Monday, June 10, 2013

Between the Lines

Manston Display Area
The pilots' notes have come through for this summer's airshow extravaganza at Manston on Saturday week and if the weather improves, it looks set to be a great day out for the entire family.

From the image, you can see where the crowd-line will be on the northern side of the runway and that gives a wonderful opportunity for aircraft of all types to run-up and down the length of the airport along the centre line, giving the best possible view to all.

The pilots' briefing is scheduled for 10:00am although I'm not quite sure how I'm going to be able to battle through the traffic to get there and then leave to go back to Herne Bay and my own waiting aircraft in time for the start. I'm sure it will work out somehow.

The display aircraft will either be holding above Reculver or North Foreland, waiting to run-in and I'm guessing the controller will be stacking them according to their speed. At Farnborough a few years ago I had ten minutes to do my thing with a USAF B1 bomber coming in right behind me, so good reason to make as quick an exit as possible.

Labour's fabulous Three
I'm going to be dropping out of sight for a couple of days as I've a quick job to do abroad but normal service will be resumed shortly. I see from the photo sent to me today, that the pressure on Thanet's Labour  Cabinet, from the people of Ramsgate is now becoming persistent and relentless, with a variation on the notorious Iraq war, most wanted deck of cards. I'm rather starting to feel sorry for a Labour 'fabulous three' so clearly out of touch and out of their depth with the responsibilities of running local government with the larger than life 'green' figure of Ian Driver pointing the accusatory finger of incompetence at them with any and every opportunity.

Enough said, I had better go to the meeting of the local residents association and see if our newly elected UKIP County Councillor, a) shows-up and b) knows the difference between Westgate and Westbrook.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

As you say Simon, out of touch and very much out of their depth. There should be some form of examination before 'little people' are allowed to play with Thanet's future. These three clearly don't tick the boxes and should resign immediately.

Simon Moores said...

No sign of our new UKIP county councillor tonight. If anyone should meet him, then can you direct him towards Westgate please? It lies between Margate and Birchington

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Who is this phantom county councillor? We must be told.

Anonymous said...

He is sat outside the Westbrook Bowls club.Waiting for the meeting.

James Maskell said...

With such a large majority, and as he was the UKIP candidate in last year's by-election (and I would guess will be a candidate for Westgate in 2015), I'm a little suprised he didn't make an appearance. Genuinely, I expected better.

Anonymous said...

Have any of those pictured successfully organised a convivial gathering in an alcholic beverage manufacturing site?

Anonymous said...

He WAS there!

Simon Moores said...

In that case why did he not introduce himself during "Councillors report?"

Jodie Hibbert sent here usual apology through Iris Johnston, so nothing new there but if we have a new KCC councillor one might perhaps expect him to stand-up and say hello or was he wearing a mask? I didn't spot him in the audience.

Anonymous said...

Same at Cliffsend parish Council - no sign of Shonk or Heale last Thursday 6th June

Anonymous said...

UKIP didn't even turn up at the European Parliament to vote against a new European Asylum agreement - if they can't be bothered with that, they'll hardly be bothered with local government....useless.

Lorraine HH said...

Was the KCC councillor invited or told where the meeting was? As a paid up member of the wwra i wasn't emailed of the 2 changes to the meetings venue. so how are people to now what is going on?

Derek Smith said...

The change of venue was very much last minute due to a mix-up with bookings at the Bowls Club (they had a match on which we weren't aware of). I understand that notices were put up at the Bowls club telling of the change of venue should any WWRA member turn up there, and a large notice was erected outside of the cinema showing where the meeting had been switched to - and a member of the Committee was outside directing members in. Given the situation I don't think there was much more that could have been one.

Anonymous said...

HAHA the joker card induced a few laughs Simon. I feel driver does have the right idea and has Thanet in his heart of hearts which is more than labour do but he does get swiped by all the political sideshows rightly or wrongly and does himself NO favours.

Duncan Smithson said...

Dont know if you saw the footage Thanet Watch produced on the Ramsgate Town Meeting. One of the people who was hurling abuse at the councillors was a die hard Labour supporter. Do the local Labour party not understand that even their own die hard supporters do not support them! This neauance probably slipped past them...

Anonymous said...

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