Young Brian was amused by Jackie's and my struggles on the steep hillside paths, and the Captain's joke about rolling us both down the hillside to save time was very successful too - every single time he told it. We are all off to Monkey World tomorrow, weather permitting.
I am just coming to the end of Stephen G.Esrati's 'The Tenth Prayer'. I have been talking to him about it (via email) for some weeks now. He was held as a hostage in Beirut in 1948. The book is, in part, a fictionalised account of his experiences in the Irgun Zvai Leumi.