Churches, businesses and residents of Westminster have joined forces to protest at new evening and Sunday parking charges that many fear could undermine the West End‘s vibrant entertainment and retail sectors.
Westminster Council plans to scrap free parking on single yellow lines during evenings and introduce charging across the borough on Sunday afternoons from January 9.
It said the measure is to tackle traffic congestion but campaigners believe Westminster, which sets one of the lowest council taxes in the country, is trying to tackle the sweeping budget cuts facing all councils.
Many other councils are raising the cost of resident parking permits and tickets by as much as 400pc.
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- Mayor slams West End parking plan (bbc.co.uk)
- Telegraph’s Matt points the way (telegraph.co.uk)
- Motorbikers protest at parking tax (confused.com)
- Drop your parking changes before it’s too late, Boris tells Westminster (thisislondon.co.uk)
- Bikers take on parking fee in court (autonetinsurance.co.uk)
- Council clashes with churches over Sunday parking charges (telegraph.co.uk)
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Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters. – African Proverb
- The Inquisition…What a show.. Here we go – Cartagena De Indias, Colombia (travelpod.com)
- Charlton Heston Portrays Moses in the Dramatic Biblical Epic, “The Ten Commandments,” Saturday, April 23 on ABC (tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com)
- Paint Landscapes Like Grandma Moses (education.com)
- Moses Chosen As Intermediator. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- God In Action: Moses (truth4today.wordpress.com)
Imagine a clown shoe stamping on a human face – forever. Sounds like a fun image, no? This kind of tyrannical lightheartedness is how many regard the ongoing popularity of the innocuous font, which I am using right now, created in 1994 by Microsoft employee Vincent Connare. It all started so innocently, but as the Wall Street Journal reported, use of the font has “spread from a software project at Microsoft Corp to grade-school fliers and holiday newsletters, Disney ads and Beanie Baby tags, business emails, street signs, Bibles, porn sites, gravestones and hospital posters about bowel cancer“.
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- What’s so wrong with Comic Sans? (bbc.co.uk)
- The Origin of Evil (slog.thestranger.com)
- Comic Sans Fights Back (feld.com)
- Dan Gilbert: no joke (espn.go.com)
- War of the passive-aggressive office notes: Comic Sans edition (boingboing.net)
- Hard-to-read fonts ‘aid learning’ (bbc.co.uk)
- HOWTO choose a typeface (boingboing.net)
- Education: Learning difficulties (economist.com)
- Please Don’t Use Comic Sans (laughingsquid.com)
Just to prove that not all news is boring or depressing at the moment, here are two stories, possibly linked by the idea of “human nature” or “human weakness” and in any case, so strange as to obviously be true!Penguin cookbook calls for ‘freshly ground black people‘. Publisher destroys 7,000 copies of The Pasta Bible after ‘silly mistake’ causes outrage Full Story Here —————————-
Fine owed by George Washington for overdue library books now $300,000. First president of US failed to return two volumes borrowed in 1789 from New York Society Library Full Story Here
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