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CATURDAY: Happy Holidays!

Christmas may be over, but Caturday is here, and the cats want to bring you cheer!

Our last two Caturdays concentrated on trying to spread the word about some of our local charities that help cats, and we got a lot of "hits" so the hope is that the kitties that we highlighted shall find new forever homes this new year.

However, I thought this Caturday needed a bit more of an uplifting feel, given the time of year, so I have scanned the internet for some holiday-themed photographs and videos for your viewing pleasure, which I hope shall make you smile.

An amusing compilation of cat video footage from various YouTube users posted throughout 2013.

A Christmas song, as sung by kittens. I dare you to not fall in love with this.

The infamous Simon's Cat gets Christmas-y.

And, last, but certainly not least... DON'T BLINK!

If you, too, have ones to share, post them in the Comments, and please do Share this post with others to spread the kitty Christmas and New Year cheer!

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Getting about Thanet over Christmas and New Year

The Thanet Star guide for Christmas and New Year to Buses, Trains and Taxis.

This is a follow up to our overview of bus services and offers looking at bus times, train times and taxi prices over the holiday period.

Monday 23rd

Buses today are running but they follow the School Holiday timetables. They seem to be a bit busier than normal and delaies are reportedly common. Give yourself a bit of extra time to make any bus trips today.

Trains are running as normal today and taxis are charging the normal rate.

Tuesday 24th (Christmas Eve)

Trains will run as normal but will finish early. If you are hoping to get the last train home please make sure you double check your times at the station.

Buses again follow the School Holiday timetables but finish early. Loop and Breeze routes will both finish running between 8pm and 10pm with most stops last being serviced just after 9pm.

The last bus to Canturbury (from Margate) is 1945 (7:45pm)
The last bus back from Canturbury to Margate is 2040 (8:40pm)
The last bus to Margate from Birchington is at 2023 (8:23pm)
The last bus to Birchington from Margate 2109 (just after 9pm)

If you are out enjoying the revelry please remember to keep a little extra back for your cab fair as taxi's after 11pm (2300) are liable to be a bit pricey.

Cab prices are normal from but 7pm to 11pm they move to Time and a Half and from 11pm onwards right up to Double Time.

Wednesday 25th (Christmas Day)

No buses or trains running. Taxi Firms will be charging double time. Be safe and enjoy yourself.

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What's on in Thanet: Christmas Week

Things to do and see in Thanet during Christmas Week.

With Christmas almost here have you been ice skating, singing carols, visiting Santa and attending Christmas parties? To be honest I (Matt) could not find much to put in this edition of What's on but I will update it as and when other things are brought to my attention.

Whatever else you do this week we hope that you have a fabulous Christmas.

Catching the christmas tree

Monday

To be honest we expect that most people will be busy Christmas shopping and running arround doing things. Skip to the end to see the list of pantos and all week long events happening in Thanet. There's not much (nothing in fact) planned just for today that we could find but please comment if you know of anything.

The buses today run according to "School Holiday timetables" (more info).

The Christmas Jam at The Chapel

The Christmas Jam at The Chapel this Monday evening coming ! Musical merriment from Milky Negro, Rosa Ramirez & Griff Rising plus more in the pipeline. See Event Page for more details.

Tuesday

Tuesday being Christmas Eve most churches (especially the more traditional ones) will more than likely be running Midnight Mass. An opportunity for some late night carol singing.

Skip to the end to see the list of pantos and all week long events happening in Thanet.

The buses run according to "School Holiday timetables". However Loop and Breeze will finish running between 8pm and 10pm (more info)

Chritmas Eve Roots Locker Special

Say hello to Christmas in Broadstairs at the Little Albion Inn with Hebden, Jenks and Special Guests. Event Page.

Wednesday

Today is Christmas. The buses are not running (more info) and to be honest you should be spending time with someone, anyone, who loves you, or failing that likes you a fair bit.

Seriously, enjoy being good to each other and have a great day.

Doctor Who and other telly

If you are a geek like me then you will be watching Doctor Who on your telly. What do you plan to watch (or avoid) on Christmas day?

Thursday

The buses are "sort of" running and probably enough to get you to the crazy sales if you like that sort of thing. The Loop will be running every twenty minutes but that is all (more info).

Skip to the end to see the list of pantos and all week long events happening in Thanet.

Friday

In addition to the pantos and ice skating happening there are a few other events happening as always on a Friday night.

Totally Wired Margate Presents: the NANDOS special

We are told by the events page As a thank you for all your support throughout 2013, we have teamed up with NANDOS westwood cross for a very special friday.

The event runs from 10 until 2am. Entry is £5 but leave a comment on the event wall and get on the £3 guest list.

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Who reads Thanet Star?

Thanet Star presents a mix of news, politics, reviews, events and opinion on issues and stories from around Thanet. It reaches people via a number of technologies and social media websites.

Thanet Star has well over 1100 followers on twitter and every post is announced at least twice to our followers at the time of publication and at some point later on too. Each post is often discussed before, during and after writing especially when extra research is needed.

In addition to the more than a thousand Twitter followers Thanet Star has about 250 Facebook Fans who see not only our headlines as they happen but additional photographs, debates and polls. This goes well beyond the initial "likes" with our discussion on Margate High street reaching 444 Facebook feeds and our False Widow info graphic reaching over 5,900 facebook feeds and being shared 118 times so far.

In just a few days one website article was shared on Facebook some 134 times with a ShareThis total of over 1126.

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CATURDAY: Dave

TAG rescue logo

This handsome kitty has spent half his life without a home, can you give him one?

Local rescue center TAG are appealing to us about Dave, a two year old black and white beauty who came to them a year ago after his owner gave birth to a child and decided that she could not manage them both.

Being with TAG for a year, and only being two years of age, this means that poor young Dave has literally spent half his life without a real home.

Dave kitty

This is likely due to the fact that he is black and white, a colouration of furr which often "puts people off", but we at Thanet Star and TAG are hoping that you can overcome the superstitions surrounding black cats and black and white cats.

He is described, in first person as is the tradition at TAG, as requiring a quiet safe home with a garden for me to explore where I can have an occasional snooze

He is too shy and scared to be with other cats or dogs, but loves cuddles, strokes and play time.

A beautiful poem was attached to their email.
Take a look at me
Tell me what you see -
A life-long friend and always there,
Curled upon my favourite chair,
Do talk to me, and stroke my fur,
I'll always answer with a purr.

Dave kitty 2

Please, if you think that you can give this handsome chap a lovely new forever home, do get in touch with TAG Pet Rescue Animal Sanctuary. You can do this by calling them on 01843822931 or by emailing tagpet@btinternet.com.

If this particular is not suitable, but you still want to provide a loving home for one of their rescues, visit the website where you can see photographs and descriptions of many of the animals in their care, and not just cats, there are other species needing homes as well.

Alternatively, they are always looking for volunteers to help them at the center or to raise money for the care of their rescues. Again, details are on the website.

Thank you, and see you next Caturday!

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Tornado Jet Visits Manston

This Tornado GR4 was a visitor to Manston Airport this week

Tornado Visits Manston

I had been wondering what we had heard a few days ago and then this picture was shared by @KIAMANSTON on twitter and they kindly gave us permission to sharee this gorgiouse shot with you. So that exciting sound was in fact the Rolls-Royce RB199 engines of the Tornado as it nipped about the isle.

We were not the only ones to ask to share the picture Thanet Gazette's Tom Barnes had exactly the same idea. He writes: The Tornado GR4 jet belongs to No. 2 Squadron, the only squadron who operate the aircraft in a reconnaissance role.

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A chance to tell the council what you think

The people of Thanet have a rare chance to tell the District Council exactly what they think of things... more or less.

Thanet District Council (logo)

The Budget consultation 2014-2015 is currently ongoing and Thanet Disctrict Council have put up a form which you can (anonymously) use to let them know what you think.

This is our chance to give the council a push in the right direction. It only takes a few minutes and might make a difference.

Take the Budget consultation 2014-2015 survey now while you still can.

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Police seek witnesses after child hit by van

A five year old boy was knocked down on the way to school on St Peter's Road this morning.

This story hits a little closer to home than normal being the family of some good friends. The five year old boy was knocked down just after half past eight this morning by a flatbed truck. He has been flown to Kings College Hospital where he is receiving further treatment.

We understand from other news sources that officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are currently (or perhaps recently) at the scene carrying out their inquiries. St Peter's Road has been closed at the roundabout where it joins Oxford Road and motorists are advised to take alternative routes for the time being.

The police urgently wish to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident but has for whatever reason not yet spoken to police. If that is you please help by contacting the witness appeal line on 01622 798538.

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Margate Stabbing

Kent Police are investigating a stabbing which took place sometime before 8pm on the normally peaceful Millmead Housing Estate late last night. The Victim, a 26 year old man, is said to be in a stable condition.

The police, who we understand were called by paramedics, would like to speak with a man of mixed race who drove off in a silver saloon car, possible accompanied by two Afro-Caribbean men.

Anyone with information that might help advance the cause of justice should call 101 and ask to speak to DS Max Davidson, quoting 18-1589. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Kayjaiz Gaming Lounge Winter £2 Deal

Kayjaiz Gaming Lounge, the new entertainment venue for Margate, does a limited time promotional offer for their customers

Kayjaiz Gaming Lounge logo

If you are unaware of what Kayjaiz actually is, you can educate yourself by visiting their FaceBook Page and by reading our sneak-peak that we did prior to their launch.

Usually there is a charge of £3.50 per hour, but from December, through to February, there is a special promotional price of £2 per hour, a saving of £1.50 on the usual price.

So, if you are in doubts about whether to give gaming at the lounge a try, stop on by!

Opening times vary, but they are almost always open on weekends. Check their FaceBook and Twitter Feeds for up-to-date information.

"Game on!"

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£20 Off Bus Travel + Christmas and New Year Running Times

Thanet Star's guide to the holiday Bus service.

In this edition: A special deal and a breakdown of seasonal bus times.

Stagecoach Christmas Promotion

Stagecoach are offering their customers a limited time only deal!

Throughout the month of December, if you purchase a four week Mega Rider bus ticket through their website, you will receive £20 worth of "Ice Points" for use on the Ice rewards scheme website.

Use your free points to get money off your next bus ticket or redeem them against purchases from other Ice retailers.

Ice Rewards Scheme

You must register for the Ice rewards scheme prior to your ticket purchase, or you will not receive your points.

For more details on the scheme and to join, visit the official website. For a full list of retailers that are part of the scheme, see the "Shop With Ice" section of the website..

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What's On In Thanet: 16th to 22nd December 2013

Things to do and see in Thanet this week.

Here is a bumper sized round up of things to do in Thanet this week. With the run up to Christmas we have a lot more going on than normal including ice skating, carols, Santa, Christmas parties for all ages and tastes and so much more.

Whatever else you do this week we hope that you have fun and stay safe.

Catching the christmas tree

Monday

The week starts with a fairly short list of activities but don't forget to check out the list of things happening every day this week.

Broadstairs Writers' Circle

Taking place at the Brown Jug Inn (204 Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs, CT10 2EW) the writers meet at 7:30pm. This is a free event.

Tuesday

Panto: Babes in the Wood

Starting Tuesday and running to the 31st is "Babes in the Wood" at the Sarah Thorne Theatre Club in Broadstairs You can call 0845 2626263 for more information.

Beware of Mr. Baker

Thanet Film Society present Beware of Mr. Baker at The Palace Cinema, Broadstairs.

Best known for his work with 60s supergroups Cream and Blind Faith, the legendary Ginger Baker is widely regarded as one of the most talented and tempestuous drummers in rock music history. We are told. Jay Bulger's fascinating documentary explores Baker's colourful life and career using a blend of choice archive footage, animation and interviews with his former collaborators (including Eric Clapton and John Lydon) and, most tellingly, the unpredictable Baker himself, who even in his 70s proves capable of dishing out an angry beating.

Wednesday

Follow the Star Coffee Mornings

Starting Wednesday Margate Baptist Church in Cecil Square invite people to a coffee morning each day this week (up to and including Saturday) at 10am.

Brian Homewood exhibition

This Tuesday the Brian Homewood exhibition opens at the York Street Gallery (22 York Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9DS) There is a phone number you can call 07887 477948 or you can try the Gallery Website (if it loads for you).

Thursday

Thursday looks like a good day for ice skating and Pantos.

Panto Fever

Pantos Aladdin and Babes in The Wood are showing Thursday.

christmas 2007

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Is Margate Crime Out Of Control?

A resident of Margate's Sweyn Road yesterday contacted us in distress over goings-on in her neighborhood, and elsewhere in Margate, including EXCLUSIVE photographs

Sweyn Road children vandals

I'm totally appalled by the state of a once great tourist full town! she told us, describing how on Sunday afternoon she witnessed outside of her Sweyn Road (Cliftonville) residency three children, two with badminton rackets, one with a table tennis paddle, taking rubbish out their own bins and hitting the bottles around while the rest was going everywhere

Even more worryingly, she told me of how their guardian was just stood in the front garden doing nothing, suggesting that they considered this behaviour to be acceptable.

Television dumping

Around the same time, two men were also seen taking a large television on a sack barrow and putting it around the back of the house opposite our reader, then they left hastily.

This television dumping is a violation of the law and punishable by hefty fines, but the only alternatives for ridding one's home of unwanted hardware, furniture or white goods can be pricey. Do you think that the Council should offer a cheaper alternative to reduce this occurrence?

I lived in Gordon Road, the road next to Sweyn Road, for six months, during which time I experienced similar problems. I was burgled and many expensive goods were taken, and the road was full of furniture and hardware that had simply been abandoned.

There have been a concerning rise in the amount of burglaries, vandalism, littering and other such crimes in Cliftonville and elsewhere in Margate this year.

According to statistics, that area of Cliftonville had twenty to thirty more crimes each month in 2013 than in 2012. Other areas of Margate are not much better. A total of five-hundred and eighty-six crimes were reported in October this year alone. Anti-social behaviour is the highest statistic.

Thanet District Council have reported on crime statistics on their website, with a detailed breakdown which claims that many statistics have decreased in the past few years, but there are no statistics for 2013, and UKCrimeStats.com has a very different story.

Is it time that Thanet District Council and Kent Police did something to improve these concerning statistics?

Or is it time that the people took matters into their own hands? Should we have more Neighborhood Watch schemes?

Discuss.

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CATURDAY: Cleo

Cats In Crisis logo

A new cat-ty tradition for Thanet Star, this week featuring a Cats In Crisis appeal

From this week onwards Thanet Star shall be proclaiming every Saturday as Caturday, and celebrating it as such with cat-themed posts from local charities, rescue centers, etc.

Local charity Cats In Crisis have contacted us this week.

They do not have a rescue center, they operate entirely by using volunteers as foster homes. We do not have a sanctuary. All our cats are in peoples homes.

This time of year is particularly taxing, with their representative emotionally telling me we really need all the help we can get.We have had seven cats come in just today. We are now pretty much full again and who knows what after Xmas will bring.

Cleo, cat needing home through Cats In Crisis charity

Cleo, a four year old beauty who is good with other cats and children, is looking for a home. She has been with us a while now and we would love to find her a home they told us.

She has a sad story, as with many of their rescues, with her prior owner asking the charity to neuter her, and then leaving her with them, not wanting her back.

Cleo "needs regular Advocate flea treatment or she develops hair loss" due to illness, but if you maintain this she is fine, so please be aware of this requirement when considering adoption.

She has likely been with them for so long due to this complication, but please look at that beautiful face and consider giving this little darling a forever home.

Please call their volunteer Mary Knott on 07796633306 who is currently fostering Cleo if you want to enquire about adopting her.

A home check and adoption fee will apply.

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Interview: No 60 Gifts & Things Margate

No 60 Gifts & Thing banner, from their website

Thanet Star was in attendance at the Margate Night Market Christmas celebrations recently. Apparently the Holiday Season was not all that was being celebrated, as Margate High Street's door number 60, Gifts & Things, celebrated its sixth month-versary since it opened its doors to the public.

Matthew left me to speak with the proprietors, Claire and Jenny, as he ventured to admire more of the evening's festivities elsewhere. The ladies provided me with a glass of wine and we discussed their business, what makes it so special, and why it is such a good thing for Margate.

The proprietors

Gifts & Things is not dissimilar to local project Pop-Up Margate, an idea developed by Margate Town Team and Mary Portas 'Queen Of Shops' which encourages local craftsmen and small business owners and gives them a place to promote and sell their products. Claire and Jenny both began their businesses at Pop-Up Margate, but found that they wanted their independence, so decided to work together to create No 60 Gifts & Things. The difference that they decided they wanted to make was that at their shop they sell products on behalf of the craftsmen and business owners.

Margate Town Team helped them find the property, which was not anything like what they were looking for, but they decided it was perfect for them. Funding was also going to be provided for improving the shop front as part of Margate Town Team's scheme, but their landlord, who they have nothing but praise for, wanted those funds to go elsewhere and insisted he pay for the shop front himself. His name is Keith Preston, and my hat very much goes off to him for being such a good Samaritan.

Charity Shelf, photo Claire Lane

For ten pounds per week a space can be rented for wares. The price includes a double shelf, a page on their website, and advertising on social networks. Along with shelf space, a room is available to rent on a daily or weekly basis, suitable for treatments, therapies, card readers, photographers or similar according to their website. Claire explained to me that we intend to also offer our shelf sellers the option of selling online with us too. If we stay after our first year (which we certainly hope to) we'll be expanding it then.

They are not simply "in it" for the money and the business, however. These women are also passionate about Margate Town, its people, their fellow business owners, and even local charities. We spoke at length about how they hope to help the High Street find renewed life, mentioning how Pop-Up Margate was a good start and they hope to build on that success story.

They also try to work with local businesses, citing that they have tried to use as many fellow Thanet businesses as possible when in need of external services. A free shelf is available to charities for three week periods, helping them raise funds. At the moment we have Springways, which is a drop in centre in Westgate for those with mental health issues. They make up wrapped gifts with donations they've had & sweets states Claire.

Shop Displays

I spoke with crochet seller Linda, who had nothing but good things to say of her experience hiring shelf space from Gifts & Things. She has been with them since the day they opened, following them from when they knew each other at Pop-Up Margate. She, too, wanted more freedom, and appreciated how selling here as opposed to there meant that she can now have more free time to spend with her family, and indeed, to make more crochet, thereby increasing her money intake.

Another very happy shelf renter is a lady who was priorly living on only Job Seeker's Allowance, but has since been able to gain independence by selling her sewing wares via Gifts & Things. She is now off of Benefits completely, a truly inspiring story.

I myself am considering selling with Gifts & Things, and am currently discussing the possibility with Claire, who has been very helpful and encouraging, advising me on what kinds of products sell best, the sort of customers I can expect, the pricing options for their shelves, etc. I feel like I am in good hands.

Come & Create area

Another way that Claire and Jenny are involving themselves in the community is by encouraging youth to learn the crafts involved in making the products on offer. There is an area inside the shop dedicated to doing workshops, called the Come & Create area, where children can "pop in" without appointment and create bracelets, keychains, soaps, cupcakes and more. There is a charge for this, see website for details.

In fact, this craft area has not been only a success with the children. There has been much request by parents that they too can use the craft space that, come the new year, there are plans to hold Adult-Only Workshops with tutoring from the craftsmen who sell their wares at Gifts & Things. I shall be attending one or more of these Adult-Only Workshops on behalf of Thanet Star so that I can report back to you, the readers, of my experience. Watch this space!

For further details on the products for sale, workshops they are running, and how you can hire an area for your own business, or for any other information, please do visit their website or "Like" them on Facebook.

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Arlington House Tesco gets go-ahead

Louise Oldfield's High Court challenge to Arlington House proposals known locally as the Arlington TESCO project has failed, according the The Thanet Gazette.

This means that the demolition of the shops in Arlington Square will go head in preparation for the building of a 82,000 sq ft store by Metropolitan Property Realizations. Mary Portas had branded the project as a disturbing threat to regeneration.

Ms Oldfield claimed that the full combined impacts of the various regeneration projects on Margate's transport network and on the sewage system should have been considered in an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) says The Thanet Gazette

Lord Justice Moses also ordered Ms Oldfield to pay £2,000 legal costs. Permission to appeal has been refused although I understand that she is still free to approach the Court of Appeal for permission.

Arlington House Tesco gets go-ahead

The full story can be found here.

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Roger Gale to receive anti-gagging petition

The campagin group 38 Degrees are due to hand in a petition to Thanet MP Roger Gale calling for changes in what it calls "The Gagging Law".

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill is, according to 38 degrees being rushed through Parliament without proper consultation.

The objection is that Part Two of the bill would serve to silence charities and pretty much any other organised group that might otherwise speak out about laws that frankly need speaking out about. Instead of tackling shady lobbying by big business as the Bill is supposed to, they say it will clamp down on freedom of speech and gag charities, campaigning groups and the rest of civil society.

If you are TESCO, G4S or BUPA for example then you can carry right on influencing government but if you are Oxfam, a blogger, a community group, a union or a political non profit group then you are effectively have limits on your remaining "freedom" of speech.

Any issue about which people feel strongly is likely to result in organised campaigning which would then be an illegal activity. Effectively silencing the population of the UK on all political matters.

If you opposed fracking and want to carry on effectively campaigning against it then this law stands in your way. If you support Hope Not Hate, S.O.P.H.I.E., or feel that Friends of the Earth do important work, for example, then you would be plumb out of luck. In a healthy democracy, everyone should able to express their views not just full time politicians.

You can sign the petition here.

38 Degrees has made an appointment with Roger Gale MP to hand him the over 217,000 signiture petition. This will take place at 10am on Saturday the 14th December at The Council Offices in the William Street Car Park, Herne Bay, CT6 5EW.

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Will Scobie Campaigns For School Road Safety

Labour councillor speaks of his concerns in 'Dane Valley Matters' newsletter

Will Scobie

Labour distribute a regular newsletter to several areas in Thanet, one of which I received through my letterbox yesterday morning, and promptly read its contents.

Inside was a very concerning appeal from one of Labour's Councillors, young Will Scobie, who writes of how little road safety we have around our schools.

"One of the first things I did after being elected was to go round to all of the Primary Schools in Margate and Cliftonville during the school-run, to see what was happening" he states.

He noted that he has become alarmed by the dangers faced by parents, children, and even a lollipop man who was "nudged by a car as he shepherded families across the road".

He has managed to pay for a zebra crossing to be placed outside of Cliftonville Primary School, but he says that that is "just the start".

"At KCC I will be arguing that as a minimum we should have zebra crossings outside all of our schools" are his words of passion in his article.

He also wants reduction in speed limits to 20mph in school areas, and the consideration of having flashing signs and road markings that clearly make drivers aware that they are near to a school.

As a former resident of London, I am shocked that these things are not commonplace here in Thanet, as they are in London, and although I am not a parent, I am indeed a worried resident now that Will has made me aware of this issue, and I have every intention of getting involved in his campaign to improve Thanet's school road safety.

If you, too, wish to help in any way by supporting his campaign or by informing him of any issues you think he should be aware of as part of his efforts, "please get in touch" he pleads. "An email or letter of support would help speed up my campaign".

To contact Will Scobie about any Kent County Council issues, including this one, you can phone him in 07730 342 471, "tweet" him, email him at william.scobie@kent.gov.uk or send a letter addressed to him to North Thanet Labour Party Office, 44 Northdown Road, Margate CT9 2RW. There is also a contact form on his official website.

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Margate Night Market: Margate Gets Christmas-y!

Thanet Star stopped into Margate to see Margate Town Team's latest effort to breathe life into the town

School Choir

Last night saw Margate Old Town, some of the coast and the High Street getting very Christmas-y. Thanet Star were there, enjoying the entertainment, speaking to the shop-keeps, and of course taking plenty of photographs.

When we first got off of the bus and began heading towards the sounds that were clearly coming from the Christmas Night Market, we were greeted by two things. The first, was the unfortunate sound of what seemed to be a very poor karaoke performance, who was actually the live entertainer. Not a good start. The second was a Professor Crump, a wonderfully cheerful street performer who we bumped in to on several occasions throughout the night and he never failed to make us smile.

Night Market

We ventured further inward past many market stalls, and we assumed that there were very little people showing interest in them due to the early time of the day, but unfortunately, after speaking with a few shop-keeps and stall holders later in the evening, we found that the general consensus was that, though it was a superb idea from Margate Town Team, it was poorly advertised and very few members of the public actually attended, hence the very empty High Street, which is a real shame.

Live Music

The live music had its “ups and downs” throughout the hours, with some very talented artists, and some who's singing notes left much to be desired, but all were full of life and passion, and when sound was cut off (this happened several times) or timing was missed (again, on several occasions) or a note was faulted, the performers laughed it off and joked, for which I have a huge amount of respect for them. It very much kept with the spirit of the night, and the season.

The highlight of the live music for us was Hartsdown Academy's children's choir who did a lively "Flash-Mob" style dance performance followed by many musical numbers, seen in the photograph atop this article.

We passed several Christmas trees, one of which looked tired and worn and not in the slightest bit “Christmas-y”, another of which looked much healthier and happier. I suppose that variety is the spice of life? I would however have preferred an equal amount of effort to be taken with each tree.

Matthew and Santa

Another “pet hate” for the night was all the Santas! There were at the very least three, by our count, and they were dangerously close together considering the size of the event. It was pointed out to us by more than one parent the concern that they had for if two Santas were seen together, or near to one another, by the children! I suggest that at future events more care be taken with this.

The Mayor And Another Santa

The “Margate On Ice” Ice Rink as organised by local businesses (family-run) Bugsy's Bowling and Kiss Me Quick, was looking very good, but seemed to have little interest. I was impressed by the concept, and the fact that there were staff on-hand to help any youngsters who might be less experienced at skating and needed a helping hand. At £4 for half an hour, however, and very little advertising, I am not surprised about there being few people putting on skates... Another brilliant idea that seems to not be doing as well as it aught.

Margate On Ice

Over all, it was a very enjoyable night, and I think it was wonderful to see Margate looking so alive. I really wish that the event had been better organised and better advertised, however. I hope to see more events like it in future.

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Out to get Worrow and break him

According to a blog post by Ian Driver one UKIP council member passed a note indicating that he was out to get another councillor and to "break him".

Do you see the hate that's been voted in?

Below is a copy of the email published in the blog post by Ian Driver.

Hi [Redacted]

It was nice to see you on Thursday evening, and fascinating to see how Council failed to engage with the large number of Notices of Motion and questions before it.

During the evening, I was sitting in the public gallery behind a (senior UKIP Councillor), who took to the habit of passing me notes regarding Cllr Worrow and the various NoMs. I thought nothing of it. I understand that he recognised Peter, next to whom I was seated. However, at the end of the meeting, he informed me that he "is out to get Worrow" and to "break him". I have no idea what he means by this, but Peter suggested that I should let you know about the conversation.

I hope that it means little and that it amounts to nothing more than political posturing. See you soon.

Kind regards

[Redacted]

What sort of council do we have where this sort of behaviour might be expected to go on?

What does that say about us as voters that we elected such people?

What can we, the voters, do to send a strong message that this is not good enough?

After all as far as I can see this only serves to further damage the already poor reputation of local authorities in Thanet and Kent and undermine what little good is being done on a daily bases by said authorities for Thanet.

Does this violent behaviour surprise you?

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Is the council leader Anti-Bloggers?

This article was delayed due to consideration of the seriouseness of the apparent vieled threat made by Clive Hart (leader of Thanet Council). I have, however, decided that if a threat it was it can be stuck where the sun shines not.

Clive Hart does not, it seems, like questions and blocked a bunch of people on twitter including Thanet Star. What might be happening here and why?.

Now before we go on I should stop and explain what a twitter block is and is not. It is not a way to stop your tweets being read and commented on or of silencing critics or even of letting a person know you think that they are blogger scum.

Twitter assumes that public accounts (such as @CliveHart) have granted permission for everyone to subscribe. A twitter block is simply that permission removed one at a time (See support page for more). If you block me on twitter I'm no longer allowed to get your updates automatically but I can still go to your profile page and read what you say, I can reply and retweet but you will not be notified that this is happening. Ignorance being bliss and all that.

So in short: blocking someone on twitter is a way of ignoring them.

The side effect of this is that for an account like @ThanetStar is it is harder to keep up to date with all of politics because the "leader" of the council refuses to let his tweets appear on our homepage.

Clive Hart chose to ignore Thanet Star permanently when we asked the hard questions.

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Last night's storm

This video was also captured by In Touch With Thanet's Duncan.

Here we can see the sea rolling in up the road from the sea front in Broadstairs. It's not that choppy but the tide was very high.

Keep your storm photo's and video's rolling in.

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Last night's storm

This video was captured by In Touch With Thanet's Duncan

Keep you strom photo's and video's rolling in.

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A reason to love Broadstairs

This is one of the reasons I love Broadstairs posted author Matthew Munson.

Matthew Muson, 1st December, Thanet

This gorgeous photograph was taken by one of Thanet's resident writers on the first day in December. Matthew Munson has kindly agreed to let us share this picture with you.

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Has Tony Gone Tory?

I have been left wondering of late if my fellow Libertarian, Tony Flaig, has taken a UKIP-skip to the right and gone all Tory?

Reading Tony's Big News Margate Blog lately I have been left with the distinct impression that Tony, bless him, has done the UKIP-Skip and gone all Tory.

Take for example his last blog post which was very Daily Mail Fail. "I’m doing some – somewhat vague – research" says BBC Bod referring to Blunkett's views is a blog post that starts inncently enough but before long is putting liberal in quotes and worrying that immagrants are going to use up all our NHS and benefits resources.

Suddenly Lib-Dem Tony is saying that the country is over crowded and worrying about the damn Roma threat to Thanet.

What?

Have the daily hate mind probes kicked in and sucked his will to live? What's going on in Flaig mansions?

For further example the very post before that. Will Scobie speaks bollix? and the BBC let him? This is a post that almost defends the UKIP councillors against the Lib Dem traditionally ally of Labour.

I really am at a loss as to where Tony is coming from here. Okay so maybe Wonder-boy Will might be challengeable on his assertions but if you want something done in KCC for Thanet Will is your only option.

You could almost be forgiven for thinking that MI5 have finally had enough of his investigative blogging and replaced him with a right leaning clone.

Where is the real Tony and what have you done with him?

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Local Art

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

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

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

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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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MP Roger Gail (Thanet North) wanted to increase VAT

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

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