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Feature Article

The History of Valentine's Day

Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men -- his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France


Valentines Day Traditions 

  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling 
  • Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire 
  • Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off. 
  • If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.
  • In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart 
  • In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him 
  • A love seat is a wide chair. It was first made to seat one woman and her wide dress. Later, the love seat or courting seat had two sections, often in an S-shape. In this way, a couple could sit together -- but not too closely
  • Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have


News ...

New Record: 8.6 million tourists in Egypt

For the third consecutive year, Egypt has registered a record number of international tourists and tourists nights. The year 2005 witnessed a record number of 8.6 million of international tourists visiting Egypt.

From 6 million in 2003 the number has jumped to 8.1 in 2004 to reach to a new height of 8.6 million with an increase of 6.2 percent over 2004.
The Canadian market surpassed the average figure with an increase of 8.2 percent, reaching to a total of 52000 tourists representing a new record high for Canada.
First come Germany with 980000 tourists preceding Italy with 820000 tourists who came third after Britain who recorded a spectacular increase of 53 percent with 840000 tourists.
Russia came fourth with 780000 tourists followed by France with half a million tourists.
According to Mr. Ahmed el Khadem Chairman, Egyptian Tourist Authority , this increase is related to the new policies of expansion and international promotion, the diversification of the Egyptian products thus securing new market shares for Egypt.
In this framework, it is important to emphasize the influx of tourists, specially from Europe; not only to the Red Sea resorts and Sinai such as Hurghada, El Gouna, Sharm El Sheikh, but also to Mersa Alam, Qusseir, Nuweiba, and Dahab which, hence, are becoming very popular.
Similarly, Egypt is matching its programs of promotion by developing products which correspond to the needs of each market.
Moreover, the number of tourists nights in 2005, has reached to a new height of 85 million , registering an increased of 4.3 percent over 2004.

Pharaonic tomb discovered
13/02/2006 13:10 - (SA)

Luxor- Egypt unveiled on Friday the first Pharaonic tomb discovered in the famed Valley of the Kings since that of the boy king Tutankhamun in 1922.
"This is the first tomb discovered in the Valley of the Kings since that of Tutankhamun 84 years ago," said secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawas at the recently excavated site.
Five mummies were found inside the roughly 2m by 150cm tomb, held inside painted wooden sarcophagae and surrounded by 20 clay pots.
Hawas said the tomb had to be cleaned before any attempt was made to open the sarcophagae and identify the mummies, who, he said "were probably royalty".
If the mummies are not royal, they are certainly those of "very rich people close to the king", he said.
The find dates from the 18th dynasty of around 1500 BC to 1300 BC and was made by US archeologists barely 5m from the tomb of the now world-famous boy king, discovered by Britain's Howard Carter in 1992.
A team from Memphis University first announced the discovery on Tuesday.
The Valley of the Kings was used as a burial site for royalty and nobles to the west of present day Luxor, about 700km south of Cairo.






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Egypt's annual marathon takes place on February 17th in the ancient city of Luxor.

Approximately 22.289km in length, it is an international event, and competitors from around 36 different countries are expected to turn out in the heat to take part.

The event kicks off at the Hatscepsut temple early in the morning, and allows the runners to take in such sights as the Valley of the Queens, the Tomb of Tut, the temple in honour of Rameses the third, the Kolosses of Memnon and the sugar cane fields, as they run the complete circuit.

Having set off at around 7.30am, runners should end up back at the starting point by 13.30, and the fee to enter includes a marathon party and dinner with traditional dancing, as well as a souvenir authentic papyrus certificate.

However, temperatures of between 20 and 25 degrees should be expected, and it may be worth considering the less intimidating "Ramsis - Run and Walk" trail, almost half the distance at 12.386km.

Later in the year, the Cleopatra Run in Alexandria is held on September 15th, with the 100km Pharonic race scheduled for Cairo in November in a route that skirts many of the world famous pyramids.








Body & Soul

Discover "Laugh for no Reason"

People have forgotten how to laugh: Scientists are convinced that laughter has both preventive and therapeutic value. But these days, where is laughter? It seems as if people have forgotten how to laugh. Children can laugh up to 300-400 times a day, but when we grow into adults this frequency comes down to just 15 times a day, or less………

How to laugh and who will make you laugh?
Dr Madan Kataria, a Mumbai (India) – based physician has developed a new technique: free group laughter based on yoga.

It is not difficult to laugh without a reason:
Self-induced, stimulated laughter can easily be converted into real laughter when you do it in a group. Laughter is infectious, laughter is contagious and it spreads when you laugh in company and have good eye contact. We have all laughed without reason when we were children. The very essence of laughing without a reason lies in developing your child-like spirit and playful attitude

If you pretend to laugh or act happy your body produces same happiness chemicals:
whatever may be the source of laughter it leads to the same set of physiological changes occurring in our bodies.

Laughter suits all and is user friendly:
laughter exercise is short and sweet. A typical laughter session is a blend of yogic deep breathing, stretching, stimulated laughter exercises and cultivating child-like playfulness.

  • Health benefits of laughter therapy: notably Anti stress
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Best aerobic exercises
  • Depression, anxiety and psychosomatic disorders
  • High blood pressure and heart disease
  • Natural pain killer
  • Makes you look younger
  • Self confidence
  • Social benefits

Laughter with who?
Your leader of laughter, Juliette Bémant (Belgium) accredited from Dr Madan Kataria School of Laughter Yoga. The laughter Club International is a non-religious, non-parochial and non-commercial organisation, committed to spreading the message of good health, friendship and brotherhood all over the world. I am also an accredited teacher of Biodanza “Naturel Movement of Life” from the Rolando Toro school of Paris. Today, I put to the service of “Laugh for No Reason” my entire experience acquired while teaching children and teenagers, some of whose were disabled.

Laughter where and when?
In front of Hotel Roma, Hadaba, private place, with air-conditioning, once a week, for one hour, after we share a tea (the participants will choose together the day and the moment)

Meetings reserved to women of all ages, only
Participate of the expenses 15 egyptian pounds
Contact : Juliette Bémant
Tel: 010 6859771
E-mail: juliettebemant@msn.com
more information: http://www.laughteryoga.org






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Parents & Kids

Valentine Barrettes

Make some Valentine Barrettes for your hair. Use some Valentine fabric with a lace bow to make a very simple, but cute barrette. This project is rated EASY to do.

What You Need:

  • Plain Barrettes
  • Seasonal colored ribbon or yarn
  • Craft glue
  • Special buttons or beads
  • Lace, to add a bow

How To Make It:

  1. Wrap the ribbon or yarn around the barrettes. Glue the ends well.
  2. Sew a special button or bead onto the barrette.
  3. You may wish to add a lace bow to your barrette. Take a long piece of lace and tie it into a bow, then attach to the barrette with glue.
  4. Your imagination is the limit here - you can string beads onto the ribbon as you wrap, make special beads out of Sculpey or Fimo, you can make bows or attach hanging ribbons with beads on them.






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


Steamed chocolate heaven with chocolate sauces
For the sponge
(7oz) plain flour
(2oz) cocoa powder
½ dessertspoon cream of tartar
½ dessertspoon bicarbonate of soda
200g butter
(7oz) butter
(4oz) caster sugar
3 eggs
(3oz) white chocolate

White and dark chocolate sauces

(7oz) dark chocolate
(½ cup) cream
(4oz) white chocolate
2 dessertspoons of water

Soften the butter to room temperature and place in a bowl. Whisk until pale and fluffy. Mix together the flour, raising agents and cocoa. Add the eggs one at a time with a spoon of the flour mixture until all the eggs are used up. Whisk in the milk or add some as you go along if the mix gets too thick. Rough chop the white chocolate and fold it into the mix.
Line 6 ramekins or muffin tins with greaseproof paper and place the raspberries in the bottom of the ramekins and then the mixture over the top. Place them in a deep sided tray. Fill the bottom with water, cover with aluminium foil and steam for over an hour and a half in a hot oven.

Serve covered with the chocolate sauces and plenty of ice cream.
To make the dark chocolate sauce simply warm the dark chocolate together with the cream in a bowl over simmering water.

For the white chocolate warm it with the water in the same way. If you mix the white chocolate with cream it will curdle into a thick unpourable mass.


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