Sunday, 6 March
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This week you would have received a link to this
newsletter in your e-mail rather than the usual full contents. The
reason for this is that our readers tend to use different mail
client software (hotmail, yahoo, outlook, proprietary, etc.) to read
their emails and the end result of our carefully crafted (?)
newsletter can appear like a ‘dog’s breakfast’ on our readers’
monitors and significantly different from the original layout
depending on how the reader has configured and setup the software at
his/her end. For example, some email clients show scant sanctity for
the original word and layout and will double space all single space
lines, block out images, or change fonts with impunity. Using out
website to develop and host the newsletter will not only help level
the playing fields but bring our upload time here at the CCN sweat
shop from hours to down to minutes as well.
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CCN was decidedly under whelmed this week by the number
of responses to our suggestion of a volunteers’ database. This is
what one reader had to say on the subject:
I think that this
is an excellent idea. From the time that I have arrived in Brisbane,
I got the distinct impression that the community organizations here
were all "closed-shops". I was never invited to attend any meetings
of any organisations (if they were ever held); nor did I see any
notice inviting people to attend any open forum to lend their
expertise and share their ideas. The impression created was one of
"ownership". I feel that there is an urgent need to rally the youth
into community activities.
Last week’s editorial suggested that the role of the volunteers be
that of lending specialist support to any organizing committee
without the need necessarily to become committed long term with that
organisation’s day-to-day planning and deliberations. However, you
can still share your thoughts on this suggestion by going to the
CCN Soap Box (or to
The Brisbane Arrival Lounge
CCN and Crescents of Brisbane would like to welcome into
our fair city, Iqbal and Farida Lambat and their three
(16), Zahed (13) and Raeesa (10). Iqbal is a CA with
Ernst & Young in Brisbane and Farida is also an accountant. Born and
raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, they have lived in South Africa (Fordsburg,
Middelburg and Killarney) and the past four years in Perth. They are
now living in South Bank.
Bulk Billing (for a good cause)
Foundation's World's Greatest Shave to Care and Cure is on,
and Crescents of Brisbane’s very own Dr. Iqbal Sultan is
going to take it all off next Saturday for all to see. You can
sponsor him as he shaves his hair to raise funds for leukaemia
research and patient support. Help the good doctor contribute to the
$10 million fundraising goal for WGS 2005 by calling him on
You also get a
tax deductible receipt sent to you when your sponsorship has been
Yunie On the Mend
CCN would like to
wish Yunie Omar a speedy recovery from his recent illness.
Hospital staff at Greenslopes could only stand and wonder in
amazement at the steady stream of well-wishers who came to visit
with him, a testimony to the big-hearted man’s popularity in the
community. May Allah (SWT) grant him shifa. inshallah
and all our duas are with him and his family.
Ps. With Yunie
out of action for the Gokkok team at next Sunday’s Futsal
Tournament, the prospects of that team putting up anything
resembling a decent opposition now look decidedly bleak.
Did you know that
the Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations (FAIR) is an
“incorporated not-for-profit organization which aims at increasing
peace in the world by improving community relations between Muslims
and the broader society”? You can learn more about them at
The Man Behind ‘Hey! Be a Man! Do the Right
One of our readers sent in some information about the
stand-up comic whose video clip we have been offering in our
newsletter over the past few weeks. It turns out that he is Russel Peters, an Indian Canadian comedian, and you can watch a
few of his other performances at
http://www.saywhatentertainment.com/ where, in addition to the
Chinese businessman, he also does an Italian and a Jamaica from an
Indian’s perspective. Peters was Canadian Comedy Award nominee for
best male comic and he has earned himself four Gemini Nominations, a
place hosting a 13 part television series on the BBC (UK) and a spot
performing on a David Frost Comedy special broadcast on both the CBC
and the BBC. His stand-up has been in demand all over the world,
including stops in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Ireland, Sweden, Amsterdam
and Dubai. He has performed a sold-out tour of South Africa. There’s a segment on his DVD on why (South African) Indians don’t
make good slaves that will have you in stitches.
Come Alive in
2005! Every Step Counts!
CCN challenges you to start maximizing opportunities in
your life to move more. Small changes can add up to large increases
in your daily activity level. Here are just a few ideas to get you
Park in the farthest space from the store or mall.
Walk, run and play actively with your children or grandchildren.
Mow your yard using a push mower.
Take a walking break instead of a coffee break at work.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Hide your remote and change channels the old-fashioned way.
Don’t e-mail neighbour, walk over to his/her house.
Walk to and back from the Masjid five times a day (if
within easy reach)
Have a creative idea of your own?
Share it with us.
You could stay at
home and fool around or you could join
and still fool
around - its your call
See you and the
family at Kangaroo Point on Sundays at 7.30 am!
The organising committee
of the QMT Unity Cup would like to thank all teams who
have handed in their registration forms and monies.
They have one more spot
available for any team willing to participate.
Every team is guaranteed three games with the top two in
each group progressing on to the quarter finals. To
enter go to
Idris Jangda on 0412 786 168 to ensure your team
is participating on Sunday.
On show will football of
the the fast food variety! Quick indoor games with 15
minute halves. The atmosphere is guaranteed to
be electrifying and the games very competitive and
This day will be even more
of a success with as many supporters turning up as
possible. So come one, come all and make it a day
to remember. It promises to bring together the best
Muslim talent available not only to play Futsal but also
to foster unity amongst the Brisbane youth and community
in general. Food and drinks will be on sale. So bring
your families (mothers, fathers, grandparents, children,
aunts and uncles) and friends and cheers us on!
Venue: 1391 Beaudesert
Rd, Acacia Ridge
Time: 8:30 am
ps. Rumour has it that the Men-on-the-Mussalaahs
are secretly working out at the Futsal Centre, limbering up
for the big day next week Sunday 13 March. Let’s hope they
can at least survive the practice session.
A Word From This
and other great drinks
Hartz Mineral Water
Lipton Ice Tea
Bundaberg Ginger Beer
Subject: ‘You hoo, I want to be a Jew oo’
please may I have the full the version of Michael Naicker's skit?
Please pretty please with a cherry on top. Am I being sweetness
enough for you to forward it to me? I thought it was funny but I
want to hear the whole thing and I want (the rest of my family) to
hear it too. Please forward the file to me soon. It was a good start
to the day. :)
We suggested a nominal fee and a gentle twisting of the arm would
suffice ….. but abject grovelling to the editor feels oooo soooo
much better . The file
is in the mail.
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or any news item that you think might be of benefit to the Crescents
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