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NHS Dentist Found in Thanet!

Those of you following me on Facebook and Twitter will be aware that I have been suffering from some toothache these last few days. The good news is that I have now had this taken care of. The even better news is that I have found a dentist in Thanet taking on NHS patients.

Regular readers will be aware that since 2008 we have been following the dire lack of dentistry in Thanet.

Just now it seems that Bank House Dental Practice in Westgate is currently open to those of us looking for a dentist.

Meanwhile the Keeping the Lights On social experiment has hit 20% already. So good news all round I think.

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Keeping the lights on: A social Experiment

Rather than worry about the cost of maintaining Thanet Star I thought it might be better to run a fun experiment.

Right now there is one web server that runs not only Thanet Star but also my personal blog and hosts the Thanet News Network project.

It would be a shame to see it all go dark and this is where the experiment comes in.

They say many hands make light work and this is what I hope to prove. I have created a "pool" on Friend Fund and now it remains to be seen if enough people value Thanet Star and my other efforts enough offer to chip in £1.

How it works: there is one central pool controlled by a trusted third party. We all pledge a pound (or more) and if as a group we hit the target we pay our pledges. If we miss the target then we shrug, say "oh well" and move on.

The money will be used exclusively to keep Thanet Star and Thanet News Network online and live by funding the server they are hosted on. Contributors will be thanked publicly (if they wish) and we may just prove that as a group we can do anything.

Perhaps for our next experiment we can raise a lot more money for a worthy local charity.

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David Tenant and Dominic Savage spotted in Margate

If you were about in Margate this lunch time you would have seen cameras, film crew and Doctor Who star David Tenant.

Doctor Who Star David Tenant

I just so happened to be in Margate where a new series is being filmed (As reported by Thanet News Network).

You might also have seen Dominic Savage hard at work directing what is reported to be a semi-improvised five part mini series.

While interviews were clearly not on the agenda for the day one lucky fellow managed to snap up an autograph.

Give us an autograph David
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Thanet Council are considering, whatever that means

So apparently Thanet District Council have agreed to "consider" the impact of a possible Tesco on the Scenic Railway because it is a listed building.

Thanet News Network » TDC to consider impact of Tesco on Scenic Railway

Thanet District Council have announced that the upgraded listing of the Scenic Railway will be taken into account in the decision making process on the application for Arlington House in Margate.

Two thoughts occur to me on this matter.

1. The scenic railway is currently a blackened stump and as such is not likely to object to Tesco. On the other hand Tesco might object to the sad remains spoiling the manager's view during staff meetings.

2. What does "consider" actually mean in this context anyway. Are the council just going to say: "Right, well, I think five minutes considering is quite enough lads, let's get on with rubber stumping this so then"?

Things might be different if the fun fair still existed there and indeed a certain band of developers had fulfilled their obligations to repair the listed structure. How much worse can the sight of a Tesco actually be than views of bare tarmac and an award winningly ugly tower block.

Has anyone stopped to ask what bunch of sea-side hating bureaucrats gave planning consent for Arlington House in the first place?

Actually that is a darn good question. Would one of our skilled local researchers care to let us know which party were in power when planning consent for that monster was passed?

By comparison it doesn't mater how ugly the Tesco building might actually turn out to be because it will still look right at home next to the district's tallest eye-sore.

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Margate Man's Rooftop Protest

It seems reporter Saul Leese was instrumental in helping to resolve a stand off between police and a one man protest in Margate Yesterday.

Thanet News Network » Margate High Street closed by one man protest

A one man protest in Margate came to a peaceful conclusion yesterday with the assistance of Saul Leese, a reporter for the Isle of Thanet Gazette. Disgruntled dad, named only as Daniel, climbed onto the roof of Boots in Margate high-street where he unfurled a banner that read "Why should I be punished coz I want to see my kids?"

The protester was objecting to the difficulty he was experiencing as a Father over access to his children.

His actions are somewhat reminiscent of protests by group Fathers 4 Justice. Does this local act of desperation suggest a deeper and still yet to be addressed problem, I wonder. I suspect it does.

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Gale says human rights should come second to police powers

R Gale MP
Roger "I don't understand technology" Gale (MP for North Thanet) has struck again. This time suggesting that human rights should in some cases be secondary to police powers.

There he is pictured on the right there looking about as clued up as ever. Gale once told me that he didn't need social media as email would always been good enough for him and his supporters. The real irony being that his understanding of email and it's use could be better so how he feels qualified to speak out on police use of technology is almost beyond me.

Now I have always been a defended of Gale to the point that I have been widely accused of being a closet Tory. (Mr G, I'm looking at you). However even I have to admit that perhaps Gale is no longer qualified to act as a parliamentary representative. Sure he is famed for the work he does for local people so perhaps a good retirement would be to step down from national to local politics where he might at least bring a dint of maturity to proceedings (thus remaining useful).

however when it comes to technology this man's reaction is to ban it and do things the old fashioned way. Change, he has failed to understand, is always with us - those that cannot adapt to the change will be swept away. Gales inability to embrace change makes him as much a liability as an asset.

MP says human rights should come second to police powers

MP for Thanet North Roger Gale has, in a widely circulated email, suggested that human rights should not be a consideration when it comes to police power over technology.Rather than trying to understand the nature of Social Media or suggesting that police be trained so as to be effective in the digital world Mr Gale would rather empower police to create total communications blackouts in order to control the population.The time has come when we have to grant to the police the necessary powers to t...

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Roger Gale feels we the plebeian public have misunderstood.

North Thanet`s MP, Roger Gale has at about seven o'clock this morning email out to say that he has spoken out against proposals to permit the televising a part of some court hearings.

Now forgive my cynicism but does sending out a press release even count as speaking out these days. If an MP opposes an idea and no one knows about it has he, in fact, opposed anything at all?

R Gale MP
The knotty problems of philosophy aside for a moment my main objection to this latest utterance is how widely Gale (right) manages to entirely miss the point.

Gale writes When the proposition to televise the House of Commons was introduced I said that it would lead to “grandstanding” and to the cherry-picking of newsworthy items at the expense of the real work of the House.

Well, duh! The media is not run for the benefit of the House. The media runs for profit alone - that means entertainment largely.

How can this former television producer and director fail to understand that while the gatekeepers of information flow are all doing so only for profit then "the real work of the House" is hardly going to get full coverage now is it.

Rather than calling the access of TV camera's to the commons a mistake because business people put their business first our dear old dinosaurs need to pull their finger out and be the change they want to see.

Rather than telling us that the media's access to the work of the House has led to us all being mis-informed (sic) - a claim I hotly dispute - perhaps Mr Gale would care to set the record firmly crooked on whatever matters he feels we the plebeian public have misunderstood.

One thing is for certain though - if Gale wants to see full coverage of the workings of the House then he needs to campaign for the House to obtain sufficient channels to transmit the hum-drum and the every day. You never know someone might even watch it.

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Thousands spent on consultations to what end?

Thanet News Network are reporting that Thanet District Council and Kent County Council spent £43,219.56 on this year's consultations for the Eurokent site.

In short they wanted us to say that we were happy to see houses built on greenbelt land set aside for job creation.

Thanet News Network » The price of Eurokent consultations

A recent freedom of Information request has discovered that over £43,000 has been spent this year alone on consultations for the Eurokent site.

Given the current PR company that carried out this round of consultations has been working for EKO since 2007 it does not take a genius to work out that the total cost most be in the order of about £216,000 over that time period.

What I would like to ask is what exactly have we gotten for our money?

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Epic Vandalism

It seems that Thanet has been suffering from a sudden increase in vandalism this year. According to Thanet District Council vandals managed to cause almost £4,000 worth of damage between April and August. Compare that to a little under £700 last year (and over a longer period) and that amounts to a serious problem.

Most of the damage seems to be from fires deliberately lit in public toilets. With no word from the police one wonders if they have "nothing to go on".

But seriously, this sort of mindless destruction serves no purpose other than to make Thanet the sort of place where everything is broken and nothing works. I know the cynical among you might want to suggest that there is much that is already out of order but what little we do have I'd like to see still usable.

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Is Westwood Cross the right place to build new houses?

Cllr Clive Hart has called the plans to build 550 houses on the Eurokent site near Westwood Cross incredibly foolhardy according to Kent News.

What's your take on this? Is Westwood Cross the right place to build new houses?

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Local Art

Local Artist, John Wooster-Brown has a new website.

Blogs
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Like to write?

If you love to write then the Thanet Creative Writers blog might be the ideal place to connect with your nearest writer group.

Blogs
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Hyper-localism

For those interested in blogging local news in and arround the UK this BBC article from last year is sure to be of interest.

General
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Did you know?

Margate was the first seaside resort to introduce deck chairs way back in 1898.

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Did you know

MP Roger Gail (Thanet North) wanted to increase VAT

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Did you know

MP Roger Gale (Thanet North) has never voted on measures to reduce tax avoidance

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