Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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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!”

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 or through

by Paul Lancaster, Blacks Solicitors
Paul Lancaster, Blacks Solicitors

By Paul Lancaster, Black Solicitors, Family Law Team 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.

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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.

by Janette Ward
by Janette Ward

I hope that you are well. This month I will share about how routine is a cornerstone of good mental and emotional health.

Doing the ‘same old, same old’ may not sound exciting, but research states that it actually makes you happier and healthier. Routine introduces the elements of rhythm and habit into our daily lives. Rhythm is important because the body has its own natural, synchronised rhythm system (sometimes referred to as ‘the body clock’). Our bodies are ‘set’ to work better when our sleeping, eating and exercise patterns take place on a fairly consistent schedule.

Having a routine is a way of organising your life, enabling you to act instead of standing still because of lack of direction. When we consciously decide what we want to do in our everyday lives, we generally want to do things that make us happy and feel well. As such, we can build lots of good habits along the way by actively participating in our daily lives.

A routine is something you do over and over again, eventually, making it a habit. Once it is a habit, you do not need to think about it to act. The act of automation increases efficiency in your life by enabling you to do things without consciously thinking about it. You will automatically get things done, without having to remind yourself to get things done. In this way, you do not let anything slip and you save time by not having to decide what to do in your day.

Relying on routine to accomplish tasks is a lot easier than relying on willpower and motivation. Willpower is finite and motivation is not constant. You do have to will and motivate yourself to stick to the routine. But once the routine is set, it is on autopilot and the need for constant willpower and motivations no longer necessary.

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The modern world is chaotic and many things are beyond our control. Routines create a stable foundation that makes it easier to cope with an unpredictable world.

Many successful people living and dead have been sticklers for routines, particularly morning routines, some of these people include Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Jane Austen, Queen Elizabeth, Margaret Thatcher, Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Ennis and Richard Branson.

Having a morning routine provides a sense of structure and familiarity. You wake up with a sense of ownership, order and organisation in your life.

I have a well-established morning routine that I know keeps me well that includes: getting out of bed, doing the 5 Tibetan Rites (yoga postures); going for a walk; having a shower; reading a spiritual passage; meditating and then having breakfast.

Having this morning routine enables me to feel ready to face the day, when I complete my morning routine, I feel tuned in and balanced.

Having a routine helps you to become good at things, for example if you are writing every day, you will become a better writer.

It also helps you feel more in control, giving you a sense of having taken responsibility for making positive changes and thereby helping build your confidence.

Here are some tips to support you to create a routine:

Start small – add small routines and build on your successes. Although the benefits of doing something every day are small, the payoff is huge after a while.

Be specific – make the goal tangible such as ‘I will get out of bed at 7am every morning’ or ‘I will go swimming on a Wednesday evening’

Get support – ask for help, for example asking a friend to join you for a regular walk

Plan for success – think through what you’ll do if confronted with challenges, thinking about this can boost the likelihood of success

Be flexible – it may seem counterintuitive but make sure that your routines are flexible, then they can be adapted to your needs, for example, when my granddaughters sleep at my house, I miss out bits of my routine that particular morning.

In previous articles I have shared about WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), which is a self-management course delivered world-wide by people who are dealing with all kinds of health and life challenges. There are key elements in a plan. The second one is to write a Daily Maintenance List. This list includes the things that you do every day to maintain your wellness, your routine. Writing them down and being conscious of them can help you become aware of how you are looking after yourself and maybe how you can do that better.

I have had my own WRAP plan for 12 years and have been facilitating WRAP groups for 7 years and find the daily maintenance list which is my routine enormously beneficial. Especially at times of change in my life. One of these being when I went from having been employed for 33 years to becoming self-employed. Having well established routines helped me cope with the change to then create new routines.

I wish you every success with your routines and if you are interested in creating your own WRAP plan please contact me at or 07775640213 or



alisa-pembertonBy Ailsa Pemberton, Associate Intellectual Property Team
0113 227 9260

Have you managed by some miracle to avoid the furore which surrounds the Bake Off, or The Great British Bake Off as it is properly entitled? News of its sale to Channel 4 has reached unprecedented levels of media coverage recently and an eye-watering £75m was paid for a three-year deal for the show. But what have they actually purchased? Two of the stars of the show and one of the judges have already said that, out of loyalty to the BBC, they will not be moving with the show and thus far only celebrity judge, Paul Hollywood is staying for the transfer. So what is left: a tent; several food processors? Rumour has it that even these are hired. So, what have Channel 4 really paid for?

Well, the root of the value is intellectual property. The format of the show, owned by the production company Love Productions, is the valuable asset. Who would have thought that watching strangers succeed or fail in various baking skills and battling for that ultimate title could become so popular. But like many television game shows, reality shows and sitcoms, a successful TV format can be protected, licensed and sold like many other creations.

lsf-great-british-bake-off-s6TV formats are a rather odd mix of copyright, trademarks and reputation in the overall set-up or presentation. As a result many instances are seen where copycat formats are created, seeking to duplicate the success of an original format without paying for the privilege of using it. As with all intellectual property rights, the only way to stop these imitations, is to threaten and often take legal action.

Successful TV formats may often seem like simple and almost obvious ideas. But the simpler a format appears, the likelihood is that it is the end result of a very complex process. Many successful formats will have begun with an idea as clear as mud. The skill in producing the final format is not necessarily what is being aired, but how it is aired. This is where we can start to see that the Bake Off may be a simple idea on the surface but much effort has gone into devising exactly how it will work. The presenters may or may not move to Channel 4, but the show has been successful and there are likely to be many individuals waiting in the wings to get a slice, excuse the pun, of the action. There are also potential spin off shows and merchandise which Channel 4 will be able to exploit, which for advertising reasons the BBC has not been able, as well as well positioned advertising revenue.

So, if you have a great idea for a TV show, you may be sitting on an egg worth hatching (or adding to a cake), don’t give it away for someone else to reap the profits. The best way to protect an idea in its infancy is secrecy, but when communicating the idea is necessary makes sure you protect yourself and the concept with confidentiality agreements (also known as non-disclosure agreements, NDAs) and ensure proper legal advice is sought to negotiate any possible contracts.


phil-gorski-head-shot-bw-259x300By Phil Gorski, Solicitor, Commercial Dispute Resolution, 0113 227 9318, @PhilLawBlacks

In an age when sports broadcasting deals involve millions if not billions of pounds, it is not surprising that broadcasters and governing bodies will take all the steps they can to stop anything that they see as infringing their intellectual property rights.

Sky and the ECB (the governing body for cricket in England and Wales) are the latest to do just that and have successfully argued that a company which provided a platform for users to upload eight second clips of, amongst other things, broadcasts of cricket was infringing the copyright in those broadcasts.

For lawyers, the case was interesting for a number of reasons. Two stand out. Firstly, it provided further clarity on what can be considered a ‘substantial part’ of a broadcast and, secondly, it gave guidance on the defence of fair dealing for the purposes of reporting current events.

Substantial part

In order for a copyright owner to successfully argue that its copyright has been infringed it has to be able to show that a “substantial part” of the original work has been copied. The test as to whether this is the case is not a quantitative one but a qualitative one (i.e. it isn’t the amount which is copied but the importance of what is copied that matters). In this case, because the uploaded clips were of the important bits of the matches and they exploited Sky’s investment in producing the broadcast, they were considered to be a substantial part even though they were tiny in relation to the session of play in which they took place (a session lasts for two hours).

Fair dealing for reporting news events

“Fair dealing” is a vague term but in a nutshell it is used to set a limit on certain defences that exist in copyright law. The idea is that you can, for example, reproduce copyright work for reporting current events (the defence relied on in this case) but only if that use can be considered fair dealing.

The judge dissected the wording of this piece of law in fine detail. He decided that reporting news events did not just mean the traditional type of reporting – it could include “citizen journalism” (i.e. reporting of events by a member of the public even if on a website or social media platform). However, although the clips in question fell within this definition, the use of them was not “fair” because it effectively operated in competition with the Sky broadcasts – the value of Sky’s rights was therefore reduced – and the defendant was making money from its service through advertising revenue.

Sky and the ECB therefore got the result they wanted and it’s likely this case will be used to bring more claims against similar platforms in future.


Countryside officers are urging members of the public to keep their dogs on a lead while walking near livestock.

One farmer on Ilkley Moor has suffered as many as eight attacks on his sheep in this year alone.

Bradford Council and moorland farmers want everyone, including their pets, to share in the amazing landscapes of the area, but they are asking for everyone to behave responsibly.

It is every dog’s instinct to chase no matter what the breed, even if they are usually obedient and good with other animals.

If the sheep is not actually harmed physically by the dog, the stress induced by the chase can lead to serious health problems, and cause pregnant ewes to miscarry.

Farmers and landowners are at liberty to shoot loose dogs among their livestock. Sheep are valuable assets to farmers and any harm to them results in harm to their livelihood.

Sheep fleeing from dogs are often killed or seriously injured by their panicked attempts to escape, causing untold damage to fences and field boundaries in the process.

Bradford Council Countryside Officer Richard Perham said: “It only takes a couple of seconds for a loose dog to set off chasing a sheep which the owner may not have spotted.

“That’s why we are asking for everyone to keep their dog under close control at all times.”

It is an offence for owners to fail to prevent their dogs from chasing or attacking sheep.

by Janette Ward
by Janette Ward

I would like to introduce you to Sharon Bull, an inspirational woman I recently met, who shared her story about her spending addiction and her recovery.

Her story goes like this: In September 2013 she became self-employed as an Inspirational Speaker/Writer/Poet working under the name ‘A Compassionate Voice.’ The purpose was to creatively help others through her own experiences with mental health issues, recovery and well-being. She experienced depression for thirty years and never fully understood the reasons behind it, until she was able to tackle it head on.

Since speaking out about her illness, there has been much media curiosity about her experiences, her depression, past spending addiction and attempted suicide. In February this year she reached the pinnacle of her recent journey when she self-published a book on Amazon called ‘There Is a Way.’ A book which shares much more than her life story and has so far received numerous wonderful reviews.

In her own words she says: “In 1997 I bought my first house after starting the sales career I had always dreamed of. Playing the role of independent female executive seemed to suit me and it seemed fitting that I should buy a property appropriate to my new-found status. It was mainly borrowed money, but that wasn’t such a big deal then. Banks were crying out for buyers and only a small deposit was needed.

untitled (3)“For years, I allowed myself to believe material things were the key to happiness, love, admiration and friendships. I wanted people to respect me, believe in me and see me as the confident and vivacious woman that I truly didn’t believe I was. Credit cards were like gifts from heaven as they hit the floor by the letterbox and the more I had in my purse, the better I would feel.

“In 2008 I had to sell up and move into rented accommodation, it was the first major warning sign that the financial rug was being pulled from under my feet. I could no longer afford the mortgage payments, alongside my loans, bills and credit card payments. It was the continual threatening phone calls from my creditors and months of sleepless nights which gave me no other option but to throw away the cards and consolidate my £50,000 debt. The spending party was well and truly over.

“But the nightmare had only just begun‘UK in recession as economy slides,’ was the headline news in January 2009 and with unemployment rising at an alarming rate, business wasn’t great. The stress at work started to become unbearable and the sales team I had worked with for thirteen years started to lose its spirit. After a gruelling last quarter fighting off depression and anxiety brought on by the overwhelming pressures, I made the decision to take a redundancy package.

“After the shock redundancy in March 2010, it took just over three years to find what I believe to be my true vocation. A redundancy which initially plummeted me into the worst of dire straits and yet opened the door to a much more fulfilling and purposeful life. For a couple of years, I had tried to make ends meet by testing out new waters and between these failures, I signed on at the job centre with many thousands of others. Nothing seemed to work and it wasn’t paying the bills. Behind closed doors I was becoming extremely depressed. For a while I managed to hide the severity of the situation from family, close friends and my creditors. I was both ashamed and too proud to admit defeat. But eventually my drinking, lack of sleep and continual food binging began to show.

“Towards the end of 2011, I packed my bags and reluctantly waved goodbye to my independence. I had no choice, it was the only thing I could do. With a doting Mother to take me under her wing, I considered myself very lucky and realised without her help I could have been dead, or at least homeless and on the streets.

“It was the following two years that miraculously transformed my thinking and ultimately turned my life around. I grasped what was really important to me and reignited some of my childhood passions. As a teenager I loved to walk and most weekends I would head off to the Derbyshire woods with my younger brother and a picnic basket – but these sorts of simple pleasures had disappeared as I grew older. Walking, exercise, mindfulness and meditation have each played their part in my recovery and are now all rooted firmly into my daily lifestyle.

“But above all, I realised that I had a gift and could help others – especially by sharing my story, which I discovered that people seem to find inspirational. Perhaps this is because it lifts the lid on the toxic effects our society can have on people’s lives – and the huge pressure we put on ourselves as we tirelessly strive to live out the perfect lifestyles seen in magazines, adverts and media. It also helps to break down the stigma attached to mental illness and how our perceptions of others can be far from their reality.”

Sharon’s book ‘There is a Way’ can be purchased on Amazon.

For more information about Janette or the work of Circles Work CIC contact or at


Bradford Council is using the latest mobile phone technology and a new mobile gaming craze to encourage people to explore the district and access its digital services.

The Council’s mobile app allows people to find free Wi-Fi points and locations where they can play the mobile phone game Pokémon GO.

This new update to the Bradford Council app features a map showing hundreds of Pokémon GO locations in the district.

1-go-300x169.jpgResidents can also use the map in the Bradford Council mobile app to find 50 free Wi-Fi points provided by the local authority.

The Bradford Council app was set up in 2014 to provide access to Council services, such as bin day reminders and alerts about job vacancies or school closures. The app also has useful links for people to report things like potholes and fly-tipping.

Pokémon Go is based around geographic points and requires gamers to visit locations to play the game.

Hundreds of “PokéStops”, sites of geographic, historic or cultural interest, are dotted across the Bradford district.

Gamers are encouraged to find these stops and read about them while collecting items in the game.

The Council is advising people out playing Pokémon GO to stay safe at all times and respect people’s privacy.

People should pay attention to their surroundings and children should never wander away from parents or friends to ‘catch a Pokémon’.

Several Pokémon GO locations are in residential areas and it is important that players respect the privacy of others while out playing the game near people’s homes.

Leader of Bradford Council, Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, said: “We are always on the look-out for new and innovative ways to get people out and about, enjoying everything the district has to offer.

“There is huge interest in Pokémon GO at the moment. By adding the game’s locations to our app we are also encouraging people to use the app to see how they can easily access council services”

“Not everyone has easy access to the internet so by making our Wi-Fi locations available on the app people can now find their nearest point to make use of online services offered by Bradford Council.

“The Bradford Council app is a low cost way to offer services and information to local people.”

The Bradford Council app is available on both Apple and Android devices. Visit for more information.


Shama Zulqurnain was born on 11 August 1977 at Boundary Park Hospital Oldham.

Raised in a traditional cultural Muslim family, faith was an important factor whilst growing up as her ancestors were from the Dina District of Jhelum, Pakistan. Her father was from Dina and her mother was from Jhelum when they arrived in England as teenagers and eventually married in Oldham. Shama has a unique story. A story of love, hate, betrayal, cultural differences and religious interpretations. This is Shama’s story… (Part 4).

Gradually my marriage improved but deep down all my dreams were crushed. I mostly stayed around the house as all my ambitions were gone. I started working in the family business and I had another baby boy. I guess the family was pleased as I produced another boy. The more I worked in the family business, the more I felt I was in charge.

HJVI wanted to make the business grow and gradually started Introducing new things. Eventually I got it busy and running. The business kept me occupied and away from family life for a while. I developed a routine of finishing at school time to collect my kids. I did the shopping, picked up the children and started over again. Other daily chores included cooking, feeding the family and looking after my disabled mother in law.

Even though I developed a routine, it felt as though every day was the same. It became monotonous.

All the restrictive cultural expectations were getting me down but I carried on accepting it. I simply got my head down, kept my distance and played along with it.

My mum and dad lived over the road and it seemed that everyone was happy because I was an obedient daughter-in-law, wife and mother. I remember thinking would I want my daughters to have the same life as me? I was still controlled by everyone. I was regularly told how to raise and discipline my children. It felt as though I had no say over my children but I continued to go along with it because I didn’t want to cause any further distress to my parents.

Tragically my brother suddenly passed away in a car accident. My life collapsed around me. Everything and everyone became irrelevant. He was still studying and I was very close to him.

He was only 22 but very mature for his age. He was aware of my anguish and I remember him telling me that I had great kids and to make sure the girls go to university and that he would always be there for them no matter what.

After the loss of my baby brother, I struggled with depression. My marriage and relationship with my family ended. I realised how short life is and that my destiny was still in my hands as long as I was alive. I came to a refuge in Leeds and stayed there for eight months whilst trying to get better. This time, my family totally disowned me. I felt alone and vulnerable and missed my brother immensely.

(Part 5 continues next month)