The Diary

A cappel of autographs

By Simon Round, March 5, 2009

An American man has put on display what could be the world's most unusual collection of autographs.

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LiLo story is kosher

By Simon Round, March 5, 2009

Actress Lindsay Lohan is set to convert to Judaism - to show her commitment to Jewish girlfriend, D.J amatha Ronson LiLo, 22, announced the move on her Facebook page.

Her father Michael Lohan said: "She's exploring Judaism right now. She's explored Scientology, she tried Kabbalah, and now this. I think it's just another phase."

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Jerry, the musical

By Simon Round, February 26, 2009

Jerry Springer has been mayor of a major US city, has hosted a talk show and has had an opera named after him.

Time for a career change then — so he is taking the logical next step — he is to make his West End debut in the musical Chicago.

Highgate-born Springer won plaudits for his dancing on Dancing With The Stars, the American version of Strictly Come Dancing. And he has clearly decided that rather than run for President as he was recently threatening to do, he would rather play Billy Flynn in the musical at the Cambridge Theatre.

Probably a good decision.

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The genius of Avram

By Simon Round, February 26, 2009

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant’s flamboyant chat-show host wife Tzofit said that newly-appointed Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink will be hailed a genius if he does as well as her husband did in his first season at the football club.

To match the success enjoyed by Grant, Hiddink will need to win precisely zero trophies. Genius?

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Moore’s slice of profits

By Simon Round, February 26, 2009

Former James Bond star Roger Moore has travelled to Israel with a mission to promote circumcision.

The trip may sound a little bit like sending coals to Newcastle — but actually is in the cause of preventing Aids.

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Brainy solution?

By Simon Round, February 18, 2009

Who needs Monty Python when you have the Israeli Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.

In a press release, the ministry reveals that there exists the fantastically named “Interministerial Committee for Preventing Brain Drain”. The goal of the committee is to persuade scientists who have left the country to bring themselves — and their brains — back to the country of their birth.

The press release gives no indication of how the eminent scientists are going to be tempted back to Israel.

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Reviewing the Israel situation

By Simon Round, February 18, 2009

Iranian born actor and comedian Omid Djalili, once did a comedy routine with Jewish stand-up Ivor Dembina, so his pro-Jewish credentials are not in question.

But, Djalili, who will be taking over as Fagin in Oliver! did say this: “I can say categorically that my appearance as the first ever Iranian to play Fagin is not part of any Iranian conspiracy to wipe Israel off the planet.” That’s a relief.

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My hero, Nasrallah

By Simon Round, February 18, 2009

Clients of law firm Watson Farley & William might be interested to read in the latest edition of The Lawyer magazine about the likes and dislikes of partner Michael Wachtel.

In the magazine’s “Work-Life” quiz, Wachtel says his hero is “Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, not because of his politics or his ideology but because he refused to be intimidated by a much stronger foe and won.”

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Nazi may have died in Cairo

February 12, 2009

German authorities intend to travel to Egypt to investigate claims that the Nazi concentration camp doctor Aribert Heim died there in 1992. New information indicated that Austrian-born Heim may have lived in Cairo under an Arab name before his death from cancer.

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Bad sign for journalist

By Simon Round, February 12, 2009

Normally, the protocol for a journalist is that when one is attending an event featuring a major political figure, one does not ask for his autograph.

However, Robert Feuereisen, who works for the New York-based Jewish World Review website, simply could not contain himself when reporting a recent Barack Obama event in Washington, and jumped the ropes separating reporters from guests in order to ask for the president’s signature.

Binyamin Jolkovsky, the editor of the site, said that Feuereisen’s 12-year-old son had “driven him crazy” to get Obama’s signature.

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