The Diary

It's never too late to learn

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

All praise to John North, who was awarded his doctorate from Queen Mary, University of London on Tuesday – at the age of 93.

From a Jewish family in Bohemia, he arrived here as Jan Neuberg in 1938.

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Back on your bike, Boris

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

Mayor of London Boris Johnson was guest of honour at the opening of Jewish Care's Golders Green campus last week. Before leaving, he retrieved his bicycle helmet and rucksack from behind the front desk, waving cheerio and apparently all set to peddle back to City Hall.

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Boating the billionaire way

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

Here's a thought if you're looking for a holiday: Roman Abramovich is offering his yacht Eclipse for hire. The size of a pocket battleship, it has two pools, a gym and a helipad. Just one catch: he reportedly wants to charge £175,000 a day for it.

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Why Iran is hacked off

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency knows, of course, the real scandal behind phone hacking.

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Next up for Penn and Teller

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Young Daniel Kramer may not have fooled Penn and Teller last weekend but step forward the next Jewish contestant.

Nicholas Einhorn (above), a gold star member of the Inner Magic Circle, will be appearing on tomorrow's ITV prime time show when he will try to perform a trick that the maestro American magicians cannot figure out.

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What's on Sir Martin's mind

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Sir Martin Gilbert, whose last book was about Jews in Arab lands, will be writing on a subject closer to home for his next.

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Goodbye, shul world

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Much quoting from this week's Torah portion Pinchas at the United Synagogue elections on Monday. But a not so holy source inspired outgoing president Simon Hochhauser's valedictory words, "Thank You and Goodbye" - the News of the World's final front page headline.

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Return of Evelyn Rose

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

That Evelyn Rose's Complete International Jewish Cookbook was out of print. Well, let the hallelujahs resound! The new edition is out. But why did they chose that white cover - you'll have to wear gloves to use it.

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Farewell Mcfalafel

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

McDonald's take on the popular chickpea snack did not go down well in Israel and the dish is to be withdrawn. Time for McShnitzel perhaps?

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Prince's Jerusalem pitch?

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

Could His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales be trying to tell us something?

On Tuesday night, he addressed a packed audience at Guildhall to celebrate the 250th anniversary year of the Board of Deputies.
Accompanied by his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles got a standing ovation for his speech, which was crammed full of references to the long relationship between Britain's royal fa

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