Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The Brief Sojourn Is Over

BirthdayAS JANUARY COMES TO AN END, and I prepare to mark my 60th birthday next month, I am again preparing to put the Canvey Beat into cold storage.
Canvey Island’s political news is becoming so repetitive that I am beginning to find the process of writing it up quite boring.
The same old people make the same tired statements, and the local Echo publishes the same staid pieces, which invite the same groaning responses.
The whirlpool that is the island’s political ‘news’ threatens to drag me under.

Friday, 21 January 2011

What On Earth Was I Thinking?..

The thinkerMAYBE IT WAS THE NEW YEAR that lay behind my conciliatory mood, last week, when I handed-off a hot piece on Canvey Island’s Town Council to the local Echo. And maybe it was the thought that, at the beginning of a year, even the most hardened villains often choose to turn-over a new leaf.

I first started criticising the Echo when it failed to publish details of Bob Spink’s fraudulent office expenses – to which I directed their attention. But I had hoped that sufficient time had elapsed for that ‘newspaper’ to have recovered its moral integrity.

No such luck.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

A Week On The Beat

On the beatTHIS WEEK, and for the first time, I was able to devote myself full-time to the Canvey Beat. As it turned-out, I really needed a fortnight; but I decided to hand a piece off to the Echo so I could still begin a photo feature planned for Tuesday.

I spent the seven-days playing local reporter – putting together some island background and making some calls to develop several pieces on the local Canvey Island Independent Party (CIIP) that runs the Canvey Island Town Council.