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AN e-petition campaign has been launched to try and persuade the Government to make Eid and Diwali public holidays in the UK. Conservative MP Bob Blackman has been championing the change in Parliament, after the petition was signed by more than 120,000 people.

Muslims and Hindus should

have the most important days in their faiths recognised in law, the petition says. The government

Cyrus guests stars with

cricketer INDIAN dancers brought alive the aisles, and the smell of spices from around the globe hung in the air, when a Croydon food store held a world food festival. Former England cricket star Mark Butcher and celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala made guest appearances at Brakes Professional Food Market in Beddington, in August this

year. Five local restaurants held cooking demonstrations, serving Bangladeshi, Chinese and Sri Lankan cuisine. The shop also held a raffle in aid of Croydon social enterprise, Mum’s the Chef, which helps unemployed ethnic minority women. n

has already rejected the request, stating that: “Whilst we appreciate a new national holiday may benefit some communities and sectors, the cost to the economy remains considerable and any changes to the current arrangements would not take place without a full consultation.” Mr Blackman has urged the

government to reconsider, saying that although there would be an extra cost, money was not the only consideration. Speaking at a debate in Westminster, he said, ”Wouldn’t it be a statement that we as a nation embrace these religions, and the people who hold them dear, and we are ready to recognise their place in our society? Creating these public holidays would be an important step towards promoting the understanding and tolerance of different faiths - not just at home, but abroad too.” n


A CELEBRITY hairdresser and make-up artist, Sunnie Brook, says that the spices in your kitchen can be an effective alternative, or complement, to traditional beauty treatments. “In your cupboards you can find remedies for oily skin, puffiness, dry skin or brittle hair,” she says. Fennel seeds, an

antioxidant-rich spice, can help calm puffiness and decrease redness, making it the ‘perfect addition to a DIY facial mask’, while thyme is a cleanser for oily skin. For a body scrub, cloves and ginger not only smell nice, but will leave skin feeling silky as well, Sunnie claims. Rosemary is praised

for its anti-inflammatory properties and basil can be used to tackle blemishes and oily skin. Cinnamon is said to be an all-natural hair-lightener and cayenne pepper can be used as a ‘lip plumper.’ So if you want to try a different approach to looking good, then why not make a start by raiding your spice racks! n


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