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When Bradford was named the world’s first City of Film in the summer of 2009, it is fair to say a few eyebrows were raised. Overcoming competition from Los Angeles, Cannes and Venice to win the UN honour, Bradford was officially recognised as UNESCO City of Film.

photo 1-5At the time of this prestigious honour in 2009, Bradford played host to the Bradford Film Festival, Bite the Mango International Film Festival and the Bradford Animation Film Festival. Three major film festivals that were serious players in the international annual film calendar. The Bradford Film Festival, hosted and organised by the then named National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, was one of Bradford’s jewels in the crown. In its two decade history, the festival attracting global film stars such as Jean Simmons, Oscar winner Michael (The Deer Hunter) Deeley, John Hurt, Terry Gilliam, Claire Bloom, Richard Attenborough and Kenneth Branagh. Organised by the NMPFT’s Head of Film Bill Lawrence and Festival Director Tony Earnshaw, The Bradford Film Festival “brought a touch of the red carpet, a tangible sense of glamour, the presence of living, breathing film heavyweights and the notion that the north could do it as well as the south. Some said even better” stated Tony Earnshaw at the time.

The Bite the Mango Film Festival was billed as a ‘celebration of world cinema’ and since its inception in 1995 by Carey Sawney who passed on the baton to me in 1998, the festival became one of, if not the leading film festival of its kind in the UK. Between 1998 – 2008, both BIFF and BTM put Bradford on the global map as a city where independent and commercial cinema would be celebrated. Regular world premieres, screen talks, workshops and seminars became common at the NMPFT and the emphasis of film BiFF_logo_new_blkwas very much at the forefront of the Museum’s attraction peaking at almost one million annual visitors. A contribution to the attraction of visitors was the global film personalities that visited the museum. BTM attracted global stars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar Pooja Bhatt, the late Om Puri (twice), Mahesh Bhatt, Shabana Azmi, Amit Khan, Anil Kapoor, Samina Peerzada, Meera, Subhash Ghai, Shatrughan Sinha and James McAvoy. With these stars, Bradford and the festival were highlighted in the New York Times, Mumbai Mirror, Screen Daily and other international journals.

Even before the film festivals were born, Bradford has always had a rich history as a city of locations for filmmakers. Famous films such as The Railway Children, L.A. Without a Map, Billy Liar, and The Dresser used locations around the city such as Keighley, Little Germany, Undercliffe and the Alhambra Theatre.

Let us now fast forward to 2017. The NMPFT has changed its name to the National Science and Media Museum (no emphasis on film) and was on the verge of closing in 2013 due to a lack of funding. Bradford now has NO film festival. Bite the Mango was axed in 2010 as it was struggling to “attract the harder to reach communities” according to the Head of Marketing at the time of cancelling. The Fantastic Films Weekend followed in the same vain in 2013 and the Bradford Film Festival was finally put to the sword in 2016 after being ‘temporary cancelled’ a year earlier pending a review. As I said at the time, reviews only mean one thing. Now we know what it meant.

Today, Bradford has very little film activity even though we do have a team at the Bradford City of Film office. Sporadic fringe events do not justify the status of City of Film. The museum, it seems, will now take a direction towards science and as one walks around the struggling venue today, there is no displayed archive of the movie greats that once stood foot in the venue. It is though the museum has eradicated any possible memory of the film festivals that once took place.

Bradford does not deserve the status of City of Film. It’s as plain and simple as that. Doing the odd sporadic event is simply not enough. Unless it once again plays host to a major film festival or the bosses in charge of film activity in the city up their game, the status will remain embarrassing.

by Irfan Ajeeb

 

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Police are urgently appealing for information to trace the whereabouts of missing man. 

Tariq Rashid, aged 22, was last seen in Wakefield on Wednesday 22 March at around 4:30pm.

He is described as an Asian male, slim build, 6ft 2″ and with black messy medium length hair. He was wearing a black Armani jumper with large beige logo, black jogging bottoms with white Nike logo and black trainers.

He has links to the Huddersfield area.

Tariq may appear confused or agitated and police would advise members of the public not to approach Tariq, but to contact the police.

Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting log number 1184 of 22/03/2017.

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by Janette Ward
by Janette Ward
This month I will share with you about Moving Forward, an organisation supporting men’s mental health, run by men, for men in Keighley, Bingley and Bradford.

I was initially involved in the starting of a Moving Forward group in Mind in Bradford in 2014, where we identified that there was a gap in the provision of support, particularly for men. Since then Moving Forward has grown in strength, with more and more men accessing the support and resulting in an increase in the number of groups. What makes the Moving Forward groups unique is that they are peer led, facilitated by men who have experience of mental ill health. Their strap line is ‘A group by men for men. Learning to live well again’.

The stigma still exists ‘Real men’ don’t whine about their physical, mental or emotional problems. They work it out, suck it up or walk off’. This approach means that men are suffering from mental ill health and not receiving the help they need.

mentalhealth1According to Men’s Health Forum, 73% of adults who go missing are men; 87% of those rough sleeping are men. Looking at the prison system, men make up 95% of the prison population with 72% of male prisoners suffering from 2 or more mental health diagnoses.

In 2013 there were 6,233 suicides recorded in the UK for people 15 years and older, 78% of these were men.

4 out of 5 suicides are men. For men under 35 years of age, suicide is the biggest cause of death. Middle-aged men are particularly at risk with the number of suicides in men aged 45-59 increasing significantly in the past 5 years.

The Forum highlights that men have less access to the social support of friends, relatives and community. The Moving Forward groups fill in that gap. They offer a safe, non-judgemental space with other men who have faced similar challenges.

In the Moving Forward publicity, they say that mental health is a complex subject. That you don’t need to face your issues alone, the group members understand this and they are friendly, compassionate and caring. The collective knowledge and shared experience available within the group makes it a great resource. They will make you feel at home and cared for. The group has a great collective sense of humour and laughs are guaranteed. They offer continuous ongoing support that provides knowledge and guidance to promote good mental health and wellbeing: prevention not cure. Learning to live well again, like minded people to share experience, be understood as a person not a patient.

Paul, a Moving Forward facilitator shares his experience: “My first career was as a Sergeant in the Regular Army, which left me with an ever present anxiety, being hyper-vigilant and very driven. I went on to develop periods of severe depression, which led me to have long periods of time off work in my second career as a Police Officer. The stigma was terrible and despite being a popular officer, it drove me to leave. From there I decided to seek outdoor manual work as I found exercise and being outside a source of wellbeing, it resulted in me being off medication for three years. Then I felt confident enough to find more mentally challenging work. In 2013 I suffered several physical health challenges, which resulted in the return of depression. I have had periods of time off work since, fortunately I have an understanding and supportive manager. My first visit to Moving Forward was the Keighley Group, where I was made very welcome. The facilitator encouraged the men to share and I felt comfortable to share how I was feeling. It dawned on me that the men present were mainly of my age and had similar mental health experiences. I was impressed with the depth of the discussion, I immediately realised that being a part of this group would be essential to understanding my mental health and learning how to live better. I became a regular attender and found being in the group helped me enormously and that I was also able to help and support others. After a year of being a participant I volunteered to support the group as a facilitator. I feel really committed to supporting other men to achieve good mental health and it helps me to keep well. It was significant for me when Janette from Circles Work trained me and eight of the other men from Moving Forward to be qualified Facilitators. Facilitating Moving Forward groups is a real privilege, giving me the opportunity to share understanding, encourage confidence, supporting men to make positive, meaningful change. If there are any men out there struggling with their mental health I would suggest that they get in touch with us, let us help and support you. If you do not feel comfortable walking into a group on your own for the first time, we are happy to meet you somewhere first.”

It is free to attend any of the groups, everyone is welcome and no pressure to participate once in the group. The three groups are:

On a Monday 6.30 – 8.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Place, Bingley BD16 2PR.

On a Wednesday 1-3pm at Mind, Tradeforce Building, Cornwall Place, Manningham, Bradford BD8 7JT

On a Thursday 1-3pm at All Saints Church, Highfield Lane, Keighley BD21 2DH

Moving Forward contact details:                                                                               www://movingforwardgroup.org

contact@movingforwardgroup.org

Mobile: 07541602744 or 07762508945

Following the successful launch of the original Vengeance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, this year will see Kahn Design debut a new convertible variant, the Vengeance Volante.

image1Like its predecessor, the Vengeance Volante is built on Aston Martin’s bonded aluminium and composite VH platform, chosen for its lightweight strength and torsional resistance, and is manufactured in the UK using traditional British coachbuilding techniques.

The Vengeance Volante’s sweeping streamlined curves take inspiration from classic Aston Martin designs of the late twentieth century, swapping the contoured roof of the original Vengeance for a cabriolet hood, while retaining the distinctive widened C-pillars and wings.

kbhDetails such as the purpose designed crosshair exhaust system and rear lighting, as well as the lightweight sculpted wheels are a nod to the Volante’s heritage, but with the top down, the lower profile silhouette enhances the muscular proportions of the car.

“Creating a convertible version of the Vengeance posed some challenges, given the unique coach built nature of the vehicle, but we’ve overcome them in true British fashion. Following a detailed programme of testing, I’m delighted to be able to unveil the Vengeance Volante at this year’s show, and I’m confident it will receive the same enthusiastic reception as the original model did in 2016,” Afzal Kahn said.

As with the hard top model, the Vengeance Volante will be produced in limited numbers, and investors and collectors alike are invited to place orders early to avoid disappointment.

bjhInside, the Black luxury leather fluted front and rear seats have been handcrafted and stitched by our team of experts. Furthermore, door tops and door top inserts along with a fluting design on the centre armrest through to the parcel shelf is a beautiful example of British craftsmanship at its best.

The Vengeance Volante will be on display for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show, Stand 6338.

 

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by Paul Lancaster, Black Solicitors

by Paul Lancaster, Partner, Family Law Team, PLancaster@LawBlacks.com, 0113 227 9215

In a world with a greater emphasis on independence, is the law holding back on allowing divorced couples the freedom to move on and become less reliant on their former partner?

This issue was raised in a recent Court of Appeal case where a former spouse was Ordered to provide maintenance payments of £1,441 to his ex-wife for life, a decade and a half after they divorced.

In 2002, the ex-wife received a £230,000 lump sum plus £1,100 per month of maintenance payments when she separated from her husband. 15 years on, the Court heard that the initial lump sum had been unwisely invested in a series of upmarket properties and she was now effectively back where she started, without any capital, living in rented accommodation, working two days a week as a beauty therapist. The ex-wife returned to Court to seek more maintenance from her ex-husband, whereas the husband sought an immediate clean break with an end to the maintenance payments.

In the Court of Appeal’s ruling, the Judge explained that in the 2002 order, Judge Everall had calculated the wife’s “needs” at £1,441 a month, but had gone on to Order that her monthly maintenance should not be increased from £1,100 on the basis that she also received the lump sum. The Court of Appeal Judge went on to say “the judge made an error of principle. The Order should have been that the husband pays maintenance in the sum of £1,441 a month until further order of the Court”. The Court of Appeal acknowledged that although she had invested unwisely and was “a poor business woman” she has not been found wanton in having credit card debts and that she is now unable to meet her basic needs. As such an increase in monthly payments was Ordered.

This has led to calls from Barrister Philip Cayford QC, for the law to limit maintenance and encourage independence after divorce. He called for changes to the law to limit spouses to a maximum of five years for spousal maintenance and contended that in a world of social change, the judges had an opportunity to order some finality on the issue. There are over countries which follow this approach already.

The judgement in this case is a stark reminder that spousal maintenance payments can always be varied either up or down, even in situations where one party has made seemingly poor investment decisions. More calls for a cap on maintenance terms in the future and social change might see an alteration in the law but for now, it remains in its current state. Nevertheless we have certainly seen a trend that in the last few years the Court have increasingly been making more spousal maintenance Orders for a fixed term rather than for life.

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by Qainaat Aftab

It’s February and it’s the infamous month of Valentine’s Day.

Every year we see the capitalist notion where hundreds of red hearted balloons and red roses fill up the shop shelves. Valentine’s Day is nothing but a capitalist con and another way to make singletons feel left out.

couple-rezsizedI find it odd how some of my friends get so caught up on the idea of being alone on Valentine’s Day. In reality, it’s just another day. But listening to their conversation, I couldn’t help but find their plans hilarious and outlandish. Therefore I have decided to share them with you.

My friends came up with a plan called ‘What every girl should do on Valentine’s Day’. Be prepared as no doubt, you will find some of their ideas bizarre and funny.

Firstly, forget about secret Santa, how about a secret Valentine? It might be a little clichéd but you can get a little gift and no one will be complaining.

valentines-day-wallpaperSecondly, every group of single girl’s need a movie night in. As my friends suggested, do it Bridget Jones style.

Thirdly, go out and wine and dine in style with your friends. If you are on a tight budget, call all your friends over and have a one dish party. It’s a great way of catching up too.

The fourth idea came from the hit comedy series Friends. As ridiculous as it sounded to my ears, it might be a great thing to do for a laugh. So, why not have a cleansing ritual? Burn and leave all the negativity behind you to allow new and positive things to come into your life.

Last but not least, forget a romantic weekend break for two. Why not adventure and explore away with your friends and have a girl’s trip away for the weekend. I can guarantee you some of your best memories will come from that

Some of you may find it humorous and some may pick up some great ideas. Whichever one it is we’d love to hear from you.

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By Adrian Czajkowski, Legal Executive, Commercial Dispute Resolution Team
ACzajkowski@LawBlacks.com, 0113 227 9296

Misrepresentation is a complex area of law, but in its simplest form it relates to one party inducing another to enter into an agreement by making false claims. As a familiar example, if you buy a car from a garage that claims the vehicle has been fully checked over and is in perfect working order, you can seek to return the vehicle and get a refund on the basis of misrepresentation if the car breaks down two miles down the road and all those claims turn out to be false. If you had simply bought the same car for the same price without the garage saying anything, then going back might be more of a problem – whilst there are still statutory protections for consumers, the buyer bears responsibility for checking out the suitability of the goods.

What happens, though, if the misrepresentation isn’t fooling anyone, but the other party makes the deal anyway? The courts recently heard an appeal in the case of Zurich Insurance Company Plc v Hayward [2016] All ER (D) 138 (Jul) where this was the case. Hayward had been injured at work, and the insurer, Zurich, stepped in for his employer to deal with his claim. During the claim, the insurer received evidence showing the claimant undertaking strenuous activity at home, contrary to what had been claimed about the extent and longevity of his injuries. However, in the end the insurer still made a settlement deal with the claimant, paying over around £135,000 to dispose of the case.

Some time later, Hayward’s neighbours apparently contacted his former employer with persuasive evidence that Hayward was entirely fit and well a year before the settlement agreement was entered into, and the insurer sought to overturn the settlement agreement on the basis of misrepresentation. Hayward’s defence to their claim was that they had never believed his story anyway, so were not reliant on his representations when entering into it. He argued that in order to be induced by representations, the other party must be persuaded by them; Zurich entered into the settlement agreement with open eyes and should not be allowed to renege on it, despite his deception.

data-misrepresentation-and-misleading-reporting-750x470The question arises: why did they make the deal at all? As Hayward himself advanced, just because the insurer had strong suspicions about the honesty of his claims did not mean that the court would have agreed with them. Fraud is a serious issue and judges can be very slow to accept that a claim (or defence) is a deliberate lie. It’s hard to know exactly what factors Zurich’s legal team were balancing, but Hayward had definitely suffered some level of injury, and would receive some amount of compensation, and the sum in the agreement likely represented a commercial decision to save on costs and dispose of the matter.

The judicial decision in Zurich’s appeal was unanimously in Zurich’s favour. The court held that there is no separate requirement for belief in order to show misrepresentation. In this case, Zurich had doubts about Hayward’s statements about his injuries, but subsequently discovered that he had exaggerated far more than they had believed at the time. The court decision was that neither qualified belief nor an absence of it rules out reliance on misrepresentation. Courts are traditionally slow to find fraud, but once found, the fraudster is unlikely to meet with a sympathetic reception at court. Hayward’s award was brought down to around £15,000 and he was ordered to repay the difference.

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As the people of Bradford begin planning for Christmas, a group of very helpful children have given festive shoppers a hand by testing out the toys tipped to be top of Christmas lists this year.

The Secret Test Workshop arrived in The Broadway for one day, and Santa’s helpers invited children to give their verdict on a selection of popular gadgets and gizmos in advance of the Christmas shopping season.  From 11.30am until 5pm, the kids worked hard to find out which toys other children would have the most fun with.

Now The Broadway is sharing the results from these helpful elves, revealing the top three must-have toys which are likely to be on every Christmas list this December.

Coming out on top of the toy testing results list is the Shopkins Tall Mall Play, available from £34.99 from The Entertainer and Debenhams.  With the Shopkins craze set to be even bigger this Christmas, the Tall Mall Playset has three levels of shopping floors which children can transform for their miniature characters to explore.

win-a-star-wars-chewbacca-electronic-maskProving that the hype from last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens is showing no signs of shrinking, the Chewbacca Electronic Mask was the second most popular toy for this year.  Fit to transform any child into their favourite Wookie, the mask is available from £36.99 from The Entertainer and Debenhams.

The third most popular toy, as chosen by the children of Bradford was a bona-fide classic – the tricky test of concentration Operation.  Available from The Entertainer for £13.50, Operation has been a child-favourite since its launch in 1965, and is sure to have the whole family hooked on Christmas Day

Ian Ward, general manager at The Broadway, said: “It was really exciting to see Christmas coming early to Bradford with the arrival of our Secret Test Workshop.  I’m sure all the parents in the city will be really pleased to see the results from the helpful children’s very rigorous testing of some of this year’s most popular gift ideas.

“As the results show, it’s not always the newest craze that gets kids talking, with classic Star Wars characters and even Operation proving popular with our testers – I’m sure Santa will be taking notes!”

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by Janette Ward
by Janette Ward

This month I would like to share with you about triggers and how amazingly helpful in supporting you to be happier, in supporting you to live the life you want and be emotionally and mentally healthy, when you identify them and create action plans.

Through creating a WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) 12 years ago I learnt to identify and action plan my triggers and it is no exaggeration when I tell you that doing this transformed my life. From feeling powerless and unhappy with my triggers, I began to feel in control of my life, how I felt and the choices I made.

Triggers are events or circumstances that may produce symptoms or feelings that may be very uncomfortable or distressing, or that may worsen an already existing condition. Sometimes we feel as if they make us go ‘backwards’ or throw us into a ‘downward spiral’. These things happen to everyone, no-one is immune to triggers.

Triggers can be things like work stress; family friction; anniversary dates of losses or trauma; being very over-tired; relationships ending; being judged or criticised; financial problems; physical illness; being self-critical; sexual harassment; spending too much time alone; a particularly difficult person in your life, etc.

gty_winter_depression_kab_140204_16x9_992The awareness of our triggers and the creation of action plans to deal with them increase our ability to cope and to avoid the onset of more difficult feelings.

It is valuable to be aware of the feelings or symptoms you experience when you are being triggered, that kind of self-awareness is really useful because then you can become more aware of when your symptoms are worsening.

The next step to take once you have identified your triggers is to create an action plan for each one. An action plan is something you can create that lists the steps you might take in order to minimise the effect of the trigger.

One of my triggers is winter, when the nights are darker earlier and the mornings are darker later, it is generally called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). My symptoms are feeling low in mood for most of the day, continually tired, needing more sleep, cravings for sugar, irritability, feeling low in enthusiasm and struggling to get out of bed.

I created an action plan to help me cope with this trigger that includes sitting in front of a light box every morning, this is called light therapy; I also take extra vitamins; make sure that I am eating a well balanced diet; journal how I am feeling; attend yoga classes; get outside each day and spend time doing things I enjoy with family and friends.

Having this action plan means that when winter comes around now I cope with it very well, maintaining my energy, my enthusiasm for life and feel hopeful and positive.

For lots of us ,a difficult person in our lives is a common trigger, they can be work colleagues, family members or neighbours etc. The action plan we could create might include things like:- have good boundaries; be clear about what you will and won’t accept; limit the time you are with them; journal how you are feeling; talk to someone you trust; make sure that other people are about when you are with them; talk to them and tell them how you feel; try and look for something you like about them; tell yourself, a positive affirmation i.e. ‘I am always good enough’ ‘I deserve respect’ ‘ Whatever happens I can handle it’

I hope that you can see that if you create an action plan for each of your triggers that the trigger will no longer have the same negative impact on your life. It can be really empowering and potentially life changing.

Working out what your triggers are and action planning is part of creating your Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). WRAP courses are delivered world-wide for people dealing with all kinds of health and life challenges. Having a WRAP plan helps you feel better, manage medical challenges, decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviours. WRAP also helps you to take control of your own life, improve the quality of your life and plan and achieve your life goals and dreams.

I am an Accredited Advanced WRAP Facilitator and deliver WRAP courses and training, for adults and children experiencing life’s challenges, if you would like any further information please contact me at janette@circleswork.co.uk or through www.circleswork.co.uk

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by Paul Lancaster, Blacks Solicitors
Paul Lancaster, Blacks Solicitors

By Paul Lancaster, Black Solicitors, Family Law Team
PLancaster@LawBlacks.com 0113 227 9215
 

Recently it has been suggested that British Courts should be able to issue Islamic divorces through a specialised unit with the aim of protecting the rights of Muslim Women.

Elham Manea, a Professor at Zurich University, is due to make recommendations to the home affairs select committee, proposing compulsory civil marriages alongside religious ceremonies and for penalties to be given to imams who break the rules. These measures potentially could render sharia councils, mainly used by women seeking an Islamic divorce, unnecessary and redundant.

According to sharia law, men can unilaterally divorce their wives by pronouncing Talaq (divorce) three times. However, women are required to obtain a judicial decree on specific grounds or give up financial rights to obtain an Islamic divorce through the sharia council.

ISLAMIC SHARIA COUNCIL. APPLICATION MEETING AT LEYTONSTONE ISLAMIC CENTRE.  SHEIKH HAITHAM AL-HADDAD TALKING TO TWO FEMALE DIVORCE APPLICANTS. 01-07 -09 PIC BY IAN MCILGORM
Pic by Ian McIlgorm

The central issue is that many women attending sharia councils have not formalised their religious marriage under British law and are often forced to give up their civil rights to secure an Islamic divorce. Furthermore, some women have reported being forced into mediation or reconciliation by sharia councils even if they have suffered physical abuse at the hands of their husbands.

Sharia councils, of which there are thought to be up to 85 in the UK, have no powers of enforcement but for those who use them their decisions are culturally and religiously binding. Arguably they are thriving because there is no other way for a Muslim woman to obtain an Islamic divorce. If an alternative was offered by the government, the majority of sharia council’s work would come to an end.

Elham Manea is calling for a national campaign to register all Islamic marriages, a process which is already implemented in other Islamic countries such as Morocco and Tunisia. This move, if adopted by the government would be welcomed by many as way of protecting and safeguarding the financial and legal rights of married Muslim women in the UK.

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