Simon Round

Want to be hired? This is how to Sugar-coat a CV

By Simon Round, December 18, 2014

Next week sees the final of this year's series of The Apprentice with Lord Sugar making the big decision on who deserves to go into partnership with him and scoop the £250,000 investment. Contrary to popular belief, the past few weeks have not been a battle to find the most childish, incompetent, selfish young businessperson in the country.

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How the JC invented the selfie (well sort of)

By Simon Round, December 11, 2014

There are many reasons why you might be reading the JC today.

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My Gherkin's bigger than yours

By Simon Round, November 20, 2014

While London may never hit the heady heights of New York, the city's skyline has transformed itself in the past few decades into a gleaming triumph of spires.

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A pride to serve that was a joy

By Simon Round, November 6, 2014

I have always been a nervous flyer. In fact, I once needed a couple of sessions with a counsellor to get me in the air. A lot of people have been very sympathetic about my phobia over the years - my dad was not one of them. He simply could not get his head around the idea that anyone would be nervous about going on holiday in a modern airliner.

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Alfie Solomons, a gangster who reached his peak

By Simon Round, October 30, 2014

Jews were not always as middle-class and law-abiding as they are today.

A notorious group called the Bessarabian Tigers controlled the Whitechapel area of London's East End just before the First World War.

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Inside the mind of The Apprentice

By Simon Round, October 23, 2014

As all of you who have watched The Apprentice over the past 10 seasons will know, this programme can be acutely stressful and sometimes traumatic for all involved.

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My snap decision to ban 'selfies'

By Simon Round, October 14, 2014

There have been some amazing technological advances in telephonic communication in the past few years. I remember being fascinated as a child by the telephone my grandparents had in their house. It was so heavy that no one under the age of 14 could lift the receiver unaided. And, under the dial, there was a little drawer in which they stored a small packet of tissues and a pencil sharpener.

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'Theirs was a marriage that should have lasted'

By Simon Round, October 14, 2014

Dickie Arbiter was press secretary to the Royal Family through difficult times. The 1990s were one of the most tumultuous periods for the royals since the abdication crisis in the 1930s, and Arbiter's memoirs, On Duty With The Queen, contain much about royal break-ups and other difficult situations, to the reported displeasure of his former employers.

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Director uses family knowledge for emotive tale of living with disability

By Simon Round, October 14, 2014

Asaf Korman must have realised that the chances of his film Next To Her becoming a box office hit were slight. He is, after all, a first time feature director and the subject he chose for the movie is not remotely commercial - a frank and at times uncomfortable portrayal of the co-dependent relationship between a school security officer and her seriously learning disabled sister.

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Interview: Linor Abargil

By Simon Round, October 7, 2014

When Linor Abargil was crowned Miss World in 1998, she burst into tears. Nothing particularly unusual about that - pretty much every beauty contest winner cries. But for the then 18-year-old Israeli, it was different. On a modelling assignment in Milan several weeks previously, she had been brutally raped by the Israeli travel agent who was supposed to be driving her to the airport.

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It's not an entirely new year

By Simon Round, September 18, 2014

You've probably stocked up on apples and honey but have you given any thought to what new year we are entering? If not, I can tell you that, as of next week, we will be in 5775. And, for the second time in my life we have hit the mid-70s.

The world is totally different to the one 39 years ago, in which I was attending my first year of secondary school.

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Inteview: Sarah Solemani

By Simon Round, September 11, 2014

Sarah Solemani is telling me about her latest failure over a coffee in a North London café. Although Solemani has experienced poverty and even hunger since deciding to make acting and writing her career, this latest disappointment has nothing to with TV or theatre. She has just failed her driving test in dramatic and quite dangerous style.

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Village that defied the Nazis

By Simon Round, August 28, 2014

In the catalogue of genocide and barbarism that was the Holocaust there were heartwarming instances of people and communities risking their lives to rescue Jews. One thinks of the rescue of Danish Jews, the work of Oskar Schindler and many other cases of individual bravery.

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Just a whisker's difference

By Simon Round, August 21, 2014

As summers go this hasn't been the best one for the Jews. If you live in Israel you will have had rockets raining down on you on a daily basis. If you live outside Israel you will have been the subject of antisemitic protests on a scale almost unparalleled in the past half-century. We have been pilloried, physically attacked and abused.

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Interview: Judge Rinder

By Simon Round, August 21, 2014

Those who have yet to watch ITV's Judge Rinder may wonder why a show which is basically a reconstruction of the work of the small claims court has quickly generated one of the biggest daytime television audiences. The answer is almost certainly the judge himself.

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Getting to grips with the stars of theatre

By Simon Round, August 18, 2014

Michael Rudman does not fit the stereotype of the American Jewish director. He is not small and bespectacled and he is not from New York. Rudman is tall and his Texan accent is largely undiminished by more than half-a-century in the UK. And, as we chat in his Chelsea sitting room, it would certainly be easier to imagine him in a stetson than a kippah.

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Interview: Kay Mellor

By Simon Round, August 7, 2014

Kay Mellor has made her name writing TV shows which build tough themes into popular drama, from Band of Gold to Fat Friends and The Syndicate. However, one of the subjects closest to her heart is only just now being dramatised. In the Club - which started on BBC1 on Tuesday night - follows the experiences of a group of heavily pregnant women and their partners in the run-up to the births.

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Ireland waits no longer for Yiddish Godot

By Simon Round, July 31, 2014

Irish theatre-goers attending a festival celebrating the life and work of Samuel Beckett, one of its greatest playwrights of the 20th century, would expect to see a production of his most famous work, Waiting for Godot. What they might not anticipate is a version of the play being performed in Yiddish.

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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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