Simon Round

Television: It's strictly stereotypes again in Strictly Kosher rerun

By Simon Round, June 28, 2012

If you enjoyed last year’s first instalment of ITV1’s prime-time documentary about the Manchester Jewish community, you will probably have enjoyed this two-parter, screened on successive nights this week, as it was identical to the first programme in most respects.

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Stasha Palos on finding a way to a man’s heart

By Simon Round, June 21, 2012

It is probably fair to say that if most men were to summon up their dream woman, Stasha Palos would not be far from the fantasy. She is tall, blonde, slim, charming and creative.

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Barry Fantoni: the 1960s rebel who was cooler than Mick Jagger and Tom Jones

By Simon Round, June 21, 2012

When something big happened in the 1960s, you could be pretty sure that Barry Fantoni would not be far away.

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DVD review: In Darkness - better than Spielberg

By Simon Round, June 15, 2012

Acclaimed Polish film-maker Agnieszka Holland’s harsh, uncompromising drama may have the same theme as Schindler’s List — a true-life story of a gentile who saved Jews
— but it is both more compelling and less sentiment-al than Spielberg’s blockbuster.

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Itzik Galili: the Israeli leading the dance for English National Ballet

By Simon Round, June 15, 2012

To say that Itzik Galili is busy would be an understatement. The Israeli choreographer has broken through spectacularly in the UK in 2012 — there have been four premieres of his work performed by companies as prestigious as the Rambert Dance Company and the English National Ballet.

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Israeli envoy: activists have 'sexual identity problems'

By Simon Round, June 14, 2012

Palestinian supporters have demanded that Israel's deputy ambassador to Ireland be removed after she allegedly described Israeli human rights activists as suffering from "problems of sexual identity".

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Anouska Mond, star of Plan B's film iLL Manors

By Simon Round, June 13, 2012

Actors are sometimes accused of being detached from the real world — their luvvyish concerns somehow removed from the nitty gritty of daily existence.

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Football's wandering tribe

By Simon Round, June 7, 2012

Following England in Euro 2012 promises to be a very Jewish experience. England, who play France in their opening match on Monday, will be based in Krakow, a town that is resonant with Jewish memories, but it goes much deeper than that.

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Diamond Jubilee concert director says celebrities 'packed away their egos' for the Queen

By Simon Round, June 7, 2012

Millions of people enjoyed the Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace on Monday night. Geoff Posner was not one of them.

Mr Posner, who directed the BBC’s coverage of the event, was far too busy juggling the logistics of such a massive operation even to think about what he was watching.

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Why are we so awful at putting ourselves on the big screen?

By Simon Round, June 7, 2012

If you feel like watching a feature film by a British Jewish film-maker there is plenty of choice — you could watch one of the many movies made by Mike Leigh, John Schlesinger, Michael Winner or several other directors of note. But should you wish to see films featuring British Jewish characters or with a Jewish theme, there is considerably less choice.

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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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Prisoner of War is Homeland's darker twin

By Simon Round, May 18, 2012

Until last week, I had never given a five-star rating to any TV or radio programme. But Channel 4’s Homeland was a thriller of such quality, such impressive characterisation and complexity that I felt it merited the accolade.

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Are you the next Chagall? Enter Arthouse and find out

By Simon Round, May 18, 2012

After last year’s successful exhibition, Art House returns this year to the London Jewish Cultural Centre. Artists, whether amateur or professional, are invited to submit up to three works. The best of these will be displayed at the LJCC’s home at Ivy House in north London.

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Italian menu you can get your teeth into

By Simon Round, May 10, 2012

There is more madness and beauty in David Winner's new exploration of his adopted city than there is food.

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Homeland was brilliant, now it's Hatufim's turn

By Simon Round, May 10, 2012

There can be very few people who sat down to watch the first episode of Channel 4's gripping psychological thriller who were not there for the final instalment last Sunday.

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A game of lulavs and lucky socks

By Simon Round, May 3, 2012

Someone very famous, it might have been Bill Shankly, or perhaps Albert Camus, once described football as a religion. Of course it's not actually a religion. It's more of a ball game. What cannot be denied is that football fans behave in a very similar fashion to Orthodox Jews.

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Why Ben-Gurion cooked eggs for Ze'ev Jabotinsky

By Simon Round, May 3, 2012

It started with the surreal image of a legendary Zionist leader cooking an omelette for his greatest rival.

When celebrated Israeli writer AB Yehoshua heard about the culinary summit between David Ben-Gurion and revisionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky, he was inspired to write a play about the encounter. It receives its first English-language performance in London next week.

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'Nicole Kidman stole my life'

By Simon Round, April 26, 2012

Kerri Sackville is not exhausted. This is an unfamiliar feeling for the Australian writer whose debut book about the trials and tribulations of family life has become a best-seller Down Under.

A week into a visit to the UK to promote When My Husband Does the Dishes (He usually wants sex!) the jet-lag has worn off, and Sackville is bursting with energy.

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How to succeed in business

By Simon Round, April 26, 2012

The world economy may remain in the doldrums, but not every economy is stagnant. With growth of nearly five per cent last year, Israel is one of the globe's most economically vibrant nations. So why is Israel doing so well when nearly everywhere else is struggling?

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Mixing nostalgia with a big helping of modern flavours

By Simon Round, April 6, 2012

Jewish is food is seen by many of us as a constant in an ever-changing world - a warm, nostalgic reminder of days gone by.

But while most of us still love staples such as chopped liver, chicken soup and lockshen pudding, things have shifted perceptibly.

Four decades ago the default mode for British Jews would have been the Ashkenazi classics, but since then our perception of what is Jewish h

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