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Corrie Street 20 Nov 2016

Chickens Roost

sonia looks at sharifThe chickens came home to roost for Sharif this week. He’s gone. I do wonder what will happen to his chickens. Yasmeen didn’t like them at the best of times. And this is not the best of times for her.

Story and real life recently collided for the Nazir family. A few months ago, the story unfolded that Sharif, Mr. Respectable Family Man, had been carrying on behind Yasmeen’s back for seven years with yasmeen-heartbrokenher best friend Sonia. Alya figured out that there was something between them but had no idea how long it had been going on.

So, needing money for an embroidery machine, she blackmailed her granddad into giving her £14,000. He “borrowed” the money from the gym business account. His family money had gone for a downpayment on one of Phelan’s fictional flats for Sonia. Yasmeen was happy to put their savings into buying property that would help out her best friend and be an investment for their grandchildren.nazir-confrontation

Of course, they don’t know that Phelan has no intention of ever building those flats. Already a very complicated plot involving deceit by Mr. Scam himself, Pat Phelan, by Mr. Respectable, Sharif, and “I’m your best friend” Sonia and by “Carla wannabe” Alya.

You could predict that Sharif and Sonia would be caught out. Sooner yasmeen-figures-out-bribe-to-alyarather than later, likely, with Alya knowing. Of course, Yasmeen would not take it well. She and all the Nazirs will be very upset when, if, their money disappears with Phelan and Vinny.

Then real life intruded. So whatever the original plan, the writers changed or sped up Sharif’s undoing.

worried-sharifIt was Twitter. Donald Trump is not the only one who tweets without thinking of ramifications, apparently. Nor is he the only one who uses unsuitable words to do so. Marc Anwar, who portrays Sharif, took to Twitter to share strong opinions in strong language. And that was it for him on Coronation Street.

We see Yasmeen tell Sharif and Alya to pack a bag and get out. yasmeen-yells-get-outThat’s the last time we see him. While Yasmeen processes her betrayal and loss, Sharif disappears.  Next day, she reads a note he left. He went to Newcastle. Perhaps he took the chickens with him.

Corrie Street Dec. 21/14

Family Day

family day minglingFamily Day at Jamila House: almost everyone was there, dressed up for family portraits. But they were consumers, not participants. Willingly or not, the Nazirs ran the event, led by Yasmeen.

Poor Sharif was forced into a Santa suit by his wife’s steely eyes showing him the living hell he would endure if he did not. When he made his first appearance, Michael tsk-tsked santa-shoesabout his lack of black boots. Michael said he had always made sure he had the costume right in his many years of playing Santa at many events. So Yasmeen had not asked around, asked whether anyone in the community had experience or interest in taking part in any way other than as paying audience members.

Similarly, Alya was less than thrilled to be forced into her elf costume. But I bet Katy would have loved a chance to dress up in that little outfit. Maybe a career path for her! The only non-Nazir worker bee was the photographer – a complete stranger.

sally-wants-reshootSally illustrated the atmosphere of service provision rather than participatory event in her wish to have her photograph reshot. Tim, she said, looked “confused.” Yasmeen said “and you think that is the photographer’s fault?” After a moment’s reflection, Sally said “no, that’s Tim’s fault.” Brilliant deadpan by both.

Storylines were furthered in the hubbub. Some reached resolution, others got started. gail-panickingTim realized that, no matter what, he was going to have to tell Faye his reading skills were not up to compering the school auction. Katy whispered to Alya that Gary and Izzy might be getting back together. Kylie hadn’t shown up, sending Gail into fits about the incomplete family photo and a worried and suspicious David off to look for her.

Young Jack wreaked havoc. He kicked Alya the elf, then banged into Maria as she was upset-elf-alyarepairing her make-up, causing her to stab herself in the eye with a mascara wand. Luke saved her day, and family photograph, by finding pirate gear and dressing her and Liam up with eye patches. He used the photographer’s lights and camera and took the picture himself. Maybe he could have been the official photographer. Yes, Yasmeen,  Santa’s helpers abound – in your own neighbourhood.

Corrie Street Nov. 2/14

Community Work

“Not only is she a bossy-boots, she has a flair for the dramatic.” Norris summed up Yasmeen Nazir and her ‘community development’ perfectly.Jamila House Community Centre

I admire Yasmeen, while also being frightened of her. She will tackle anything and anyone and, when she sees a need, she fills it. The community needs a library. She has the skills to make that happen. She also has the foresight to see that a volunteer-based library can be more than that. It will meet more needs and therefore work better if it is a community resource centre. It ought to be an integral part of local life, developing and nurturing interests and skills and connecting people.

So why does she decide to name it Jamila House? It’s a lovely tribute to her late daughter-in-law, but that’s the key to why it is a mistake. Her family are the only people who know who Jamila is.

Zeedan-and-NorrisZeedan was justifiably offended when Norris asked if a Jamila was a hairy fruit or giant rat. Those were the best guesses from those waiting for the grand opening. Why should they have to guess when it’s supposed to be their centre? It is said about comedy that if you have to explain the joke, it ain’t funny. I hope Zeedan thinks about this, rather than just having a pout. Perhaps he can explain to his grandmother the difference between ‘top-down’ and ‘grassroots’ organization.

Something else Yasmeen might think about is the lack of involvement in this project by Roy, her initial comrade in arms in the fight for a library. If he’s not all over this, there’s a problem with it.

YasmeenThus far, the most accurate name would be The I-did-it-my-way Yasmeen Centre. Or maybe Just Yasmeen’s (as in NIck’s in-a-snit renaming of the bistro).  But local history even that recent is known to her only second-hand. She hasn’t been around long. If residents had been consulted, I bet one suggestion would be Elliott House, honouring the building and its long-time proprietors and community members, Fred Elliott and his son Ashley Peacock.

The archetypal ‘bossy-boots’ service professional?  Conan the Librarian.