Arts & Elbows

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Off Season

Despite Christmas Margate is as off-season as it can get at the moment with little of artistic merit going on. So time to sit back and watch humble me in a Video Nation short which the BBC invited me to do after that pleasant chap from BBC Kent did a piece on local blogs.
It's been quite edited and runs for under two minutes, but should interest the regular reader.
You can view this documentary gem by clicking here. Should you agree or disagree with the content and tone please leave a message on the BBC site, or here, or the generous could do both.

6 Comments:

Blogger Eastcliff Richard said...

Nice piece - more power to your arts and elbow!

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

As things are a bit on the silent side do you fancy helping to write a book (of sorts)?

7:14 PM  
Blogger Artyblartfast said...

Matt,
feel free to email me your proposal.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Eastcliff Richard said...

Greetings from Margate, Tasmania to Margate, Kent! Population here 958, but looking in better shape, frankly.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FROM Cllr DAVID GREEN'S BLOG; FACTS
Despite being threatened with referal to the Standards Board for England for suggesting that the debacle around Turner Offshore had had a corrupting influence on political life in Thanet, I will continue to dig for the facts. I get no cooperation from Kent County Council, but "State of Art 2006" magazine appears to have done better at finding out where the wasted money has gone.
£2,520,795 on principle architect’s fees, including the cost of the ill-fated test obelisk.
£1,153,132 on staff
£780,073 on promotion, entertainment and a change of identity
£609,013 on project managers and quantity surveyors.
£466,232 on town planners and technical consultants
£299,155 on miscellaneous professional services
£249,746 on premises and office costs
£170,000 on other costs
£103,403 on secondary architects fees
£33,782 on travel
I make no comment except to observe that if I stood in Margate High Street on Saturdays and gave away £1000 an hour, I could do so for 20 years. Which project would attract more people to the town, I wonder.
We still need to know what budgets were raided to fund this disaster, and where the £4M that KCC considers contributed something to to current project has been spent.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Heavens. December 13th? Are you on a long "fact-finding" mission somewhere sunny?

11:44 PM  

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