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Kent expats - unite!

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Message 1 - posted by Robert L - BBC Kent, Nov 1, 2005

No matter where in the world you are from, share your memories of the county. Where are you now?

What is it in particular that you miss about Kent - or are you glad to be away..?
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Message 2 - posted by Robert L - BBC Kent, Nov 1, 2005

If you've previously used the Kent's expats message board on the BBC Kent website, you can still access all previous messages by clicking on this link:

www.bbc.co.uk/kent/h...

BBC Kent host
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Message 3 - posted by quietKentishRose, Nov 1, 2005

Although I have lived happily in Australia for many years I miss many things about England and Kent in particular. I miss Spring in Kent with its lush greenness and all the promise of the early blossom. I miss Summer in Kent with the lovely long, warm evenings and walks along the seafront at Deal. I miss Autumn in Kent with the leaves turning russet and the youthful excitement of Guy Fawkes Night to look forward to. I don't miss Winter in Kent and I especially don't miss snow!

I miss the history: the castles: Dover, Deal and Walmer and the ancient towns like Sandwich. I miss paddling on the beach at night in summer - so still and quiet - just the gentle lap of the waves on the shore. I even miss the pebbly beaches of Deal and Walmer, although the sands of Margate and Broadstairs are more pleasant to walk/sit on and you can build sandcastles! I miss the closeness of all the towns: Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Canterbury, Margate etc. In Australia often the towns are much further apart. I miss the friends and the places of my youth and wish I could visit more often!
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Message 4 - posted by pomcol, Nov 8, 2005

Hi there Sandra its Colin..I tried to send my own message to this BORED but did not work so now trying through you. I dont think that this forum is going to work it is not user friendly especially for numbskulls like me.
Hope this message works or i will give up ........cheers COLIN
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Message 5 - posted by pomcol, Nov 8, 2005

It worked....im not a numbskull.<doh>
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Message 6 - posted by West Oz Jeff, Nov 8, 2005

They seem to have killed this site stone dead. If it ain't broke then dont fix it !!

Jeff
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Message 7 - posted by tis me Noved_diam, Nov 8, 2005

Exactly...if it aint broke, dont ******* fix it.
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Message 8 - posted by tis me Noved_diam, Nov 8, 2005

To June in Milan.
We were talking about Rochester Art School untill they altered the message board. Cant put an answer on previous page any more. Wondering if you have found this page?
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Message 9 - posted by quietKentishRose, Nov 8, 2005

Hi Colin
I'm very glad to see that someone else has found this message board and managed to post to it. I think maybe some of the difficulties in posting are caused by the Forum's opening hours. I think that you can only post while the site is open but your message appears straight away (unlike the old Board where you seemed to be able to post any time but you had to wait for your message to be moderated before it appeared on the site). It might mean we must post a bit later in the evening here in Australia. I am not sure what it would mean for other countries - possibly posting at some awkward times I guess! Still it could have its upside too - with more immediate posting users could almost carry on a conversation, which could be good. What do you think? Regards ........Sandra
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Message 10 - posted by pomcol, Nov 8, 2005

I Recieved this email today from a friend in Canada, i think it says all....................Hi Colin. What a mess they have made of the new board.. First they told me
to REGISTER and having forgotten my initial data re: name this and that I
tried to register again. I followed the instructions and waited for several
days hoping to recieve the "confrimation" E Mail from the B.B.C. which
didn't arrive. I Tried to register again and had the same results.Currently
I am not able to acces the board myself but I was happy to see your note
re:BORED this morning. The color scheme on the site is just a washout
(literally). Older folks need more clearly defined art work in order to be
able to read. A great number of the expats are seniors and I feel sure that
many younger folk wear glasses. Any help you can offer will be greatly
appreciated Colin.Maybe you could get this message to the B.B.C. At this
time,I have stopped trying.
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Message 11 - posted by quietKentishRose, Nov 11, 2005

Hello to all ex-pats..:-).... There must be someone out there who would like to talk about Kent or their memories of Kent. It seems a pity if this board just finishes here. :-( Is there anyone out there who remembers: going to Dreamland funfair at Margate; seeing groups at the Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall; exploring Dover Castle and its grounds; attending dances at the Astor Theatre in Deal; going to the livestock market at Sandwich; going over to France for the day on the hovercraft (and having to come back by ferry because the hovercraft broke down!); walking on the cliffs between Kingsdown and St Margaret's Bay; visiting Forrests Fair every night while it was in town: candyfloss, toffee apples and the big wheel (and spending all your pocket money on the sideshows so you could win your mum a plaster ornament); fishing off the pier at Deal; riding in the motorboats on the seafront at Folkestone....and so many more memories.
Does anyone else share these or other memories? :-D
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Message 12 - posted by tis me Noved_diam, Nov 14, 2005

To quietKentishRose.
Would love to talk about Kent. We come for the Medway towns. Chatham and Gillingham. We went on the Paddle Steamer from the Sun Pier Chatham to Southend a couple of times. Lots of lovely cockle stalls and a very long pier which has sadly been damaged by fire.
Plus did the train trip to Margate a few times. Quite an adventure for us kids just after the war.Never went to Dreramland but my husband used to go there when on holiday in Margate with his Mum and Dad.
We moved to Headcorn in the weald of Kent back in the 60's. Lots of lovely old pubs, orchards and strawberry fields. Also the Hop Fields..
Hello to all ex-pats..:-).... There must be someone out there who would like to talk about Kent or their memories of Kent. It seems a pity if this board just finishes here. :-( Is there anyone out there who remembers: going to Dreamland funfair at Margate; seeing groups at the Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall; exploring Dover Castle and its grounds; attending dances at the Astor Theatre in Deal; going to the livestock market at Sandwich; going over to France for the day on the hovercraft (and having to come back by ferry because the hovercraft broke down!); walking on the cliffs between Kingsdown and St Margaret's Bay; visiting Forrests Fair every night while it was in town: candyfloss, toffee apples and the big wheel (and spending all your pocket money on the sideshows so you could win your mum a plaster ornament); fishing off the pier at Deal; riding in the motorboats on the seafront at Folkestone....and so many more memories.
Does anyone else share these or other memories? :-D

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Message 13 - posted by pomcol, Nov 14, 2005

Hi Sandra....Finally able to post again, Now dont get me started on Forrests Fun Fair i could reminise all day about them.
Dreamland was the place to be in the summer holidays, The Spinx was my favorite scaring the girls in the dark corridors and the scenic railway. Sad to see a British seaside icon become a shadow of its former glory.
Do you remember Merrie England at Ramsgate? My favorite ride was the old time Helter Skelter.
Watching Deal Town from the old wooden stand at Charles sports ground on the weekend and buying fish and chips from the chippie across the road from the girls school on Mill rd.
Strange i could not tell you what i had for lunch last week, but can still remember lining up for school dinners at Deal central and smelling CABBAGE.
Catching the 84 double decker home after a movie at the Odean or Royal and Regent cinema`s.
Roller skating or putting pocket money into the one armed bandits down at the Marina.
As i was saying about Forrests..mmmmmmmm
Hello to all ex-pats..:-).... There must be someone out there who would like to talk about Kent or their memories of Kent. It seems a pity if this board just finishes here. :-( Is there anyone out there who remembers: going to Dreamland funfair at Margate; seeing groups at the Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall; exploring Dover Castle and its grounds; attending dances at the Astor Theatre in Deal; going to the livestock market at Sandwich; going over to France for the day on the hovercraft (and having to come back by ferry because the hovercraft broke down!); walking on the cliffs between Kingsdown and St Margaret's Bay; visiting Forrests Fair every night while it was in town: candyfloss, toffee apples and the big wheel (and spending all your pocket money on the sideshows so you could win your mum a plaster ornament); fishing off the pier at Deal; riding in the motorboats on the seafront at Folkestone....and so many more memories.
Does anyone else share these or other memories? :-D

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Message 14 - posted by quietKentishRose, Nov 15, 2005

Hi Pat-Ron-OZ
Thanks for your post. Unfortunately I don't know the Medway area very well although I have been to Chatham. Back in the 1950s/1960s my family mostly didn't have a car (probably like the majority of families then) and we didn't travel very far from home. When we did travel it was by bus, coach or train. I had to look up and find out where Headcorn is - found it is quite near Tenterden. I have been there a few times with my parents many years ago. I always believe it is true about Kent being the "garden of England". Britain is a beautiful country with places like the Lake District, Yorkshire moors etc. But you have to go a long way to beat Kent in the spring with all the blossom on the trees. You are right about the lovely old pubs, and..... all that history!
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Message 15 - posted by quietKentishRose, Nov 15, 2005

Hi Colin
Its good to see you have been able to post again. Re Dreamland - I remember The Sphinx and the scenic railway. Do you remember the "house" that used to turn upside down with you inside it? When I was about ten I used to love that. Actually you just sat there while the house revolved around you - pretty tame huh?
I do remember Merrie England at Ramsgate - but not as well as Dreamland. Do you remember that pretty gruesome waxworks museum also at Ramsgate near the harbour?
You talked about school dinners and the smell of cabbage. Do you remember school milk? And the way they put the crates next to the radiator in winter and the milk was tepic. Yuk! Its surprising that I still like milk.
The fair was pretty exciting though wasn't it? The lights, music, rides, crowds - I used to look forward to it every year. I loved the air rifles and also the sideshow where you fed the ducks with ping pong balls.
And fish and chips - no Chinese takeaways then - we went to a fish and chip shop off the Dover Road but I forget the street name. I liked rig or rock salmon best. And your meal was wrapped in newspaper - no butcher's paper then. Sometimes we used to go to Catt's Restaurant for fish and chips, or pie and chips and gravy! That was a treat!
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Message 16 - posted by perfectAfrica, Nov 20, 2005

Hi out there, I come from South Africa and have been in the uk on and off for the last 29 years. My husband and I met each other playing international bowls between 'Rhodesia' and South Africa. Of course we miss Africa, having travelled extensively. Whenever I watch an african wild life program and hear the african sounds I still get butterflies in my tummy. They say once you have walked on the african soil, you will always want to go back. It worked for me. There are so many other places to visit, but I always want to revisit South Africa. Is there anyone out ther who feels the same as I do about SA ??
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Message 17 - posted by tis me Noved_diam, Nov 30, 2005

Hi out there, I come from South Africa and have been in the uk on and off for the last 29 years. My husband and I met each other playing international bowls between 'Rhodesia' and South Africa. Of course we miss Africa, having travelled extensively. Whenever I watch an african wild life program and hear the african sounds I still get butterflies in my tummy. They say once you have walked on the african soil, you will always want to go back. It worked for me. There are so many other places to visit, but I always want to revisit South Africa. Is there anyone out ther who feels the same as I do about SA ??

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G'day...I'm in Perth West Australia. You mentioned bowls, is that outdoor on a green? I play Carpet bowls which is indoors. Not competition though.
A lot of South Africans have moved to Perth.
Cheers....
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Message 18 - posted by AnitafromOz, Dec 13, 2005

This new board is really getting to me. I cannot find anywhere to start a new discussion and so I decided to click on "reply to message" and then I had to remember my name and password. Why have they changed it all? It was so user friendly before. Now that I have all that off my chest, I wanted to write in to talk about my memories of Christmas in Canterbury. Can anyone remember going to visit Father Christmas in Lefevres? It was so magical, very unlike the Santas of today who are stuck in a chair in the middle of a shopping centre. The decorations along the High Street were marvellous and all the shops were decked out in Christmas cheer. Now, especially here in Australia, everything is being toned down to not offend those not of the Christian faith.
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Message 19 - posted by West Oz Jeff, Dec 14, 2005

This new message board stinks. Its definetly not user friendly and everyone is staying away from it. Fix it before no one wants to be bothered at all.
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Message 20 - posted by tis me Noved_diam, Dec 14, 2005

This new board is really getting to me. I cannot find anywhere to start a new discussion and so I decided to click on "reply to message" and then I had to remember my name and password. Why have they changed it all? It was so user friendly before. Now that I have all that off my chest, I wanted to write in to talk about my memories of Christmas in Canterbury. Can anyone remember going to visit Father Christmas in Lefevres? It was so magical, very unlike the Santas of today who are stuck in a chair in the middle of a shopping centre. The decorations along the High Street were marvellous and all the shops were decked out in Christmas cheer. Now, especially here in Australia, everything is being toned down to not offend those not of the Christian faith.

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Hey Anita..Lefevers (forgotten exact spelling) We had one in Gillingham. Yes used to visit Father Christmas when a child. Though I feel the Aussie Christmas is much more spectacular in our huge colourful shopping centres. The Santa at Whitfords City WA does a fantastic job, very merry and vocal. Waves to us shoppers as well as the kids.
Have only visited Canterbury a couple of times. Have you seen the photos of Kent at Christmas ? A lovely one of Canterbury.. Cheers <biggrin>
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