Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The King Is Dead, Long Live The Queen

Having a bite down at the excellent Belgian Bar last night, the references on their menu to 'Ramsgate's riviera' and the 'Millionaires' Playground' reminded me that there was something I meant to tell you. Poor old Dickie passed away yesterday following complications arising out of his motorcycle accident. He had seemed to be making a full recovery but contracted some kind of chest infection and went rapidly downhill. Despite the best efforts of the doctors and nurses at the UCL, he died in the early hours.

I don't think he would want any of us to be sad, and he was still cracking jokes about Thanet Council right up until the end according to his sister. In fact he made a point of writing his own obituary because, as he said in true ECR style, he 'didn't want any other bastard writing it'. I will maintain this blog to the best of my ability as a tribute to the great man, and the fact that phrases such as 'the Cannes of Kent', 'knackered old Jumbos' and 'council duffers' have passed into local parlance are a lasting legacy to his genius.

So as we say goodbye, here are the final words 'what he wrote' (as he said in the email):

In Memoriam
Eastcliff Richard
The King of Thanet Bloggers

So farewell
Then, Eastcliff Richard.

They called you
'Thanet's Premier Blog' and
'The Local Blogging King'

'You can't get rid
Of me that easily'
That was
Your catchphrase.

Well I've fucking
Gone now
So I hope
You're all happy.

E. C. Richard (29)


Margate Teetotal said...

More drinking?

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked and stunned to say the least. He will be sadly missed.

Anonymous said...

I heard the popping of Krug corks as I walked through Cecil Square today. Sandy and Roger were seen wrestling naked in front of a large open fire in the main council chamber such was there joy.

Tory councillors were seen hugging and kissing , even Stephen Broadhurst was signed in , although I did not see him myself.

I hope ECRs ashes will be scattered where he would have wanted them, all over Tony Flaig's front room carpet. We will miss you you old bastard .

An avid ECR reader said...

Life will never be the same! I'm still in shock!!

Anonymous said...

yeah right. Well, just dig him up again. We'll call him Eastcliff Lazarus...

Andrea said...

Cant believe it.
Tell me this is a nasty joke.

Anonymous said...

Before the tributes start puring in, has nobody here heard of Reggie Perrin or John Stonehouse? They faked their own deaths. He's probably done it for tax reasons.

Eastcliff Richard said...

I'm not dead! I'm getting better!

Anonymous said...

5.57pm - Prove it!

Anonymous said...

The resurrection of Eastcliff Richard will be celelbrated during halloween!

Anonymous said...

Is Eastcliff really dead - or has he just done a Reggie Perrin? Perhaps he'll come back as Elvis. Maybe he's out horseriding with Shergar and Lord Lucan!

Anonymous said...

I suspect it is a thrib

Sandy said...

who gives a shit?

It's all about Samantha now.

Life must go on

Anonymous said...

beep beep beep flatline?......

Readit said...

Dickie was the best.
Loved by council duffers and the rest,
Of us,here in Thanet,
And maybe the whole planet.
So dont say "Oh No"
Think of the Knackered old Jumbo.
Thank god he's not around.
More of the Millionaires Playground
For us to enjoy, funny
and gorgeous sexy Sammy.
If I am a poet.
you certainly wouldnt know it
Keep up the good blog.
I read it on the **g.

Lucy Mail said...

Card, you suspect everything, you silly, paranoid cunt!

Bye Dickie. It was a hoot while it lasted.

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Lucy Mail said...

Oh, and good luck Sam! :)

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you can go & start your own blog now "Samantha".

Adem said...

So sad for one to pass away at such a young age (29). RIP ECR.

Eastcliff Richard said...

No, no. I really, really am not dead! The cow has changed the password on the blog and won't tell me the new one. I think she's gone blogging mad!

Anonymous said...

when is the funeral

Anonymous said...

May I offer my sympathies to your wife mrs ceaucescu (no relation) and your 7 offspring. I hope they all now become a burden on TDC for the rest of their lives, and therefore the model citizens that they crave.

Anonymous said...


When Margate succumbs,
To my massive plums,
When Bored Stares is fin,
And slips straight in,
To the raging North Sea,
Full of my rancid pee,
Think George W said,
"Democracy is dead",
"Long live the DICKtata,
Or just the TDC hata.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Still Twittering so nothing has changed,shame really I was not fooled by Samantha.We cant get rid of you can we?

Eastcliff Richard said...

Of course I'm still fucking twittering you great, useless nob Don! I'm not friggin' dead!

Try rubbing both brain cells together next time. As soon as I get back on my blog, you're barred!

Anonymous said...

'ECR's not pinin'! 'ECR's passed on! This blogger is no more! He has ceased to be! 'ECR's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'ECR's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e
rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the cigar 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'ECR's off the twig! 'ECR's kicked the
bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-BLOGGER!!

Peter Checksfield said...
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ascu75 aka Don said...

Good save me commenting on your tosh I aint been barred from anywhere since I was thrown off SMEG's blog Bird of a feather and all that.

Anonymous said...

Don is a nob.

Anonymous said...

but as he is dead dick hasn't now got a nob!!!!

Anonymous said...

Even better news is that Lucy has fucked off too!

Anonymous said...

You've died?? No - it was the joke we thought it must be, but weren't absolutely sure. For us at least, that was the first seriously unfunny thing you've ever done on your otherwise brilliant blog.

Anonymous said...

Me too. Please cancel my subscription.

Anonymous said...

And mine!