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Party success: In your face nasty Dave!

My birthday party was a success with a packed house and much merry making despite the uncalled for nastiness in the comments

Phone box, Margate
Despite Nasty Dave (as opposed to nice Dave, cool Dave and also known as Mr Reaper, Dave) suggesting that yours truly should host his birthday party in a phone box my birthday went ahead and was amazing because I am brilliant and people who leave snide comments smell of BO.

The band, Memepunks, came down from London for their first gig in the area and set a great tone for the party. The crew at The Bracket were awesome hosts and really went above and beyond to make us feel right at home taking over the pub for a Friday night to remember.

Karen of Nchanted Photography donated her time to make sure that there were some wonderful photographs of guests in their fancy dress outfits (those of us that dressed up)

Mrs W, Mr W, Mr C, Mrs B and others cooked, baked and prepared a huge buffet.

My sister thoroughly embarrassed me with a large cake and a Memepunks led round of happy birthday. Followed by making me say a few words (which I loved doing).

Then the party after the party went on until it started to get light with friends who had driven down from London and Oxford staying up all night with more myself and more local friends talking, laughing and generally enjoying each other company.

It was everything a party should be with non of the negative crap that can creep in.

Big thanks to everyone that came and also to Dean (who also had a birthday that weekend) and his staff at The Bracket.

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Manston to Schiphol: Flights determined by a web survey

Twice-daily flights taking only 40 minutes from Manston to Schiphol, near Amsterdam cold soon be a reality.

Boeing 747
Manston Airport has confirmed, says Kent Online, that it is in talks with Dutch airline KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (part of Air France more also known as Air France-KLM).

Schiphol, the destination airport, provides direct links to the rest of Eurppe, America, Asia and Africa. Which, no doubt, New Zealand-based Infratil is hoping will enable them to sell the airport that, like all the airports they own, they have been unable to run out of the red.

This move comes as Air France-KLM seeks new markets to replace projected and actual losses. According to PR Week Air France-KLM has been hit by the economic downturn and volatile oil prices suffering heavy losses. The Franco-Dutch airline also plans to cut more than 5,000 jobs.

Yet all this unsettledness could provide the boost that Thanet has been hoping for. Apparently Air France-KLM have enjoyed a monopoly on certain niche routes which is now coming to an end as Philippine Airlines (PAL) announce that they might be taking on a significant margin of the Philippines traffic to Europe. B World Online writes KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is currently the only carrier offering flights to Europe under its Manila-Taipei-Amsterdam route.

Boeing 747 N309TD
Feeling the pinch Air France-KLM is attempting to position itself as the go-to airline for long-haul business and leisure bookings from the UK. On the 3rd of September Air France-KLM launched a £1m tactical marketing campaign for its KLM Royal Dutch airline focused on London, Scotland, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol. With, according to Marketing Magazine one third of London's buses carrying the "Pack & Go" campaign message.

So as recession and rising oil prices cause havoc for the rest of the world Manston stands to gain considerably as a result. This news only goes to demonstrate that night flights are not needed to make Manston viable.

Air France-KLM are coming in with more than just good intentions. They clearly have a plan that is already in operation. According to Kent Online KLM are saying that they will only come in if we want them to. They even have a survey you can fill out here. The survey runs until 5pm on Friday the 12th of October.

Charles Buchanan, chief executive at Manston Airport has officially said:The airline has asked us to conduct a survey of local residents to find out what the level of demand is for the service.

While this seems like a great attitude (and it is) it is also nothing short of Marketing Genius. Before they have spent any significant money KLM will have a significant local profile from the buzz the survey will have generated. They have actualyl found a way to tap into the ground swell of local activists to generate a self directed marketing team that will preach the word of KLM for them.

With that level of nuanced savy operating out of Manston I see success in their future. What about you?

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What benefit has Thanet wind farm given?

We've had the wind farm for a while now. so what benefits has it brought us?

Thanet off-shore windfarm

The above is a picture of the Thanet Off Shore Wind Farm. We've had it a while now so the question I want to put to you is - what benefits do you feel it has brought?

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Live export ban in Ramsgate

Live exports from Thanet have been banned, at least for a while.

It seems that following on from the chaos at Port Ramsgate Yesterday Thanet District Council has demonstrated that it can move quickly and decisively when it really wants to.

Since the arrests story broke yesterday I've been carrying out a bit of a straw poll (which is still open). Of all the people I spoke there were two groups - those opposed to the exports and those that thought steak dinner depended on them.

So it should come as a blast of good news that the exports have been officially banned.

this is Kent have been celebrating the ban by showing some recycled pictures of protesters. We can't all be happy with the news I guess.

As told by the BBC the ban comes after a dilapidated truck more or less fell apart resulting in the deaths of some pretty sickly looking animals.

BBC News - Thanet council suspends Ramsgate live animal exports

Live animal exports are temporarily suspended at the Port of Ramsgate after an incident in which 45 sheep died.

Thanet Council have said that the ban will remain in place until the port has sufficient facilities to cope with live animals. Which in other words means an end to live exports as no one is likely to want to pay to have the necessary changes made. As The council is both against the export of live animals and the port owner I think it will be a long time ban.

Keep reading to find out exactly what went on yesterday.

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» Continue Reading: Live export ban in Ramsgate

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Two arrests as live exports lorry stopped at Ramsgate

BBC News - Two arrests as live exports lorry stopped at Ramsgate port

Two men are arrested after a lorry loaded with sheep is stopped at the Port of Ramsgate in Kent and is declared unfit to travel.

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Clive Hart on the subject of Arlington House

Thanet District Council Leader Clive Hart on the subject of Arlington House.

Here is an interesting youtube video which contains audio from what I understand was a BBC radio program transmitted by BC Radio Kent on the seventeenth of last month.

Clive Hart
How do you feel Clive comes across. Does he strike you as dynamic and leader-like or a bit of a suit best suited to pushing a pen?

In the Interview Clive talks about the weak hand that Thanet District Council has in dealing with Blue Water. He also mentions that it might be possible to help residents buy out blue water or to form their own maintenance company. Are these viable options and can you see them working?

Clive claims there is nothing else the council could do. How would you advise him regarding Arlington House?

Clive talks about being against there being a Tesco built there on the grounds that the roads would become gridlocked with traffic. Are his concerns valid (I think they might be) and were they enough to vote against a Tesco? How would you deal with the traffic problem?

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Stuff happens, no one notices

Today all over Thanet lots of stuff happened.

Most of that stuff went unnoticed by the general population who largely dismissed it as life. A whole bunch of people got kissed, a lot of beer was drunk and food of every type was cooked, eaten and commented about.

Some boys played war in the garden and someone frowned at the sums on the board.

Other people drove cars while some walked places.

Over One Hundred and Fifty Thousand people in the Thanet area took between them over four billion three hundred twenty million breaths. A knee was grazed in a school yard, a heart was broken and some one tried holding their breath to get rid of hiccups.

So much happened that it would be impossible to report even half of it.

And they say nothing happens in Thanet.

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Headline: Margate Shrugs Off Struggling Shop Figures

Margate Shrugs Off Struggling Shop Figures - Yahoo! News UK

'Margate Shrugs Off Struggling Shop Figures' on Yahoo! News UK. The sight of empty shops blighting towns and cities is becoming increasingly common as businesses struggle to survive.

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