Friday, April 12, 2013

New book due out on Tonbridge....

Just had an author in Mr. Books who says he's writing a book about the history of Tonbridge. Robert Turcan has already written a successful series of Through Time books on other towns in Kent as well as books about ancient Rome (Come on do some research, that was another guy by the same name, Ed.)so I look forward to seeing his latest effort. He bought a number of postcards and a book for images of the town in days gone by; I also gave him permission to use pics and stories from Tonbridge Blog (What was I thinking? I should be charging for this stuff!) Tonbridge Through Time will be published in June this year. I'm working on him for the launch book signing event!...

5 comments:

Tim James said...

There seems to be little opportunity to comment about Tonbridge on this site now, since it's become more of a mouthpiece for your shop. That's fine, since it's your blog and you can put whatever you want on it. It's just that I walked into town this afternoon and saw that the council car park, opposite Slade School is currently being completely re-surfaced. I don't mean just the rough crap they fill holes in on the road, this is acres of finest tarmac being laid. It looks wonderful! It must already of cost tens of thousands of pounds, and they haven't even got around to painting the white lines yet. It must be...what...Over a hundred grands worth being spent there?
My point is; given the huge hike in council tax imposed on us this year, is the surface of a car park really that high up on the priority list of Tmbc's list of 'things to do'?
How come any major work that takes place in Tonbridge seems to be in the immediate area of the council offices, and seemingly for their benefit? Could it be that this council is blatantly pissing their glut of excess cash up the wall, in order to justify the tax rise? No, surely not.

Outraged said...

Nice one Tim no doubt the Parking Gestapo will get an inflation busting pay rise too? But on a more interesting note, another history of Tonbridge is fascinating. I've got two Frank Chapman history of Tonbridge books c 1973 and 1982 plus a rare copy of Neve's history of Tonbridge 1933, I look forward to another this year.

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Tonbridge blogger said...

Tim James: you just have commented about the town. So you do have an opportunity right here. You could also try twitter which is full of comments from conscientious Tonbridge folk. Just search on "Tonbridge" and you'll be able to follow loads of like minded people with an interest in the town. Funny enough I too noticed the upper Castle fileds car park being resurfaced. "Work" had started yesterday. Except the "work" seemed to involve the "workmen" playing a game of football tennis which was a game they'd made up with makeshift court using a rope and plastic crates. Entertaining though it was I couldn't help but wonder how much resurfacing was actually going on and how much their game was costing th local tax payer!...

Outraged said...

Yes the Castle car park surface is extraordinarily good. Notice how the reprinted yellow lines now terminate inside the car park. The car park is not part of the highway, thus the double yellows have now no legal status! I've advised the council, naturally they ignored my letter, too busy taking bribes from Sainsbury's I guess?