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Ole! Simon joins in joke

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: Simon Johnson’s Facebook post. For those who don’t know, he is on the left

JEWISH Telegraph columnist and Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson took a humorous approach to a 10-year challenge, which sees people posting photos of themselves on Facebook 10 years apart.

After it was pointed out to Manchester-born Simon that he resembles Manchester United’s caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, he posted the above photos.

At least he didn’t take it as an insult, as Simon supports Leeds United — who are arch-rivals of the 20-time Premier League champions.


Eurovision prices are out of tune

EUROVISION fans in Israel are making a song and dance about the price of the event.

For the grand finale on May 18, tickets start at a whopping £240 — for the cheapest seat.

A spot in the ‘golden ring’ will cost £320 and a space closest to the stage will cost £360.

The most pricey ticket isn’t even in view of the space; one of the 1,500 spots in the ‘green room VIP section’ — where contestants wait between performances — will cost £420.

Fans may have to settle for a spot at one of the two semis — on May 14 and 16 — although they’ll have to shell out between £160 and £260 to attend.

Even watching a rehearsal will cost up to £260.

Sounds as if watching on TV is the cheapest option!


Rest in peace, Dr Legg

BBC soap EastEnders said goodbye to its Jewish character on Tuesday.

The programme featured the Jewish funeral of Dr Legg, who appeared in the first-ever episode in 1985.

His coffin was covered with a cloth embroidered with a Star of David, a yahrzeit candle was lit and mourners wore yarmulkes.

Legg, played by Jewish actor Leonard Fenton, returned to the show last year almost 20 years after his retirement from the series.

In the most recent storyline, Legg visited his parents’ graves, only to find them defaced with swastikas and graffiti. He confronted the culprits, but a swastika was painted on his front door.

During his deathbed scene last week, Legg’s friend, Dot Cotton, showed him a video of clashes from 1936 between the fascist Blackshirts in London and a large crowd of Jewish and anti-fascist protesters.

According to the show’s storyline, it was during that march that the doctor met his wife, Judith.

May his memory be a blessing.

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