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2. Should the UK ban child beauty pageants?

Should the UK ban child beauty pageants?

In September 2013, the French Senate voted to ban child beauty pageants. This feature looks into the arguments both for and against banning child beauty pageants in the UK and whether it's time we follow suit.

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5. Ally-Rose and Claude Knights // Online Beauty Pageants

Ally-Rose and Claude Knights // Online Beauty Pageants

Ally-Rose and Claude Knights share their experiences of online child beauty pageants.

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7. Rehraas Sahib (Budha Dal)

Rehraas Sahib (Budha Dal)

Rehiras Sahib is the evening prayer of the Sikhs, which speaks of the greatness of Waheguru. As recorded in the Guru Granth Sahib, it contains the hymns of four different Gurus; Guru Nanak, Guru Amardas, Guru Ramdas and Guru Arjan Dev. Now part of the Rehiras Sahib the Benti Chaupai, attributed to Guru Gobind Singh was added to the Bani in the late 19th century. The addition was later ratified by the supreme Sikh religious body - the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee. Each section of the prayer casts light on another aspect of God. It is recited after a hard days work when one is tired out. After returning home, washing up, and changing into more comfortable indoor clothing the family gathers together to recite this Bani. It adds energy to both the body and the mind allowing one to conclude their day, giving thanks to the Almighty for the completion of another successful day.

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8. Play Pal Mix 013: Tronik Youth (Nein / UK)

Play Pal Mix 013: Tronik Youth (Nein / UK)

When you already like a producer's work very much, have been playing his tracks for many years, know he's one of the references in our scene and looking for more detailed info to use on this text, the first thing you read on his bio is this: "Tronik Youth has remixed over 75 records over the last ten years and released over a dozen singles", not sure what else can you add to that...but to mention also Nein Records, the label he runs with his friend and partner Ian Considine since 2012, has also become one of the main labels within our scene, counting both with renowned and young artists but keeping always the quality of their releases at the top. Like the 2 hours set he's recorded exclusively for us, full of great unreleased and released stuff. Hope you enjoy it too as much as we did. An honor to have Neil joining our Play Pal Mixes. You can follow them, if you don't already do, here: More good news coming soon! Stay tuned!

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10. Aarti Aarta (Budha Dal)

Aarti Aarta (Budha Dal)

Aarti aarta is a prayer that is composed of two halves, aarti & aarta. Within the Budha Dal Aarta is actually sung before Aarti however in Dal's such as Baba Bakale the bani is sang in the opposite order. Aarti is made up of shabads from Guru Nanak Dev Ji that were spoken upon seeing the Hindu's performing aarti to idols, aarti also includes shabads from many bhagats such as Bhagat Kabir, Bhagat Danna and many more that inturn instill the spiritual aspect of the Khalsa. The second half named Aarta is a combination of compositions from Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaaj from almost every single Bani from Jaap Sahib to Zafarnama (even including shabads from Sri Sarbloh Granth) to instile the warrior aspect of the Khalsa. The Aarti Aarta worship is perfomed in two ways, either seated via kirtan form, or standing in chaal form. During chaal form there are many aspect of maryada that are carried out: there is a thaal which contains small ghee lamps made from flour and thoof (incense). There is also one Singh who will be given duty of ringing a bell, one Singh who will be given duty of blowing a Sank (shell horn) and one Singh who will be given the duty of sprinkling rose water. Flowers are also thrown during specific parts of the Paath. "Sankhan kee dhun kantan kee kar phoolan ki barakhaa barakhaavai" It is at this point flowers are thrown, horns are blown, bells are rang and rose water is thrown. This is infact how Guru Nanak Dev Ji describes how the devte did pooja of Satguru Nanak when they came to this earth for the first time. You may ask the question "why do we not see this form of veneration in day to day Gurdwareh?" - well this was infact a day to day occurance within almost all Gurdwareh during pre-colonialisation and before the SGPC took over control of the Takhts from the original vanguards of the Takhts the Shiromani Panth Akali Budha Dal. However Aarti-Aarta in its puratan (traditional) form is still performed in Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib, and Panjwa Takht Shiromani Budha Dal till this day.

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13. Chaupai Sahib

Chaupai Sahib

Benti Chaupai or Chaupai sahib is a prayer or Bani composed by tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. This bani is present in Charitar 404 of Dasam Granth in Bani Ath Pakhyan Chairtar Likhyatey. This Bani is one of the five Banis recited by the initiated Sikh every morning. It is also a part of evening prayer of the Sikhs called Rehras sahib. The Benti Chaupee can be read at any time during the day to provide protection, positive focus and energy. It is short composition which usually takes less than about 5 minutes to recite at a slow pace; it is written in simple Punjabi language and can be easily understood by most speakers of this language. Chaupai is the short name for the Sikh prayer or Gurbani whose full name is Kabiobach Bainti Chaupai. This composition is part of the second most important Sikh Holy Book called the Dasam Granth. The Bani comes after the section called Charitropakhyan. Many "charitars" (tricks; deceptions) of the world are shown in Charitropakhyan. Charitars highlight negative energies that can be found on earth. After composing Charitars, the tenth master composed the section that includes this particular bani. It is an Ardas or 'request' or 'sincere plea' to God for protection.

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14. Kirtan Sohila

Kirtan Sohila

Kirtan Sohila is the night time prayer said by all Sikhs before they go to sleep. Three Sikh Gurus – Guru Nanak, Guru Ram Das and Guru Arjan - contributed five shabads in total to this bani on the pain of separation and celebrating the bliss of union. The first three shabads were uttered by Guru Nanak, the fourth by Guru Ram Das, and the fifth by Guru Arjan Dev. It is the most harmonious Naad ever uttered. It multiplies the aura to the sensitivity of protection that it eliminates any negativity for miles and miles. When you are endangered by any species of direct or indirect source; when you want to protect yourself with the surrounding of the entire magnetic field of the earth, recite Kirtan Sohila. It is a cure for insomnia! The religious and artistic value of these hymns is superb. Sri Harimandir Sahib Kirtan Sohila is typically read at night before sleep The first shabad visualises the union of the personal self with the Ultimate Reality. The second shabad presents the singularity of the Ultimate despite endless diversity of scriptures, teachers and philosophies. The third shabad rejects all modes of external piety and ritual, and vividly portrays the entire cosmos making harmonious worship. Instead of trays with lamps placed upon them with incense and other offerings, the skies become an integrated platter, the sun and moon the lamps, stars the beads, and all vegetation an offering of flowers. Loud chanting is replaced by the inner unstruck melody playing motionlessly. The fourth shabad explains the importance of the divine Name through which all suffering and transmigration is annulled. The fifth shabad celebrates life here in this world: we must avail ourselves of this wonderful opportunity to serve others and to win divine merit. The unknown Mystery becomes known to the enlightened person who thereafter enjoys the bliss and freedom of immortality. It is also recited before cremation, following a death. This Bani is found on Ang's 12 to 13 of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Holy Scriptures.

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