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‘Our reimagined seaside sites were born from flames of disaster’

‘Our reimagined seaside sites were born from flames of disaster’

24 February 2024

When fires ravaged sites in two seaside towns it was hard to see a way back – but they have conformed to modern requirements and prospered.

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‘It’s exhausting watching someone die – you daren’t look away for fear of missing their final moments’

‘It’s exhausting watching someone die – you daren’t look away for fear of missing their final moments’

23 February 2024

This week, KentOnline columnist Melissa Todd explores love and loss as she keeps a vigil at her dying stepfather’s bedside.

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‘Cheap and affordable public transport is the only way to get people out of their cars’

‘Cheap and affordable public transport is the only way to get people out of their cars’

22 February 2024

The pressure on Kent’s roads, housing, immigration, BBC prejudice and our reliance on technology are among topics tackled on this week’s letters page.

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‘If airport fails to take off, will we be left asking “what if?”’

‘If airport fails to take off, will we be left asking “what if?”’

21 February 2024

The future of Manston Airport remains in limbo, but will it eventually emerge as a commercial powerhouse or sprawling housing estate?

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‘We all have superstitions, but it’s cause for concern when rituals start ruling your life’

‘We all have superstitions, but it’s cause for concern when rituals start ruling your life’

21 February 2024

From knocking on wood to throwing salt over your shoulder, Secret Thinker considers the quirks most of us have – and when they can become a worry.

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‘Most teens aren’t tearing through town centres – instead we’re raising Generation Hermit’

‘Most teens aren’t tearing through town centres – instead we’re raising Generation Hermit’

20 February 2024

Many perceive today’s youth to be a generation of trouble makers, says our columnist, but the reality is young people are quieter than ever before.

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‘The day I met a childhood icon left me purring with delight’

‘The day I met a childhood icon left me purring with delight’

17 February 2024

Ten years ago, our columnist met the man who created Bagpuss. As the saggy old cloth cat marks his 50th birthday he recalls the day.

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‘It’s near-impossible to see a GP face-to-face – and someone will pay with their life’

‘It’s near-impossible to see a GP face-to-face – and someone will pay with their life’

16 February 2024

The shortage of GPs, the lack of affordable housing, the immigration system and cold plates are among topics tackled on this week’s letters page.

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‘Biden and Trump both play up to the stereotypes of world leaders as hapless, bumbling fools or unstable megalomaniacs’

‘Biden and Trump both play up to the stereotypes of world leaders as hapless, bumbling fools or unstable megalomaniacs’

15 February 2024

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are worrying proof that political caricatures are coming to life, says our columnist.

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‘There are bound to be disturbing scenes in any Shakespeare play’

‘There are bound to be disturbing scenes in any Shakespeare play’

14 February 2024

Warnings about disturbing scenes or subjects in plays or on TV is treating us like kids and should be banned, says Secret Thinker.

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‘M&S’s Valentine's Day meal deal was twice the price of Asda - but was it worth the money?’

‘M&S’s Valentine's Day meal deal was twice the price of Asda - but was it worth the money?’

14 February 2024

We compared one of the more expensive Valentine’s Day meal deals with a cheaper option to see if you can really put a price on love.

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‘We turned our backs on under 5s and now more children are dying’

‘We turned our backs on under 5s and now more children are dying’

13 February 2024

Amid a well-documented health and social care crisis and decades of austerity, our columnist says we’ve allowed children to become collateral damage.

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‘Football terraces once pulsed and swayed to the action’

‘Football terraces once pulsed and swayed to the action’

10 February 2024

Our columnist looks at the changing face of the beautiful game at ponders how hats thrown in the air after a goal in the 1950s were ever recovered.

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‘Meet the volunteers offering flip-flops, lollipops and solace to night-time revellers’

‘Meet the volunteers offering flip-flops, lollipops and solace to night-time revellers’

09 February 2024

From handing out flip-flops to stopping drunk people jumping in the harbour, Melissa Todd goes behind the scenes with night-time community pastors.

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‘Kent is being covered in concrete – it can’t all be for 1% population growth’

‘Kent is being covered in concrete – it can’t all be for 1% population growth’

08 February 2024

Population growth, problems on the roads, the flawed asylum system and the price of technology are among topics tackled on this week’s letters page.

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‘Any sympathy I felt for train drivers evaporated long ago – get back to work’

‘Any sympathy I felt for train drivers evaporated long ago – get back to work’

07 February 2024

With passengers subjected to seemingly endless disruption due to train driver strikes, Secret Thinker questions the validity of their gripes.

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‘One day society will view children and smartphones in the same way we look back at cigarette use in the 60s’

‘One day society will view children and smartphones in the same way we look back at cigarette use in the 60s’

06 February 2024

In the future, suggests our columnist, society will look back and question why we gave children so much access to the internet.

‘School trips to museums always meant static shocking your friends’

‘School trips to museums always meant static shocking your friends’

03 February 2024

Our columnist recalls memorable school trips from the 1980s as he finds himself walking in the footsteps of his younger self.

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‘We don't need expensive houses - we need affordable starter homes’

‘We don't need expensive houses - we need affordable starter homes’

01 February 2024

Kent's disappearing farmland, a society in crisis, the Rwanda plan and the war on drivers are among topics debated on this week's letters page.

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‘Stop pouring cold water on vaping ban – protecting children’s health is right thing to do’

‘Stop pouring cold water on vaping ban – protecting children’s health is right thing to do’

31 January 2024

No sooner had the ban on disposable vapes been announced than the naysayers came out in force – but Secret Thinker says it can only be a good thing.

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