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Crazy cycle from London to Oxford

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Emdad Rahman

The Appeal aims to raise £150,000 towards building an orphanage in Bangladesh
 
The London to Oxford Crazy Cycle Run took place on Sunday 10th August. The biggest Cycle Challenge organised by Families Relief. The route was 60 miles long and took participants uphill and downhill through busy roads, roundabouts and miles of country lanes which looked almost uncharted!  
 
Project Manager Jakir Ahmed said; "This was the most amazing and challenging experience of my life and the people who took part. We were blessed with good weather mostly with the odd showers, and a great team who never gave up even though their legs and bodies gave up on them! This challenge was organised to raise funds to build an orphanage in Bangladesh to give orphans a chance to have a decent life, an opportunity for them to stand on their own two feet, when they are adults".    
 
Participant Usayd Yunis who raised over £2000 in sponsorship, said; "I was excited and nervous to begin, started well but half way through, I was almost on the verge of giving up. But the thought of helping some orphans in a poor country, just made me carry on. What they have to go through daily to survive, is far more breathtaking than 60 miles of cycling even for me!"
 
The team who took part are: Usyad Yuni a student from Manchester; Hamza Izziedeen a student from Lampeter in Wales; Maruf Uddin a graduate from London and Mizan Baksh an entrepreneur from London.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 September 2008 13:45 )
 

Tigers make history and play in the FA Cup

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London Tigers a Bangladeshi/Muslim community led organisation from
Westminster are a semi professional football team playing as Kingsbury
London Tigers FC in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division,
creating opportunities for young people in the inner city areas to play at
the highest level of football.
 


A memorable event is being held on
Sunday 17th August
2008
for a 12 noon kick off at The Kingsbury Town FC Stadium, Silver
Jubillee Park, Townsend Lane, Kingsbury London NW9.
 
This event is also a great celebration as London Tigers are the
first Asian Football team in
West London to take part in the prestigious
football competition in the country. This has been one of the dreams of
the Tigers to develop talented players from multi cultural faith
background. All of the players in our football team has been developed
over the years through our youth systems.
 
London Tigers are a very unique football club as our diversified,
representing over 40 nationalities within their 20 teams from under 8 to
senior level. Our semi pro team brings together all minorities in our
society, promoting community cohesion. With all the hype on knive crimes
amongst young people and the lack community cohesion,
London
tigers are
providing the alternate for our challenging youths of today…getting them
involved in sports.
 
This event is a proud moment for the players, as they come from a
disadvantaged background, with no professional support. It is chance of
lifetime and for many a dream come true. Therefore the Tigers work in football
goes beyond sports.... they pride themselves in teaching their players life
skills and skills which they can take beyond the football realm.

 

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 September 2008 13:47 )
 

The spirit of a genius, the vision of Fazlur Rahman Khan

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EMDAD RAHMAN talks to Yasmin Sabina Khan upon completion of a study into her revered father’s career

The legendary Dr Fazlur Rahman Khan, the structural engineer responsible for Chicago's John Hancock Center and Sears Tower, pioneered structural systems for high-rise design that broadened the palette of building forms and expressions available to design professionals today.
Through detailed examination of his projects at SOM, his daughter Yasmin Sabina Khan has recently authored a study into his life.
When her esteemed father died in March 1982, Yasmin was a senior in college studying structural engineering. Her father had not pushed her into engineering; in fact, he never even suggested it as her initial inclination had been to teach mathematics, and he had supported this ambition.
Once Yasmin started her course work at the University of Michigan, she found herself drawn to engineering:
“I was initially interested in mechanical drafting (this was in the days when the craft of hand drafting was an integral part of design). Though my drafting skills were limited, I proved to have some talent for other aspects of design” she said.
“My father was pleased with my studies, and I came to depend upon his advice regarding my coursework just as I relied on him in so many other ways.
“During this time I got a sense of his remarkable talent for explaining structural principles, and I was inspired by his sincere enthusiasm for the field.

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Not an ‘ordinary’ guy anymore

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By EMDAD RAHMAN

Liverpool has long been the home of writers and poets and a melting pot of cultures, due to its status as a major international seaport.

After performing navy service during the war Reginald Wilcox, a merchant seaman, born in 1918 in a sugar cane plantation in Berbice, Demerara, British Guyana settled in Liverpool. Reginald was nicknamed “Slow Train” as he’d walked 250 miles from London to Liverpool, seeking work. His children were born and bred Liverpudlians.

Mark T Watson the 3rd of four children had a difficult childhood. Life in general took a drastic turn for Mark when his father suffered a tragic stroke and became a quadriplegic. He was nine at the time and was one of four siblings raised by his mother Sonia. A white woman raising four black kids during the 70’s was very much a taboo subject and inevitably in 1975 Mark was taken into local authority care.
He emerged semiliterate at the age of 18 and with no formal qualifications. His experiences whilst in care were the catalysts for a remarkable sequence of events which instigated within him a desire to challenge the system at all levels and compelled him to travel the globe in search of the truth.
“Ordinary Guy” is Mark’s tale written in the form of poetry and explanatory prose and compiled as his first book, published by Liverpool based publishing house Fore-Word Press Ltd. It charts the extraordinary life of this Liverpool man who gets neglected by his social workers and beaten up in the care system in the 1970’s and leaves care barely able to read and write and with a great sense of injustice hanging over his head. Roger Phillips from BBC Radio Merseyside said “As a white man living in Liverpool, I felt privileged to read these powerful poems, which give some insight into the emotions and history of the black people of this city. These aren’t poems about ‘daffodils’ they’re about human beings and their lives. Mark is no ‘ordinary guy’ but he gives voice to all the ordinary lives of black people in this city.”

The BBC describes “Ordinary Guy” as “a poetic snapshot, charting the travels of Watson, an adventurous kid who gets taken into care in Liverpool in the ‘70’s and after years of neglect and abuse by the system, decides to fight back”.

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EMDAD RAHMAN puts the world right with Kazi Shazanur Rahman

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If there is one girl consistently flying the flag for South Asian women in the music industry then it has to be the Deshi singing sensation Shahin Badar.
During the onset of her career the songstress with the powerful smoochy voice and award winning megastar penned and vocalised a headline track, which went on to sell nearly 10 million copies, hit the No.1 spot in 21 countries and entered the Guinness Book Of Records as the fastest selling album in the world.
With her unique blend of powerful Indo-Arabic vocal resonance in music and it’s multiple genres, Shahin is without doubt one of the most accomplished and outstanding South Asian female front runners of innovative musical collaborations.
She has worked with AR Rahman, Joi and Indian Ropeman. History was made when her intones were recorded and featured on the headline track to the phenomenal double platinum selling album, The Fat Of The Land by the Prodigy which hit the No.1 spot in 21 countries including the USA and earned the group a Grammy Nomination. Aki Nawaz from Nation Records initially recommended her to the management of The Prodigy, who were interested in using her voice. Although the track arose controversy upon its release, it has been used by strong women characters such as Charlie's Angels and Lara Croft. Since then Shahin has built up a strong reputation in the mainstream and through her 'chanting' she has gone on to feature in several commercials and films, including Scary Movie 2 and the recent Charlie’s Angels movie Full Throttle.

Few Asian female vocalists have been recognised by the mainstream music industry in the west, but Shahin is an exception. The award-winning soloist from East London, who was brought up in Kuwait during her formative years, has dedicated years of her life to training and using her voice in pursuit of musical excellence.

 

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