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London

What happened yesterday in London was a terrible thing and the police and emergency services have done and are doing an incredible job to care for and protect innocent victims caught up in yesterdays events. cant imagine what the surviving people and family and friends of all of them are feeling today but in my small opinion althou being vigilant, we must encourage and look for peaceful ways to bring about change


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Transport for London – Congestion Zone and Low Emission Zone

Travelling thru London by car is exciting but challenging but negotiating the Transport for London’s website for Congestion Charging is down right hairy.

We travelled into London by car outside the Congestion Zone (which is mainly the tourist part of London) but when we got home a day later – decided to put our number plate in the TFL’s website – just to be sure – but became worried my car had instead attracted anther charge – the Low Emission Charge which effects most of London (mainly Diesal vans and possibly cars) – that when i saw our car was registered for that day in London on the website – paid the £14s (rather than risk a Penalty) and only afterwards reallised – neither charges applied to us.

I dont drive a diesal vehical and was not in the Zone.

Phoned today and was told – that the cameras only feedback information whether you have been in the Congestion Zone – 48 working day hours after you have been there which is already outside the 2 days that you have to pay the Charge before you get a Penalty and apparently – the decision that you need to pay – in the first 2 days – is only your responsability. There seems to be no system in place to prevent a payment in error.

Refunds through the website – can only be made on the current day – so if you ask for a refund for a date before the current day – it cant be done – (at least not easily). Also there is a £10 Administration Charge for a refund!

Perhaps money is held but not taken from your card unless the cameras verify it? But there is no information to tell you this. Have to admit without any response (so far) to emails  sent – I contacted my credit card company to cancel.

Important to check your route before you go – to plan if possible to avoid the Zone and dont panic & assume you have to pay Charges if when you check your route  – you know you are not travelling in the Zone (and your car is not a Diesal one)

and its always cheaper to pay in advance or on the day

Wonder what experiences other people have had?  The website (and contact staff) need to be clearer how the process works especially when you pay in error and who the Charges will effect and know what the cost of the Low Emission Charge is – although reallise it is a leftover from a previous mayor/organisation. Less complaints and time/money wasted dealing with them.

Maybe there should be an example on the website what the Signage looks like for people not familar with London – so we know what to look out for and it made more  clear that C.C. is £11.95 on the day increasing to £14.00s the day after.


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Chiswick House Magic Lantern Festival – 2016

Chiswick House Magic Lantern Festival 2016 - m.joy

 

Yesterday, last day of the Festival – all the beautifully made Magic Lanterns will be taken down over next week and talking to a gardener – perhaps some travelling over to Ireland to take part in an event there and Chiswick House Gardens – returns to quiet early springtime dreaming


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Way home from Richmond Park

Fallow Deer - m.joy

 

 

Fallow Deers in long grass - m.joy

 

 

Fallow Deer in Richmond Park - m.joy

 

Petersham meadows, the Thames, Richmond - m.joy

 

 

Twickenham Rugby Ground - m.joy

 

One of the places in London love to drive to and easy access to Richmond from junction 12 of M25 along the M3, althou you need to bring a picnic if you drive on the M25. On the way there you pass Twickenham Rugby ground and the Kempton Great Engines Trust.

Photos above are taken in the sunshine and the grass in Richmond park is dry and parched almost like a savannah. There seem to be fewer deer, sadly believe they are culled in the summer and something is biting them as they are very itchy.  You can rent a bike in the park but the deer have large antlers now and close to the road.

Favorite places – Pembroke Lodge for something to eat, sitting outside on a terrace overlooking the Thames and with an increduble view and just outside the main gate into the park, Petersham meadows, rolling down to the Thames, not far from the ‘Star and Garter’ home of the Chelsea Pensioners.

 


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Sam

Today the London to Brighton cycle ride flowed past the entrance to our small lane and we managed to get across and drive along the edge of the Downs to Clayton but as we drove along saw a lovely old collie, alone on the road, who it turned out was running away from home 🙂 – the main thing was worried he would be knocked down, if he got on nearby main road.

Because ive been bitten by a dog when i was very small and near my eye – little scared to look at his collar. Like a crocodile, he had big pointy teeth.

Even now remember been slightly cheesed off that day as i was all dressed up and ready to have fun at an under 5’s party, even remember they were going to play pass the parcel or maybe it was a treasure hunt and liked my chances – but it was not to be – as some small spaniel got me when i bent down to stroke him. My tears were mostly frustration, that finally being allowed out of home after having chicken pox i was going to miss out on all the fun, again.

But this dog today was very sweet and when i had parked my car, he ran behind me into someone’s entrance and they thought he belonged to a local farmer who they phoned  and were coming to pick him up. The dog’s name was Sam but he had no name on his collar.

Sam’s owner if you ever read this – please can we have one of Sam’s puppy’s, if he has them.