Rabbi Lionel Blue's 85th birthday [L laughing with the vicar]. He was a regular contributor to the programme back then and he was quietly funny, modest and compassionate. His anecdotes hinged on simple things: kindness, the dissipation of anger, honesty, grief. Hearing him often made me feel a little less ashamed to be human. You can catch him on youtube: 1) talking about finding compassion among quakers which led him from being a young, angry, confused and self-absorbed gay man to become a rabbi - indeed the first openly gay rabbi in Britain. The sound isn't great but the heart is big - make this your must-hear for the weekend. 2) about fluffing one of his T4tDs. Here's one of his jokes: "Be warned by this minister who had to sit in a train next to a drunk reading a newspaper. ‘What’s gout?’ the drunk suddenly shouted. The minister saw his chance for a quick conversion. ‘Gout’, he said, ‘is a disease brought on by booze, gluttony and sex.’ ‘Well,’ said the drunk, ‘it says here that the bishop’s got it.’ "