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DaveB
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29/01/2018 10:52 am  

I really do believe that I've turned into a Grumpy Old Man, well at least that's what my wife tells me, actually, she said that when I turned 40.

Since the EU Referendum, the one common thing I keep hearing is that "We don't know what the future holds, it's so much harder."

Without wishing to generalise, was there a single Leave voter that believed it would all be plain sailing if we left, any more than if we stayed.

Conversely Remain voters seemed to think that staying would make everything easy, but leaving would destroy the country.

As always the truth is somewhere in the middle.

The problem seems to be that for too long in the UK the powers that be have erred on the side of the easy route in order to accommodate the Banks and big corporations which at the end of the day seem to control most aspects of government that affect the man/woman in the street.

We had a Prime Minister, David Cameron,  that at the first sign of his fear campaign having been ignored resigned in a sulk deciding it would be too difficult to actually carry on with a decision that he had made possible. A decision he has now conceded was not disastrous, but ‘Hard’. The same man that supposedly negotiated a totally meaningless deal with the EU and still wondered why so many wanted out.

We now also have the spectacle of another former Prime Minister, namely Blair at Davos talking down his own country, a man who thought going to war was so easy and refused to apologise to the people it most affected, but actually changing the status quo was oh so hard.

I do wonder sometimes where these spineless morons spring from. Whilst I am not a big fan of Theresa May or her party, she has at least given the appearance of trying to fulfil the BREXIT intent.

Perhaps if a few of the lacklustre members of her cabinet like Hammond actually tried talking up our position rather than try to sideline us we might be seeing some concessions from the EU rather than what appears to be only the UK compromising. Because like the old saying goes, "Give them an inch and they take a mile" and the EU will continue to do so.


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Rob S
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29/01/2018 12:49 pm  

 I think you are not so much a grumpy old man as a realist, Dave. I guess most of us on here have seen many politicians come and go without inspiring us much or achieving much, is it any wonder that we become cynical as a result.

I also would love to hear government ministers talking up our prospects about life after the ghastly EU, and I hope I live long enough to actually be able to enjoy life totally free of the EU. The transition period seems to be getting longer and longer; why? Now I'm just being cynical! 


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Gill B
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29/01/2018 1:12 pm  

I think most Leavers, like myself, believed that we would be free of the EU in 2019, and through gritted teeth are having to wait a further 2 years.

My fear is that the Remainers are delaying our exit so that another General Election will be held before the exit date occurs, and will then tear up Article 50 and keep us in the EU. I'm convinced that the EU is also delaying the process as long as possible, with this same scenario in mind.


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DaveB
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29/01/2018 4:26 pm  
Posted by: Gill B

I think most Leavers, like myself, believed that we would be free of the EU in 2019, and through gritted teeth are having to wait a further 2 years.

My fear is that the Remainers are delaying our exit so that another General Election will be held before the exit date occurs, and will then tear up Article 50 and keep us in the EU. I'm convinced that the EU is also delaying the process as long as possible, with this same scenario in mind.

The sad fact is Politicians being Politicians, they have to play games and complicate what should have been a relatively straightforward negotiation. I don't think any of the lead negotiators on the UK side really believe in our leaving and consequently, the whole thing seems to have been approached in the usual, excuse the expression, half-arsed manner so beloved by civil servants and career politicians so that they can justify their existence. There definitely seems to be a whiff of the Sir Humphrey Appleby style of management about the whole thing. That, as you say, causes continued delays, so that more civil servants need to be employed to further blur the real issues.

In fact, the usual self-perpetuating circle of we need more officers to eliminate some officers Whitehall farce.


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12/02/2018 1:32 am  

Had to laugh at your headline young Dave, as being grumpy is a great thing to achieve in life, and i know this only too true, but I get along with myself quite fine going from grumpy to chatty now Its just me and the dogs....lol

For those that know, or those that knew me, i was once very well spoken, outspoken to be more precise about ahem - "My Jaywick"... appearing many times in the good old Gazette on matters concerning My Jaywick and its residents. It was only the other day clearing things that i found various newspaper articles with me doing my best dis satisfied look on matters that made the news paper and the happy smiley face photos on subjects I seemed to have won on..On another thread of rubbish, I even found Gazette photos of me clearing rubbish on our once sponsored clean up days, but after some 6 years of pushing for a better Jaywick, my grumpy old man side took hold saying ENOUGH is ENOUGH as you can only help those who want to be helped or need showing how to be helped but many just cant help themselves let alone others? but that Is what i`ll try to explain....Grumpy mode engaged ...There was once a "couple" living in Brooklands who thought that rubbish clearance was an easy job to earn a £ or two and so undertook to use there services as rubbish clearance bods.. the problem being they never actually disposed of it in a proper fashion but judging by my drive by in certain avenues within Brooklands, empty properties or plots were being dumped in quite close to where large vans were also parked.. And if its true to local gosip, these removers of rubbish never actually had a waste transfer license so it would appear there little game soon came to a stop, or did it..

Not being Involved with matters arising in "My Jaywick" for some years then that leading into my personal bad health that rolled into my wifes bad health then to cap it all, my best biddy, my son, he complained of being very poorly then contacting both 999 ambulance then 111 for help and getting no where, it fell on me to take him to Clactons walk in centre, to be triaged PDQ then blue light to Colchester then was on ITU/CCU being on life support for 6 weeks, in there care for many weeks then onto another recuperating ward before being moved to Clactons similar ward, as he has SEPSIS, 2 blood clots in his left leg and of course his vital organs wanting to shut down with the blood poisoning.. We was told on first admission the danger of losing his leg, or his life, but Grumpy or not, I cant thank Colchester Hospital enough for there expert doctoring to save both him & leg, although he may never fully recover bless him... 47 years of age and waking up to that !. The even more grumpy I could have been was at the same time of my son being in one part of Colchesters wards, my dear wife was in another ward of palliative care at the same time, and so I had to visit them both at each visiting periods, but to be honest, the wards were easy going knowing my predicament...Well, my lad was home before christmas but on 2 crutches (for life I believe) but my dear wife was transferred to a very good care home in Mile End Colchester where her Brain cancer took more of her away until she could fight no more till just before christmas bless her.... Should I have been angry/ grumpy being hit twice but saved by one, or do I just shrug my shoulders and say - as a family we fought well, but our enemy took what it wanted in the end.... We had my Joyce cremated on the 23rd last month and I was just left in awe at so many that knew her attended for her celebration of life, most wore pink or items of pink as requested as were the helium balloons we wrote on then released.... I`m still here with my 2 dogs, my son is still here very local, but I vary from grumpy to sad to happy trying to find my "Me" in my life currently, not liking either grumpy or sad as I never really liked them both...

Always got a story me, always got something to say, but that's just me guys,  very nearly 70 YO now, even had my driving license stripped of various classes of use of license BAH HUMBUG but do I really want to drive huge buses & lorries again?... Nah...lol 

Looking for spring outside now to take away any lingering grumpy I think, Like being outside doing stuff, being "retired", thats the real me......

would take far too long to explain why we retired 10 years early and moved here,
but never regretted doing either.


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12/02/2018 1:32 am  

Had to laugh at your headline young Dave, as being grumpy is a great thing to achieve in life, and i know this only too true, but I get along with myself quite fine going from grumpy to chatty now Its just me and the dogs....lol

For those that know, or those that knew me, i was once very well spoken, outspoken to be more precise about ahem - "My Jaywick"... appearing many times in the good old Gazette on matters concerning My Jaywick and its residents. It was only the other day clearing things that i found various newspaper articles with me doing my best dis satisfied look on matters that made the news paper and the happy smiley face photos on subjects I seemed to have won on..On another thread of rubbish, I even found Gazette photos of me clearing rubbish on our once sponsored clean up days, but after some 6 years of pushing for a better Jaywick, my grumpy old man side took hold saying ENOUGH is ENOUGH as you can only help those who want to be helped or need showing how to be helped but many just cant help themselves let alone others? but that Is what i`ll try to explain....Grumpy mode engaged ...There was once a "couple" living in Brooklands who thought that rubbish clearance was an easy job to earn a £ or two and so undertook to use there services as rubbish clearance bods.. the problem being they never actually disposed of it in a proper fashion but judging by my drive by in certain avenues within Brooklands, empty properties or plots were being dumped in quite close to where large vans were also parked.. And if its true to local gosip, these removers of rubbish never actually had a waste transfer license so it would appear there little game soon came to a stop, or did it..

Not being Involved with matters arising in "My Jaywick" for some years then that leading into my personal bad health that rolled into my wifes bad health then to cap it all, my best buddy, my son, he complained of being very poorly then contacting both 999 ambulance then 111 for help and getting no where, it fell on me to take him to Clactons walk in centre, to be triaged PDQ then blue light to Colchester then was on ITU/CCU being on life support for 6 weeks, in there care for many weeks then onto another recuperating ward before being moved to Clactons similar ward, as he has SEPSIS, 2 blood clots in his left leg and of course his vital organs wanting to shut down with the blood poisoning.. We was told on first admission the danger of losing his leg, or his life, but Grumpy or not, I cant thank Colchester Hospital enough for there expert doctoring to save both him & leg, although he may never fully recover bless him... 47 years of age and waking up to that !. The even more grumpy I could have been was at the same time of my son being in one part of Colchesters wards, my dear wife was in another ward of palliative care at the same time, and so I had to visit them both at each visiting periods, but to be honest, the wards were easy going knowing my predicament...Well, my lad was home before christmas but on 2 crutches (for life I believe) but my dear wife was transferred to a very good care home in Mile End Colchester where her Brain cancer took more of her away until she could fight no more till just before christmas bless her.... Should I have been angry/ grumpy being hit twice but saved by one, or do I just shrug my shoulders and say - as a family we fought well, but our enemy took what it wanted in the end.... We had my Joyce cremated on the 23rd last month and I was just left in awe at so many that knew her attended for her celebration of life, most wore pink or items of pink as requested as were the helium balloons we wrote on then released.... I`m still here with my 2 dogs, my son is still here very local, but I vary from grumpy to sad to happy trying to find my "Me" in my life currently, not liking either grumpy or sad as I never really liked them both...

Always got a story me, always got something to say, but that's just me guys,  very nearly 70 YO now, even had my driving license stripped of various classes of use of license BAH HUMBUG but do I really want to drive huge buses & lorries again?... Nah...lol 

Looking for spring outside now to take away any lingering grumpy I think, Like being outside doing stuff, being "retired", thats the real me......

would take far too long to explain why we retired 10 years early and moved here,
but never regretted doing either.


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12/02/2018 8:24 am  

Ian with all that's been going on with you in recent months, I think late comments are not just acceptable, but always welcome.

I must admit your comment about trying to help them that don't want to help themselves struck a cord.

You are no doubt aware of the latest initiative from DERiC to form a Jaywick Sands Revival Community Interest Company. But if you read some of the comments on Social Media you'd think that someone had declared war on Jaywick. In amongst all the negative rants, there was also one where a guy had contacted the council to come and move a couple of bottles of Urine, complete with photo, that someone had dumped. Both I and the wife contemplated how we could reply to the post without sarcasm, but someone beat us to it; ' Put some rubber gloves on and Chuck it in a bin ffs'. You have to admire a direct response.

But back at the formation of the new company, there is as always the usual suspicion, talk of secrecy, lies, profiteering etc. One of the things that seem hardest to put across is that it is not a Council or Government initiative, but by another CIC with a proven track record in improving the economic viability of depressed areas. The one thing I keep trying to emphasise is that unlike previous 'consultations' no fees are being paid, but grant money could be forthcoming, that to me is a big difference.

All the usual talk of secrecy, well the idea was launched at the last Forum AGM and followed up less than a fortnight later with a lengthy article in the Gazette with the invitation to attend being extended to anyone that was interested.

All though one or two seem to have been convinced that the idea might be more doable than many of the previous ideas only time will tell, a long time.


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jaywickian2017
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12/02/2018 12:24 pm  

Dave, I have been reading about this DERiC based revival, as I still get the posted by hand jaywick newsletter (i must pay some more £1`s) and it seems a good Idea, being better than nothing.

Did smile at the comment of suspicion as at one fresh new meeting of a new group started by a now TDC councilor when they tried to use the Resource centre, I happened to roll up in a suite and was accused of being a TDC spy with the "little" man who was living nearer to you ran round telling the gathered people to tell me nothing, yet currently he is a ward councilor ..err mindset and all that eh.... I never went to a public meeting in a suite since so that cured me of it..I intend to pop into various meetings that will go on within "My Jaywick" as & when I remember them but am considering the option of buying a small amount of shares within DERiC to keep me in the loop...

To those new to "My Jaywick" and those who live outside Jaywick, I wonder just how many realise just how many regeneration schemes that have taken place here, but yet still not completing that job only making things better to building new roads and an estate.

From 1997 era there was - Jaywick, a chance of a lifetime, that gave us legally enforced highways being Lotus Way, Midway, and Brooklands Gardens east, it also gave them real road drainage plus legal road lighting with a 20 MPH speed limit... The Award wining (ok dave) wooden houses from the Guinness Trust still stand but made maybe from not as good materials as was 99% of the rest of the original homes as they were built from Canadian tar pine wood and on my property from a few years ago when adding a brick built extension found the 1930`s original wood structure to still be in VERY good condition even after floods & pestilence from TDC since.... I wonder how these modern new wood built structures skinned over in brick for looks only will last as long as our traditional built homes but being built by the 1000`s in white soft woods I shudder to think, YET, we still get those morons who scream & shout, But Jaywick is made of wood, but so are so many well built homes around the world, HAUS HOMES for one are.. (google it).. Since this chance of a lifetime there have been various other attempts at "regeneration" with grants being made available around the 2006 period that were, shall we say, "made a few people better off" in the process !!!! but yes it did provide monies for home improvements that we as a community were grateful for...various other pop up schemes followed but then there was the all beating fight between two companies wanting to have an "earner" out of Jaywick, BOTH have since ceased trading I believe for various reasons but both were led down differing paths by differing people... My own property was the first 1 of 2 to be "regenerated"  80% by Ice Energy (i think)  with 20% being classed as not needed due to its modern well insulated construction, but the 20% being classed as not needed due to its modern building construction methods, but even the 80% that was a catastrophe at first as they used a non setting coat of sparkly white that was supposed to be the finished coat but would only dry out in summer type weather heat, but, I did get the very best wall Insulation material first used and sealed over for ever.. After a hastily Managers meeting at mine, the companies Involved agreed to seek a better solution in its white wall finish that worked plus the white Polar stone chip pebble dash that also worked well... Then we had the "Mouths of Brooklands Avenues" dug up and refinished (no pun to me please) as a start in the very nice road rebuilding programme that had a 2 year funded undertaking with my road (avenue) also being the first one to be started on. For those that shouted that Brooklands only ever had dirt roads obviously must wear blinkers as any post 1930`s post card photos clearly show each road having a central concreted surface to walk, ride, drive on originally, but with the advent of help coming in at last from TDC in the next lot of early years it was there use of lorries, pluss builders yards lorries that crumbled the lightweight rated road surfaces of the period... As it was the JSFA who took monies from residents for roads upkeep it was obvious it was not really happening thus many roads crumbled to dirt thus its passer bys saying we only had dirt roads, but not all, as residents in part had rebuilt various parts of each frontage.. I`m lucky as I have two roads that access my property, but we saw both were in good condition when we purchased our retirement home, or at least the parts that we used.. Essex Avenue was the first to be started and it must be said the contractors took a long time doing that one as they were dealing with it as a new untold venture not knowing what they would find, but, dig they did and deep they dug and real road drainage we have with lots of stages being compacted down until the final topping layers of concrete road surface we got, and looking out of my window now, with blue skies and sunshine upon it, it still looks fabulous..its not that wide but has 2 equal black tarmac`d pavements 1 for each side all at one road level.... BE PROUD BROOKLANDERS for we have better roads than most of Clacton or ESSEX.. (poetic license added for fun)..... phew, but then we have TDC arriving in meetings showing us residents what plots they bought, what plots they want, what Ideas they have - so far... we have various orange notices pined  or tied to adjacent plots outlining just what planning permissions are being sought, with the much fabled ART DECO styled complexes given a FUL for planning permission both in 2 large roadside plots next to the seawall plus more in the seawall walk way roads along Broadway, but as yet, no stone being turned... A case of wait and see I think.

After all that,  do I like it still here after  14 or so years??............NO, I dont like it,     I bloody LOVE it here, suns out, birds singing, peace and quiet, most of our rowdy "heros" have been locked up or moved on,  I hate big towns and cities that I came from, hate the rat race and fight to survive that I once did daily, my retirement choice was for a reason, one that worked out very well for both myself and sadly my late wife....

onwards upwards eh..........lol..

would take far too long to explain why we retired 10 years early and moved here,
but never regretted doing either.


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