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    • These are the photos of the signs. At the entrance there is a 7h free sign. On some bays there is a permit sign.  Also their official website is misleading as it implies all parking is free.  I can't be certain of the exact parking bay I was in that day, and there was no PCN ticket on my car and no other evidence was provided.  parking sign 2.pdf
    • Hi, In my last post I mentioned I had received an email from SS who were asking me to hand over the keys to my mother’s flat so they could pass them to the Law firm who have been appointed court of protection to access, secure and insure my mother’s property.  Feeling this, all quickly getting out of my hands I emailed ss requesting proof of this. I HAVEN’T HEARD BACK FROM SS.  Yesterday, I received an email (with attached court of protection order) from the Law Firm confirming this was correct (please see below a copy of this).  After reading the court of protection order I do have some concerns about it:   (a)   I only found out yesterday, the Law firm had been appointed by the court back in January.  Up until now, I have not received any notification regarding this.  (b)   Section 2   - States I am estranged from my mother.  This is NOT CORRECT    The only reason I stepped back from my mother was to protect myself from the guy (groomer) who had befriended her & was very aggressive towards me & because of my mother’s dementia she had become aggressive also.  I constantly tried to warned SS about this guy's manipulative behaviour towards my mother and his increasing aggressiveness towards me (as mentioned in previous posts).  Each time I was ignored.  Instead, SS encouraged his involvement with my mother – including him in her care plans and mental health assessments.   I was literally pushed out because I feared him and my mother’s increasing aggression towards me. Up until I stepped back, I had always looked after my mother and since her admission to the care home, I visit regularly.   .(c)    Sections -  4, 5 and 7  I am struggling to understand these as I don’t have a legal background.  I was wondering if there is anyone who might be able to explain what they mean.  It’s been a horrendous situation where I had to walk away from my mother at her most vulnerable because of; ss (not helping), scammer and groomer. I have no legal background, nor experience in highly manipulative people or an understanding of how the SS system operates, finding myself isolated, scared and powerless to the point I haven’t collected my personal belongings and items for my mother’s room in the care home.  Sadly, the court has only had heard one version of this story SS’s, and based their decision on that. My mother’s situation and the experience I have gone through could happen to anyone who has a vulnerable parent.    If anyone any thoughts on this much appreciated.  Thank you. ______________________________________________________  (Below is the Court of Protection Order)  COURT OF PROTECTION                                                                                                                                                                                   No xxx  MENTAL CAPACITY ACT 2005 In the matter of Name xxx ORDER Made by  Depty District Judge At xxx Made on xxx Issued on 18 January 2024  WHEREAS  1.     xxx Solicitors, Address xxx  ("Applicant”) has applied for an order under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.  2.     The Court notes (my mother) is said to be estranged from all her three children and only one, (me) has been notified.  3.     (Me) was previously appointed as Atorney for Property and Affairs for (my mother).  The Exhibity NAJ at (date) refers to (me) and all replacement Attorneys are now officially standing down.  4.     Pursuant to Rule 9.10 of the Court of Protection Rules 2017 and Practice Direction 9B the Applicant 2must seek to identify at least three persons who are likely to have an interest in being notified that an application has been issues.”  The children of (my mother), and any other appointed attorneys are likely to have an interest in the application, because of the nature of relationship to (my mother).  5.     The Court considers that the notification requirements are an important safeguard for the person in respect of whom an order is sought.  6.     The Court notes that it is said that the local authority no longer has access to (my mother’s) Property.  7.     Further information is required for the Court to determine the application.  IT IS ORDERED THAT  Within 28 days of the issue date this order, the Applicant shall file a form COP24 witness statement confirming that the other children of (my mother) and any replacement attorneys have been notified of the application and shall confirm their name, address, and date upon which those persons were notified.  If the Applicant wishes the Court to dispense with any further notification, they should file a COP9 and COP24 explaining, what steps (if any) have been taken to attempt notification and why notification should be dispensed with.   Pending the determination of the application to appoint a deputy for (my mother), the Applicant is authorised to take such steps as are proportionate and necessary to access, secure and insure the house and property of (my mother).   This order was made without a hearing and without notice.  Any person affected by this order may apply within 21 days of the date on which the order was served to have the order set aside or varied pursuant to Rule 13.4 of the Court of Protection Rules 2017 (“the Rules”).  Such application must be made on Form COP9 and in accordance with Part 10 Rules.              
    • Unless I've got an incorrect copy of the relevant regulation: The PCN is only deemed to have arrived two days after dispatch "unless the contrary is proved" in which case date of delivery does matter (not just date of posting) and I would like clarification of the required standard of proof. It seems perhaps this hasn't been tested. Since post is now barcoded for the Post Office's own tracking purposes perhaps there is some way I can get that evidence from the Post Office...
    • I would say You should accept it - I HIGHLY doubt you will  be able to claim for letters at trial ans they’re offering you that, which is higher monetary value than interest.   Also they raise a good point, getting interest at anything above 4% is lucky these days, yes judges give it, but rarily above 4%   Also you might find depending on the judge  you don’t get some costs if you take it all the way over £7.40 when court woukdnt award letters costs and thus meaning their award would be less than evris offer which was made    Up to you though but the wait will be 3-4mo for a trial date at least
    • Hi Folks, Been 162 days! Just by way of update. Today I received a text from Opos Ltd so no doubt Capquest are renting the debt out to anybody who fancies a nibble. Safe to say I will not be responding.
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      The judge's reasoning is very useful and will certainly be helpful in any other cases relating to third-party rights where the customer has contracted with the courier company by using a broker.
      This is generally speaking the problem with using PackLink who are domiciled in Spain and very conveniently out of reach of the British justice system.

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Have you ever tried making your own pesto?

It's absurdly simple – I had never realised.

Get a load of basil – and I mean loads of it. It helps if you chop it up because otherwise they don't whizz up so easily.
Several cloves of fresh garlic
a lot of Parmesan

pine nut kernels

oil. Most recipes say it should be olive oil – but that can get very expensive when you are making the stuff in large quantities. Sunflower oil works very well if you do a 50-50 split with olive oil – you'll never know the difference.


Toast the pine nuts gently until they get slightly browned – and that gives them a much nuttier flavour. I do it by laying them out in a large frying pan so I can keep an eye on them and juggle them around a lot.

 Put all of the ingredients in the whizzer – except for the oil.

Start whizzing. Drip the olive oil in bit by bit until there is sufficient oil that the blades in the whizzer will be able to bite on to the rest of the ingredients and grind it into paste. You hang onto the sunflower oil for the big trick later.

When it's all good paste, scoop it out into some kind of bowl.

Of course you will then find that at the bottom of your whizzer and caught under the blades et cetera there will be bits of the pesto paste which are trapped and inaccessible and you may have to simply wash them away when you wash out the whizzing bowl.
But now comes the trick.
Take the rest of the oil that you are going to use and put that into the whizzer. The sunflower oil is thinner than the olive oil and this is why you've kept this back. Whizz up the oil and you will have a fairly liquidy substance which has mainly rinsed all the rest of the delicious trapped pesto paste and which can now be easily poured out into the bowl on top of the rest of the pesto.
Mix it all up with a spoon.


I've been making loads of it and I keep it in a sealed preserving jar in the fridge and take some out when I need it.


Even if the Italians beat us tonight at football, you will still have to love them for Pesto.


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And now for some more pesto fun:

Do you know that you can make pesto out of nearly anything.

Coriander pesto… mmmmmm.... yummy.

Oregano pesto ... aaarrrgghhh...

Artichoke pesto ....  corrrrrrrrrrrr....



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Do you just put pesto on your pasta?

Maybe you are limiting yourself.

How about morning toast spread with a thin layer of pesto?

Have you tried buying a very basic pizza and then adding your own toppings including spreading bits of pesto – different flavours over it? OMG!!!
What about crumpets in the morning – toasted with a layer of coriander pesto and then a layer on top of Marmite!!!  With a cup of PG tips – Orgasmic! I'm sure this is how catholic nuns and priests manage to stay celibate (most of the time).

I think I need to sit down and take control of myself.

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And by the way, if artichoke hearts are outside of your budget, then you could try Jerusalem artichokes. I haven't tried them in pesto yet but I expect that they are just as good as globe artichokes.
Of course you have to cook them first. I can imagine that roasted, peeled and then whizzed up as part of the pesto sauce would be really good.
Maybe someone can let us know

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Parsley pesto - although the flavour might overpower the pine nuts.  Maybe try walnuts or cashew and extra garlic

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Garlic bread – except made with pesto rather than parsley/garlic/butter.

In fact one could even do a "Surprise Garlic Bread". Take the baguette – part sliced into chunks so that it's bendy like a caterpillar and then use a different flavoured pesto for different parts.

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43 minutes ago, unclebulgaria67 said:

New area for the bear garden ?   Cooking corner


Sure someone can come up with a catchy title.


Good idea about a new title – but it would be nicer for it to stay in the "community" area

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Did you know that apparently if pasta is cooked and then allowed to cool down – eaten cold it is less fattening then when it has just been cooked.

Not only that, if you then reheat the pasta, it is still less fattening then when it is cooked the first time! Same with rice apparently.

Anyway, boil up your pasta and then when it is al dente cool it down quickly with cold water so that it immediately stops softening and doesn't get mushy and stick together too much. Then mix in a load of pesto – any flavour – and serve it cold as part of a salad.

You can prepare it well in advance – even the day before and keep it in the fridge in a bowl covered with film.  Let it de-chill before serving so that the oil loosens up a bit.

I suppose you could do different coloured pastas – white, green, red each with a different pesto.

People will think you're really flashy and they will talk about you respectfully.


What's not to like?

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Here's a BBC recipe using pesto and olive oil for the dressing. I like pesto mixed in with vinaigrette as well.


You can also stir pesto into risotto at the end of the cooking time to add the basil and parmesan flavour.



Whip up a tasty potato and tuna salad in less than half an hour


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Red pepper pesto

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call it " Hey Pesto" ,  or Consumer cookery   class, ,  

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R.I.P my beautiful grey ghost, gone but never forgotten, taken so suddenly, 04/07/2004 ~ ~ 02/03/2017

Gone but never forgotten,Little Miss Sunshine, Alisha Marie. 15/12/2005 ~ ~ 13/02/2006

Our  beloved Dalmatian Jazz,  gone to join Wal at Rainbow Bridge, hope you are now pain free .  20/9/2005 ~ ~ 24/3/2019



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The Cookery Cauldron,  Hidden Gems, Cookery Class

R.I.P my beautiful grey ghost, gone but never forgotten, taken so suddenly, 04/07/2004 ~ ~ 02/03/2017

Gone but never forgotten,Little Miss Sunshine, Alisha Marie. 15/12/2005 ~ ~ 13/02/2006

Our  beloved Dalmatian Jazz,  gone to join Wal at Rainbow Bridge, hope you are now pain free .  20/9/2005 ~ ~ 24/3/2019



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