The Diary

Chelsea can handle a drink

May 26, 2016

"If I don't drink for more than three nights, you can tell in my personality," American Jewish comedian Chelsea Handler - whose new talk show Chelsea has launched on Netflix - told the Sunday Times "I just need alcohol in my system."

Her documentary series Chelsea Does, which takes a personal look at different topics, is also showing on Netflix.

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Kosher encounters for Roux

May 19, 2016

Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jnr did not know what to expect at the Langdon dinner "Everyone told me it would be typically Jewish fare."

As he'd heard of chopped liver, the starter bore no surprise and though the main course of lemon and rosemary poussin, potato kugel and red cabbage will probably not appear on the Le Gavroche menu any time soon, he "absolutely enjoyed it," he said.

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Sushi off the fress list

May 19, 2016

No one ever went hungry at the Israel Embassy's Yom Ha'atzmaut do in London.

But the arrival of new ambassador Mark Regev has co-incided with a culinary revolution.

Previous embassy celebrations featured a variety of food stations which included plentiful sushi and that staple of English pub lunches, shepherd's pie.

But this year nationalism took over the menu with only a Middle Eastern s

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Unlikely evolutionaries

May 19, 2016

The Anglo-Orthodox weekly Jewish Tribune reported on its front page that Charedi rabbis would be making it clear to the Department for Education that "teaching Creationism... is not acceptable to Orthodox Jewish schools". Either there are a lot of closet Darwinists in Stamford Hill or someone should have checked the dictionary.

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Never too late to say sorry

May 19, 2016

When he was growing up in Toronto in the 1950s, Thomas Caldwell punched another boy, who was Jewish, at school one day.

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Prince Charles in fine metal

May 19, 2016

Frances Segelman, the Leeds-born sculptor, unveiled her new bust of Prince Charles at a 40th anniversary celebration for The Prince's Trust at Buckingham Palace.

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Dial S for salad box

May 12, 2016

Ben Spier has found an unusual pitch for his new salad business - a converted telephone kiosk.

The 34-year-old lawyer, originally from Sheffield, began operating out of his makeshift deli in Bloomsbury Square, central London, this week.

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Hopes pinned on Charlotte

May 12, 2016

BBC2's The Great Sewing Bee - the haberdashery spin-off from Bake-Off - starts next Monday and we'll have someone to cheer on.

Medical journalist Charlotte Newland put her upcoming appearance down to her three children. The 43-year-old from East Finchley in London said that they had been "pestering me to go on the show for years.

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Equal opportunity knocks

May 12, 2016

There is a strong Jewish presence at the top of Britain's equality watchdog. David Isaac, new chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, took up office this week, joining Rebecca Hilsenrath, who was made chief executive of the body last autumn.

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Blend me your ears

May 12, 2016

It sounds like something out of the kosher version of Reservoir Dogs. But Jew's ear - recently spotted on sale in a north London organic store – is a regular ingredient in Chinese soup.

Its original name, as the 17th-century writer Thomas Browne pointed out, "concerneth not the nation of Jews".

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