‘How can they do this to us?’ elders of the African Caribbean Centre in Leicester ask

Elders have reacted with dismay to the Windrush scandal which emerged this week.

The Empire Windrush ship carried thousands of people from the Caribbean islands in 1948 to England, invited to settle here to help Britain tackle huge post-war labour shortages.

But it has now emerged documents such as landing cards proving their British citizenship were destroyed by the Government, making it harder for many to battle against moves being made for their deportation.

Rorna Pryc, 65, who first came from Jamaica in 1964, said: “They’re telling us to go back home and I can’t see what sense that makes.

“My Uncle came here as a bus driver and wife and when she came here she became a nurse and had a family. They are British.”

Iona Benjamin, also from Jamaica, said: “We’re not angry. I think it’s very shameful. We all came here on a British passport. They’re telling us to go home and I can’t see what sense that makes.”

Top barbecue tips to enjoy in the sun

By Ross Barnett

With the temperatures to hit over 20oC this weekend spring has almost definitely started. Adam Young, chef at Grill Stock, provided some tips for having a barbecue.

Adam served me a sample dish containing hot sausage, pulled pork and a beef brisket washed down with a pint of Budweiser.

“We use smokers so the meat is cooked at a slow pace” said Adam, “slow cooking adds so much more flavour so I would recommend every having a barbecue to use this method.

30704540_1743118592414328_8039456600836014080_n.jpg“We use hickory smokers which heats itself and smokes throughout the oven to cook the food. Once it reaches the desired temperature it switches off but will turn back on if the temperature drops. That’s why it’s so vital to keep the door closed.”

Adam insisted that this can be done from home: “There are commercial smokers that you can buy but it also can be done by building a clay oven. Do not overheat it. Get a starting flame but do not keep your meat too close to the flame or it will ruin the taste.”

Adam added: “Our chicken ribs would take about four hours to cook. A brisket will take about 12 hours while it would be 14-16 hours for the pork.”

“Some people go for a wet marinade or a dry rub to go over the meat. Wet marinade will give a clean texture while a dry rub is just there to add flavour and consists of herbs and spices.

“A dry rub does not add any texture but that’s ok if you are trying for a barbecue with flavour.”

Game of Thrones 7th Anniversary: What do you think?

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By Ruairi O’Connor

Game of Thrones celebrates its 7th anniversary today, so we asked a few De Montfort University students what their favourite moments from the smash-hit HBO show.

“My favourite moment from Game of Thrones so far was when Ned Stark was killed because it was a massive shock. I haven’t read the books and they built him up to be a main character and had a great story arc, bit of a surprise.”  – Talhah Mulla, 22, Biomedical Science student.

“My favourite moment from Game of Thrones is when Jamie Lannister pushed Bran Stark from a window, after he found Jamie and his sister Cersei, having sex. It was two shocking revelations in one!” – Kiran Bal, 20, Accounting and Finance student.

“My favourite moment from Game of Thrones is the ‘Battle of the Bastards’ because it was the culmination of events that were building for multiple seasons. It was visually stunning and a kept you on the edge of your seat.” – James Sampson-Brinkley, 19, Games Programming.”

“My favourite moment from Game of Thrones was when Ramsay Bolton is finally killed because Sansa gets her revenge on him by making sure he is eaten alive” – Ali Morgan, 20, Mechanical Engineering.

Leicester choir raise the roof in Britain’s Got Talent audition

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By Conor de Smith

A gospel choir from Leicester got the backing of all four Britain’s Got Talent judges after a “heavenly” audition on the hit television show.

De Montfort University (DMU) Gospel Choir’s January audition was shown last Saturday evening on ITV.

The 23 on-stage performers gave a rousing rendition of ‘Oh Happy Day’ and impressed the judging panel of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon – who all gave their seal of approval.

The singers dressed in striking blue and gold gowns while one wore a black shirt and a DMU football club tie.

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Pop star Alesha Dixon said: “Praise the Lord! That was uplifting, joyful, powerful, heavenly”, while Simon Cowell said: “Maybe this is a time where we need this positivity. It’s made me feel great”.

Ellah Kandi is a social work student at DMU and has been a member of the choir, which was approached by BGT to audition last year, for a number of years.

Miss Kandi said: “We were all very excited but of course we were nervous because we wanted to do well. We were amazed that we were approached by BGT to audition last year.

“Normally we practice once per week but we were doing it every evening in the build-up to the audition. The choir gives us a chance to have a break from our studies and is something we all enjoy as a group.”

Gospel choirs have been a regular feature on the popular prime-time entertainment show in the last few years. ‘100 Voices of Gospel’ reached the final of the competition in 2016 while Revelation Avenue received the ‘Golden Buzzer’ in 2015.

DMU Gospel Choir regularly appears in front of huge crowds including performing at the King Power Stadium with rock band Kasabian, the Alice Hawkins statue unveiling in Leicester and on Sky Sports. Miss Kandi believes people listen to their music to forget about their problems and is glad the group has the backing of the city.

“We are really soulful and I think it’s lovely for people to escape the gloom in the world sometimes, and they can do that with our uplifting music,” she said.

“The support we have been getting from the public and the university has been amazing. We have received really positive comments from so many people since the audition aired.”

The choir is currently waiting to discover if they have made the semi-finals which are expected to take place in late May.

Leicestershire County Council Slipper Swap

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Dozens of elderly residents swapped their old slippers for a safer pair as part of a new Leicestershire County Council scheme to reduce falls in the home across the county.

Last week, the authority held a slipper exchange at Coalville Library.

This gave residents the chance to get their hands on a brand new pair of safe slippers after they handed in their tatty old pairs.

It is estimated that each year in Leicestershire, falls cost the NHS approximately £23m with one in there people aged over 65 falling every year.

60 people came to the event in Coalville.

The next event will be held at 11.30am on Wednesday, April 25 at the Wykin Social Club, Hinckley.