I never forget my own birthday, but Bignews Margate is a separate entity so its, no surprise, that I missed the anniversary, of that Wednesday (12th) April 2006, when I posted for the first time on blogger and Bignews Margate was created.
Since then I have posted 930 times, splattered around about 350,000 words, and offended god knows how many tin pot, third rate bureaucrats and politicians, which has at least bought me immense pleasure.
Reading, Royston Robertson,blog today reminded me of the continuing and current fat cat scandal, a subject frequently touched on by myself and on one occasion fat cat expert, Mr. Puss. So rather than revisit the subject I shall recycle a previous posting from March 2007, unfortunately little has changed.
Despite a leading Tory councillor recently informing me, that bloggers are parasites, I like to think that along with other bloggers' and readers, that we also contribute to a greater or lesser extent as do councillors, particularly when you consider those with limited talents who are trousering several thousand pounds a year in " expenses" an unlike them we don't charge.
Any how I can't personally say that I have had any breathtaking revelations on this particular blog but I hope I've kept things in the public domain that need to be exposed, such as Kent Healthwatch TV, Turner contemporary, dubious advertising, Northdown house, dual standards and hypocrisy from both the Labour party and Conservative party.
Anyway as I mentioned earlier here's one I made earlier from March 2007.
Mr Puss calls for calm
in local authority Fat Cats row!
Although Mr Puss works in the private sector he is becoming increasingly alarmed at the criticism of local government Fat Cats.
In a rare and exclusive interview with BIGNEWS MARGATE Mr Puss has decided to speak out.
During our interview Mr Puss at first miaowed and then after some provocative questioning he growled his displeasure at public disapproval of council Fat Cats, abruptly leaving the room for the garden. Some minutes later he returned more reserved, and refusing to add to his earlier comments, clearly Mr Puss is a cat under pressure.
We discussed his early career, how as a young cat, he had been forced onto the streets, a life of crime beckoned until the day he broke into Flaig Mansions.
The owner took pity, Mr Puss was offered the position of Cat, in the Flaig household, however, in those early days not everything went smoothly, keen to show his all-round ability he decided to add the finishing touches to a spreadsheet on the computer, unfortunately his keyboard skills were not up to the task, a birth defect had left him with four paws, a lot of fur and no brains.
Mr Puss had learned his lesson, after this he concentrated on traditional skills, sleeping, killing things, and his own speciality torturing bumble bees.
Things now run smoothly, there have been occasional setbacks, like the time the vet removed his testicles (Ouch!) and that scandal when a family of 15 mice or more, moved in.
Overall life has been good to Mr Puss, now in semi-retirement he can reflect on how he earned his position as a 'Fat Cat'.
Sometimes he ruminates on what life would have been, as a Public Sector Fat Cat, but never having courted publicity, preferring Tuna fish to Smoked Salmon, not relishing the idea of the public baying for his blood (along with the dog next door). In common with Edith Piaf ( " Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien") he has no regrets.