Monday, October 12, 2015

A Memorial Day

A Tribute to Luke Williams
A very touching memorial tribute clearly visible this morning on a bench on top of the cliffs at Westbrook.

Does anyone know or would like to share the Luke Williams story as I'm sure passers-by would like to know.?

Friday, October 09, 2015

The Tide is (was) in a West Bay

I know we have to put-up with the weather but never more so than today in Thanet, with the Autumn sunshine searing my eyeballs!

Anyway, I shot a little drone footage of West Bay in Westgate at full tide. Don't tell anyone or Westgate will end-up appearing in the tourist brochures or Tower Hamlets will decide that it's just the right place for 20,000 people now looking for a nice place to live with a sea view.

Reportedly, the mayoral candidate, Zac Goldsmith, said today that Kent local authorities should not have to worry over London's housing over-spill problems. Why don't I believe him?

Saturday, September 26, 2015

An Absolute Scandal

Here's my video of the Port of Ramsgate, taken yesterday by drone. I'm at a disadvantage compared to other local drone pilots filming because I have yet to find one clip on YouTube where the law, governing their use in a public space is not completely ignored and would likely merit a prosecution if CAA had the resources. There are however some entertaining video clips around for all to see.

In today's Daily Mail, an absolute scandal, as it's reported an RAF sergeant was moved out of the waiting-room in QEQM AE unit because he was wearing uniform and it was feared he might give offense to other patients. I have to wonder what kind of country we are now living-in where members of our armed forces are treated with such disrespect and indeed, what the present demographic mix of our local hospital Accident and Emergency Unit may be, that would stimulate such action?

Answers on a postcard please?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Ramsgate's Boating Pool

Ramsgate's cliff-top boating pool viewed from above by my DJI Phantom drone this morning on a bright  autumn day. There seems to be a brisk trade in dog-walking along the cliffs.

I was also filming the port and that video will follow this one soon.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

St Mildred's Bay by Seagull

For a perfect late September afternoon at St Mildred's Bay in Westgate on Sea, a seagull's view in passing this afternoon.

Really, the weather doesn't get much better than this, as winter, looms just around the corner.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Reculver Towers From the Air

Reculver towers in Herne Bay, perhaps as you've never seen it before, with the Saxon Shore walk looking delightful this morning.

A Roman 'Saxon Shore' fort and a Saxon monastery, built on the site of one of the first Roman fortresses in North Kent, to guard the Wantsum Channel entrance to the port of Richborough, now at Sandwich, long silted-up since the 16th century.

Friday, September 18, 2015

A Wet Afternoon at Dreamland

A drone's eye view of a wet afternoon at the Dreamland amusement park in Margate, showing the almost completed Scenic Railway which looks as if it's being tested?

The last time I took photos from an aircraft, the iconic scenic railway was well ablaze, after an unfortunate accident with a pack of Swan Vestas; a local tradition,  scurrilously associated with a particular individual who is no longer with us. But then, neither it appears, are the fires. I'm sure we all miss them.

You can see the Scenic Railway looks almost new, bringing back happy memories of a small boy let loose on the park in the days when Margate had a busy pier.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Revolution Starts in Margate

The Revolution starts in Margate - Jeremy Corbyn
Given Karl Marx association with the town of Margate, it's only right, that if we are indeed going to have a post-capitalist revolution, it starts here in Thanet and not in Islington or Brighton?

In any event, while I'm quite in favour of a local revolution of sorts, I'm sure the next five years of local politics will prove even more entertaining and dysfunctional, than those that came before.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Political Dog - A Thanet Celebrity?

It was the General Election that really launched the Twitter hashtag #PoliticalDog and in this case, it's Kaia, my Pomeranian-Chihuahua-cross, known to TV and newspaper political editors and correspondents across the country.

With presenters such as Sky TV's Adam Boulton 'Re-tweeting' her photos, she can pick-up 20,000 impressions in one go and once again, she picked a political winner this week in Jeremy Corbyn.

Popular among the BBC South-east Today team, who she follows closely, Polly, Peter and Simon particularly, I'm trying to limit her television time but now she's discovered the Discovery Channel and Ed Stafford on Sky TV, that's becoming more difficult.

A Place for 700 New Homes in Westgate?

The controversy surrounding the siting of up to 12,000 new homes in Thanet, under the new local plan proposal, continues to rage and no more so than Westgate and Birchington, where resistance to the suggestion is fiercest.

I decided to take a drone's eye view of the proposed location (700 homes) along the Shottendane Road this morning, to share with everyone. I hope this offers a better view of the sheer size of the area involved and the space to new housing Westgate in particular will lose, should development go ahead; something I'm very much opposed to personally, for many good reasons, environmental, demographic, infrastructure, education and more.

With next year's Kent County Council elections coming around again, I've been asked if I might like to put my name forward and return to local politics. While undecided, I'm giving this some thought, predominantly because regardless of political affiliation, we need loud voices to fight Thanet's very often isolated and over-crowded corner at County Hall.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn Arrives In Margate

Jeremy Corbyn Arrives in Margate (c)
I was in Margate this afternoon, in time to catch Labour's Jeremy Corbyn arriving to make his speech at a leadership rally at the Winter Gardens.

The photos are here and I had a moment for a brief chat with the man I expect to become Labour's new leader and I found him to be a very pleasant.

What struck me, is how very unlike his Westminster-centric rivals for the leadership Corbyn is.

What was immediately obvious to me as an observer behind my camera lens, is how he had time for everyone who approached him, myself included, with a genuine warmth and interest in the exchange, rather than viewing each handshake as a shallow political opportunity; which you see so much of in career politicians these days.

Readers will know I'm very far from being a Labour Party supporter,but I would say that all political parties need more people with sincerely-held opinions on improving our society, like those of Jeremy Corbyn. Agree with them or not.

I wish him well but might suggest, he places some diplomatic distance between himself and what remains of the Labour Party in Thanet. Each represents a very different kind of socialism; one being very much intellectual, the other, broadly backward-looking.