Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cllr Brenda Simpson

Brenda Simpson

On Friday I attended the funeral of Cllr Brenda Simpson, why do I bring this to your attention? Well just opened the newspaper to see all those who won knighthoods and other various gongs, one wonders how many of them are worth what they were given. Knighthoods only go to the rich who seems to buy the award as for OBE’s etc they go to Sports Personalities who have achieved the gong for maybe winning a World Championship, surely that in its self is enough and how has that helped others, what of the 24 year old ex convict drug dealer who now has formed company to help deprived kids. Very commendable but he has only been doing it a few years maybe after 20 years?

I said Brenda got a reasonable Obituary in the paper but why did we have to se her dead before she was honoured, lets look at what she done

At a very young age she lost her husband and had to bring a daughter by herself but this did not stop her succeeding. She won the Kemsley seat in I believe 1988 for the Conservatives, this seat was a very working class seat so should have gone to Labour. She held this seat till she died a remarkable achievement and why because the local electorate new her and respected her but more then that she was a worker. Her life revolved around her job as a councillor and supporting animal charities, that translated meant “A life time helping others”

I served as a Councillor for a while with her and knew how stubborn she could be when fighting for one of her projects s well as being a Councillor she served as the Mayor of Swale, Chairman Swale Conservatives, the list what she has done for the people of Swale is to long to put here. Cllr Brenda Simpson will be missed by those who knew but also those who did not know because she will be a hard act to follow.

I expect she is up there with the Angels forming a committee for Angels rights. Rest in Peace Brenda. God will give you the recognition you richly deserve

Martin Clarke

Will there be a UK revolution

The specter of 1932: How a loss of faith in politicians and democracy could make 2012 the most frightening year in living memory

The article below maybe sensational but a lot of it is true, a European Union Dictatorship for a non elected government on member countries, refusal to realise the Euro is finished and being seen as one of the most corrupt organizations in the World.

What of our own Country we have Government and Opposition that has lost all contact with reality

More people in prison than ever before, Instead of saying something is wrong with society WHY? They just look at the financial cost and Ken Clark makes sentences shorter so they come back and do more. NO make punishment harder build more prisons, bring in Prison ships and make society see that if you break the law you will be punished severely and let’s stop making excuses for criminal behavior. TOUGH LOVE! When I was about 12 years old my mother made a big thing about Easter hiding the eggs etc it was one of the highlights of the years but I got caught stealing 2/- from her purse so Easter was cancelled. That was devastating for a 12 year old and my mother years later said that hurt her more BUT I never stole again. PUNISHMENT does work

1 in 4 on benefit is criminals! What is surprising about that, surely they do not expect a criminal to work that why they steal because they are too lazy to work. The long time unemployed or should I say those that refuse to work should be put on food stamps NO more cash, anyone who is on food stamps found smoking, drinking alcohol or Driving a car should be asked where did you get the money for these non food stamps items?

We have millions unemployed yet the government still allows immigrants legal and illegal into the country. Why greed of Farmers and employers who want cheap labour working 72 hours a week, a labour force they no longer have to train. I do not listen to those who say Brits will not do the Job or they are too lazy, What they mean is we will not pay a living wage to a British work force who 25 years ago could work a 40 hour week for a living wage. Does the government get anything out of this NO as most are on the Black working illegally or return to their home every 6 months so they do not pay Tax and NI but they have free use of all of our National Health services

This government promised us:

 Law and Order failed

End to Human Rights Act Failed

Curb immigration Failed

Bring back employment Failed

Curb Government Bureaucracy Failed

Referendum on EU Failed

Curb PC dictates’ Failed

I could go on, this country needs a leader who understands the people, not a poodle who lets his tail wag him.

Maybe time for a British uprising and Happy New Yaer

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Who Liked Lapland and Body Guard?

Sales break all records: £4.3billion spent over the last two days, but analysts say at least three High Street chains could go to the wall in weeks

Now look at photo I do not see many Brits do you

Papers are full of condemnation of the TV programme Lapland and the Bodyguard will admit Body Guard did not live up to its hype but I thought that Lapland was nice gentle piece of filming with a special Christmas theme. It seems that people want violence, bad language, sex dysfunctional families.

The plot for Lapland should have been started Father punches tour guide breaking her neck he is put in Jail, on arrival at Lapland change hotels as the other one was bombed by Reindeer fanatics. The new hotel is used by swingers who are seen all over the hotel have sex, the sister in laws admit they are lesbian and the kids are seen smoking dope which is shared with the father, The visit to Santa's grotto is fraught with danger because Santa is a paedophile but an under cover elf has got the goods on him. Yet this does not stop the terrorist group SACK (Santa a Common  Fake) blowing up the grotto with every one in it. Final Shot Coach driving away empty with the driver smiling through his white beard eating a piece of venison with bits falling on his red suit.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

One less thug to worry about



The article referes to him as a Student, Student of what?

Read the section where its say a"Devout Muslim drug dealer" How can he be devout?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Eve Club and Nobby Elmer

Every Christmas Eve since 1967 a group of friends have met to have a drink during the day, we ended up calling ourselves the Christmas Eve Club. When we were younger it was an excuse to visit loads of different pubs and get thoroughly drunk, my brother and myself would then go to my mum’s house and celebrate her Christmas that included a big meal  by 10 o clock we were asleep. The Kids would wake me up and then Val would take us home, Norman’s wife eventually stopped coming Christmas Eve but funnily enough Mum always said she enjoyed seeing her boys have a good time.

Norman Clarke Martin ClarkeTrevor Waghorn Trevor Jordan John Elmer
missing Keith Whyman Keith Jacobs

As the years went by we all matured or was it that we just could not take the alcohol anymore? We would reminisce about youth and what we had done during the past year, some of us only met Christmas Eve. Also as we got older we started to lose our parents, we would then talk about there life and what it was to be brought up by them. All of them had seen World War 2 and when we were young we all learnt a lot from what they told us having a German mother I saw both sides, yet we still did not know everything.

One of my best Mates Johnny Elmer was saying that his mother was 96 and still lived by herself; she obviously had carers come in but still an achievement. John’s Dad “Nobby Elmer” has died a few years previous and I related how I popped round to see him not long before he died. He got out his scrap book of his years as a prisoner of war; he was captured at Dunkirk and released at the end of the European war, 5 years in all. He knew my mother was German, well he should do myself and John started primary school together, I asked what he felt about the Germans. His reply was a shock as he held no malice against his captives, they were just soldiers like us Brits serving there country and the regime in prison was hard he said but the guards were never cruel, I do not know if he was Christian but there was a sense of Christian forgiveness.

As I related this story and said to John you must keep the scrap book or give it to a military museum, he came out with more stories. Nobby Elmer was kept as a prisoner in Poland and when the Soviet Army was advancing all the prisoners were made to march. The long march started on Boxing Day 1944. Nobby reckoned they were moved for their own safety as the Soviet Army was killing everything in its path. This march would take him across Poland, Czechoslovakia and right through Germany and finished in April 1945. In that time they slept by the roadside and in pig styles to keep warm. When they eventually reached there destination they were given a prison camp formally occupied by the French and the mattress were riddled with lice and bugs. In typical British pluck they threw the entire mattress out on the parade ground and demanded new ones and the Germans agreed. Even after 4 months of marching they still would not succumb to being down trodden there was still a roar in the British lion.

This was not the end, his freedom came when one morning they woke to find no guards and the gates open eventually he was flown home. I said he must have come back to a good pay packet, he laughed and said he got nothing of back pay, what about counselling another laugh, what you done in those days you talked your mates or your mum and dad.

After all that you would think his job had been done? NO he was called back to barracks after just 4 weeks leave to train for the assault on Japan as luck had it for him the war finished in the September

You could not invent a story like this that is why it is so important for people not to forget

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Is this humour

A song by an Australian comedian which refers to Jesus Christ as a ‘zombie’ and a ‘telepathic vampire’ has been pulled from Jonathan Ross’s Christmas show for fear of upsetting Christians.

Tim Minchin penned the song for his appearance on the chat show, which airs tonight, with lyrics which compare the Virgin Mary to a ’lizard’ and say that Jesus ‘does what Derren Brown does’.

I expect not many of you have heard of this so called Comic, he is one of many so called alternatives Comedian, who rely on swearing, making outrageous statement, making comments about people’s genitalia and generally being crude and rude, their shock humor causing a nervous laugh, of is this right to listen to, in the great majority of normal people. Those who like his humor go to the different so called comedy clubs to listen to him and that is the right place for him and his somewhat perverted audience. Yet should he be on National TV without some sort of warning of the content of his act? Especially as he sees nothing wrong in his jokes and thinks he has the right to insult, not question but insult Billions of people belief. Not only does he think this is comedy but the BBC pay him!

I sat down on Friday night to watch Morecambe and Wise and Tommy Cooper Christmas show, there was not one swear word, not one sex joke, not one joke about bodily functions and these programs were over 30 years old but still popular enough to put on TV. Can you imagine comedians like Tim Minchin and the other alternative comedians being repeated in 30 years time NO thank God.

Martin Clarke Sittingbourne

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Muttom dressed as Lamb-Designer Kids

The wife Valerie went out for her Annual Christmas meal with a group of friends, they went to a restaurant where they had entertainment, a tribute singer. Everything was going well until a band of drunken louts who were also in the restaurant started to dance banging into people, trying to man handle the singer and smashing bottles of wine. With the eventual consequence the entertainment finished before time. Why do these people pick this time of year to ruin every ones fun and why didn’t the manager throw the trouble maker out?

These drunken louts by the way were women in their forties and one who was in her sixties who tried to dress like a twenty year old. You can just imagine her in long jumper with belt holding her massive midriff, high heels, face and body frazzled by excessive smoking and alcohol abuse a disgusting site. She should have had a warning sign on her “Beware in Danger of Collapse” or “ Danger Polluted Area”

Working parents spend an average of just 36 minutes a day with their children, a survey has found

When I was about 12 years of age my mother went to work teaching Judo in School most of the time she left for work after my brother and I had gone to school and returned before we came home. The local mothers thought this was disgusting, what would they thought of this survey. They would be fully justified in being disgusted with these people who have children as designer objects.

Before you ask I had a great Childhood and two brilliant parents, I have to use another excuse to explain what I am like Ha Ha.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

No Indian for me

Warriors Sombo/Judo Night out was last night at the Leteif Indian Restaurant. Sadly I never did get my meal. The club was booked for 9pm at 9.30pm we still did not have our table ready, so myself and Valerie said enough is enough and walked out.

So why did this happen?

  1. the place was over subscribed
  2. a group of young women booked the tables we were meant to be on for a 6.30pm start so the owner anticipated that they would be finished by 9pm, they did not allow for the fact some never arrived till 7.30pm. This was some sort of works party and it was obvious they were settle in for the night.

I was extremely annoyed as it ruined mine and Valerie’s Christmas night out with the club. The rest stayed and eventually got sat down and finished their meal at 11.30pm.

Valerie and a group of her friends have booked for tonight, she has already warned them there better not be any mistakes tonight.

It is a good Indian but it is highly unlikely that I shall go there again

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

TAX Fiddlers and come the revolution

Quite a bit in the papers which make a good comment but the three below are very much linked

Big firms let off £25BILLION in taxes: As families are chased for every penny, corporate giants dodge their massive bills
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Cost of biggest ever banking shake-up 'will fall on the customers'
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Frugal spinster, 58, who saved £22,000 nest egg from her benefits for her old age has to pay it all back, plus another £6,000
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If you read the first two articles it proves that there is one rule for the rich and one for the rest of us a MODERN DAY FEUDAL  SYSTEM and we the general public are the serfs. Once again those civil servants who are given jobs are not fit for purpose, how many of these Civil Servant Mandarins are in the pay of these big companies and Banks? The Banks are told they are incompetent and are responsible for the debt crisis. There whole industry is to be reformed yet they do not foot the bill we the customer do. The EU continues to look after its political elite along with all their incompetent Civil Servants and people like those idiots Nick Clegg, Michael Heseltine tell us the EU is good for us NO good for them and all ex ministers who eventually get on the EU gravy train.

While this is all happening what does this and previous government do “fiddle while the UK burns” you will not see any of them begging or being thrown out of homes.

After reading this you might think I would side with the women with her £22,000 nest egg well your wrong ! Unemployment benefit and all other benefits are their to keep you a live, not for you to save and I do not believe she could have saved that amount of money while on benefit but if she is prosecuted why aren’t the mega rich?

The recorder told her: 'On the face of it, this is yet another benefit fraud in a large sum of money. I accept that you have problems with mental health, but I don't accept that you didn't know what you were doing.'

He said people who accepted benefits they did not need were depriving needier people.

When will the British people realise there is no Democracy in the UK as our MP’s, Governments, local councils and EU listen to the people. Voting a representative in every now and then is not democracy, we should look at the Swiss on major issues affecting the people whether it is national or local they have referendums a real voice a real say. If not soon or later you will get insurrection first will be civil disorder followed by violence and then urban terrorist. Will not happen in the UK what about the IRA and a few centuries ago we had Watt Tyler and do forget Oliver Cromwell ,

Strict new mortgage rules will make it harder for thousands to free up cash from their homes

These article makes perfect sense when I bought my first house I bought it to live in, since then people have bought property as a business investment and then moan because the value goes down. Business is not always profit something I have learnt from experience of being in business

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Drinks at the Whyman's-Heartbeat-Idiot Clegg

It’s been many years since I have been invited out to Christmas drinks, so it was a pleasant surprise that I, Val and a few other friends were invited to Keith and Wendy Whyman’s house on Saturday for drinks and nibbles. Nibbles turned out to be a full buffet so no one went hungry. The pair has a nice house in Milton Regis what was nice and Christmasee was a nice open fire. The eight of us there were all about the same age, the conversation was not the usual about a new car or holiday it was more about what pain killers we were taking for our Arthritis, mind you when the wine started flowing the conversation altered and up came the subject of “Heartbeat” this was a TV serious of our teenage years. We all started reminiscing, my motorbike and sidecar, card playing on a Sunday after noon, me beating up my little brother (I am sure they have that wrong but mind you little brothers can be a pain), Sunday night pictures, my Dog Bobby jumping into Jaycees moving care and forcing him out. Good day’s mind you Christmas is the time to reminisce, thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

As you can see I am a fanatical Heartbeat fan, it reminded me of my youth and a time where things seemed to be easier. You left School and went straight into Job or apprenticeship and the only foreign language you heard was a Scottish, Irish or Welsh accent. No pregnant school girls, if you got a girl into trouble you married her, marriage was the normal way to live together and there was silly notion that marriage was between a man and women, non married couples living together was classified as living in sin. Men did not father children from a multitude of women, most men considered their duty to support their family and people respected authority. Yet I realise I am seeing my youth through rose tinted glasses but there were many things wrong with 1960’s its just I cannot remember them.

Heartbeat has started from the beginning with Nick Rowan and his wife moving to Aidensfield, these two actors I believe play the part so well you actually feel they are married they have a sparkle about them I have never seen in other actors playing a married couple. It reminds we of my own marriage, the working together , the expectations for the future mind you after 41 years of marriage that still applies, the only difference is I can no longer catch when chasing her round the bedroom, and NO means NO and dancing naked in the rain is completely out of the question.

Can not let you get way without mentioning Politics:

David Cameron was spot on when he talks about restoring Christian values and ethics, Church of England Liberal attitude has helped bring the morality of this country to its knees as for that Libdems fool Nick Clegg who is extremely wealthy, is married with children, and now tells us that marriage is out dated? What are out dated are him and his party. Why in heavens name will Cameron put this nobody in his place. Him and his party are like a committee who were told to event a horse and ended up with a Camel

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Susan Kids at RC School

My daughter Susan has carried on my Roman Catholic Faith by getting married in a RC Church (sorry to say the B**stard has left her and her kids for another women) and sending her children to a RC School. My father had a bad time as a child in a RC School so I and my brother never went to one. In the 1960’s it did not seem to matter that much as all schools taught the Christian Faith and us Catholics had a Priest come in each morning to teach us our Catechism, if we wanted to we could opt out of RE lessons , something I never did.

Things have changed since then my 3 other grandchildren go to non denomination Schools where they put give equal time to Christianity as Islamism, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism, although I think they should spend the majority of time learning about Christianity, I also think it does no harm learning about the others. Especially as these main religions have a lot in common. What disturbs me is that time is given to Atheism and the teaching of Richard Dawkins; his followers like Prof Richard Bailey refer to my belief in God as Martin with his invisible friend. This was meant as insult but when you think about it, there is truth in what he said. Another quasi religious theme is the teaching of Homosexuality in schools as it was a normal, when according to government statistics only 1.5% admits to having this sexual deviance. My grandson Harry last year had no idea what the real reason of Christmas was I had to tell him, his school had just finished teaching him about Islam.

Yet my granddaughter Poppy age 7 is having a great education St Peter’s RC School, most importantly she is being taught a set of Moral and ethical values.

Before you ask NO I do not go to Mass on a regularly basis but I still believe

You will see a little film clip of Susan’s son  George at the RC Playschool acting as Joseph in the Nativity play

Friday, December 16, 2011

Morrison's who will they employ

Martin Clarke

118 East Street


ME10 4RX

Dear Editor

Can I first congratulate you on responding so quickly with regard to having a local newspaper for Sittingbourne?

My concern is the story about the Morrison store and who they intend employing. When Morrison’s applied for planning of their huge Distribution Centre in Kemsley we were led to believe that part of the planning application was that they guaranteed 80% of the work force would taken from the local community and the only other reason for the employment of foreign labour was that they would come from other depots and had experience. This was met with great joy for the people of Sittingbourne with the prospects of many new jobs being created. I have subsequently found both points untrue, their was nothing in the planning consent about where they got their workforce, something SBC Planning should be ashamed of  and I am told by English workers that staff is over 50% foreign.

With Unemployment among Her Majesties British Subject at there highest levels for 17 years  is Morrison’s going to do the same as they did in their distribution centre employ nearly all foreign nationals? Are the people of Sittingbourne going to be good enough to buy from their supermarket but not good enough to work for them. Foreign national 80% who are Polish are still flocking to this country and being employed and our Government is allowing this

Martin Clarke

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in North Platte, Nebraska, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.

Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to Missouri .

The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Assoc. for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this little old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

Crabby Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . . . . What do you see?
What are you thinking . . . . . when you're looking at me?
A crabby old man . . . . . not very wise,
Uncertain of habit . . . . . with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food . . . . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . . . . . 'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . . . . . the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . ... . . A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not . . . . . lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . ... . The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking? . . . . . Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse . . . . . you're not looking at me.

I'll tell you who I am. . . . . . As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, . . . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . . . . . with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters . . . . . who love one another.

A young boy of Sixteen . . . . with wings on his feet.
Dreaming that soon now . . . . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . . . my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows . ... . . . that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now . . . . . I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . ... . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . . . . With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons . . . . . have grown and are gone,
But my woman's beside me . . . . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . . My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me . . . . . my wife is now dead.
I look at the future . . . . . shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing . . . . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . . . and the love that I've known.

I'm now an old man . . . . . and nature is cruel.
'Tis jest to make old age . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles . . . . . grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone . . . . where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass . . . . . a young guy still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys . . . . . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . life over again.

I think of the years, all too few . . . . . gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people . . . . . open and see.
Not a crabby old man . . . Look closer . . . see ME!!
Remember this poem when you next meet
an older person who you might brush aside
without looking at the young soul within.

We will all, one day, be there, too!

Do Not Get Old R.I.P. Carl Davies

Families betrayed over care homes funding: Reforms that would let elderly keep their homes are shelved for a decade

  • Health Secretary

How can this be fair, some of us have worked hard to get money together and property, we also have paid in a lot with National Insurance note the word Insurance because we have done this we could be penalised. Those who have squandered their money away are not penalised what that tells you about being a responsible citizen. On top of this the Libdems want to increase Council Tax if you have unused rooms, not just for rented accommodation but owner accommodation. My mother, God rest her, moved into her new Council house in 1952 she brought up her family their and nothing but happy memories and her Garden became her life. In the 1980’s they bought the house by the time she was in her 60’s she was by herself but the one thing that kept her happy was the love of her house. Can you imagine her being forced into a small flat with no garden?

If you want more living accommodation firstly get rid of all the immigrants, second look at deserted factories and what about deserted town centre’s everyone is complaining about

Funeral held for 'murdered' ex-marine Carl Davies

I knew Carl as a lodger and friend of my son John; he was also a member of my brothers Nobbys Gym so I talked to him on occasions. He was a typical ex marine a bit nutty on occasions but became very good at teaching young people. He served his country in Iraq putting his life at risk because his country asked him to. I just hope our country treats his memory with respect and finds out who murdered him.

CARL God be with you and rest in peace

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

two more reasons to leave EU When is a child a Child

Below are two more reasons why we should leave the EU.

The protection of children is a good thing but do you not think it goes to far? In this country the age of criminal responsibility is 10 years of age in some states in the USA it is 18. Scientists who have been studying the brain tell us that its full growth is not done till someone reach 20! So are we to expect some lefty or Libdem will come up with the idea of criminal responsibility not starting till they are 20?

If you are a school teacher, you cannot have a relationship with a pupil till they are 19 years of age. So here is a hypothetical little tale young Teacher in his early 30’s meets a good looking girl in a popular pub, she looks about early 20’s and is drinking alcohol so he can safely say that she is at least 18 years of age. After a little bit of fooling around he asks for date anything wrong so far? YES what he did not know she was a pupil at the school he teaches at, he had never met her before. The school got to hear about this and he was suspended, his mobile was taken away from him to check for incriminating evidence. Neither the parents of the girl or the girl complained. He was forced to resign and was told he would not get a job in teaching again, so he worked abroad and was killed. Was this a hypothetical story I leave it up to you to decide

Migrant boom over last 14 years 'was driven by open borders and not jobs'

Last updated at 12:31 AM on 13th December 2011

Cutting dole for those who fail to take up jobs 'goes against human rights'

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Bruge Christmas Market What a price

I took Valerie to the Bruges Christmas Market last weekend, which after seeing the Dortmund Christmas market was a bit of a disappointment but the City itself was great, it is surprising how many violent conflicts it has had yet the buildings still survived. The Market had nearly all woollen scarves hats etc, plus food stall and beer stalls but unlike Germany there was no entertainment and everything was in plastic mugs but still a nice weekend away.  What surprised me was the prices ludicrous not just on the stalls but in the restaurants. Having to eat out all the time became expensive, our last meal consisted of 3 beers, 2 fish soups, Chicken Curry and cooked Rabbit total £80, Hotel two nights £260 (was even that great) Tunnel £130 at least the diesel was slightly cheaper at £1.32p a litre petrol was £1.45p. Yet in GB it is the other way round why? Obviously we had to visit the City Europe Shopping Centre in Calais and nearly everything was dearer then Sainsbury, soon the French will be shopping in GB. The Booze cruise is a complete waste of time. I worked it out the weekend cost me about £600, there is not such thing as a cheap weekend away so Sausage and Mash for Christmas dinner and glass of home made wine

I think you have to agree it has not been that cold as yet; in fact my brother and son John are still wearing shorts. So what is this craze of wearing heavy winter coats with scarves, plus those silly hats pulled over your ears, worse still is those Tibetan style hats which makes you look like deputy dog. Oh I forgot the funny sheep skinned lined boots, even one of the waitresses was wearing a scarf while serving and they all wear them in a poofy manor Double up and pushed through the loop. Just wait it really get cold!

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Well done Cam and letter from Gordon

Well Done for once you have done something to protect the interest of GB as expected all those weakling Europhiles, Ken Clarke, Michael Hessaltine, Paddy Get Your Pants down are telling us what a disaster it was and it could lead to the UK leaving the EU and this would be a disaster, these were the same type of people before WW2 telling Churchill to negotiate with Hitler they quislings.
Just imagine leaving the EU and becoming Independent from the EU and its laws and regulations, imagine we would no longer be part of the schengen agreement
where we had to by law allow EU workers into the country we could once again control our own borders. We could trade properly with India, China and Brazil and the money we would save not paying into the EU. Remember in all the whole time we have been in the EU we have always put in more the we got back

Will this happen I doubt it as all the Time we have the Libdems in the coalition Cam will have to back down. Yes for once he has let them know they are a third rate party BUT I bet he has already a plan to sneak back into the EU

Both Germany and France have tried to conquer Europe and lost every time to us Brits, that is why they want us to tow the line so the EU can be become a FrancoPrussin empire

The Editor

Sittingbourne News Extra

Dear Sir

Following the closure of the East Kent Gazette I would like to congratulate the Sittingbourne News Extra for the speed with which it stepped in to ensure that local people continue to have access to a newspaper providing the type of coverage that national newspapers cannot provide.

In the penultimate edition of the EKG there was a letter from my predecessor, Derek Wyatt, however, my response was never published. I would be grateful if you would rectify that omission on their behalf.

Mr Wyatt accused me of rarely speaking or tabling questions in Parliament. As it happens, since being elected 18 months ago I have spoken in 63 debates, voted in 90% of debates and rebelled against the Government on 19 occasions, which I hope shows that at least I have an independent mind and am not just another party hack!

In the same period I tabled at least 69 parliamentary questions. I appreciate this is less than some other MPs, but I prefer to write personally to ministers if I have a query; a strategy far more effective in getting a proper response.

In addition, I have written regularly to education ministers pressing the need for investment in Sittingbourne’s schools and I will continue to fight their cause without the need to continually blow my own trumpet in public.

With regards to the Northern and Southern Relief Roads; on this I have been consistent. I have always supported the concept of both roads, because I feel they would end the traffic misery faced by people living and working in the Sittingbourne area.

Recently I invited the transport minister, Mike Penning, to visit my constituency at which time I was able to brief him on the challenges facing Sittingbourne’s roads infrastructure, including the NRR, the SRR and the various problems on the A249. It was a stake in the ground for when the current economic crisis is over as the Government is able to spend more on our roads.

Finally, can I assure your readers that although I might not always be as visible as my predecessor, with the help of my very able staff, I am working quietly behind the scenes on behalf of my constituents.

Yours sincerely



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House of Commons



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Friday, December 09, 2011

Sport On Decline

Read the report below I have been saying for several years the Olympics will be a White Elephant and sports participation is on the decrease. Judo has been on the decline for years but nobody ever admitted it, now they have. Not that those involved did not already know, the one sport to buck the trend is Boxing YES Boxing the sport hated by the left wing, do gooders and health and safety nutters.WHY? In Sittingbourne we have two very succesful clubs, one of the coaches have told me that they had as many as 80 kids in a night! What Martial Arts Club wouldn't want that. Maybe the PC correct way of teaching Martial Arts is failing? Maybe the kids are tougher then we thought. Time I spoke to some Boxing Clubs

The £200m own goal: Fortune spent on promoting sport before the Olympics sees football and swimming slump - but at least ping pong's on the rise!

  • UK's two most popular sports see less participation
  • Only athletics, mountaineering, table tennis and boxing see increased numbers

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

EKG is Dead long live KM Sittingbourne

East Kent Gazette goes out with a whimper

Last week it was announced that the EKG would close and I like many others were shocked and disappointed to lose a local paper I even wrote a thank you letter to them. They said they would produce a bumper edition for their last edition! What we got was a paper thinner then normal and costing an extra 15p.

On hindsight it was not surprising that the EKG folded it consisted mainly of advertising and very little on local news and seemed in the last few years that reporters had their own agenda whether it was political or nepotism.  I have felt that since John Rogers stepped down as editor in the late 1990’s the paper changed from being an all round general local news to a more selective items newspaper. The new editor Christine Raynor had left leaning views in my opinion and this showed in some of the articles and letters that appeared, when Labour Derek Wyatt got elected she must have been ecstatic eventually the EKG referred to Wyatt as “Our Del” some what surprising title from a so called independent paper but not all the blame of the failure of the EKG lies at her feet it seems with the changing of ownership did not help.

I was once told that I had sent more letters in then any other individual yet my last letter of thanks were reduced to a few lines, the last few years I have sent a multitude of letters in and I think I had 4 published in the 18 months. When challenged I was told the people of Sittingbourne are not interested in what I have to say! Yet I am often stopped in the street and told liked your letter or have not seen you in the Gazette recently. I believe it was because I told it as it was in language ordinary people could understand

Since e the mid 1950’s our Young Judo Club and the other Martial Arts we do were regular contributors to the EKG and I have to be very honest we have most probably the most successful club  in the town in them 55 years maybe we did not deserve an individual well done but why could they not have put “we have had thriving Martial Arts scene” No they put something about a motorbike rider winning Two British Championships in the 55 years our club has won many hundreds of British Titles also European and World Championships. Let’s not forget the success of the Weightlifting clubs in the town how many World Powers lifting Championships have the town had? The local Brickies Football Team get a lot of news and what have they won? Even to the last they were disingenuous by not printing our reports on the MMA competition and Jamie’s Gold Medal in the “Save the Heroes”

The coverage

Yet after all my moans I was still sad to see them! Well I was until heard that the KM Group are putting out a Sittingbourne Edition the only thing is I hope they do not employ the same staff they had on the EKG. So Good Riddance to the EKG

Monday, December 05, 2011

Janet Street-Porter

Not a great Lover of Janet StreetPorter but her article today was great, the piece about the Cinema is something I wrote about some weeks ago

It's time for us oldies to take a stand!

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Saturday, December 03, 2011


Another example of the inmates taking over the Lunatic asylum, this Coalition should be cancelled as it is not fit for purpose.

If we had election tomorrow who would you vote for? Well I would vote for Gordon not because he is a Tory but because he is a good MP but surely the time has come for a New Party to step forward as the 3 main parties no longer represent the people. They represent their own interest and their own pocket . We no longer have a democracy in the true sense in which the majority view is paramount and our representatives i.e. MP’s  represent our views

Now a law for foreign aid! Ministers want to commit Britain to billions in handouts

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Friday, December 02, 2011

Prayers, India, Clarkson,EU

Today has been interesting in the press, we have British Aid to India has headlines I have been saying the aid programme is corrupt and should be looked at and administered differently I have said this for years. Sorry I told you so “I never wanted the Olympics” and said it was just a way for a few politicians and Bureaucrats to make money and that Dam EU once again proves it is undemocratic it is nothing but a Dictatorship.

The one that made me mad was The prayers before council meetings, here we have yet a very small anti Christian minority trying to affect the way the majority live expect Dawkins and Bailey will be well pleased with this. The little piece below explains but a couple of extra points which were mentioned on Radio 4 this morning

1)      The council had a vote on the matter and the majority voted on keeping prayers . NSS this is called Democracy

2)      Only one atheist in the Council complained

3)       Prayers are said at the beginning of council before attendance is registered. So do not like prayers do not go

4)      Who is paying for this court hearing and where do they get their money?

5)      There is something perverse about the NSS and its members when they want to outlaw such a harmless action

6)      How does prayers effect the way the council is run and does it harm anyone?

High Court bid over council prayers

The long tradition of prayers being said before local council meetings is to come under challenge at the High Court.

The National Secular Society (NSS) is arguing that the religious ritual is "inappropriate" in what should be "a secular environment concerned with civic business".

NSS president Terry Sanderson said that, in a multi-faith society, the practice was leading to a worrying "potential for conflict".

A survey of local authorities showed that the majority of them include prayers as part of the council meeting agenda


Had a row over this with the better half she seemed to think that saying shoot the strikers was OK but what was wrong was when he said in front of the family. Surely no one in their right mind believed he meant it, it was a joke a funny one at that. Mind you hardly worth saying a the strike was a damp squid at least the shops gained by it


His latest programme is hilarious

How India squanders British aid: We give £1.4bn to a country that has its own space programme. In this damning investigation, the Mail reveals how it's scandalously wasted

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Woman takes up MEP post despite not a single vote being cast for her

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Thursday, December 01, 2011


I was shocked and dismayed when I heard that the East Kent Gazette was closing. Although we live in a fast technical age local news is still best distributed by a local newspaper and everyone read the EKG. I have been writing letters to the paper for over 40 years admittedly not many were printed over the last couple of years but where else can you voice your opinion on local issues? TV and the other Kent newspapers only highlight major’s issues but local people want to know about some of the minor things that happen in the area.

What of Sport? Where will you get the coverage? once again not from local TV and the KM and KOS group rarely put in the progress of local clubs they concentrate on  County Clubs fixtures and minority sports get very little coverage from them. The EKG has supported my Young Judo Club since its inception in 1957, yes 54 years of Judo and part of our success has been the reporting by the EKG on our triumphs and defeats. Could the Swale Martial Arts Club have  started new sections like our Sambo and MMA classes if it wasn’t for the light of publicity given by the EKG NO!

I hope some entrepreneur starts up an equivalent of the EKG as the Town and area needs a local voice. Can I on behalf myself, my family, my club and the people of Sittingbourne thank all the people who have run the EKG for over 100 years and say  WELL DONE you will be missed

Martin Clarke Sittingbourne

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I need furniture

Can any of you help I need some furniture for a studio Flat I need a Bed with Mattress, Wardrobe, A cheap welsh dresser style unit, an armchair or sofa. Table top cooker, Micro wave I am prepared to pay a sensible price not to much as I will not be living there.

Just to let you know I have a large one bedroom flat to let. Unfurnished, Tenant must be working be over 30 and be a British Subject, References will be required Rent £490 pcm Deposit and admin fee

Monday, November 28, 2011

Aid, Beer, Xfactor and Drugs

Had to put this article on the blog we still give aid to India, China and Zimbabwe, now the mega rich South Africa  is to get aid do you wonder sometimes if some official or MP is taking a back hander

The only reality TV programme I watch is strictly mainly because I can see the skill and advancement of the contestants still think it is to long winded. As for the corrupt X Factor that is where Karaoke singer gets together for a sing song, well past its sell by date. Now if you are someone who watches the ridiculous Get me out the Jungle, you have the same mentality as those women who used to knit round the Guillotine during the French Revolution. What is gained by these forgotten celebrities taking their stupid tasks and then get an audience to watch them suffer, DISGUSTING. Lets return to the days when TV produced Drama programs and good comedy but the reality programmers are cheap to watch and cater for the lower masses.

If the Euro crashes why will it be catastrophic for GB? Now I genuinely ask the question because I cannot see it, because we will trade with the same countries but just in different currencies. Its collapse will eventually lead the fall of the EU saving us £Billions in memberships fees, if you are a politicians or economist please let me know

2 youngsters die from taking dodgy drugs at a party and many are seriously ill, did anyone make them take drugs? What a waste of life just because someone wanted to reach a high, this is a time when I am glad to be in my 60’s and never got involved in that ridiculous fad in my teens it was a job to afford a pint of mild. While on the subject of drinking, on Saturday Val did some babysitting so I went out for couple of drinks with my brother Norman. What a culture shock, went into Bunters a proper pub but the lads in there must have been drinking for some hours because they were all pi@@ed, the language and the shouting was too much plus I knew most of them so wanted shake hands with me and kiss me UGH, walked up to see John in the Ypres and the amount of people outside the Vineyard shouting and swearing and been general abusive was beyond belief, I can understand why decent people do not want to use the High Street on a Friday and Saturday night. Mind you the last business you want to be in today is the Pub game, it is that bad pubs now put on entertainment on a Saturday to get people to drink and beer is going up next year. Ended up in the Sun at Bredgar where at least you could hear yourself talk but was only half full.

Anger at aid to help Africa cope with climate change: As UK faces economic meltdown, ministers hand over £330m

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How to get to the Dorchester

I have a meeting at the Dorchester Hotel one evening at 7pm next week can anyone of you advise me what tube to get from Victoria or the rough cost of a Taxi to the Hotel


Sunday, November 27, 2011

£8 an hour for a tradesman?

If 745 youngsters are out of work in my town, why can't I find a recruit?

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He pays £8 an hour as a qualified Cabinet Maker you must be joking by all means pay a low wage while they are learning but its no incentive to spend years on low wages learning a trade then come out to £8 an hour that £64 a day. Or is this a proper apprenticeship or just another scam to pay low wages; did this Kid come away with all the correct City and Guilds? In 1988 I was building my gym and I had to pay the going rate for a tradesman £120 t0 £150 a day (mind you we had Maggie at the helm in those days) now they will work for £80 a day now understand why when Eastern Europeans undercut and greedy employers make a bigger profit