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Yoga, An Auction, Fireworks and A Court Case

This week's amble through the archives brings up some of the more offbeat moments in JC history...

    ‘Everything that is fit to print’ can give us a laugh sometimes. So take a few minutes to let go of the stress and relax with The Jewish Chronicle of many years ago.

    March 15, 1963. The following short paragraph appears on the front page of the Jewish Chronicle:

    HEADY EXPERIENCE
    From a Correspondent,TEL AVIV,

    Following a concert by Mr. Yehudi Menuhim at
    Ein Gev, near Tiberias, attended by Mr. Ben-Gurion, the Israeli Premier and the
    violinist returned to their hotel where, to the astonishment of onlookers, Mr.
    Menuhim doffed his tailcoat and Mr. Ben-Gurion took off his battle-dress
    jacket — and..both then stood on their heads.

    This followed a discussion
    of Yoga exercises of which both men are keen exponents.

    Less newsy, but quite funny if you think about it, is the following (3rd June 1938):

    HOME FOR JEWISH
    INCURABLES
    A boxing tournament was
    held at the Stadium Club, Holborn, on Monday night, in aid of the East London
    Aid Society of the Home and Hospital for Jewish Incurables.

    An auction was conducted
    during the interval by Mr. Moss Deyong, and realised £180.

    A Scotch
    salmon, 26 dressing gowns and a basket of fruit were presented to the Home
    after being auctioned.

    Altogether, the Home will
    benefit to the extent of nearly £800. Mr. Sam Russell organised the boxing.

    Though the question is, of-course, what were the people bidding for if the prizes were presented to the Home?

    And in July, 1933 we have the wonderful though short description of the Arab Fair in Jerusalem.

    At the time, both the Arabs and the Jews had Fairs to show their economic and cultural advances. In 1933, the Arab Fair was held in Jerusalem.

    THE FAIR
    The Arab Fair is now being
    held in Jerusalem.

    It was opened on a Friday—the Moslem Sabbath—by Musa Kazem
    Pasha Al-Husseini, and one of the unique features was,a fireworks display at ten o'clock in the morning.

    The booms of the rockets
    were heard, but their pyrotechnic colours were not seen.

    And finally, a bit of news for all of us whose ancestors changed names at whim to make more business (18th July 1930):

    THE MONEYLENDER'S
    NAME
    At the Whitechapel County
    Court on Wednesday, Judge Cluer (to a moneylender plaintiff) asked :
    What is
    your name?

    Plaintiff: Russell.

    The Judge: How long has
    that been?

    Plaintiff: Eight years.
    (Laughter.)

    The Judge : What
    before?

    Plaintiff: Rosenbaum. (Laughter.

    The Judge: That is what we
    have to put up with. . .
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