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London reads into the record books

A spectacular new record was set in London this March, when 3,234 par- ticipants broke the Guinness World Record for ‘the most children read- ing with an adult.’ The Big Read event, which took place at the London Muslim Centre in East London, was organised by the IF charity, in partnership with Islamic Forum Europe, Muslim Aid, London Muslim Centre and Tower Hamlets Council. Politicians and celebrities joined thousands of people, who came from

across London to take part in the world record bid, including journalist Victoria Brittain, BBC London presenter Asad Ahmed and Hedy Epstein, an 85 year old holocaust survivor. Former stars from the BBC hit show The Apprentice were present including Ghazal Asif, Tre Azzam, Majid Nagra and Syed Ahmed while politicians Baroness Pola Uddin, George Galloway MP and the Leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Lutfur Rahman, also took part. Children par- ticipating in the event were between 5

Spice ‘may slow liver disease’

Scientists have claimed that the Indian spice curcumin may slow down the progress of liver disease. A study, published in the journal Gut, looked at damage to the liver caused by

progressive inflammatory illnesses, including primary sclerosing cholan- gitis and primary biliary cirrhosis.

In tests, mice fed with curcumin

Manchester restaurants to close

to the national chain and owned by Coventry-based


Two well known Manchester curry restaurants are shutting their doors, highlighting the impact of the reces- sion. One of these, Ithaca, is to close after the parent company went into voluntary liquidation with debts of around £1.9m. A bar-restaurant, Ithaca was founded by Arnie Hira and his brother Manoj in 2008 after a reported investment of £4m and targetted Manchester’s high-flyers. The final straw appears to have been the snow in January which deterred diners from coming into the city centre. Another high profile restaurant in Manchester that is closing is Shimla Pinks. The restaurant had been due to move out of its current site which

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is earmarked for redevelopment, but the move was hit by a series of delays and the business became ‘homeless’ after it was refused an extension on the lease at its current premises. A company statement said: “The res- taurant had been trading from Crown Square on a lease extension, which unfortunately has now expired and the doors have closed for the last time. Although we had secured new prem- ises in Spinningfields, a change in the economic climate meant that we were unable to secure sufficient funding to complete the relocation project.” Shimla Pinks was founded in Manchester 11 years ago, as part of a chain of restaurants set up by a Glasgow family. It is now a separate business


Gurmit Pannum. Administrators Irwin and Co took over the business earlier this year and have said delays relat- ing to the move caused the firm to go into insolvency. The restaurant went to Manchester County Court in an effort to buy more time at the existing site, but a judge ruled that the landlord had the right to force them out.

experienced fewer blockages of the bile duct and less damage to cells in the liver and scarring, while those on a normal diet did not.

and 18 years old. IF is a fundraising charity that organ- ises fun and innovative events to raise money for worthwhile causes both in the UK and worldwide. Its partners for the Big Read were the London Muslim Centre (LMC), the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE), Muslim Aid and Tower Hamlets Council. The Big Read beat the previous record of 3,032 people achieved by The Kindergarten Starters School at Global Village in Dubai, UAE, on the 12th November 2008.

The management at Shimla PInks in

Manchester are believed to be looking at possible new ventures. It is hoped that an announcement will be made soon.

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