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Margate Green Grocer Relaunches

Thanet Star became aware of the re-opening of Margate's green grocer and our People's Interest contributor, Illisia Adams, visited for a look at the shop, and an Interview with the proprietor.

Shop Front Margate Green Grocer

Number 107 on Margate High Street has opened its doors to customers again! It re-opened one month ago today, on June 04th.

Khamis Ali, an Egyptian-born gentleman who moved to the UK back in 2001 is the shop proprietor. When I was intrigued about his foreign routes, given the rising concern in how many immigrants that there are in our area, he proudly told me that he moved to our country to find work here and that he has never lived off of Benefits. He has “always wanted to be [his] own boss”.

Khamis speaks several languages; his home-tongue Egyptian, English (very well!) and Polish, which his wife taught him. He is a very hard worker who actually owns another green grocer in Chatham and travels fourty miles to get here every day from his home and he has as little as seven hours sleep in a week.

Why the expansion to Margate, then? Why not! Khamis has had his eye on the store here since before it closed down two years ago. He has huge confidence in its potential, signing a lease to rent the shop for five years.

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EXCLUSIVE Sophia Tobin Author Interview

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Waterstones in Ramsgate are doing a lot of signings at the moment and I managed to catch up with one of the authors and get Thanet Star an exclusive insight into her work.

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Beggers Belief

On Wednesday Marty (OfLiving Life in Chapters and the fab band Beggers Belief popped over to the Thanet Star HQ for a cuppa and a chat. Marty introduced me to his band's music and a video of that music that some local students have made. Beggers Belief play music styles such as Reggae, Ska, Funk, R&B, Country, Folk among others. Here is the video I mentioned and a great and uplifting tune. After the news we've all had lately I think we could do with some uplifting.

Cheer's Marty.

Everyone with a venue and a budget should pay these guys lots of cash to come and play a set.

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David Green has been gone a year

It has been over a year since Councillor David Green published an update to his Eastcliff Matters blog giving rise to the idea that "they" have finally shut him down.

You may recall that Cllr Green suddenly shut down his blog under pressure and this gave rise to Thanet's most unanimous outcry. Then, a little later his blog again went silent and this time Cllr Green would not give a reason. Now with this "code" for blogging as a councillor in place it seems that the Conservative dominated council has indeed sealed this source of news.

Interestingly the one I suspect as the prime target has not stopped writing.

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...and the winner is Tony Flaig

This long over due Rising Star of Thanet Award goes to...

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Tony Flaig of Big News Margate.

Tony is one of Thanet's premier rising stars and has been featured in more BBC documentaries than any of the rest of us. I've been meaning to write this post for ages and feel bad that it has taken me so long to celebrate one of our best talents.

Tony has given coverage to the topic of Kent TV despite the risk it has exposed him too. Thankfully for us Kent TV don't scare our Tony. However our Tony scares their overpriced buttocks clean across the room.

Tony joins a select few Thanet rising stars who have so far been recognised with this award. It's well deserved too. Tony has had more than his fair share of strife from ne'er-do-wells that have an agenda to hide.

Let's raise a glass to "our Tony" and to many more years of great blogging!

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