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A Very Special Birthday From Thanet Star!

We are today informed that it is the duel-Birthday of two local business owners who we have worked closely with in the past

Young SNK proprietor Kevin Peake and co-owner of No 60 Gifts And Things are both blowing out Birthday candles today.

We at Thanet Star think they are both absolutely inspirational people and hope that they are having a wonderful day today, as they deserve it.

SNK is an eatery that encourages fresh, healthy foods and No 60 Gifts And Things gives many craftsman a chance to sell their goods and earn a living without having to leave the comfort of their homes every day.

Kevin Of SNK Celebrates His Birthday At Work!

Here is an embarrassing photograph of Kevin, courteous of his FaceBook.

You can read more about what makes these businesses, and these people, so brilliant, in our articles here (SNK) and here (No 60).

Please do stop by to see them today in Margate town center and extend them your Birthday wishes!

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Who actually believes TDCs Health and Safety line?

Is it any wonder that no one trusts our council?

On the one hand Thanet District Council were providing possitive feedback on the Little Oasis Skate Park but on the other hand called it unlawful. Which is it guys? Pick one and stick with it.

The Little Oasis Skate Park was built by and funded by members of the local community on a long time derelict site. By all reports the council had been very possitive about the project and police and fire services had been supportive of the project with crime rates falling in the area as a result of the skate area.

Then, because exactly no one had been hurt there ever, they cited health and safety and bulldozed the site.

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Was Manston airport always doomed?

With the "threat" of imminent closure we wonder aloud why the current owner purchased the airport as a business?

It seems that only a few (non-literal) minutes ago a certain rich lady (Ann Gloag) purchased the airport business at Manston. For a pound, if I recall. Now the airport is looking like it will close.

Local MPs have, as is their job, staggered into action to try and "save the airport". With possible buyers being found fairly quickly.

The question is why buy a business only to close it so quickly?

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Clown Bride Appears in Margate

As the visual basis for a spoken word art project Jestress Flo, the street dance and free running studio, created a Clown Bride and surprised Margate with a visit.

Clown Bride in Margate

I followed them arround Thanet as they scared the coulrophobics (people afraid of clowns) and generally bemused the locals who were, on the whole, good sports about the whole thing and posed with the clown for photographs.

Jestress Flo's Laura took the opportunity to promote local business Seaside Sirens (who later acted as hosts for more photography) which currently operates out of Pop Up Margate. The main reason for the outing, Laura explained, was to create images for a spoken work creation.

Clown Bride in Margate

As always there are more images on our Facebook page.


Did you spot the Clown Bride in Margate?

Keep your eyes peeled for further clowns and other spectacles in the area.

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"Thanet's Hidden Gem" Broadstairs Seaview Hotel & Restaurant Relaunches After Makeover

Popular Broadstairs Hotel & eatery formally known as The Fayreness Hotel has been re-designed with a new look and a new menu. They relaunch as The Botany Bay Hotel this Monday!

Botany Bay Hotel Competition Promo

To celebrate their new look and feel, the venue is launching with a Competition to win a weekend break for two, and romantic meals for two for five runners-up. To enter the Competition you must "Like" them on FaceBook and then click here for the Competition Page and fill in your details.

I tried to reach the Management to discuss the changes, but they have been, understandably, extremely busy and unable to speak to me. I am hoping that Thanet Star can attend the opening to photograph the new look, taste some of the food, speak with the staff and give our readers our verdict.

All we know so far is that the exterior is looking beautiful, which I myself saw first hand when visiting Botany Bay with family last week, and we have a few sneak-peak images of the interior on their FaceBook Page.

Botany Bay Hotel Function Room

Having received a promotional leaflet through my mail box, I am also informed of the following

  • Breakfast & Brunch is served daily from 8am-11am
  • Coffees, cakes and afternoon tea available
  • "Bar menu with classic pub favourites"
  • A Sunday Carvery from midday onwards on Sundays, for which booking is recommended
  • Fully licensed for weddings
  • Private function room available for parties and business events (see above photograph)
  • Use of fresh, locally sourced, seasonal produce in their foods

Some things have not changed, though, and that is the gorgeous views of the sea from this venue, which can be enjoyed by those staying at the Hotel, or enjoying the food and drink available.

For further information, to look at some of the photographs of the new look and to book, visit the official website or call 01843 608 750.

Botany Bay Hotel Sea View

Did you visit The Fayreness Hotel before this relaunch? What do you think of the changes, pre-launch, from what you see so far? Do you think this relaunch will bring in more visitors from outside of Thanet? Discuss!

NB: Photographs taken from the Botany Bay Hotel FaceBook Page.

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Rest In Peace Kayjaiz Gaming Lounge?

Margate's promising venture appears to have failed. Thanet Star investigates...

Kayjaiz logo

For two years now, since the first GEEK (Games Expo East Kent) event launch, gamers of Thanet have been anticipating the launch of a "Gaming Lounge" where they can gather to enjoy games, food, and good company together.

Coming In 2012?

Having been with them from day one (I still have the promotional leaflet from GEEK 2012, see the image above) I was disappointed by the amount of delays that this business venture suffered, but I stayed in regular contact with the minds behind the idea and they kept me well informed, so my support never waned.

In August of last year, all that waiting finally paid off when I received word that they were finally launching Kayjaiz Gaming Lounge, and although I missed the Launch Party due to personal reasons, Thanet Star got a special sneak peak a few days before opening, and we liked what we saw.

There were some negatives, plenty of room for improvement, of course, but we could see a lot of potential and looked forward to seeing the business grow.

However, as the weeks and months after launch passed, Thanet Star received numerous contact from fans who were disappointed by the consistent fact that the doors to Kayjaiz were, more often than not, closed tightly.

I spoke with the proprietors, who assured me that business was indeed still running smoothly and that they were simply concentrating their efforts on weekends, holiday periods, etc, and during the week maintaining their standard nine-to-five jobs. I was rather sceptical of this fact, but I trusted that they knew what they were doing, and continued to advise fans to only visit on weekends, or call ahead to ensure the facility was open.

However, after many attempts to get into touch with the proprietors in recent months through the use of all contact forms available to me and "asking around" the community, etc, and finally, at visiting the venue myself and looking through the windows, it has become very apparent that business is not running smoothly.

Kayjaiz Window

In fact, given the nature of this photograph (courtesy of eatery SNK's proprietor Kevin Peake) and the various reports we have received from local residents, business owners and fans, coupled with the lack of reply from Kayjaiz's owners, the question as to whether business is running at all or they are, sadly, shut down, begs.

Almost all hardware and furniture has been removed. There is no sign of any games consoles, surround sound, etc, all that was left when we investigated were a few gaming chairs piled up, as you can see in the photograph. This is quite concerning.

We are continuing with our inquiries in the community, with the Council and other sources in the hopes of achieving confirmation of the situation with the business. It is perhaps possible that they are refurbishing? Or moved to an alternative venue?

All that we know for certain is that it does not look good, that they are not answering any of Thanet Star's calls or emails, that their website is down and that their Twitter and FaceBook have both been neglected since January.

Kayjaiz internals - Illisia Adams of Thanet Star

What do you think has happened? Are you disappointed or happy about this? What would you have done differently if Kayjaiz was your business idea? Discuss!

NB: If anyone has any further information or photographs to contribute, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Kent Police Priorities In Order?

As a Thanet Star contributor, I feel it is my duty to report a concerning occurrence that I encountered yesterday that involved two eleven-year-old children and our Police force.

Waiting to be collected by a friend for an event I was to attend, I sat at a bus stop, but was almost instantly approached by two young children asking me when the next bus was due. It was 7pm and dark, so I did my best to help.

However, on examination of the timetable I found that they had missed their last bus to get home. I then offered them use of my phone to contact their parents for help, but their mobile phones were out of battery and they did not know the number(s).

Their journey home meant going through more than one alleyway in the dark, by themselves, so I was absolutely determined that they were not to do this. I could not take them home myself as, being disabled, the walk would have taken a very long time and I was not sure how much safety I could offer them.

After trying many different options, however - including the consideration of paying for a taxi for them but having no cash on my person and no cash point anywhere nearby - I decided that I would dial "101", the Non Emergency police telephone number. There was a ten minute wait where they were clearly busy dealing with many calls, and, after a lengthy period of describing the situation, giving the names and addresses of myself and the children, I was told that, unfortunately, the Kent Police could not provide the children with any intervention. No police escort, no drive home. They were left stranded with me.

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Live animal export (Video)

Shipping TV have made a short video about the live animal export trade.

According to the video the courts have ruled that this is legal and that the ports have to allow it.

What's your opinion on the export of animals for slaughter on the continent?

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Your favourite place in Ramsgate?

We've been talking about the parts of Thanet that we like the most.

We recently posed the following question: Where is your favourite place in is Ramsgate?


So I thought I would ask the same question to our non-Facebook readers.

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In defence of Sue McGonigal

It is time that we stop blaming other people and look to the real cause of failure in Thanet.

Ian Driver has written a scathing review of the council's top staff member . Ms McGonigal may indeed have dropped the ball over the whole TranEuropa Ferries farce but she did not do so alone.

Driver tells us District Auditor criticised McGonigal for failing to inform leading councillors about the secret deal, failing to keep proper records and failing to take external expert advice on the deal.

What Mr Driver forgets, however, is that it was our councillors that decided to save money by making one person do the work of two people. Sue McGonigal has learned the hard way that it is okay, nay expected, to take on external advice and that despite pressure from what we know to be some fairly threatening council leaders the chief executive needs to be able to speak truth to power and tell the likes of Labour's Clive Hart that they are asking too much for too little.

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