Archive for June, 2010

29
Jun
10

Unpaid fines

Seems that Korea isn’t the only place where diplomats and other expatriates don’t care about paying traffic fines or parking fees. Turns out its world wide and US leads the way in owing money to UK for failing to pay traffic fines.

LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. embassy in London owes nearly 4 million pounds in traffic fines, Britain’s cash-strapped government said on Monday, naming and shaming diplomats who have ducked congestion charges and parking fees.

Staff at the U.S. diplomatic mission driving on the often overcrowded streets of central London have racked up 35,602 fines for not paying the 8 pound ($12.05) congestion charge payable for using the busiest roads at the busiest times.

Since the charge was introduced in 2003, the running total of unpaid fines for all diplomatic missions has hit 36 million pounds.

British authorities say the fee is a charge for a service that everyone must pay but Washington says it is a tax and diplomats are exempt. Russian diplomats owe 3.2 million pounds and the Japanese embassy has run up a bill of just over 2.7 million pounds for using — but not paying for — the charge zone, which stretches from Kensington in the west to Tower Bridge in the east.

 

14
Jun
10

i Phone is K-cool with applegirl

I got forwarded this article about Kim Yeo-hee who is using i-phone to make music. I think this is so great.

05
Jun
10

Lena won Eurovision

Maybe I’m a bit late in posting this, but I did enjoy this year’s Eurovision. And am loving the winning song – so cute and WHERE did she get that fabulous colour lipstick.

03
Jun
10

North Korea on Newsnight

Newsnight reporters visited North Korea recently as shown this week on 1 June. The story is about the 30th minute. This is followed by a second story on Newsnight 2 June. Again, it is on about the 30th minute.




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