The Diary

Why the JC is well-balanced

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

Guardian writer Kira Cochrane recently complained of male bias in the press, with almost 80 per cent of articles written by men.

Allow us to blow our own trumpet. A byline count of recent JCs shows nearly half of our articles were by women.

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Mezuzah with a twist?

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

Jewellery brand Lovebullets has a new item out for Valentine's Day: a pendant containing a paper scroll to deliver a message to your beloved. Sounds familiar?

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Speaking of little Israel

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

The CIES Football Observatory, which publishes reports on European soccer, has done a survey of player heights in the top leagues.

The tallest belong to the German Bundesliga averaging above 6 foot.

And the shortest? Israel's Ligat Ha'Al, of course, whose members do not quite reach 5 foot 11.

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Pesach comes early at Tesco

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

The seasons are surely out of synch. The other day I spotted a bee struggling to find a flower.

Now someone tells me that Brent Cross Tesco are stacking the shelves with Pesach goods - and it's not even near Purim.

But then what do you expect from a company that has Easter eggs on sale on Boxing Day?

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In defence of large portions

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

Metro reviewer Marina O'Loughlin enjoyed Mishkin's, London's new Jewish-themed but distinctly unkosher deli which serves smoked eel and pork hot dog beside chicken soup and knishes.

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Selling like hot cakes

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

Hurry if you want to find a seat at Jewish Book Week, even though it is three weeks away. A number of sessions have already sold out - including those with novelists Umberto Eco, Howard Jacobson and filmmaker Claude Lanzmann.

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It's a wizard thing to be a Jew

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

when you enter the world of a computer game, you can choose what kind of character you want to play, such as wizard, warrior or thief.

But how would you react when the offered options include adventurer, rogue and "Jew"?

Normally, anti-defamationists would be up in arms but this is the new computer game of South Park, the scurrilous TV satirical cartoon.

South Park's co-writer Matt Stone

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Hot on the felafel trail

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

Could Israel be about to become the new taste of TV? After London restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi's splendid BBC documentary on food in Jerusalem last month, ITV chef Philip Vickery has been out to Israel to sample its flavours. He will be reporting on This Morning on Monday about what he found.

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Sex please, we're frum

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

America's Jewish Week ran a feature recently about koshersextoys, a website purveying padlocks, prostrate plugs and other pleasure-enhancing items, based in the yeshivah town of Lakewood. My rabbinic adviser has yet to tell me whether such toys should be circumcised.

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Hebrew debut in a Camden pub

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

Foreign artists often leave behind their own language and sing in English when here.

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