It wasn’t all bad
The world’s oldest man has finally celebrated his bar mitzvah, a century late. Israel Kristal was born in Poland in 1903, and missed the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony because his 13th birthday fell in the middle of the First World War; he later survived Auschwitz. When he turned 113 this year, his family decided it was time to hold the ceremony: on the big day last month, his children, grandchildren and nearly 30 great-grandchildren gathered at his home in Israel. More than 150,000 people braved the rain to give Team GB’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes a heroes’ welcome in Manchester on Monday. Following their record-breaking performances and extraordinary medal haul in Rio, 400 athletes – including Jessica Ennis-Hill, the Brownlee brothers, Nicola Adams (pictured) and Max Whitlock – travelled through the city on floats, cheered on by a huge crowd. The parade ended in Albert Square, where the sports stars massed on stage, before attending a private meeting with PM Theresa May. There was a smaller parade in London the following day. An elderly woman who slipped in the bath, and spent four days stuck in the tub, was rescued thanks to the vigilance of a waitress in her local café. Sonia Congrave, who works at Tomassi’s in Southend, became concerned when Doreen Mann, 87, stopped coming in for her regular cup of tea; she alerted the police, who sent officers to Mrs Mann’s house. The pensioner had survived by drinking from the tap and covering herself with towels to keep warm. Congrave has now bought her a mobile phone to avoid a repeat of the ordeal.