MEMO 329

November 25, 2012

MEMO 329 A weekly overview of information of interest to minority ethnic communities in Scotland, including parliamentary activity at Holyrood and Westminster, new publications, consultations, forthcoming conferences and news reports.



Mon, 11/26/2012 - 11:34

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the jc used to have a column giving us a heads-up of tv and radio programmes of jewish interest: let's try to re-start the idea …


the new radio 4 "book at bedtime" (22:45-23:00, mon to fri, 2 weeks starting tonight) is howard jacobson's "the mighty walzer", read (i assume) by the author …

"From the beginning Oliver Walzer is a natural - at ping-pong. Even with his improvised bat (the Collins Classic edition of 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde') he can chop, flick, half-volley like a champion.
At sex he is not so natural, being shy and frightened of women. But with tuition from Sheeny Waxman, fellow member of the Akiva Social Club Table Tennis team, his game improves. And while the Akiva boys teach him everything he needs to know about ping-pong, his father Joel Walzer teaches him everything there is to know about 'swag'.
Unabashedly autobiographical, this is a hilarious and heartbreaking story of one man's coming of age in 1950's Manchester.
Howard Jacobson won the Mann Booker in 2010 for "The Finkler Question", but this is his masterpiece."

(this follows last fortnight's book at bedtime by naomi alderman … are we seeing a theme?)


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