Anna Slater

'Hypocritical' - parking wardens are allowed to break the rules

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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.

Worth a try - how to beat a parking ticket in the Saracens event day zone

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.

Anna Slater

'Mob handed' bailiffs demand woman hands over £408 - for parking fine she had already paid

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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.

Fins, not flippers, and a mask, not goggles

Posted on 4:44pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

Times Series chief reporter Chris Hewett is training to become a British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) diver.

Is a parking warden allowed to take a photo when the driver is in the car?

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?

Mr Mustard

Fined while going to pay council tax

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Posted on 7:40am Saturday 17th May 2014

Dear Mr Mustard,

AM Poppy

The voting beauty parade

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Posted on 4:39pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

...we shouldn't be allowed into the voting booth without first attending a hustings. By eyeballing our candidates and putting them through their ordeal, we become qualified to make a choice.

Mr Mustard

What a headache! One car, one migraine and three parking tickets in 27 hours

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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'

AM Poppy

do we have a car crisis?

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Posted on 11:14am Monday 21st April 2014

we have a car crisis that dare not speak its name. I sense there's a fear of admitting there's a crisis before an election lest one provokes the Motorist

AM Poppy

Green Big Society - Wot?!

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Posted on 5:25pm Sunday 20th April 2014

We are privy to the full electoral list, and the responsibility that goes with that must surely include picking up on clues, areas of need, or opportunities for more social cohesion.

Mr Mustard

Ask Mr Mustard: Are blue badges being used fraudulently?

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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.

AM Poppy

Moving my money (wot munny? right!)

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Posted on 10:47am Wednesday 9th April 2014

I put a bit of energy into researching TSB's promise: local banking - money exclusively to and from the local residents and businesses. The dream bank, no? Is there a problem?

Mr Mustard

'Why don't traffic wardens use some common sense?'

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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.

Mr Mustard

My disabled father was fined after forgetting to put his blue badge back

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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.

Taking the plunge - the diary of a trainee scuba diver

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.

Mr Mustard

Parking vouchers: when you follow the instructions and still get fined

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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.

AM Poppy

Callous Councillors

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Posted on 12:54pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

I am going to linger over the idiocy of callous dismissal of your constituents. Is there really nothing wrong with the junction? Show me the figures! How are the distressed victims of an accident idiots?

AM Poppy

What is democracy?

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Posted on 10:56am Friday 14th February 2014

Isn't democracy simple? It's rulers being honest, inclusive and open with the ruled. Including the ruled in decisions, and giving them the power to vote out the rulers – participation and accountability.

AM Poppy

Sympathy with the postman

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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.

Chris Hewett

'There is a freedom to it that I love - you’re forever experiencing new things'

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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.

Denise Phillips

Add A Fresh Herb to it!

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By adding fresh instead of dried herbs your recipes will be more flavoursome and healthier. It encourages less salt and fat as well as colour and texture.

Denise Phillips

The World of Salt

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Posted on 11:26am Wednesday 9th May 2012

There is alot of controversy about salt in the diet, this blog discusses the healthy salt which is required for a healthy body!

Denise Phillips

A bag not for shopping

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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>

Dina Mistry

Broadwalk Loves.... Mum

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Posted on 3:48pm Friday 9th March 2012

This week we will show you some of our top picks to make mum feel special.

Dina Mistry

Broadwalk Loves...... Dressing Up!

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Posted on 3:00pm Friday 24th February 2012

Find out what we love at The Broadwalk Centre in Edgware this week.

Mohamed-Zain Dada

The Thin Line between Facts and Fallacy

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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.

Dina Mistry

Broadwalk Loves

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Posted on 12:54pm Tuesday 24th January 2012

Find out what we Love at The Broadwalk, Edgware this January.

Mohamed-Zain Dada

Racism in Barnet

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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.

Mohamed-Zain Dada

Trying to Touch the Cypriot Sky

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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.

Denise Phillips

Have you had your porridge today?

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Posted on 2:36pm Monday 14th November 2011

Eating porridge on a regular basis can improve your mental status in addition to help resist bowel cancer.

Denise Phillips

October is Chocotober………..as the nation celebrates Chocolate week!

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Posted on 10:00pm Thursday 6th October 2011

With Chocolate week coming up, this blog is about the magical ingredient that every one loves!

Denise Phillips

Going to Uni

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Posted on 11:21pm Wednesday 14th September 2011

A brief guide and handy tips for your teenagers about to go off to University for first time.

Mohamed-Zain Dada

The Forgotten beauty

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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.

Mohamed-Zain Dada

Thoughts on the London Riots

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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.

Denise Phillips

Healthy & Happy All In One Pot

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Posted on 9:40am Thursday 11th August 2011

An incite to the new type of cookware called Saladmaster which maximises on nutrition ~ enables you to cook without oil and fat.

Mohamed-Zain Dada

Mother Britain

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Posted on 5:18pm Friday 29th July 2011

Recent news events have altered my views on how human-kind has evolved over the years. My conclusion is that it is stagnating more than our economy.

Denise Phillips

'Strictly Kosher'

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Posted on 1:57pm Friday 15th July 2011

A review of the recent TV programme about being Jewish in Manchester and an explanation of what 'strictly Kosher' really means.

Denise Phillips

Are you Single Looking for A Double?

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Posted on 10:28am Friday 17th June 2011

The start of Wimbledon may be for singles and doubles, bu the dating game remains a tricky business!

Denise Phillips

Love or Hate It!

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Posted on 9:37pm Wednesday 25th May 2011

The government in Denmark banned marmite today as it claimed it overdosed in minerals and vitamins. Believing that this is a little over cautious, I had given a selection of tasty ways to use this delicious spread.

Mohamed-Zain Dada

Words Apart at the Royal Society of Arts!

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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.

Denise Phillips

Wild About Wild Garlic

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Posted on 3:43pm Friday 6th May 2011

Getting familiar with wild garlic which is now in season and probably growing in your local woodlands or back garden.

Mohamed-Zain Dada

End your Examination anxiety

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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.

Denise Phillips

New Ways With Daikon

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Posted on 9:34am Tuesday 22nd March 2011

Show some solidarity with a popular Japanese vegetable, Daikon. It is very versatile and similar to the texture of radish. Enjoy raw, cooked or pickled!

Dennis Signy

Ramblings of a nine-stone ghost

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".

Mohamed-Zain Dada

The Closure of the Canada Villa Youth Centre

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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.

Denise Phillips

The Year Of The Rabbit

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Posted on 1:18pm Monday 7th February 2011

An outline of the Chinese New Year, how they celebrate and the Yin and Yan balance in their ingredients.

Mohamed-Zain Dada

An unofficial guide to Twitter

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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.

Mohamed-Zain Dada

'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.'

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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.

Denise Phillips

Latest in Bahamian cooking!

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Posted on 3:32pm Tuesday 18th January 2011

The joys of Bahamian cooking is brought to London with this tasty recipe of Rum cake!

Mohamed-Zain Dada

Making Welfare un-fair

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Posted on 10:45pm Tuesday 11th January 2011

2011 looks bleak for young people. Today it was announced that banker’s bonuses will not be restricted whilst student’s fee will be rising, EMA will be scrapped and youth centre’s will close. Banks should be treated like dogs and be put on economic leashes but instead there given free reign to proverbially pee on the free market.

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