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The Intolerant Wife Closes

It appears that after two years of supplying #FoodForEveryone the Intolerant Wife in Broadstairs has ceased trading.

An announcement was placed on Facebook yesterday where the owner, Seth Proctor, and his wife thanked everyone for their support.

The Intolerant Wife Closes

The Intolerant Wife was, to many, just a café like many others, but to some it was a lifeline. Offering a wide-ranging and varied menu, with options for gluten-free, wheat-free, many other intolerances, along with vegan food, the Intolerant Wife really did cater for all. The loss of a small business like this really is a shame, particularly with the owner’s involvement and promotion of Shop Local, a campaign to encourage residents to use independent retailers instead of chain stores.

In the face of mass-market conformity the Intolerant Wife was a refreshing and unique alternative that will be sorely missed.

Have you ever eaten at the Intolerant Wife? What was your experience?

EDIT: Replaced Facebook embed code with screenshot because FB's code was not playing nicely.

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Christmas Comes Early

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, or Midwinter, or Hanukah, or Winter Festival, or whatever. Carols are playing. Chocolate stockings and reindeer and snowmen and baby Jesus are on the supermarket shelves. The card shops have set up festive displays. Decorations have been imported from China and are now available for purchase.

Hang on, what month are we in?

It's not even Halloween yet, or Samhain or the Light Festival or All Saint's Day or such. Next to masks of Frankenstein's monster, which are usually incorrectly called Frankenstein masks, and glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth, are plastic pine trees and tinsel. It's still warm enough to visit the beach without looking a bit odd to the dog walkers. What is going on?

The funny thing is Jesus was born in September, three years before he was supposed to be. Well, a child called Jesus was born to Joseph of Nazareth and his wife Mary, on their way back from the census, in a town called Bethlehem. So maybe it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas after all.

About Seb: When he is not writing guest posts for Thanet Star Seb Reilly is a fiction writer and occasional musician from Thanet. Seb maintains a website at www.sebreilly.com.
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3 Months Ago they promised a CPO

Three months ago the new TDC arrived with promises of a compulsory purchase of Manston. So what's happened?

Aside from a very public falling out in the Tory Party between the MP for Thanet North and the leader of KCC nothing much has changed.

Meanwhile, Thanet District Council have issued a few fines (about two hundred in Margate and next to none anywhere else) and made very little difference. Many of those brand new councillors were and are members of one of the pro-manston activist groups so one might be forgiven for thinking that there might have been efforts made to progress the CPO, if it has legs.

So what is happening exact?

Are the council that was elected capable of taking a definitive action (one way or the other) regarding Manston?

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Are Manston owners about to go bankrupt?

Strong doubts have been expressed over the ability of the current owners of Manston Airport to continue due to massive debts.

Trevor Cartner and Chris Musgrave brought a majority share in Manston from Stage Coach owner Anne Gloag but their company (Wynyard Park Limited), shows debts of over £30m. This debt is for the financial year ending 2014 and auditors have expressed expressed doubts about the groups ability to continue, say the BBC.

A spokesman for the company has claimed that they have since paid off that huge debt and are, all evidence to the contrary, a great success.

This news calls into question the ability of Stagecoach's Ann Gloag and Wynyard Park's duo to afford to build something worthwhile on the airport site.

At the same time one has to wonder how strongly they can actually afford to resist a competent Compulsory Purchase of the site.

Only time will tell.

What do you think will happen?

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Sales Madness at Tesco

A sharp eyed reader spotted this image of sales madness at Westwood Cross at 1:30am.

I would not want to be one of the poor checkout assistants working this shift.


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