The blogger formerly known as Tonbridgeblog. Views on most subjects welcome especially where they concern books and all things bookish
I understand that some ‘elf ‘n safety nonsense has meant there will be no motorised floats at this year’s carnival. It’s apparently about insurance companies refusing to cover something which has been an integral part of town carnivals for many years.Can anyone collaborate this, or offer an explanation? ps. I won’t be coming along, as like most people in Tonbridge, I can’t be bovvered!!
PB now this is where you're wrong because, if you did grace us with your presence at the carnival, you'd see that most people in Tonbridge CAN be bovvered. This is easily the busiest Sunday of the whole year in the town. Good clean traditional family fun. That's why I'm sitting here in Mr. Books just waiting for the till to start ringing and ching chinging!
PS though PB. The carnival could do with a stall selling real ales and ciders. Can you think of anyone who might be able to set that up?!
Afternoon, TB. My tongue-in-cheek comment about the good people of Tonbridge not being “bovvered” was in response to a previous article of yours, posted on the same day as this one, where you were imploring the people of the town to get involved and “be BOVVERED.”It appears from your earlier comments that the townsfolk of this pleasant borough have indeed turned out in their droves to support the carnival (glad to hear that, even though carnivals are NOT my thing!) Will the same apply to other events, such as the Arts Festival, or the concerts on the castle lawn? One would like to think so, but as we all aware most people lead extremely busy lives, and when both couples in a relationship are out to work, there isn’t a lot of time to fit all the other things in. For example, the carnival, this year coincided with Fathers’ Day, and many families will have gone out to lunch, or will be entertaining at home. What I am trying to say is that every weekend there are events of some sort taking place, and with the best will in the world it is not possible to attend them all. Having been involved in organising several beer festivals in the past, I know only too well the work and organisation which goes into these events. A real ale and cider stall at the carnival, is something well worth considering. Very weather dependent of course, and a certain amount of risk involved if the stock doesn’t all sell. I wonder what the Lion’s Club take is on this.
A mobile pub, yes what a splendid idea. It will be fascinating to see how many objections it creates from the local killjoys at Kings Hill!
Yet more demolitions in the town. The poor old Warfe has stood proudly on the riverbank for three hundred years, only to be reduced to a ruin in a week by the vandals at "North Star 2000" ! Who the hell are this outfit anyway.Yet more vandalism by Deacon Properties is in the pipeline. What a suprise their own assessment of 180 High Street finds no historic value and disputes the well documented link to Jane Austen. Here's a quick suggestion to both of these money grabbing, cheap jack, couldn't care less builders; clear off back to Tunbridge Wells and build some lovely flats in place of the Pantiles.
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