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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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Any copyright experts out there?

As you probably know Thanet Star has generally been a collaborative project and different writers produce posts for us at different times.

The understanding has always been that any posts are provided under a perpetual, world-wide (this is the web), non-transferable, license. In other words, once published, it stays published.

The problem is that one of the people who has written for us, I am not saying who that is, has turned into a giant sulky-pants over a completely unrelated issue. This person, let us call him TwitNoodle (because that is kind of funny), has decided to try and come at me from every conceivable direction. So far without any notable successes.

TwitNoodle has found cause to loudly and angrily object to pretty much every project I have ever been involved with. Ever. So far, folks appear to have mostly just laughed this angry little noodle off.

Now, however, they have decided that the articles they contributed are a breach of copyright. If your reaction is some variation of "WTF?" then you are not alone. I pretty much have been ignoring TwitNoodle's increasingly paranoid and rude emails, letters and general harassment.

If you have been wondering why I have not been posting like I once did, this has a lot to do with it. It is very hard to go wrestle with the tribalistic nature of local politics when you have a monkey like this on your back. If I am honest, it is getting me down.

Anyway, now it seems that TwitNoodle has been bombarding my ISP with emails and the legal department have had to get involved. I can prove that TwitNoodle freely offered the articles on this blog for publication, so that's not a problem. What I cannot prove is the nature of a verbal agreement nor of the implied agreement of permanent publication.

The articles themselves receive 0% of the site's traffic so there is no loss to us in this but as our policy has been to strongly oppose bullies I need a way to move forward.

Where does Thanet Star stand on the whole right to carry these articles issue? Do I have any choice but to bow to a bully and manually depublish ancient articles from the archives?Is there a defence here?

Any help or advice you can offer would be greatly appricated.

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Thanet Creative Writers Launch Website

Thanet Creative Writers quitely launched a new website a few months ago.

The site serves to host details of events run by the group along with advice on writing and other articles by local writers.

Thanet Creative Writers founder, Matthew Brown, said since the foundation of Thanet Creative Writers in 2013 we have always tried our best to support locals who feel that they have always wanted to write and yet, for different reasons, have never felt able. We believe that anyone, with the right support, can be a writer.

Thanet Creative Writers are open to outside contributors.

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Thanet Star Returns

I am pleased to announce that Thanet Star is back online.

I've been paid, the server fees have been paid because the saga of my dispute with the DWP ended when they admitted I was right.

Now that that nastiness is over with, what did I miss?

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Can we change it? Yes we can!

We have all seen the news. The pound is crashing and Great Britain is in danger of further financial hardship. We have not had Brexit yet and already we are paying the price.

Local councils are tightening belts. There is money available but they do not want to spend it. Safety is just another budget issue now.

When we work together, the local authority is forced to open it's purse and spend on things that matter. Of course they will, they want to be elected again.

Things like this matter. I bet you did not even put your mouse over that link to see what it was. It had a fancy tool tip and everything. You missed the story about a dangerous junction. It was written a few months back by Matt. His sisters, mum, and baby niece almost lost their lives.

KCC have refused to spend what amounts to pocket change because they think no one cares. I care. I think you do too. They will not know we care unless we say so. We must say that we want something done. I do, do you?

How do we work together?

That used to be hard. We once had to hire a hall and call a public meeting. Now we have Facebook and Twitter. We can work together for free any time we want.

Organising a petition is easier too. We can do that online and signing a petition takes only moments.

Are you unbothered if people die? I know I am bothered by it. It only takes moments to sign a petition.

Are you willing to take two minutes to save a life?

Sign The Petition Here

Hello, Alex here. Matt very kindly let me loose to try my hand at blogging. I could not think of anything much to write about. Until I started browsing the archives. That was where I got the idea tell you about why I think petitions like this one are so vital to Thanet. If I can do it, you can too. Chat to Matt about writing for Thanet Star. I did.
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