The Diary

Cleaning up in NW London

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

Spotted in a North-West London window, this advert: "My name is Dominika, I am probably the best cleaner in London. I cleaning Jewish people, but I'm looking for more work…" I have heard of personal trainers and shoppers but this may be taking hands-on help a bit too far.

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Bring on the karma jutra

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

Most of the books that land on my desk are worthy works of talmudic scholarship or biblical translation.

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Mid-East melee in Edinburgh

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

Daniel Cainer got more than he bargained for at the Edinburgh Festival. After a performance of his musical act More Jewish Chronicles, a couple confronted him and began to berate him for lack of support for Israel.

He was "quite surprised.

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Ballroom blitzed

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

As reports of rioting in Camden came through on Monday night, Twitter and Facebook were buzzing with rumours about the fate of young Jewish London's Saturday night hotspot, Electric Ballroom.

It was boarded up the next day, and damage looked minimal. A sigh of relief, then, for party-goers attached to dancing on a sticky floor, drinking cheap vodka and singing along to cheesy pop music.

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Tallit for the tartan army

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

Rabbi Mendel Jacobs, the Scottish Lubavitcher who launched the first official Jewish tartan, has gone one better; he has woven it into the first official tartan tallit with matching bag and kippah.

That's what you call Celtic Fringes.

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In memory of Peter Moss

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

The death of travel writer Peter Moss, killed by a terror bomb in Marrakesh, was one of the sadder events of the year.

You may like to know there is a memorial football match on Sunday week between Tottenham Hotspur Legends and FC Team, the Maccabi club of which Peter was president. It's at the Gosling Centre, Hatfield. Kick-off is at 2pm.

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Peaches for the chupah?

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

Peaches Geldof has a fondness for Jewish men. After dating director Eli Roth not so long ago, the 22-year-old model has recently moved into a new home with the singer of British band S.C.U.M, Thomas Cohen.

And the relationship could even lead to a dip in the mikveh.

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Sick notes about Amy

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

You may wonder what kind of addled brain could link Amy Winehouse's death and Israel but let me take you to the Irish4Palestine blog which found "quite a lot in common" between "the evil rogue state" and the singer, except that "she has a great voice and didn't kill people constantly".

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Fisk sued by Saudi prince

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

Humble pie at the High Court this week for the Independent's Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk, who was sued by the Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud.

In an article in April, Fisk accused him of having ordered police to open fire on unarmed Shia demonstrators in March, referring to documentary evidence it had in its possession.

But the paper accepted

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Travel to Africa, at a snip

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

I notice that there is a new airline, Air Mohéli International, which operates from the Comoros, the small African country off Madagascar. Bet it's great for cut-price deals.

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