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I will not be going back to the Canterbury Bell

I thought I would be writing a glowing review of the Canterbury Bell, but sadly not.

A friend of mine wanted to try the Canterbury Bell which is that new venue that has opened up opposite Westwood Cross. I wish we had gone somewhere else.

From the outside it looks fantastic. Inside it looks great too. The food was another story.

We had to wait an age to even get noticed at the bar which was not that busy fortunately we were seated fairly promptly but things sort of went down hill after that.

Canterbury Bell's main thing is the chicken rotisserie and so I figured that I would order that. The dessert was nice enough but the chicken was dry, burned on the outside and pink in the middle. When I was asked how my meal was I said that I was unhappy. No comment on the decidedly undercooked insides and a passing excuse about the chicken being one of the ones that was in there too long.

For the price I expected much more.

I was left hoping that they check that the food had reached the minimum safe temperature as pink chicken is often a sign that it is undercooked.

By the time we were finishing a fairly average latte I was glad we were seated by the toilets. Judging by the state of the gents I was not the only one to end up with a bad tummy.

I do not plan to return any time soon.

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Happy Christmas

Appropriate seasonal greetings to all - have a happy Christmas folks.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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I hope Christmas was good for you

I hope that your Christmas day was good.

Charlotte loves the Christmas tree!
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Only a day left

Are you looking forward to tomorrow?

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UKIP Expels local deputy leader

Ex Tory and deputy leader of the Thanet UKIP group, Rozanne Duncan, has been expelled from the party for comments made on an unbroadcast TV program.

Another blow to UKIPs hopes, perhaps, as the December ICM poll for the Guardian showed UKIP slipping to joint fourth place after the Lib Dems gain 3 points.

Rozanne Duncan was forced out of UKIP "without hesitation" for bringing the party into disrepute.

Given all the crazy stuff that UKIP have defended their members spouting what on earth could Rozanne Duncan have said to be kicked out?

However we can only guess, at this time, as to what on earth she might have said to get herself removed as the comments have not been published and the TV program has not gone to air.

However given that this was the woman who tried to convince me that it was not seagulls ripping open rubbish bags but East Europeans the mind boggles as to what she might have said.

According to Thanet Council's website she was one of only three UKIP members of the council. I guess they are down to two now.

I suppose Kent's Laziest Tory (now UKIP) Councillor Chris Wells can be deputy leader if he wants. Mind you given how Well never did know what his Conservative party mates were saying suggesting that their estimates were spurious and invented (because he thought I had come up with them) perhaps it will only be a matter of time before Chris Wells joins Rozanne Duncan in looking for another party.

Are we seeing the end of UKIP in Thanet? (Probably not quite yet).

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This is no way to run a council

A Labour Councillor led a Tory walk out of a Council meeting yesterday to applause from the public gallery.

According to reports Labour's Will Scobie walked out of council after declaring This is no way to run a council.

Before he departed Labour's Will Scobie said: We wanted this meeting to debate the issue. I am not actually going to stay for this meeting because it is a sham. [source]

The Labour councillor and South Thanet PPC was soon joined by Tories of various varieties.

The first to follow Labours Scobie out the door was the Conservative group leader Bob Bayford. He said: We cannot have any more to do with this - this is a total and utter embarrassment.

Labour prospective parliamentary candidate Will Scobie declared Tuesday night's extraordinary meeting on the fate of the Manston airport site "a sham" and was the first to leave the council chamber. reports Kent Online.

In speeches, made to the crowd outside, councillors who had walked out expressed a deep dissatisfaction with multiple suggestions of manipulation and secrecy.

Labour seems to be tearing itself apart and the public and opposition appear keen to help.

Labour's attempt to strong arm the Manston issue to their own agenda seems to have backfired massively but how damaging this will be for them remains to be seen. That their rising star and potential MP wants nothing to do with his own local party should suggest that the writing is on the wall.

As to what it says about the Tory, Green and UKIP parties that they would happily fall in line behind Labour's Will Scobie, I leave to your own speculation.

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100 Billion Euros - Where is our share?

According to George Cunningham the Chinese are all set to pour one hundred billion Euros into the UK.

The question is are we going to see any of that cash here?

The deal which is set to work itself out over the following decade is being brokered with the worlds fastest growing economy by diplomats in the EU.

So the question I want to put to you, the readers, is this: Will we be found stomping our feet and complaining about the "cost of the EU" or will we be ready to invite a good slice of that pie our way?

After all, if the money is coming it is just a question of do we want to enjoy some of it or stand by and miss out (again).

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What does #Thanet think of the Shouty Blue-Haired Lady?

Shouty Blue-Haired Lady is now Thanet's newest trending topic but is that really what we want?

Shouty Blue-Haired Lady is now a minor Twitter celebrity (at least for now) after she told UKIP leader, Farage, exactly what she thought of him.

The Independent reported that Shouty Blue-Haired Lady stole the show while The Huffington Post declared that Question Time Won By Shouty Blue-Haired Lady.

A member of Thanet's population, the Shouty Blue-Haired Lady (as she has been dubbed), might have her fans but is this the publicity that Thanet really needs?

If you are a Facebook user we are talking about this on our page.

Is this the kind of publicity Thanet could do without or is any publicity good publicity?


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Getting the council out of The Dip

Is there one book that you wish everyone in your local council would read?

Given how much some members of Thanet and Kent councils seem to struggle with the basics of leadership I thought that it might, perhaps, be time to start recommending some reading to help them attempt to be, well, somewhat good at their job.

The Dip: The extraordinary benefits of knowing when to quit (and when to stick) by is one such book that I would add to the required reading list of all councils everywhere (but especially our local ones) if only such a list existed and I was asked to add some titles to that non existant list.

In "The Dip" Seth Godin talks about how to recognise when an endeavour is simply a dead end and should be given up to release time and energy for something more profitable and when to stick it out and push through the natural barriers we encounter in life.

The Dip is what Seth calls that drop in productivity when a project stops being "fun" and becomes harder. the natural barrier between okay and excellent.

It is not to anyone's benefit, Seth Argues, to just cope with what is. Identify the dip and push through it or quit and do something more worthwhile.

That's a lesson I do not think anyone can not agree with that our council members could do with learning.

If something is not working save everyone, including yourself, the wasted effort and admit sooner rather than later that there is a problem. Then either change tactic or move on to something that might work.

A life lesson for all of us perhaps.

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