Monthly Archives: March 2007

Wretched-rendum*

In case anybody was in any doubt as to where to tick. (Photo courtesy of al Jezeera it would seem via Sandmonkey) Taxi drivers’ genetic predisposition to hold forth on issues of our time seems to have made them terribly … Continue reading

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Boys in blue

I read the world’s most depressing article the other day, entitled ‘Policemen have rights too!’ which made me want to hug a copper and then chuck myself off a bridge. Egyptian policemen are not exactly flavour of the month here … Continue reading

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Caring for the environment

Continuing my adventures with Egyptian bobular song, tonight I witnessed the magnificent Bahaa Sultan hold court in Heliopolis’ Baron Palace. For those of you not familiar with your Egyptian singers, Bahaa is the one who instructs people to stand when … Continue reading

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Demon-stration

I interrupted the increasingly tedious home – office, office – home daily routine by attending a demonstration this evening in the ironically named Liberation Square (viva la revolucion.) Only-in-Egypt hints of a demonstration were on display immediately; packs of stationary … Continue reading

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MSN conversation a waste of time? Pah!

In our continued efforts to amuse ourselves while seated at a desk, Forsooth suggested and I seconded the idea of Ear Throwing, a space where you, dear friends, share with the world the bonkers stuff you overhear in Egypt for … Continue reading

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Language exchange/Daddy how are your eggs

Scene:Amnesiac and colleague Slick Riches are in the office. Amnesiac is perfecting the art of using MSN whilst appearing to do work, a skill which requires quick-fire reactions and lightning flicking between windows abilities. Slick is slouched, smoking, and staring … Continue reading

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Swings and roundabouts no.3

Good thing about riding in taxis: The driver bears a strong resemblance to Hany Salama, but is better-looking and is sans the mad stare. Bad thing about riding in taxis: Taxi Hany’s taxi is in a lamentable state of disrepair, … Continue reading

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Brought to book

This weekend was a fabulous whirl of an unprecedented amount of social engagements and intellectual and alcoholic stimulation. Things started shakily however as, on Friday afternoon, I spotted a middle-aged couple in Zamalek who were not only riding his and … Continue reading

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Trouble triptych

I find most aspects of being a functioning adult challenging, particularly: 1. Interpersonal relationships of almost any kind2. Currency conversions3. Remembering to smile during encounters with other people, or at least not look pathologically aggressive4. Getting beyond ‘I’m fine thanks,’ … Continue reading

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What is CoQ10

Golly, beards have computers too!

Read this article and the comments below. The author is apparently astonished that the MB is using the internet – maybe he thought that their beards dangle down on their keyboards and interfere with their typing. The comments were marvellous … Continue reading

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