Simon Round

Better the blessing of broccoli

By Simon Round, July 24, 2014

Groucho Marx once said: "I intend to live forever or die trying".

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Interview: Oliver Horovitz

By Simon Round, July 10, 2014

Ten years ago, American teenager Oliver Horovitz decided to spend his gap year studying at the University of St Andrews before starting his degree course at Harvard.

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Catching up with the cultural wizards of Oz who came to UK

By Simon Round, July 3, 2014

Howard Jacobson has been telling a joke for a quite some time about his first trip to Australia back in 1964. "As the boat I was in was passing the equator, we passed a ship going the other way and Robert Hughes, Germaine Greer, Clive James and Barry Humphries were on it. They were all shouting from the deck, 'you're going the wrong way mate'.

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Chai cyclist makes Paris after high-speed crash

By Simon Round, June 26, 2014

A charity bike rider has recalled the moment his riding partner was in a horrific crash during a London-to- Paris cycling event.

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There's just no time anymore

By Simon Round, June 26, 2014

Between the World Cup and Wimbledon it has been tricky to find time to get everything done. Obviously I need to work but showering is optional and fortunately the children are resigned to eating cheese sandwiches and biscuits for a few weeks.

However, choosing between the football and the tennis has been tricky.

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Interview: Yuval Adler

By Simon Round, June 16, 2014

Yuval Adler could have been many things. He studied philosophy after army service and went on to study for a PhD at Columbia University. He was also an artist who was good enough to have his work - a mixture of sculpture, installation and video - exhibited in galleries in New York.

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Interview: Andy Jacobs

By Simon Round, June 13, 2014

As you read this, Andy Jacobs will be in Rio de Janeiro, a stone's throw from the Copacabana beach, trying desperately to appear as though he is not having too good a time. It will be tricky.

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Interview: David Schneider

By Simon Round, June 6, 2014

David Schneider has tried plenty of things in his career, most with success. He has acted in TV comedy, directed, written for film, stage and radio, performed stand-up and appeared in movies.

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Maths made interesting, even for the number-phobic

By Simon Round, May 23, 2014

What is your favourite number? Statistically, it is likely to be 7, according to research by Alex Bellos, the author of this follow-up to his popular book on maths, Alex in Numberland.

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Changing of guard in Manchester

By Simon Round, May 19, 2014

In his farewell report to Manchester Jewish Representative Council, outgoing president Frank Baigel said it had been an "honour to represent the community which has high status in the civic life of this region.

"One thing is clear. We now have a louder voice in national Jewish circles as befits the second largest community in the UK. But there is still much more to do"

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My very own Eden project

By Simon Round, May 2, 2014

In some ways I love this time of year. There is light in the evenings, the flood waters have subsided and the cuckoos are cuckooing.

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Eurovision memories inspire film hit from Israel

By Simon Round, April 29, 2014

Eytan Fox is one of Israel’s best-known and most critically acclaimed filmmakers with a body of work which has addressed social, political and, particularly, gay issues. So which element of Israeli society gets the treatment in his new movie? Actually none of them. Fox has gone out on a limb to make the funny, affectionate Cupcakes, about the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Doctor reaches her personal Everest

By Simon Round, April 28, 2014

A London GP is trekking up Everest to raise money for international aid charity Tzedek.
Bronya Gorney reported this week that she had reached Everest base camp having already scaled altitudes of more than 5,500 metres.

Despite avalanches on the mountain which have claimed the lives of a number of sherpa, Ms Gorney's trip has to date been trouble-free.

However, she posted on Facebook that th

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Director is happy to be all at sea with stellar cast

By Simon Round, April 28, 2014

Directing your debut feature film is always a major achievement. But this having come relatively late in his life, Stephen Brown is probably enjoying it more than most. The fiftysomething is relishing the round of premieres, festivals and award nominations that have followed his assembling of a remarkable cast for an adaptation of John Banville’s Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sea.

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Meet the 85-year-old getting animated about his TV debut

By Simon Round, April 25, 2014

Bill Freedman really cannot see what all the fuss is about. He is, after all, a distinguished theatrical producer, a cinema boss and a former owner of West End theatres. He has staged productions in the West End, on Broadway and in plenty of other countries around the world. So why would anyone be surprised that he is now producing his first television series on national TV?

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Norwood adopts merger venture

By Simon Round, April 11, 2014

Norwood is merging its adoption services with children's charity Coram.

The move has been made in response to new legislation intended to speed up the adoption process. This had created a problem for Norwood, chief executive Elaine Kerr explained. "Our team is very small and if we were to keep pace with the new legislation we would need a much larger number of people to respond appropriately.

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Pop art queen’s quiet fame

By Simon Round, March 27, 2014

Deborah Azzopardi’s paintings are sold in poster, print and greeting card form globally. And if you do not know her name, you will almost certainly recognise examples of her work, sold worldwide by Ikea and retailers in 50 countries. But what is perhaps more eye-opening is how she became an artist in the first place.

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He’s turned the screen Scarlett after a long and alien journey

By Simon Round, March 13, 2014

Jonathan Glazer is not a man in a hurry. It has been 10 years since his last movie, Birth — a discomfiting love story between Nicole Kidman and a child claiming to be her reincarnated husband. Now, finally, he has a new film. Like its predecessor, Under the Skin is dividing audiences.

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If Israel can survive, so can an independent Scotland

By Simon Round, March 7, 2014

I’ve been watching developments in the Scots independence debate. I know we Sassenachs don’t have a vote but there are still pros and cons to the process which deserve to be debated seriously.

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Pluck of the Irish — TV shows Belfast survival fight

By Simon Round, March 6, 2014

Belfast is a city which has been defined down the years by religious fervour and sectarianism. But amid the Troubles, another smaller community has existed quietly for more than a century.

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