The Diary

Spy mystery wrapped up

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

You may recall the arrest of two British journalists as spies in Libya after militiamen claimed to have found them with bandages which were "only issued by the Israeli Defence Forces".

The two men (working, ironically, for Iranian Press TV) have now been freed. Their Libyan captors had got in a linguistic muddle. It wasn't Hebrew writing on the bandages. It was Welsh.

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Archbishop's peace dinner

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

Rowan Williams, who last week announced his resignation as Archbishop of Canterbury, had his mind on the Middle East on Tuesday, attending a London dinner for Israeli-Palestinian peace group One Voice .

Guest speaker ex-Foreign Secretary David Miliband called the impasse over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the greatest diplomatic failure in 40 years.

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Burning not so bright

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

Tesco always likes to get in first but the supermarket was too far ahead of the game this time when its Passover goods website displayed as an essential item for the Seder table this image of a blazing menorah.

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Why Kosher nosh is on a roll

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

Jewish food seems in everyone's good cookbooks these days.

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The Kentucky fried comedian

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

Mark Maier is well-known on the comedy club circuit. But you may have spotted him on TV in another guise; as the dad in a Kentucky Fried Chicken ad.

I doubt he will be touting finger-lickin' buckets when he stars at the ZF's Israel Independence Day do next month.

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Spy mystery wrapped up

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

You may recall the arrest of two British journalists as spies in Libya after militiamen claimed to have found them with bandages which were "only issued by the Israeli Defence Forces".

The two men (working, ironically, for Iranian Press TV) have now been freed. Their Libyan captors had got in a linguistic muddle. It wasn't Hebrew writing on the bandages. It was Welsh.

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Bronze is better than gold

By Simon Rocker, March 15, 2012

Bankers usually go quietly but Greg Smith resigned spectacularly this week as a Goldman Sachs executive with an open letter in the New York Times blasting the firm for its "toxic and destructive" environment.

In contrast with his career, the London-based financier said that one of his proudest moments was winning a bronze medal in table tennis for South Africa at the Maccabiah Games.

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Purim trial

By Simon Rocker, March 15, 2012

In London's High Court listings for yesterday, a case called Smith v Purim - which perhaps ought to have been timed for last week.

Next up: Cohen v Easter.

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Wrong number

By Simon Rocker, March 15, 2012

You must wonder at the Speedyreg website, which advertises the personalised number plate ANN 1F thus: an "excellent choice if you wanted to become the Ultimate Anne Frank fan".

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When stars get in your eyes

By Simon Rocker, March 15, 2012

A talking point - at least for those of you up watching cartoons at the crack of dawn.

A reader was horrified by the above shot from CBeebies' Tommy Zoom, which depicts the villainous Polluto plotting world domination surrounded by some familiar-looking stars.

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