The Diary

No crumb of comfort for gulls

July 30, 2015

A flurry of stories appeared last week about a North Welsh council, Conwy, supposedly shelving plans to fine people who feed seagulls in Llandudno because religious groups might be upset.

One newspaper even referred to a Jewish custom of feeding birds on Shabbat Shirah.

There's a tiny Jewish population still left in Llandudno and it does attract holidaying Chasidim from Manchester.

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Never too young to complain

July 30, 2015

It is reassuring to know that the art of kvetching is safe in the hands of a new generation. The Manchester Evening News hailed the protest prowess of Broughton Jewish Primary pupil Eli Rose, who complained to Bury Council over a bungled attempt to fix the potholes in his road. "For a nine-year-old child to have to write this is a disgrace," harrumphed the forthright young man.

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Chronicles of Corbyn

July 30, 2015

Left-winger Jeremy Corbyn, who has been setting the pace in the Labour leadership contest, has been sporting a badge with the initials "JC". You can take it from me that he is not being endorsed by a certain newspaper - and the same is true vice versa.

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Fiddler on the radio

July 30, 2015

The shtetl returned to the West End at the weekend when the Grange Park Opera production of Fiddler on the Roof, starring Bryn Terfel as Tevye, came to the BBC Proms. Pity it was on Saturday evening and still Shabbat - not quite "Tradition".

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The melancholy motorist

July 30, 2015

My thanks to Adrian Brodkin who spotted this number plate in Rhos-on-Sea near Colwyn Bay.

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Alliss is openly a fan of the JC

July 23, 2015

It is not often the JC gets name-checked at major sporting events.

But when golfer, Zach Johnson (above) posed with his newly won Open trophy on Monday, veteran BBC commentator Peter Alliss remarked of the surrounding journalistic throng: "All the cameras. Dozens of them.

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Potted fishstory

July 23, 2015

A new type of fish is available, according to this tweeted picture from media doctor Ellie Cannon.

An obvious companion to that variety of smoked herring - the kippah.

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Ofsted's new year howler

July 23, 2015

Ofsted has not learnt its lesson, it seems.

Last year, inspectors caused anger when they turned up at a Jewish school on the eve of the Jewish New Year.

Now, according to Orthodox weekly Hamodia, the heads of independent Jewish schools have been invited by Ofsted to attend a meeting on new inspection standards - on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

It's ironic when you consider that a numbe

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The go-giving go-getter

July 23, 2015

Pinner schoolboy Jonathan Levene, 11, had a date in Parliament on Tuesday, to receive his prize as winner of a competition run by Go Givers, an educational organisation to promote citizenship.

Entrants had to produce their own manifesto for the general election.

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We're still waiting, Mr Corbyn

July 16, 2015

He has described terrorist groups Hamas and Hizbollah as "our friends" and, in 2012, supported Sheikh Raed Salah, the Islamic cleric who invoked the antisemitic blood libel.

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