Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It's Xmas Wednesday

In between arm-wrestling my daughter for a turn on her X-Box, I have now discovered it's actually Wednesday and not Thursday, which is a result and says rather too much about my confused state of mind and the length of the Christmas holiday in general.

As the former Cabinet member for the environment, I have noticed on the TDC website it says my own bin should be emptied 'Today' but for new visitors, was that written in the past before Xmas or did they expect you to wake-up after the collection and find this out? Not my problem anymore but I have fired-off an email. I have observed quite a steady stream of family cars descending on the St Mildred's Bay car park and off-loading all their Xmas rubbish into the skip which says 'No Cardboard - Paper Only.'

Now Thanet lies under the control of the forces of fraternal socialism, i.e Clive & Iris, perhaps the new Cabinet Member for the Environment might wish to explore an equally creative solution for one of our more persistent problems, which appears to have run somewhat amok over the holiday as people walk their dogs.

The blogs have been unusually quiet over the holidays, with a couple of notable and rather bizarre exceptions, as most of us switch our attention away from the self-indulgence of hammering away on a keyboard to another and quite different kind of indulgence, which invariably involves a knife and fork.

The BBC, as ever, has delivered a televisual feast not to be missed and in a single day I counted three hours of 'East Enders' and an hour of 'Holby City' as well. I have seen two repeats of 'Shrek the Third', two of 'Spartacus' but as yet, no 'Great Escape' which must be just around the corner as Christmas would not be quite the same without it.

I've noticed the sudden appearance of a mysterious, 'W' shaped light hanging over the centre of Birchington town square in the evening but what it is is anyone's guess? Something political I suspect!


Watching Kim Jong Il's funeral on the news today, I'm reminded that it's ten years since I went to Korea, arriving one very icy day in Seoul, when the temperature was a bitter -26 celsius. Looking at the weeping thousands in Pyongyang standing for hours in the bone-chilling cold as the funeral cortege passed. I suspect that grief for the Dear Leader, was really the last thing on their collective minds.

It's also worth noticing that 'Cheetah', the Chimpanzee star of the Tarzan movies also died over Christmas at the grand old age of 80 and one might successfully argue that he achieved rather more for humanity and will be missed more greatly than North Korea's Kim Jong Il.

12 comments:

Michael Child said...

Seasons greetings Simon, glad to see you have noticed the council’s website is dysfunctional, is this something you only get to notice when you are no longer in power? Or is it something you are not allowed to notice when you are in power?

Peter Checksfield said...

Surely this is because there's no money to do it any different Simon / Michael?

DrM. said...

I'm not commenting on any particular TDC IT issue but remarking on clarity.

There's no money for anything but essential ICT in local government and Thanet is now part of a shared service project with neighbouring councils to achieve economies of scale and hopefully greater overall efficiency

Michael Child said...

Simon I genuinely think that councils ought to be doing what we are doing here at the moment, which is using the free social networking sites properly. Spending money as the do on trying to produce a search facility that works better than the free google one, or in the case of their news announcements where the feeds don’t work and the photographs can’t be hosted properly, instead of wasting the money trying to make it all work, there is no reason why they couldn’t embed a blog in their site and use that.

DrM. said...

So who do you employ to do this when other departments are being cut back?

DrM. said...

Sorry Montgomery Mole, i have deleted your comment as drawing a parallel between a particular councillor and Kim Jong Il, in the way you did, was rather personal.

Montgomery Mole said...

So sorry Dr M,, I was more concerned about the hair style!!

Michael Child said...

I guess the person who has been trying to make the feeds and search facility work for the last few years, set up blog make news and information officers tem members, say about an hour. TDCIT putting it into a frame say about a week. Job done.

Google search has to be configured properly, do I send the HTML code to them or to you.

montogomery mole said...

Kim Jong Un was the one I wished to associate to An independent counicillor from Birchington!

James Maskell said...

Are we sure we really want to go there, montgomery mole? :D

In all fairness to him, Jack Cohen isnt that bad a guy!

Tim Clark said...

Like the idea of a flame thrower for the dog mess

DrM. said...

I think it's actually a mini Gatling!