Friday, December 12, 2008

Local Blogger Wins Lottery

Like most people reduced to an impecunious state, I'm now doing the Lotto. And so far it's paying off! For a two quid stake, I've just won £10! That's eight more pairs of Tesco bloomers! Ironically, my win was courtesy of two matched knackered old jumbos on a Quantum of Solace scratch card. I'll never complain about those blessed training flights again.

Talking of which, did anyone else spot the quote of the week in today's Gazunder? That nice young Kiwi Matt Clarke, who heads up RAF London Kent etc etc, apparently told a meeting of St Lawrence residents: 'Newer planes use less fuel and therefore omit (sic) less noise.' If that's the case, bring back the old Oasis Hong Kong gas guzzlers toute de suite, Matt! Oops, sorry, there I go again.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just loved the Gazette, desperate as ever to promote the airport: Matt Clarke "would neither confirm nor deny that he had spoken with Ryanair." I think it might have been more accurate to report that he was given a rough ride by residents irritated by the pointless training flights and unauthorised night flights. Funny how he isn't doing a public meeting for residents in the centre of Ramsgate.

Anonymous said...

Man from Airport Watch in London spoke at the meeting in Ramsgate yesterday evening along with lady from CRPE and Euro MEP Caroline Lucas. Will be interested to see how this is reported in the local press.

Anonymous said...

Let me guess...

"Selwyn Thimble, prominent anti-airport campaigner, spoke at the meeting. He was confronted by local man, Jim Thirby, who said: "You weren't here in the 1850's when the Americans were flying in and out of Manston. That was noise. Anyone who hasn't lived in Thanet all of their lives has no right to comment on the airport. Only those of us who got Thanet into the mess it's in now can be trusted to sort things out."

Yankee Doodle said...

Blah blah blah, anti-airport. Typical of the great British public. You Brits are losers.

Anonymous said...

Never agreed with a yankee before, but now, bring on the dollar

Anonymous said...

Wankee Doodle.... British losers?

How did USA get on in Vietnam etc?

Matt B said...

Why exactly is an angry comment from across the pond worth keeping?

Anonymous said...

My favourite bit in the Gazette was how most of the article was people moaning about it and Matt's last quote was something like "I'm glad so many people support the airport." Hohoho

ascu75 aka Don said...

Strange its only a small minority who shout the loudest so they cant hear the silence around them. People want the airport people want the Turner cente they want change but they let those who do the shouting get sore throats so they cant shout when the change happens. Be nice if Ryanair or Virgin move in and we will have a real airport not a baby one like we have at the moment

Anonymous said...

Who voted you voice of the people, Don?

Clearly there are many people living around the already noisy airport who do not want the airport but embrace constructive change.

Anybody with vision can see that Ramsgate is ready to prosper from well thought through development that does not damage this architectural gem.

Don't you think ruining Ramsgate is a high price to pay for your quick trip to the Balearics and a knees up?

Anonymous said...

Well, I live under the flightpath but still think that Manston is good for Thanet.
The Turner centre will be wasted on the lowest of Thanet life, but some of us will enjoy it. If people come down to look around it and spend a bit of money in Thanet then that can't be bad.

Anonymous said...

I work in London, have what could be described as a high disposable income and have recently bought a house in Ramsgate. I am overwhelmed by Ramsgates potential and cannot believe that it has taken so long for it to be discovered. Ramsgate is on the cusp of greatness. But if the airport expands I will sell and move elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

The Turner Centre will cost millions and will lose millions. Local people will be left to pick up the tab even though they never had a say in whether it went ahead or not. I say we all refuse to pay any portion of our Council Tax that goes to subsidise the Turner Centre. Either it stands on its own two feet or it gets turned into a Thorleys.
As for the airport, how many more years will we have to put up with this cr*p. It isn't working, it's never worked and it has no prospect of working. People who hark back to some mythical golden age forget that the RAF used to pick up all of the running costs. Close it now and open the land up for alternative development.

Nige said...

Well all this gloom and doom, hasn't anyone got anything GOOD to say?

Congrats SCR on the win, I hope you blew it all on a half decent cigar :)

As to Manston, if it isnt financially viable then it will soon go 'tits-up' in this economic climate. It would be a super site for houses with an excellent view over the bay for some, except for the new dual cabbageway they will be puttting in through cliffsend soonish.

Anonymous said...

Lets hope it dies and goes away for ever!

Anonymous said...

If it was turned into housing , that would be a pretty big carpeting contract for some local shagpile supplier.
Rodge get Matt Clarke on the the old dog and bone and tell to sling his hook and take those fucking jumbos with him .

Nige said...

Crazy Idea 143

If people use 40' containers as affordable housing...

Why not line up a load of the spare jumbo's that must be laying around after all the airline firms that have gone to the wall and convert them? Rip the wings off, paint them in typical beachhut colours and park them up in rows along the site. For the larger family, just join two at the wing stubs and put an enclosed walkway across.