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PUBLISHED: 14:44 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 25 August 2010

WE THOUGHT we'd lost the critter, but Times diary thinks it has finally pin pointed 'absent councillor' Danny Thorpe.

WE THOUGHT we'd lost the critter, but Times diary thinks it has finally pin pointed 'absent councillor' Danny Thorpe.

Back in September the Times revealed that the Shooters Hill ward councillor had been backpacking around Australia for months rather than representing his constituents.

Furthermore, he managed to keep the seat after his impish Labour Party masters allegedly paid for him to fly home just NINE days before a by-election was due to be triggered by his absence.

They're kind to their own - you have to give the Greenwich's Labour Party members that.

Unfortunately Mr Thorpe managed to scamper back down under without explaining himself to the Times.

Shucks, we never even received a postcard.

But, fear not, if you really miss him you can keep in touch thanks to a web-blog where he appears to be charting his travels.

The log, entitled G'Day From Danny, appears to be an absolutely fantastic way for Mr Thorpe to keep in touch with his constituents.

For instance, on October 5 a Dorothy, of Voce Road, asked how she could keep herself from shivering now that the credit crunch prevented her from using her central heating.

The response: "Well Dorothy, get your thongs and boardies on and go down the beach. Plenty of sun will help you banish those winter blues away."

When another resident asked what they should do about rubbish left lying around in their street, the wise traveller advised him to get a corked hat to avoid the flies.

Thanks for that Danny - have a stubbie for me, mate.

But in fact Mr Thorpe is not the first councillor in Shooters Hill ward to have come under scrutiny for going AWOL.

Mick Hayes, the current chief executive of the community charity Trust Thamesmead actually resigned as a councillor in the same ward a few years ago, when his long term absence was questioned.

Who was to take over after a by-election in 2004?

Why Mr Thorpe of course.

Perhaps he just took a few lessons from his predecessor.

The people of Shooters Hill must be susceptible to these gallivanting heart-breakers, perhaps next election they'll wise up.

In the meantime, they can stay in touch with their 'councillor' at http://www.gdayfromdanny.blogspot.com.

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