No! Mcdonalds want to bulldoze the Blue Boys Cafe?

The blue boys cafe is a landmark on the A21, the winding route through Kent, down to the East Sussex coast. It is also the only independent purveyor of fine food on my regular Surrey-Sussex commute!

Tunbridge Wells council are due to vote in March 2014 to over-rule the existing decision to block the mega monster’s planning request by the local parish council.

I have frequented the cafe many times over the last decade, it is a unique and welcoming retreat. It makes such a change to sit in natural light, with table service and well prepared food I can readily afford. I dined, drank tea and refilled my travel mug with fresh filter coffee for roughly the same price as a grande frothalottacino, for which I would also have had to queue for half an hour in the BP services next door.

So, I implore you – even if you like a nice quarter pounder from time to time, write to the town councillors of Tunbridge wells and tell them to leave these guys alone!

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Letter to local Councillor Brooks (conservatives, Surrey Heath)


I have already written to Michael Gove, who did to his credit reply and pass my story to IDS. The outcome of this intervention was the cessation, after many years, of my pursuit for repayment of benefits I was actually entitled to. After countless calls and letters, one sensible administrator took the executive decision, and cancelled the demand for repayment.

I should be happy with that, and I was…until remember that I have already been forced to repay all the linked benefits (which I was also therefore entitled to but couldn’t keep the bailiffs off my back)

Setting aside the stress, mental torment and anguish I was already going through as my child was slipping away through a series of corrupt manoeuvres on the part of her father and his enamoured and deluded new partner. Girls…take it with a pinch (or a sack) of salt eh?

If your new partner makes a lot of noise about how ‘mental’ their ex was…just think.

WHY might that have been?

It is natural for some insecure individuals to foster security by assuring their new love interest there is no love lost between them and the predecessor.

Or as I call it…Demonising the ex to keep the new one bewitched a little longer…Anyway I think this topic belongs on the other blog so back to the point…

Please ask questions and talk among yourselves. I have accepted we are unlikely to achieve anything in terms of recompense, or even apology.

This is merely catharsis, and a form of legal protection because, as you know, I ‘ain’t got no lawyer. I just have stubborn old me.


Review of property conditions in the private rented sector

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

From: Mandie Eyre <backscratchers>
Date: 17 February 2014 18:31:44 GMT
To: “PRSReview” <PRSReview>
Subject: Review of property conditions in the private rented sector

Dear Committee members,

I am writing to respond to :

‘This discussion document considers what more can be done and how best to tackle rogue landlords, without negatively impacting on the good ones.

I would love to contribute some common sense information from the point of view of a lifelong private tenant. I was only recently blessed with sufficient misfortune to qualify for social housing and we now live, slightly overcrowded, in an Accent Peerless housing association flat.

I was born in 1977, I’ve seen a few variations in housing policy and can give you a little basic feedback. With all due respect, such service user insights and interests must have been glaringly omitted in order for you to pose the above as matter for discussion. The solution is so obvious my thirteen year old daughter could see it….

What you need to do, to find out who the really bad landlords are is…..and I promise to keep it very simple…


And make sure, if you are a landlord yourself, not to be one of the naughty ones?!

Just a thought, keep pedalling boys.


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Contributors wanted for unified state misconduct study…!


I just have a few axes to grind, but aren’t they useful tools for cutting through deadwood?

I don’t like to go on about it but it is frustrating to learn there so many different versions of the same horror story out there.

So, rather than go on Jeremy Kyle, I thought I’d put my tale of woe to good use and see if, perhaps, collectively we can present something to hammer these issues home.

So – the working title is below with a draft letter I intend to send out to all UK County Council CEO’s in due course.

Let me me know what you think and by all means help me improve, it’s just stated as it trotted out of my head as it stands.


To all CC CEO’s

RE: The State We Are In| Open learning for justice 2014

Dear Sirs, (are there many Madam CEO’s? – check and insert names!)

Please see attached reply slip, and find further details below of our company objectives.

Over the last 30 years, I have amassed a large body of evidence based on my personal experience of various separate county councils via the course of living and working around the United Kingdom.

As a community enterprise worker, this information inspired me to carry out more research with the aim of presenting my data constructively to local council leaders. I hope to thereby give you an exclusive insight into some of the frequent and avoidable failings of ‘the system’ from the point of view of your humble subjects.

I am writing now to notify you that myself and an ever increasing number of individuals are ready to present this evidence, spanning every major function and service the county councils provide across the country.

It is my genuine hope that you will recognise the fantastic learning experience you are now eligible for, and swiftly return the attached response form with enthusiasm.

We would like to give you the opportunity to meet with us to discuss how we might address these grave concerns. Understandably you might find this prospect daunting so please be assured, we are not aiming to bombard you with questions and accusations.

The format we have settled on is a series of conferences, to be held at public venues across the country and broadcast simultaneously on television and via the internet. You will have adequate time to prepare and may bring someone to support you, as long as we have notice of their name in advance for security purposes.

Alternatively you may wish to ignore this invitation which is of course your privilege.

Let it be known as a matter of public record that this opportunity was presented to you and your decision to forgo implies consent for this evidence to be disclosed without your comment, via the outlet of the tour of conferences detailed herein.

The purpose of this research was raise awareness of the numerous incidents where departments specifically tasked with assisting the most vulnerable groups in society are acting in ways not only counterproductively to these objectives, but apparently diametrically opposed to them. These damning case studies demonstrate failings caused both through human error or poor judgement, and, or a fundamentally flawed systemic process. It also transpires that difficulties exist when relaying these concerns via the stated channels. Complaint responses have been collated which indicate that overall priority is placed upon damage control and reputation protection in the short term, even when there are chances for “lessons to be learned” and costs to be saved.

In short, these examples across the board of provision demonstrate that the overall impact of state intervention, has done more harm than good. If the human outcome means nothing to you, perhaps the accompanying expenditure might tell a story that would make your eyes water.

When this collated information was analysed, clear patterns emerged. Names of certain individuals recur, large sums of money have and are constantly being misused. It is naive to assume in this age of mass instant communication, that such conduct can go undetected. Don’t forget, some of us have had access to this technology since the 80’s and we’ve been documenting our lives this way for some time.

Let us look ahead positively, rather than deny facts and delay growth.

Use this information well before you retire on a generous pension or move to the next rung of your career ladder.

In light of what you have learned, do you feel you have helped cure or contributed to the ills of our society?

Do what you came to do first, please.

Best Wishes,

Amanda Eyre
CEO backscratchers ltd
Mother interrupted 2005
Revolting since 1977

My response to Surrey council Carers survey..couldn’t resist!

I am a parent carer, Action for carers recently provided an excellent signposting service but in fact I found our family was ineligible for the majority of services, and my enquiries often met with pure confusion.

I was unable to register for the emergency scheme.

I registered as a carer with my GP but it has not been noted and I still have to fight to have my own health fully monitored despite having a chronic fatigue problem after caring and working full time for so long.

Social care, when asked to do a carer assessment decided to opt for putting my daughter on a child protection plan instead and has publicly defamed me in the process. I have thereby lost substantial earnings, become unwell with stress and exhaustion, and as a result missed the opportunity to progress to the next stage of my career. I would love to talk to someone about the extent of the tax-payer funded problems Surrey has caused us, and the appalling lack of genuine support for tax paying single parents. I have worked in Camberley for five years as an orthodontic nurse in a busy NHS subcontracted practice. The education system had failed my daughter, she has ADHD and has been largely excluded from formal education since Summer 2012. The statutory assessment process was completed in October and yet she is still stuck at home and getting into more trouble while losing all her academic confidence. She was measured and found to be gifted in literacy and numeracy. I must insist you pass this information on as I have had no adequate response to my formal complaint raised in December 2013 and resupplied 2 weeks ago via the family feedback email. I have given adequate opportunity for redress and explanation. I think it may be time to see what the wider world thinks about our fate at the hands of the state?

Taking a breather, doctors orders…

Signed off for a fortnight, still not over the flu I had ages ago: have been forced to concede I cannot juggle a full time physically exhausting job with my sprog duties given their current complexity. Hopefully the long awaited school place will be offered up soon – at which point I’d have to go back cap in hand and ask for my old hours back if I’d permanently changed my contract as the sage social workers insisted. I wonder what the ministers would make of it all….one day I might just do the sums and hit them with a feedback report, as a parent, service user, claimant, and of course the all important registered to vote, tax payer.

Ha, just as I go off on this train of thought about stereotypes – Saints and Scroungers just started rolling on the TV…another carefully targeted schedule slot, spoon feeding the hate machine. At least it’s attempting to be crudely even handed I guess, still makes me uncomfortable to be overtly asking the viewer to judge who is sufficiently needy, and deserving of sympathy.
Interestingly most of the examples of benefit fraud seem to be taking place internally, by employees not claimants! Or people posing as additional claimants or fake landlords. It’s not exactly the picture we get through the mainstream media – their focus is on single mums with too many children, or people choosing to work and claim and defrauding ‘millions’.
Farcical that in this age of instant communication, self publishing and democratic broadcast are still being underestimated by the old school. Wakey wakey propaganda your time is up!

So – to my local MP and any hack who dares to know, care to assist me as I compile some shocking statistics to revile?
It’d make a fascinating study of the state of the State we are in, and dispel so many media spun myths at the same time. Heads would have to roll. Compensation would be owed. It would be messy. But educational. Fancy a nice expose anyone?