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Safe as Sterling, the Royal barge will be all shipshape

By Simon Round, May 31, 2012

This Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather by the banks of the Thames for a spectacular pageant led by the first royal barge to be commissioned for more than a century.

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Jubilee Hour marks 60 years of royal service

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

Families and charities across Britain will mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by undertaking an hour of voluntary work in recognition of Her Majesty’s six decades of service.

The Jubilee Hour encourages participants to give 60 minutes of their time to charitable work.

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Audience ovations as Habima triumphs at the Globe

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2012

In the end, it was a triumph of art over politics.

Israel’s national theatre company, Habima, performed in Hebrew at Shakespeare’s Globe on Monday and Tuesday, receiving standing ovations after both shows.

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Habima performers bask in glory of Globe success

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

The intimate reception on the top floor of the Globe theatre on Monday night, after the Habima actors had taken off costumes and makeup, was the first chance to let down their guard after hours of tense rehearsals and preparations.

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Scottish Church votes to ignore Israel in campaigns

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 31, 2012

The Scottish Church will no longer consider the Israeli perspective when campaigning on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its General Assembly has voted.

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BBC upholds Obama complaint

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

The BBC Trust has partly upheld a complaint over an online article which reported American President Obama’s position on the Middle East process.

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Gary Barlow, the Queen, and me: Ben’s amazing trip

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

As royalists from around the globe arrive in London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a television producer has described how he travelled further than most to be part of the simchah.

Ben Winston spent more than a month filming around the Commonwealth with Take That star Gary Barlow for a documentary about the official Jubilee song, Sing.

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Richard Branson's Virgin taps into Israel to bring purer water to British homes

By Jessica Elgot, May 31, 2012

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin empire is testing the water with a new kind of hi-tech kettle — using technology imported from Israel.

But the Virgin boss warned that UK companies could become more wary of investing in the country if its government did not show a willingness to address their political concerns.

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Chief Rabbi’s prayer for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

By Lord Jonathan Sacks, May 31, 2012

We the members of this holy congregation, together with the members of the United Hebrew Congregations of the commonwealth, join in prayer and thanksgiving for Our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth on the Diamond Jubilee of her accession to the throne.

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Refugees' hidden role to be revealed on stage

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2012

The Jewish refugees who played a vital but hidden role in Britain’s Second World War intelligence efforts are to be celebrated in a new stage production.

As war raged across Europe, the British recruited German-speakers who had fled Nazi persecution and posted them as “listeners” in prisoner of war camps across the country.

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