It’s been a while

Hello again, yes its been a while, but what with one thing and another, Ive not got round to posting a blog, so here I am once more sharing some thoughts and observations and a bit of news. So in the last 26 days a lot has happened. Footy is back, England won the Ashes and I have an amazing girlfriend whose name is Emma. We had been dating for a while (including the amusing Wrong Screen Date), but then we became officially an item at the Broadstairs fireworks at the end of July.

After various dates and evenings spent together, I was invited to the family BBQ. Wasnt particularly nervous as I had heard many good things about the family and it would seem that I would get on well. That I most certainly did, a very nice group of people and I even brought additional laughs as I stacked it  trying to get on to the garden from the patio. I could have just used the steps but hey that would have meant a detour. Thankfully Emma had taken my plate, leaving me with just a bottle of Becks. Happy to report that not a single drop of alcohol escaped onto the floor. Food was great, as were the family.

The next day was the day of the Herne Bay air show. Well done to the Herne Bay Promo team for such hard work in getting it organised. It was great to see the town and the sea front so busy and buzzing.The weather played its part as it was a scorcher of a day. More time spent with Emma’s family which was great. There were no more accidents to entertain either.

Returning to my relationship with Emma, it is really great. Similar sense of humour, similar outlook on how things should be. Just as happy chilling and watching the world go by as we are going out and doing stuff. You don’t need to spend loads of money to have a good time and a laugh. Many things don’t cost anything but can bring you the greatest enjoyment.

Last weekend was the first month of our relationship. It’s the beginning of a great future and I have felt very positive about things and being fortunate to have Emma in my life. There are many things that we have planned and given the nature of our relationship there are many things happening that happen as they go. You can’t beat a spur of the moment day out somewhere. I look forward to July 29th when it will have been a year together. Life is going to be good a future happy too.

Oh Danny Bhoy – We laughed a lot bar one miserable couple and Dreamland is back

Saturday night saw myself and my good friend Debz, headed off to catch the very funny comedian Danny Bhoy at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury. Having seen some of his stuff on the various stand up shows, Netflix was host to his gig in Canada. It had been a while since I had laughed so much. A chance look at the Gulbenkian listings for something else enabled us to discover that Danny Bhoy was on tour and at the Gulbenkian. Thing is though with just a few weeks till the gig, we never thought we would have a chance of tickets. How wrong we were, two seats acquired and a little over 2 hours of hilarious comedy in part not just to Danny Bhoy but to the audience members who added their witty comments added to the whole evening. Canterbury could not have brought to the gig, a wide range of audience members.

When it came to asking questions, someone asked if he would visit Sandwich, he thought we were having him on, then we added that next door to Sandwich was a place called Ham, safe to say but he really thought we were having a laugh… I say we because there was once couple that sat through it, barely breaking a smile. Very odd, because the rest of the audience were happily laughing. Surely you don’t just go to a gig without checking who you are going to see, surely you go on the basis that you are going because you like the act in question. Of course it is possible to find it not funny as we all have different humour levels, but when there appears only to be two people not laughing at anything in two hours, something really can’t be right.

Dreamland amusement park opened its doors again after what was a long hard battle by local people to get it back up and running. Years of hard work campaigning CPO and a legal battle finally paid off as the doors opened on 19th June. Not many people might have expected it or believed it would happen, but here we were seeing it open once again. Sadly not everything was open and some of it out of the organisation’s hands. Teething troubles are to be had, of course you are going to get people who are unhappy, It’s normal and human nature. Hopefully though as the issues get ironed out, all will be good and Dreamland will help to bring some positivity to Margate, a town that has in the last few years been in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Random days

Given when I woke up this morning, with the sun shining and the weather looking great, I left it too late to take a trip to London, so where next? Having taken Daisy for a walk, I walked into town, still undecided on what to do. I then opted to jump on the 9 to Canterbury. Thing is I didn’t really want to hang around in Canterbury, not because I didn’t want to be there, but I wanted to go somewhere different. So what did I do? I got off the 9 walked along and got on the first bus I saw. It turned out to be the bus to Deal. Normally I would venture out by train, but today it was the bus as the choice of transport.

After a scenic route to Deal I took myself for a walk round, I hadn’t been here to visit the whole place for quite a while so enjoyed walking about and visiting different streets not necessarily remembering whereabouts I was going. What I did know is that as long I could see the beach I was fine. I was tempted to take a walk on the pier but being only March and not as warm as a May or June day, I opted not to. Next time I will take a trip. I remember visiting the cafe at the end of the pier a few times. Given that it was in the late 80’s I imagine it’s probably changed quite a bit.

This may come across as a bit strange, but in a way Deal reminds me of Broadstairs. They both have their charms and they both seem to carry on as normal when other places have their troubles but Deal and Broadstairs always managed to get through the not so good times. As I walked around it was good to see whilst it was busy with shoppers, the cafe’s bars and restaurants were all busy themselves.

I will definitely make another visit, just next time I will give myself a bit more time. I recommend if you haven’t done so, you should take a visit yourself, you wont regret it.