16 January 2004

Going The Hole Hog

The saga of Wheal Ayr Terrace reached a crucial point this week as the authorities , having filled in the Great Hole before Crimble, finally demolished the houses. Incredibly, three families formerly resident in Mineshaft Villas have turned down the offer of a pay-off at open market values (c. £220,000 allegedly) and have elected to move back in when the new houses are built.

Hm, that's either very brave or very, very .....

Meanwhile, residents of the Ayr heights in St. Ives are currently enjoying an almost uninterrupted view across St. Ives Bay towards Godrevy. Any chance of some rather strenuous objections to the building plans when they are promulgated?

Stealth Bummer!

Civic officials in the area have expressed dismay at 'underhand' tactics used by Chief Constable, Maria Wallis, of the Devon and Cornwall filth. She gave the local authorities only a couple of hours notice that the Police Liaison Authority meeting was going to be held in Penzance as a result of which, quelle surprise, there were more police than public at the meeting.

Malcolm Pilcher, Chairman of Penwith Council, said, "What I don't understand is that myself and the chief executive of Penwith Council had requested a meeting with police chiefs because of our concerns about crime in the district, so we should have been the first to be notified.

The very least they should have done was given us a day's notice. It all feels very underhand to me and they would certainly not have gained any real public opinion from this meeting."

Ironically, the filth had mainly come to put their case for an increase in Council Tax to fund them. Talk about how not to make friends and influence them!

However, a police spokesbod denied that they had come 'like thieves in the night'.

"Our statistics clearly show that we came like socially and economically disadvantaged nocturnal expropriators of other people's possessions".

Trans-Gender Wooden World Cup Hero Of The Week

(Part 1 of a probably very occasional series!)

Followers of the minutiae of St. Ives life will probably be familiar with the concept of the Joannie dolls. For everyone else a few words of guidance ..... pay attention in future!

Joannies are wooden, skittle-like dolls that were originally carved by St. Ives fishermen from broken oars. Local artist, Steve Martin, has been making 'celebrity' Joannies for a few years and they can be seen in action in the 2002 May Day feature.

The latest (and allegedly last) addition to his collection is none other than that hand-clasping, back-hunching, goal-kicking rugger-bugger Mr. W, with the doll instantly and inevitably being christened 'Joannie' Wilkinson.

Now, all we need to do is furnish Steve with a Giant Sequoia and hopefully we'll be able to persuade him to do a Martin Johnson as well!

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