The Diary

The domino effect of history

February 19, 2015

Setting up a line of dominos requires some patience. Spare a thought, then, for London-based artist Julian Hanford, who is planning to create an art installation of six million domino tiles.

The Fall will be set up by domino master Robin Weijers and aims to convey the scale of destruction that occurred during the Holocaust.

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Boxing their way to glory

February 19, 2015

Parents may have spotted a couple of familiar faces on Sunday when Hollie and Darren Sassienie appeared on Dragons Den.

The Radlett couple braved the panel of investors to pitch Sassy Bloom, a gift box service for new mums.

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Insta-kids with instant cash

February 19, 2015

It is safe to say your average 13-year-old is suitably indulged when his barmitzvah presents begin to arrive.

But such spoils pale in comparison to the lavish goods posted online on Rich Kids of Instagram.

The website shows photos of pampered teens blowing wads of cash on Ferraris, private jets and Michelin-starred dining.

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Not read the JC? What rubbish!

February 19, 2015

Tuesday's episode of Inside the Commons gave some impressive insight into Parliament, but also raised some serious questions. Most importantly, what was the JC's Rosh Hashanah magazine doing in Douglas Carswell's bin?

Fear not - the Ukip MP for Clacton later tweeted our editor, assuring him he had read it first.

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That really takes the biscuit

February 5, 2015

My colleague Marcus Dysch keeps getting texted by the assistant of a shadow cabinet minister unaware he has the wrong number. The minion's latest message this week announced his master was hungry and wanted some biscuits.

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Wanted, a kosher ghostbuster

February 5, 2015

Rebbetzin Ilana Freedman is shortly to move with her young family into their new home by London's New West End Synagogue.
But she may have a problem; their flat could already be occupied - by a ghost.

The daughter of a former chazan told Mrs Freedman that she had once seen "a young girl in a white dress with a bow walking past a bedroom door".

Although there have been no sightings reported

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There's no biz like snow biz

February 5, 2015

Stacey Solomon had to endure close encounters with some distinctly unpleasant critters to win I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. But she says her stint in the jungle was less scary than her latest TV challenge, participating in The Jump, Channel 4's winter sports contest.

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No hamming it up for Christina

February 5, 2015

The latest reality TV series to rival the Kardashians on entertainment channel E!

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Words on another Abraham

By Simon Rocker, January 29, 2015

It seems the Board of Deputies was well-versed in the art of diplomatic correspondence long before the days of Twitter. Take this 150-year-old artefact, recently received by board president Vivian Wineman: a letter of condolence sent to the United States from past-president Sir Moses Montefiore following Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

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Call me Mavis

January 29, 2015

It is easy for anyone to get tongue-tied in the illustrious presence of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. So spare a thought for one Year 10 pupil at La Sainte Union in north London, who was selected to introduce the Chief Rabbi to her assembled cohorts during his visit on Tuesday. The 15-year-old stood on the podium and boldly declared: "Please welcome Mr Mavis."

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