The Diary

The lawyer who waited

October 14, 2014

Hot-shot lawyer Mark Lewis (interviewed this week) knows his shish from his shwarma. When he was a student in London, he served as a waiter in the original Sami's restaurant in Hendon.

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He bloodied an Oxford nose

By Simon Rocker, October 14, 2014

Brasenose went down to one of the heaviest University Challenge defeats suffered by an Oxford college when it was whopped 250 points to 35 by Durham in a first-round tie last week.

Former Durham J-Soc treasurer Daniel Morgan-Thomas, 21, led the way, answering seven starter questions correctly. The third-year historian and classicist from London said he was a lifelong fan of the show.

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Fair earring for jewellery boys

October 14, 2014

They may be too young for a slot on The Apprentice but Josh Gringras and his friends are showing an early entrepreneurial streak.

The 11-year-old from Cricklewood, London, who attends Heathside Preparatory School, has gone into jewellery design. "I got given some glass beads for my 10th birthday and really enjoyed making earrings," he explained.

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Fiddling on the roof

October 7, 2014

Erecting your succah can be a challenge at the best of times, but this strictly Orthodox man in Stamford Hill, north London, took the art to new heights - literally.

The picture was posted on Twitter by Sarah Deech on Sunday, prompting a flurry of responses.

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Jeweller is a slave to rave

October 7, 2014

The best bet for a rowdy Simchat Torah party might be a trip to trendy Primrose Hill and the home of Erin and Jeremy Morris.

The couple have apologised after neighbours complained about a series of "out-of-control raves" they hosted.

Mr Morris is the son of renowned jeweller David Morris, and runs his father's store in New Bond Street. It boasts dozens of celebrity customers.

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Shoah on the Roadshow

By Simon Rocker, October 7, 2014

A fascinating piece of Holocaust history emerged on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

Sunday's episode was filmed at Scone Castle in Perthshire, where one of the items brought for valuation was a portrait of Dr Tina Strobos.

Dr Strobos hid Jews in Amsterdam during the war, was a member of the Dutch resistance and a friend of Jewish artist Martin Monnickendam, who found time to paint her.

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Great Challah bake, off?

October 7, 2014

Thousands are gearing up to participate in Shabbat UK's Great Challah Make at London's Allianz Park. But the amount of flour in the room has raised concerns about health and safety.

During a practice run last week, event co-chair Dalia Cramer pointed out that everyone pouring their flour into their bowls at the same time could create a cloud and set off the fire alarm.

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Our man in Corrie Street

October 2, 2014

Stand-up comedian Gareth Berliner made his début as a TV actor last week, with a small part in Coronation Street.

Originally from Essex, the Birmingham-based Berliner is playing a lovable rogue and cheeky chap called Macca. "I come in when Kylie [Platt] returns to her old haunt ,The Dog and Gun, looking for her ex, Max's dad, Callum," he explained.

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Chief Rabbi's Xmas greeting

October 2, 2014

In a recent radio Thought for the Day, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis recalled collecting his son Noam from playschool when they lived in Ireland. The teacher said the class had been learning about continents. Rabbi Mirvis decided to test his son's knowledge, saying the first part of the continent for his son to complete.

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Let the rabbis wear white

October 2, 2014

We're going to have to raise our interfaith game for the Vatican and Church have just played their first cricket match (won by the Anglicans). The Chief Rabbi had better invest in some pads and bats and arrange some winter nets.

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