A very English evening.
We went out and had fish and chips at our local kosher eatery - packed just before Pesach. Actually fish and chips is partly an invention of the Jews and partly Irish. The fish (usually eaten cold) was prepared in advance by Portuguese Jews and fried - perfect for Shabbat when you couldn't cook. And the Irish bit was the chips, apparently.
Then we came back and watched a DVD of The Queen, which the Israelis have been raving about and which neither of us had managed to get around to before.
Funnily enough, about two months ago I met a Christian Arab girl on a bus going from Jerusalem to Haifa. She told me she is studying English at the Hebrew University, but lives in a Druze village adjacent to Haifa. Please access this blurb, which I have just translated from Hebrew for the Haifa Tourist Board and which I see that they have put up on their site.
Her ambition is to study for a PhD at Oxford (actually, quite a few Israeli Arabs want to do that, I find) and she said I looked just like Helen Mirren.
Feeling terribly flattered, I remonstrated and protested that perhaps she hadn't met many English women before and I was correct in my assumption.
But till yesterday I hadn't seen The Queen and although Helen Mirren came over as dignified and certainly regal, I had in mind quite a number of her earlier films, the subject matter of which was of a quite different nature.
But to this young student, Helen Mirren is beauty personified and although I don't think I look anything like her, at least the real Queen can take comfort from the fact that although the film is near the bone in many ways, to at least one of her fans in a faraway land, she represents all that is best about England.
Whatever the intentions of the film-makers.
And then after that, we switched on Question Time and were amazed to see Lord Carey, who, in our view, stole the show.
What a pity that there was nothing about Israel on the programme, because if one person could have dealt with that thorny subject in a humane and personable way, it would have been him.