The Diary

The wizard of Wall Street

October 23, 2014

Michael Milken was a Wall Street hero until falling from grace in 1990 when he went to jail for 22 months for breaking stock-market rules.

But the junk bond maestro has since restored his reputation not only as a trader but also as a philanthropist supporting education, medical research and Jewish music.

He is speaking here at JW3 next week, in conversation with film director (Trading Places

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Retreat from sheet Tweet

October 23, 2014

The Sunday Times ran a story this week about growing hysteria over Ebola in the United States after the death of a nurse who had flown into the country.

Its online version was illustrated with a photo - said to have been tweeted from a plane – of a man wrapped in a transparent plastic sheet as if demonstrating precautions that people were now trying to take against the disease.

But the wra

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Tate head is art-topper

October 23, 2014

Sir Nicholas Serota is the most influential figure in the contemporary art world, according to ArtReview. He topped the magazine's Power 100 this year, the first public museum figure to do so since the list started in 2002.

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Sacks tackles the jihadis

October 23, 2014

Lord Sacks gave a preview of his next book in a London lecture this week. Due out next year, it's about the roots of religious violence and how to combat it. The lecture should shortly go up on his website www.rabbisacks.org

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Where did you get that hat?

October 23, 2014

World boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, who holds titles in five divisions, sports a "Star Power" cap, which he sells as part of his clothing brand. You can get a blue-on-white version as well – for $60. At that price, no wonder he is reputedly the world's highest paid athlete.

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Pressing for president

October 14, 2014

Former Immanuel College student Jason Pearlman, who worked for the Israeli embassy here before making aliyah in 2006, has a high-powered new role: he is foreign media adviser to new Israeli president Reuven Rivlin.

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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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