Monday, August 03, 2009

Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore Aaaarrrgghhh!

Phew! Now the swine flu's gone I've been able to toddle around the town again and enjoy the delights of the sea air accompanied by Test Match Special in my lugholes, courtesy of the iPhone. It doesn't get much better than that!

During my post-prandial on Saturday I clocked the parlous state of the Mayor's parlour, otherwise known as Albion House. Here are some piccies:


I'm told by regular contributor Millicent that green netting has since been erected over this balcony, presumably to prevent passers-by being bashed on the bonce by the crumbling concrete. Quite how such an historic building came to be in such a state beggars belief. I mean, didn't Queen Victoria herself hang her smalls out on those railings back in the day?

Anyway, minus the swine flu I'm firing on all one cylinder and can't wait to get my snout back in the trough again. As regular readers will know, I've always been a bit of a ham, so imagine my delight when I was approached this morning by the Harley Street Vasectomy Clinic to front up their latest video epic - A Snip At £900! I have, however, been assured that they'll be using a body double when it comes to the actual procedure!

9 comments:

ascu75 aka Don said...

Glad yoour back in circulation

Eastcliff Richard said...

How about you? Feeling less 'pooly'?

Anonymous said...

Is that what is known as a pork chop?

Anonymous said...

Its not even a nice building. Pull it down.

Anonymous said...

Don't the Town Council have a repairing lease??

Anonymous said...

5:12 - No: its a non-repairing Freehold.

Michael Child said...

Richard I believe this symptomatic of a much larger problem, a conservation specialist I know told me that the part of the cast iron balcony supports that are embedded in the building slowly rusts away and in buildings of this age they are reaching the end of their serviceable lives, this means that many of the historic buildings in Thanet are likely to have balcony collapses in the near future.

Millicent said...

I think it is entitled to collapse at its great age after hanging half way up a wall exposed to bombs, wind, sea air and rain for about two hundred years, don't you? But that doesn't mean that TDC haven't been negligent and have been written to for a long time now by local groups and societies asking for its repair on health and safety grounds if not for its aesthetic value.

Anonymous said...

Given that it's a listed building, perhaps TDC should send itself a repairs order.

This letter could include details of the repairs that it requires itself to carry out. It could remind itself about the responsiblity that owners of listed buildings have to keep them in good repair, and the possible action it might otherwise take against itself it it fails to comply.