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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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GEEK 2017 at Dreamland

Yesterday, I went along to GEEK 2017 with my blogger hat on. As I mentioned, I was very tired when I got back. So here, the very next day is the article I wanted to write.

GEEK 2017 at Dreamland

GEEK (Game Expo East Kent) has landed once more. This time at Dreamland.

We've covered GEEK most other years at Thanet Star and it has been great but this year it felt like GEEK had come home. It was the perfect fit to hold it at Dreamland.

Also the ticket prices are fairly reasonable per person but it can add up if you go as a family. I honestly thought a "family of four" ticket was a tenner until a friend pointed out that it comes in at just shy of forty. So, yeah, I felt silly. That said, still worth it if you can.

As you come in, you will be greeted by relentlessly happy GEEK volunteers handing out stickers. This is part of something new to GEEK - a house competition. Pick a house and earn tokens (house points) for your house by playing games and getting involved. The people in the GEEK t-shirts will explain the details to you if you ask.

I have it on good authority (from the devs themselves) that the guys at the Bullion stand are handing out points for finding a new bug in the game they are giving a demo of. Bullion is masive fun even if it is an early version.

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Today Thanet Star was at GEEK

I arrived at geek in the hour before GEEK 2017 opened to the public and left as they were locking the doors for the night. This post should have contained lots of pictures and a detailed review of everything on offer. I am shattered so you will have to wait.

While you are waiting, check our twitter feed and Facebook page for pictures.

Here are the Twitter highlights from #GEEK2017 (day 1).

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Thanet Creative Writers to become a charity

Local creative collective, Thanet Creative Writers, will shortly be transitioning into a charitable organisation.

Thanet Creative Writers founder, Matthew Brown, said since the foundation of Thanet Creative Writers in 2013 we have focused on supporting local writers, especially those just starting out. Up to this point, we have focused mostly on running our own groups and events but there is so much more we could be supporting. The time seems right to move beyond our own backyard and to contribute to the wider community.

We are hoping, he added, to work with other poet, writer, and creative groups to do the most good for the most people in Thanet within the realm of artistic expression with words. There are so many great initiatives already available in Thanet and we want to do our part in helping to ensure that they are a success.

Membership of Thanet Creative Writers' Charity is open to any individuals or organisations wishing to see creative writing promoted in Thanet.

The inaugural launch of Thanet Creative Writers as a charity takes place at Matthew Brown's home at 7.30pm on 2nd February (more details here).

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Three days to spread the Christmas spirit to teens in need!

Westwood Cross' Tesco Harris & Hoole are encouraging the local community to make Christmas special for some in-need teens, providing them with presents this holiday season, but their efforts are proving naught, with the Christmas tree looking sadly empty.

Christmas Tree

Harris & Hoole are collecting presents such as clothing, board games and toiletries for teens aged sixteen to eighteen who are in need of a little "Christmas Spirit".

The Pipeline Youth Initiative is a club run by the Young Kent charity which helps young people who have - for one reason or another - ended up living alone, in supported housing, without family or friends, and would therefore without this collection have no presents come Christmas Day. The charity aims to help these teens "get back on track" but this cute little seasonal event is just to spread some happiness to them.

Collection of presents began on December 1st, yet when I visited a couple of days ago, the tree was looking worryingly empty. The final date for collection of gifts is December 15th, so if you have anything at all that you can spare, please do donate!

You can gift to these teens by wrapping up a present and bringing it to the Tesco at Westwood Cross, where if you turn left through the main entrance you can find the Harris & Hoole containing that ever-important "Giving Tree". When you are there, pick up a tag, fill in the blanks, and place your gift under the tree, ready to be received by those in need, come Christmas Day, and hopefully put a smile on their faces.

You can also donate to Young Kent via LocalGiving here.

I hope that many of you will consider giving! Many Blessings to you all this holiday season!

Please note that if you are hosting a fundraiser or know of an event in aid of a good cause that you think deserves being shared, please do not hesitate getting-in-touch! We would love to inform our readers and encourage them to get involved.

Photograph by: Illisia Adams.

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