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Dreamland enters administration

Dreamland has been a staple attraction to this Isle that we call home for as long as I can remember. I have countless memories of spending most of my childhood sitting upon their rides and trawling through their part with my older siblings. It was a good place.

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But even as a child, I could see the decline. The good rides stopped working, the bad rides weren't fun and the general atmosphere of the place was no longer one of childhood wonder. We all know the story of what happened to the place, so I won't bore you with the details. But, safe to say, I missed Dreamland when it went away.

Was I excited when it was officially announced that it was coming back? Not even a little. Because the people running the place didn't know what they were doing - in my opinion. As news and stories emerged of the new plans for the park, I became more and more disjointed with the project. Retro rides. Restaurants inside old disused rides that they couldn't afford to fix. It was never going to work.

I wanted it to work. Thanet needed something other than the Turner to bring in the tourists, but I was almost constantly questioning why spend the tens of millions of Council Money on a dead end when that money could rejuvenate half the town? It was a good idea, just not a sensible one.

Launch day, for me, was the day I was sure that it was destined to fail. Opening at the height of summer with the summer holidays approaching, it should have been a prime holiday destination for everybody in a hundred mile radius that spent even a weekend at the park in the last twenty years. It wasn't. Half the rides weren't ready and it was expensive. What made Dreamland great was that my parents, who weren't wealthy by any means, could afford to send myself and my siblings to the park for the day and it was affordable. A treat, sure, but an affordable one. It could never have survived as it was, even if on day 1 it did everything it should have done. Instead, the rides weren't open until the autumn when everyone is huddled up inside and back at school.

The company that runs Dreamland - Sands Heritage Ltd - entered administration on Friday 27th May. At present, they are seeking a way to make the park more financially viable, long term, but haven't ruled out selling the park altogether.

Dreamland is still open - especially with the Half Term break coming up - but I can't see it being open come summertime. I don't often wish that I was wrong, but this is one occasion when I would have loved to have been proved wrong. Alas, it appears that Dreamland - a dream for thousands in the land - has failed.

Broken Dreamland

David Chitty is a Thanet local who spends far too much time tending to his beard. He can be found on davidchitty.com or on Facebook.
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Alien Invasion

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Honestly, would a polite email have really hurt you that badly?

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We are living in a horror story

Some days, I wake up and pray that I am still dreaming.

These days it honestly feels like we Brits have given up compassion, in favour of making as many people suffer as humanly possible. When did that happen? When did we start fearing those worse off than ourselves?

Just after the banks screwed us as hard as they could, we brought into the mentality of blaming the victim. We let the bankers have a big payout and turned our attention on those that got the worst of it and said: "this is your fault".

Was it, or was it not, rich and overpaid "managers" that got us into this mess? Was it, or was it not, traders in greedy "too big to fail" money market agencies that caused the crash? Was it, or was it not, the very same people that walked away with a huge bonus, paid for by the government with our money, that got us to where we are now?

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Don't get me wrong, things were not exactly ideal before the bankers bent us over and, well, you get the picture. Only now, we have been convinced to blame the poor. How the hell did that happen?

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The Windmill Community Gardens.

I would like to think that most people would be against the mass use of chemicals that we use on fresh food these days.

It's been well established now that it has had a negative effect on our environment. The soil that we need to grow our food is degrading, this is resulting in more chemicals being pumped into the ground to counter this. The cycle repeats until we all start having to eat dust. There are other impacts, but, essentially if we keep farming the way that we are then we're pretty much screwed. So, how do we stop this?

Don't buy it. You don't buy something, the people will stop making it. I know all too well the argument of price, however, when it comes to buying organic or chemical free products. It's an argument that I myself use. I buy food that's laced with so many chemicals that I'm surprised my food doesn't glow. If organic food cost the same as non-organic food, I'd buy organic. But it can't cost the same; more work has gone into getting that chemical free product to your shopping trolley than its chemical counterpart. More work means more money.

What can we all do then? A little bit does go a long way. The majority of the fresh produce that I buy is not organic. But I do buy some that's chemical free. There's a great little place in Dane Valley called the Windmill Community Gardens. They run a great selection of activities but, I'm sure you've guessed where I'm going with this, they also sell chemical free produce.

Every Tuesday the Garden has a market stall between 12 and 4pm at their site on the corner of Dane Valley and College Road. On the stall, you'll be able to buy locally grown, seasonal fruit and veg and it's all chemical free. And it opens its door again this week - 17th May 2016 in case you're reading this in the future - The products they sell on the stall are beautiful.

I know it's cliche to say that they taste better, but they really do. They also have a weekly veg box scheme that delivers a bag of veg to a multitude of different locations around Thanet for as little as 6 pound a week. What have you got to lose?

Windmill Community Gardens truly is a Thanet Star...

David Chitty is a Thanet local who spends far too much time tending to his beard. He can be found on davidchitty.com or on Facebook.
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Political Laryngitis

The original content of this post has been removed because the author was a #WhinyLittleBitch with all the maturity of a mayfly and all the depth of a shoe print on dry mud.

Honestly, would a polite email have really hurt you that badly?

This notice exists because Matt is too sarcastic for his own good and is not always so mature either.

This notice replaced the previous content automatically using a search and replace query directly in the SQL engine. If the mayfly in question has any further complaints he can stick them where the sun shines not.

Or he can try and sue me but he will lose.

Come at me bro.

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Thanet Writers Launch Website

A group of Thanet's writers have launched a new website to showcase the talents of all local writers.

The group, known as Thanet Writers, started a few years ago meeting in my living room and has since taken on a life of its own. Back then it was just a few friends meeting to talk about writing now Thanet Writers meets twice a week and has become an organisation dedicated to supporting Thanet's writers.

Long ago Thanet Writers stopped being something that I did and became something that I was simply part of, and it is great. I might have had the absolute honour of sowing the first seeds but Thanet Writers is now, and long may it be, the property of those that take part. Rebecca Delphine Explained it best when she wrote "Seven Benefits of Joining a Writers Group" for the new site.

When the fine folks at Thanet Writers first said that they would like to create a website, I was all for it. It was my privilege to support the group by contributing my time to assist with the development of the website. The actual running of the site is managed by other members of the group.

I was going to pick out the highlights of the content that has been posted by Thanet Writers but it has proven to be a difficult task to pick just a few favourites. Take, for example, published author Matthew Munson as he addresses the question: Why do we write? Or Seb Reilly on Setting the mood.

The poetry section has quite a range from rather silly poems about food like Basting Thyme by Courtney S. Hughes and Mr Kensington’s Everything Pie by yours truly to quality performance poetry like Starbucks Lovers by Cal Harris.

Then there are the short stories, which include some best selling writers who just so happen to come from Thanet. For example The Lickspittle Leviathan by David Grimstone.

I will leave the rest for you to discover over at the website.

Thanet Writers accepts submissions from writers with a connection to Thanet. Be warned, however, they do not pay and you would be unlikely to sell the work you give them after it is published (due to the nature of the Internet being a world wide release).

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