Bowing out of the Brits

Let me extend good wishes for a long and healthy retirement to Alex Minn, secretary of the Initiation Society - the quaintly-named body that regulates circumcision - who is finally stepping down after 55 years in the role.

Reckoning himself the "longest serving Jewish civil servant", he turns 90 in September. "The time has come to make way for a younger man," he said.

    Last updated: 10:30am, April 29 2010