Monday, August 04, 2008

China Syndrome

Hmm. I've been rustling around in that old plastic bag full of papers which I was about to put in the recycling and come up with one or two interesting snippets.

Like the minutes of a meeting held on 4 January which was attended by a senior councillor, three TDC officers and a representative of CGP, the people who want to plonk a Chinese business park on top of our lovely aquifer here on the island. The discussion appears to have turned to future visits by Chinese dignitaries, and the provision of 'branded gifts' such as:

- TDC cufflinks
- Embossed pens
- Glass paperweights with Thanet scene at bottom
- Turner picture enlarged as a scroll of Margate seafront

The meeting then appears to have gone on to discuss DVDs and Powerpoint presentations (yawn) in both English and Chinese, before turning to this little gem:

Signs as you enter Thanet (saying): Welcome to Thanet, the home of Chinese Globalisation in English and Chinese.

The decision was seemingly taken to hold discussions regarding the signs 'when planning permission is in place'. But why wait? I've had my team of top Photoshop designers mock the sign up - whaddya think?

Now, what else is there in that bag...

16 comments:

tony flaig bignews said...

I take it the Mayoral garments were TDC idea.

Any more stuff?

Eastcliff Richard said...

Just rummaging through...

Anonymous said...

Hey richard, you missed an opportunity to retouch the yellow sign, in line with poor sino uk translation, It could have read 'Hand Car Jobs' for which I consider £5 is good value.

Anonymous said...

But everyone loves a bit of Chinese globlisation, don't they?

Anonymous said...

Hey, Eastcliff, I think I have cracked your security cloak, and I know who you are. ! I promise not to reveal the truth, as that would deprive the internet of a great source of humour. The clue was in the script of this item

Eastcliff Richard said...

Many have tried, dear chap, many have tried.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I think it's crucial to have TDC cufflinks.

Who wouldn't want a pair of those bad boys!?

Anonymous said...

Why isn't Thanet Strife following this up?

Anonymous said...

" Anonymous said...
Why isn't Thanet Strife following this up?

4:07 PM "

He's at a family wedding, that usually happens to me as well, always away whenevr there is any excitment going on!

Anonymous said...

cos thanet strife is too closely involved in the anti brigade, he/she may find themselves helping the police with their investigation

Eastcliff Richard said...

What police investigation would that be then, 4:37? Come on, do spill the beans!!

Or are you just one of the many Blue Rinsers who are trying to limit the damage by fighting fire with, er, policemen?!?

The possibilities are endless said...

Why just cufflinks - what about TDC handcuffs, pretty boxes of matches with pictures of the scenic railway in flagrante, musical boxes of the Margate Clocktower playing "O I do like to be beside the seaside" and some sticks of Lamsgate Lock.

Anonymous said...

Where's the really incriminating stuff? Come on ECR!

Eastcliff Richard said...

Lorks! I think 2:13pm was right! Having spoken to my top team of designers, it would appear they rather stupidly translated my address and telephone number into Chinese for that sign, thinking any old mumbo-jumbo would do!

I'm outta here!

Anonymous said...

So whilst Thanet Earth employs Dutch workers to build it and advertises in The Polish Press for workers, we now have the reality of China Gateway's job opportunities being exposed.

If this was a serious proposal by TDC and not a 'spoof', ECR, its implications are quite clear. How many Chinese staff are expected in Gateway? 200? 300? 500? More? Where will they live? Caravan Parks or housing that Phases 2 and 3 don't mention yet? Or perhaps EKO LLP has some housing in mind down at Rose Farm Estates at Eurokent for them? How many jobs for Thanet are claimed? Here we go again; seen it all before!

Anonymous said...

10.59 said
" perhaps EKO LLP has some housing in mind down at Rose Farm Estates at Eurokent for them? "

Oh dear it seems that someone has let the cat out of the Tesco's bag.