Tuesday, 16 February 2010

The recession section in the bookshop where all of the hardbacks are 10p and all of the paperbacks are 5p often causes us some amusement and brings us some customers that we wouldn’t normally get.

A recent one was an artist who bought 50 10p hardbacks to make a sculpture of a toilet, so I would say it is likely that I have received £5 of art council funding.

I have had a bit of a difficult time today as I had about 100 local history books to staple together and the new box of staples I opened had some faulty ones in it, all a bit angry making as it took me some time to work out what was wrong.

I don’t think I ever remember Pancake Day falling in half term before and I am wondering if the golden number as somehow slipped from the ecclesiastical to the academic calendar so now we will always be shriven with children.
Mine seemed to have gone pretty much critical before they were allowed to embark on their culinary expedition, and I sense signs of desperation amongst my customers with increased sales of doll dressing books and other diversions.

It is a bit of a difficult time of year to have a week off school, the parks are very cold and muddy, in fact there isn’t a lot for them to do, groups of bored secondary school children periodically drift into the shop, there really isn’t a place in town for them to go.

It is a great pity that one of the redundant council owned buildings couldn’t be turned into a youth centre, with skating, pool tables and so on, The Westcliff Hall would be a favourite for this.

3 comments:

  1. Rather than a £1,000,000 per year subsidising a minority interest like the TC, one has to wonder what that amount of our tax-payers money could do to provide worthwhile facilities for our young in Thanet on a year on year basis.

    For example, in Westgate alone, both the Ursuline and King Ethelbert Schools have multi-million pound state of the art Sports Halls funded by the state, within a few yards of each other. Is there any funding for these facilities to be used for half-terms and main school holidays for activities and clubs or are they standing in glorious empty isolation and unused by the young after school, at week-ends and during the holidays?

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  2. Great suggestion the old motor museum would make a good youth centre. Its about time TDC did something for the teenagers apart from producing cr***y newspapers that no-one between 10 and 20 reads.

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  3. Great suggestion the old motor museum would make a good youth centre. Its about time TDC did something for the teenagers apart from producing cr***y newspapers that no-one between 10 and 20 reads.

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