Alisa wrote about Friday afternoon in Israel. The best bit is the afternoon shloff (sleep). Fridays aren’t the same if we have to stay awake for some reason. If some inconsiderate parents throw a kiddies birthday party commencing at 4 o’clock in the afternoon (or even before, grrrr), you’re going to get some very grumpy parents bringing their kids to the party!
I find there is much more “real news” on the radio on Shabbat than there used to be. They used to keep the news light and put in “positive” items. There’s just so much more happening, nowadays, and it’s stuff that can’t wait for the end of Shabbat.