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Some Facts

It is estimated that in Dundee there are 2454 drug users (2.6% of the total population age 15-54). It is also estimated that there are 845 individuals who inject heroin (Hey et al, Glasgow University 2006). As Governments look at reducing the levels of drug misuse in Scotland, we need to assess as a society our role in supporting this. Although a series of fantastic initiatives have been setup with some amazing results. The fact of the matter, Dundee has the third largest levels of substance misuse in the country, a figure that is not becoming less by any means

(General Register Office for Scotland).

Young people take drugs for a whole range of reasons including escaping from problems, many are just bored while others might experiment with drugs just to fit in with their peers or to rebel

against their parents or society as a whole. Substance misuse is a social problem, one that affects us all whether it’s a cost factor to our Government or an increase in crime we are all embroiled in it. Young people often lack aspiration and want goals, they often need support to get them to where they aspire to.

High without drugs?

Did you know that we have chemical releases in our body that are like ‘natural heroin’ without the negative effects of drugs? This chemical is released when we do acts that make us happy. As humans, we generally feel good about ourselves when we help others as we see our actions positively effecting and improving the lives of others. Sometimes by helping others we forget our own problems and recognize that some people are in similar or worse of state than us.

According to a Scientist Peter Wang, acts of loving kindness does not just reap psychological benefits, but may actually help to heal and prevent mental illness such as depression and even physical ailments as severe. The same research suggests these loving acts regulate high blood pressure, keep the headaches away, improve circulation and ease back pain. It even deals with somewhat more serious diseases such as lupus, arthritis and coronary heart disease

(Nicole Hoelle, California Psychics 2011)

Community responsibility

Organizations and individuals need to come together and stop seeing drug users as menaces to our society but as our brothers and sisters. If this were to happen to our hand we would lend a greater support. If we bear this in mind Dundee will be a city free from drugs!

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Electricals’ a Dundee based enterprise where

Sufiyan Suleman (17) is a young and upcoming entrepreneur in Dundee. Since a young age he has sought to develop the next ‘cracking’ business idea. He has ventured from trading stationery to electricals. His long-term plan is to develop a catering brand and become a successful businessman. Sufiyan is currently studying for his Highers at Harris Academy. In his spare time he runs a business called ‘Instant Cash or your

customers can get instant cash for their old electricals. Sufiyan strongly believes that if you want to succeed in life you have to work hard for it. He hopes to inspire other young people to get into the world of business. In the current economic climate it is hard finding jobs. The few jobs that are available have so many people applying that many young people get put off even making the effort. This is a perfect time to set up your own business. There are many opportunities available with

Scottish Business Gateway, The Princes Trust, CEMVO Scotland and many others.

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ver the past year Amina the Muslim Women’s Resource Centre has been visiting schools with the aim of breaking down negative stereotypes that have arisen since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We have spoken to over 2000 pupils across Scotland and when asked to share with us what words come to their mind when they hear the words ‘Islam’ or ‘Muslim’. Every class came up with the same buzz words;

Terrorist, Osama bin Ladan, Gaddafi, Oppressed, Strict, Foreign, Brown and Extreme.

This is what the next generation thinks of Islam and Muslims - these negative and offensive words are starting to become engrained in our youngster’s lingo. Amina MWRC’s national conference highlighted that the majority of Muslim

women who had been racially abused or attacked were by young people. Many people are under the impression that so what if people call me a “terrorist” or “foreign”, I am not that and I know that so why should I react to these names. Well…the first person to be murdered in a racially motivated attack after 9/11 was a Sikh man whom they mistook to be Muslim. Therefore the saying “sticks and stones may break our bones but names will never harm us” needs to be reviewed.

our faith; so it is now time to tell everyone else! We want the Government, Police, our neighbours, young people, EVERYONE to know who we really are and what our religion means to us. We are going to document all our events through photography and this is an epic opportunity for women in Scotland to be part of Muslim women history.

If you're part of any groups and would like us to come along and run a session please It is imperative that we stand up for the get in touch, as we want to capture as many truth and tell people that we are Muslim, messages as possible. If you are unable we are proud and we Amina wants you to make one of our road show events then all you are positive contributors to Scotland. During the join them in standing need to do is write a months of December and up for the truth of message that you would January, Amina MWRC who Muslims are. like to tell the rest of is on the road. We are holding events Scotland about being a Muslim woman; on across Scotland giving Muslim women a white card/paper and then take a photo. platform to BREAK these negative stereo- Our aim is to collect 500 images of women types which have attached themselves to from across Scotland, which we will then use to create a dynamic piece of work in the Islam and Muslim women. New Year. Now we as Muslim women know that these words are not reflections of us or

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Did you know...

Some of the herbs and spices we use every day can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with joint problems and boost circulation to our joints and muscles. Turmeric, the famous herb that gives curry a natural yellow colour, is a powerful anti-inflammatory that acts similarly to ibuprofen by inhibiting the production of chemicals in our body that cause inflammation - without having the negative side effects of causing stomach ulcers. Other herbs such as ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper also have similar therapeutic properties. They are natural stimulants, anti-bacterials, and improve blood circulation.

Got the Winter Blues?

A great way of getting herbs and spices into your diet is by adding them to a vegetable soup . To get the most out of your soup also include a variety of vegetables such as leeks carrots, turnip, parsnips and suede. Be creative!

During these short and dark winter days, it is often difficult to tell the time of day or night. We wake up and head out in the darkness and return home in the dark. It’s no wonder many of us feel down and depressed at this time of year. In fact this feeling of a low mood is not a myth. There is scientific evidence that the season can affect our moods. So why does this change in mood happen? Well all living organisms are affected by changes in season. Think about animals for example. As seasons change, their behaviour and metabolism change; in winter they stock up with food and hibernate. And we as humans are the same, we experience changes in behaviour, although perhaps not to as great an extent as animals. You may find that you want to sleep more and are eating more during winter (and not just because of the festive season!). Have you ever looked out on a dark winter’s morning and felt depressed?! These are all sign of the winter blues. Or more correctly known as ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ (SAD). SAD affects 1 in 5 people in the UK, to varying degrees. It is believed that SAD is related to the way our bodies respond to daylight. Scientists say that when daylight enters our eyes, it changes hormone levels in the body. The light functions to stop the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, causing us to feel more awake. With the lack of daylight in the winter, there is a higher production of melatonin, causing lethargy and symptoms of depression. So it is obvious to assume given that the winter blues is due to a lack of daylight, the treatment would be to get as much light as you can. If you feel low, go out for a walk during the day and make the most of those short but bright frosty days.

Articles by Sherin Saad (BSc Pharmacy), Saif El-Din Shehata (BSc Molecular Genetics) & Farana Latif (Chartered Physiotherapist) 5


Khaliat Nahal

The Glaze

Boil the sugar, water and saffron together for a few minutes until it is slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and add the honey. Mix and set aside to cool completely.

The Bread

Sieve the flour, then add milk powder, sugar, yeast and salt. Then add the oil, butter and 1 egg, and mix together. Now add all the warm milk. Start kneading together and gradually add the warm water a little at a time. You might not need all the water, so add it sparingly until your dough is nice and soft. Knead for a good 8-10 minutes. The more you knead it the softer the buns will be. Touch a bit of oil with your fingertips and apply all over

the ball of dough. Cover in a bowl and set aside for in warm place (room temperature 16-22â—Ś C) for 40mins to an hour for it to double in size. Punch it down, and break off tiny bits of dough. You should get about 40 tiny pieces out of this. Take each piece of dough, and stretch it out with your fingers, then add a small piece of cheese in its centre. Bring the edges together and form a ball so that the cheese is completely enclosed within the dough. Repeat this with all the dough. Grease a 8inch pan with butter. Place the balls of dough in a 'honeycomb' pattern. Try to get them close to each other so that there are no or very little spaces in between. This recipe should make 2 pans. Cover the pans and set aside for a second rise, about half an hour. Now apply egg wash on the balls, preheat your oven to 180â—Ś C and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the bread is nice and golden on top. Remove from the oven and pour your syrup all over the hot bread. Remember that the syrup needs to be cool and the bread needs to be steaming hot straight from the oven. Turn it out and place on a rack to cool and for the syrup to glaze slightly. 6


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Science Centres Dundee Science Centre opened to the public in July 2000 as one of Dundee’s premier visitor attractions. The centre, which attracts over 60,000 visitors a year, is one of four Scottish science centres, along with Glasgow Science Centre, Our Dynamic Earth and Satrosphere science centre in Aberdeen. Dundee Science Centre is a registered charity engaged in promoting public engagement with science. 7


There was once a tiny, tiny star about the same size as a mosquito. The star lived in space, next to its parents, which were two absolutely enormous stars. The tiny star was very curious, and always wanted to know what was going on. She wanted to travel around to see for herself, but her parents told her that she was still too little to go off on her own, and that she would have to wait.

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Peanut Pickle Rice Soup Tomato Tuna Water

One day, the star saw a little blue planet. The planet looked so lovely that the tiny star forgot her parents´ rules, and off she went to get a better look at it. But she flew so fast, so incredibly fast, that she soon got lost, and didn't know where home was. When she arrived on the blue planet, which was the Earth, the people and animals thought she was a very bright firefly, and everyone wanted to catch her. She fled as fast she could, frightened, and she hid herself under a sheet. Seeing the sheet moving, everyone thought that she was a ghost, and they ran off terrified. The little star used her new disguise to have fun, scaring the living daylights out of everyone she met. As she went on she arrived at a mountain, where a great dragon lived. The little star tried to scare the dragon too, but she didn't know that it was a ghost-eating dragon. She only got a whiff of this when she found herself surrounded by the flames that the dragon had spit at her. Luckily, she was a very hot little star, so she managed to escape the dragon and its flames. However, she had been frightened to death, and this combined with the sadness of missing her parents, she cried for a while. Then, as night fell, she got an idea to help her find her parents. She went to a very high mountain and found a big boulder. Then, looking up at the sky, she hid behind the boulder, then reappeared, then hid again.. and so on. Her parents were very worried about her, and were searching everywhere to find her. They saw her light appearing and disappearing off in the distance. Instantly, off they flew to find her. So the little star had tasted adventure and learnt many things, but she no longer wanted to go off on her own until she was much older. 8

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