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It not seem right

It was a week ago when I received the call. A lad I had known since childhood, David Thorman, had been taken from us.

My deepest sympathies go to his mum and dad, who always had time for me when I was little, and the rest of the family.

I have felt devastated by the news even though he and I had not been in contact in many years. Even so, it has been the deepest of shocks and I cannot even begin to describe how I feel. Our families were part of the same church community when we were growing up. We went to the same Sunday school and youth group.

It just not seem right at all.

Please forgive me if I do not say much more about this deeply saddening topic; just coming up with a headline was painful enough. Perhaps you should read this fantastic tribute to Dave.

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Now somewhat mobile friendly

Yesterday, to no fanfare whatsoever, Thanet Star updated its design which includes a mobile friendly look.

The changes for Desktop users are fairly minimal. I've simplified the top area and moved the search bar. The bigger changes (and the ones that took the most time) are for tablets and mobiles.

I also found some older static pages (policy and so forth) that used a very, very old theme. I've updated those too.

I've tested our new design as much as I know how and it looks like even tiny screens should be able to have a much better experience. Let me know if anything looks off to you.

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Thanet Group Launch Writing Competition

Thanet Creative Writers launched a contest for writers this week.

The contest called "Writer's Writing Competition" aims to help local writers build up an authorial presence in preperation for one day seeking publication.

The Writing Competition is open to anyone at all but those with a connection to Thanet would be at a significant advantage.

The contest is divided into twelve themes with each theme running for one week. The first theme "What gets me writing?" closes at Midnight on Monday. Thanet Creative Writers are recommending that participants create a free blog account to host their entries and have offered several suggestions.

No sign up is required and you only have to notify Thanet Creative Writers that you have published your entry (and where).

Originally intended as a friendly competition and a way for writers to work together, the competition has attracted outside interest. Since the competition was first announced on Sunday, a donor has already come forward offering a cash prize for the eventual winner.

In response to the heightened interest, Thanet Creative writers have published an FAQ to help writers get the most out of the contest.

Find out more about the Writer's Writing Competition.

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We got a mention in 5 ways to blog from Thanet now.

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Creatives

Thanet Creative have a new webiste and a new name

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Local Art

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

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Like to write?

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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Hyper-localism

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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