The Diary

El Al comes down with a bang

November 10, 2013

When an El Al plane comes roaring into Heathrow, residents might wish it roared a little less loudly.

Israel’s national carrier has just been ranked the second noisiest airline flying into London in a survey of Heathrow’s top 50 airlines: only Poland’s LOT made more of a racket, according to the airport authorities.

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The sweet scent of Friday night

November 10, 2013

Jo Malone, eponymous founder of the perfume brand, told the Times interview she wished she’d been Jewish. “I love Friday night dinner with my family — cooking roast chicken, talking, children running around.” She’s known for her exotic blends but somehow I doubt that chicken soup and kneidlach would make it into a bottle.

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Quizzed by John Barrowman

November 10, 2013

Here is Danny Stone (pictured, centre), director of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, in lighter mode — as a contestant on a daytime game show.

He and a team of old university friends competed in the BBC1 quiz Pressure Pad hosted by John Barrowman on Monday.

They narrowly missed out on a £2,000 prize.

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It's so cool to eat kosher

November 10, 2013

Hake burger with harissa aioli and rugelach bread-and-butter pud… Observer food critic Jay seemed hardly able to believe his taste-buds in a rave review over two pages of Zest, the kosher restaurant at London’s new JW3 centre.

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Singing a Peres song for peace

November 10, 2013

Seven years ago Shimon Peres gave one of his poems, Ray of Hope, to an online group called Songweavers, impressed with their efforts to promote peace through music.

Since then, they have put out four CDs, featuring some of the 100 versions of the Israeli president’s poem recorded by songwriters from Iran to Vietnam.

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Horse sense of star pundit

November 4, 2013

Paul Jacobs, racing tipster for the Daily Star Sunday, can certainly pick a winner.

He has just become champion tipster in a competition run by the Racing Post.

Mr Jacobs — who got the betting bug from his late grandfather Jack Davies, a warden of Liverpool’s Princes Road shul — won the contest for flat race naps. He has won it for jump racing three times before.

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Toilet humour

November 4, 2013

From Ivor Sorokin from Hove, whose wife bought a new brand of toilet tissue called Cashmere: “This puts a new slant on the old Yiddish saying ‘cashmere im tuches’.”

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Peer pleasure for new lords

November 4, 2013

Lord Finkelstein was introduced to the Lords by sponsors Lords Coe and Owen. Put the two together, said Lord Beecham, and what do you get? Lord Cohen.

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Israelis taste sweet success in food awards

October 27, 2013

No longer do the words “Israeli” and “cuisine” seem worlds apart.

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Capping it for Mitzvah Day

October 27, 2013

Long-distance runner Richard Jones was on a training run in the Welsh mountains on a cold autumn day. “The ground was frozen, as were my joints, bones and fingers,” he recalled.

Eight miles from home, he spotted an object lying on the snowy ground: a cap. “I already had one on my head,” he said, “but my hand was frozen, so I wrapped my hand in it and finished the run.”

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