Guardian Food Awards 2017 // print

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Nominations for the Guardian Food Awards 2017 are now open.

The annual awards are shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. Business owners in East London and West Essex have the chance to enter their business and – for the first time ever – readers can nominate their favourite places.

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Space age hospitality in Barcelona // print article

 

I co-wrote a travel feature on Barcelona, covering the incredible space-themed Barcelo Sants hotel and a guide for the top 10 things to do.

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I spoke to MasterChef 2017 winner Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed // print article

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“The negativity just paled in comparison…”

Fans of Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed will be glad to hear her say this after her victory in the finals of MasterChef 2017 was followed by reports of online abuse.

Despite some criticism on Twitter, including one user branding her “curry girl”, when we discussed her win on Friday, May 12, the junior doctor at Watford General Hospital explained: “The love and support, especially from the NHS and hospital, it’s absolutely fantastic.”

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World premiere of musical inspired by British Asian drag queens // print article

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The world premiere of a musical inspired by the British Asian drag queen community will take place tonight.

The production, which was created in consultation with LGBTQ community, hopes to uncover the untold stories of men who choose a female persona by night.

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‘Worry less and punch more’: How women can defend themselves from attack // print article

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There were 40 women at the self-defense workshop in Claremont High School hall, but you would not have guessed it at the volume of our collective shouting.

Chandresh Lad, master instructor at Harrow Choi Kwang Do School, was trying to teach us a simple technique with which to take a possible attacker by surprise and rebalance the power, without any physical force.

“If someone is following you, if they’re going to attack you, then they have looked at you and decided you are an easy target. You have to show them that you’re not.”

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