area, with so many listed buildings.

The don’t seem to have done any work on either issue, this is something that makes it very difficult to follow what they intend. Their main concerns seem to be related to conforming to the minimum requirements required by The Department for Transport to initiate a Development Consent Order and honestly the Riveroak representatives I spoke to just didn’t seem to have a good grasp of the environmental impact of an airfreight hub.

I will use the particulate air pollution issue to illustrate what I mean here.

Now I would guess that most people have heard about the recent change of attitude towards diesel road vehicles due to the discovery that the tiny particles that come out of their exhaust pipes are killing people.

The exhaust coming from a jet engine is much worse, mainly because no one has worked out a way of attaching the catalytic converters and filters that go on road vehicles, but also because burning jet engine fuel produces a lot of particles.

It is important to appreciate the government is very concerned about the effects on people living upwind of major road junctions where as much as 10 tons of diesel is burn in a year.

Part of the proposals for the Manston DCO is that there will 10,000 freight plane movements there a year, now a freight plane like a 747 burns 1 tonne of fuel per ground movement. It burns around 1 gallon of fuel per second with a takeoff burning around 2.5 tonnes.

Speaking to two of Riveroak's environmental specialists and realising that they just hadn't a clue how much fuel a freight plane burns and just couldn't seem to grasp the figures I think sums up the whole problem for me.

Thanet already has reasonably high levels of particulate air pollution, like the rest of the southeast this is due to the prevailing wind direction across the south of the uk.

Particulate pollution kills people in considerable numbers, here is the Wiki article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Particulates roughly every doubling of the background level increases the chances of lung cancer by about 35%. The latest research points at it being the main cause of alzheimer's.

Like the business with scrapping diesel cars the research and information is all fairly recent and the only airport I know of where the particulate pollution has been measures is Los Angeles


Here is the map showing how much and how far.

Next the out and about photos taken in Ramsgate today




finally the latest books to go out in the bookshop



Friday, 23 June 2017

Old photo from Ramsgate Harbour crosswall and Manston DCO drop in

Interesting Ramsgate Harbour photo this one, it dates from before 1890 although I don’t know exactly when
 This detail from the photo above shows the harbour trustee’s committee house this copper domed building with a balcony overlooking the harbour was demolished in 1890.

This detail from the same photo shows the swing bridge mechanism for beige over the now filled in easterly of the lock gates.

As part of the Manston DCO consultation there will be a drop in information session in Ramsgate tomorrow Saturday 24 June at The Comfort Inn, Ramsgate, from10am to 2pm. This event is open to any member of the public that would like to attend.

If you are interested in Manston Airport and the possibly of its reopening, I would strongly recommend going to the session if you can.  

For the dedicated bibliophiles here is the link the books that went out in the bookshop in Ramsgate today http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/utopias-in-bookshop.html  


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Couple of old Ramsgate photos and some out and about snaps



Bit of trouble with my hypotenuse this evening I think, this lot of Ramsgate snaps seem even squiffer than usual. Anyway here is the link http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/617/id11.htm

I have decided it’s to do with the heat and expect the weather to break tomorrow as it’s my day off.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Shop window dressing in Ramsgate


As a shop assistant there are moments when I can only aspire to that great shop assistant Mr Humphries whose mirror image John Inman would go shop-window dressing when he contracted skinttitis out on the boards.


So I have been following –  like a fourth doppelganger, he, his mirror image, a long line of Ramsgate shop-assistants and possibly the evolution of the arm, down the road of linking it all up.


In the world where most booksellers and a lot of other shop-assistants have looked at the internet an thrown in the towel I very much see the internet as an aid-de-camp, sorry I think I mean de livre.


So for some time now I have been putting photos of the books going out on the shelves in my bookshop on the internet every working day, see http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/ I have extended this activity into window dressing. 



So the plan now is that having priced the new secondhand books coming into the bookshop, photographed them, put the photographs online, I then take out the books I put into the window on the previous days trading and put the ones I have just processed init.


Joking apart, shops are an integral part of our communities and as now the internet has also become an integral part of local communities the way local shopping integrates with local internet is probably important in maintaining local communities.  

sorry about any errors will proof rude later 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Some Ramsgate Photos, a bit of sketching in Canterbury a hot day.

Went for a walk this morning in Ramsgate, as I have gone back to keeping a camera in my pocket I took some photos with it, the one above interested me more than usual, for anyone interested here is the link to the content of the camera card


 I went to Canterbury for the middle bit of the day and invigilated the rest of the family from Chocolate Cafe where I started a watercolour sketch. I think I like the idea of doing some sketches sitting in windows that are half of the inside and half of the outside.

Back to Ramsgate where I went for another walk around 5.30

Too hot a day to say much about the council's attitude to historic vessels as a Ramsgate tourist attraction   


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Friday, 16 June 2017

Old Thanet Pictures

 Click on the pictures a bit and they should expand, if you don't know where the pictures are of ask in the comments.
















Oh and here is the link to the shipping off Margate this evening