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Feature Article

Abu Simbel Sun Festival- Aswan, Egypt. The Sun Temple of Ramses II

Ramses the bold, Ramses the fair, Ramses the great, Ramses who lived to be 96 had 200 wives and concubines, 96 sons and 60 daughters are but a few descriptions of this ruler of Ancient Egypt. Ramses was also known for his ingenious accomplishments in blending architectural and natural phenomena. The Abu Simbel Sun Festival is one of the worlds most tremendous and unique events to date.

Of the several buildings King Ramses II built, Abu Simbel is considered the most impressive. The Sun Temple has been sitting along the Niles banks since 1250 BC in southern Egypt, carved into the sandstone cliffs facing eastwards.

The first thing you will notice is the facade of the temple with the four 108 feet high colossal statues of Ramses guarding the entrance way, which leads into a grand hall separating into two smaller treasury rooms. Further into this labyrinth will take you to the Hypostyle hall filled with flowered pillars and scenes of the Kings family, deeper still leads you to where the natural phenomenon takes place. The inner most chapel is where stands the statues of the four main universal gods Ra, Amun, Ptah and Ramses II to whom the temple is dedicated.

It was oriented by King Ramses II so that the rays of the rising sun would light up the statues of the gods twice a year. The Solstices' occurrence commemorates Ramses II’s ascension to the throne (22nd February )and his birthday (22nd October).

Crowds pack into the chapel before the dawn breaks and watch the shafts of light slowly creep 200 feet inside the temple to eventually illuminate the statues in an awe-inspiring display. Funnily enough all but the statue of Ptah is lit up in golden rays, who was after all the god of darkness. After the spectacle the crowds join in celebrations outside of music, dancing, eating, drinking, markets and fun. Of course this is not the high point of the day, as it would be almost impossible to top natures synthesis with human ingenuity, but a nice way to mingle with a culture as ancient as the suns warming rays.

News ...Egypt


Egypt tourist arrivals up despite attacks

Number of tourist arrivals increases by 6% in 2005 despite string of deadly attacks in past 18 months.

CAIRO - The number of tourists who travelled to Egypt increased by six percent in 2005 despite a string of deadly attacks over the past 18 months, the top-selling state-owned daily Al-Ahram reported Thursday.

Quoting figures from the tourism ministry, the newspaper said the number of tourist arrivals reached 8.6 million, up from 8.1 million the previous year. Germany provided the most visitors with 979,000, ahead of Russia, Britain and Italy.

The strongest increase was recorded among British visitors, whose number rose 53 percent in 2005.


AVEX 2006: Second expo March 7-10 2006

The organizing company prepare for AVEX 2006, held in March 7-10, 2006.

The organizers of the exhibition expect that the participants will increase by 30%, thanks to a large number of international companies that will participate for the first time. Sponsors of the exhibition are the Ministry of Civil Aviation and its subordinate companies, and they are all doing their best, through offering all facilitations, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, the Governorate of South Sinai, and a large number of hotels and tourist establishments in Sharm El Sheikh.







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Whats on... Around Egypt

International Egyptian Marathon

Luxor- 17 Feb 2006 (annual)
Attracting around 2000 long-distance runners from more than 36 countries, the International Egyptian Marathon is the only official event of its kind in the country. It takes place annually in the city of Luxor, run along the famous ancient monuments of the West Bank and through the sugar cane fields of the local farmers.

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Abu Simbel Festival

Abu Simbel Temple, Abu Simbel- Feb 2006 (various dates)
Ramses II, in a fit of precision and despotic architectural egotism, carefully angled his temple at Abu Simbel so that the inner sanctum would light up twice a year: once on the anniversary of his rise to the throne, and once on his birthday. The combination of human endeavour and natural phenomena provides what must be one of the most spectacular sights in the world.

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Body & Soul

Exercise to Reduce Stress

For many people, exercise is a main method of reducing stress and promoting relaxation. One of the benefits of regular aerobic exercise is its moderating effect on emotions, both long-term and short-term. If you feel angry or upset, a brisk walk or run or a half hour of lifting weights will often put you back in a good mood. While exercise is a great way to burn up excess energy and dissipate tension, it does not necessarily teach you how to process stress differently, and is best used as a complement to another technique, such as breathing, visualization or yoga, for instance. Yoga is an excellent promoter of relaxation as well as a good form of non-aerobic body conditioning. It perfectly complements aerobic exercise.

Reduce Your Stress - Be Positive

Did you know pessimism has been linked to a higher risk of dying before age 65? On the other hand, expressing positive emotions, such as optimism, is associated with a variety of health benefits: lowered production of the stress hormone cortisol, better immune function, and reduced risk of chronic diseases. If you are stressed-out or anxious, and tend to become negative when in this state of mind, try the following:

Take care of yourself by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and getting adequate sleep.
Express your emotional reactions honestly so you can effectively deal with what's bothering you.
Confide in someone - your mate, a good friend or a trusted relative.
View the cup as half full instead of half empty.


Breathing exercises are a wonderfully effective way to reduce stress, regulate mood, and feel energized. One way to promote deeper breathing and better health is by exhaling completely. Try it: take a deep breath, let it out effortlessly, and then squeeze out a little more. Doing this regularly will help build up the muscles between your ribs, and your exhalations will naturally become deeper and longer. Start by practicing this exhalation exercise consciously, and eventually it will become a healthy, unconscious habit.

Learning to Relax

Often taught in conjunction with yoga and exercise classes, progressive relaxation is a simple and effective method of releasing tension in muscles. Though approaches vary, this is the most common technique:

  • Lie on your back in a comfortable position.
  • Take a series of deep slow breaths and focus your awareness on different parts of the body in turn, becoming aware of any muscular tension and releasing it. Start with the front of the body, tensing and relaxing the muscles of the upper face, then moving on to the jaw, neck, chest, front of the arms, abdomen, thighs, lower legs, feet and toes. Then, do the same down the back of the body.
  • Finally, lie still with your eyes closed, concentrating on your breath and enjoying the feeling of peace and freedom from tension.

You can easily incorporate progressive relaxation into your daily routine. Experiment with it at work (try it sitting), on airplanes, or whenever you feel tense!








Parents & Kids

One of the greatest fears that nursing mothers have is the fear of being bitten. While some breast-fed babies do occasionally bite, it is a fairly easy problem to deal with, and should not threaten the success of the breast-feeding relationship.
  1. Remove your baby from your breast gently, and say "Don't bite Mama!" or "Don't hurt Mommy!" Put him down gently or hand him to someone else, then wait a minute or so before you start to nurse again. This will teach your baby that when he bites, the milk goes away.
  2. Repeat this procedure as often as necessary to get the message across. If necessary, calm your baby down by giving him a finger to suck on before you try relatching him.
  3. Prevent biting that happens early in a feeding. Does your baby bite out of eagerness or frustration, while trying to get your milk to let down? If so, you may be able to stimulate letdown by massaging your breasts just before a feeding or laying a warm washcloth on them for a few minutes.
  4. Prevent biting that happens late in a feeding. Does your baby bite near the end of a nursing session, when he gets sleepy and his latch starts to slip? If so, you may want to unlatch him slightly earlier than usual, after he has had a good meal but before he drops off altogether.
  5. Work on your baby's latch. If he is very young, he may still be learning how to nurse properly. It is fairly easy to retrain a baby's latch just by positioning and repositioning him until he gets it right.
  6. Check his breathing. If a baby has a cold or stuffy nose, this can affect his latch and even cause him to bite unintentionally.
  7. Check for signs of teething. Many babies occasionally bite when they begin teething; if your baby's gums seem inflamed, or he has bright red cheeks, or he is drooling more than usual, he may be starting to get teeth.
  8. Offer your baby something else to chew on before nursing, and in between feedings. Teething rings, frozen washcloths, and even your finger can be good substitutes.
  • Keep a finger near your baby's mouth so that you can unlatch him quickly and safely if you feel his jaw start to clamp down on your breast.
  • There are many teething remedies available, including pharmaceutical, natural and homeopathic versions. Consult a doctor, pharmacist or homeopathic practitioner for details, as well as asking other mothers what has worked best for them.
  • React firmly, but calmly. If you shriek, scream or push your baby away when you are bitten, it is very possible that your baby may go on a nursing strike and refuse to nurse altogether, because he associates nursing with loud noises or discomfort. This can lead to early weaning and to emotional trauma for mother and baby.
  • If you are trying to retrain your baby's latch, work on it when he is not frantic with hunger. Offer him the breast when he seems calm and alert, a little while before you expect him to be really hungry.
  • Try not to use teething remedies that numb your baby's mouth right before a feeding ' they can interfere with his ability to latch on.






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Salad from Capri

This salad obviously originates from the island of Capri, where they have great weather and the tomatoes and basil are absolutely fantastic, so try to get hold of the best ingredients you can.

  • 4 x 150g balls of buffalo mozzarella
  • 2 handfuls of good mixed ripe tomatoes, of different shapes and sizes
  • the white of 1 spring onion, very finely sliced
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • good-quality herb vinegar

for the dressing

  • a big handful of fresh basil leaves
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil


First make your dressing. Keeping a few leaves aside for later, roughly chop the basil and pound with a good pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar. Add a splash of oil and stir it in to make a lovely smashed basil dressing.

Carefully tear the mozzarella on to a large serving plate. Chop the tomatoes roughly into chunks and dress in a bowl with the spring onion, some olive oil, a little herb vinegar and some salt and pepper. Place the tomatoes in and around the mozzarella and drizzle the basil sauce over the top. Sprinkle with the reserved basil leaves and serve.






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