06/02/2006 Issue 159 Past Issues

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Feature Article

"No need to have a specific hour, day, month or year to smile to yourself and to everybody else for no reason, to smile just for expressing peace and friendship towards yourself and towards the rest of the world. That's why we chose today as the Smile Day to make a big smile of freindship and peace for you "
Red-sea.com& GPNET Team
Happy Smile Day
Original Smilies

Richard Ball, co-owner of an advertising and public relations firm in Worcester, designed the Smiley Face in 1963 to help ease the acrimonious aftermath following the merger of two insurance companies.

A vice president ordered a "friendship campaign" to ease tensions between the bickering workers and hired Richard Ball to come up with a suitable graphic for a button.

"I made a circle with a smile for a mouth on yellow paper, because it was sunshiny and bright," he recalled in a 1996 interview with The Associated Press. Turning the drawing upside down, the smile became a frown. Deciding that wouldn't do, Ball added two eyes and the Smiley Face was born.

Smiley Face creator Harvey Ball in his Worcester office in 1998.

"There are two ways to go about it," he said. "You can take a compass and draw a perfect circle and make two perfect eyes as neat as can be. "Or you can do it freehand and have some fun with it. Like I did," Ball said. "Give it character." Harvey Ball died in April 2001, survived by his wife and 3 kids.

Harvey Ball: Never in the history of mankind or art has any single piece of art gotten such widespread favor, pleasure, enjoyment, and nothing has ever been so simply done and so easily understood in art.

The Peace Symbol

The smiley face button fad took root in the early 1970s. Hot pink, orange and yellow smiley buttons. In September of 1970 (two Spanish brothers from Philly, Murray and Bernard Spain) were casting about for some peace-like symbol with general appeal, they recalled seeing the smiley faces floating around for years in the advertising business and thus created the Smiley Button. It was a huge hit. By the end of 1972 it was estimated that over 50 million buttons were sold


News ...

British Embassy Cairo: New Biometric British Passports
In February 2006, we will launch one of our most important counter-fraud initiatives, the biometric passport. Full production will be rolled out at the Embassy in Cairo between 19 & 23 February 2006.
The use of biometric information to link a person to a passport serves as a dual role. It:
  • helps in detecting counterfeit or manipulated documents, and
  • confirms the identity of the individual
The facial biometric will be derived from the applicant’s passport photo. We therefore require passport applicants to provide us with good quality photos from which we can capture a facial recognition biometric that meets all internationally agreed standards. This means that you must be looking straight ahead and directly at the camera when your photograph is taken. Passport applications may be delayed if the submitted photos do not meet our guidance.

What are biometrics?
Biometrics is the use of technology to read the unique biological features we each have. It represents the most advanced way of verifying an individual’s identity. Examples of biometric identifiers include facial recognition, fingerprints and iris recognition. The biometric data can be scanned and matched against information stored on a chip in for example a card or a passport.

How will facial biometrics work?
Facial recognition will map various features on the face, for example, the distances between eyes, nose, mouth and ears. The measurements will be digitally coded and held on an electronic chip secured in the passport page. This can then be used for comparison and verification purposes. We will be able to derive applicants’ facial biometrics from their passport photos.

What information will be stored on the chip?
The chip will store the passport holder’s digital photo and signature. Other personal details printed on the passport bio-data page will also be stored on the chip. The chip will complement the security features currently inherent in the ‘machine readable zone’ of the passport. The ‘machine readable zone’ will still be needed to ensure immigration desks can continue to use existing readers.
Do I need to upgrade my current passport?
Your current passport will remain valid until its expiry date. You will not need to exchange your passport for a biometric passport, but should apply for a new passport in good time as and when your current passport expires. It is best to allow 10 working days for a passport application.
We will do our best to avoid disruption during the week the new passport equipment is installed, but there is a possibility that we may have to offer a slightly reduced service. We will keep you informed if we have to do this.
You can find our information about this and other consular issues by visiting our website www.britishembassy.org.eg or telephoning the Embassy on (02)7940852 or by e-mail to consular.cairo@fco.gov.uk

Tighter regulations for Red Sea boats - and guests
New rules brought in by the Red Sea Association for Diving and Watersports have set stricter requirements for liveaboard and day diving charter boats, and the divers who holiday aboard them.

The rules cover ratios of dive guides to diving guests, surface cover, guide qualifications, guest experience and certification, and equipping of guides and guests alike.

They come in the wake of a number of diving incidents, culminating in a serious emergency last summer off the Brother Islands. A group of 12 divers, including a dive guide, were lost and drifted 26 miles during 13 hours in the sea.







El Gouna, The Red Sea's Premier Leisure Destination El Gouna, The Red Sea's Premier Leisure Destination

Whats on... Egypt

Hurghada International Festival
When:10 - 14 Feb 2006 (annual)
Where:Hurghada, Egypt

The Hurghada International festival is a five-day event featuring three sporting disciplines. It opens on 10 February with the second edition of the Hurghada Half Marathon, a 10km and 21km race run by over 200 participants. Then, on 12 February, the new 75km Mare Monti features international competitors running off-road between sea and mountains. On the final day spectators can see athletes taking on Egypt's first ever triathlon competition.

More Information...

Are you a survivor?

Have you ever had to deal with a life-threatening diving or other aquatic emergency? If so, you could feature in a new TV documentary series.

Researchers for the 10-part series are looking for extraordinary stories of human survival, and would like to hear about any diving, boating or general waterborne experiences that might fit the bill. The series is being made by an independent production company for Channel 4 and Discovery Channel.








Body & Soul

Discover the pleasure of « Naturel Movement of Life »
Meetings reserved to women of all ages ,only

True Well-Being

Simple and natural movements on expressive and varied musical tones, especially selected to rehabilitate(rediscover) your energy and joy to live. The methodology of « Naturel Movement of Life » is the Biodanza® System. Biodanza® aims to promote personal development and a richer enjoyment of life. It is based on universal laws which allow the conservation and evolution of life in a healthy way.

1- Why participate in a “Natural Movement of Life” workshop ?

  • To add more life to your life…
  • To feel more happy and more enthusiastic…
  • To improve your health
  • To get better response to the stress of modern life…
  • To reinforce your self-confidence
  • To harmonise your thoughts, your feelings and your actions
  • To create and maintain harmonious relationships with others…
  • To awake the consciousness of a universal solidarity and of the respect of all life forms…

2. Who should attend a “Natural Moment of Life” workshop and what does happen ?

  • All women, of any age.
  • No prior knowledge or physical aptitude is required.
  • Everyone makes the movement to its own fashion, alone, in a pair or in a group.
  • What impress most the participants is the pleasure and the facility with wich everybody let themselves move naturally and freely.

3. Where,when and how much is “natural Movement of Life” workshop ?

  • Near the Hotel la Perla, in a private function room, comfortable and with air-conditioning. (Toilets, showers)
  • Every Friday from 7 till 9h 30 pm. (after we share a tea)
  • Participation to the rental cost of the room: 6O Egyptian pounds for 4 workshops or 20 Egyptian pounds per workshop.

4. Your animator:

I am Juliette Bémant, an accredited teacher of Biodanza from the Rolando Toro school of Paris. I have completed my schooling by various speciality courses and seminars. I carry on my continuous development in Brussels, Paris and London. I am a member of the Belgian teacher’s association of Biodanza®, as well as of the European association. Today, I put to the service of Biodanza® my entire experience acquired while teaching children and teenagers, some of whose were disabled. I am also leader of “ Laugh For No Reason” from Dr Madan Kataria School( www.laughteryoga.org)

Information and booking (compulsory)
Contact : Juliette Bémant
Tel: 010 6859771
E-mail: juliettebemant@msn.com
more information: http://www.biodanza.com








Parents & Kids


Friendship bracelets are fun to make, wear or sell. You can make them in your favorite colors or school colors.


  • Embroidery floss or craft thread, one skein of each color. Tip: It's easiest to learn using four different colors.
  • Transparent tape or safety pin–Use to hold strands of floss in place as you work.


Cut one yard of embroidery floss for each color in your bracelet. Arrange the strings in the order you want the colors to alternate in your bracelet.

  1. Tie the strings together with an overhand knot, leaving a 2" tail at the top. Tape it to a table or pin it to your jeans.
  2. Pick up strand A and wrap it over and under strand B to make a knot
  3. Tighten the knot by holding strand B and pulling strand A up.

  1. Make a second knot with strand A over strand B; pull strand A tight.
  2. Drop strand B; pick up strand C. Make 2 knots with strand A over strand C. Repeat on strand D. Strand A will now be on the right.
  3. One row had been completed. Continue next row by making 2 knots with strand B over strand C, D, and A. With each row, the strand on the left is always "worked over" to the right.
  1. Four rows are completed. Continue until bracelet is desired length.

    Hint: You can always tell the right side of your bracelet because the rows will slant to the right.


When your bracelet fits your wrist, finish off by tying the strings together with an overhand knot. Then tie it on your wrist or ankle with a square knot (right over left and left over right). Cut the strings, leaving 5/8" tails.






Special Announcements
:::February 2006 :::

Opening Hours
from 10 am - 2 am

Chill Out Music

Cool Drinks

Great Food

We offer a typical Menu @25L.E
every day from 5 pm to 9 pm
Grüne Bohnen Eintopf
Kartoffelsalat mit Frikadellen und Senf
Berliner Leber mit Kartoffelpüree, Äpfel und Röstzwiebeln

Every Saturday from 8 pm
Choose your real Cocktail from the menu.
Pay the first one and drink your favorite till midnight for free!
Also check our regular Menu for Breakfast, Salads, Sandwiches, Pizza & Pasta and Desserts



Chicken with Saffron Rice

Here's a simple version of a Spanish paella. Paella is traditionally named after the utensil it's cooked in--a two-handled pan that also serves as a casserole.

  • 6 small chicken breast halves or 6 medium thighs (about 2 pounds total)
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 6-1/2-ounce can minced clams
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground saffron or 1/4 teaspoon thread saffron
  • 1 14-1/2-ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 14-ounce can chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen peas
  • 8 ounces medium raw shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
  • 6 sprigs fresh parsley (optional)
  1. In a 12-inch ovenproof skillet, cook chicken in hot oil over medium heat about 10 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned, turning to brown evenly. Remove chicken.
  2. Add onion and garlic to skillet. Cook about 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in rice. Cook and stir until rice is light brown.
  3. Drain clams, reserving liquid; set aside. Stir cumin, salt, pepper, and saffron into skillet; add undrained stewed tomatoes, chicken broth, water, and reserved clam liquid. Bring to boiling. Top with chicken pieces. Cover tightly and bake in a 400 degree F. oven for 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in reserved clams, peas, shrimp, and olives. Cover and bake about 15 minutes more or until chicken is tender and no longer pink and shrimp turn opaque.
  5. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley, if desired. Makes 6 servings.

Yeild: 6 Servings Prep:25 min Cook:30 min Stand:5 min Carbs:Carbohydrate 42g


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