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La policía francesa recupera el reloj de Rafa Nadal (French police recovers Nadal’s watch)

Actually I didn’t know that he’d lost his watch at Roland Garros.
How embarrassing for France. Then again, Nadal must not have paid attention to keeping his expensive watch (€300k) safe either.

As the article says, he’d also lost a half-million euro worth watch at Toronto’s Masters 1000, which hadn’t been recovered.

I think a tennis player’s watch is a great target for thieves. He surely won’t wear in a match and leave it at the hotel. Is Nadal a bit too naive?

Oh, by the way, the stolen watch, which Nadal was wearing after his victory on Monday, was lent to the Spanish tennis sensation by the luxury brand Richard Mille for the competition! Oops Sorry Nadal. 🙂  Of course he doesn’t have to buy anything with his own money. He’s a famour superstar. That reminds me of Billy Mack’s quote from the movie ‘Love Actually’. He said in an interview after becoming a Christmas No 1 ” Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!’ HILARIOUS!!!

Aniway, the following is a full article from here.

El ladrón del cronógrafo, valorado en 300.000 euros, era uno de los empleados del hotel donde se alojaba el tenista español
La policía de París ha recuperado el reloj de lujo sustraído a Rafa Nadal en su hotel durante la disputa del torneo de Roland Garros. Un empleado del establecimiento donde se alojaba el campeón español ha confesado el robo a la policía.

Las investigaciones determinaron que el ladrón era este empleado del hotel gracias a que su propia tarjeta de identificación le situaba en el lugar del robo. La confesión llegó tras horas de interrogatorios. El ladrón llevó además a los agentes al lugar donde había escondido el cronógrafo, en una vía férrea al sur de París, muy cerca de su propio domicilio.

No es la primera vez que Nadal es víctima de un robo, ya que en septiembre de 2010 fue objeto del robo de otro reloj exclusivo, valorado en más de medio millón de euros mientras disputaba el Masters 1.000 de Toronto.


Challah Bread

I think it’s probably about 7-8 years ago.

One Friday morning, I went to a local bakery to get myself a bagel. There were quite a few Jewish people in the bakery and all of them were collecting bags of bread. They gave their names and the assistant went inside of the kitchen to get a white plastic bag of bread for them all.

I couldn’t see what was inside very clearly, but it was an oddly shaped loaf. I got intrigued and asked for the same (you know..like ‘THAT’ one please lol). She looked at me and asked if I had ordered already. I said I forgot to order and asked if she had anything extra left in the kitchen. She didn’t sound very convinced but told me that she would go in and check. Then, luckily she did have some extra. And I asked what this bread was called. She said it was called ‘Challah’ bread and only sold on Fridays on a pre-order basis.

Anyway, I was quite happy with my new discovery. I went to work and tried some of the bread that I accidentally bought. It looked pretty and tasted nice.  It tasted clean, simple, not sweet or salty. But you could tell it contained lots of eggs in the taste/smell and the colour. Its egg wash made the outside distinctively golden brown and gave a stronger egg smell. Depending on a day, this egg smell isn’t always pleasant I must admit. I’ve found a photo from google and done some research about this bread on the internet.


 According to Jewish tradition, the three Sabbath meals (Friday night, Saturday lunch, and Saturday late afternoon) and two holiday meals (one at night and lunch the following day) each begin with two complete loaves of bread. That’s why I could only see this bread on Fridays.

All Jewish family, which usually has 4-5 kids or more, need to have three meals out of challah bread, no wonder all Jewish mums and dads come collect bags of challah bread every Friday morning from the local bakery.

Traditional challah recipes use a large number of eggs, fine white flour, water, yeast, and sugar and must not contain either dairy or meat. Each single loaf is woven with six strands, both loaves have twelve which represent each tribe of Israel.

Since then, I’ve become a regular buyer of challah bread. The fact it’s not available every day and it must be baked at a kosher-certified place is quite attractive. Now one of my colleagues has become a fan of challah bread and buys it every Friday. I don’t think I will convert to Judaism, but I’m very happy to live in a place where I can come by lots of Kosher food.

You can click here to find more about challah bread.

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