Simon Round

Revealed: how to have a great memory

By Simon Round, March 8, 2012

Thanks to Joshua Foer I have several images floating around my head that I cannot get rid of. These include Claudia Schiffer swimming in a giant tub of cottage cheese, a man sitting on a toilet wearing only a snorkel and Paul Newman in my kitchen chopping elk sausages.

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Review: Raid on Entebbe

By Simon Round, March 8, 2012

Raid on Entebbe was one of no fewer than three films rushed out in the aftermath of the audacious Israeli rescue of passengers hijacked by Palestinian terrorists on an Air France plane en route to Paris in 1976.

The mission, carried out by elite Israeli troops, was meticulously planned, well timed and brilliantly executed.

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Interview: Richard Symons

By Simon Round, March 8, 2012

Yasir Arafat was never very convincing on television. His English was always thickly accented and halting, his ever-present smile looked insincere and the military uniform he wore, allied to his diminutive height, made him appear slightly ridiculous.

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The lessons we've learned as teachers

By Simon Round, March 2, 2012

Susy Stone

Educated at Henrietta Barnet School in north London and graduated in French from London University. She taught at JFS and later became headteacher of Bell Lane Primary School in Hendon and the Akiva School in Finchley.

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TV Review: Two Jews on a Cruise

By Simon Round, March 1, 2012

Last year, Paddy Wivell made A Hasidic Guide to Love, Marriage and Finding a Bride which was accused by many in Stamford Hill of fundamentally misrepresenting the community. Now, Wivell is back with the sequel, which takes two of the "characters" from the previous documentary, Gaby and Tikwah Lock, and follows them on a Mediterranean cruise.

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Review: Leon the Pig Farmer

By Simon Round, February 23, 2012

It is a sad indictment of the British-Jewish movie sub-genre that this 1993 comedy is still touted as the finest of its kind.

Back then, I guess British Jews were happy that someone had seen fit to make a comedy about them, despite the fact that the plot was slight, the acting so-so and the jokes strained. It is basically a one-gag film.

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Interview: Thomas Buergenthal

By Simon Round, February 23, 2012

Thomas Buergenthal believes in justice. This is not just heartwarming but remarkable because this is a man who has witnessed some of the most depraved behaviour in human history.

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Piling on pounds to lose weight

By Simon Round, February 17, 2012

Lately, I have become rather obsessed with the progress of a random bloke on a diet in America.

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Review: Adam Resurrected

By Simon Round, February 16, 2012

This may not be the best film ever made about the Holocaust but it is almost certainly the most surreal.

Based on Israeli novelist Yoram Kaniuk's 1968 best-seller, Adam Resurrected, it is a kind of post-Holocaust One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with a little Catch 22 and some magical realism thrown in for good measure.

Jeff Goldblum plays the multi-talented but traumatised camp survivor, Ada

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Interview: Naomi Richards

By Simon Round, February 16, 2012

Amother bringing up two primary school-aged children will have plenty of problems to solve. How are the kids getting on at school? Are they making friends? Do they have issues with anger or frustration?

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Who's who in the $90b mega-merger

By Simon Round, February 9, 2012

This week mining company Xstrata and commodity traders Glencore announced what has been described as a mega-merger, worth in the region of $90 billion.

The two companies may have a new relationship but the respective bosses go back a long way.

Mick Davis, the chief executive of Xstrata and his counterpart, Ivan Glasenberg, both South African Jews, originally met at the University of Witwater

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TV review: Toni and Rosi

By Simon Round, February 3, 2012

Even without the Nazis, the story of pianists Toni and Rosi Grunschlag would have made compelling viewing. Filmed over 18 years by Will Wyatt and Todd Murray, we saw the sisters at home and abroad, both playing and reminiscing

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The Cranleigh

By Simon Round, February 2, 2012

I knew there was a preponderance of water in the Lake District but what I did not realise was that there were lakes in the middle of the road.

Ok, maybe not lakes but certainly ponds big enough to make driving into the resort of Bowness on Windermere the sort of journey to be undertaken in an amphibious vehicle rather than a Vauxhall Astra.

It was an unusually inclement time to visit – the

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Interview: Daniel Sieberg

By Simon Round, February 2, 2012

Daniel Sieberg's wife used to have a nickname for him. She called him "glow worm" because every night when the lights were off, his face was always illuminated by some kind of screen.

She began to get frustrated by her husband's compulsive online behaviour. He would be on social networking sites or surfing the internet and their relationship began to suffer.

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Interview: Zoe Strimpel

By Simon Round, January 26, 2012

Like many people at the start of the year, Zoe Strimpel is on a diet. However, for her it is not the cakes and pastries which are being rationed but rather men.

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Radio review: The Hidden Graves of the Holocaust

By Simon Round, January 25, 2012

There is of course a mountain of evidence to support the fact that the Nazis murdered upwards of six million Jews during the Second World War.

However, there are still people who deny the Holocaust, which is pretty much akin to people denying the existence of the Pacific Ocean.

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Successful parenting? She's discovered le secret

By Simon Round, January 20, 2012

Anyone who has ever attempted to dine out with a toddler in tow will know that it can be a stressful experience. Small children have a tendency to shout loudly, to refuse to eat unfamiliar foods, and occasionally to jettison unwanted items on the laps of people at neighbouring tables.

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Storyville Survivors: My Friend Sam - Living For the Moment

By Simon Round, January 20, 2012

In some respects, Sam Frears is very fortunate. Sam - the son of film director Stephen Frears - is popular, has a wide circle of friends, including the writer Alan Bennett, is bright, ambitious, has a sharp sense of humour and no money worries.

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Interview: Bennett Arron

By Simon Round, January 19, 2012

Bennett Arron is used to being in a minority of one. As a boy growing up just outside the Welsh steel town of Port Talbot he was the only Jew in the village.

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L'Chaim! Time not to detox

By Simon Round, January 13, 2012

January is traditionally the month when the nation attempts to clear its collective hangover and contemplates abstaining from drink for a little while.

This year, the government has got involved. It has launched an alcohol awareness campaign and is now advising that we all abstain from drinking for at least two days a week.

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