The Diary

Israel shows good taste

April 30, 2015

The taste of Israel is now toast of London. The Palomar, which opened last summer, won restaurant of the year in GQ magazine's inaugural food awards.

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Covering up for Galliano

By Simon Rocker, April 30, 2015

A Jewish educational event featuring John Galliano In London next month, has prompted complaints - but not because of the fashion designer's controversial past. Objectors thought the model on the original advert for the occasion (right) was a little underdressed; a more suitably attired replacement has been found (left).

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Perfect for poll dancing

April 30, 2015

There will be a lot of Jews dancing next Thursday - and nothing to do with the anticipated outcome of the General Election. It's Lag Ba'Omer, the festival which marks a break in the semi-mourning period of the Omer and a day on which weddings are traditionally held.

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Seeing red over Sarah

April 30, 2015

The dress code may not have said "blue and white" but Finchley and Golders Green Labour candidate Sarah Sackman's red cardigan prompted a glare or two at Finchley Synagogue's Israel Independence Day service - in contrast to the royally blue Conservative peer-to-be Ros Altmann.

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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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