Les arrived safe and sound in Haifa at 5.30 am. Everything went smoothly, especially at Ben Gurion. Airport personnel
were so keen to get away for the strike that luggage was already ready and waiting, passport control was efficient and speedy, and security a doddle for once.
Les travelled from Manchester via Frankfurt, which is cheaper than via London. He hadn't ordered a kosher meal from Lufthansa, but when he explained, they provided a spare business class: not treatment that you can expect from every airline.
We were once overbooked on a Dutch airline, so were put in business class, where I was offered a ham sandwich, there being nothing else available.
Luckily, I acted with dignity and said I quite understood, which I didn't, and the guy next to me said 'Thank goodness you aren't a Muslim'.
Talking about white lies, the last in the
series was broadcast last night and it was on this very subject.
What a hoot:
confessed to owing
and another guest stated that the
is a useful means of interacting with children.
Another guy had a go at Tony Blair over Iraq and that 'lie' about weapons of mass destruction, but
Canon Andrew White, Vicar in Iraq
has stated there were such weapons (well hidden of course) and that he supported both the war and the American part in it.
It's all in his book:
In rabbinic Judaism, as far as I know, and please correct me if I am wrong, you are allowed to lie only in cases of saving life, or to preserve
This means that you can say anything to your spouse in order to keep the marriage running smoothly.
Which is why I said to Les:
Thank goodness you made it only three hours before the strike
Thanks for the gorgeous vase from Prague
I've really missed you
But in my case, these weren't white lies, but the truth.