Westbrook, one week in the life of

Notable events, lessons learned and other trivia.

Allatsea had to go up Newcastle way to do a bit of ship at looking stuff.

An ‘Anytime’ return train fare, 1st Class, Margate to Newcastle, is £488  ……………………………….ouch!!!!!

Hebburn doesn’t look anywhere near as threatening as it once did.

Chinese built ships really are a bit kak.

Even on a cool Tyneside evening, the cabin temperature on a CSV can reach 35 degrees  if the air-conditioning isn’t working.


A parking survey in Westbrook has revealed that each resident now owns on average 7.9  motor-vehicles.

A Line  6 Spider-Jam amplifier is insufficient ‘sound reinforcement’ on a busy quiz night at the Aqua Club.

Dave has a short fuse and low stress tolerance when being the question-master at a busy quiz night at the Aqua.

Drinking 5 pints of ‘Wife-beater’ when asking the questions at a Quiz night can result in slurred words, sudden trips over microphone cables and a general hostility to being asked to ‘Read it out again please?’


Tesco at Westwood Cross is in the running for the  ‘Most chaotic large supermarket in the western world’ award.

Kent police’s simplistic tickbox incident management procedure can rapidly turn a  small twok between two cyclist on Margate seafront into chaos, despair, a missed buses/trains/planes fiasco, and a two mile hop into a three hundred mile helltrip. Thanks for that Ann Barnes. Yes, please, resign and take your oxygen-thieving department with you.


The nurses at QEQM’s Cheerful Sparrows ward are indeed very cheerful. Goodness knows how they manage it because the place was full of whining whinging old people. Hats off to the staff, hip hip hooray.

About allatsea

Sixty year old master-mariner. Absolutely gorgeous. Well wedged.....when compared to a Nairobi street urchin. Sorted, in that I haven't been in court recently. Hopelessly optimistic, terminally disappointed. Good with cats and other fluffy things. No musical talent. Generous to a fault provided it's someone else's round. Political centreist with far right and left viewpoints. A green activist from the hydrocarbon position with nuclear leanings. Averse to avarice but always happy to receive lottery wins, gifts, windfalls, legacies, prizes and wet sloppy kisses.
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