The Diary

A woman with very good taste

June 12, 2014

Another plug for Israeli cuisine this week, from Susannah Constantine, one half of style tipsters Trinny and Susannah.

In the new series of BBC1's Celebrity Masterchef, judges evoked the name of maestro Yotam Ottolenghi when praising Susannah's dish.

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Mick Jagger's secret helper

June 12, 2014

Sir Mick Jagger displayed an impressive command of Hebrew during the Rolling Stones' triumphant Tel Aviv gig. But how did he manage? Actress Noa Tishby, who was seen enjoying his company in the band's first visit to Israel, whispered the words through an ear piece.

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Neat tweet on Cantor's defeat

June 12, 2014

The shock defeat of the najority leader of the House of Repressentatives, Eric Cantor, who lost his primary election in Virginia to little-known economics professor David Brat, prompted this witty Twitter comment: "'Brat Upsets Cantor' is the name of my barmitzvah memoir."

It was posted by Dave Gilson, a senior editor on American investigative, magazine Mother Jones.

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The rabbi who owned Man Utd

June 12, 2014

When a Malawi news site reported the recent death of Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer it used a picture of Arnold Saunders, the very much alive emeritus rabbi of Higher Crumpsall and Broughton Synagogue. How come the mix-up?

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Great Scott - Mr President?

June 12, 2014

A leading community figure told me of a new name being floated as a possible president for the Board of Deputies in next year’s election: the Conservative MP for Ilford North, Lee Scott.

Mr Scott joined the Board in 2012 as deputy for Leytonstone and Wanstead, a United Synagogue affiliate.

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Channel 4's voice of protest

June 2, 2014

You may recall Gaby Lock, the loquacious Chasid, who appeared in a couple of BBC documentaries a few years ago which took an offbeat look at Stamford Hill life. One followed him and his wife Tikvah holidaying in Two Jews on a Cruise.

Retired Rabbi Gaby returns to the small screen next week, with a part in new Channel 4 series The Complainers.

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Rooms to spare at chez Sacha

June 1, 2014

If you’ve dreamt of living in Hollywood or fancy a change of scene, Sacha Baron Cohen and actress wife Isla Fisher are looking to rent their Los Angeles home. It has a screening room, a wine room and a pool, according to the Sunday Times. But you will need to have a little money to play with — the asking price is £51,000 a month.

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What Dylan did for Israel

June 1, 2014

We may have Bob Dylan to thank for the Rolling Stones’s visit to Israel next month. Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood said that he had asked Dylan, after a performance, where he was going next. “Israel” the singer replied. “He had a big smile on his face, because he loves it,” Wood said. “That planted a seed that I’d like to play it one day."

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Mr Clegg makes someone happy

June 1, 2014

Leeds Grammar School sixthformer Nadav Winehouse stepped out of an A/S exam and was stunned to find Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg waiting for him.

Nadav, who is studying politics, had tweeted an invitation to Mr Clegg to visit the school but had assumed nothing would come of it.

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Mind the ectoplasm

June 1, 2014

French-Jewish actress Eva Green is indeed bewitching ; she played Morgana the sorceress in TV series Camelot and was a witch in the film Dark Shadows.

Now she’s back on gothic duty in the new Sky Atlantic series Penny Dreadful, starring as spiritualist Vanessa Ives, whose séances are not for the faint-hearted.

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