Last call for the Muckle Flugga lighthouse keeper

Column for JN May 10 2019 Here we are, in a parallel universe. It’s 2012 and the Olympics are being staged in London — an event that you might imagine attracts global media attention. All is going swimmingly, until the Faroe Islanders, in a fit of pique, start aiming weaponry at Caithness and Shetland. Well, […]

  • 8 May, 2019

Divide and rule

For the Jewish News April 12 2019 Something murky is going on in Stamford Hill. It seems there are three main issues swirling around the strictly-Orthodox community, although it’s easy enough to imagine that it’s all one ongoing row. One is the argument about whether or not parents should vaccinate their children, in light of […]

  • 12 April, 2019

How Uri Geller brought joy to millions

Column JN March 24 2019 by Jenni Frazer I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling in great need of cheering up, what with all kind of scaremongering stories about Brexit and having to take critical decisions as to whether to run down food before Pesach or stockpile like mad for Brexit. Loo rolls, by […]

  • 29 March, 2019

We will decide when it’s time to talk

Column for Jewish News February 12 2019 Last week, as if she didn’t have enough on her plate, the MP Luciana Berger was gently exhorting people to observe Time To Talk Day, an initiative relating to mental health, her special interest. It struck me that “time to talk” might be a useful mantra for some […]

  • 12 February, 2019

Why fish smells from the head

Column JN February 1 2019 by Jenni Frazer I have reached the stage where every time I even so much as see a picture of the Labour leader, I am obliged hurriedly to turn the page. For me, Jeremy Corbyn has become the equivalent of an extremely treife recipe in a glossy cookery book. Nothing […]

  • 31 January, 2019

Reasons to be cheerful, one, two, three, four!

Column JN January 18 2019 by Jenni Frazer Traditionally — which in marketing-speak actually means something made up in the last five years — this is the bleakest week of the year. It’s the week when all the holiday overspending catches up with people, nobody has yet been paid, and January feels like the longest […]

  • 14 January, 2019

A teaspoon of loving kindness

Column JN for January 4 2019 by Jenni Frazer Of the many “me with” pictures and remembrances in the wake of the death of Israel’s acclaimed author, Amos Oz, a few stand out for me. One is a shot of a young and happy Barbra Streisand with Oz, two beautiful people, full of life and […]

  • 31 December, 2018

A new kind of address in Jo’burg. Good grief.

For the Jewish News December 10 2018 Hallo, gentle reader. Work with me on this, please, because a little bit of imagination is required here. Imagine, if you would, that, say, Westminster Council decides to do a little bit of road-name overhauling. Its councillors look at relatively innocuous thoroughfares such as Oxford Street — and […]

  • 10 December, 2018

Just answer the questions

Column for Jewish News November 2018 Thanks to what a friend of mine calls “the orange poltroon” in the White House, being a journalist has never felt tougher. The atmosphere is toxic in every country, from America to Russia, from Britain to — of course — Israel. And before readers say, aw, diddums, if you […]

  • 6 December, 2018

Words and weasels

When is an apology not an apology? And what do we want an apology to say, exactly? What qualifies as weasel words, and what is absolutely genuine? Sometimes an apology can be obviously heartfelt and thus will be accepted. I’m thinking of the apology given by the Labour MP for Bradford West, Naz Shah, after […]

  • 15 November, 2018