It wasn’t all bad

The Week Middle East - - News -

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.

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