Author Archives: Sarah Carr

Wondrous little shits

Children live in a world free of niceties or convention. Spending time with a single child is a bit like petting a semi feral cat, and being a in group of children is like walking through a safari park with … Continue reading

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What is your occupation

I am lucky enough to have been invited to the 2015 Palestinian Festival of Literature. Here is a despatch from days two and three. On Sunday the improbably named Ray Dolphin gave us a crash course on the occupation at … Continue reading

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Lego state

I am lucky enough to have been invited to the 2015 Palestinian Festival of Literature. Here is a despatch from day one. Israel happens so suddenly. There we were one moment on the coach in Amman. Our tour guide, Ruby, … Continue reading

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Past it

Which one are you?? I went to the Agricultural Museum in Dokki this week. it was my first visit despite the fact that it is approximately 4 minutes from my house. in fact the only time I have been inside … Continue reading

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Soad and Bardees

I have previously bored you several times with my musings on this blog about sexuality and notions of respectability, and now i am going to do it again. One of the Egyptian media’s favourite topics is female licentiousness presented in … Continue reading

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A walk through Tamer Hosny

  Tamer – back in the days when he did not possess the funds to deforest between his eyebrows – alongside his old mucker Shereen. As part of my interest in pop culture I have a minor obsession with Tamer … Continue reading

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An Interior Ministry runs through it

                Note: this is a patriotic felucca not the Nile Taxi. I used the Nile Taxi service for the first time yesterday. Boarding the boat involved two fights and the near arrest of … Continue reading

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Progress

There is no doubt some bloke sitting in some distant corner of Egyptian bureaucracy who genuinely believes that building a new capital city is the answer to Egypt’s problems. He’s probably the same genius who suggested building walls in downtown … Continue reading

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Cheesed off

I had a mildly sectarian incident caused by pasta on my flight to England. I had requested a vegan meal while booking my ticket online and knew even as I ticked the box on the website that the chances of … Continue reading

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He promised you a war

the worst thing you will ever see in your life At lunch yesterday with members of my family the subject inevitably briefly turned to ISIS. Some of them argued that the group is a foreign (intelligence service) creation, and one … Continue reading

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