Lifestyle features

Families still grieving for the disappeared of Argentina

By Colin Shindler, March 17, 2016

"Like their fellow citizens, Argentina's more than half-a-million Jews have greeted the seizure of power by a military junta with a long sigh of relief. They hope that the long nightmare of the past three years or so under the Peronist administration has ended,"


Jew hate and today’s Left

By David Hirsh, March 17, 2016

Last summer, Jeremy Corbyn swept to power in the Labour Party — in spite of his political support for the anti-peace and antisemitic Hamas and Hezbollah. And it did him no damage when it emerged that he had leapt to the defence of Raed Salah, the blood libeller, and Steven Sizer, the 9/11 conspiracist.


Is my pet antipathy a Jewish thing?

By Laura Marcus, March 10, 2016

When I heard that the Queen treats her dogs as if they were themselves royalty, it made me ponder on this strange - to me - love the British have for their pets. It has often puzzled me since I grew up in a pet-free household and no one in our wider family had a pet. So I wrote a short blog about it for the Guardian recently saying I just don't get this pet love.


The naked truth about Carnaby Street

By Michael Freedland, March 10, 2016

Henry Moss is a restaurateur who has an eaterie located opposite the British Museum which is very popular with foreign tourists. Fifty years ago, we first met when he and his partner were in a different part of London, dealing with different tourists in a somewhat different business. A very Jewish business indeed.


Venice: The first ghetto

By Jerry Brotton, March 3, 2016

It is nearly 500 years to the day when, on March 29 1516, the Venetian authorities assigned the site of a polluted, disused "geto", the Italian for foundry, in the north of the city as where Jews would be segregated from the Christian community.


Natalie Livingstone: We’re the self-made custodians of Cliveden

By Grant Feller, February 18, 2016

When Natalie Livingstone is reminded of Nancy Astor - a notoriously antisemitic aristocrat who became a key figure in the Profumo scandal - one senses she sometimes allows herself a wry smile of satisfaction.


Finding a cure for poor penmanship

By Nadine Wojakovski, February 18, 2016

After teacher Lee Dein had seen hundreds of children of all ages struggle to write legibly, she felt compelled to seek a "cure" for bad handwriting once and for all. And she did. She has designed and created a unique, step-by-step Magic Link programme to enable children to produce neat, flowing, joined-up handwriting.


The Blacklist's real victims weren’t just Communists

By Michael Freedland, February 18, 2016

It was almost as though a fat, balding man conducting a meeting in a wood-panelled office in Washington and chomping on his ever-present cigar, banged on his desk and called out with a laugh: "Right, now we can get at the Jews."


'I'm not competitive. Amy, Florence, Adele - I love all of them'

By Paul Lester, February 18, 2016

If Jess Glynne sounds a little tired, it is hardly surprising. Quite apart from the fact that she is about to move into her first flat - a purchase made with the help, understandably, of her estate agent father - there is her busy touring and publicity schedule.


1919: the birth of modernity

By Diane Samuels, February 11, 2016

A great deal of attention has been given over the past few years to the centenary of the First World War, etching afresh into the national consciousness the years 1914 to 1918. The presence of memorials listing the names of the dead, mostly young men, have long been landmarks. The swathe of poppies sprouting within the moat of the Tower of London in 2014 drew unprecedented crowds.