October's queue starts here

By Simon Round, September 28, 2011

In this country we are famous for a few things - our royal family, our dismal weather and some of the world's blandest food. But perhaps the thing which most characterises us in the eyes of the rest of the world is our proclivity to stand in line and wait for stuff.


Keep outrage in proportion

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2011

At primary school I would occasionally fake some life-threatening illness or other to encourage my teachers to send me to the nurse. Usually, this was an attempt to avoid the dreaded weekly choir sessions where, as a tone-deaf eight-year-old, I would invariably be told to mime anyway.


Lockerbie: time for us to reveal the true culprits

By David Wolchover, September 27, 2011

The Arab Spring may have heightened tensions between Egypt and Israel but, on the upside, it also achieved Colonel Gaddafi's overthrow.


The islanders who tried to stop a Greek tragedy

By Maureen Lipman, September 22, 2011

The first time I visited the Greek island of Zakynthos, (the one just to the right of Captain Corelli's improbable mandolin) was my first post-bereavement holiday.

It was the first time I'd ever gone on holiday alone and, incidentally, the last.


The maligned Jewish lobby

By Andrew Rosemarine, September 19, 2011

Did "The Jewish Lobby" facilitate the ending of the criminal proceedings in New York against Dominique Strauss-Kahn? France is divided over the issue.


Squid and bacon did it for me

By Peter Rosengard, September 19, 2011

Two weeks ago I was sitting peacefully on my rucksack that turns in a split second into a portable armchair, on the quay at Blakeney in North Norfolk.

A man walked up to me and said: "Forget the bacon."

Was I suddenly in the middle of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy?

Or was he a secret agent from the Chief Rabbi's office, out to catch Jews using bacon?


What's with Friday nights?

By James Inverne, September 19, 2011

I'm annoyed with you, Jerry Seinfeld. The reason for my irritation, Jerry, would seem trivial to many, but to me, Jerry, it's a matter of principle - and it's something that has happened once too often. This was the straw that broke the camel's back, the touchpaper that lit the fuse, the…I'm aware, all too aware, that I'm coming across a bit like George Costanza. I don't care.


Israel should be the first to recognise Palestine

By Adam Lebor, September 15, 2011

Israel is under siege. Last week, Egypt allowed the Israeli embassy in Cairo to be sacked. Turkey, once Israel's most important regional ally, has expelled the Israeli ambassador.


All girls need this vaccine

By Ellie Cannon, September 12, 2011

O ver the past three years, an entire cohort of schoolgirls in the UK has been on the front line of medical innovation. Following in the footsteps of their American and Australian peers, girls aged 12 and 13 years old, are being vaccinated against cervical cancer.


We're not whisperin' any more

By David Robson, September 12, 2011

Last month the New York Times writer Roger Cohen, who was brought up in Britain and is now an American, wrote a piece about English antisemitism. A lodger at his sister's house in England had looked at Cohen's BlackBerry mobile phone and said, "Oh you've got a JewBerry," so–called, the lodger explained, because BlackBerry Messenger is free and Jews always get things free.