Lifestyle features

Interview: Janis Winehouse

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2014

Janis Winehouse threw caution to the wind six months ago when she strapped a parachute to her body and jumped out of a plane flying at more than 13,000 feet. This would be challenging for anybody, but particularly someone struggling with the debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis on a daily basis.


Down the Tube - a pictorial record

By Charlotte Oliver, July 3, 2014

Any Londoner well-versed in Tube etiquette knows the unspoken rules - head down, eyes fixed forward, disregarding the stranger nestled snugly beside you. But Bob Mazzer takes a different approach.

For 40 years, the photographer has travelled the length and breadth of the London Underground, documenting all he witnesses.


Catching up with the cultural wizards of Oz who came to UK

By Simon Round, July 3, 2014

Howard Jacobson has been telling a joke for a quite some time about his first trip to Australia back in 1964. "As the boat I was in was passing the equator, we passed a ship going the other way and Robert Hughes, Germaine Greer, Clive James and Barry Humphries were on it. They were all shouting from the deck, 'you're going the wrong way mate'.


Miller finds life at 80 a funny thing

By Rosa Doherty, July 3, 2014

There are many 80-year-olds with a nice line in humour. But Lynn Ruth Miller has taken her comedy further, swapping the bridge club for a career in stand-up.


Gefiltefest: Eat, drink, listen, cook, share and be merry

May 15, 2014

This year will mark the fifth Gefilte-fest festival. The first, in October 2010, was organised in just six weeks and attracted 200 visitors.

That has more than tripled - last year's festival at the London Jewish Cultural Centre attracted more than 600 people and this year we expect more again as well as more than 25 food stalls.

Food matters to Jewish people.


Facebook at 10 - how much do we still 'like' what it does?

By Jennifer Lipman, April 3, 2014

When you think about it, it comes as little surprise that Facebook was invented by a Jew. A site that encourages gossip, dismisses the need for privacy, and enables faraway relatives to meddle in the lives of the younger generation from anywhere in the world. Who but a Jew could have come up with that?


What it means when your doctor says . . . . Have a shingles vaccine

By Ellie Cannon, January 20, 2014

When I last wrote about the shingles vaccine it was to vent my frustration at the Department of Health which had not acquired a decent supply, meaning it was only available to a few people privately. Thankfully now the situation has changed and the national vaccination programme for shingles has been rolled out across NHS GP surgeries.


Dr Ellie Cannon: No need for medication

December 16, 2013

People assume that doctors love prescribing drugs and that the medical profession see tablets as the panacea to everything.

Actually, many of us, especially in general practice, are quite the opposite. I spend a large part of my consultation time explaining to patients why they don’t need antibiotics or why a statin won’t be needed.


She’s made a smokin’ movie with sex appeal

By Brigit Grant, October 31, 2013

Let me tell you about Rachel. She’s a smart, independent Jewish woman who has chosen to be a stay-at-home mother. Rachel has a handsome husband, lots of friends and volunteers at the Jewish community centre in fashionably bohemian Silver Lake, East LA. Oh, and on a whim, she invites a homeless lap-dancer to move into the spare room and babysit her child.


Interview: Liam Fox - Dealing with Iran, Syria and our trivia obsession

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2013

Resigning from government and returning to the backbenches cannot be easy to stomach for any politician, and must be less comfortable still when the cabinet departure is precipitated by a scandal.