Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Silly attitude from Ealing Council

When you phone in to report that Ealing Council hired contractors have not done their job, the silly person at the other end may blame you for their incompetence.

I had like to report that the newspaper recycling service that operates every week failed to collect from my house today, aswell as last time.

Did they also forget to do your neighbours?
How the hell do I know?
They may not have left out anything today.

Where did you leave the item?
Near the front door, in the green box, clearly visible.

Oh, you need to order a special collection for that.
We expect you to leave the box near the front garden gate for normal collection.


It is a very small garden.
The front door is only 5 feet away from the garden gate.
It is placed where it is clearly visible.
There have been no problems before.

Placing it near the garden gate would make it difficult for the collection team to view as they don't waste time making careful observations.

Oh, alright, I will register it as a missed collection.

Thank you and good riddance.
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Monday, 30 November 2009

The “tolerant and peaceful” Swiss ban minarets?

The "tolerant and peaceful" Swiss has voted in a nationwide referendum to ban minarets?

More than 57.5% of "tolerant and peaceful" Swiss voters (and 22 out of 26 cantons - or provinces) voted in a nationwide referendum to ban minarets on Sunday.

There are 400,000 Muslims (5% of the population) and only four minarets in Switzerland.

The Swiss government had opposed the ban but has accepted the decision, and construction of new minarets would no longer be permitted.

Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said the decision was "not a rejection of the Muslim community, religion or culture".

True. It was a rejection of tolerance and freedom of expression.

France's FM Bernard Kouchner said "I am a bit shocked by this decision. It is an expression of intolerance and I detest intolerance."

If so, why has France banned the headscarf in schools, colleges and government establishments?

Zurich city council said that it disapproved of the "negative and dangerous" controversial referendum poster, but had to accept it as part of political free speech.



The poster shows a woman dressed in a burka and lots of black minarets (resemble missiles) on a Swiss flag.
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Mumbai suspect's lawyer is sacked

The trial court judge has removed the main lawyer for the leading suspect in last November's deadly Mumbai attacks in the city.

The judge said Abbas Kazmi was "not co-operating" and delaying proceedings.

How?

The leading suspect, Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, originally denied the charges against him but in July, he admitted his role and to be hanged.

There will be a total of 340 witnesses.
The defendant has pleaded guilty, so why does the prosecution need 340 witnesses?

The court wants Mr Kazmi to choose 71 out of 340 witnesses for cross-examination.

How the hell does he know what the witnesses are going to say?
To defend his client (his legal duty), he can only decide after the witness has given testimony.


Is Kazmi "not co-operating with the court in the interest of justice"?
Or is it

The judge "not co-operating in the interest of justice”.

The defendant has pleaded guilty and is to be hanged. No one will object. The punishment fits the crime. There is no need to call a single witness.

If you still want to present 340 witnesses, for some other reason, then they SHOULD be cross-examined, if the defence (NOT THE JUDGE) think it necessary.
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Sunday, 29 November 2009

Police 'arrest Mossad spy as he planted a bomb '

A trainee Israeli spy was arrested by Tel Aviv police as he planted a fake bomb under a vehicle.

The country's commercial Channel 10 said it hoped Israel's secret service agency Mossad operatives were "more effective abroad".

What?
At planting bombs in other countries?
Isn’t that what terrorists and terrorist states do?

If not training for abroad, then inside the Israel.
But why?
To blame it on the Palestinians?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8377746.stm

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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Christianity and BNP?

Is being a Christian compaible with supporting the BNP?

If you wanted to know something about the core values of Christianity, then the person to ask should be a knowledgeable expert.

One such person is the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.

After watching BBC's Question Time, Lord Carey described the BNP’s policies as "despicable" and nothing to do with Christianity.

Lord Carey described Nick Griffin as a "squalid racist" who was trying to "hijack one of the world's great religions".

Being a Christian is not merely believing in Jesus. If your actions are not based on Christian values then you are NOT a Christian.

The UK is based on Christian values.
Being a Christian is not compatible with being a supporter of the BNP.

If you believe it is compatible then the only person you are deluding is

yourself.
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Friday, 23 October 2009

Amir Khan visits Southall again

Amir Khan visits Southall again, to lend support to Southalls attempt to base the Pakistan 2012 London Olympic team in Southall.

The President of the Pakistan Olympic association, Gen (Retd) Syed Arif Hasan visited Southall on Thursday to see if the local facilities were suitable to house the Pakistan Olympic team.

The Southall initiative is led by local business leader Dalawar Majid Chaudhry, who said "We have the capability, the community spirit and support, the vibrant cultural benefits and above all the cuisine, to host Team Pakistan."

Southall would be a "home away from home" for Team Pakistan.

In the evening a press conference was held at Chaudhry’s TKC restaurant. Those present to greet Gen (Retd) Syed Arif Hasan and his guide, an Olympic official, were Ealing Southall MP Virendra Sharma, local councillors, Ealing Council representatives and fans of Southall's adopted "Role Model".

Special guest of honour at the event was Southall’s "Role Model" boxer Amir Khan.

He dined at the restaurant before the conference. After the conference he signed autographs and was happy to be photographed with his fans.






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Monday, 5 October 2009

Money for Food!

"Money for food. Money for food. Money for food." is a constant mutterings of a begger on Southall Broadway.

You can hear him all day - 7 days a week.

Is he really begging for food?

One old lady, even when told to ignore him, felt sorry for him and gave him £5.
Lucky begger. He crossed the road to the other side of Southall Broadway and went straight into the bookies.

Money for Food. Money for Food. Money for Food.

is really

Money for Gambling. Money for Gambling. Money for Gambling.

A new bookie opened up, at the location of the old petrol station, on Southall Broadway. Another one wants to open up just opposite.

All the beggers on Southall Broadway are professionals. They work all day - 7 days a week. If you don't see them, they have merely moved elsewhere temporarily.
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Saturday, 5 September 2009

Professional beggers on Southall Broadway

Beware of professional beggers on Southall Broadway.

All the beggers on Southall Broadway are professionals. They work all day - 7 days a week. If you don't see them, they have merely moved elsewhere temporarily.

The Bosnians are the worst. Remember the Bosnian conflict. All the women and children of one large clan/family have have begging ever since.

Normally you spot 5 or 6 of them at a time.

No able bodied Bosnian man can be seen begging. They know what they would get.

To get your sympathy, women carry children (not neccessarily theirs own).
To make sure you don't ignore them, they will approach ever one.

Police warning of reporting them to social services for putting children/babies at risk have little affect.

The local residents can spot these parasites a mile off.
Only visitors/shoppers fall for their scams.
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Saturday, 18 July 2009

Amir Khan Boxing shown Live at TKC Southall London

Amir Khan fans get to see him fight live at Chaudhry's TKC Southall London

Southall fans see their "role model" Amir Khan fight Andreas Kotelnik and become the new WBA light-welterweight champion, at the MEN Arena in Manchester, on Saturday 18 July 2009.


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Thursday, 18 June 2009

Pakistan through to cricket Twenty20 Final

The Pakistan cricket team have beaten South Africa in the Twenty20 Semi-Final.

You can hear the delight of Pakistan fans all around Southall Broadway.

Even Chaudhry's TKC Tiara bus is driving around with fans on board.

They fans had earlier been watching the match on big screens at Chaudhry's TKC,
the official caterers of the Pakistan Cricket team in the UK.

You can even buy Pakistan cricket kits from there.
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Friday, 5 June 2009

Apology from Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP

Residents of Southall have received letters from the Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologising on behalf of all political parties.

He knows that "people are angry about MPs' expenses."

They will be further incensed to recieve this letter.

Politicians have no morals when it comes to spending other peoples money.

It makes no differences if it's the government money or the Labour party money.
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Thursday, 4 June 2009

Ealing Council to gate more alleyways across the borough

Hundreds of homes will be made more secure after Ealing Council agreed a £720,000 programme to gate alleyways across the borough.

135 more alleyways will be fitted with gates over the next two years to reduce the risk of burglary, flytipping and anti-social behaviour.

The council pays around £200 for each home secured by installing alley gates, reducing the risk of burglars breaking into homes unseen and can also help prevent drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

That is over £5300 per alley way – is that value for money?

The two year programme will make over 2,500 households safer, this is in addition to the 1,380 households secured over 2008/09.

Susan Parsonage, Director of Safer Communities, said: "These gates help to secure vulnerable alleyways and can also act as a deterrent to anyone trying to use the alley for anything criminal."

"We are determined to make Ealing safer and this scheme has a great impact on reducing crime and also giving residents whose areas were previously blighted by anti-social behaviour greater peace of mind."

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Sunday, 24 May 2009

Archbishops advise against voting for the BNP

Two Bishops advise people not to let their anger over the MP expenses scandal influence how the vote nex month.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have urged voters not to vote for the BNP in next month's elections because of anger over the MP expenses scandal.

The Liberal Democrats leader, Nick Clegg, said:

"I don't think you beat the BNP by telling people how to vote."

Especially if it comes from politicians.

It is about time that senior members of the Church of England make a stand against the far right extremist like the BNP.

The BNP just peddle hate.
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Friday, 22 May 2009

Mobile camera for Southall Broadway

The Southall Broadway ward is getting a mobile camera to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Unfortunately, it won't be too mobile, as those attending the latest Southall Broadway ward forum meeting found out.

The camera has to fixed to a specific location and can only be moved 3 or 4 times per year due to cost restraints.

The ideal situation would have been to move it to different location every week.
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Thursday, 21 May 2009

Justice for Gurkhas - at last

Gurkhas who have been willing to die for the United Kingdom have had their services properly recognised - at last.

"Generations of Gurkhas have served the United Kingdom with great courage, sacrifice and distinction" and yet those who retired before 1997 are not allowed to apply for settlement in the UK.

In September 2008, the Gurkhas were celebrating one of their most famous victories, in a legal battle, the High Court gave them the right to settle in the UK.

But the UK government was having none of it. It did everything in its power to deny the Gurkha the right to stay.

Thanks to actress Joanna Lumley, some MP's with guts and public opinion, the government has finally conceded.

Gurkhas who served for four years or more will be able to apply to settle in the UK.
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Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Iraqi corruption is widespread

It comes as no surprise that another report concludes that Iraqi government corruption is rife.

The worst offenders are - in no particular order - the ministries of defence, interior, finance, education and health.

"The report does not even scratch the surface of what goes on. Millions, billions of dollars are being stolen," says an Iraqi MP and member of the parliamentary anti-corruption committee.

"The problem is that senior officials are never punished in Iraq," she said.

Many Iraqis depend on free "government food rations" to survive. The ministry of trade is accused of making millions by selling the food aid to traders. These are openly on sale in the bustling Shorja market in Baghdad.

"Under Saddam things were bad, but now they are worse," said a former political exile and opponent of Saddam Hussain.

According to the anti-corruption group Transparency International, Iraq is one of the most corrupt places in the world, third only to Burma and Somalia.

Those who put together these anti-corruption reports, either have law suits filed against them by the acccused Iraqi ministry or get shot in the streets of Baghdad.

Completely new constitution.
Completly new administration.

What has changed for better?

Was it worth all the destruction and bloodshed?
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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Ealing Council website not available

The Local Council website - London Borough of Ealing - has been out action for a few days.

The meeage visible for yesterday and today has been:

This website is temporarily unavailable.
We are working to fix this problem and restore a normal service as soon as possible.

Please only telephone the council if your enquiry is urgent.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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Sunday, 10 May 2009

Indian Table Tennis team on Southall Broadway


The Indian Table Tennis team play a friendly match with the England Team in Southall.

The friendly match took place at the Dormers Wells Leisure Centre in Southall.



It was the first of 3 friendly matches taking place before the start of the 18th Commonwealth Table Tennis championships starting in Glasgow on May 19.



The result was a draw. The Mayor of Ealing and other dinitaries were present at the after match VIP ceremony.

After the match and ceremony, the Indian and England team dined at Chaudhry's TKC on Southall Broadway.



The Indian team was transported to Chaudhry’s TKC restaurant in the famous tiara bus.
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Monday, 4 May 2009

Southall MP meets Cricketer Mohammed Asif

Southall MP Virendra Sharma attends press conference for Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Asif.

It tool place at Chaudhry’s TKC restaurant in Southall.

The Ealing Southall MP, Virendra Sharma, missed the actual conferences but arrived in time to mingle with the guests and have a bite to eat.



Asif mingled with the audience, signing autographs and having his picture taken with enthusiastic fans, young and old alike. Mr Sharma was one of these individuals.
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Cricketer Mohammad Asif visits Southall

A press conference on behalf of Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Asif was held in Southall.

It was organised by Dalawar Chaudhry and the venue was his restaurant, Chaudhry’s TKC in Southall.

Asif has agreed to be a positive role model for the youth of Southall by providing his expertise to cricketing youngsters of Southall. How that will happen is in its early stages.

He mingled with the audience, signing autographs and having his picture taken with enthusiastic fans, young and old alike.



Cricket can overcome obstacles like nationalism and religion. Mr Brij-Mohan Gupta, Chairman of the Hindu Culture and Heritage Society UK, was one such guest.

His grandchildren had travelled 40 miles to see Mohammad Asif. He said that cricket loving fans don’t want politics in cricket; they merely want to see Mohammed Asif being allowed to play and be entertained.
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Friday, 24 April 2009

'The Southall Story' is launched

A series of exhibitions and events is launched in Southall to celebrate 30 years of 'The Southall Story'.

The event was launched on Friday April 24th at 7.30pm at the Dominion Centre by
musician Kuljit Bhamra, Film Director Shakila Taranum Maan and Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters).



Also present was was special guest star and original Southall resident - Film Director Gurinder Chadha.



It contains photographs, recordings, film documentaries, writings and invaluable archive material for the last 30 years of Southall.



The result of the events and exhibitions will be the publication of a book and DVD.




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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Another anti-terror operations fiasco

Another major anti-terror operations fails to uncover even a minor crime, again.

The Prime minister is briefed on another major anti-terror operation. He wastes no time in announcing it to the world.

The only problem is.
There was no evidence at the start.
And there is no evidence NOW.

12 men, 10 with student visas were arrested in raids in Liverpool, Manchester and Clitheroe.

After 13 days in custody, no evidence of any wrongdoing was discovered and they were released without charge.

They are innocent of any crime.

Yet, eleven of the Pakistani students are now in UK Border Agency custody and face deportation because no evidence of any wrong doing has been found.

Pakistan's high commissioner to the UK said:
"They are youngsters from very poor families...they spent all their savings and came here with passports and visas to pursue their education and they should be allowed... to pursue their education," he said.
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Sunday, 12 April 2009

The annual Southall Vaisakhi procession 2009

The annual Southall Vaisakhi procession was on Sunday 12th April 2009.

The Police estimated that around 30 - 50 thousand people would attend, parading through the streets of Southall.






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Monday, 16 March 2009

Pakistan reinstates sacked judge

The Pakistan government has said sacked Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry will be reinstated.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said "I announce the restoration of all deposed judges including Mr Iftikhar Chaudhry."

The US envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, said the US applauded "the statesmanlike act by President [Asif Ali] Zardari" to "defuse a dangerous confrontation".

Merely an "act by Gardari" to remain in power.

But still a hard fought victory for the people of Pakistan.
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Thursday, 19 February 2009

Why the Southall shoplets and bazaars?

Why have so many Southall Broadway shops turned into smaller retail units, creating so-called 'bazaars' or 'Shopping centres'?

Since 2004 Southall has seen a growth in the 'splitting' of Southall shops into a number of smaller retail units, creating so-called 'bazaars' or 'Shopping centres'.

What is the reason behind it?

Today, established big business in Southall is saying that if they had to pay rent and business rates they would be out of business.

A typical single shop on Southall Broadway pays around £15,000 in business rates alone.

The freeholder (owner) of the shop has been splitting up the shops into smaller retail units to minimize his risk (not being able to let the whole shop).

The tenants can't afford to pay the business rate and the rent without sub-letting the front of the shops to offset their costs.

A few bazaars to create an atmosphere of 'Little Inda' or 'Little Punjab' is acceptable but there are too many of them already.
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Southall Traders unhappy with parking issues

Southall Broadway traders met on Wednesday morning at Chaudhry’s TKC to demand that Ealing Council do something about their parking problems.

At the last Southall Broadway Forum meeting, one attendee joked that visitors to Southall think they are no longer in England.

Not because Southall resembles "Little India" but because of the different parking restriction enforced here (up to 8pm and on sundays aswell).

Yesterday, the Southall business people repeated this as well as "Southall has been neglected."

Shortage of parking space is an old and known problem.

Instead of opening a McDonalds on Southall Broadway, Ealing Council could have solved the problem with a car park. The local traders are also extremely unhappy at the outrageous clamping practices at the McDonalds car park.

The Northcote Hotel was a large derelict property which could have been used as a car park. This was discussed with the Council. But while discussions were going on, unknown to council officials, the planing department approved it for residential use.

Another missed opportunity.

One of the reasons no progress has been made is that the head of the Ealing parking services keeps changing every year.

Ealing Council is asking people experiencing difficulty during the current credit crunch to get in touch with them, to see if they qualify for any assistance.

The business is feeling the credit crunch and their biggest problem is the parking restrictions that are deterring customers.

They want Ealing Council to support them, just like other Council support their businesses.
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Friday, 13 February 2009

Freedom of Speech has NO Limits?

You either believe in free speech or you don't, there is no half-way house.

That is the message we hear loud and clear from the so called "freedom lovers".

They point out that Mr Wilders is an elected MP from another EU country who should not be banned from entering the UK.

They totally ignore the fact that his own country is going to try him for inciting hatred.

Not long ago Mr Wilders himself asked the Dutch government to ban an imam entry to the Netherlands for the exact same reasons.

If Mr Wilders beleived in freedom of speech then why is he calling for a ban on the Koran?

The "freedom lovers" beleive that Mr Wilders should have have been allowed to make his case and anyone could then challenge his asertions.

Wrong.

Nobody is allowed to say whatever they want on TV. There are clear rules on what is acceptable. Those likely to abuse them are not given the opportunity.

All sensible websites like the BBC do not allow any one to say anything they like in their blogs. They moderate the blogs.

Why is that? Why is allowing a rebuttal NOT good enough for them?

Prevention is better than cure.

Does any one feel that their freedom is being under-mined by this?
No, only those whose opinions have been rejected by the vast majority of people in the U.K.

Being turned back at the airport Mr Wilders said: "I'm not doing anything wrong. I'm not protesting or running through the streets of London."

If he is not protesting then why did he fly over here after the British Government told he would not be allowed?

If he is not protesting then why is he making all this fuss?

Michael Portillo beleives that if Mr Wilders had been allowed in he would have arrived unnoticed. The ban has made him a "globally famous figure".

It takes guts to make the right decision.
The government had no choice but to act.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband said: "We have profound commitment to freedom of speech but there is no freedom to cry 'fire' in a crowded theatre and there is no freedom to stir up hate, religious and racial hatred, according to the laws of the land."
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Friday, 6 February 2009

Southall Broadway Ward Forum

The latest issues raised by the Southall Broadway residents, yesterday, at the Southall Broadway Ward Forum meeting.

The general consensus of the Southall Broadway Ward Forum meeting was that elected officials/leaders are not willing to stand up for the residents of Southall. The only time you see them is when they want your vote.

A prime example of that is that the roads around Southall Broadway are full of holes. As fast as Ealing Council is repairing them, (only recently), more holes keep appearing all the time. The quality of the work is also shoddy and roads have always been full of holes to this day.

Mr Asif Khwaja said that there is no community centre where young people can hang out. So, it is no surprise that they loiter about picking up bad habits. Sergeant Shahid Malik pointed out that the old B&Q store site nearly would be an ideal location for such a place.

Nothing being done to address the issue was due to "a problem of finance" according to Cllr Jagdish Gupta. "Where is the money being spent then?" was the attendees’ question.
"Ealing Broadway", where there are no such problems was the attendees’ response.

The £40K ward budget is not enough. The Regeneration budget is for cosmetic affects like nice paving and lighting only. Ealing Council is unlikely to spend any money to address the issue. The only other option left is to apply for Lottery money, according to Sergeant Shahid Malik.

Ealing Council has always wanted to promote Southall as a tourist attraction but has totally neglected the town. Planning for the next Olympics is happening now. Mr Dalawar Chaudhry has been talking to the "West London Alliance" about basing the India and Pakistan teams in West London.

What practice facilities can Southall offer them?
Southall Park?
Ealing Council needs to take an active part and invite the business to participate.

Traffic congestion

Another problem in Southall is the Beaconsfield Road junction, where it is extremely difficult and dangerous to turn right towards the Railway Station. People from the other side carry on driving even through red lights.

Some silly individuals use the left hand line to turn right, carving up every one else in the process as well as well as holding up the unsuspecting cars behind them. Others do u turns after going straight or turning left.

A long overdue simple request like allow people "time" to turn right has not been addressed because parties other than Ealing Council are involved, we are informed.

Parking Times

There is general confusion as to whether you can park in front of the Chaudhry’s TKC on Southall Broadway after 4 pm. The sign says that bays can be used for "pay & display" parking between 9.30 am and 4 pm.

Chaudhry’s TKC were reliably informed by Ealing Council officials that although the sign say no stopping between 4 pm and 7 pm, this was no longer the case and it was OK to park there.

But since the sign says no parking, wardens are booking unsuspecting motorist. More confusing signs further along the Broadway have been reported. The matter will be raised with Parking Services.

Southall Regeneration

Ms Carol Sams, a senior Economic Regeneration Manager, said that £1.9 was available for Southall regeneration over 3 years. £1 million of that will go towards providing nice street paving and lighting.

She said that due to insufficient public toilet facilities the Council is considering "Community toilets". This is where any business will be paid £600 pa if they allow the public to use their facilities. The other reason cited by Cllr Gupta was lack of any space to locate the toilet facilities which was strongly disputed.

Parking in Southall is a well known problem. The timing of the CPZ is not in line with the rest of London. Under used CPZ streets during the week and weekends will be considered for dual usage i.e. pay and display parking as well.

The car park of the Conservative club, next to the old Town Hall, is hardly used over the weekend. Ms Sams said that a trial is being run whereby 50 spaces are available to the public over the weekend, at a charge of £1 for the day, to be posted via the letter box. This is not widely publicised.

Crime

Sergeant Shahid Malik stated that having CCTV cameras on Southall Broadway has moved the problem of drugs, drinking and related crime onto the side streets. The attendees wanted more Police presence on the streets.

A lot of elderly people have been victims of cash point machine crime. No one is around when they look. But after they have entered their pin, the victim is distracted by a friendly face "Aunty Jee, ...". When the victim turns back to the Cash point machine, the transaction is over/cancelled and no card is being returned.

The friendly face advises them to join the queue (for 10 minutes) to report that the cash point machine has swallowed their card. By which time the friendly face has made several withdrawals using the victim’s card.

Several of the attendees had been victims of crime and were not happy the way the Police dealt with the matter. One such person was on his way to the bank when sauce was thrown on his jacket. A nice lady offered to assist but when the victim removed his jacket, the lady ran off with the jacket (containing the money).

After a long chase, luckily the jacket and money was recovered. The criminal was arrested by the Police in Acton, who wanted to know if the victim wanted to press charges. The victim said yes.

What he heard next was shocking. "Why do you want to press charges when the money has been recovered?" Is that the standard "Report all crime to the Police" policy?

The Green is a place where too many cars used to be parked on the pavements causing a nuisance and a danger to the public. Bollards were added to prevent such parking. But still there are too many people just loitering around. Although not covered by the Southall Broadway area, Sergeant Shahid Malik suggested that perhaps a dispersal order was required.

Other matters

Railings are to be placed near the junction of Hambrough Road and the Broadway for safety reasons. Officers will examine the area and then decide on the precise location. They will be placed where there is a lot of congestion on the pavement and there is danger of the public inadvertently walking onto the road.

Over 300 children attend the Abu Bakr Mosque on the Broadway. It has requested for some time now that a pelican crossing be placed near West End Road to protect the children and to make the drivers aware of the children. Cost of the scheme will be researched by the local councillors.
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Thursday, 5 February 2009

Tony Blair's advice to the Barack Obama?

What was Tony Blairs advice to the US President Barack Obama at the US traditional National Prayer Breakfast?

"You don’t need cheerleaders but partners, not spectators but supporters."

He is just confirming, what the whole world already knows, that Tony Blair was a mere cheerleader and spectator in the western Foreign policy dictated by George Bush.

The other piece of advice was that doing nothing is the worst thing to do.

Nothing is the only contribution that Tony Blair has made in the Middle East peace process.

Mr Obama described Blair as "an example to so many people around the world".
It is indeed strange that "so many people around the world" regard Blair as George Bush’s poodle.

A very good example for those who want to be led like sheep.
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Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Extreme snow causes Southall school closures

Most of the schools in Southall were closed on Monday and Tuesday due to the the worst snowfall in 18 years.

The Southall & West London College on Beaconsfield Road was closed on Monday and Tueday.

Featherstone High School on Montague Waye on Monday and Tueday.

Hambrough Primary School on South Road wass closed on Monday and Tueday.

Villiers High School on Boyd Avenue was the odd one out. It was open on Monday and only sent year 7 to 9 home in the morning.

It was also open on Tuesday, although not many children turned up.

Villiers High School needs to improve its communication ability.
It is extremely difficult to phone in the morning and get through to the school.

Featherstone High School is the only enlightened school, which lets parents/students know via its website, whether it is open or closed.
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Monday, 26 January 2009

Belgian hypocrisy about Hamas

A senior European Union official touring war-torn Gaza (former Belgian foreign minister), Mr Michel, described Israel’s destruction of Gaza as “abominable, indescribable."

Yet, he insisted that “Hamas is a terrorist movement” and not a not a legitimate resistance movement because it killed 3 Israeli civilians.

Israel killed 1,300 Palestinians, including 400 children.
Is he going to classify Israel as a terrorist state for killing 400 children?
No. Why not?

Kill 3 civilians and you are terrorist organisations?
Kill 400 children and you are true democracy?
What hypocrisy.

Carry out “abominable, indescribable" destruction and you are a democracy?
I think not.

Mr Michel said people in the EU were sick of paying for the same infrastructure being destroyed over and over again in Israeli military action.

So why don’t they do something about the “Israeli military action”?

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Sunday, 25 January 2009

Israeli "state terror"

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of turkey, described Israeli actions in Gaza as "savagery", "a crime-against humanity" and "state terror," and warned Israel that it will "reap what it sows".

It is difficult for Israel to swallow from an ally that was the first mainly Muslim country to recognise Israel.

A senior Israeli diplomat told the BBC "There is a great deal of disappointment that there has not been one word of sympathy from Turkey about the Israelis."

How long will it take the Israelis to resume normal lives?
Not long.

What about the Palestinians?
Years, if the Israeli allow them or decades otherwise.

Sir John Holmes, who visited Gaza, was shocked by the "the systematic nature of the destruction".

Israel killed more than 1,300 and injured 5,000. “Too many innocent civilians, including hundreds of children" as the UK prime minister described it.

"We toured the part of Jabaliya …. an area that must cover at least a square mile, there are no houses left - no mosques, no factories and no orchards. The entire neighbourhood has been devastated."

"It would take three to five years to rebuild even under normal conditions - never mind with the continued Israeli blockade which stops all but humanitarian basics entering the strip."

If Israel gave a damn about any one else then it would not have conducted this murderous one sided massacre or continue its inhumane blockade which stops all but humanitarian basics entering the strip.

Effects of blockade are at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7845428.stm

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Friday, 23 January 2009

UN 'shocked' by Gaza destruction

The UN's humanitarian chief, Sir John Holmes, visited Gaza on Thursday and said that he was shocked by "the systematic nature of the destruction".

Israel had prevented International aid agencies from entering Gaza since early November.

Vast amounts of building materials is needed immediately to rebuild hospitals, mosques, public buildings and homes.

He also said that the scale of destruction would have "disturbing" repercussions for the people of Gaza.

In one industrial area every building within a square kilometre had been levelled, by bulldozers and shells.

The full scale of the "systematic destruction" of Gaza is slowly emerging.

Who was it aimed at? Hamas or the innocent Palestinians?



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Saudi Prince warns US over Middle East

Saudi Arabia is regarded as pro western and one of four Arab countries that have formal ties to Israel.

Yet, even they regard ex-President George W Bush’s Middle Eastern policies as "sickening".

Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief and former ambassador to the US, UK and Ireland wrote in the Financial Times:

The US administration needs to takes "forceful steps to prevent any further suffering and slaughter of Palestinians" if it wants to be taken seriously.

He said that George Bush was leaving a "sickening legacy" in the region. One example of this was the "arrogant attitude about the butchery in Gaza".

President Barack Obama, apart from condemning Hamas for firing of rockets at Israel, should also condemn Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinians.

He should also "forcefully condemn the Israeli actions that led to this conflict, from settlement building in the West Bank to the blockade of Gaza and the targeted killings and arbitrary arrests of Palestinians."
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Monday, 19 January 2009

School in Palestine!

Knowledge is power!
Let's not be ignorant to these conflicts and to the loss of human dignity!

Schools In Palestine
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We will not go down (Song for Gaza)

This is a song of hope for the Palestinians in Gaza, composed and performed by Michael Heart.



WE WILL NOT GO DOWN (Song for Gaza)
(Composed by Michael Heart)
Copyright 2009

A blinding flash of white light
Lit up the sky over Gaza tonight
People running for cover
Not knowing whether they’re dead or alive

They came with their tanks and their planes
With ravaging fiery flames
And nothing remains
Just a voice rising up in the smoky haze

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die
We will not go down
In Gaza tonight

Women and children alike
Murdered and massacred night after night
While the so-called leaders of countries afar
Debated on who’s wrong or right

But their powerless words were in vain
And the bombs fell down like acid rain
But through the tears and the blood and the pain
You can still hear that voice through the smoky haze

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die
We will not go down
In Gaza tonight
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Sunday, 18 January 2009

UK makes £20m aid promise to Gaza

The UK prime minister, Gordon Brown, said: "Too many innocent civilians, including hundreds of children, have been killed during the military offensive."

"This fragile ceasefire has got to be followed immediately - if it is to be sustainable - by humanitarian access, which we have asked for, by troop withdrawals, by an end to arms trafficking, by an opening-up of the crossings, by the end of rocket attacks."

Exactly what Hamas was asking for, before this devastation.

All this bloodshed could have been avoided, if the British Goverment had made this statement/demand a month earlier.

£20m aid promise will not diminish it's complicity in the pre-planned wholesale destruction of Gaza and its silence during it.

The world will not forget.
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Friday, 16 January 2009

Jeremy Bowen : Words of Wisdom for Israel

Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East Editor, writes in his diary on the conflict between Hamas and Israel, some words of wisdom for Israel and it's suppporters

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7826849.stm

Many Israelis feel that they are fighting for their existence, because they see Hamas, like Hezbollah in Lebanon, as spearheads of a much bigger threat, from Iran and Israel's other enemies in the Middle East.

That is why Israelis believe that their plight is unique, and their actions justified.

I don't know of one that has the same capacity to enrage people all over the world, even if they have never been to this small patch of the planet.

There is no doubt about the extreme suffering that Israel is inflicting on Palestinians in Gaza to protect, in its view, its own citizens. It is deepening the hatred for Israel that many people in Gaza felt anyway.

Israel has used what Prime Minister Ehud Olmert calls the iron fist many times before. And its citizens still feel insecure.

Will they feel any different when this latest episode is over?
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Israeli troops shell the U.N. headquarters in Gaza

On Thursday Israeli troops shelled the U.N. headquarters in Gaza setting the compound on fire, destroying tons of food and humanitarian supplies.

About 700 residents of nearby blocks of flats taking shelter in the compound were forced to flee.

The fires then threatened to engulf five fuel tankers. The trucks were quickly moved out of the area avoiding a massive explosion.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his "outrage" and demanded a full explanation from the Israeli government.

The Israeli defence minister told him that it was a grave mistake.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the compound had been targeted because militants had opened fire from there. He blamed the militants.

Today, the senior UN official in Gaza, John Ging, described claims by the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that militants were using the compound to fire on Israeli troops as "total nonsense".

Had the fire set alight the five fuel tankers causing an explosion, would Israel have alleged that the compound was an ammunitions factory of the militants.
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Thursday, 15 January 2009

David Miliband:: Terrorism is a deadly tactic, not an institution or an ideology

David Miliband the Foreign Secretary has said that the term "war on terror" was a mistakes because it "implied a belief that the correct response to the terrorist threat was primarily a military one."

He said by lumping all group into one "terrorist" pot, we have unified "groups with little in common."

"Terrorism is a deadly tactic, not an institution or an ideology."

"We must respond to terrorism by championing the rule of law, not subordinating it, for it is the cornerstone of the democratic society. We must uphold our commitments to human rights and civil liberties at home and abroad."

Finally got the courage to speak, when Bush is leaving Office and the next President, Barack Obama, does not hold the same blinkered views.

Unfortunately, it is 7 years too late.

The Palestinians of Gaza have been terrorised for 3 weeks.
Does he or the British government want to champion law and human rights or only subordinate them?

The Foreign Affairs spokesman for the Lib Dems said: "Mimicking President-elect Obama's lines days before his inauguration does not show leadership."

The Scottish National Party leader said: "This is rank hypocrisy. His government acted as a poodle to the Bush doctrine in Iraq and elsewhere."
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Wednesday, 14 January 2009

"smart power" - Another American phrase:

"war on terror" was a stupid simplistic rallying phrase to demonise the enemy. What is the next one?

What slogans will Barack Obama adopt while in office?

His team is formulating phrases that will define his presidency.

Hillary Clinton, his chief diplomat, came up with "smart power" before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The New York Times explained: "It means using all the levers of influence — diplomatic, economic, military, legal, political and cultural — to get what you want."

Describes the current US Foreign Policy of "do as we say" or prepare to be smart bombed into submission by our "Shock and Awe" strategy.
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Monday, 12 January 2009

Israeli using phosphorus shells near civilian areas

Human Rights Watch has accused the Israeli army of illegally firing phosphorus shells fired ear civilian areas.

White phosphorus sticks to human skin and will burn right through to the bone.

The Israeli military has used phosphorus shells during its bombardment of Lebanon in 2006.

The US military in Iraq admitted using white phosphorus as a weapon in the assault on Falluja in 2004 - after initial denials.
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Gaza “Human shields”

Israeli forces bombed a UN School last Tuesday killing about 40 Palestinian civilians sheltering at the Fakhura School in Jabaliya. An estimated 55 people were injured.

Israeli officials immediately accused Hamas of using civilians as "human shields".

The Israeli army stood by its earlier statements that mortars had been fired "from within" the school and named two Hamas militants among those killed at the school. It also alleged booby-trapped bombs in the school had triggered secondary explosions.

Two days after the incident, the Israeli army admitted in private that that the mortar fire came from outside the school compound.

On Sunday, Quoted in the Haaretz newspaper, the Israeli army said Hamas militants had fired from near the school and not from within it.

They said that it was a stray mortar that caused the carnage at Fakhura School.

The facts so far:

- Repeated Israeli claims that Hamas militants fired from the school is a lie.

- Claims of booby-trapped bombs in the school are another lie – it was hit by an Israeli mortar.

- How did the Israeli army conjure up 2 dead militants in the school and why?

The only reason the truth is slowly coming out is that gravity of the incident and UN calls for an independent investigation.

The initial "human shield" claim was made forcefully after the killings by the Israeli military, politicians and many supporters of Israel.

The people of Gaza are not only being bombed by Israel but also being used as "Human shields".

Amnesty International has accused Israel using Gaza civilians as "human shields".
Israeli troops are forcing Palestinian civilians to stay in their homes after taking them over as sniper positions or bases.
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Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Who is whipping up war hysteria?

When the Mumbai attack occurred on 26th November 2008, Indian officials were quick to accuse Pakistan of involvement in some manner.

Yet, they waited until this Monday to provide Islamabad with any evidence.

Then today, the next day, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accuses Pakistan of involvement by saying that due to the "sophistication and military precision of the attack it must have had the support of some official agencies in Pakistan".

He goes on to say "Today, …Pakistan engages in whipping up war hysteria.”

Is this man seriously expecting Islamabad to fully co-operate by making these baseless public accusations”?

Who is whipping up the war hysteria?

Pakistan has not had the time to look at the evidence, if any, let alone evaluate it. They have said they will co-operate fully.

All it needs is for the “war mongers” to shut up, for a just a short time, while the evidence is examined.

It took the Indian government 6 minutes to accuse Pakistan, it took them 6 weeks to produce any evidence.

How long have they waited for a response?

Six minutes?

No sign of brain activity there.
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Blood Testing Service at Ealing Hospital?

People who turned up at Ealing Hospital in Southall for a routine blood test were left disappointed.

Those that turned early in the morning were told that the blood testing service located in the main outpatients department would not open until 12 noon. Some unfortunate people waited an hour, only to be told that it would open at 1 pm, if they were lucky, due to lack of staff.

Having paid the minimum £3.50 to park in the Ealing Hospital car park, would any reasonable person wait more than 2 hours just to find out if the blood testing service will be available?

A costly and stressful place - Ealing Hospital in Southall.
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Monday, 5 January 2009

Petition to PM: Introduce sanctions against Israel

Do somethings to stop Israel slaughtering the Palestinans.

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Introduce sanctions against Israel.

Israeli must be punished for its failure to adhere to the Geneva convention concerning the collective punishment of the citizens of Gaza. Israeli tactics are cruel, malicious and demonstrate that Israel is not interested in the peace process or a Palestinian State. They are creating the ideal breeding ground for extremism, sabotaging peace efforts and squandering the good will they have been given.

Sign the petition here.
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Analysis: Dangerous Israeli gamble

Jeremy Bowen, the BBC's Middle East editor beleives that diplomats and leaders on all sides should have done better.


"Talk of a peace process sounds hollow on the streets of the West Bank.

For the last 18 months Israel and its allies have agreed to continue isolating Hamas and to allow only the most basic essentials into Gaza.

It was a policy which reflected their total rejection of Hamas's ideology and actions.

It was easier to stick to that policy than to make serious attempt to address the problems of Gaza, the Palestinians and Israel.

Diplomats and leaders on all sides should have done better. They might have avoided this war.

But that did not happen and it is too late now, at least until this round of bloodletting is over."


news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7810888.stm

I would add that:

It was a US/UK/Israeli/Western policy which reflected their total rejection of the Palestinian people rights.

It is a policy that is unlikely to change because no one can stand up to the US.

Not a single country in the democratic world is prepared to improve or let let any one else improve the conditions of the Palestinians.

Not a single country in the democratic world feels anything for the suffering of the Palestinians.

Not a single country in the democratic world is prepared to push the Peace process along.

All they want is to appease the Zionists and Bush.

The voices of reason in the West and elsewhere can be easily ignored.

The recent condemnations of the Quartets inaction by leading charities of the world failed to shame any democratic world leader to act and the outcome was obivious.

Here are a few images of the best behaved soldiers in the World (or Middle East):







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Saturday, 3 January 2009

Worthless Lloyds TSB’s Asian Jewel Award

In October 2008, Lloyds TSB instructed the Islamic Bank of Britain (IBB) to close the account of UK charity Interpal.

The letter clearly stated in no uncertain terms that:

"we do not wish you to transfer, receive, process or in any way deal with any funds, or in any way whatsoever¦ be involved with any type of banking arrangements for Interpal which either uses or involves any products or services provided by us."

Yet, the bank has been telling concerned customers that:

"We hope to reassure you about our commitment not only to our Muslim customers but to building relationships with the wider Muslim community. We can confirm that Lloyds TSB does not hold accounts for Interpal. Furthermore, we would not direct, nor would it be appropriate for us, to direct another institution on how to deal with its own customers.”

Who is threatening the IBB to close the interpal account? Little men from Mars or Lloyds TSB?

This inhumane and devious act forced British Asian millionaire, Imraan Ladak, to return the Lloyds TSB’s Asian Jewel Award he received in 2007.

He said: "I no longer trust that Lloyds TSB follow the equal opportunities and anti-racist principles the Asian Jewel Awards are based upon."

Interpal has been investigated by the Charity Commission 1996 and 2003 and was cleared on both occasions.
A number of organisations had to issue apologies after repeating the false allegations.

It is being investigated again – since 2006 and not a shread of evidence so far.

Interpal said "This is not only an attack on Interpal, a leading British charity, but on all other Muslim charities, all charities working in politically-sensitive regions, all customers of IBB and the Palestinian people, 80% of whom are completely dependent on international aid for survival."

"This comes as a result of pressures from foreign groups, which do not have the legality to interfere with either the British banking or charity sector, yet have managed to place IBB in a compromising situation. Additionally, this comes as Lloyds TSB recently benefited from a bailout of taxpayer’s money, without considering that Muslims are also among British taxpayers."

Being a Palestinian charity, it has to work in the open Gaza prison and avoiding contact with those in charge within Gaza – Hamas – is unavoidable. As such, any charity can be labelled a terrorist organisation without a shread of evidence.

Not only is the West stopping any food and material getting into Gaza, it is also preventing charities from operating within Gaza.

Any caring person would close their account with Lloyds TSB and let them know why.
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