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!
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?
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?
Just been listening to people on radio four talking about how schools don’t do enough to recognise the early signs of mental illness and it made me think, how dumb are they? School is often the cause of mental health problems; social/performance anxiety starts life in the playground or classroom, forced to compare ourselves to others, to conform to norms, respect a religion we don’t believe in – a recipe for institutionalised madness if i ever saw one!
I appreciate that everyone is short on time, money, patience, energy and sanity – people feel overwhelmed by the weight of their own challenges and can’t contemplate taking anything else on etc but why does that stop them from signing a simple petition online? When I can clearly see they can spare the time for Candy Crush saga!!
Mental health blog by a service user with bipolar disorder. Winner of the Mark Hanson Awards for Digital Media at the Mind Media Awards 2013 and the Mood Disorder category in the 2012 This Week in Mentalists Awards.