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Some Love Whinging – From Ramsgate to Herne Bay

Royal Pavilion Ramsgate – Wetherspoons


It seems that some people have nothing better to moan even when there is something good happening. Take for example the newly refurbished Pavilion in Ramsgate. The building had been dilapidated for a good few years, when pub chain Wetherspoons, took over the building to renovate it and turn it into an operational building. God forbid that it was bringing jobs. competition and choice to the area, but still.

Saying that though it wasn’t necessarily the fact that there was a new wetherspoons, but in fact they apparently weren’t allowing dogs into the restaurant. I mean who would have thought dogs not allowed in a busy pub/restaurant. Of course The Belgian cafe allows dogs in but that is a whole different kind of atmosphere to be honest. Generally though apart from guide dogs Ive not seen too many dogs in restaurants. pubs yes but not really restaurants.

In a certain facebook group celebrating Ramsgate, there were a few that were not too happy. although one dog lover stated that whilst they loved dogs, they didn’t believe that a busy bar and restaurant was suitable for dogs. whilst one said it didn’t bother them. Funny thing is that many eating establishments have not allowed dogs in, so why should Wetherspoons, who I don’t think allow dogs in their other establishments. In other local Wetherspoon establishments  I believe it is down to manager discretion. The Pavilion will apparently lose some custom of the dog walkers in the group. I wonder if they will stop using Asda, Tesco other stores, the cinema etc.

Of course though the conversation moved from dogs to kids and moaning about the moany screamy kids and how kids should be banned etc etc. There seems to be no pleasing people sometimes. People have pointed out about other establishments that allow dogs in, that’s good, why not go visit them instead and stop trying to be clever when in fact you are just making yourself look quite silly.

I mean hey, the Wetherspoons group didn’t have to acquire the Royal Pavilion and turn it into an operating building, creating jobs, contributing to the economy, giving visitors and locals varied choice and competition for various establishments.  We should be as many people are, pleased to see that the building is looking alive and a back in business once again.


Last Saturday Herne Bay played host once again to the Airshow. Another well organised event. The Bay Promo team once again put their all into organising this FREE SHOW for people in the local area and anyone who wanted to attend from further afield. Myself and Emma didn’t get down there till late but were there in time to catch the Aerosparx afternoon display onwards. A walk the stalls and through the crowds, we were then 20 were settled on the pier for those awesome Red Arrows. I don’t know how many times Ive seen them fly in my life, but I will never tire of watching their breathtaking displays. Some of our finest RAF pilots, who during their time have learnt to fly at the Ted Girdler School of Flying and gone on to join the RAF and eventually take up a seat in the hawk jets.

Anyway back to the main subject, whingers. Apparently there were some people a bit annoyed at the fact that people were having to wait inbetween displays. This in course contrast to no doubt the very same people complaining that there wasnt enough time between displays to do anything else. I mean come on, surely it is possible to go find something to eat and still watch an aerial display? Well apparently not it would seem.

Issues beyond organisers control were at the route of the issue. Saturday was a bit breezy which meant that not all participants were able to fly, not only that but the Merlin engine issue which grounded the BBMF flight which thankfully wasn’t a major disaster as alternative aircraft were used instead. The organisers at the last minute managed to get a Dakota into the days proceedings, so a big thumbs up to them. It did though mean large gaps. Is that really such an issue seeing what was available on the ground and hey there was that good old fashioned thing called chatting amongst friends/family, I mean who’d have thought that extra waiting time would mean not talking to anyone else.

There were other moans because it wasn’t strictly free and prices were high. Well what do you know, a public event where food and gift outlets are slightly higher than anywhere else. Well here’s a thought, there is that little old school thing called the picnic. You know, the thing where you buy various things to add to the basket or cooler and take a long to eat. It is after all something that people have done for many many years.

The team at Bay Promo over the years have worked hard to bring events such as the air show and Sci Fi by the sea to Herne Bay, giving up shed loads of time and money without a complaint, just so people can have a free air show or a Sci Fi event with actors and actresses from past and present shows. A little appreciation wouldn’t go a miss especially when all you have to do is turn up, so next time the airshow is on either don’t go or come prepared like the several groups of people with picnics and windbreakers

blogging, days out

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.