Why the UK police have decided to ban self-balancing scooters on the pavements

uk-policeThe self-balancing scooter is the product of the year, finally giving us the opportunity to experience the thrill of riding the hoverboard type device that we saw in ‘Back to the Future’ all them years ago. Both the general public and celebrities have jumped straight on the bandwagon and you can find pictures and videos all over social media of people enjoying their scooters. However, there is a key problem with these in the UK. They are actually illegal. They are illegal to ride on the roads and they are illegal to ride on the pavements. The only place in the UK that it is currently legal to ride a self balancing scooter is on private land with the permission of the land owner. It seems that many people were not aware of this rule and so the Metropolitan Police took to Twitter to inform users that they are actually committing a crime every time they take their scooter out for a spin.

Why are self-balancing scooters banned on the roads?

According to the Metropolitan Police the reason that self-balancing scooters are not allowed to be used on the road is because they are not approved by the ECWVTA or the MSVA and this means that they are not able to meet the requirements for licensing and registration. This has been contested by many users of the scooters and they have asked why this particular product has been targeted. The police responded by detailing that in fact this legislation was already in place prior to the inception of the scooters and was put there to control the use of Segway’s back in 2011. It just happens that the new product which is extremely similar to the original Segway is subject to the same legislation due to the fact that the mechanisms and technology used is basically the same.

Why are self-balancing scooters banned on the streets?

Scooters are banned on the streets according to section 72 of the Highway Act 1835. This act states that it is illegal to drive a vehicle on the pavement. Many people would argue that the self-balancing scooters are not actually vehicles so the use of them on streets should not be restricted. However, according to the law the scooters fall under the category of motor vehicles because they are electronically powered and use a motor and therefore are subject to the same laws as motorbikes, cars and any other motor vehicles. Another reason that these scooters have been banned on the streets is to do with safety. Although they only reach a measly 6pmh on a good day, which is less than many mobility scooters, the speed is considered to be too high and could present a danger to other pedestrians. The fact that mobility scooters are allowed on the streets and run at a higher speed is a point that has been raised by scooter users. The police responded to this by saying that mobility scooters are covered under the disability act and therefore the restrictions on them are completely different. According to this law, even something as simple as standing on your scooter while it is turned on outside your house is committing an offence if the pavement outside your house is considered to be a public footway. It’s understandable that this has raised a lot of controversy with both users and non-users. Many people do not have access to private lands where they can use their scooters which pretty much makes them useless. It doesn’t look like the law will change anytime soon and the debate continues to wage on.

Discover The Life Changing Dance in London

zumbaHave you heard of the hottest thing in town today? This is not just a typical form of exercise that promises fitness and weight loss. This is an aerobic dance accompanied by Southern American beats. I discovered that I can also achieve a body every woman wishes to have without lifting ridiculously heavy equipment or having my stomach starved by not eating at all.

Counting carbohydrates stuff is so risky. This may result to being hypo, having stomach ulcer, or worst, is a disease called anorexia nervosa, an addiction to losing weight. I found Zumba dance as a form of staying fit that would not certainly harm you at all. All you have to do is to enjoy dancing to the rhythm of the beats following the steps of your instructor. Latin music has the magic of lifting up your mood, a jolly kind of music that will surely make you want to dance.

So, how do we get started?

All you have to do is to enroll yourself in a class, wear the most comfortable shoes and outfit for exercise, grab a bottle of water and dance those fats away. After a couple of sessions, I noticed the changes in my body, no more belly fats, cellulites and flabby saggy arms. This will not cost you a big amount of money too, you don’t have to buy expensive gym equipment or have a forever contract to cereals and diet pills. Get rid of those super expensive surgeries that may later on develop cancer and tumour inside your body due to chemicals injected or horrible lacerations of skin to scrape those fats inside your body.

Lots of cases where women indulged themselves to some slimming wonders like slimming tea, pills, drinks, diet this and that. Nutritionists discovered that food and drinks with diet label and zero sugar written are more harmful than the regular one because of using magic sugar, which are carcinogenic. In zumba, you don’t have to feed cancer causing substances on your body, releasing toxins through sweat is all it has to do with you. I also gained friends in the class, which pushed me to lose weight in a fun way.

Strength in numbers

You’ll have peers to encourage and inspire you to push yourself towards a healthier you. Being healthy, for me, is not just to look good and to feel good. It has to do with keeping yourself protected by having strong resistance to acquire diseases. A strong immune system is just another benefit of doing the right exercise and having the right diet program. Working in an office, I noticed myself stiff and idle for just sitting the whole day, stuck in my chair means stocking myself into trouble. Sometimes, I feel numbness in my body that soon I discovered was from having poor blood circulation.

Toxins and wastes inside cause my nerves to damage. In the long run, I noticed myself weak and always sick. That later on developed to migraine and insomnia. Exercise can help you have a good sleep at night; it is by having normal hormonal activities. Zumba plays a great role in my busy and hectic lifestyle, especially nowadays where the world is not a safe place for our body to live. Ditching the work out and considering it as a party is the right mindset advised by one of the instructors.

Invite others to the party


It is best to enjoy life in a healthy way and inspire others to do so. I don’t consider zumba as a time wasted on my day-to-day schedule, I think of it as an unwinding hobbit after working for long hours. Zumba stretches my muscles and joints to be firm, cellulite free and flexible. This form of exercise really offered me so much change that I am now comfortable with wearing any clothes I want, eat foods I love without any hesitations and regrets. I’m now sharing this to my friends who have the urge to lose their fats away without spending too much money and time.

Zumba may take a couple of enjoying hours, but once you started it, you won’t notice the time and just crave for it again. I encourage you to do this not just for yourselves, but also for your family who needs you the most. Being sexy is not just having curves and guts to wear skinny outfits, but it is when you will be able to spend time with your loved ones worry free and disease free.


New Gym Becomes Central Hub for Community

gymA new gym has recently been opened in East London and the local community has been making the most out of it. Be it because of some health concerns, or because they want to become stronger & buffer, or simply because they want to stay fit, healthy and look good, more and more individuals are getting out of their homes and hitting the local gym. Also, offers of more adventurous and active ways of exercising are provided to those who can’t just stay in the gym working out using the different gym apparatuses like rowing machines. Those who are looking to challenge themselves and those who are interested in pushing and surpassing their limits should also take this new gym into consideration.

Exercising is not exactly a leisurely activity; it requires stamina, patience and concentration. However, even though it requires you to concentrate on the task at hand, it doesn’t mean that you should always exercise alone. Going to the gym and making use of their equipment amongst other gym-goers may be intimidating to some, but there are some people who take advantage of this fact and use it to socialize with their neighbors. Gyms nowadays are no longer solely just places to exercise in; they are now actually an integral part of a community. It somehow becomes a community’s central hub. It becomes a place where people hold different activities such as: fundraisers, competitions, and other unique and interesting events, which were made to cater the members.

In a neighborhood, people from all walks of life and who are from different age group use the gyms – it is therefore a really great way to meet and interact with new people. Bench pressing together, sweating together, going through a routine together, and helping each other through a diet regimen can actually bring people closer and it allows them to form a special bond. It may sound silly to some, but with the use of gyms, a community can be brought together and new relationships and friendships blossom. Furthermore, this new gym could also enhance the learning environment of young gym goers, after all, involving one’s self in sports and other recreational activities is not only good for one’s health, but it can also improve a person’s overall mental health and can help them with their social skills.

However, what attracted people to this new gym is not just the equipment that they possess or the companionship that you can have, but it also attracted people who are interested in exercising in some other way besides sweating all day inside a gym using the exercise equipment. After all, there are some people who prefer to exercise in more active and adventurous ways – some people go mountain climbing, biking, swimming, white-water rafting, kayaking, rowing or some other physically demanding exercises which challenge them and push their limits. Thankfully, this new gym offers gym goers various options to choose from. So what are you waiting for? Get off the couch now, visit your local gym and say hello to a healthier you!

Drone Usage by London Residents – Is it Right or Wrong?

These days, more and more London residents are utilising drones in the city. These compact flying machines are unmanned and their increased usage does bring up some troubling questions. Typically, drones will be used by private citizens or companies, and, currently, 160 drone licenses have been granted by the industry’s governing body, the CAA. If you want to get involved with your own drone then there are websites like QuadcopterCloud.com which give advise and help find the best quadcopter.

Are Drones Good or Bad?

The primary concern about drone usage by London residents is safety-related. In other words, will these drones crash or fly too low and then cause damage to people, property or possessions? Since the price of drones is decreasing as technology evolves, the issues surrounding the usage of drones within city limits is one that may become even more contentious in the future, as more and more citizens and firms turn to drones for an array of reasons, from recreation to information gathering and beyond. Currently, those who fly drones outside of restricted airspace will be subject to penalties from law enforcement.

Those who fly unmanned drones in London and other parts of the UK may be arrested for threatening public safety and flouting privacy laws. One male who used a drone in order to do a fly-by over a crowded football stadium in Manchester City was recently apprehended by authorities, mostly due to safety concerns. This alarming trend is likely to continue. However, drones do have the capacity to aid public health and safety. Currently, certain police departments use these unmanned flying machines in order to hunt down suspects. For example, a car thief who was hiding out in Leeds was caught when a drone located him via sophisticated thermal imaging technology.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

hiking-challengeIt’s amazing what the human body can endure when you set a goal, motivate yourself with a higher calling, and push forward with a group of like-minded people.

At least that’s what I learned when I jumped headfirst (completely untrained and honestly a little bit out of shape) into the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge this past summer.

An organized hiking effort in Yorkshire that covers 24 miles and more than 3000 feet of climbing, this isn’t exactly your everyday walk in the park or scroll down to the corner shop to buy some tea.

No, this is an effort for serious athletes and amateurs that want to push their body just as far as they can for a great cause. Everything sold and all of the proceeds for the event go directly towards the British Heart Foundation and the amazing work that they do all over the UK for children and adults dealing with heart health issues.

What have I gotten myself into?

That was the first question rushing through my brain after I hit the enter button and registered to attend the event in 2014. In hindsight I could have made it easier on myself by getting into shape before hand.

I had never hiked 24 miles before, had certainly never climbed 3000 feet previously, and didn’t even own a pair of hiking boots! In fact, the farthest that I’d ever “hike” was up to the top of the hill during a festival so that the girl I had just met and I could enjoy a little bit of time away from our group of friends on a blanket together.

Obviously, I needed to start off with the right gear

Jumping on Amazon, I combed all of the different reviews for hiking boots and other hiking supplies understanding that if my feet were going to be so important for this endeavour I had better get them the very best of the best.

I read maybe 100 or more different reviews before I even started to pay any attention to the products they were reviewing, just so that I could soak up the key criteria that I should focus on. Most people talked about fit, comfort, durability, and support – so that’s where I based my purchase off of.

Starting back at the first page of results, I went through each and every one of the top 30 different hiking boot options (what can I say, I’m dedicated), looking specifically for hiking boots that people fell in love with for fit, comfort, durability, and support.

I found a pair I was happy with (and a pair that wouldn’t cause my bank account to break wide open after I bought them), and then grabbed a couple of pairs of socks, some good shorts and athletic wear, and got ready for my voyage.

The actual event itself was amazing

First of all, if you’ve never undergone the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, you’ll have a chance to do so in 2015 – and you need to do it!

Armed with a compass and map, you’ll be able to navigate rocky paths that wind through the countryside, boggy and swampy areas, and even straight up (or what felt like straight up) climbs like nothing else you’ve ever experienced.

Thanks to my new boots everything went off without a hitch, and while I (understandably, I think) quite sore still it’s an experience that I wouldn’t have traded for anything.

The fact that my registration fee (as well as everyone else’s) goes towards the British Heart Foundation is just icing on the cake!

Why Everyone Should Have An Old School House Party

There is nothing better than a large, mildly-loud house party along the beautiful streets of London. House parties are great for reconnecting with old friends and building friendships with new. But even more, house parties are a great opportunity to remember to the good ole’ days through music.

Old school music, London, and Friends – the perfect mix for a great school reunion party. To prevent confusion, the party was held on Friday night, while the reunion was scheduled for Saturday night. That was literally the entire idea behind my roommate and mine’s last house party. The atmosphere was laid back but exciting and featured the biggest names from London’s historic rockers. We based the idea around the 80’s and 90’s, since that was the last time either of use remembered actually feeling young.

An Ode To The Flip Flop

There was a whole lot of awesome at that party, but the thing I can most clearly remember (which is saying something) was our awesome DJ. After a lot of debate on the subject and some pretty sketchy reviews from friends about their past DJ experiences, we decided to go for the unknown and hire somebody off of Craigslist. We figured worst case scenario we get murdered after the party ends. The DJs name was intriguing, DJ Blue Snow. First off, how does that not just rock.

About fifteen minutes early, a woman showed up sporting some of the best 80s rave girl clothes I have ever seen complete with a side ponytail. I offered to help her carry in what I only assumed was a couple thousand pounds of DJ equipment but what really turned out to be an awesome laptop and just a few additional boxes.

As she set up I couldn’t help but ask her questions about her line of work. She showed me her software, the Atomix  VirtualDJ Pro which looked to be about the most complicated but wholly awesome thing ever invented. She slung around a couple of 80s old skool tunes that made me swoon and before long guests started to arrive.

You Say Permit Like I Should Know What That Is

Shockingly, we actually did have a permit. I mean, we already dated ourselves by saying we were young in the 80s, we know how local government works. We rent our house, had gotten permission from the Landlord (who when the cops showed up was ruling a Keg Stand) and had filled out the paperwork. Our party not only rocked, it was fully sanctioned. Something a more sober version of my roommate would have explained to the nice officer. Instead, he pretended to speak only Russian, or what I assume he thought sounded like Russian, however was much closer to Dolphin Speak. I do have to give the cop credit though, he was endlessly patient.

A Happy Ending

I can honestly say that our party the night before blew the actual reunion out of the water. Our DJ was better, we learned to speak dolphin, and there was alcohol – We were proud.


North London Mugging Leaves One Man Severely Injured

A young man considers himself to be quite lucky after his mugging at knife point. The incident occurred on Bordesley Green during the early morning hours on Thursday, when the 34 year old man was walking back to his flat after visiting with friends and family.

The man did not notice anything amiss as he was walking, but remembers that a lone man wearing dark trousers, a dark long sleeve tee, and black tennis shoes approached him from the opposite direction.

“I did not notice anything suspicious about the man as he approached, I just thought we were walking in the same area”.

However, when the man was quite close to him, the mugger reached out to yank on his laptop backpack. When the young man refused to give the bag up, the robber pulled a large knife out of his trousers, and told him to hand it over.

The victim continued to fight with his attacker in an effort to protect his belongings, and try to get the knife away from the attacker, but to no avail. The victim explained that within seconds the attacker stabbed him several times, including in the arm, thigh, and finally in his chest, which resulted in the victim releasing his laptop backpack.

The victim is currently receiving treatment for his wounds in hospital due to the large amount of blood lost during the attack. The victim lost a brand new laptop, as well as a rather large sum of money, jewelry, and other valuables that he was carrying in his backpack.

The victim is still considered as being in critical condition, but was in good spirits when we spoke with him earlier today. He said that he is “thankful for his life, but hopes that the attacker will be caught so that his belongings can be recovered.”

Police are requesting information

Police are urging anyone with information to come forward to prevent this kind of attack on other innocent people. Due to the sudden increase in muggings across North London as of late, officers are also stepping up their nighttime patrols. Additionally, they are urging people to make sure that they remain alert and aware of their surroundings, and try to ensure that they always travel with at least one other person when walking at night.

The increase in muggings in this area is leading many to wonder whether it is the same man, or group of people who are carrying out these attacks. There have been several victims who were stabbed during their muggings, and each was carrying a laptop backpack or similar carryall. Police in the area are hopeful that they will figure out who is responsible for these attacks, before anyone else is seriously injured or killed.

If you have any information concerning this or any of the other attacks that have taken place lately, you are urged to contact police so that these muggers can be apprehended before they cause any more injuries or worse.