When I was in Tzfat last month, I visited the gallery of the ‘Kosmic Kabbalah’ artist David Friedman.

We had a fascinating chat about Zohar and meditation, and I bought a poster of this painting of his.

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This video, entitled ‘Happy British Muslims’, makes me happy.

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I love a good headline.

Among my favourites of all-time are the New York Post’s ‘Headless Body In Topless Bar’, The Sun’s: ‘Super Calley Go Ballistic, Celtic Are Atrocious’, and the Daily Mirror’s 1998 headline above its photo of France’s jubilant Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit: ‘Arsenal Win The World Cup’.

I’ve written a lot of headlines myself during my career. I’m particularly proud of these:

Following my first trip to Israel in 2006, I wrote an article for Attitude magazine about gay life in Tel Aviv. My trip had been a day short of a week.

My headline: The Six Day Phwoar.

In my forthcoming book, I wrote a section about Barack Obama’s superstition to always play basketball on election day.

My headline: The Audacity of Hoops.

I once wrote an article about an underground nightclub that had recently reopened. One of the quirks of the club was that a live kestrel would be paraded around the venue.

My headline: More Kestrel Manoeuvres In The Dark.

Just the other day I wrote a news story about a whisky which David Beckham is endorsing.

My headline: Blend It Like Beckham.

Do you have a favourite headline of all-time? Alternatively, what would be your fantasy headline to wake up to tomorrow morning?

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On the opening page of the novel The Source, a man is looking out from a ship towards the dock at Haifa, in Israel.

He sees the ‘white Muslim mosque of Akko, the golden dome of the Bahai temple, and the brown battlements of the Catholic Carmelites’.

‘Just like the Jews,’ he says. ‘Denied religious liberty by all, they extend it to everyone.’

Happy weekend.

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‘All of the negative traits that you spot in others are merely a reflection of your own negative traits. Only by fixing yourself can you change others.’

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The quote is taken from The Power of Kabbalah, by Yehuda Berg.Thanks to Louisa for the image.

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I’m the Guest Speaker at Wizo’s Rebecca Sieff day on June 18. I’ll also be speaking at the Reading branch of Wizo on June 17.

I’ll be discussing, among other things, my recent trip to Israel with the charity. I always enjoy seeing the lovelies of Wizo!

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As I walked in for breakfast on my first morning at the Daniel hotel in Herzliya, one of the waiters ran up to me, all excited.

‘We hear you love shakshuka – so we are going to make you shakshuka!’ he told me.

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I thought I’d write about a song that changed my life when I was a student.

The Pogues’ Streets of Sorrow/ Birmingham Six is technically two songs tied together, but the first need not detain us long. A short, mournful acoustic piece from Terry Woods, Streets of Sorrow is pleasant but, in itself, forgettable.

But I’ll never forget the thundering fury of Birmingham Six. Shane MacGowan arrives like a feral dog from hell, spitting angry lyrics about the real-life injustice suffered by the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four, who were wrongly imprisoned in the 1970s after being framed for IRA pub bombings. 

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At dinner that night, they met Yoni Peres, the son of Israeli President Shimon Peres. “Wizo is a wonderful organisation for Israel,” he told them, adding that he had a particular British interest: “I support Chelsea.” 

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Aww come on, you didn’t really think I’d forgotten about the NaNachs, did you? 

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