"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)






Elvis all shook up over C-charge dodger:

A crafty congestion charge dodger has left a Bar Hill couple all shook up - by impersonating an Elvis impersonator. He's got the blues: Fed-up Mike Young Mike Young is a top Elvis Presley tribute act in Costa Blanca and recently featured on the BBC programme Living in the Sun.

He and his wife Evie - also a singer - run a club in the resort of Torrevieja but were forced to return to England last week after being threatened with a visit from bailiffs.

The couple had received several fines for non-payment of the London congestion charge - despite the fact that their van has not been in the country for months. They fear a criminal may have cloned their number plate and is using an identical van.

But their own distinctive van has the slogan "The King Lives On" across the side to advertise their business. They have been sent five of the fines which have mounted into hundreds of pounds and despite their attempts to demonstrate their innocence the fines keep coming.

Evie told the News: "It started a year ago, last November, when we were in Spain and we got a letter saying we had not paid the congestion charge in London, but we hadn't been in London. "We haven't done anything wrong. Our vehicle is taxed and insured - I don't understand what we can do. We have been to the police with documents to prove we were in Spain but they don't want to know. "My son rang me up and said there is a letter from the bailiffs to say they are coming in seven days. I was sitting in Spain saying 'Oh my God, what are we going to do?'"

Mike said: "I'm hoping the outcome will be that we will prove our case and they will give me a new number plate but we haven't sorted it out yet. Someone has to take notice - no-one has been helpful. "I haven't seen a bailiff yet but I have had lots of red letters and threats of imprisonment."

A spokesman for Transport for London, the organisation which enforces the Congestion Charge, said they had dealt with rare cases of plate cloners who find vehicles identical to theirs and use the same registration number. This fools the congestion charge cameras but can have more serious consequences for the unsuspecting victims. If the bogus vehicle is involved in a hit and run accident they could face arrest.

The spokesman said: "We always ask members of the public to respond with a representation where they believe an error has been made. In that way we can either track down the source of the problem or, in those cases where a third party has misrepresented a vehicle, we can bring the matter to the attention of the police."

(News/Almost Elvis, Source: Cambridge Evening News)









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