Friday, November 23, 2007

There's No Place Like Ramsgate

I've been discharged! Hurrah! And back here in the bosom of the old alma mater, I've been catching up with the latest goss!

My housekeeper says she got a bit of a fright the other evening. Walking down one of those grimy backstreets, she came across a posse of rozzers and firefighters. Apparently they were trying to persuade one of the local, er, characters not to continue with his threat of taking out the entire road by placing gas cylinders on a fire in his back yard. The chap was subsequently invited to help with inquiries, so to speak, but the local ball jugglers are now saying they can't prosecute him for this bonfire of the insanities because of an administrative cock-up. Typical.

Meanwhile my local MP, Dr Steve Ladysman, has copied me in on the letter he's sent to the Post Office™ protesting against the proposed closures in his Thanet South constituency. He's had 235 responses about Arsend, 84 regarding Woodnesnisenborough (wherever that is), 58 about Grange Road, and 150 protesting the demise of my own local branch, Mr Filthy Talk Talk's in Bellevue Road.

And finally, regular reader Millicent writes with a report of the recent meeting of the Ramsgate Society (eat your heart out Wossie!) during which a representative of our beloved council's parks department bemoaned increasing vandalism and a shrinking budget. He's only got 40 staff to look after the lot. And to think the area used to be famous for its flower beds and floral displays. Kuh!

Oh, and by the way, thanks to reader Bella for the above photo. If you'd like to visit this particular Ramsgate, pop along to Bluewater. You'll find it embedded in the floor just outside Currys apparently!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Am I to understand that Ramsgate has "grimy" back streets ?

Jumping Jack Flash, self appointed master of ceremonies for a belated Guy Fawkes celebration, merely offered to toast his whole neighbourhood.

Anonymous said...

Are you still on your post operative guinness ration to improve your irony levels ?

Gordon said...

Would you know if police spotted a couple of wee disks being thrown onto the fire ...

Anonymous said...

No wee disks but plenty of wee.

Millicent said...

I had to e-mail Kathy's sucessor at the Gazunder after he made two mistakes this week - the library being rebuilt is not in Cannon Road, and Ellington School moved to its new building in the summer so why the old photo?

Anonymous said...

Kathy would not have missed the attempt to blow up Augusta Raod.

Anonymous said...

Oh! I thought that was ECR's welcome home committee?

Millicent said...

There used to be approx 220 staff working for the parks departments across the island so wonder what happened to the other 180? Folkestone still has a floral coat of arms depicting a different organisation each year and regularly re-stocked flowerbeds along the Leas. Even day-trippers have time to enjoy those.