The Diary

Borscht for Borchester?

April 30, 2015

Now Tom Archer in The Archers has been heard to say "shlepping", what next? They'll soon be kibitzing and kvelling in Ambridge.

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Highly anxious, if satisfied

April 23, 2015

Some of us become grumpy old men barely out of nappies; kvetching is a national sport. But we may be not quite as discontent as we think.

According to the Office of National Statistics, Jews are reasonably satisfied with their lives - less so than Christians or Hindus but more than Sikhs, Buddhists and Muslims.

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The Shabbat-friendly interview

April 23, 2015

When the Conservatives announced on Saturday that pensions expert Ros Altmann would be going to the House of Lords - and taking up a ministerial post if they were elected - she was unavailable for interview or photo ops with the PM.

The Finchley Synagogue member was out of media action because she keeps Shabbat.

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Dancing with daffodils

April 23, 2015

Klezmer has spread far and wide but Welsh-based duo Fiddlebox claim a unique fusion on their new album Eastern Honeymoon - they have blended it with Welsh folk tunes.

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New lodge for Mason

April 23, 2015

If you've booked for the Jackie Mason tour in London in June, you'd better check that it's not an impersonator, a doppelganger or the first comedic cyborg on stage. Because in 2012, promotional notices announced that the octogenarian stand-up would be making his "farewell" UK tour that year.

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No meeting over milk

April 23, 2015

The BBC journalist covering last week's March of the Living in Poland returned from the hotel bar with an innocent cup of tea, only to find eyes rolling at the tables around him, where the Chief Rabbi and his entourage were polishing off their chicken dinner. Hasty exit, cup of tea.

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It's a Kardashian cover-up

April 17, 2015

Strictly-Orthodox website Kikar HaShabbat covered Kim Kardashian with a receipt in photos of her and husband Kanye West dining with Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat.

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Switched on for Shabbat

April 17, 2015

First was the Shabbes goy, then the time switch. But say ta-ta to timers because now comes KosherSwitch, a device that enables you to switch on lights without breaking Shabbat. Its American inventor says it has the blessing of leading rabbis and has turned to crowdfunding site Indiegogo to raise the $50,000 needed to go into production.

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Carroll singer at Synagogue

April 17, 2015

Sadly, Hampstead and Kilburn voters will not be able to select independent candidate Ronnie Carroll. The former Eurovision contestant, and political ally of Rainbow George Weiss, died this week at the age of 80.

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Emma spices up Masterchef

April 17, 2015

Exciting news for anyone planning a simchah in the near future: MasterChef contestant Emma Spitzer may soon be available for hire.

The mother of four from East Finchley, whose dishes have included date balls, spiced chickpeas and latkes, said she has enjoyed putting Israeli food on the map and would love to go into catering when she is done with the show.

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