A writer based charity from Thanet has relaunched their website to cater for all creatives in Thanet.
After voting through a subtle name change from Thanet Creative Writers to Thanet Creative, the charity says we feel that the new name better encompasses the fact that we are a charity that cares about poets and other forms of creative expression too.
The new website, which is very similar to the old one is part of a social network for creative writers, poets, and authors.
In the past, they said, we've had a problem with mean people cyber-squatting names we should be using and trying to cause people to confuse them for us. We hope that this name change will end all that and clarify what we care about - being creative. No one has time for all this childish drama.
The new website, also called Thanet Creative, is free to sign up to and accept submissions from all members.
One local man told me he never thought he would say it but he thinks that we desperately need speed cameras on Northdown Road.
Like many people, I have my doubts about the effectiveness of speed cameras but in this case, I have to wonder if they might be needed?
While hated by motorists, studies seem to suggest that the number of serious accidents are reduced by about a quarter when speed cameras are in place. So the question has to be asked - would a speed camera have saved a man's life?
Time for action
Many have been left wondering when the local authority is going to take action.
How many more people need to die before the danger of this stretch of road is given high enough priority in the shrinking local budget?
Is there time before Brexit, to get some EU money to make improvements?
There are many questions and few answers. I have reached out for comments and will publish a follow up when I get some replies.
Tell us your story
Have you been affected by speeding traffic in Northdown Road?
Jon Snow has said that the media elite has lost touch. They dropped the ball, but we can pick it up.
Of all of the words spoken, written, or broadcast this week, a fifty-minute oration stands out. A speech made by Jon Snow. Not the Game of Throne character but the anchor of ITNís Channel 4 News.
Jon Snow was in Edinburgh giving the 2017 MacTaggart Lecture at an annual Television Festival.
Snow spoke truth to power. He asked serious questions of journalism. He highlighted the need to connect the elite with the truth of the wider community, the forgotten, the marginalised, the "bottom end of society".
There is a massive disconnect between the wealthy and the less-well off. This disconnect gives voice to the wealthy and hides the poor from view. Local newspaper services have all but died and taken that voice with them.
Sure, The Isle of Thanet News has popped up. It is run by the ex-editor of our one remaining "local paper". Something anyone of us could have done, if only we knew how.
It's not the technology - we all have access to that.
Even here there is a disconnect where those with the connections, the training, the skills, they are in too high demand elsewhere.
The way I see it, we have few options.
Remain voiceless and just suffer the consiquences
Hope that the media elite decide that Thanet worth talking about again
Wait for someone to freely offer up the knowledge of how to run a true local news hub
Create one anyway by simple virtue of critical mass - enough people, enough blogs, working at once.
Allow rumour and disnformation to run rampant...
Surely the only answer from our side of the fence is to create a critical mass of blogs. Sure, any given blog will probably be a bit poor, or published irregularly, or only occasionally interesting.
Together though, we might get the attention of the national papers.
Jon Snow may well be right that the media elite has lost touch with us. He might be right that they need to try harder. But waiting for a hand out is not our only option.
Clips from Jon Snow's speech, understandably, did the rounds on social media but the whole thing is worth 50 minutes of your time.
Jon Snow said:
Like my fellow journalists, I have spent many hours around Grenfell. I have come to know a number of the survivors, and I speak to them regularly by phone or e-mail.
So casually written off as nameless migrants, scroungers, illegals, and the rest. Actually, and it should be no shock to us, the tower was full of talent. Not least the wonderful and talented Khadija Saye, who died with her mother, on the verge of a major breakthrough as an artist.
He also said:
We the media report the lack of diversity in other walks of life, but our own record is nothing like good enough.
The Sutton Trust has revealed this year that just under 80% of top editors were educated at private schools or grammar schools. Compare that with the 88% of the British public now in comprehensives.
Itís why I want to urge anyone and everyone in this room with the power to do it: give individuals who work with and for you the space to do something, anything, in the wider community we are here to communicate with.
We have the technology to create that space for ourselves. We have the freedom if we are willing to take it.
If you still feel that you need permission to be part of changing the world, you will wait until the end of time.
UKIP did it's best to brand itself as the party of the people at the last local elections but the truth they seem eager to avoid is that they are a mixed bag of ex-tories and less than trustworthy fakes. After all, UKIP is a party that put forward a fake war hero and bigamist and stands accused of flouting of electoral law.
It was a UKIP councillor that was filmed saying compromising things while the chair of the planning committee. Shortly before he switched party citing UKIP's failure over Manston. Says, election pledges before the 2015 election have been largely unfulfilled.
That embarrassment came around the same time UKIP lost overall control of TDC over its failure to carry out the only election promise it made. Then, a few months later, a report found that the only UKIP controlled Council had less than one-third of what a council of its kind should have.
Jumping ship from UKIP might be the only sensible move politically. After all, the national party is being asked to repay £150,000 of miss-spent funds and locally UKIP are losing votes faster milk turning sour in the hot weather.
So much for running the most boring council in the world.
When I started Thanet Star my intention was to shine a light on the parts of Thanet where the media and the council did not want a light to shine.
Somewhere along the way, I forgot that. I forgot that through the efforts of Thanet Star and other blogs like it lies and corruption have been exposed. That the truth was given time in the spotlight instead of spin and deceit.
When the last newspaper in Thanet seems content to back an agenda, not in our interest. An agenda that seems to mostly consist of selling out to the backer with the deepest pockets. The question must be asked - who will shine a light on the truth now?
When the news breaking blogs seem to be vanishing, who will ask the hard questions now?
When I started Thanet Star my intention was to shine a light where darkness was preferred. I had forgotten that. I'd lost track of the very reason for maintaining this blog in a maelstrom of other projects.
I cannot undo that those with a destructively negative attitude have chosen to put me through a crucible. What I can do is make a choice. I choose to stand back up.
I choose to shine a light.
I don't know if I can inspire others to do likewise. Maybe that's not my purpose. What I do know is that as long as I am able, I will ask the tough questions.
If the mainstream media will not hold our leaders to account then we must do it for them.
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