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Why would Pussycat Dolls do this? They have ruined the original!

They can’t pull it off! Sorry girls, not a fan.

The original is miles better! And the dancing is ace.

What do you think?

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TFL and rush hour are never a good combination!

CRIME Figures 8

Most recent scandal has been Tony McNulty.

He clamed £60,000 on a “second” home in Harrow.

After being publicly embarrassed MPs claim they with tighten rules on living allowances.

But why would they?

If they can continue having multiple properties all paid for by us why would they change that!?

And anyway, isn’t Tony just being lazy. Less than 10 miles from between each home why can’t he just travel on public transport? The rest of us seem to manage fine.

Jacqui Smith is the other culprit. Claming tax-payers money to make her way through life she was also caught out.

But really, will MPs do anything? I mean, they can all benefit from this type of lifestyle, why would they change anything?

As a child, trips from school included Neasden Temple, Canterbury Cathedral and Watford Mosque. It’s a shame we never visited a Gurdwara. Lucky for me I have good friends who are Sikh and over the weekend I was present in a very warm and peaceful atmosphere at Gurdwara in Southall.

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Although I am a Hindu, those who know me, know I’m not religious at all. More often than not I’m called a coconut. But whether you are a believer of god or not, for me, the weekend was an eye opener.

From the A312 the Gurdwara’s size and impact reminded my of Jasmine’s Palace in Aladdin. On arrival I’ve got to admit, it was quite intimidating as the building towered over us. But inside the décor was simple. Simple, with a strong sense of unity and peace. After doing a little more research I found that the building has a capacity of 3,000 people, and its dining hall is capable to serving 20,000 meals over a weekend.

Not knowing the culture within the Gurdwara I followed the footsteps of Jay and Pav, who I’ve got to say made me feel very welcome. (Thank you)

We sat in the prayer room where the holy book, The Guru Granth Sahib was being read by priests. Projectors translated the scripture and just like the language of Sanskrit in Hinduism, the language was powerful. Celebrating the life of Jay’s grandma the book was read over the course of 3 days.

After eating a good meal of lentils, rice pudding and chapattis we listened to the reading and also saw the Guru Granth Sahib being put away for the night in a traditional manner.

Overall although both Sikhism and Hinduism origin from India it was very interesting to understand the traditions and beliefs behind a neighbouring religion.

Next stop will be Pav’s brother’s wedding. Wow, I’m visiting the Gurdwara more than I’ve ever been to the temple!

Will Brown take any notice? No offence, but Gordon Brown has not made any impact since becoming Prime Minster and is he continues this way he WILL lose the next general election.

Putting on a brave face, whilst visiting countries for support ahead of the G20 Summit I’m intrigued to know what the outcome going to be?

With a full timetable of protests, thousands gathered today in London to make a point; be heard. Today is the first of many protests and Brown cannot hide any longer.

The good news is, so far there haven’t been any outbreaks of violence. Police have estimated 35,000 marchers taking part, and organisers say people want to air their views in a peaceful manner. The atmosphere has been described as carnival-like with everyone in good spirits.

So how is Brown going to defend his actions? Is it time for him to admit his mistakes? He’s got everyone in a big mess and seems to continue digging himself a bigger hole. Big bosses getting bonuses, MPs claming endless amounts of money for “second properties” the list goes on.

Time to fess up Gordon. Stop hiding behind the truth. We are in a mess, and you’ve done next to nothing to sort it!

The week to come:
Saturday March 28th – Put People First March & Rally in Hyde Park

Wednesday April 1st in the Square Mile
-Climate Camp in the City beds down at the European Climate Exchange!
-Meltdown carnival at the Bank of England!
-People & Planet at the Royal Bank of Scotland!

Thursday April 2nd at the G20 Summit
-Stop the War Coalition at the ExCeL Centre, !

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Southbank was graced with the sound of dhol drummers as the youth of London gathered last Wednesday.

Musical life of Park High School in Stanmore took their beats to the Royal Festival Hall and hit the roof. Ensemble of dhol drummers performed ‘The Sound of Silence’ and brought an essence of culture and colour to the show.

The festival of musical excellence and achievement was brought together by children aged between 11 and 18 years olds.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club, an organisation which helps build community projects, both educational and humanitarian programs, the performers were short listed to play at the prestigious venue.

Sue Sands, chairman of the Rotary Club said: “Thank you for all your support and offering such encouragement to the young people of London as they set out on what will hopefully be a life long musical association.”

Kavita Tailor, a dholi has been playing for 6 months. She said: “It was so much fun and everyone was so enthusiastic.”

The diverse show also included pianists, choirs and orchestras.

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My first opinion on the Google street map was ‘they know everything anyway so what’s the harm.’ But today I’m re-evaluating the service.

So my initial thoughts were wow this is a pretty amazing. You can check out places before you visit them, plan a route, or find a particular place on a very long road. And it not as if the images are live, they were taken months ago from a public street. Anyone could take identical images. Street view is taken from, er, the street, a public domain.

Plus in London, I feel like I’m getting watched all the time anyway. Walk out my house, catch the bus, oh, use my oyster card which tracks my journeys, get to university, not forgetting swiping my ID. And not to forget about the immense number of CCTV cameras which are at the corner of every street.

So what was the big deal? But over the weekend people are finding more than their car parked in the driveway.

Caught on camera are young children, some of who are naked. I mean, summers day and children are having fun in the park. As you do. But the fact that you considerably zoom into the images is being viewed as an invasion of privacy. My parents had problems taking pictures at my school concerts, so I can understand the fury which is mounting. Why should Google have the right to make images of us? Shouldn’t they have asked our permission? When I was studying my Foundation Degree in Media, we had to get permission from everyone we captured on camera. So is there some degree of double standards?

I’m not sure about it all. I’m finding it hard to point fingers at Google because at the end of the day if I was a burglar I don’t think I would be using Google Street View. I’ll repeat myself, the images aren’t live, and they were taken ages ago.

Perhaps Google need to go back to the drawing boards and ensure all individuals are unidentifiable. Walking out of a sex shop, vomiting on the street, just blur them all out.

The Oympics is a ongoing debate and in the current economic climate people views are changing.

Have a listen to see what the people of Islington have to say.

What do you think? Will London be able to sell itself to the world succesfully or is it a disaster waiting to happen?

jade-goody-cancer_1361698iAs many of us treat our mums today, two young sons said final goodbyes to theirs. Jade Goody’s battle with cancer came to end early this morning. Her grief stricken family are heartbroken and still press won’t leave them alone.

It is not time for us to move on and leave their family to heal in private.

Since entering the Big Brother House Jade embraced being in the spotlight. You loved her, hated her and loved her again.

I never really paid much attention to her but after her controversial 7 years; she was very brave to inevitably invite us to watch her die. Made me feel uncomfortable; uncomfortable at the thought it was so real. So real and frightening, but she didn’t want pity. I take my hat off to her. To allow a nation to watch you at your weakness points is probably one of the hardest yet bravest things a human can do.

But what sickens me the most is the fact that those who don’t like her have still gone out of their way to leave insensitive comments on articles and Facebook statuses. How disgusting and immature. Whatever your feelings on Jade how can people find pleasure in others’ pain?

Everything she did in the last few months of her life, I think she was genuine and it came from the heart. It served a purpose. She raised awareness for cervical cancer whilst ensuring her sons could be educated into a better life than her.

She was born into the limelight. To her the cameras didn’t even exist, and she died the same way. Now it’s time to take a step back and allow her family the space and privacy they need.

Rest in peace Jade…

As summer plans begin to pop in conservations it dwells on me, I need to start planning something. Looking back I think, WOW, how is this summer even going to live up to the excitement and adventures of 2008? Literally pushing my boundaries and stepping out of my comfort zone as cheesy and cliché as it sounds 2008 changed me.

One of the most challenging adventures of the year is most definitely my trip to America. Working at a Jewish summer camp for ten weeks followed by visiting New York City was a rollercoaster of emotions. First time away from home alone and first time in America you can imagine the doors of opportunities which opened. But when I think back to the start woah, was I a bag of tears. Homesick, culture shock and pure fright I could compare myself to a fish out of water. After battling with the tears, I managed to find my feet and began fulfilling my role as the camp radio specialist.

Teaching and spending time with children aged 7 to 16 we created our very own camp radio station. Compiled of interviews, home-made adverts, fun karaoke and most importantly music, the children had the chance to explore a new medium whilst bonding in a relaxed environment. I’ve got to say watching the dynamics of the group and their skills developed had a big feel-good factor!

Soon I was so wrapped up in my new world, the weeks were flying by. During the second session of camp I even moved into a tent. And for all those who know me back at home this move was a shock and a test of my survival. But the feeling of being able to see the stars whilst lying in bed, I mean, WOW! Not to forget nights spent round a log fire making smores; American delights created with a sandwich of biscuits filled with chocolate and a roasted marshmallow. Suddenly camp began feeling like home and the thought of saying goodbye to friends who had lived the journey with me, invited the tears back.

But my adventures didn’t end there. Next on my list was travelling. Spending a week in Cleveland, Ohio with friends from camp I had my personal tour guides. Seeing both tourist attractions and places only known to locals, the contrast was not only an eye opener but, as the Americans say, AWESOME!

Flying back through New York City where I was reunited with Nikhil we explored the Big Apple. Fun times! Shopping till we dropped whilst visiting landmarks we were towered by the vast amount of skyscrapers. We even managed to squeeze a visit to Little India, which reminded us both of well-known Ealing Road back at home. Passing through streets, we spent the day and night seeing the sights. Buzzing on adrenaline, not even a tornado warning stopped us from going out to see Grease on the Broadway.

It was only back at JFK airport we reminisced about our journeys and I realised my normal life was waiting back in London. University, family, working and Radio Northwick Park, before I knew I was back into routine. But even now I can feel the benefits of my rollercoaster of an adventure.

Being an experience of a lifetime, this is only one aspect of 2008 making it a year to remember.

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