Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Staying with Dalby Square, a couple of old Ramsgate postcards with the writing on the back and some thoughts on identity theft and malicious phone calls.






 I think Sultan House is Dalby Square, but could do with confirmation, at least is says 1872






I have to say that it’s happened again, a little while ago someone phoned up claiming to be one of our energy suppliers and then asked and identity question. “Can you give us your account number, to confirm your identity?” They then tried to take over our account and change our supplier. Well after that the penny dropped. You phone your bank, energy supplier, insurance company, etc and they ask you to confirm your identity, and yes that’s fine.

They phone you up and then ask you to confirm your identity and it is probably a malicious call. But what do you do when the genuine company phone you up and ask you an identity question? Out default position at the moment is to assume unsolicited phone calls, phone calls from companies who can’t confirm their identity, which at the moment is most of the big ones, are malicious and treat them that way.

Anyway I have just had another it was really us email.

Of course most of our phone calls are from people ordering books, asking about books and so on, so the book confirms their identity and we don’t need to confirm ours as they – having phoned us up, know that we are us.  



I have to say that it’s happened again, a little while ago someone phoned up claiming to be one of our energy suppliers and then asked and identity question. “Can you give us your account number, to confirm your identity?” They then tried to take over our account and change our supplier. Well after that the penny dropped. You phone your bank, energy supplier, insurance company, etc and they ask you to confirm your identity, and yes that’s fine.

They phone you up and then ask you to confirm your identity and it is probably a malicious call. But what do you do when the genuine company phone you up and ask you an identity question? Out default position at the moment is to assume unsolicited phone calls, phone calls from companies who can’t confirm their identity, which at the moment is most of the big ones, are malicious and treat them that way.

Anyway I have just had another it was really us email.

Of course most of our phone calls are from people ordering books, asking about books and so on, so the book confirms their identity and we don’t need to confirm ours as they – having phoned us up, know that we are us.  

The principle of you go to http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/ click on our contact details page is still holding up.

 as you can probably see posted 1905, so before then

 and posted 1912 so before then




Work to restore communal garden in Dalby Square commences

Thanet council have just sent me this press release in a format that seems to paste straight into blogger without modification so I am considering putting some of the more interesting ones up, either on theis blog or reinstituting the press release blog I used to do. Any thoughts on this anyone?    

NEWS RELEASE


Work to restore communal garden in Dalby Square commences

Work has started this week (w/c 23 April) to the northern (sea) end of Dalby Square, Margate to remove the car park and restore a communal garden for both local residents and the wider community to enjoy.

An extensive public consultation exercise took place in Autumn 2016 and survey responses revealed that 98% of people had an interest in the environment of Dalby Square; 88% wanted to improve the appearance of the north (car park) end and 70% said they would be happy if the car park were removed to re-create a garden.

The majority viewpoint was that the car park, installed in 1958, was an eyesore, poor use of space and made a relatively small contribution to the parking needs of the area. The site provides roughly 13% of parking spaces in the Square, and 9% of those including the whole of Dalby Road and Arthur Road.

The site had previously been an ornamental garden and tennis courts.

Based on feedback received, improvement works will include:

  • Reverting the former car park area to an expanse of lawn
  • Retaining and extending the current perimeter railings
  • Creating an ornamental area to the north, just inside the entrance
  • Forming a densely-planted area to the south to shelter the children's playground and create a colourful entry
  • Planting a 1.2m high perimeter hedge of Escallonia ‘Red Dream’ and Rosa Rugosa ‘Hansa’ inside the railing
  • Planting perimeter trees to match those in the garden at the southern end of the Square
  • Retaining the bottle banks, with switched access so they can be emptied from the east (road side) rather than west (current car park)

Cllr Lesley Ann Game, Cabinet Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods at Thanet District Council said:
“Dalby Square is at the historic heart of Cliftonville West and the car park has a negative effect on the townscape of the Square and Clifftop. The proposed communal garden will act as a focal point and contribute towards the wellbeing of the vibrant local community.

“From the mid-nineteenth century, the residents of Dalby Square have placed great value on the garden enclosure as an open green space and important social and recreational facility so it’s great to be restoring it to its original purpose.”

Dalby Square is one of only two surviving enclosed garden squares in Margate and this work in intended to enhance the Dalby Square Conservation Area and enrich community life.

Sam Causer, of Architects Studio Sam Causer said:
“We're delighted that work has started on site this week to reconnect the gardens of Dalby Sq and the clifftop landscape of Margate Coastal Park. The consultation we led over several weeks revealed there's a great love for Margate's historic parks and gardens, which were designed and laid out over a century ago to foster health, well-being and strengthening of bonds between people and communities.”

Improvement works are funded by Thanet District Council and the Heritage Lottery fund.

Artist impressions of what it will look like

Photo credit: Studio Sam Causer / Liam Nabb

Photo credit: Studio Sam Causer / Liam Nabb

What it looks like now (as looking south)

Photo credit: Studio Sam Causer

Historic images

1876

+
1910



Dalby Square was made a conservation area in 2010, the first part of Cliftonville West Ward to be so designated.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

1967 Broadstairs Promotional Flyer, Ramsgate takes its time a step further

 Pictures of the pictures will expand if you click on them or tap depending on your tec
















Ramsgate, for some time, has been, horologicaly, ahead of the game, by some time.


We are - as it were, clocked on


And now we have, a sign, which appears to be saying that we have adopted a new calendar I think this may be related to offering a sacrifice Juno Kalendaris, or as we used to say. "Today has been cancelled, due to lack of interest." 

If you are an admirer of Peppa the pig you may find today's bookshop posting helpful, vide The unicorn and Tintin 

Monday, 23 April 2018

Old local photos, minor ramble

 Starting with this photo of Broadstairs in 1903

 then this one showing the area around where Nero's was to be also early in the 1900s
 St Peter's Church Broadstairs
 After and before the red brick arches

 07, 17 don't know really

With today’s Ramsgate photos the main thing of note is the return of the lifeguard station on the sands. Also, as you see work continues on the Belgian Café.
Very much the day after a decent weekend today, back to work in the bookshop, here is the link to books that went out http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/country-customs-in-bookshop.html
Just looked at the local internet and there doesn’t seem to be much going on, so there you go, no news is good news.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

The 1912 Motorbike, Broadstairs and Ramsgate Pavilions and the inevitable photos old and new

 First this group of four Thanet photos all date from 1912
 when confronted by a particular date I find it helps to have some photos that were taken around that time.
 Today it was a 1912 motorbike, usually for me it's a bit of local history
Anyway having gone to Canterbury this morning and sat down to a breakfast of toast and jam outside eleto chocolate cafe a very old motorbike pulled up and parked in front of me. Obviously I painted it.
 this was a 1912 500cc Triumph for the aficionados and I suppose the for the practical biker the interesting feature is that it had no clutch.

No gearbox either, but yes, how do you pull away at the lights?
Open the decompression valve - a sort of tap on the top of the cylinder head, when the lights go green you pedal away as you would with an ordinary pushbike, until you reach a reasonable speed and then you close the tap. At this point either the engine starts or you grind to a halt.   

the rest of the pictures? here are the links



and work - bee ready for mundi