Posted on 2:25pm Saturday 30th August 2014
Our MP, Theresa Villiers, knows it’s true. She’s called it “a once in a lifetime opportunity” (you can see her letter on my personal blog). She’s right – it’s a once-and-for-all power grab by the corporations, being negotiated by civil servants behind closed doors in the context of international law that is not used to being handled in the open, unlike treaties that are negotiated by politicians and diplomats in the public eye.
Posted on 1:10pm Tuesday 15th July 2014
Traffic wardens are allowed to break the rules if they are looking for people to ticket, it has emerged.
Posted on 12:10pm Saturday 5th July 2014
I was fined for parking in the Saracens event day zone, but didn't realise it was an event day.
Posted on 11:22am Wednesday 25th June 2014
“Mob handed” bailiffs clamped a 77-year-old’s car and demanded she fork out hundreds of pounds over claims she failed to pay a parking ticket.
Posted on 11:50am Monday 26th May 2014
I was sitting in my car when a traffic warden popped up from nowhere and took a photo of the tax disc - is this allowed?
Posted on 10:10am Saturday 26th April 2014
'I couldn't move my car due to a migraine - then traffic wardens gave me three parking tickets in a little over 24 hours'
Posted on 2:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014
Many residents have commented on the large number of blue badges they have seen on cars in our high streets and their doubts whether all of these are being used legitimately.
Posted on 3:40pm Tuesday 1st April 2014
An audiologist came to fit Grandma’s new hearing aids. Grandma, 88, lives in Finchley, N2, and residents' parking is all day. So she gave the audiologist one of the old half-day permits.
Posted on 3:20pm Thursday 27th March 2014
The problem I have concerns my father’s "blue badge" parking. He parks with the badge on display in a designated bay in front of his home in Holly Drive, Potters Bar and received a fine when he forgot to replace the badge after a shopping trip.
Posted on 6:40pm Tuesday 18th March 2014
Times Series chief reporter Chris Hewett is training to become a British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) diver.
Posted on 3:55pm Monday 17th March 2014
I recently used two one-hour parking vouchers so that I could park for two hours in North Finchley. I scratched off the correct boxes and put the vouchers side-by-side but still got a parking ticket.
Posted on 4:50pm Tuesday 11th February 2014
An election campaigner often resembles a postperson. Plenty of fresh air and exercise – a good career, no doubt, except for Barnet's post boxes. Yes, I'm about to complain about my potential constituents' front doors.
Posted on 10:48am Monday 27th January 2014
Look up at one end of the public swimming pool in Potters Bar on a Tuesday evening and you’re likely to be greeted by an unusual sight: up to a dozen people floating with air cylinders on their backs, gliding around in the water wearing fins on their feet.
Posted on 11:09am Wednesday 9th May 2012
Wonderbags are insultated bags that last for 12 hours without any electricity making them an economical, and environomentally friendly to use. In addition the company will send a bag to a need family in Africa for every purchase made in the UK>
Posted on 1:29pm Tuesday 31st January 2012
Take a fact, wrap it up with an assertion & claim that it is truth. Otherwise known as historiography. We all swallow facts spun by the (world wide) web namely as well as the papers we read, the TV programmes we watch & the politicians we listen too.
Posted on 9:13pm Friday 23rd December 2011
Racism has dominated the news recently from a racist rant on a tram to John Terry and Luis Suarez. The women at the heart of the 'My Tram Experience' video which went viral was arrested, Suarez has been banned for 8 football matches & Terry is to be charged. Having slaughtered our interpretation of a sacrificial lamb have we simply solved the issue of Xenophobia? The simple answer is no, these flashpoints should be the ignition for a wider & frank discussion about race. It may seem like I'm over-doing the sheep metaphor but I thought a lamb-post would shed some light on this issue.
Posted on 12:00am Tuesday 18th December 2012
I recently spent a few days in Cyprus with family. When I first told friends I was going, they'd assumed I'd be going to the infamous clubbing destination Ayia Napa & I was told "not too get to licked fam" (colloquial London slang for 'don't drink too much'). They then confusingly asked why I was going with family. Fortunately this wasn't an episode of Channel 4's 'Holiday Showdown' & we didn't spend the week in an epileptic-fit inducing sweat bath with dry-humping teens.
Posted on 10:00pm Thursday 6th October 2011
With Chocolate week coming up, this blog is about the magical ingredient that every one loves!
Posted on 3:40pm Wednesday 17th August 2011
In this day and age, it's easy to take having an abundance of food for granted. As Muslims around the world fast for Ramadan, a large part of East Africa are going through endless days of involuntary famine. Unimaginable suffering ensues, to watch your own child starve is a bewildering concept for us. It's easy to forget nations wearily vanishing into lawlessness when the Horn of Africa still has it's incredible beaches and saints and joyous laughter.
Posted on 4:14pm Friday 12th August 2011
'A riot is the language of the unheard.' Martin Luther King provides timeless analysis because there is no justification for the actions of the rioters but there are reasons. Justification and reasoning are two seperate things altogether. You can condemn the violence and realise that the moral impunity of bankers in suits is not so different from kids in hoodies.
Posted on 7:21pm Thursday 12th May 2011
On Monday Words Apart were invited to the Royal Society of Arts Youth Awards for Innovation for winning a 2 and a half thousand pound funding application for an upcoming film to be screened in Barnet.
Posted on 2:04pm Saturday 9th April 2011
As the Easter Holidays begin and the sun shines, students fret over the upcoming exams. I must confess, my mind is an egg of stress making my to-do list somewhat scrambled. Thoughts float around in head acting like dumbbells of procrastination, weighing me down like an unintelligent Smart car full of heavy Tesco bags. My proverbial car of a brain is taking a U-turn like Clegg to concentrate everything on my A levels.
Posted on 11:33am Thursday 10th March 2011
As I return to the fold after 78 days in hospital and the loss of three stone in weight, I can only thank the myriad well wishers who contacted my family and to repeat the quote of Mark Twain, the American author and humourist, who once wrote: "The report of my death has been greatly exaggerated".
Posted on 5:28pm Tuesday 8th March 2011
Information over the closure of the youth centre over the past few months is limited to a timid shrug, so as not to appear confused - the shoulders move upwards the right height so as not to appear conclusively confused. Think of a cross between a father’s dancing shoulder shrug and the diameter of an American footballers shoulder pad.
Posted on 2:16am Sunday 30th January 2011
You’ll get the spammers who send tweets consisting of everything from weight watchers to advice on how to walk a dog. These tweeters will urge you to follow them (follow @Zainthepoet) or spam you their links (check out www.wordsapart7.blogspot.com for poetry) and they will stop at nothing to do so.
Posted on 1:13am Friday 28th January 2011
Some people are selective in terms of the truth or history. Like my selective memory which remembers the Asian and or Muslim members of the BBC London news team: *breathe* Ayeesha Baksh, Asad Ahmed and Riz Latif. More importantly, governments and liberal democracies of the western world struggle to remember what they set up: post-world war kingdoms in the middle-east and across the world.