Friday, 28 March 2008

London Traffic Again

It is always difficult to get back to work after a holiday, I only had 5 days off work but as usual they felt more like 5 minutes.

Yesterday afternoon I had to drive to north London, as usual I listen to LBC Radio when I am driving as they provide a traffic news bulletin every 15 minutes, the traffic news was not good, in fact it was never that bad for me, first they said that Seven Sisters Road and Blackstock Road in Finsbury Park were closed due to a police incident (I will write about this later in this post) so straightaway I started to think of an alternative way as I was heading towards Finsbury Park, I thought OK I will go through Manor Park then Stamford Hill just to hear the radio presenter saying, avoid Stamford Hill as police have closed the road due to a teenager stabbed to death, he then said the delays were affecting Manor Park and causing massive delays, I thought mmmmm, what shall I do? the other alternative is to drive round the other way through Dalston or Clapton, it is a bit far but at least it is not closed or so I thought, the presenter went on to say that due to another police incident, Dalston and Clapton were experiencing massive delays, by then I felt completely lost, I was heading towards Stokenewington but according to this traffic news all roads leading there were blocked, great!!

Anyway, after a long delay I managed to get there thinking somebody must have put a spell on me or what?? all this in one day and one area!


Going back to the police incident at Blackstock Road in Finsbury Park, the police carried out a raid on this street yesterday afternoon, it was described as one of the biggest police operation to be carried out in London, I watched the report on the news, about 600 police men & women charged through this street, it looked like an invasion, at the end of this massive raid some people were arrested and stolen goods were recovered, something like 120 laptops, 110 cameras & 20 satnavs.

What I found strange about this is the fact that the stolen goods the police were boasting about recovering is hardly anything to write about in a massive police raid like this!

Blackstock Road is what we call here, Little Algeria, it is a road well known for its Algerian businesses and community, it is not the best place to be in as it can get quite intimidating at times, usually in the evenings there will be 100s of Algerian and Somali men hanging about, some of them can be a bit threatening, when driving there it can be difficult trying to go past the crowds without being sworn at, it is full of cafes and restaurants, while I am sure a lot of crime goes in there, does that justify what the police did? I mean London is famous for its hard core gangs like the Yardies who are responsible for much more dangerous crimes like black on black murder and arm robbery or the Triads who are known for similar crimes, shouldn't the police have put their efforts into these crimes especially that on almost daily bases young teenagers are being stabbed to death including 2 yesterday one of which was a 14 year old Egyptian boy.

Incidentally, Blackstock Road where the raid took place is situated between 2 of London's main mosques, one of them is the notorious Finsbury Park Mosque where Captain Hook Abu Hamza used to preach his hatred & claptrap some years a go.

14 comments:

Living Away said...

wow, what a resume "captain hook abu hamza" has? i'm impressed about the myth created around him!

i'm so sorry for your traffic troubles! driving in crowd cities is so common to have always something to stuck as out!

yeah...600 is a lot of policeman and i'm not surprise they use all this battalion to small task! this for me is just to terrorize innocent ones!

dusk till dawn said...

salam,
i can see how frustrated u where, its just where do i turnd now . i like the nick name captain Hook .
i think what the police did just for a show, they leave the big boys do what they like and go for the small chicks ,u should just went back home .those killiung lately in london its just going out of control , realy sad to see a young lad stabed ,or any other soul,
take care bro

MusicLover said...

it is not the best place to be in as it can get quite intimidating at times, usually in the evenings there will be 100s of Algerian and Somali men hanging about, some of them can be a bit threatening.

Maybe you should have been with me when I took the wrong bus and ended up in the projects in New Orleans years ago.


Ya rayah by Dahmane El Harrachi
youtube.com/watch?v=9j0L57HJkm4

Algerie Mon Amour
youtube.com/watch?v=hcB4D0VyUxY

Baaziz
youtube.com/watch?v=83_3-B8CZOI
youtube.com/watch?v=fIIl6d-5_N8&
feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=zLfAgUvO6cU&
feature=related

Battle of Algiers
youtube.com/watch?v=Ca3M2feqJk8

An excellent movie to watch

Albert Camus
youtube.com/watch?v=xy2jflMB0DA&
feature=related


At least now I know there is Little Algeria in London, like little Havana in Miami.

nytimes.com/2008/03/09/travel/
09heads.html

May be you should take one of these tours, then you will not have the feeling of being intimidated or threatened in future

حنان شلبي said...

مرحباااااااااااااا

صراحة اعدت اضحك وانا بقرأ مو شمتانة والله بس بعرف احساسك كتير منيح اصلا عايشة فيه طوووووووول اليوم مو بس جزء من اليوم ولا يوم من السنة لاااااا هاد الوضع البايخ صار طقوس عنا

الله يعينك يارب ويهونها عليك وعلينا بمعيتك

Lebeeya said...

Anglo, thanks for changing your comment section from pop up window to no pop up window :) Now, you can expect many comments from me, some may not even make sense.

I am sorry about the traffic jam you experienced. The 600 police marching in the street sounds kinda fishy to me ?? I wish I was there to take pictures.

MusicLover said...

Here is a better photo of the raid

www.thefirstpost.co.uk/?storyID=25878


Of A Revolution

youtube.com/watch?v=ZMJ-b6-mVRc&
feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=saVC1ArerFA&
feature=related

Anglo-Libyan said...

yes living away, driving in big cities is something we get used to.

The police raid was i think too much when there are a lot more serious crimes in London happening all the time.

DTD, he is called captain hook and hook hand, that is how he is refered to in the media.

Music Lover, im sure it wasnt very pleasant for you :o)
I have seen battle of Algiers, great film.

salam Hanan,
I knew you would laugh because I know you suffer from traffic jams daily :o)

Lebeeya, I changed the comment section especially for you, you know I can not do without your cheerful comments :o)

Thanks Music lover, good picture

Amina said...

saalams
I've just come across your blog, very interesting especially last post!

regards from Poland

PH said...

must have been your bad traffic day, sounds really bad ......... I totally agree with you on the police raid too, they're probably just stretching their muscles.

salaam

Anglo-Libyan said...

thanks Amina & welcome

ph, driving in London is always bad but it has to be done :o)

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