The Diary

Boating the billionaire way

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

Here's a thought if you're looking for a holiday: Roman Abramovich is offering his yacht Eclipse for hire. The size of a pocket battleship, it has two pools, a gym and a helipad. Just one catch: he reportedly wants to charge £175,000 a day for it.

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Why Iran is hacked off

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency knows, of course, the real scandal behind phone hacking.

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Next up for Penn and Teller

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Young Daniel Kramer may not have fooled Penn and Teller last weekend but step forward the next Jewish contestant.

Nicholas Einhorn (above), a gold star member of the Inner Magic Circle, will be appearing on tomorrow's ITV prime time show when he will try to perform a trick that the maestro American magicians cannot figure out.

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What's on Sir Martin's mind

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Sir Martin Gilbert, whose last book was about Jews in Arab lands, will be writing on a subject closer to home for his next.

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Goodbye, shul world

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Much quoting from this week's Torah portion Pinchas at the United Synagogue elections on Monday. But a not so holy source inspired outgoing president Simon Hochhauser's valedictory words, "Thank You and Goodbye" - the News of the World's final front page headline.

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Return of Evelyn Rose

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

That Evelyn Rose's Complete International Jewish Cookbook was out of print. Well, let the hallelujahs resound! The new edition is out. But why did they chose that white cover - you'll have to wear gloves to use it.

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Farewell Mcfalafel

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

McDonald's take on the popular chickpea snack did not go down well in Israel and the dish is to be withdrawn. Time for McShnitzel perhaps?

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Prince's Jerusalem pitch?

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

Could His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales be trying to tell us something?

On Tuesday night, he addressed a packed audience at Guildhall to celebrate the 250th anniversary year of the Board of Deputies.
Accompanied by his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles got a standing ovation for his speech, which was crammed full of references to the long relationship between Britain's royal fa

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Stressful elections

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

Haifa University researchers have found that people's stress levels rise significantly before they cast their vote in an election. One line for Arab despots to use against their rebellious citizens; dictatorship is better for your blood pressure.

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Rothschild's west bank

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

Israeli think tank head Danny Rothschild, in London this week, once played a key Ministry of Defence role in the Palestinian Territories. As he used to say at the time, although a Rothschild, the only bank he had was the West Bank.

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