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In defence of all Thanet bloggers

This Blog is on hold until such time as Kent Council acknowledge my right to comment as I see fit within the law without threats from their paid contractors. writes Tony Flaig of Big News Margate.

Tony may not not the first blogger to be silenced by bully boy builders from Thanet but we all feel the loss as deeply as ever.

A stand has to be made. This aggressive anti-democratic behaviour is endorsed by the official silence that follows it. No More! We are a community and as a community we must stand by each member or fall alone.

Read on to find out how we can do this

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Caption Contest Number 2

Time is running out if you want to vote on the caption contest started in 2008. While the last of the votes are being made I'd like to introduce you to another competition. The rules are the same - enter as many times as you would like and the winning is the caption for the image.

See what you can do with this:

Sandy and the gas men

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Councils the world over...

I'd like to bring some cheer to readers and remind you that it is not just TDC that get things especially wrong sometimes.

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Thanet Council spend without limit - OAP has to find 16,000 to cover it.

Thanet District Council have forced a disabled OAP to increase her mortgage by 16,000 just to pay for work to the outside of her flat that they claimed were "essential services".

Dorothy Hacking, of Harbour towers was told by Thanet District Council was rightly panic-stricken when TDC told her that they would be billing her for more than 16,000 for external overcladding to Harbour Towers, in Ramsgate. Mrs Hacking who is 91 years old and extremely frail owns the leasehold of her former council property. Mrs Hacking was told that she would have to pay her share of the costs, whether she wanted the work carried out or not.

I was petrified that if I did not pay up, I would be evicted, said Mrs Hacking, who, aside from suffering deafness and failing eye sight, also suffers from a broken back. She is now paying an extra 112 a month out of her very small income to cover the council bill even though she needs to money to live on.

The worse part, for me, is all evidence suggests that the work carried out may not have been essential at all but may have been optional. Yet TDC carried out the work without consulting the residents of the tower block many of whom are elderly. Read on for the full horrifying story.

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Sandy and the caption contest - time to vote.

Well folks it time for an update on the caption contest. You might remember that just under a month ago we challenged you to come up with the best caption for this drawing of Cllr Sandy Ezekiel.

Sandy Ezekiel and his final fate?

Here are the four suggestions that gave the best chuckle rating to a straw poll of a handfull of people. Now it's up to you to vote for the winner. The winner will have their caption added to the image for all time.

Ramsgate Resident wrote: Makes a change from turkey but where do you put the stuffing??

Rick wrote: Sandy "So dere I woz at da Winter Gardens wiv deze ex Black Watch geezers, all in skirts and sporrans and dat, remembering dere fallen comrades and dat. An all I sez is Wots a cross of St Andrew all abaht den"

Eastcliff Richard wrote: Sandy had quite forgotten how long Roger's tongue was.

Bertie Biggles wrote: The Standards Board of England is glad to announce its new punishment for recalcitrant and recidivist Councillors who fail to learn how to behave in public.

Keep reading to find out how to vote

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Local Search: More sites but the same traffic

For Thanet based websites and blogs there is less traffic to go around than four years ago. Thanet related web search was at the same level or lower in 2008 than in 2004 but in during 2007 and 2008 the number of Thanet blogs has exploded.

With the same number of searches being made but a lot more sites available the available traffic for Thanet based business websites has fallen sharply over the last four years.

Using search for "Thanet" as a baseline I asked Google trends for the searches carried out by people in the UK for the terms "Thanet", "Broadstairs", "Margate" and "Ramsgate". The results are quite interesting (once I'd filtered for US searches for Margate which messed up things).

Search Trends for Thanet

See the latest version of the results here (you will also get to see what the noted news points were).

What does this mean for Thanet Businesses, Blogs and Website Owners? Keep reading to find out.

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On holiday, after a fashion

I'm taking a few days off. Maybe a week or more. That means that there will be no best of 2008 for which I apologise. I will attempt to present the finalists for the caption contest on my return.

I'm simply feeling deeply unhappy right now and have no especial desire to inflict this upon the readers of the site. Talking about TDC is depressing enough as it is and one needs a relativity sunny disposition or at least a fighting spirit to cope with it. I'll be back in a short while.

Don't forget me.

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Thanet tops for the wrong things

Normally you would have to be subscribed to a very special mailing to get all the juicy Thanet news tid-bits before they get blogged but just this once I'm blogging this one first.

Thanet ranks in a most unpleasant top 10. Make of that what you will.

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Happy new year.

Happy new thingy to all in Thanet and the surrounding area. Just for your information the last minute of 2008 was 61 seconds lond. You could not make this stuff up.

I hope 2009 proves to be a good year but I doubt our beloved leaders will be helping with that. Oh well, that's what we Internet users are here for.

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