Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Goodwin Sands Airport

I don't Believe it!!

This may be the silly season but this new proposal for an off shore airport must be a joke. If the powers to be thought Manston was just a bit too far away from London then why on earth are they considering this proposal. See

Any off shore airport is problematic to say the least. We cannot even build an art gallery in the sea close to land (Turner Contemporary).

If the lunatics decided to build this it would require major road and bridge links in a hostile environment. It would need to be built several metres above sea level to take into account climate change and rising sea levels.

Placing an object like this in the sea would also change tidal flows in indeterminable ways to present more problems for shipping and coastal erosion.

The effect on wildlife and marine life would be devastating particularly so close to a bird reserve and seal colony.

It would also be subject to strong cross winds and gales not to mention flooding.

I think this must be another non starter like the other two suggestions to build in the Thames Estuary.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Keep Calm it's Only Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Westbrook Turnstones

New Roosting Site Opens in the New Year

With the completion of the new Margate sea defence this will no doubt be an ideal roosting site for our winter visitors. What a stroke of genius to call it "Turnstone Quay". Whoever it was give them a big pat on the back.

In the meantime we wish you a Happy and Peaceful Christmas followed by a 'prosperous' New Year.

By the way the world will not end on 21st December, NASA says so.
If it does you won't be able to tell them the Mayans told you so.

Monday, 10 December 2012

How things have Changed Since 1920


                                                               Westgate to Westbrook

1920 Arial photos Britain from Above

A friend of mine put me onto this wonderful site. They allow us to have a look at our coast and see how it has changed. For comparison look at Google map link in links below. Also take a look at Simon Moores' aerial film of Westgate.!

Also Max Montagut's

You will notice the loss of our chalk stacks of which we now only have a few. Our coast has been smoothed to protect against erosion.

There are many more to research at

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Who Said Life Was Fair?

Fannying Around

What is going wrong?  We have the bankers screwing us up and then nearly everyone has to pay. No doubt our chancellor is going to add to the 'Christmas Glee' with his budget today. Wow he says he is going to chase those multi national companies not paying UK tax, "please sir will you pay some tax".
 I read yesterday that there will be no naming and shaming of these tax immoral companies. Why not? At least if we know who they are then people power will stop using them and buying their services. Maybe less drinking of expensive coffee will be good for us all.

Oh dear we have reduced the number of tax collectors. Oh dear we had better get them back so we can collect more tax.

Then we have had the long press enquiry into standards which proves that the press have been behaving badly. So what action? Self regulation? Well that was a real success before. Regulation backed by law "Oh no we must have a free press" I hear. Perhaps if the press followed real stories and named and shamed those in power who are 'having a laugh' at our expense then we may have more sympathy.

So stop fannying around and lets get back to our tradition of fair play.

Buzz is getting grumpy.