UK news

A British cuppa makes a historic link between our two jubilees

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II is only the second British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.

When Queen Victoria marked her 60 years on the throne in 1897, a Leeds tailor was the recipient of a special memento from his employees to honour his anti-exploitation work on their behalf.

David Lubelski was given a magnificent silver tea service, only days after Queen Victoria celebrated her jubilee.


"We should not forget the man who supports the monarch"

By Rabbi Jonathan Romain, May 31, 2012

While everyone is praising the Queen for both her longevity on the throne and impeccable sense of duty, it is worth remembering that Prince Philip has also broken royal records, not to mention his Jewish connections.


Composing the water music for the Jubilee barge

By Debbie Wiseman, May 31, 2012

Last October, an unexpected gem of an email arrived. It was from Gavin Greenaway, the musical director of one of the music herald barges for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant, asking if I’d be interested in writing a new piece for the Pageant.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.