Written by me

March 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

Have you got the Jewish Chronicle?” I always loudly ask in London newsagents. I like to do my bit for interfaith relations… never the “JC” for me. But when I said it last weekend, all I got was a blank stare and guttural muttering, in…

February 5, 2013 at 9:20 am

I was sipping a rum punch, looking down on billionaires' yachts from the terrace of a house in Antigua. I can't pinpoint the exact moment the conversation at lunch moved from yachts to 9/11 but I suddenly found myself saying heatedly to the other guests:…

January 2, 2013 at 9:19 am

Last Friday, my daughter Lily and I flew to Rangoon. We were met by our bowing, smiling driver: "My name is Bon; James Bon!" he said, laughing uproariously. I opened my itinerary. "Tourists may be followed by plain-clothes officers for the first few days." "Bon,…

November 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

I'm starting my own Middle East diversionary tactic today in the hope that this might restore some sense of proportion to the newspapers' front pages. And here is Rosengard's Breaking News Headline: Saudi Arabia has dirty fridges. In an international study of nine countries, 95…

October 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Alert regular readers of this monthly column, will I'm sure have noticed that it recently celebrated its third anniversary. Now, I know that compared to the Arab Spring..the US elections the civil war in Syria and the nuclear threat posed by Iran, not to mention…

October 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Last Saturday I had to fly to New York. At six that evening I was in a cab heading from JFK into Manhattan, when the driver said "The Tornado is due at 9pm." He said it like a waiter saying "your breakfast will be with…

October 23, 2012 at 9:14 am

Alert readers will have noticed that my column recently celebrated its third anniversary. This didn't escape the eagle eye of our editor - and you can imagine my delight when the big man himself had breakfast with me in a leading hotel (OK, Claridge's). "I've…

September 19, 2012 at 9:13 am

Last Saturday, I flew to New York. At 6pm I was in a cab from JFK into Manhattan, when the driver said: "The tornado is due at 9pm." He said it like a waiter saying, "your eggs will be with you in five minutes." "What!!?"…

August 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

London Olympic conversation number one, in a taxi. "Going to the Games?" I ask the cabbie. "No mate… I've got no tickets," he said sadly. Did you apply for any tickets? "No, I didn't" "You know something? I think there's a connection here," I said.…

August 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

London Olympic conversation number one, in a taxi. "Going to the Games?" I ask the cabbie. "No mate… I've got no tickets," he said sadly. Did you apply for any tickets? "No, I didn't" "You know something? I think there's a connection here ," I…