Paul on Politics, by political editor Paul Francis

News, views, gossip and analysis on Kent's political scene, from County Hall to Westminster. Welcome to my blog. As KM Group's political editor, I keep an eye on the county's corridors of power. Let me know what you think - you can add your comments or views at the end of each blog entry. You can email me at pfrancis@thekmgroup.co.uk. Or follow me at http://twitter.com/PaulOnPolitics
Immigration remains Labour's Achilles' heel

When Labour was turfed out of government in 2010, leadership wannabe Andy Burnham said the party had been "in denial" about immigration and had failed to grasp that many voters felt that under Gordon ... READ MORE

Down and out in Dover and district, with Len Oldfeep

Follow my commentary on goings on in Dover and district and gain a personal insight into the man as I come to terms with my own doubts and cynicism about being a 'blogger' without an audience and watch how the blog could develop into something altogether different... ...
Colour Blind Politics: A new Way Of Voting

    If you are still undecided on which way to vote in the upcoming elections Queen legend Brian May says vote colour-blind. The guitarist wants the public to vote for the ... READ MORE

Nikki's world, with Nikki White

My name is Nikki White and welcome to my world. Read my blog every other week - and let me know what you think.
It’s changed so much in 20 years

On January 3, I clocked up 20 years with the KM Group. Back then, I worked on Kent Today, a paper with several editions each day, and those of us who were around then (and trust me, I have several colleagues ... READ MORE

In The Editor's Chair, with Leo Whitlock

Editors are paid to make decisions and stick up for their readers - both in the newsroom and the outside world. Leo Whitlock is the editor of the Kentish Gazette which covers Canterbury, the Whitstable Gazette, Herne Bay Gazette and Faversham News. He is also a lecturer in journalism law and ethics at Canterbury Christ Church University. Here he talks about life in the newsroom, dissects those ethical dilemmas and defends those controversial calls.
Fox hunting: Lazy accusations of bias are plain wrong

We have never been afraid to cover controversial issues or subjects that divide our communities. After all, that is what a local newspaper is all about. We do all we can to put both sides of the ... READ MORE

The Codgers' Club

They are the old boys who like nothing more than to moan and groan about life's everyday problems. The Codgers' Club members - Peter Cook, David Jones and Alan Watkins - grumble through life, always viewing the glass as half-empty. Here they share their latest wit and wisdom.
Codgers get blame for hole in coffers – again

Villainous pensioners like we Codgers are being blamed once again for the state of the UK’s finances. For the second successive year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said there was a national ... READ MORE

The World of Wines and You, with Richard Miller

My name is Richard Miller and I represent the World of Wines and You. I offer a comprehensive view of wines from around the world and premium wines for the connoisseur. I have provided consultancy to commercial customers and some major wine investment houses and am now ...

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Waking up Kent, with kmfm Breakfast presenter Garry Wilson

Hi, I'm Garry Wilson - kmfm Breakfast presenter. This is my blog for all the latest kmfm news and gossip. Listen to me on kmfm weekdays from 5.30am-9am.  
Risking life and Lympne

On air and online we’re teaming up with Port Lympne Reserve and Howletts for Park Life. It’s your chance to discover everything you ever wanted to know about the fabulous animals and the people ... READ MORE

The Ramblings of a Menopausal Runner, with Hilary Jones

Hi, I’m Hilary Jones, a local personal trainer who earlier this year started documenting my running recovery following a bout of anaemia. This is the tale of my running experiences, good and bad and my preparation for local and not so local races. If this encourages only one person to put on their running shoes and get fit, I’ll be happy! I hope to blog at least once a fortnight if not more but I’ll try not to bore. If anyone wants to catch up on my earlier blogs, ...
Age is No Barrier!

So after last weekend’s achievement by Steve Way, this weekend we “oldies” have a new hero in the form of Jo Pavey, showing that age is no barrier.  At 40 (41 in September and with ... READ MORE

Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker

Hi, I'm Andy Walker - kmfm Drivetime DJ. This is my blog for all the latest kmfm news and gossip. Listen to me on kmfm weekdays from 3-7pm. Visit www.kmfm.co.uk.
Barbecue season, a chance to chill out in the sunshine

It is barbecue season. Who does not love the opportunity to chill in the garden with friends, eating burgers, sausages and pasta, chatting and gossiping with your summer clothes on and your sunglasses ... READ MORE

The Editor's Blog, with Robert Barman

Robert Barman is the editor of the Kentish Express series and the Folkestone & Hythe Express. Here he gives his own look at the world as a KentOnline blogger.
County identity is oh so boring to us Kent folk

A Guardian journalist who grew up in Kent has been asking readers to feel his pain at coming from a county ‘with no cultural identity’. The writer Stuart Heritage speaks movingly of his ... READ MORE

Collage Kent: discovering art in our county, with Alex Welch

Hi, I'm Alex. I'm an artist, writer and I edit Collage, a magazine that's all about art, politics and culture. As Kent's art scene is exploding at the moment, Collage Kent wants to discover great new artists in the county and bring you their exciting work. You can visit ...
The Precious Work of Paula MacArthur

Although her latest show is in London Paula Mac Arthur is a local artist whose work is growing from strength to strength. Collage was lucky enough to spend a morning with her in her studio last week and ... READ MORE

The Gills Blog, with Luke Cawdell

Hello I'm Luke, the KM's Gillingham reporter. I've been following the Gills since 2004. Read my blog to get all the insider gossip on Kent's only league side.
Prolific McDonald standing aside Gillingham greats

With 13 goals in 17 games this season, and 227 La Liga strikes in total, it’s clear Lionel Messi is on another planet to most players. For your average striker a one in two strike-ratio is considered ... READ MORE

Tuned In, with kmfm Breakfast Show's Emma Saint

Hi, I'm Emma Saint - from the kmfm Breakfast show.This is my blog for all the latest kmfm news and gossip.Listen to Rob Wills and me on kmfm weekdays from 5.30am - 9am.Visit www.kmfm.co.uk to find out more.
It's all about the giving as it starts to look a lot like Christmas

As the song goes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas now! We played our first festive song on Monday’s Breakfast Show, the Christmas adverts are on the telly, and the shopping centres ... READ MORE

The Science Blog, with Dr Beau Webber

Dr. Beau Webber is a Kentish research scientist who specialises in nano-science. Beau is director of a small independent spin-off company, Lab-Tools Ltd.[1,2] that researches into nano-structured materials. The properties of matter that is finely divided or contains tiny ...
This is what happens when countries confront the real costs of nuclear and fossil fuels.

Well they made my little digital camera, but this is their latest piece of light sensitive kit : Japan : "The Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant, built by the electronics manufacturer Kyocera, ... READ MORE

Emma's Kent Adventures, by Emma-Jane Swaffield

I am a single mum of two who spent many happy childhood memories in Kent and am now taking my own children to share my memories with them and help create their own. Here is my blog to share our adventures and tips. For more of my musings, click here: http://bit.ly/16O7hda
The Beauty of Ramsgate and Margate

Ramsgate and Margate Ramsgate and Margate are both seaside towns that are situated on the south east coast of England in the county of Kent. It takes just over one hour forty minutes to arrive at both ... READ MORE

The What's On blog, with Chris Price

Want to know what’s on in the music industry in Kent? Want to know what’s on in your local theatres? Want to know what’s really going on with the stars coming to the county who speak to the KM Group’s What’s On supplement every week? This is the place to find out. From last minute shows to views on all the entertainment stuff going on in the county, this is the place to find out the real picture with exclusive images, reviews and all the juicy bits ...
Lounge on the Farm shows it's not about Dylan, Prince and the Eagles

  Organisers of this year's Lounge on the Farm promised the festival would return to its roots as a small, family-orientated event. That is a nice spin to put on things when lots ... READ MORE

The Fly Away American (in Kent), with Jessica Galbraith

Hi! I'm Jessica, an American expat living in Folkestone. I work as a freelance travel writer and professional blogger. This summer I will be travelling around Kent visiting the top attractions, activities, and events- and sharing the experiences with all of you!  Follow ...
Secrets of Sandwich

First off, I must apologize for my absence here on Kent Online. My house was infiltrated by the chicken pox, so I have been having tons of fun dealing with that. This Travel Thursday I want to talk about ... READ MORE

Time out with Tony, by Tony Scott

Hello I'm Tony Scott, a 15-year-old from Tonbridge. I will blog about almost anything, but also about the teenager views of situations and current events. I am new here and I will aim to write about 1-2 times a week.
Wake up and smell the marinated lamb chunks

Kent has probably seen the best weather we have seen in a long time. It's blistering outside, and all around me I can smell the same charcoal again. It's like a ritual for people in England to whip out ... READ MORE

Kent music reviews and teenage views, with Nick Tompkins

My name is Nick Tompkins, a 17-year-old aspiring music journalist. I have a great passion for music young and old - and have plenty to say on the matter! I have a keen eye for spotting new talented bands and when I do, I keep a sharp eye on them and make sure to spread the word. Visit my blog for my latest reviews or check out my website - www.nickolodian.wix.com/musicreviewsandartwork.
Korea Rocks UK tour- Camden Barfly 29/04/13

They say that the best things in life are free. So when the chance arises to see four award winning rock bands who have flown all the way from South Korea to melt the faces of the good people of the UK, ... READ MORE

The Business Blog, with Trevor Sturgess

The stories behind the stories, plus news, views, gossip and analysis from Kent Business editor Trevor Sturgess. Let me know what you think - you can add your comments or views at the end of each blog entry. Or you can email me at tsturgess@thekmgroup.co.uk
Tough call for employers in social media minefield

The offensive tweets that cost 17-year old Paris Brown her job as Kent’s youth police and crime commissioner, and the far more disgusting comments about Baroness Thatcher, underline the dangers of ... READ MORE

The Odd One Out, with Dan Millen

I'm the odd one out! I work in an office and my team/department is made up of all female company - except me.So the girls at work entertain me and with their permission, no names included of course, they said I could write a blog about our lifes. So here it is, it's all ...
Small talk!

So I was sitting discussing with my colleague (JS) various different topics when we stumbled across old films we used to watch as children. There is not a significant age gap between us, only 5 years, ... READ MORE

The Kent film blog, by Lewis Dyson

  Hi, my name is Lewis Dyson and I love everything to do with films. I will be posting reviews, thoughts, comments and ramblings on the big releases and some stuff on local film-making. www.wilhelmspleen.wordpress.com
Oscar predictions

The 85th annual Academy Awards are nearly here and the sound of backs being slapped will soon be heard echoing across the world. I should say that I have not seen every film that has been nominated but ... READ MORE

Medway's Victor Meldrew, by Danny Smith

I'm the type of guy that absolutely loves to moan about things, things that a large majority of people simply overlook wind me up and there's nothing better than letting off steam by forcing overs to listen to me moan. I'm also fairly good at advice, ironically. If you're ...
Travelling on the Bus

Travelling on the bus is something some of us HAVE to do in order to get anywhere. Many people not accustomed to bus travel and do not do it frequently hate the experience though I'm starting to believe ... READ MORE

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