Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sweet!

Toddling around Ramsgate this afternoon, I was chuffed to see that these long-abandoned premises at the end of Harbour Street have been almost instantaneously transformed into a Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe, just like the one they have in The Smoke (Margate)!!

Mr Simms is exactly the kind of emporium we need here in the Millionaires' Playground, what with its 500-penny chews and £14.65 bars of chocolate. That should topple the towers of Haribo and other chewy crap from the counters of the local Costcutters!

Down on the Croisette, things were buzzing. Amusement arcades and ice cream parlours were packed, even the Maritime Museum was open. And everywhere tourists were being dive bombed by flying poodles, keen to snatch the cornets out of their hands. If I hadn't pinched m'self, I'd have thought I was in a thriving seaside town!!

34 comments:

Barry James said...

shame it doesnt extend past the pavilion!!

Anonymous said...

What was the jumbo jet cargo plane at 16:45 directly over the beach? Cargolux? ACG? And who's at the airport at 10 to 5 on a Sunday?

Anonymous said...

Couldn't see the name but it was something cargo.

Anonymous said...

Magma Mycargo, whatever that is.

Anonymous said...

Thanks: that's the Turkish one that flies in very occasionally: Istanbul? Also based in Luxembourg and Belgum like Cargolux too?

Who was on the radar, security etc etc on a Sunday?

Let's hope it wasn't the Midnight Express heroin run!

Anonymous said...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/93375292@N05/8524473347/

Anonymous said...

what's the flickr url? spam?

Anonymous said...

No, it's a plane!

Anonymous said...

You simply couldn't make it up, could you. ECR posts a cheery item about a sweet shop and visitors to Ramsgate and up comes old aquifer with a single cargo plane on a Sunday. So what you, old twit, we have an airport nearby and sometimes planes use it.

Otherwise I agree with ECR, good to see premises coming back into use and the visitor numbers looked good. Strolled along the waterfront myself with a Mr Whippy.

Anonymous said...

To be fair, the plane was illegal and over the beach. Good for tourism?

Anonymous said...

An unexpected topping on your Mr Whippy!

Anonymous said...

The airport's done more damage to the area than the council. Neither create jobs or investment. Go figure on the pollution.

Anonymous said...

You go figure on the pollution or whatever else turns you on, mate, I have far better things to do.

Back to the sweet shop, yes, nice to see businesses opening and the old place quite bustling on Sunday. Really nice atmosphere about the sea front area.

Anonymous said...

You're joking mate. The place is rundown if not derelict. One sweet shop does not an economy make.

Anonymous said...

They'll be selling a few cough sweets!

Anonymous said...

And a 747 at rooftop level certainly leaves a nice atmosphere!

Anonymous said...

That bloke that runs Manston was on radio Kent this morning trying to drum up business for the KLM flights that have been reported to be half full. He still believes that Manston is the nearest airport for all of Kent's residents. Tell that to the folk in Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Orpington etc.
As far as reporting on Manston Radio Kent has lost all credibility as its reporter was on the first LKM flight 3 months ago, no doubt he did not pay.

Anonymous said...

MARGATE CLOSED FOR VISITORS

Dreamland car park has been reportedly permanently closed by its owners (it is closed as of Monday)

There is nothing Thanet District Council can do as they made an error and to not take over the land until September

So there is NO visitor parking for volume cars and coaches just as the summer season starts

Anonymous said...

Feeble journalism on Manston simply repeating what Buchanan says even when they know he's telling porkies.

Good old TDC and their lawyers. Mind you with Dreamland closed anyway, there's no need for the tourist coaches visiting it.

We pay TDC and they cost us more money through failure.

Anonymous said...

Mayor Gibson's revealing her plans for Ramsgate next Monday at Clarendon so should be interesting. Let's hope it's more than saying yes to Clive and nodding vigorously while funding Margate or McGonigal.

Anonymous said...

The MP who is reputed to have been Arnold Bennett's inspiration for "The Card

But in the confectioner world. Past Quality sugar boilers and purveyors of fine sweets are reputed to have featured among them yet another Arnold Bennett inspiration. A possibly apocryphal tale.

I refer of course to illegal Sunday trading of the time. The confectioner appearing at a Stoke on Trent justices Court every Thursday and paying a fine for market trading the previous Sunday.

Some how or another this master confectioner and Sunday free trade entrepreneur was known to Lord Crewe. Class camaraderie being unusual if not unique at the time. Lord Crewe's mate was Viscount Morley "All religions die of the same cause, being found out"

Maybe our quick witted confectioner had latched on to a political ideology consistent with his love of lucrative Sunday trading ?

It seems possible that the wily religious freedom Sunday trading confectioner may have hit on an ingenious scam. By turning up with his pregnant wife. And not revealing that she was the identical twin of a former maid servant who may have entertained an aristocrat at Crewe hall.

What is clear is that a rich benefactor paid handsomely for the education of the confectioners oldest son.

The son was even able to calculate square roots long hand by the age of 7. Testament to private education to which he was transported daily by chauffeur.

His deft maths skills coming in handy as a worker on the confectionery stall every Sunday.

All appeared well, the story goes, until an ECR style double take by an MI6 type man who may have been rather concerned with Lord Crewe's security.

"What a sweet scam", he may have thought. The confectioner seems to have got a Lord paying for private education for the confectioners kid. And he appears to have added to the story by inventing an outraged relative of the wife. Whilst in no way informing the aristocrats of the original sting.

The widow of the confectioner later appears to have worked for her "relative" in an MI6 front company like Alexander Korda films.

When she died at a ripe old age there was pandemonium at the funeral. The oldest son then middle aged demanded a cessation to the funeral and the coffin unscrewed and opened.

He was looking to see if that was his mum in the box or her identical twin. A final switch. As, unlike the aristocrats, he could tell the difference. Satisfied that it was his mum the funeral proceeded.

The descendants did OK for Blighty

Grandson of the confectioner by his first wife. The confectioners second wife was the identical twin.

There is a confectioner tale for you.

Another descendant is reputed to be the VC who never was. A Guards Sergeant major winning a VC fighting for the "White Russian cause" post WW1 just before HM Govt changed foreign policy and the award of a VC became diplomatically unacceptable. As Winston Churchill's attempt to strangle the Bolshevik state at birth came unstuck.

But at least the sergeant major had a plentiful supply of Kendal mint cake.

Good luck to the Sweet Shop.















Anonymous said...

Marvellous 5:21pm I prefer your comments to Mr Whippy or indeed Buchanan. More interesting and hardly less accurate.

Anonymous said...

Apart from Mill Lane, College Square, the Harbour Arm, the Winter Gardens, The Lido and the Station 3:37!

Anonymous said...

You're right 6:33 closing the car park in the Summer season is an excellent idea.

Anonymous said...

I thought I was going to find a blog that paid homage to glam rock band "Sweet" famous for naming the Block Buster chain.

Anonymous said...

Little Willy?

Anonymous said...

Hell Raiser

Anonymous said...

How was this illegally over the beach? The direct flight path is in line with the beach ...

Anonymous said...

Absolutely. We ought to have signs up along the beach warning any would-be tourists that they are directly in the final approach to a busy international airport and should watch out for falling objects and lumps of ice. For that matter, any would-be purchasers of luxury apartments in the Palavarama complex should be made aware that things might drop through their roof.

Anonymous said...

And a seagull might shit on them as well. Add collapsing cliffs, tsunamis and the feral locals and maybe the sign should be on the approaches to Thanet. DANGER AHEAD - GO HOME.

Anonymous said...

8:11 the rural end of the airport/runway is specified in the operating guidelines. Obviously less pollution, noise, damage in the event of a crash etc. And fines are levied when this is ignored.

Anonymous said...

6.59pm. Palavarama. Brilliant.

What else? Dramaland?

Anonymous said...

Turd Council?

Anonymous said...

Acol? (Pronounced 'Ahsol')