Welcome to Spiel, the JC’s blog.
- Stephen Pollard
Aug 3, 2009
I've been away for a few days, devoid of news, so I'm only now catching up with the key story, which we covered here.
I don't know whether to be thrilled or in despair: thrilled that
The cast of Seinfeld will finally be reunited after 11 years
- Danny Caro
Jul 31, 2009
The football world has lost a dear friend and gentleman in Sir Bobby Robson.
I have wonderful memories of his best achievement on the international stage where he led England to the 1990 World Cup semi-final.
Not around to see the heroics of 66, I was kept on the edge of my seat as his team made hard work of getting out of a group.
- Marcus Dysch
Jul 31, 2009
After India last week we now have Iran apparently making attempts to keep out narcotics from Afghanistan.
Where next? Italy? Ivory Coast? Indonesia might find it a bit trickier….
Fancy owning a football club? Tranmere Rovers is up for sale on ebay.
I'm going to use one of those auction stealer bits of software and see if I can buy it for a tenner.
- Jenni Frazer
Jul 30, 2009
A reader — and I use the term loosely — expresses deep anxiety about a story in the Daily Mail, about the police being issued with hijabs in case they have to enter a mosque. When are they going to start issuing the police with kippot in case they have to go in to a shul, she complained.
In some confusion, and given that I admit a built-in prejudice against anything that appears in the Daily Mail, I sought a little enlightenment. It turns out that the Avon and Somerset Constabulary have taken the interesting initiative of equipping its female officers with a uniform issue hijab. They are, in fact, £13 headscarves, embroidered with the force's name and logo, and are designed to be multi-faith: "They are designed to be used in any place of worship and can be used to cover the head or the shoulders. For example, plain clothes officers could use them to cover their shoulders in a Catholic Church, or they can be used to cover the head in synagogues."
For the life of me, I don't see what is wrong with that. I imagine the Mail put a typically spiteful anti-immigrant spin on the story, but frankly, I think the police should be encouraged if they are trying to show respect for religious observance, of whatever stripe.
A friend sent me this picture of Peter Crouch being introduced to the Spurs squad.
- Simon Rocker
Jul 30, 2009
On the way to the bank, I noticed a display board outside Oddbin’s in Holborn proudly advertising one of the off-licence’s latest acquisitions; “Kosher Côte du Rhone”.
Is it this an indication that kosher wine has now gone mainstream? Could m' learned friends at the High Court down the road be taking a new tipple?
We have a fantastic lead story this week. You'll have to wait until tomorrow to read it on the site, or this evening to get the paper.
I've been pondering having to miss the Mariinsky Ring cycle which is under way at the Royal Opera House. But judging from the unfailingly perceptive Intermezzo, it looks as though I ain't missed nothing.