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Plane Jane

I've just taken Thanet Gazette columnist, Jane Wenham Jones for an overhead tour of Canterbury and the island in advance of the heavy weather warning for this afternoon.

She's back in one piece, shaken and not stirred and had a go at flying the aircraft herself as we went looking for her home in Broadstairs. You should be able to read about her death-defying experience at my hands in a forthcoming issue of the Thanet Gazette, that's if you live close enough to the edge of the known world where Thanet is.

In fact and until quite recently, Microsoft's Encarta encyclopaedia still had Thanet listed as a proper island, the pizza-fed cartographers in Redmond not knowing that the Wantsum Channel in Kent had silted-up in the 15th century. Mind you, Microsoft are infamous for their geographical errors, such as which country owns the disputed region of Kashmir and the thorny question of Taiwan, which the politicians in Beijing are a little sensitive about. Posted by Hello


Thanet Gazette columnist and author Jane Wenham Jones

Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to next week and the Conservative Party Conference where I have to co-chair a breakfast briefing on local government, sponsored by BT, with Michael Fabricant and Paul Hammond MP. It's all happening at Bournemouth this year, so I'm hoping I can fly down, weather permitting, rather than spend the rest of my life on the train.

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