A first class education is a right, not a privilege, and should be available to all.
It was like he was trying to redeem the world with his imagination, reclaiming all the objects that the rest of us no longer value....
I never had to do any cleaning while he was sharing with me. I should have been paying him, rather than the other way round.
This is in memory of my friend Max Denning, former landlord of the East Kent, who died in hospital a few years back after a short illness
Such is the state of the NHS today, more concerned with money than with health.
Canterbury City Council consultation on cutting the council tax support scheme
I know from my job as a postal worker that there are certain streets which are virtually empty in the winter months, in which the majority of houses are second homes.
What it does is to underline the absurd narrowness of contemporary mainstream culture. These are not only accomplished and wholly original songs, but they carry a depth that is all too rare
Mentioned in an article in the New York Times recently, Whitstable is a unique Kent coastal town just over an hour by train from central London. CJ Stone liked it so much he decided to move there.
Jeremy Corbyn has promised a massive programme of council house building to begin addressing the housing shortage...
Air quality levels in Broad Street, Military Road and Sturry Road were already in breach of the law before Herne Bay and Whitstable delivery offices closed between 2012 and 2013
“It’s really there, it’s really there,” he was saying, vehemently, leaping about in his bare feet like some crazy wood elf who’s consumed too much blackberry wine.
I overheard one of the boys. He was perched on a groyne, with the sea at his feet, dropping live crabs into a bucket. “I could stay here forever,” he said.
Customers in Herne Bay will already know what Royal Mail “modernisation” actually means. It means later deliveries, delayed mail, lost packages, backlogs and confusion
I want to use this opportunity to say goodbye to my friend Sandie Back, who died recently after a long struggle with cancer.
Following is the text of a speech made by CJ Stone to the public meeting about the closure of Whitstable and Herne Bay Mail Delivery offices on Tuesday 23rd November 2010 at the Whitstable Labour Club
This is a clear case of short-term thinking. The delivery office sites are prime real estate. They are being sold off now, in advance of privatisation, in order to temporarily boost profits
I miss the wooded area over by the road, which has been replaced by what appears to be a garden centre, and the weird bit of box hedging around the statue of the Milk Maid, which served no purpose whatsoever, but was quaintly eccentric in an old-fashioned, English sort of way.
What are the kids being taught these days? At one stage they were allowed to use calculators in their maths exams. I don’t know if this is still the case, but one thing is certain: they can’t add up
Kent County Council are cutting down the Cherry trees in Oakwood Drive in Tankerton. I noticed it the other day. There was a bunch of workmen with a chainsaw and a shredder and they were removing the trees at an alarming rate
Ive been growing some lawn. Its a long stretch of turf running the length of my flat next to the wall which had died off....
The advantage of the bus is you can sit on the top deck and watch the world go by. It was great to see the blossoms on the trees and to know that Spring has come at last.
In the United States public tennis courts are free. The United States produces great tennis players partly because, unlike the UK, tennis is not seen as an exclusive sport.
The reason I knew him is that we were both Midlanders who came to Whitstable at about the same time. Geoff was from Coventry, while I am from Birmingham...
The organization calling itself “Canterbury City Council” is, in fact, the front for a highly organized group of international revolutionaries out to exploit the discontent of the toddlers and young people of Whitstable for their own nefarious ends.
Local residents have set up a campaign to ‘Keep Whitstable Different’ in response to the proposed development of the Gladstone Road Post Office.
The fact that a voracious, profit-hungry superstore in our midst could, quite conceivably, suck the heart out of our town, is irrelevant in planning terms.
But Cornwallis Circle is a lovely play area. It has two climbing frames, two slides, two sets of swings, a roundabout, a see-saw, a wooden platform and a basket ball pitch, all of them in perfectly good condition. My niece Beatrix loves it.
Hugh Hopper, ex bass player with the Soft Machine, died of leukaemia on June 7th 2009 in Whitstable. He was 64 years old.
“I could take the world on up top,” he says, pointing to his head. “It’s just my leg that lets me down.”
One of the things that has always annoyed me is people who buy property near pubs and who then spend inordinate amounts of time and energy complaining to the pub about the noise. The Neptune isn’t the only pub to have been subject to this sort of pressure.
It wasn’t “equipment”: it was a pirate’s castle, a slide, a fireman’s pole, a den, an enemy hideout, a defensive position. It was a place to have conversations in, to test your skills, to clamber over, the leap from. It was adventure. It was fun
How did the banks grow so big and come to dominate our world? How come we have let them?
It seems that the planning application for alterations to the Post Office building in Gladstone Road, Whitstable,has nothing to do with Tesco.
What we call disease is, in part, a symptom of a deep, spiritual dis-ease, a lack of ease in our lives. What we call illness is often down to a profound neglect of the body
This is what has become of the Right to Buy policy instituted by the Tories, and continued by the Labour Party: it has allowed latter day Rachmans to buy up our housing stock
I predict an attempt at privatisation within the next ten years. Like every other public service, libraries will soon be up for grabs. This is regardless of which party is in power. Let’s face it: these days anything that functions has to make a profit.
I said, because it was my birthday, “I am blessed by luck.” I might as well have said, “I have found my Guardian Angel.”
The very nature of the shop, selling locally sourced product at a reasonable price, represents the future of retailing in Whitstable
You may have seen Alan Davies, the comedian, on QI with Stephen Fry, quoting from a song about Peter Cushing, who spent the last years of his life in Whitstable
At the time of writing all of the 15 major trees due for removal have come down, and there are piles of logs all over the grounds, like gravestones to mark their passing.
How dare the council do this to this much-loved part of our Whitstable heritage? Already all the benches are gone, and parts of the undergrowth ripped to shreds.
It is a measure of Britain in the opening years of the 21st century that we cannot afford to have our teeth properly cared for anymore. It’s a national disgrace.
Knowing the alleys is knowing Whitstable. The heart of Whitstable is as much in its alleys as it is in its High Street or its beach.