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by Chad Clark
Taking a ride in a Sharm taxi is just one small part
of life's rich tapestry and is an experience to be cherished.
Not only does the driver have absolutely no clue where
he’s going, but he doesn’t really know how
to drive either. This is obviously of little concern
since the contents of his nasal passages are inherently
more interesting than the whereabouts of the road or
other road users - a special technique learnt at Taxi
Drivers School to help alleviate the stresses incurred
when not being able to drive or know where you’re
going. An alternative method is to concentrate on changing
the cassette, though this is loosing favour since whichever
cassette eventually works sounds just the same as the
special technique is employed when driving at night.
In order not to dazzle on-coming traffic, it’s
considered extremely bad manners to use headlights.
Until the last minute that is, when a frantic flashing
of full beam should shock the other driver from his
reverie and send him hurtling off the road, thus ensuring
more space for yourself.
final joy of any taxi ride is the bill. Having directed
the driver to your destination through clenched teeth
and bent your arm backwards in an attempt to open a
door with no handles, it’s customary to pay handsomely
for the experience, plus a tip. A certain amount of
civilized negotiation is expected, followed by the traditional
sign language and references to one's mother's marital
status and / or anatomy. Having paid the equivalent
of the national debt of Cuba, you may continue your
evening out safe in the knowledge that a repeat performance
will be required to get home.
I bought a jeep. I keep my lights on at night too. Crazy
by R. A. K. Baker
She sat smiling on the sand
Lost briefly in my shadow
As I slowly padded by
Along the grit warm beach.
Some curious paces on
I stopped and turning feigned
A searching of the empty sea
To hide a backward glance.
She sat smiling on the sand
Beyond my touch or wanting
And I had to clench my toes
To hold myself at anchor.
Then she stood and looked at me
Who had torn her reverie.
I sank down at the water's edge;
The kicked sand pricked my thigh.
Egyptian Society of Animal Friends is a charitable
organization based in New Maadi, Cairo (registration
#5034). The organization's mission is to increase
public awareness of animal welfare issues and
to give a helping hand to abandoned and stray
organisation in Cairo can be contacted at:
Egyptian Society of Animal Friends
30 Korshed Street / Road 293 / New Maadi
Tel: (++202) 702 1142
Mobile: (++2) 010-5358 651 (emergencies only)
you live in Hurghada the organisation meets every
Monday evening at Da Capo coffee shop (opposite
The Seagull Mall) from 7pm to 9pm. Ask for Renata.
Much more information about Animal Friends coming
in the next issue ....
Congratulations ... again!
the last issue of the Newsletter we congratulated
Alla & Hassan Adly on the safe arrival of their
baby daughter - Maryam Adly - born 21st January
2003. Here is a photo of the beautiful baby and
Mum, both doing well.
Dakar circus set out on January 1 from Marseilles,
in the South of France. It rolled into Spain and
from there to Tunisia, and all through the length
and breadth of Libya, Egypt and Sinai. The trek,
which ended on 19th January, went on for 19 days
and 8,552 kilometers. Sharm el-Sheikh was the last
stop. It is here that the victors spray themselves
395 contestants began the race: 167 motorcycles, 117
cars, 34 trucks and 107 support vehicles. The cost of
participation for a single contestant starts at 30,000
Euros (the cost of a solo motorcyclist, without any
technical support) but can reach several million Euros,
as in the case of the rally teams sponsored by car makers,
Dakar 2003 marks the 25th running of the race. The first
Dakar Rally, in December 1978, was a humble, amateurish
affair. The rally is now an extremely professional and
cutting-edge event. Contestants are equipped with GPS
navigation gear, satellite phones and specialized devices
for sending distress signals. The winners of the race
are professional drivers who train year-round. Even
so, 80 percent of the contestants are amateur drivers.
For some of them, this is their first race ever, and
they have only one objective - surviving. Between 40
and 55 percent of all participants do not reach the
finish line. Some quit due to exhaustion; others are
hurt in accidents. On the tenth stage of the rally,
between Zilla and Sarir, in Libya, navigator Bruno Cauvy
was killed in a fatal accident. This is not entirely
the years, some 13 contestants have been killed. Many
competitors fail to reach the finish line due to technical
In the end, victory passed to Hiroshi Masuoka, in a
Mitsubishi Pejero. This was Mitsubishi's seventh victory
in the Dakar Rally, and Masuoka's second straight victory.
to be in touch with the love of your life, but
too shy to make the first step?!*!
Then come to our Full Moon party on Thursday
13th February and let our valentine angels
deliver the message for you.
Starring > till mid-night : DJ Tinobianco (funky
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+ deephouse) + DJ Beathoven (trance + techno)
u in ...
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Sara El Katib
My name is Sara El Katib. I’m 12 years old, almost
13, and have put together this information for other
teens in Hurghada to have a good time with their friends!
For teenagers, there are not many places to go. In
the summer everyone goes to the beach, but other places
to go, at any season, are:
cinema at the Seagull Mall - has had films such as
Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Spiderman, Star
Wars Episode II, etc., or a nice place to eat, like
McDonalds or Pizza Hut. Another great place to go
is Bulls European bakery. Take a friend with you,
have a chat and eat a mini pizza, croissant, doughnut,
pastry, etc. My friends and I also meet at local internet
For a night in, go to the video and music cassette
shop “El Hefnawi”, opposite Thomas Cook
in Sekalla. They have a large selection of videos
to rent and good western music tapes to buy.
I attend the Sabirova Dancing School. We learn Ballet
and Modern Dance and we put on regular shows. In December
we danced at three different local locations. It’s
hard work, especially leading up to a show with a
lot of rehearsals, but it is great fun.
you in the next issue for more information for Teens...!
Health Issues - Appendicitis
by Sue El Katib
are only two things that I worry about, one is Appendicitis
and the other is Meningitis.
my 12 year-old daughter suffered an appendicitis.
It was so sudden it took us all by surprise. She complained
about a stomach pain at 8 o’clock on New Year
Eve, just before we went out to dinner. At 1 am she
vomited, but still we thought it was a stomach bug.
She slept all night and woke up at 12pm telling me
the pain was on her right-hand side just above the
hipbone. It wasn’t until then that I began to
realize it maybe an appendicitis.
went to the hospital for a blood test and they said
her white blood cells were raised, but we had to return
in two hours for a second blood test. We returned
for the second test and within an hour she was in
the operating theatre.
had excellent service at the hospital and where we
were taken it was clean and well staffed. My daughter
spent 3 days in a private room in the Tourist Section
– the room was freshly painted and spotless
and it had a balcony and private bathroom. There was
only one other room occupied and we had two nurses
in attendance the whole time. The Surgeon was very
good and checked up on his patient several times that
night and the next morning, and each day afterwards.
this happened, the Doctor has told us that the most
common time for Appendicitis in teenagers is between
12 and 14 years, and it is accelerated during this
period. I’ve since spoken to many other people
who had the same thing at a similar age, including
one 12 year old boy who had it at the same time as
you have a 12 to 14 year old, please be aware of the
next weeks issue ... Children’s
Health Issues - Meningitis