LONDON’S POLLUTION ZONE 18 TIMES LARGER.

The ULEZ has been in place since April 2019, previously only covering the same area of central London as the Congestion Charge it now includes all areas within the North and South Circular roads allegedly in an attempt to boost air quality.

London’s pollution charge zone for older vehicles has been significantly expanded, affecting tens of thousands of motorists leaving drivers of vehicles which do not comply with minimum emissions standards being charged £12.50 to drive in the Ultra Low Emission Zone, which became 18 times larger on Monday.

So who will not have to pay the charge, petrol cars must meet Euro 4 emissions standards to be ULEZ compliant and most if not all, petrol cars registered since January 2006 meet these standards together with almost every diesel car registered since September 2015, which actually means all cars older than 2006 and all diesel cars older than 2015 will have to pay considerably more to drive should they need to travel to London.

Unfortunately none of my modern cars most of which are 2002/03 will be exempt, although my classics which are cars over 40 years old will not have to pay but as driving a 1947 motorcar in London is an absolutely dreadful experience, one tries never to venture into the Capital.

This leaves me back where I started when the Congestion Charge was first introduced except I now have a considerably larger no-go area in London to avoid or a much lager payment of £27.50 should I go into both zones.

Now I’m loathe to give any money to the awful car hating Mayor of London so I am forced to drive round the Capital and spend my money elsewhere, I have no idea how much pollution I have created by having to drive such a long way round and I have a nasty feeling it will only be a matter of time before we have to take an even bigger diversion when the ULEZ extends to the M25.

I wish the future were bright but I fear not, for I foresee an increase in the use of electric vehicles by a small minority of people with sufficient funds to purchase one, although Lord alone knows where the electricity to charge them is coming from, and the rest of us who either do not want, or cannot afford to get rid of a perfectly decent motorcar whilst the world is awash with fuel.

I’m glad it’s not my idea of progress!

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RUGBY PLAYERS TOLD NOT TO DRESS AS WOMEN.

A group of men who dress in women’s clothing to raise money for a local hospice claim they have been told their fundraising is potentially offensive by charity bosses.

The men are members and supporters of Upton Rugby Club and have dressed in drag for charity fundraisers for 18 years having raised more than £40,000 for St Richard’s Hospice but the group claim they have been told their latest efforts cannot by promoted by the hospice because it might offend the LGBT community.

June Patel, St Richard’s chief executive, said they appreciated the group’s fundraising but were striving to be mindful of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Now from my recollection of gay friends I have known, certainly the men are only too happy to dress in drag at the drop of a hat and would socialise in gay bars dressed as such and having seen many a drag act perform before an audience of LGBQ people of both sex I have never seen anyone take offence at a man dressed in a frock!

It seems though that June Patel the Chief Executive of St Richard’s Hospice may well have shot herself in the foot as I believe the rugby players are now looking for another charity who will be only too happy to receive donations from a group of men in frocks and quite right too.

The group on Leo Sayer All Dayer outside the Upton shop where they buy their women's clothes

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WHO WOULD NAME THEIR SON LUCIFER?

It seems there is a trend at the moment to name boy children LUCIFER and I’m forced to wonder who on earth would name a child Lucifer!

Apparently it follows on from a popular American TV programme which I have a feeling I have had the misfortune to watch as my wife like to relax by watching mind numbing television programmes whilst I am reading my car magazines.

I have very little to say on the subject, except; dreadful TV programme, even worse name for a child!

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INSULATE BRITAIN SUSPENDS ROAD BLOCKING PROTESTS.

Insulate Britain protesters have suspended their road blocking protests until 25th October and I for one am very pleased to hear it, especially as I have to use the M25 later in the week.

No reason was given for the suspension but I’m guessing as they have been very active blocking the roads for some considerable time they have by now run out of money and will all have to go home to collect their pensions!

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CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK TAKES TRIP INTO SPACE.

Captain James T Kirk of the USS Enterprise otherwise known as William Shatner has become the oldest man to go into space at 90 years of age following a trip on the Jeff Bezos Blue Origin rocket.

Shatner and his fellow passengers reached an altitude of roughly 350,000ft and a velocity of about 2,000mph although the trip only lasted about 10 minutes before the capsule fell back to Earth with the aid of a parachute.

Apparently they did not reach the final frontier and had no interference from klingons on the starboard bow at all during the flight.

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THE INTERNET HAS BEEN OFF FOR A WHOLE DAY!!

THE INTERNET HAS BEEN OFF ALL DAY, IT FEELS LIKE THE WORLD HAS COME TO AN END.

I’M NOT SURE THAT IT SHOULD BE THAT IMPORTANT BUT SADLY IN MODERN LIFE IT IS!!

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POLICE OFFICER CAUSED DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING.

A Police officer is currently in Court charged with one count of causing death by dangerous driving and one of causing serious injury by dangerous driving following a high speed chase of a moped.

I’m not sure if one is supposed to comment on a case until after the verdict so all I shall say is this, it seems he was chasing two young men on a moped suspected of a smash and grab theft in the area when they attempted to evade arrest by fleeing from the Police.

Had they not fled the scene at speed there would have been no chase and ultimately no death and no serious injury, so who is actually responsible for the outcome of this chase, I’m afraid it seems to me the moped rider. We shall have to wait and see the outcome of the case.

A Metropolitan Police vehicle drives past Trafalgar Square in London as it responds to an emergency call. (Photo by Dave Rushen / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
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INSULATE BRITAIN PROTESTERS BLOCK ROADS AGAIN.

Protesters have blocked roads yet again, including a woman who pleaded with them to let her through as she was desperate to visit her aged mother who had been taken to hospital.

In another incident members of the public were seen dragging protesters out of the road in an attempt to clear the road to let an ambulance through.

Personally I’ve had enough of these idiots and think it is time the Police arrested them and put them in prison, not only for the benefit of the hard pressed drivers who are just trying to get to work but for the wellbeing of the protesters who will without a shadow of a doubt be run over if they continue like this.

Angry drivers clashed with activists blocking the south side of Wandsworth Bridge
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THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN.

Just watched the Battle of Britain again, still a jolly good film!

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TRANSGENDER WOMAN ABUSED IN TOILET.

A Labour councillor has claimed she suffered transphobic abuse from a fellow delegate at the Labour party conference, Councillor Patricia Hannah-Wood, of Pendle Labour Party said that she was abused by “one of our sisters in this conference hall now”.

Ms Hannah-Wood who is a transsexual woman, said “On Sunday evening I was in the loo downstairs with a few of my colleagues from the north-west when I was transphobically abused in this conference centre by one of our sisters in this conference hall now.

She continued, “It should not happen, we have got an anti-bigotry and anti-bullying policy in the Labour Party, “We need it to be enforced.”

One has to be so careful nowadays when wishing to comment on so many things, so I will attempt to tread as carefully as I can to try to put the other side of the story.

I have never seen this woman before and only heard her comments today on the television but one is forced to wonder, as she looks like a man and sounds like a man could the abuse be nothing more than another woman who entered the toilet pointing out that the men’s loos are next door, who knows?

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