The Diary

Excellent news, Smithers

July 9, 2015

Mr Burns is back. Only weeks after Harry Shearer, the actor who voices Homer Simpson's Machiavellian boss, said he was leaving The Simpsons, TV bosses revealed in a tweet that "all principal characters have now been signed" for its 27th and 28th seasons.

Those involved must be breathing a heavy sigh of relief.

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No more monkeying around

July 9, 2015

Escaping the jungle of north-west London, one JC reporter recently found herself in Monkey World in Dorset.

While there, she spotted a familiar flag amid the nationalities of rescued apes. Meet Gypsy, a chimpanzee who was born in Israel and was owned illegally, before being confiscated by Israeli authorities.

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And last but not yeast

July 9, 2015

Harvey Odze was just one of many of our readers who celebrated the return of kosher Marmite to the UK.

But when he inquired into which version of the product Poundland would be selling, he was dismayed to learn that the 70g kosher spread was no longer on sale, despite Unilever confirming that it had been sold in bulk to the discount store.

Mr Odze believes he has solved the mystery of the mi

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Coming soon to a wall near you?

July 2, 2015

The sale of The Violinist for £542,000 at Christie's last week set a new world record price for a painting by Jewish artist Mark Gertler. But the identity of the buyer - a British private collector - remains a mystery.

Keep your eyes peeled.

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The hip-hop rapping rabbi

July 2, 2015

Barmitzvah boy Gabe Knopf got more than he bargained for last Friday when his rabbi stood up and delivered a rap sermon.

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Care for a fan, Mr Miliband?

July 2, 2015

As Britain had its hottest day of the year on Wednesday, commuters were warned to dress light and stay hydrated. Unfortunately, it seems that Ed Miliband missed the memo.

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Adding strings to her bow

July 2, 2015

Alma Deutscher is not your average 10-year-old.

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Here's something to chew on

July 2, 2015

Footballer Mesut Özil is famed for his party trick: spitting out a piece of chewing gum and using his keepy-up skills to volley the item back into his mouth. But it looks like one rather talented pupil from Immanuel College, Hertfordshire, is gnawing at his heels. In a video posted online, the unnamed student is seen replicating the footballer's stunt.

Surely a Nike campaign beckons?

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Say cheese and pray

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Jews may be to thank for bolstering numbers in church attendance. More than 20 churches around the world have now installed Churchix, a facial-recognition system developed by Israeli company Face-six that scans the church's CCTV feed and matches faces to a pre-existing database of members.

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Wear a faith-ty helmet

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Boris Johnson is well-known for dropping Latin words and phrases into his speeches. But the London Mayor preferred to flex his more colourful vocabulary when he swore at a London cabbie on a busy road earlier this month. Curiously, the BBC chose not to picture him in a helmet in its report, opting instead for this photo of Boris wearing a kippah.

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