The Diary

Justice for Jessica Ennis

June 21, 2012

Theo Caplan, a 15-year-old pupil at St Paul’s School in London, has been bending the ears of athletics authorities over the scoring system in the heptathlon which, he says, unfairly disadvantages British Olympic gold-medal hope Jessica Ennis.

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Who’s been shoplifting the JC?

June 21, 2012

Jewellery shop owners and bank managers in Edgware can breathe a sigh of relief as local thieves have a new target: copies of the Jewish Chronicle, according to stockists W H Smith.

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The JC refreshes the parts...

June 14, 2012

Spotted in the Algarve, Portugal — where you can get Palwins rather than port perhaps?

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How to kvetch to the Knesset

June 14, 2012

Knesset member Einat Wilf, who chairs a sub-committee on Israel-diaspora relations, thinks we should all be having more of a say there.

She has promised that her committee will hold a debate on any subject if it is requested by a few thousand signatories from the diaspora: the petition must come from at least three Jewish communities and can be made via email or Facebook.

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Hayward gets out of a pickle

June 14, 2012

What a difference two letters make. The Telegraph’s chief sports writer Paul Hayward had some of our readers raging over a Euro 2012 piece about racist football fans in Krakow. “Plainly antisemitic abuse is more tolerable than skin-based hostility,” he wrote. Relief, then, when he apologised for a misprint of what should have read as “antisemitism is no more tolerable”.

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Stevie Wonder's wedding gift

June 14, 2012

Kelly Levy, founder of 6 Foot Fashion company, enjoyed an unexpected gift at her recent wedding — an impromptu serenade from Stevie Wonder.

The day before the soul superstar appeared at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert, he was entering the lobby of London’s Dorchester hotel just as she and groom Paul Scott were having some wedding snaps.

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The sheikh’s racing steed

June 7, 2012

I’ve brought you Mezuzah and Menorah the racehorses but one that certainly will not be making up an equine minyan is Entifaadha, who ran in the Diamond Jubilee Handicap at Epsom. His owner is Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the deputy ruler of Dubai.

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A stripper in the house

June 7, 2012

Big Brother followers, if indeed there be any, should look out for philosemitic porn star Benedict Garrett, who has done the odd strip at Jewish hen nights. At home, he keeps two menorahs on his TV set and a dog called Simcha.

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Naomi Alderman's Rolex Prize

June 7, 2012

Novelist Naomi Alderman has been chosen for an elite international scheme to encourage young artists sponsored by Rolex. She will spend part of the coming year being mentored by one of the world’s leading authors, Canadian Booker-prizewinner Margaret Atwood.

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Seinfeld star's cricket jibe

June 7, 2012

Seinfeld star and Mid-East peace activist Jason Alexander (George in the show) has been on the back foot after a quip about cricket being a “kind of gay” game.

Gay groups seemed appeased by a later apology, but he may find himself being used as Olympic archery practice should he show up at Lords.

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