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Carry on Clamping!

August 1, 2010
The following story is brought to you courtesy of the BBC, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea(who used to be my employers) and El-hade Filalli(who was a work colleague)...

Luxury car worth £1.2m clamped outside Harrods

A luxury car valued at £1.2m was clamped outside Harrods in central London after being illegally parked.

The Koenigsegg CCXR and a £350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce were both clamped on the afternoon of 22 July.

Kensington and Chelsea Council said the light-blue vehicles were in serious contravention of parking rules.

The Knightsbridge store was bought by members of the Qatari royal family in April for £1.5bn.

It was bought by the Qatar Holding group, led by the Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, from Mohammed Al Fayed.

Both the cars are very rare with the Swedish-made Koenigsegg being one of only six ever made.

'Effective deterrent'

A Harrods spokesman said: "Any matters relating to parking tickets and enforcement are strictly the domain of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea."

The council said £120 penalty charge notices were issued, but the cars were released for £70 each as the fines were paid within 14 days.

A spokesman said: "There is a greater shortage of parking space for residents in Kensington and Chelsea than practically anywhere else in the country.

"At the same time we have a huge number of visiting motorists attracted here by our fine shops, restaurants and other attractions.

"Our priority is our residents. To keep space available for them, we must deter visitors from taking up residents' bays and our experience is that clamping is simply the most effective deterrent."



The World Snail Racing Championship!

July 24, 2010
You used to hear "Only in America" a fair bit when I lived in the UK. But you could be forgiven for changing it to "Only In England" these days.
The following story comes to you courtesy of the London Metro...

World Snail Racing Championship ends in triumph for least slow snail

Given the race course was only 13 inches long, and the competitors were literally moving at a snail's pace, you could be forgiven for thinking this was a sporting event almost as boring as golf. But the World Snail Ra...

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No News is Good News

July 24, 2010
Been away from the site for a bit so I have no London news, but that's good, right?
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Mistaken Identity?

November 11, 2009
I was not impressed by the statement of forgiveness issued by the mother of a dead soldier to the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, for having wrongly spelled her son's name in a letter of condolence. It's not that i think forgiving is wrong, on the contrary i think it helps in the healing process. And it isn't as if the misspeling fiasco surpised me. It is little more than I would expect from a bumbling politician. What really shocked me was the backing Mr. Brown received from the Britis...
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Postal Strife!

October 25, 2009


Next week promisses to be another miserable week for the long suffering customers of the Royal Mail service, or should I say non-service?
With workers threatening yet another two day stoppage during the week, there will only be more mountains of un-collected,
un-sorted and un-delivered mail for the millions of people who depend on the services of the postal workers to fret over.
Evidently the strikes are over plans for part-privatisation of the Royal Mail, but after months of bic...
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October 25, 2009


This week saw the controversial "Question Time" debut of Mr. Nick Griffin, the current leader of the ultra-right wing party BNP. Mr Griffin, or should I say Herr Griffin vehemently denied he is or was a nazi, as well he would. This reporter however is not convinced. It is not the conspicuous new growth of hair he is sporting on his upper lip, or the sieg-heil salute some of his followers like to greet him with, that has me reaching for the yellow starred arm band and concentra...
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October 25, 2009
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