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The Pain of Being A Perfectionist

By Janette Ward There is a preoccupation in our society to be perfect. The perfect look, the perfect home, the perfect relationship, being the perfect parent, etc. If you watch television adverts, read glossy magazines or take part in social media, you will be bombarded with these messages. What being a perfectionist feels like is powerfully described by writer Nick Wignall: ‘Picture the nastiest, cruellest person you know. Now imagine that their full-time job is to follow you around, close as your shadow, constantly criticizing or judging everything you do.…

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Do you care TOO MUCH what other people think?

Have you like me, allowed other people’s opinions of you to alter the way you look, the choices you make, even how you feel about yourself? The truth is to a certain extent everyone cares what other people think and that goes back to our early ancestors when it was vital to belong to the tribe in order to survive the dinosaurs and Saber-toothed tigers. Today the need for approval and acceptance begins early and our cultural and social norms encourage it. If you respect and love (and are loved…

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The Rise in Modest Fashion

by Maryam Ansar Recently, there has been a distinct increase in the number of major fashion brands stocking ‘modest’ clothing. It might get passed off as an innocent marketing attempt to drive sales and bat off competitors, but questioning the underlying motive can’t be helped, especially within the current political context. The introduction of modest fashion collections doesn’t stop at full length sleeves and mid length dresses anymore, like they once did. In 2018, brands such as H&M bought in entire collections consisting of long, flowing maxi dresses reminiscent of…

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Open Iftar Bradford 2018

Open Iftar is the first global community-led public Iftar campaign, inviting Muslims & people of all faiths, cultural backgrounds and ages to join together to explore the Islamic faith through food, inspirational talks, and engaging discussion. Open Iftar bridges communities; it is a space in which our commonalities are highlighted, our differences celebrated, and human connection is forged. Invitation is FREE and OPEN to ALL. The Ramadan Tent Project (RTP) are delighted and excited to announce the first-ever Open Iftar UK Tour to take place in 2018 and spread the community spirit across the UK! Join them in Bradford as they begin this epic journey of bringing communities…

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New Asian street food cafe Cha Cha Chai opens in Bradford

A unique STREET food café has opened in Bradford. The new Cha Cha Chaiiwala promises to spice things up as it opened on Ingleby Road last month. The tea room, the first of its kind in Bradford, will offer customers ‘a sip of Kashmir’ as well as a variety of light snacks and sweet treats from the sub-continent Mukhtar Ahmed, who owns the café with his friend Nasar Nabi, said the tea room prided itself on its distinctive Kashmiri tea. Located in the Ingleby Road food court where the famous…

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To Prenup or not to Prenup?

What is a Prenuptial agreement? A prenuptial agreement is essentially a contract drawn up by the lawyers of those wishing to enter into a marriage but wish to protect any assets they own prior to that marriage. It is however not currently legally binding and may only be considered by any Judge when dealing with the finances within a divorce. A Judge will consider if the agreement is fair and if reasonable provision has already been provided for when it comes to any children of the marriage. What would be…

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Lifestyle Politics 

REDISCOVERING THE FORMER STATE OF BAHAWALPUR

Nothing is immutable in this world. Everything is subject to change. Only the mutability is everlasting. So is the case of emergence and disappearance of states and people over the planet earth. Ancient history is full of such evidences that empires after empires rose to the eminence and then fell into oblivion in such a way that only the eye of a keen researcher can trace them out. There were Romans, the Greeks, the French, and the Ottomans who ruled the world in such a way as if they will…

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Inspiring love & friendship

Since 1995, when the first online dating site was launched, meeting potential partners online has now become part of everyday life for millions of people around the world. Having gained popularity from traditional dating services such as speed dating, one in five relationships in the UK now starts online, and almost half of all British singles have searched for love on the internet. With so many people doing everything from shopping to socialising online, the internet is an obvious path to love and friendship. The main advantage of online dating…

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Snowcold Creamery: ‘Dessert Heaven’

February is not the usual time of year when you indulge in ice-cream. The memories of the Christmas break feasts are now slowly filtering away to obscurity and New Year gym resolutions are either still going strong or now beginning to waver. But there exceptions to the rule if the temptation is too much. On a cold January night driving out of Batley, we came across a Snowcold Creamery. The exterior is simple to the eye but very attractive as we drove into the large car park. It seemed temptation…

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How EFT Can Help You Take Back Control

This month I am pleased to introduce you to Andrea Bird, an EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Practitioner. EFT is also known as ‘tapping’. It was created by Gary Craig (www.emofree.com) in the 1990’s and is a simple pain free technique, often referred to as psychological acupressure. It helps to remove negative emotions, reduce food cravings, reduce or eliminate pain and implement positive goals. I first came across EFT in 1999 when I was experiencing anxiety. I had an EFT session with a friend who had trained in EFT and the…

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