Sunday, July 20, 2008

Margate - a special place in my heart

Earlier this week I wrote a post about the Kent Cabinet trip down to Margate on Monday. As a result, I received a comment from Tony Flaig at Bignews Margate: "Maybe you should have stopped by at the offices of Bignews Margate, for a bit of enlightenment."

I was intrigued by this comment, so looked up Bignews Margate on Google. It's a blog site run by Tony Flaig, a track worker living in Thanet, and bills itself as "Thanet's Leading Politically Independent Blog". You can reach it on

Anyway, Mr Flaig ran a piece on KCC's Cabinet visit to Thanet last week, "Maidstone comes to Thanet" which very kindly cross-links to my Thanet story in the interests of balance. I felt it was the least I could do to reciprocate and give Mr Flaig's site an airing here.

For information, having grown up in Bermondsey, Margate (and Dreamland!) used to be the 'Big Day Out' with my brothers, parents and grandparents for years. In my teens, I often drove my little Mini from South East London down to Margate, and I still regularly visit. Indeed a couple of years ago I nearly moved to Margate - it holds a very special place in my heart.

As an ambassador, County Councillor Clive Hart is excellent - he regularly sends other KCC Members email updates on events and press comment on Thanet in general and Margate in particular, and sent Cabinet Members a message giving us details of where to visit if we had a spare half hour during our visit. If you've read my posting on Monday you'll know how little time we had to go walkabout. But I make this promise - I will bring my family down and follow Clive's suggestions. Who knows - perhaps Bignews Margate will mention that?


tony flaig bignews said...

Thanks for the plug however, just a quick point as far as I know I haven't announced any retirement plans, since governments and business have done their level best to make sure that, large sections of the community, on low incomes like myself are unable to bury money for themselve and are paying huge sums for useless public sector workers to be overpaid whilst in work and well provided for when they finished their minimal contribution.

I suspect that I along with many will be working well past the normal accepted retirement age to continue to subsidise the public sector.

Kevin Lynes said...

Tony - sorry about making you prematurely retired! I have now corrected the posting, and thank you for pointing it out. I'll let you know when I next come down to Margate.

Wes T Kenter said...

'Nearly moved to Margate'... lucky escape there, eh Kevin!

tony flaig bignews said...

No problems you'll have to excuse my er robust style