Rapid recruitment of Middle Eastern members in the late 1990s was splitting the gang and members of the gang, led by Mick Hawi, beat the older leader, taking his club colours and motorbike and stripping of his leadership. … [Read more...] about Comanchero outlaw bikie gang founder makes miraculous recovery after collision with car ‘driven by brain surgeon Charlie Teo’s daughter’ left him at death’s door
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He was late for a meeting at his L’Enclume restaurant in Cartmel, Cumbria, but was stuck at nearby Oxenholme railway station after getting off his train from London. … [Read more...] about Simon Rogan barged car out of the way with his Range Rover
Share your experiences Whether you live or work in Ghent, we would like to hear from you. How has the city changed since the 2017 plan was implemented? How does it feel now compared to before? What advice would you give to other towns and cities hoping to achieve something similar? We are also interested in any photos you have taken of what the city looked like before and after. … [Read more...] about How have things changed since Ghent went car free?
In 2012 the Belgian philosopher Philippe Van Parijs, fed up with a city he felt had been “massacred by cars” and inspired by projects in Ghent, called for an unauthorised picnic on Place de la Bourse, a public square in front of Brussels’ former stock exchange building. Thousands turned up with picnic blankets, BBQs and ping pong tables, blocking vehicles and sparking a campaign that eventually forced the city government to commit to a car-free zone. … [Read more...] about Car-free Belgium: why can’t Brussels match Ghent’s pedestrianised vision?
Khan’s predecessor, Boris Johnson, promised to explore holding regular car-free days in London after being “blown away” by the success of Jakarta’s weekly event during a trip to the Indonesian capital in November 2014 – but nothing came of the idea. Eight miles of central streets are closed for a few hours one Sunday a year for the annual Prudential FreeCycle, with the event so popular that frequent bottlenecks make it impossible to ride parts of the course. … [Read more...] about Paris is banning traffic from half the city. Why can’t London have a car-free day?