- A Confederacy of Dunces
- The Book Of Night Women
- This Book Will Save Your Life
- One Hundred Years of Solitude
- Tuesday's Gone (Frieda Klein, #2)
- Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others
- Things Fall Apart
- The Ogre's Embrace (Emerging Voices (Quartet))
- Who Will Run The Frog Hospital?
Monthly Archives: June 2007
I saw the man with the best schnozz in the oriental jazz business – Fathy Salama – yesterday evening, as part of the ‘Fathy Salama vs. Screwdriver Rock Project.’ This was a piece of school homework given to them all … Continue reading
While the joke about there existing two methods of time keeping, Greenwich Mean Time and Egyptian time, is a little tired , I nonetheless feel compelled to comment on the amazing precision with which Egyptians collectively turn up late to … Continue reading
The global phenomenon of enlightening the world through instant pontification on sundry matters – AKA blogging – has not escaped those with access to the internet in Egypt: the Egyptian Blog Ring, an inexhaustive directory of Egyptian blogs, lists 1481 … Continue reading
Amnesiac and her laptop are upstairs at Upstairs Auntie’s place.As Upstairs Auntie walks past she sees the picture of the great Alexandrian poet and bad spectacles-chooser Cavafy which crowns the last post.Upstairs auntie: [Squinting and frowning] Dah meen dah? [Who … Continue reading
Cavafy demonstrating that the legendary good taste in clothes possessed by gentlemen of a gay inclination does not extend to spectacles: an occurrence subsequently confirmed by Elton John and Yves Saint Laurent I am a complete philistine when it comes … Continue reading
AUC hosted a celebration – if that is the right word – of World Refugee Day on Friday, which was attended by assorted members of Cairo’s refugee communities, refugee organisation staff, a smattering of foreigners in athletic sandals and/or scarves … Continue reading
Above: Galileo, the father of modern astronomyAbove: Barry Manilow. Oh Mandy! Let it be known: Mishearing ‘Manilow’ (as in Barry) for ‘Galileo’ while vaguely listening to a programme on Renaissance astrology radically – if fleetingly – changes world perceptions.
Vile TV is currently showing an absolutely fantastic soap opera from two years back called Friska, a Dynasty type extravaganza following the fortunes of two rival families over the course of fifty years which has got me enthralled. It’s got … Continue reading
A friend of mine, let’s call her Shams, recently went to a doctor specialised in women’s complaints. Without wishing to conjure up too graphic an image, she had an intimate examination by the female doctor, and was suddenly surprised to … Continue reading
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Top 9 (rather than 10 – presumably because all conceivable variants on the spelling of Quran were exhausted) books in Fartbook’s Egypt network: 1. Harry Potter2. The Alchemist3. The Da Vinci Code4. Quran5. Holy Quran6. Angels and Demons7. Qur2an8. I … Continue reading