Latest news from work and my hobbies.

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10th anniversary of the London Bombings

Families from the South East of those killed in the London bombings are attending services to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attacks. 52 people died on 7th July 2005 when three bombs were...

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Aerial Video of Operation Stack

On 2nd July 2015, I took a flight along the M20 in Kent, in order to view “Operation Stack” from the air.  This is a police operation to queue lorries, affected by disruption to...

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Cruise ship docks at Chatham

The first cruise ship to dock at Chatham Docks in six years arrived there on Wednesday morning.  The Minerva, with it’s six passenger decks, three bars and two restaurants,  is the first of two cruises...

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Battle of Waterloo Re-enactment

A re-enactment of the moment news of the Duke of Wellington’s victory in the Battle of Waterloo reached Britain has been held in Broadstairs. Two hundred years ago, one of the Duke’s aides rowed...

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Rural Crime Survey

Some farmers in the South East say they don’t bother reporting thefts and attacks on livestock because the perception is that rural crime can’t be solved and it won’t result in prosecution. Many people...

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Substandard schools in Medway

Thousands of Medway school pupils are going to a school that is not yet good according to education inspectors. The report by Ofsted follows an inspection in March and it says the pace of...

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Newquay to Biggin Hill VFR

After a lovely 2 days in Newquay with my friend Andrew, it was time to return home.  We’d planned an early morning departure, when the winds were lighter.  This would have had two benefits....

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Trip to Newquay

On Monday 8th June, I flew to Newquay from my base at Biggin Hill airport in India Zulu.  The 240 mile trip is my furthest yet, and was most pleasurable. I chose to fly...

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Dreamland Scenic Railway Delay

The contractors working on the carriages for the rebuilt scenic railway at Dreamland Margate have run into a ‘snag’ according to Thanet Council, meaning the key attraction at the pleasure park won’t be open...