Simon Round

No regrets as Ed plays it safe on his island

By Simon Round, November 28, 2013

I have an idea in my mind’s eye of what certain politicians might have been like as teenagers. In my imagination, Ed Miliband was a gawky youth in a green anorak who attended Labour Young Socialist meetings and didn’t have any girlfriends — or any other interests for that matter.

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Lou Reed's walk on the mild side

By Simon Round, November 15, 2013

I was very sorry to hear about the recent death of the legendary rock star Lou Reed — sorry but not surprised. This was, after all, a man who had inflicted such damage on his liver through his rock’n’roll lifestyle that the liver announced its retirement earlier this year and had to be replaced with a new one.

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Peace process is doomed, says security veteran

By Simon Round, November 15, 2013

There are few living Israelis who have more experience in the fields of both war and peace than Ami Ayalon.

He was a decorated navy commando who became the commander of the Israeli navy, then served as director of the Shin Bet security service before ultimately being elected to serve as a Labour minister in Ehud Olmert’s coalition government.

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Man in the kitchen: Pasta for marathon man

By Simon Round, November 11, 2013

As someone who writes about and cooks food, I naturally spend a lot of time eating. I realised some time ago that this was beginning to have consequences for my waistline. Being a man, I decided that Weightwatchers and low fat food was not the answer — I could not see myself eating yogurts, cottage cheese and crispbreads all day.

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Man in the kitchen: Ode to autumn goulash

By Simon Round, November 4, 2013

When the clocks go back, the leaves begin to flutter to the ground and the temperatures begin to drop, a man’s thoughts turn to goulash.

I’m a huge fan of slow-braising. Although the cooking time is long, there is little effort involved — the oven does most of the work for you and also imparts the flavour. And goulash delivers plenty of that … as long as you do it right that is.

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Mazeltov, Simon!...and here are some tips to help get it right

By Simon Round, October 31, 2013

Two years ago it was William and Kate, but very soon there could be a wedding of showbiz royalty.

Simon Cowell is said to be preparing to marry his pregnant girlfriend Lauren Silverman — and this one could be under the chuppah.

It emerged this week that the music mogul has expressed interest to friends about having a Jewish wedding.

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Man in the kitchen: A toast to shakshuka

By Simon Round, October 28, 2013

I Am not a heavy drinker but every now and then I enjoy a small glass of Pinot Grigio — for example, after my nation dramatically qualified for the World Cup in Brazil last week.

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Man in the kitchen: Pitta to fill you with pride

By Simon Round, October 11, 2013

As you will remember, last week I demonstrated how to make the perfect hummus. What do you mean you didn’t read it? Well, ok, for those of you whose newsagent was having a family crisis or whose dogs were hungry for newsprint, here’s a quick recap.

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The wives working for Hitler during the Holocaust

By Simon Round, October 10, 2013

German housewife Erna Petri was on her way home from a shopping trip near her wartime house in the Ukraine when she saw six naked boys hiding by the side of the road. As the wife of an SS officer, she realised that they were Jewish escapees. She took them into her home and fed them.

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Man in the kitchen: easy peasy hummus, not

By Simon Round, October 7, 2013

I n this country, hummus is a dip to be picked up at the supermarket and eaten with a stick of carrot or celery. In Israel, however, hummus is an obsession. The trendy hummus places have queues around the block as Israelis flock to eat the best version of this seemingly humble dip.

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Man in the kitchen: university challenge

By Simon Round, September 30, 2013

This is a big week for youngsters up and down the country as the start of the university year looms. There are challenges for everyone in their fresher year.

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My phone owns me, sad to say

By Simon Round, September 17, 2013

The New Year traditionally begins with apple and honey. But for many JC readers, this new year has been made slightly sweeter by the announcement from a different kind of Apple that there are now two shiny new iPhones on the market.

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Man in the kitchen: Stirred and squashed

By Simon Round, September 16, 2013

Recently, I went with the children to Kew Gardens. I absolutely loved it and so did the kids — with some reservations.

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Away we pho after the fast

By Simon Round, September 9, 2013

Everyone has a different way of breaking the fast. Some like a cup of tea and a biscuit, others go for the traditional herring. A few brave souls end the fast with a shot of whisky. I can vouch for the fact that this makes you feel wonderful for about five minutes and then rather peculiar shortly afterwards.

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It's been quite a year - need a reminder?

By Simon Round , September 3, 2013

September 2012

Drugsline, the only charity working with drug and alcohol addicts within the community, collapses amid acute financial difficulties. Drugsline director Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin says: “I am devastated. The volunteers are calling in, bereft.” It later relaunches in a partnership with Norwood.

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Man in the kitchen: how to curry flavour

By Simon Round, August 26, 2013

People always think of curry as a man thing. Perhaps this is because of its associations with Saturday night drinking sessions and testosterone-fuelled chilli eating competitions.

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American author enjoys Test of character as Ashes writer

By Simon Round, August 26, 2013

W hen Durham County Cricket Club chiefs decided to recruit a writer in residence for the fourth Ashes Test at the Riverside ground in Chester-le-Street, their selection might, on the face of it, have seemed a tad bizarre —a Jewish American former professional basketball player.

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Wide-eyed about Google Glass

By Simon Round, August 23, 2013

When Google Glass was launched in 2012, everyone checked out the prototype interactive computer headset, which is attached to a pair of spectacles, said “how clever” and returned to their iPads.

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David Bernstein: It’s been a game of two halves

By Simon Round, August 22, 2013

For England football fans, there were two memorable images from last year’s European championships.

The first was the sight of the England squad deep in contemplation as they toured the Auschwitz death camp site.

The second was the players looking deeply confused in the quarter-finals of the tournament as the Italian team gave them a masterclass in ball retention.

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Man in the kitchen: not burnt at the steak

By Simon Round, August 5, 2013

I know quite a few people (OK most of them men) who whenever they see steak and chips on a restaurant menu, just cannot help but order it.

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