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Mrs Cohen's diary: farewell David Moyes, hello Becks?

By Mrs Cohen, April 25, 2014

I am often castigated for my lack of knowledge of football — thankfully little Rupert Murdoch took it all away from the channels I watch years ago so I am no longer bothered by the Premiership League. However, I was genuinely sorry to hear of the departure of David Moyes, the manager of Manchester United.

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The therapists in need of therapy

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 25, 2014

On April 2, at the London HQ of the Guild of Psychotherapists, 60 practitioners of the psychotherapeutic arts resolved to establish “The UK-Palestine Mental Health Network.” Being neither a psychotherapist nor a psychotherapeutic fellow-traveller I knew nothing of this gathering until Almighty God arranged for me to receive the official “report” of this meeting.

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The Haggadah got it right

By Jonathan Freedland, April 24, 2014

Man cannot live by bread alone — still, a slice or two makes a nice change after eight days of matzahs. Some JC readers will, I know, be glad to see the back of Pesach for another year, glad if they don’t clap eyes on another box of Rakusen’s this side of 2015. But I am not one of them. I’ve always loved Passover.

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Sexist ark larks in Russell Crowe's Noah

By David Aaronovitch, April 10, 2014

I like a nice inundation, so on Sunday afternoon I went with my youngest daughter, Eve, to see Noah.
For those of you unfamiliar with the story, it’s about how a supreme deity — fed up with humanity’s wicked ways — sends a flood to drown everything on earth.

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Cool, calm and collectable

By Peter Rosengard, March 28, 2014

I got an email on Tuesday from someone called Phil from Wales. “Please can I come and have a look at your watering can?”

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Mrs Cohen's diary: Land of milk and honey? Only if the milk's in a carton

By Mrs Cohen, March 28, 2014

* I turn my back for a few days and there is yet another problem with the Netanyahus. And again it’s dairy-related. Allegedly Mrs Netanyahu woke up the superintendent of the couple’s residence “screaming at him for buying milk in a bag instead of a carton as she had demanded”.

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Benn and Crow's anti-Zionism won't be missed

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 28, 2014

This past month has seen the passing of two icons of the British left, demagogues whose antics have been widely celebrated beyond as well as within the circle of revolutionary Marxism. The mortal remains of one, the former Labour MP, Comrade Tony Benn, will have actually lain in state in the chapel of St Mary Undercroft.

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Russia's digrace to journalism

By Oliver Kamm, March 27, 2014

If you wanted expert commentary on the politics of the Middle East, would you turn to Nick Griffin? You wouldn’t? That makes you different from a television channel that you may not have seen, but that has millions of viewers in the UK alone and has clocked up more than a billion views online.

It’s RT, founded in 2005 and known till 2009 as Russia Today.

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Mrs Cohen's diary: working out with George and Dave

By Mrs Cohen, March 21, 2014

* I’m just back from Israel where Dave had a triumphant visit. Yes there was predictable stuff about the two-state solution and how Israel and the Palestinians really should let bygones be bygones, yada yada yada. But the thing everyone was talking about was that Dave went out for a run – in the rain.

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My Purim film, starring Madonna and Bar Refaeli

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, March 21, 2014

In the desire to fill my column with positive Jews’ stories (in the face of so many miserable ones) I see that Purim rated very favourably in the secular awareness count this year.

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