“It was patently obvious that, as a patient who did not have a gynaecological problem, I was regarded as a massive inconvenience, (I was told as much by one of the department’s doctors) and that they wanted me out of there. They were prepared to tell me anything in order to expedite that. I asked what I should do if the pain became bad again and was told to “come back to A&E and get admitted by a different discipline”.
Chief executive Graham Farrant and council leader John Kent may counter such criticisms by using the “That was then; this is now” defence and may claim that they are steering the council out of choppy waters. Sometimes the raft is going to hit swirls and eddys (no not that eddy) but will at some stage, will hit clear and calm blue water.
I received a printed copy of my second novel this week; the sequel to The Strength of a Kiss published last year. The sequel is called The Strength of a Promise and continues the story of a young girl’s first love and the problems she has to face. Her story began when she was 16 years old in The Strength of a Kiss and at the end of The Strength of a Promise she is almost 19. I feel a wonderful sense of achievement; this is something that will be here after I am gone. My next venture is probably going to be shorter, but I have a couple of ideas already.
Councillors do not like being upstaged or embarrassed by members of the public and having it reported. My reason for raising this issue is to make people aware that they can come to Full Council Meetings and participate by asking questions and the more people do so the more Councillors will be held to account and that can only be good for democracy.
Why is it that those who have everything wish to throw it all away? It is because they have lived the heights of fame and have smeared boundaries or is it just in their personalities. The question I’m asking you is that is fame deluding and a cruel way of life or would this have happened to Britney or Christina. They are human but they set the examples for the rest of the world, including impressionable children, so is being a member of the cult of celebrity a more dangerous job than a miner, a bomb diffuser or a race car driver? Is the glamourised life of a celebrity really physiological torture?
Later on in the day, a comment passed on our site asked: “Is Your Thurrock a news service or is it just a mouthpiece of the local Conservative party?
This article appears, particularly with the words in bold font, to be nothing more than a promotion of the local Conservative Party line. What is it doing on here without any context or balancing comment. It is either shoddy journalism or a political advertisement.
YourThurrock blogger, Courtney Savage interviews Libyan-born Chafford Hundred student Sara Shaafi about the recent turmoil in Libya. “For this month’s I blog I was going to write about something like proms or a band’s new album, but anyone watching the news may understand why I find writing about something like that now trivial. Although from […]
The academy revolution, the strange lack of protests re the cuts, our meeting with the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and many other matters discussed as YT reflects on another busy week in the borough.
Everybody wants the elusive, inspiring Irish Dermot Flynn to come to this festival and Laura was misunderstood and people thought she actually knew him. Even when they did understand that she didn’t in fact know him she still had to travel to Ireland to get him to turn up in order to prove herself and to make the festival a success.
Thurrock Writer’s Circle meets fortnightly at The Hugh Delargy Close Hall at Chadwell St Mary . They have speakers and competitions, discussions on our stories, poems, novels, or articles they have written.
I am also very busy planning my allotment for this year. Making sure I rotate my crops I have drawn a new plan. This year I am going to try growing sweet corn along with my usual crops. The couple next to me grew this last year and it was really sweet, you could easily eat it raw; not a bit like shop bought. I have already covered a lot of my plot with manure and this needs to be dug in. I now have a greenhouse, which we put up at the end of last year. This will be great for bringing on my seeds ready for planting out when the weather permits.
The new year resolution may be a thing of the past. Not under Lola’s watch. Lola says….get a new resolution to improve your constitution.
As for Cllr Hale’s hysterical comment “I think you [the Tories] run the risk of damning this hospital and we will be in danger of losing it. I just worry that you are not even listening, you are so sure at each of the meetings you go to that they [the hospital] are lying you don’t have a balanced view.” Is she seriously saying it is better to have a hospital that is a threat to the health and safety of its patients, fails to meet the standards of hygiene and care required of it than to have no hospital at all?
Polls continuously show that the public want a referendum on the European Union, with most recent surveys showing that the British people would vote to leave and end our payments of £48 million a day to Brussels. Yes we want trade with the EU, but we want our laws to be made in Westminster. Is that too much to ask for? What does Jackie Doyle-Price have to fear by letting us have our say on the European Union?
But your group wants to cap petrol and diesel at £1.00 a litre because you don’t give a f@@ about the planet, the economy, or worst of all, the future just so long as you don’t have to walk to the shops or take a bus. I think you are all deluded like all those other europeans that were convinced the Earth was flat. Rather than write poorly constructed letter to MPs asking for a reduction in tax you should be campaigning for more public funds to be allocated towards public transport and investing in alternative energy.
It means we cannot do things as ‘they had been done before’. Change is about embracing the situation, not denying it, loathing it or fearing it. Let us start today by embracing the various religions in Thurrock, attend the Diwali events; the joint Christmas carols; the Sikh temple. Learn about these religions and together we will live in peace and harmony as we understand each other.
Opening night was great. The show was packed and many stars and celebrities came to see the performance. At the end of the show I would bring up children onto the stage to help me sing a song. I was unaware that I actually brought up Mel B and Eddie Murphys child to sing with me. But I found out after the show when Mel B came up to me to thank me and her little girl asked me if I could do magic, ha ha.
SINCE YourThurrock launched we have become acquainted with some global names: Purfleet in West Australia, Corringham in Lincolnshire, Aveley in New South Wales and now Tilbury in Ontario.
From the age of sixteen, she was booted out of her own home and living in a shed in the street in River Court, Purfleet. Then onto the homeless hostel at Charles Street. For while she stayed at the home of a (then) friend until she was thrown out on suspicion of stealing. Then she came across Daniel Thomas and his flat in Darnley Road. The narrative of daily life as read out in court for Priscilla was depressing. There were no witty asides, no “Shameless satire”. Priscilla was no Morven Callar. It was a tale of skunk, whizz, sniff, puff, mandrax, white lightning, breezers, wine, fags.
Courtney Savage from Chafford Hundred has joined the merry band of YourThurrock bloggers as she reviews Escape the Fates recent concert at the 02.
Since the General Election the ConDems have been busy ditching all sorts of pre-election promises. Increasing VAT, Fuel Duty, trebling university Tuition Fees and scrapping Education Maintenance Allowance will have a negative effect on the living standards of many families on Thurrock.
As interested as everybody was in how Grays Beach was getting on, nobody really wanted to do anything to help it. The official line from any administration, councillor or officer would be, ‘Grays Beach is Thurrock’s flagship park’, which is true, it just isn’t treated as such. In the summer of 2009 vandalism at the park reached a new high, the galleon was set on fire and half of it had to be demolished. Unfortunately, rather than be demolished straight away it had a few weeks of tape around it in the middle of the kids’ summer holidays.
One man’s free speech I guess. Try telling that to Robert Murat who was apparently guilty of being too interested in helping out at the scene of Madeleine McCann’s abduction or Stefan Kizko who spent decades in prison for a murder he hadn’t committed on the basis of being a bit odd looking that way.
I have always thought of New York as a big city of sky scrapers. Well, of course it is; but now I know that beneath the sky scrapers beats a warm heart. My recent visit to New York showed me just how helpful and friendly New Yorkers are. From offers of a seat on the subway to readiness with advice and directions.