Charlie’s blog: On the beach

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.

Blog Post: Trial by Twitter, Fate by Facebook

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.

Blogpiece: Joyce’s “Fairytale of New York”

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.

Future of media in Thurrock

Imagine, the world premiere of Ludd and Isis, Grays Athletic games live, council meetings, music events, breaking news such as the Coryton protests or “Frozen Thurrock”. The potential is there. It will come to a borough near you. What you want is that it comes to this borough as well.
Some say that the local voice has been limited to voting once every five years or writing a ranty letter to the local paper. Here there may be a chance to give every taxpayer/constituent a true portal for the people.

Sharon’s blog: An uncertain Christmas

Remember, Xmas is one day, but the effect will last you all year and is the stress worth it? I suggest we all go back to the simple life, helping children make presents, visiting people at home who are lonely, make up hampers of food and fruit to give as gifts and be thankful for the love and support of our families, most of all try to be happy this Xmas.

Blog piece: Charlie and the karma chameleon

Alongside wedding, funeral and buying your first car, graduation has got to be one of the milestones of your life and should be a day to remember, I won’t be forgetting it in a hurry. After some tense talks, (in which my graduation was not discussed), the RMT (London Underground Workers Union) decided to walk out of work on Sunday night. This was the first sign that things were not going to go entirely to plan.

More Fishy tales

I had intended complaining this month, about the service received on package holiday plane journeys. Having recently returned from a holiday in Rhodes and been extremely

Meditations From the Abyss

So the axe has finally fallen and, as usual, it falls hardest on those who have the least. The new Coalition Government constantly blames the cuts on Labour, who undoubtedly played a large part in creating the problems we now face with their

Inspirational night with Sharon McGovern

I first began my talk by discussing my book and the different emotions it has evoked with people. The response was tremendous, so many people having similar emotions yet just needing to hear their feelings verbalised. It gave the audience a feeling of being understood, such a small thing yet to so many, a major part of their healing.

Joyce’s Blog: Heaven on the Orient Express

The atmosphere was electric in the British Pullman lounge, anticipation and excitement mirrored on everyone’s faces. As I gazed around at my fellow passengers, I was intrigued by two young Oriental girls wearing panama hats. Was I still in 2010 in London? I watched them chattering animatedly to each other, obviously as excited as me.

Sharon’s Blog: Greenwich Meantime

Writing for me is a way of expressing my curiosity I have of everything within the world. I am a very curious human being and like everybody, I don’t have all the answers in life. However, I like to find a meaning within almost everything in our lives as I am sure everything has something behind it, and writing enables me to say what I can’t always say out loud or necessarily think clear enough to make sense of in my head.

Full Council: A Confederacy Of Dunces

It is clear that the majority are simply out of their depth. Good people (mostly) but have it neither in their DNA nor the will-power to raise the game to face the challenges that the horrendous cuts will produce. They just about cut it in the good times but last night proved that as a group (with some noted individuals exempt) they were embarassingly and disgracefully out of their depth.

Blog Post: CK1……….Shrimpers And The Rocks

YourThurrock welcomes Charlie Key to our growing band of bloggers. We first met Charlie when he was standing as a candidate for the local elections as well as being one of the campaigners whose hard work ensured that Jackie Doyle-Price was elected MP. Charlie has just graduated with a 2:1 in Politics from the University of Greenwich.

Joyce’s Blog: Life After Retirement

I have enjoyed almost a year on my allotment, which was very overgrown when I took it on. For someone who doesn’t like creepy crawlies, I haven’t done bad. I’ve sat in my shed and watched a mouse outside running back and forth. Funny, but outside they don’t seem so frightening; indoors I’d have been terrified. I’ve kept my head whilst digging up potatoes and unearthing red ant nests full of eggs and hundreds of ants. I haven’t jumped when finding a creepy crawly on my arm, but flicked it off calmly and carried on. Though I still run when confronted by a wasp.

Andrea’s Blog: Back To School

Mum sheds a tear as the children head off back to school. “This morning like many parents I took the traditional first day back at school photos of my children that are then circulated to all the family. It is scary how quickly your children grow up and as I looked at my photos I felt a lump in my throat”.

Tattoo John: Return From Exile!

He tells us that his case has been dealt with and he is now allowed, once more to walk amongst the people of Grays. However, John tells us that he is a reformed character: He supports the booze ban in Grays and looks to the reform of the criminal justice system.

Lucy Does…V Festival 2010.

The line-up was incredible with iconic acts such as Madness getting the over-whelming audience skanking, Florence and the Machine bringing people to tears and Faithless creating a sea of hands raised and pumping the air. Kasabian closed the festival on Sunday and went out with a major bang, with their lead singer declaring ‘This is why you came!’ to their audience.

Andrea’s Blog: Adventure Island

Then we had a go at some side stalls but lady luck had already shone on us for one day, so we settled for using some pocket money to buy a cuddly Hong Kong Phooey (do you remember him?) which was very good as you do not find characters like him in the shops anymore.

Bloggers/Contributors Wanted

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Sharon’s Blog: Treat The Trauma

Let’s look at why alcoholics are drinking, why people find solace in hurting themselves and why drug addicts and dysfunctional individuals want to leave reality: what happened to them to make this happen? Once we heal that part of their life, the rest falls into place, and with the help and support of like-minded people, they can find their way out of the box they have been put into, and there will be hope for their future.