Monday, 30 April 2007

Libyan Mystery Weekend!

Saturday evening I received the following text on my phone, it was sent by a good friend of mine who is usually responsible for organizing gatherings and occasions for the Libyan community in London:
Please come to the community centre tomorrow at 6pm. This is a very important evening, please pass this message. Thank you.

For the past few years the Libyans here meet at every last Sunday of the month, this meeting became known as the Makarona (Pasta) Meeting, because we usually have Mbakebka (Libyan Pasta Dish) for dinner.
When this dinner gathering started, some used it as an opportunity to meet friends, have a laugh and dinner then play cards in the evening which is fine even though I do not play cards as I can never understand Libyan card games, some hard headed men complained about card playing and so this was stopped, then for a period of about 6 months we had some great lectures given mainly by Libyan intellectuals and some armatures as well about Libyan history, poets and heroes, that was the best period, it was educational, informative and very funny at times, of course it didnt last as some others complained that they didnt want lectures they just wanted to come and eat, so then it just became a Makarona meeting where many would turn up, eat, have a good old GURMA (gossip) then go home, many of us lost interest, I stopped going about a year ago until yesterday that is!!
I was intrigued by the text and was wondering what is so important, what is going on, of course I had a couple of phone calls from friends asking if I had any idea, no I didn't, I phoned my Friend the organizer, no reply!! so of course being inquisitive and like to miss nothing, I got ready and went to the community centre at 5:55pm, first thing I noticed that there were only 3 other people, one of them was preparing the dinner. After about 30 minutes the number went up to about 18 men. I saw my friend the organizer parking his car, I went over with another friend, we asked him what is going on? why are we here? what is the big mystery??
He started to laugh then told us that he had enough of organizing this evening every month and then people do not turn up so he thought if he made it sound mysterious then everyone would turn up, guess what?? his cunning plan backfired! as I said only about 18 men turned up which is a lot less than usual! He admitted that this would probably be the End of Makarona Meetings (sounds like a good title for a book) in fact the cost alone is not worth the bother as in top of the food expenses, rent has to be paid for the community centre. As usual we Libyans here proved that we are so un-united, surprise surprise!
Anyway the Makarona was delicious but it was accompanied by a fantastic culprit that I just could not keep away from, my friends warned me to be careful or I would have a bad tummy evening, I didn't listen, I just could not stop myself from eating it, here is a picture of last night's culprit that upset my tummy:
The good old Msaier (Chili Pickle) :o)

Friday, 27 April 2007

Scary Ghost

London is very famous for its beings that go bump in the night, almost every area has its own haunted house where you hear of stories of ghosts and headless bodies that walk at night and get up to no good.

Here I found this very scary ghost caught on camera, watch it closely and listen carefully or you might just miss the ghost:

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Butter or Margarine?

I got this Email from a friend which says something about margarine which I don't like very much anyway, now I don't know if what this Email claims is true but its an interesting read and its up to you to choose:
Butter or Margarine?

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys.

When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.

It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter.

How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings. DO YOU KNOW...the difference between margarine and butter? Read on to the end...gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories. Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams. Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods. Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few only because they are added! Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

And now, for Margarine... Very high in trans fatty acids. Triple risk of coronary heart disease. Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol) Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold. Lowers quality of breast milk.

Decreases immune response. Decreases insulin response. And here's the most disturbing fact....

HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING! Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

You can try this yourself: Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things:

* No flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

* It does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value

* Nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weenie microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic.

Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast? Share This With Your Friends..... (If you want to "butter them up")!

Chinese Proverb: "When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, You have a moral obligation to share it with others."

Tuesday, 24 April 2007


Our thoughts and prayers are with Piccolina and Maiuna and their family for the loss of their beloved Grand Mother.

May Allah be kind to her soul and grant her Heaven

انا لله وانا اليه راجعون

Monday, 23 April 2007

Libyan Matchmaking

I was contacted recently by a friend of mine in Libya who mentioned the possibility of opening a matchmaking agency in Libya who would be run as a non profit making business that would respect and follow Islamic teachings and Libyan values and would be there for the purpose of helping Libyan men & women to find a partner for marriage purposes and to help reduce the problems of high marriage costs that have probably caused so many Libyan people to keep off getting married, I myself have not got much idea about matchmaking agencies and the way they work but I do know that in London, some mosques offer this service where men and women that register can meet each other through the mosque and I do know of at least 2 successful marriages that came through this service.
What I really want is to test this issue here, your feed back can be very useful and very helpful, so please let me know what you think and I will pass your comments, positive & negative to the people concerned.
Yesterday passed without me noticing,! I left Libya on 22 April 1980, that is 27 years ago, my God I must be so old :o)

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Am I Ashamed of Being Libyan?

OK, if it is up to Libyan people to rule the country and they are confronted with a choice between the following 2 issues, which one are they going to choose?

keep in mind that Libya is a very rich country:

1/ Build a Motorway* that runs from Libya to Niger (motorway already being built) at a cost of 100s of millions of Dollars plus more millions just to maintain it and keep it free of sand, a motorway that no one needs or would use.

2/ Build a hospital with the latest medical technology just for catering to Libyan Aids victims offering the latest in drugs, treatments, education & awareness and the best trained doctors at a similar cost or even less than the damn motorway, a hospital that could at least give some hope and desperately needed comforts in the life of our infected children.

Some of you might say such hospital does exist in Benghazi and it is there just for those children, to those I say please read the following which is a translation of an investigation carried out by
The drive to the hospital that has been set specially for the 100s of children infected with the HIV virus in Benghazi took us half an hour from the outskirts of the city. As we entered the hospital we had so many questions on our minds which needed answers, why did they choose a place that is so far from the centre of the city? why wasn't the specialists and the social workers consulted about the choice & location of the place? a place that should have been special for many children that lost their smiles.

In the first room we spoke with Zakia, who herself is infected with HIV and so are her son & daughter, Zakia said that they are sick and tired of schools that keep throwing their children out because of their conditions, we suffer from being neglected and abandoned by our own community, she said, many of us have been thrown out of our houses, our relatives and friends have abandoned us due to their ignorance and lack of education about this disease. Most of the infected children stay together and have befriended each other in the hospital, many refuse to leave the hospital and prefer to spend their time here.

Only one school in Benghazi has accepted these tragic children and that is TABARAK school which is run by Fariha Al-Drisi.

We found a boy sitting on his bed, Yahya Al-Agouri, a young boy with big dreams of joining a sports club. He said, they throw us out of every Libyan sports club, once I went to a club they told me to get out because they found my name is on a list of banned people on their computer, now I just spend all my time in this hospital. We asked him what his wish was, he answered, to be able to enroll in a sports club and become a footballer.

We went back to talk to Zakia, she said that people responsible for them have neglected their duties, in fact they are stealing our children's benefits, look at this hospital she said, this place does not look like a hospital, it is damp, there is no Television, the children are lying between the beds and in the corridors, the hospital is not healthy and is not suitable. The manager of this hospital, Almahdi Emhabrash, has never visited the patients, we do not like the manager, he has no humanity in him, last night our room flooded with rain water, this hospital used to be a correction centre, it should not be a hospital, we went to Italy and stayed 1 year, we were told that when we come back that we will have a complete specialised hospital, we came back from Italy to find it the exact opposite. A parent described the psychological state of these children, when we went abroad the children became happy and relaxed, when we came back we tried to put the disease at the back of our minds but we always find someone that would remind us about it, foreign people used to play with our kids, here this is impossible, they keep reminding us as if we are forbidden from living.

We talked to Hadeer's mother who said, Hadeer got infected when she was 40 days old, 9 years later no one has done anything for her except medical tests, Hadeer suffers daily, we bring her to the hospital here but for no good, again this year she never went to school, my family have accepted her but not the neighbours so we keep her away from them, the whole world abandoned us and is watching our children suffer, when Hadeer used to go to school, the head mistress told us to take her out of the school in case she infects other children حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل, we want our country and the whole world to stand with these children.

Another mother said, they said they were going to provide special schools for our children but that never happened, no one visits us, the hospital has become our home even for the uninfected members of the family.

This man, Ramadan Al-Furjani, was there with his 19 year old sister Asma, he describes her condition as tragic, Asma is physically disabled, she can not even feed herself, her mother and brother look after her, Ramadan said that the Libyan Doctors & nurses lack the necessary experience to look after his sister, they try but they do not even have the necessary medicines, on top of her tragic condition she was also infected with the HIV virus.

This was a translation of some of the report done by

For me I think looking at the above picture of Ramadan Al-Furjani sums it all up, you can see the sadness and the tragedy in his face, just looking at him I felt I could never ask for forgiveness for the people that did this, no matter who they are, May Allah punish them for hurting Ramadan for infecting the children and for making all these families suffer. Ameen.


I came across some pictures here of Libyan disabled people that really upset me, this is Libya, the land of petrol, the land of riches, the land of ........

The families of the disabled children and adults above can not get the necessary accessories and medications needed by disabled people from the Libyan social services, they even tried to get wheelchairs but were told the authorities can not afford them! the families had to buy the wheelchairs abroad, now some of the people have outgrown the wheelchairs but the families can not afford to buy them again so they just stay lying on the floor.

كيف سنقف بين يدي الله لاحول ولا قوة الا بالله

About my question: Am I Ashamed of Being Libyan?
No, of course I am not ashamed of being Libyan, I am proud of my country but I am ashamed of the people that caused all this suffering, they will get what they deserve, Allah waits but does not forget.
*Wednesday, 4 April, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi announced Sunday that the construction of an asphalt highway to link the Libyan capital Tripoli with Niamey, capital of Niger, was heavily underway. Qadhafi made the disclosure in Agadez at a meeting with actresses who invited him to establish a Sahara women's association. "The construction works of the proposed highway have got near Niger's borders, and there is only a distance of 1000km left to reach Agadez," Qadhafi said, and emphasised his commitment to carry out this "strategic project". [Africa News]

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Who is the Bad Neighbour?

Yesterday I received a letter from the Environmental Health section of the council telling me that a council patrol car saw the mess in the driveway that I share with the neighbours and they have given us 7 days to clear the mess or else!! Let me take you back about 3 months to the beginning of this problem: when the father of the lady living next door to us died in Somalia, our neighbours held 3aza (where people come to pay their respects) in their house, many people turned up and being Somali and having bad habits just like many middle eastern/African people, they decided that they must feed everybody rice and meat and so on, of course their small kitchen could not cope with all those people so they decided to turn their garage and the driveway we share into a kitchen, for about 1 week huge quantities of food were cooked there, many of their visitors children that could not fit in the house ended up in the driveway and our front garden, they broke the gate leading to the driveway they littered our place and made it very messy but still after all that we did not complain as we did not want to upset them because they are our neighbours and they suffered a death, soon after that the drain that both houses share got blocked and that was because all the left over rice was dumped in there, for a period of about 1 week the drive way was swimming in sewage and YES you guessed it! they did not do anything about it even though we complained continuously, eventually they brought someone to unblock it and they had the nerve to ask us to pay half the unblocking fee! we paid £50 again because we wanted to stay as nice neighbours, after the 3aza was over and everyone went home, they left a pile of rubbish in the driveway including huge cans of oil, plastic & glass bottles and cardboard, the place 3 months later is still the same, filthy, we have complained to them many times on daily bases, we told them that we stopped our children from playing there because of the risk of catching something or injury, of course every time we talk to them they promise us that they will clear it but they never did and it doesn't seem that it is bothering them at all.

Of course now the council has sent the letter to us asking us to clear the mess, we showed the neighbours this letter, their response was that they did not get a letter, to me this meant the neighbours are saying that it is our problem and we have to deal with it and that is exactly what I am doing now, I have contacted the council officially told them about the circumstances behind this rubbish and how the neighbours are 100% responsible for this mess, I decided no more nice neighbour, I had enough of bloody promises that never get fulfilled, I had enough of keeping my children away from the driveway which they can enjoy especially with their new Heelys.

I never wanted it to come to this but I have put up with them for many years, their kids jumped once in our garden and I saw them with my own eyes ripping the small bouncy castle we had, one of their kids once broke my car's aerial, I told the mother, nothing! no response!, they park their car and block the driveway even though it is shared and big enough for both cars, the list goes on and on....

Update: 18/04/2007

As from yesterday evening, the driveway has been cleaned and hosed down and all the rubbish removed by the neighbours, was it the letter I showed them or was it because the council contacted them? I have no idea but I am glad its done.

Monday, 16 April 2007

The Warm Weather

You must have noticed how us Libyans living in the UK have been posting about the weather here lately, in fact we have become obsessed with the weather just like the majority of British people. I actually like long sunny days as long as the temperature remains reasonably warm around 25c is perfect, any warmer than that and I get in a bad mood, London and the whole of the UK is just not designed for hot weather, it gets too hot and sweaty and the pollution fills the air then of course every one here gets the rats and start winging and complaining and fighting with each other, as for motorists, hot weather is bad news, drivers are continuously swearing at each others and just trying to find something to start a problem, combine that with being a Libyan then you are really in trouble :o)

Saying all that, it still was a lovely weekend that most people spent outdoors, actually the weather is still hot and way above average at 24c today.

This morning as I was driving to work, I heard on the radio about a problem that is beginning to surface in London, since many Eastern European countries joined the EU a vast number of people have moved to the UK for a better life and better jobs, many of these people come from rural areas in their countries where they have never seen a non white person before, of course after they moved to London which is a multi cultural society they were confronted with many other ethnics but for many of the Eastern Europeans children they continued to treat non whites in the same way that their parents do, racism has started to show its ugly head again in London, a survey in London primary schools where many Polish children attend has asked the children to draw other kids in their schools, they were shocked to find that the majority of Polish kids drew monkeys & apes to represent black & brown kids! and apparently that is how their parents feel about black & brown people and they are passing it on to their kids. Britain has and still is dealing with the race issue since 50 years ago and I must say that they did deal very well with it as racism does not really exist in this country or if it exists then most people just keep quiet and say nothing, the other finding of this survey was that many Eastern Europeans have actually approached their children's schools and asked if their children were going to be taught by DARKIES! and that they would prefer if only white teachers taught their kids. Many people phoned in the radio show and complained about being racially abused by Eastern Europeans even though they never experienced racist abuse until now, a Polish woman working for a British / Polish society said that they were tackling this problem by asking Church priests in Poland to tell people that they should be tolerant once they are in the UK just like everyone else but is that enough to solve this problem? I think the answer lies at home with parents.

Thursday, 12 April 2007

Improve Your English!!

Dedicated to everyone at English Language Teaching schools in Libya

A Grenade, Mr. Bean & a Grand Piano!

Many of you must be familiar with issue of the British sailors held captives for about 2 weeks by Iran for allegedly entering Iranian water. All sailors were released by Iran last week, unfortunately the British did not handle this matter very professionally! they allowed the sailors to sell their stories to the gutter press here in the UK but when a very angry backlash from the British public and others met this decision, the government decided to ban all army personnel from selling their stories but only after the damage was done. First of all I am glad that all of the sailors are safe and back in the UK and I am glad that they were apparently treated well by the Iranians, although I am sure if Iranians were caught in Iraqi water by the British or Americans then it would have been a completely different story! The only female sailor in that group, Faye Turney, sold her story to the worst & cheapest British tabloid newspaper, The Sun, for £80,000, in her interview she describes her ordeal at the hands of the Iranians, she mentioned how she was told to strip and put on different clothes, hang on?? all prisoners everywhere in the world are required to change their clothes!! Faye Turney never said if she was forced to strip in front of men so I am assuming that she change her clothes on her own, so where is the ordeal? her worst nightmare was when an Iranian interrogator pointed a rocket propelled grenade (similar to picture above) at her head at a close range in the interrogation room and threatened to kill her! I was never trained as a professional soldier but even I find this story really ridiculous, how can anyone fire a rocket propelled grenade at a close range? don't you think by doing this he is not only going to kill Faye but kill himself and everyone else in the room and possibly destroy the whole building!! she is a professional soldier she should have known better but headlines like these sell the newspaper.

Another sailor that sold his story to a tabloid newspaper is Arthur Batchelor, he told the paper of his ordeal at the hands of the Iranians and what a nightmare this poor soldier had??!! This professional soldier cried himself to sleep at night, do you know why? because an Iranian officer called him MR. BEAN! is this a joke I hear you say? no it is not a joke, this man was upset not because maybe they beat him up or God forbid they tortured him physically, they called him Bean that is it!! This episode has shamed the British forces who used to enjoy the best reputation when it comes to professional forces and their conduct, the British used to be world famous for being professional until they followed the Americans into Iraq, their reputation suffered a lot and now this whole issue about the sailors has made it worse, many young British men & women lost their lives or suffered injuries in this war, they are not going to be paid by the press for their real suffering, I live here and can see the suffering of many people in this country, they deserve better, they do not want to see their colleagues selling their cheap stories to be glorified by cheap tabloid newspaper, it is about time Britain got out of this messy war and restored its previous good reputation.


The Grand Piano

John and Penny Adie, the organisers of the Two Moors Festival, an annual music event on Dartmoor and Exmoor in Devon, South West of England bought a Concert Grand Piano that is worth the grand price of £45,000.

Mrs. Adie got her camera ready to take pictures of her new pride & joy, the piano being unloaded from the Lorry. Unfortunately things did not exactly go to plan! the piano fell 2.5 meters from the lorry to the ground causing massive damage to the music instrument.

Here is the pictures that Mrs. Adie took of the not so Grand entrance of her new Grand Piano:

OOPS! What have we done??

Unfortunately for the removal company their name and telephone number appear on the photos, I can not see them getting piano removal jobs in the near future :o)


After the recent closure of the Alleebiya FM and its restart under a new name, the website was back online yesterday, the station according to the website is still called Libya FM! but unfortunately they are not broadcasting live online as they used to do, lets hope that it goes back to what it used to be.

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

The Easter Weekend

I had been on Easter holiday for the past 4 days,today I am back at work but still feeling happy and relaxed as I had a wonderful time with the family (btw I have calmed down after the episode of the Traffic Warden but I still wish her failure in every step of her life InshaAllah).
Although the kids are on 2 weeks Easter holiday, they still had to go to the Arabic school on Saturday, so Saturday early evening I took them to a Fun Fair in Finsbury Park in North London, fun fairs are not as popular as they used to be, these days they are almost always empty the reason I suppose is because there are so many Theme Parks that are a lot better and cheaper too, I mean rides on this fun fair cost £2.50 per person per ride and that's what you pay even if you are a child. The kids wanted to go on the Ghost train ride which surprisingly was £1.50 per person, they got in the car I paid, car went inside, car came outside about 8 seconds later, OK get off the car ride is finished! I couldn't believe that I paid £3 for something that lasted 10 seconds, I went over the attendant who was Polish (almost everyone working there was Eastern European) I asked him is that it? he said yes that's it! I was angry (typical Libyan) I saw many people get on the train for this ride, I said loudly to them, this ride is a con it only lasts 10 seconds and the kids told me that there was only 2 puppets inside, that's it, I am glad to say many did get off this stupid ride.
Although it costs a lot of money for a short time of entertainment but the happy look on the kids faces makes it worth every penny spent (within reason).

The bold guy sitting to the right of this picture, looked really sick as the ride started and I was worried that he was going to throw up all over Aida!

A friend of mine got on this ride, 2 cars in front of my kids, as the ride was going really fast, I noticed his face swelling then I noticed Amir was crying, he bumped his head but thank Allah he was fine but not my friend, he actually vomited, can you imagine?? probably many people got splashed with vomit :o)
The poor guy was covered in sick and had to go home, of course another friend that was there found it very funny and just could not stop laughing.

The weather was fantastic all through the weekend, warm sunshine so the kids enjoyed going to the park as well, usually on Bank Holiday weekends in Britain the weather takes a turn for the worst but not this time, Alhamdulellah.

Yesterday morning we decided to go to Woburn Safari Park which is about an hour drive north of London near the city of Luton.
we left quite early and got there at opening time, 10:00 AM, Easter Monday is usually one of the busiest days of the year in many zoos, parks and so on, I though if we get there early then we can at least avoid the crowds for few hours, it was the right decision to take, only about 30 cars in front of us, as soon as we paid we were on the Safari Drive that takes you from one species of animals to the other.
I used my mobile phone camera and while it is actually quite good at 3.2 Mega Pixels for taking close up pictures, it was not that great for far away objects, hence the sometimes fuzzy pictures.

Rhinos roaming between the cars

The Tigers kept well away

There are 3 Bears in this picture, they were so fat that they looked like big fur balls with a mouth!

The Lions Enclosure contained about 15 lions, they were being fed as we got in but it seems many of them were enjoying the warm sun that they ignored the food, the crows were all over the meat devouring it

a cute baby Giraffe

I have been to this safari park about 5 years ago, the monkey enclosure had about 200 naughty monkeys, I remember some of them jumped on my car and broke bits and pieces of it, incidentaly all those monkeys had to be put down because they were found out to have a disease. This time I though I am not going to stop the car to prevent the monkeys from jumping on it, actually there was not many of them, perhaps just 30 or 40, the monkey on the car in front me (picture above) was being fed by the people inside the car even though there was a big sign asking people not to feed the animals, they were spotted by a park ranger and they were told off.

The kids were getting annoyed because no monkey came on our car when one jumped right in front of me, this really made them happy.

another monkey sat on my side mirror and was looking at me hoping for something to eat
(I told Amir to be careful as he might be mistaken for a Monkey, he laughed
Spot the Difference with the above picture :o)
After the Safari Drive you come to the far side of the park, I went into the huge car park, there was only about 20 cars parked there, by the time we finished and decided to go home there was no less than 1000 cars parked in there! imagine if that nasty traffic warden got in there! she would have had a great day sticking Penalty Notices all over these cars
There was a beautiful lake there called Swan Lake with Pedalo boats in the shape of swans, each boat takes 4 but since both of my kids insisted on driving the boat and peddling as well, we took 2 boats, Amir was with me really struggling to reach the pedals but did a good job :o)
Next to the lake there was a huge indoors adventure play area for kids which was a big hit with my children we then had something to eat then went for a walk through the animals encounter areas where they had many kangaroos and wallabies with babies as well as monkeys, lemurs and many birds including Penguins, by then my phone had ran out of battery and I could not take anymore pictures :o(

Free ranging marmosets, I saw 4 of them and at a very close range, I cant understand how they stay in this enclosure as it is very easy for them to escape, I suppose they were trained to stay there!

It was good to enjoy the park before it got really crowded by about 1PM, the kids enjoyed almost everything the park offered with not many people around, we left the park at 4 PM, it was heaving then and you had to queue for any attraction or food, we had a great day and I hope you enjoy the pictures.
I finished the day by watching Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire great film with fantastic special effects, unlike other Harry Potter films, this one is aimed at older children as it can be a bit scary for the little ones.

Sunday, 8 April 2007

Parking in London

I am so angry and feel just like that man in the picture, in fact I'm still fuming! The weather has been really glorious, sun shine and warm (22c) I took the kids to the park to play which was lovely and they had a great time about lunch time they were hungry and wanted to go to Burger King so I drove to the nearest one to where I was and that's in Camden. As I got there I found a road with many cars parked on a single yellow line which is normal and as far as I know is allowed on a Sunday, I parked the car and started walking to Burger King when I saw a Traffic Warden walking towards me, I stopped her and politely told her that I was parked over there and pointed towards the corner and asked her if it was OK to park on a yellow line since its Sunday, her reply was in a very broken English with an African accent that it was fine no problem, great, so we had a nice lunch and about 20 minutes later returned to the car, the first thing I noticed was a Parking Fine stuck on my wind screen!

I could not believe my eyes then I saw the lady Traffic Warden on the other side of the street, I ran over to her and asked her why she has given me the penalty charge? she immediately replied that it was not her who issued it and that I should check the number, she was right about that, it was not her who issued the ticket but I told her that this is not the point, the point is that she told me or more like tricked me into parking there by saying its OK, these traffic wardens are like a Mafia, they get a commission on tickets they issue and most likely she contacted one of her mates to issue the ticket, there was at least another 10 cars parked near me, all of them had been had by these liars, I started videoing her with my phone camera while she was shouting at me and telling me to go to the police, her horrible loud voice scared Amir and he started to cry, I asked her why did you lie to me? she kept saying I thought you meant another street. Yeah Sure!
With these tickets they give you the chance to contest it but what chance have I got? this problem is plaguing London, councils are making millions of pounds out of motorists yet we can not do anything, they give you 2 weeks period to pay the £50 penalty otherwise it goes up to £100, it is very rare for me to get a penalty charge as I always respect the traffic laws but this is not right. The picture above says think before you park, I didn't just think I asked, but I was lied to. Sometimes I hate living here and that's the view of many Londoners as well, we are sick and tired for having to fork out our hard earned money on councils that trick & cheat many of us and in return they give us hardly any good service.