The Diary

Chattering classes

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

By all accounts, the congregation at Western Marble Arch on Shabbat for a 250th anniversary service for the Western Synagogue proved to be a noisy bunch. It took a quiet reminder from Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks in the pulpit before the errant tongues finally came to rest.

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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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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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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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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.

More..

Why Kosher nosh is on a roll

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

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

More..

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.

More..