Saturday, January 29, 2011
Working in a secondhand bookshop you do get to meet some weird and wonderful people. I've just spent the last half an hour or so with four young guys who just chanced upon my shop and qualified on both counts as being both weird and wonderful. After a bit of sweet talking me they asked if I'd mind being filmed to express my views about the effect of the internet on the book trade (not all negative by any means by the way.) They told me that they are part of a small film production company who have embarked on a new film project based on a fictional idea of a small boy finding the last book shop in the world which never sold any books because book readers had ceased to exist. I asked them if this interview was going to turn out to be just an almighty wind-up by a fellow bookseller or someone but they assured me that they were being completely genuine. So what did I have to lose? As the Dr. Pepper ad goes: What's the worst that can happen?! I love the idea of their film, so simple and yet so deep in possibilities. Naturally they have a blog and a web site which you can look at if you are at all interested and not too busy ordering your next book group book on amazon!...
Thursday, January 27, 2011
|Four little beauties: Tunbridge Wells Brewery's range|
Friday, January 21, 2011
The secretary of Tonbridge and Malling Labour Party, Jim Parish, had this to say about Labour's increased vote in yesterday's county council by-election:
“Yesterday’s result was a splendid one for Tonbridge Labour Party. Our candidate, EMILY WILLIAMS, increased the Labour vote from 944 to 1,216 in a very low poll of 23% - a swing of over 12 per cent to Labour since 2009.
“This result puts us on a clear road to success in the Borough elections on 5 May.”
Would that be the same Emily Williams who was reported in the local press as having trashed her home town Tonbridge?!..
I decided to vote yesterday evening after all and I'm glad I did. It always makes me feel good to exercise my democratic right; after all people die in other countries for that right so driving a few hundred yards out of my way seems a small inconvenience. Yet I'll bet when the turn out is worked out for this county council election that it'll be somewhere around 25% of the electorate. This means that around 75% of voters couldn't make it along to the polling station, thought that their vote wouldn't make any difference or, more likely, couldn't be arsed to tear themselves away from The One Show! I can be all self righteous now because I was arsed to go and vote! Who did I vote for? How can you ask such a personal question?! As there was no Monster Raving Looney Party I had to register my protest and vote for the %$£&*~#*& party. The result can be seen on any newspaper politics page online and the unconfirmed result was posted in the comments in the last piece as The Cons having, rather predictably, romped home with Labour being the only significant gainer....
Thursday, January 20, 2011
To say that political parties' campaigning for the county council election around Tonbridge has been low key really is an understatement. All I can think that I've had through my letter box is a black and white cheaply produced four page leaflet from the Lib Dems. But at least they made a little bit of an effort. There's been no door stepping, no speeches, no loud speaker announcements from cars, no hand shaking in the streets. Nothing at all from the other parties. Is Tonbridge so sewn up by the Conservatives that no one even bothers any more? Someone just asked me if I'd already voted and I had to be honest and say that I'd forgotten all about the election. Terrible really I ought to go out right now or on my way home. Shall I? Oh maybe. Only if I can be bothered though. It's about 200 yards out of my way though so maybe not. I should really though....
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I know that Tonbridge Blog has had a good moan about this once or twice before but really is it acceptable to have so many street lights at the North end of the High Street out? I counted seven between the corner of Bank Street and the Ivy House alone not working the other night (around half the total on that stretch.) We are told that because this is a conservation area the lamp posts are of a different type and therefore the bulbs more difficult to obtain. Sound familiar? The wrong type of bulbs to coin a phrase! The wrong type of council more like. What the heck are they playing at, it's been like this on and off for at least two years now. Recession or not it's just not on to keep us all in the dark like this. Save money where you can but not on street lighting surely. So come on TMBC and KCC stop arguing over whose responsibility it all is and sort it. It costs shops trade in the winter months and it's probably a God send to burglars and thieves....
|The View along Tonbridge High Street at 4-30pm|
Friday, January 14, 2011
Tonbridge Blog always likes to steer clear of politics and religion but I must say it's getting quite difficult to do that at the moment. Today's Courier has the story of a potentially imflatory article published in church magazine Keys. Now you wouldn't normally expect such a dear old sleepy little village like Hildenborough to be the source of a storm about anti-Islamism but it just shows you the times in which we live. You have to be careful what you say about pretty much everything these days, which can get frustrating, but you'd think this would be one area which the contributors and editor of the magazine would exercise extreme caution on. I haven't read the piece so I won't comment further on the content. It is a free country and thank God it is but surely we have to recognise that non-Christian people many of whom live and work around us, in our communities, also have the right to worship to their gods. That said it is a church magazine so why shouldn't an individual member of the community have the right to express her views however intolerant?...
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
What's all this about a Tonbridge by election I'm hearing? Here's me getting all excited about the prospect of the smooth and debonair Sir John (Stanley) stepping down and making way for new blood in the same mould as Tunbridge Wells MP (Not Sir) Gregg Clarke and wondering why this is the first I'd heard of it. Maybe I'd missed some important news or announcement over the Christmas period. Maybe Sir John was finally swaping his sharp politician's suit for a tweed number and some wellies for the garden! But no, my hopes were dashed when I discovered that it was just a County Council by election and some young college grad is causing a stink by saying that Tonbridge is Dulls Ville. I think the average turnout for this type of polling day is around 21% and I'm sure this one won't be much different. That means that nearly four fifths of the elctorate cannot be arsed to go out and vote. I don't know about you but I can't seem to muster any kind of enthusiam for county elections....
Saturday, January 1, 2011
|Sainsbury's Car Park full up?|