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July 23rd 2010

Policeman Gets Away With Murder
Ian Tomlinson walking home, seconds before he died from internal bleeding after being attacked by PC Simon Harwood
 
Policeman Gets Away With Murder
It was announced yesterday by the Crown Prosecution Service that PC Simon Harwood would not face prosecution for killing Ian Tomlinson as he walked home from work.

Mr Tomlinson, 47, was walking home from his work as a newspaper vendor, which took him through the scene of a demonstration against the G20 summit in April last year.

He made the innocent mistake of getting within striking distance of PC Simon Harwood, 43. With his back to Harwood and walking away from him, Harwood hit him with his baton and violently threw him to the ground. Mr Tomlinson initially walked away but collapsed moments later and died from internal bleeding.



It could be argued that PC Harwood was lucky to have his job in the Riot Squad that day, as he had previously left the police following a misconduct hearing over a violent road-rage incident.

Harwood had his face covered and had apparently removed his ID number from his uniform. Why would he do that? It's common knowledge that police remove their ID so they can assault people in the hope of getting away with it. Just now in this case, it looks like they can kill people and get away with it.

The cowardly decision not to charge Harwood is an out and out disgrace.

Chief coward of the CPS, Keir Starmer, said he was not confident of getting a conviction and had therefore decided not to bring charges. He said there was a conflict of expert opinion.

One pathologist said Mr Tomlinson died of natural causes (a heart attack) while two other pathologists said he died from internal bleeding following a trauma to his abdomen (three post mortems were carried out).

This is what Starmer is using as his pathetic excuse not to charge Harwood for his thuggery.

The first pathologist in question, Dr Freddy Patel, is currently under examination by the General Medical Council for allegedly bungling four autopsies. He has been suspended from the Home Office register of forensic pathologists and barred from examining others who have died suspiciously.

I say, put the three pathologists in front of a jury and let them decide. Did Mr Tomlinson coincidentally suffer a heart attack momets after being attacked by PC Harwood or did he suffer internal bleeding as a result of the attack? The words "brainer" and "no" come to mind.

This case is a great travesty of justice. Just now there is no justice for Ian Tomlinson and his family, which is a disgrace.

Ian tomlinson was a heavy drinker. He lived in a hostel. He and his family are working class.

I wonder what would have happened if the events were reversed? Suppose Mr Tomlinson attacked a policeman from behind, hitting him with a stick and throwing him to the ground, causing internal bleeding and death. Do you think the CPS would say that they could not bring any charges due to a conflict of expert opinion? Answers on a postcard please.

This is a complete outrage. It cannot be allowed to stand. So what can be done about it? As is stands, it's a working class family against the establishment. I for one feel guilty doing nothing about it. Not quite sure what to do. Yesterday I emailed the CPS to express my disgust at the decision.

Next step looks like contacting the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, who is responsible for the CPS. You can get the Attorney General's website below.

...or email them: correspondenceunit@attorneygeneral.gsi.gov.uk

...and of course, dropping a line to my MP.

Apart from anything else, such travesties of justice can cause riots. It needs to be corrected.

I had to chuckle, on the CPS website, I saw this: "we are an independent body that works closely with the police". You bet they work closely with the police. They are in bed with them.

Added later. I have put up a campaign website, linked below, demanding justice for Mr Tomlinson and demanding that PC Harwood is charged with Manslaughter.


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July 16th 2010

Lord Sugar's Roller
Lord Sugar's Roller
 
Lord Sugar's Roller
Spotted Alan (Lord) Sugar's Rolls Royce in Knightsbridge, near the Park Tower Hotel. He wasn't in it but I asked his driver if he was about, which he wasn't presently.

Lord Sugar is a well known businessman and hosts the BBC TV show, The Apprentice.

That's how I knew it was his car. You often see the car, with the plate AMS 1, on the show.

Funny thing, the driver had one of those fuzzy beards, like Lord Sugar's, must be contagious!


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June 14th 2010

Eco-Rally in Hyde Park
Quentin Willson
 
Eco-Rally in Hyde Park
Just got news of an interesting event taking place in Hyde Park on July 7th 2010. It's the Bridgestone Eco-Rally, which is a gathering of fuel-efficient vehicles with low or zero emissions, which have just journeyed up from Brighton.

Formula One (F1) fans will have the chance to see, in person, some of the sport's biggest names, including Ross Brawn, Patrick Head and Nico Hulkenberg, with more names to be announced, as they take part in the event. Could be worth attending to see what F1 has to do with reducing emissions!

Celebs attending, include Quentin Willson and Gail Porter.

The event is also raising funds to build the Royal Parks Foundation's Look Out Education Centre.


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June 10th 2010

New Ferrari 458 Italia
Ferrari 458 Italia
New Ferrari 458 Italia
New Ferrari 458 Italia
New Ferrari 458 Italia
Carbon-ceramic brake disc. 6 pot caliper.
 
New Ferrari 458 Italia
Popped into the Ferrari showroom next to me, as one does, to have a look at the new 458 Italia which they just got in today. Costs around 170k, you can get on the waiting list for 20k deposit.

Love the style of it. I think it looks like the Boxer around the windows, particularly the curved top of the side window. Michael Schumacher was involved in the design and development of it from the start.

The salesman was trying to sell it to me, which as someone without heaps of cash, I took as a minor result!

It's in the H R Owen showroom on Old Brompton Road.


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June 7th 2010

England World Cup Billboard
Wayne Rooney looking a bit stoney-faced
England World Cup Billboard
England World Cup Billboard
 
England World Cup Billboard
Nike have made a large advertising billboard in the style of Mount Rushmore, featuring some England players, for the up-coming World Cup in South Africa.

It's an impressive structure, located on West Cromwell road (A4) near the junction with Warwick road, which is near Earls Court.

See the video clip below to see a shot of the whole thing.




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June 4th 2010

Martine McCutcheon filming in Battersea Park
Martine McCutcheon filming an ad for Activa yogurt
Martine McCutcheon filming in Battersea Park
Peace Pagoda
 
Martine McCutcheon filming in Battersea Park
Visited Battersea Park for the first time today. Nice park. On the south bank of the Thames between Albert Bridge and Chelsea Bridge. The famous Battersea Power Station (as was) is next to Chelsea Bridge.

Saw Martine McCutcheon filming an ad for Activa yogurt. Very interesting. They got a glorious day for it, about 27 degrees, wall-to-wall sunshine. They didn't need any lights, just the reflector you see in the picture.

Amazing the number of people involved in filming a commercial...must have been about thirty people in the immediate vicinity! I saw a movie shoot once in London, that didn't have as many people!

They had a stand-in actress doing Martine McCutcheon's part so they could work out the camera positions etc, then the big star came on to the set under a gigantic black parasol! She was only doing one line, but she was pretty good at it.

The peace pagoda in the park, sits on the bank of the river, looking out towards Chelsea.

Nice park. They've got a pretty impressive fountain there and big fish swimming in the lake! Looked like mullet.


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May 25th 2010

London Riviera!
London Riviera!
Albert Bridge Renovation
 
London Riviera!
Nice sunny day today, although not as hot as the unseasonal 28 degrees we had yesterday! Took a walk along the Thames at Chelsea Embankment. A wonderful place, virtually in the centre of town but like being at the seaside! Well worth a walk down there if you are in the area. On one side you have a very nice residential area of Chelsea, one of the most expensive locations in London, with Battersea Park and Battersea power station on the other side. Also on the Battersea side there are a number of new fancy (and doubtlessly expensive) river pads. Personally I would take an old pad on the Chelsea side!

I love the atmoshpere of this place. It does NOT feel like being in a city, pretty quiet, great for a moment's escapism! Just now on the Chelsea side, they are having the Chelsea Flower Show, which is a BIG production.

The Albert Bridge there is currently closed to traffic for renovation, but you can still walk across it. I took the picture of the boats from it. The work is expected to be completed in August 2011.


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May 22nd 2010

Elephant Parade
 
Elephant Parade
"Elephant Parade is a conservation campaign that shines a multi-coloured spotlight on the urgent crisis faced by the endangered Asian elephant. The event sees over 250 brightly painted life-size elephants located over central London this summer".

Spotted this elephant sitting outside the Dorchester on Park Lane.


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April 17th 2010

Stephenson's Rocket in Kensington Gardens
Stephenson's Rocket in Kensington Gardens
Price list for Stephenson's Rocket
 
Stephenson's Rocket in Kensington Gardens
Glorious sunny day in London Town today. Wall-to-wall blue sky and warm sunshine. Not bad for mid-April! Took a stroll around Kensington Gardens. Very busy but a wonderful atmosphere with people enjoying the spring sunshine and a number of sunbathers with their tops off (sadly just blokes!).

Very spring-like with a lot of greenery showing. The horse chestnut trees are just about in full leaf. The Serpentine Lake was very busy too with rowing boats and pedalos.

They are running a replica of Stephenson's Rocket. They have laid about 100 metres of track. This is being organised by the nearby Science Museum, where they have the original Rocket. It's free admission to the Science Museum, fantastic place, they have a whole floor of planes including a spitfire hanging from the roof!

This replica rocket was an amazing machine. I was really surprised by how quiet it was when it was running.




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April 10th 2010

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Portobello Market Busker
Visited Portobello Market for the first time today. Very splendid and groovy place...will be visiting again! Nice sunny day and very busy! Spotted this chap playing the guitar...hot jazz!




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