Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Swanage lifeboat offered to take police to the scene, but when two officers turned up at the jetty with a defibrillator they were ordered off

In another case revealed today, two Dorset police officers carrying life-saving equipment were ordered not to board a lifeboat to reach a suspected heart attack victim because they were not trained in sea survival.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Mowlem again

Take a look at this, is it going to happen?

Autumn in Swanage

The Autumn Seaside Town.

The seaside town in Autumn, the saddest place on Earth.
Dirty deserted boats rocking, in their end of seasons berth,

Ice cream adverts, rained stained, and sadly out of place,
Flower baskets with dead plants, all lacking former grace.

Shiny rain swept streets, with muddy leaf choked gutters.
Here and there an old coffee carton, adding to the clutter.

The shop awnings noisy flapping, in the West wind gale.
White plastic bags that tumble, along the beachside trail.

Shop fronts all darkened now, just vacant empty panes,
On the shelf a left over gift, a heart, a silver copy chain.

The seas are iron grey and angry, sweeping up the sand,
Summers gone, now the gales, will drive across the land.

Children’s voices quiet now, around the ice cream stalls,
No kiddies play on golden sand, no anxious parents call.

Summer yearning, the heartbreak of that love struck girl,
Men eagerly watched, the girl’s windswept skirts that swirl

The painful teenage heartaches of summer, tearfully gone away.
See the dry Autumn leaves drifting, was all this just yesterday?

Now Autumn’s here, and from the East, comes an icy blast,
Let us all be thankful! the Grockles have all gone home at last.

Dancing Ledge.
Autumn in Swanage.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

A351 closure

I note in todays Advertiser that the main road between Swanage and Wareham, Sandford Road is to be closed off, with long diversions, during October and November. ? November? Is that not the time the Sandbanks Ferry also closes for it's Refit?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 5:39 PM

Saturday, September 22, 2007


Here's a thought. I teach in a College of Further Education. At lunchtime today we were having a chat about this years in-take. Our conclusion was; 'they're good'. Motivated, polite and humourous.

There were 5 to 7 of us - we don't all get the same breaks - from 5 different departments. We started to put an historical context on this, and year on year (YoY) the students are improving.
Sure we still get a few challenging students, but, YoY, fewer and fewer.

After a long chat, a mixture of Authortarian (do what I say or else), Consensual (well, let's talk about that - ME) and Laissez-faire (yeah, whatever suits you), teachers came to the same conclusion. Ah, the beauty of group therapy!

That conclusion is that we've had 10 years of a Labour Gov't. and their policies are working!
Please remember, Labour have spent a fortune on the Infrastructure. By 2012 EVERY SINGLE school in England (possibly Wales) will have been re-built or refurbished.

The huge 'sick bill', back in approx 1995 DCC's second largest expenditure - after wages, was the 'sick bill', is now much smaller. Resources are appearing - too slowly, but they are turning up.

The main thing that isn't being funded are our wage rises! But as we don't run away and get new jobs, mebbie there's a message there!

So, what Labour is doing is working. We were quite shocked.

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 6:29 PM

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Anybody out there with aspirations to be a Roadie? Now I'm starting to do a few gigs round the area, I'm looking for people who can help me get there with my equipment. That's a keyboard, PA and a couple of stands. It's all relatively lightweight, nothing weighs more than about 35 lbs/15 kg. So you'll need a car or other vehicle and to be able to carry stuff. I'm looking for a few different people to do a bit now and then. There's money in it for you too!
Enquiries to Steve Darrington on 01929 422338.

Posted by Steve Darrington to swanage view at 2:14 PM

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Keep on rolling

At 7:54 AM, Steve Darrington said...

There's a lovely Swanage rumour going round that I'm "rolling in it" because I have a new mobility scooter. But sorry to disappoint folks! it's only the Shoprider Cordoba available from London Mobility brand new, delivered and guaranteed for one year for under £1,600.

Hospital (MIU)

What happened at the meeting last night about reduced hours for the so-called MIU (or A&E) at Swanage Hospital?

Need funding?

Purbeck Community Partnership have some funding available, for projects that meet certain criteria. Essentially, there are two schemes: small grants up to £1000 and larger grants up to £10,000. Both grants must be for new initiatives (though consideration will be given to new schemes from existing groups). Closing dates for bids: 30th Sept/30th Nov.

The small grant application will be via a special form that will be provided.
The larger grant requires detailed application forms to be completed, to include action plans, etc.

I have more details if you are interested: get in touch via <> and I shall send what information I have.

Sunday, September 09, 2007


"I thought recent posts have been interesting and comments lively - wrote Bill Storer under the topic 'Hard News?'

But posts seem to have dried up since "The technology does exist to track down the computers from which posts are sent" - The Postman under the topic 'Newzzz'.

Was anybody else put off by this? Can The Postman assure us that he does not have access to this technology? If he does, can he assure us that he has not and will not use it to determine the identity of those posting?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 10:46 AM

Friday, September 07, 2007

Pitch & Putt vandals

On Tuesday night someone vandalised two greens on Andy Kirkwood's Pitch and Putt at Victoria Avenue.

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 01202 222 222

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Help! Please.

Hello Everybody,
Due to unforeseen circumstances I've lost my helpers to put up posters in shops around the town this week. The idea is to have them there mainly to promote the new blues festival in October ( to the crowd that will be here for the folk festival on 7, 8, 9 September this weekend. I've got the posters and the bluetack, so if you fancy giving me a bit of a hand either by coming round with me or you can put up a poster in somebody's shop etc, please let me know. Please! Thank you!
Best Wishes,
Steve Darrington
01929 422338

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Ah!The charms of Swanage

What a delight it might be to stroll through the pretty cobbled ways of these ancient lanes (or drongs as they used to be called). If only people didn't feel they had the right to leave their rubbish stored away from their own back yard but in full view of everyone else. And when will the district council stop turning a blind eye? PDC might as well close down its tourist office if this is what it encourages.

Hard Copy?

Bill Storer asks: "I thought recent posts have been interesting and comments lively. It's a pity the site isn't shared by more people. Is there any merit in doing a periodic summary that could be printed in the Gazette or published as a newsletter which could be made available from the Library or Town hall? Perhaps comments from STC could be included."

Monday, September 03, 2007


I thought PDC have Winfrith set to be our industrial future,
I wonder how this'll effect it.

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 7:23 AM

Saturday, September 01, 2007

The Mowlem

A delighted visitor to Swanage wrote about having dinner "in a pub called the Mowlem"

When will people stop getting it wrong? It's not a pub, it's an arts centre and theatre.

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 7:56 AM

Not young

I'M GLAD I'M NOT YOUNG (part one)

44 years ago Cliff Richard was going on a Summer Holiday.
Today, Amy Winehouse was going to Rehab but she said no, no, no.
You don't really need to say any more, do you?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9:08 AM

Gambling Act

It will protect children and vulnerable people, cut crime and keep games fair, according to the Government.

It will bring increased opportunities to gamble and the "normalisation" of an addictive activity, fears the Salvation Army.

What is it?

It's the Gambling Act 2005 which today comes fully into force, overhauling pieces of legislation dating back as far as 1845 when Queen Victoria was on the throne and Sir Robert Peel was her Prime Minister.

Disraeli, who lost heavily on the Stock Exchange, said that "There is no gambling like politics."

Who said "Gambling is the only sure way of turning something into nothing"?

Posted by Anonymous to swanage view at 9:02 AM