Tracy-Ann Oberman

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Tracy-Ann Oberman
Registered: 8 January 2009

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He's been at the Jinn and tonic

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, July 10, 2014

Sorcery and witchcraft and Jews. It's a cultural and religious obsession, isn't it? I don't know about you, but once my Shabbat chicken is in the oven, I like to take out my cauldron and concoct some noxious brew worthy of the Three Weird Women in Macbeth. Mr O refers to this as my attempt at cholent. But he's wrong.

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Friday's family fortunes

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, June 12, 2014

Of all the TV programmes I'm involved with, the one that gives me most pleasure is Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner, in which I play Auntie Val. The programme follows the weekly exploits of two 20-something (acting 12) Jewish sons at their parents' home every Friday night for their chicken and crumble.

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Give us all a proper education

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, May 16, 2014

It's amazing to think that the female of the species could ever be referred to as the "weaker sex". But I concede, it is a confusing time to be a woman.

In a week when the army is considering allowing women on the front line, yet women approaching 50 form the largest growth in the unemployment figures, I attended the Jewish Care Woman Of Distinction ceremony.

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My Purim film, starring Madonna and Bar Refaeli

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, March 21, 2014

In the desire to fill my column with positive Jews’ stories (in the face of so many miserable ones) I see that Purim rated very favourably in the secular awareness count this year.

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Secret of a full-house synagogue

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, February 21, 2014

I recently went back to the theatre to see a show not once, but twice. Yes, I loved it that much.

A British theatre company called Punch Drunk has created a spectacular piece of theatre that originally opened in a disused building near Paddington Station for a few months and has now extended its booking period into a year. How have they achieved what other companies can only dream about?

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Reading, writhing, arguing...

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, January 23, 2014

I’m one of the guests on A Good Read this week. It’s one of BBC Radio 4’s longest-running programmes. Two guests join the presenter to discuss their favourite book. It’s a great show as the reviews are conflictingly honest and it usually ends with a bit of argy-bargy when one participant forcefully justifies their choice of book to the others.

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The season of love and rejoicing

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, January 17, 2014

So every woman and her dog are going to be writing about Christmas and the like this week.

I promised myself that I would not fall into this trap. I'd offer up something ribald and mirthful on a completely different topic. Such as house plants. Or the halachic meaning of forgetting to complete one's tax return.

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The miracle of Chanucah is that, now, everyone knows about it

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, November 29, 2013

It’s Chanukah again, folks. And, yes, that’s the way we spell it in our household. The chanukiot have a temporary home by the pond in Hampstead Heath, alongside Golders Green Station, and pride of place on our mantelpiece. My daughter is bleating for doughnuts, gelt and every Moxie doll she sees on television.

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Go for it, Paula, you go, girl

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, November 1, 2013

It’s the time of year when the batmitzvah invitations start arriving. We have received four, propped up on the mantelpiece looking pretty in an array of matching black, white and fuschia. I love a batmitzvah when a “daughter of commandment” is now responsible for her decisions and actions in life .

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The real recipe for a sweet New Year

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, September 4, 2013

I’m back from filming in Lisbon, Manchester and the Cotswolds while also managing to party in Spain and Venice with family and friends.

It’s been a truly great summer, with too much alcohol and late nights in the bag. So it feels fitting that the time has come to return to Good Old Blighty and face a spot of redemptive praying on the Days Of Awe.

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A gorgeous baby — canine hora

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, July 3, 2013

Call the florists, send the chocolates, maybe knit a small jumper. Mazal tovs are in order this week because Maison Oberman has a new little addition to its numbers. And he is gorgeous. He has his father's black soulful eyes, his mothers thick luxurious hair and a cute teddy-bear button nose like his sister.

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Children damaged by image

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, May 28, 2013

There are certain news moments that never leave you. They get under the skin and worm right through to the core. I don't think many of us have ever come back from seeing those images of the plane going into the second tower and the ensuing horror of 9/11.

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Love and lost sleep in Geneva

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, April 29, 2013

Sometimes, inspiration comes in the least likely places. I've just finished a crazy, round-the-world, film-work trip that saw me, in the space of 10 days, pass through three time zones and four countries. The sun rose and set over Spain, London, New York, Vancouver, Toronto and Geneva. Geneva, the last place on earth I expected to find enlightenment and yet it came to pass.

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Pyramids and Nanny McPhee

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, March 29, 2013

Pesach again. My, but it comes round quickly. I’ve just done the Passover story at my little daughter’s school. She (aka “Princess O”) goes to a secular school and every year I try to find a different way of telling the pupils the tale of Moses, Pharaoh, the Ten Plagues and the Exodus from Egypt.

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From the Gorgeous to the glam

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, March 5, 2013

I have been in Los Angeles this week at the rock face of the entertainment industry having meetings, talking projects but mainly throwing myself on the grenade of endeavour by attending nearly every Oscars party going.

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