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Why I am a Reformed man

By Ben Rich, April 1, 2011

On leaving university, I dabbled in politics, until a headhunter suggested public relations as "more of a real job". So I spent the next 13 years helping an eclectic selection of clients such as McDonald's tell their customers what they were about. My father has never really understood this. "It's communications, Dad. Helping organisations explain what they do."

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Laura, I wish you good luck

By Jenni Frazer, April 1, 2011

Just over 20 years ago - in March 1990 - the JC recorded the death of Beatrice J Barwell, or Trixie, as she was apparently affectionately known.

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BBC bias is endemic, Louise

By Venetia Thompson, April 1, 2011

The many journalists who have been desperately trying to draw attention to the BBC's horrific anti-Israel bias for years can finally take a breather: Louise Bagshawe, best-selling chick-lit author turned politician, has come to the rescue.

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The Muslim sovereign who needs our support

By Andrew Rosemarine, March 31, 2011

Shimon Peres used to say that the future of the Middle East peace process lay in the hands of three Kings of the Orient: the monarchs of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.

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My 53,698 Olympic tickets

By Peter Rosengard, March 25, 2011

Although my Grandpa Harry was a professional runner (as in bookie's) I've never been the sporty type. So nobody was more surprised than me that when Big Ben struck midnight last Monday, I was in my pyjamas hunched over the computer, clicking onto the Olympics ticket site at the very second it went live.

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Are you still a Pesach slave?

By Gita Conn, March 25, 2011

We may have only just enjoyed Purim but the tyranny that is Pesach already looms over the minds, muscles - and budgets - of observant women. As it is written in Exodus, "there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel."

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It's bleak in the halfway house

By Monica Porter, March 25, 2011

I was in my early 20s when I found out that I was half-Jewish. Until then, as far as I was aware, I was merely a lapsed Catholic who, by the age of 10, had had enough of the confession-and-communion game and heartily embraced the secular life (my Catholic mother didn't seem to mind). Then in adulthood came the stunning discovery of my Jewish blood.

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The lazy thinking that threatens Europe's Jews

By Richard Zimler, March 24, 2011

Like most Jews, I've occasionally experienced antisemitism - from the mildly irritating to the infuriating. Of late, however, I've been feeling much more alarmed about a possible flare up of anti-Jewish sentiment around Europe.

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Bye bye to the NHS?

By Norman Niven, March 24, 2011

If ever there were a defining moment for the NHS this is it.

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Why I am a guilty Gooner

By Chas Newkey-Burden, March 18, 2011

It used to be easy being an Arsenal fan. We won trophies, played slick football and were regulars in the latter stages of the Champions League.

Meanwhile, our local rivals Tottenham Hotspur won corners and free-kicks, played mediocre football and were more likely to be relegated to the Championship than elevated to the Champions League.

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