It has been a busy week for my teeny weeny little blog with emails, telephone calls and a batch of nasty comments aimed at John Worrow. Putting the stupidity aside my favourite quote of the week has to be "most of it is not worth much" referring to the TDC collection in storage at the Margate Museum. That not surprisingly came from a TDC source.
That probably is the case with a lot of items but that is still no excuse to treat an authentic Victorian print of Ramsgate that carries a value of £15 to £20 as if it is last weeks Isle of Thanet Gazette left in a heap somewhere in the house. Perhaps some people at TDC need reminding that this is England, this our heritage, it is unique and it is a public asset worth saving regardless of value. Deep down I do not see this as a party political issue even though a political leader told me a load of porkies in the past. I do not blame council officers either, it is just an awful situation TDC has got itself into. All is needed is firm positive decisions because at the end of the day all this heritage just cannot be left neglected in a storage room at Margate forever.
I have started winding down my searches around the Margate sea defence works now the work is completed and the only time I will search that area will be after certain weather conditions. The new sea defence does look impressive and I can just picture it in rough weather as well as a hot summers day. Deep down the beach comber side of me is thinking that perhaps the alterations to tide flow will provide an amber trap arising from westerly winds and only time will tell. Tomorrow I start another mission and I have applied for another licence from Natural England and it will involve about three months worth of searches on the coast.For the first time in my life there is a possibility I might not find on the coastline what I am looking for,but given the diversity of the Thanet coastline I am bound to find something else of interest.