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Ruth Breckman composes a traveller’s guide to opera in all arias

By Candice Krieger, August 7, 2008

Ruth Breckman loves opera so much that she has written a book on it. Her debut publication, Selected Opera Houses for Everyone Around the World (Athena Press) is a 65-page travel guide exploring some of the world's greatest opera houses and their heritage. "I always felt opera was an elitist passion but it doesn't have to be like that," Mrs Breckman, 69, tells People. "People interested in architecture or painting can enjoy these amazing opera houses as well, not just opera bods."

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Abigail Mann races to cross the Pennines in time for her next hospital appointment

By Candice Krieger, August 1, 2008

Hertfordshire solicitor Abigail Mann has climbed in the Himalayas and hiked across Iceland. But she is currently taking on her "toughest challenge yet" - a 268-mile walk along the Pennine Way.

Ms Mann, who suffers from primary immunodeficiency, a disorder of the immune system, began the challenge 12 days ago. She must complete the route, from the Peak District in Derbyshire to the Scottish Borders, in less than three weeks - before her next treatment session at the Helen Donald hematology unit in Hemel Hempstead Hospital on Tuesday.

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Adam Green gets nominated for a top international literary prize

By Candice Krieger, August 1, 2008

Former stand-up comic Adam Green has been long-listed for the Dylan Thomas literary prize for his debut publication, Satsuma Sun Mover. The £60,000 Dylan Thomas prize is one of the world's most sought-after - and highest-paying - international literary awards.

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Katy Lipson and Giles Howe stage a new London musical about Kaddish-singing rabbis, Turkish Jews… and murder

By Candice Krieger, August 1, 2008

Composers Katy Lipson and Giles Howe have written an unusual musical set to strike a chord with Jewish audiences. Their creation, Turkish Delight, features Kaddish-singing rabbis and middle-aged Turkish Jews.

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Hannah Rendell celebrates the Israeli desert in her art

By Candice Krieger, August 1, 2008

If you are off to Israel this summer, you may like to pop by Beer Sheva, where British painter and sculptor Hannah Rendell is exhibiting her latest works.

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Norman Terret gets a job advising Somaliland on how to develop good relations with the world — and especially Israel

By Candice Krieger, August 1, 2008

Fancy a trip to Somaliland? Scottish-born businessman Norman Terret would certainly recommend it.

Mr Terret, chairman of the Jewish Lads' & Girls' Brigade (JLGB), has been appointed senior adviser to the Somaliland government.

On the eastern horn of Africa, Somaliland, which shares controlled borders with Somalia and Ethiopia, is a predominantly Muslim state with a democratic government. It has a population of around four million and significant oil and mineral resources.

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Eric Weiner tells you where to go if you want to find happiness

By Candice Krieger, July 25, 2008

Searching for happiness? You may have to travel further than you think, according to self-confessed grump Eric Weiner.

Mr Weiner, a veteran correspondent for US National Public Radio, has spent a year searching for the happiest nations in the world.

And where are they? Iceland, Qatar and the Himalayan country of Bhutan are pretty happy places to be.

Mr Weiner, 45, has chronicled his findings in his new book, In the Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World (Black Swan).

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Frances Greenberg makes aliyah at 88 — after 61 years of trying

By Candice Krieger, July 25, 2008

Frances Greenberg arrived in Israel this week, completing the journey she began 61 years ago. Eighty-eight-year-old Ms Greenberg was first turned back as a passenger on the Exodus ship in 1947. But on Tuesday, she was one of more than 200 North-American olim who arrived on an aliyah flight organised by Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organisation that helps Jews from Western countries move to Israel.

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Lawrence Landau receives the National Order of Benin

By Candice Krieger, July 25, 2008

It is a long way from North London to Benin, but Lawrence Landau has been awarded the West-African country’s National Order.

Mr Landau, 78, has held the position of Benin’s Honorary Consul in the UK
for more than 40 years.

“Even in my time of life, it is very good for the ego to be addressed as ‘excellency,” Mr Landau tells People.

The former managing director of a shipping company, he says he became consul by chance after travelling to Benin at the age of 28 for work purposes.

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Rebecca Wittler marks her son’s death with a rare painting and moving twist of fate

By Candice Krieger, July 25, 2008
Rebecca Wittler's son was kidnapped and murdered by Hamas 14 years ago. Now the Essex-based British artist is to exhibit her work for the first time in England on the anniversary of his death - albeit coincidentally.

Arik Frankenthal died in 1994, aged 19, after he was abducted and then killed by Hamas activists. His father, and Ms Wittler's ex-husband, Yitzhak Frankenthal, subsequently founded the Bereaved Families' Forum, an organisation of Israeli and Palestinian parents who have lost children to terrorism.

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