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Guild of Ransom

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I've been on the far side of Norfolk all day today, Walsingham in fact, visiting the Roman Catholic Shrine, that my great Grandfather helped resurrect and re-build in the last century.

Henry VIII did a wonderful job of destroying the original, which was up there with Canterbury, and the shrine of Thomas Beckett, as one of Europe's most popular medieval pilgrimage centres. You can see what's left of the original grand Abbey in the photo.
There was a power cut in that part of Norfolk for most of the afternoon and that included mobile phone signals, It was like being back in the 1970s. No email and only the payphones worked!

Tolpuddle 2007

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A delightful summer's evening finish to a day I thought wouldn't happen.

While the storm was rolling over Thanet at 7am, I was wondering if I was going to get any work done at all today but with the rain still falling, I managed to get down to Compton Abbas in time to fly a detail over Weymouth and more importantly, the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs rally in Dorset, the third year we've done this.
The rally commemorates the beginnings of the Trade Union movement but it's evolving into a major folk festival. This afternoon, sadly, it was raining and the clouds were descending, fast enough for me to cut short the flight to make sure we could get back into Compton Abbas airfield, which sits some 700 feet above the ground, surrounded by magnificent scenery.
Here's a quick video of what it looks like, the co-pilots view, filmed by Suzie.B of the banner being dropped to the side of the runway and a tight circuit back into land.


The Big Bounce

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Back from a "Bounce" of the Big Brother house again, this time arranged by the Channel 4's production company.

According the the last newswire release on the web:

'An aeroplane complete with trailing banner has flown over the Big Brother house in the latest “fake week” stunt.

Housemates on the Channel 4 reality show were sent into the garden this afternoon under the pretence the house needed “essential maintenance”. Once the 11 contestants were outside, a plane flew overhead trailing a banner reading, “There is another house”.

Big Brother swiftly ordered the housemates into the caravan'.

In fact, I only watched about five minutes of the programme yesterday evening to try and work out what it might be about but the content of the programme lost me completely.

Not knowing, until afterwards, that it was arranged as part of the programming and learning from the earlier Jade and Shilpa experience, I was careful to blindside approach the building and then 'pop-up' at…

On the Run

I really have to apologise for this weblog being so quiet after so many years; after all it was one of the early weblogs.

It's really because my local weblog http://www.thanetlife.com/ is absorbing what little time I have left to write these days.

Being a local politician, even a modest backbencher, chews time and if you think about it, an active councillor has to make personal sacrifices if he or she is to work for a ward properly. I have to get up an hour earlier each morning, just to catch-up with the mountain of paperwork that is delivered each Monday by 'Council Messenger'. Much of it isn't directly pertinent but you still have to sift through it all to find the material that concerns your ward.

Last week was a good example of the work, local politics balance. Thursday was my birthday but I had to be up early to fly a protest banner along the M25 for three hours for the Communications workers Union. After that, back to catch-up with email and telephone calls and then…