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"When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data. The only thing you want is to come back alive." - Felix Baumgartner
IN THIS ISSUE
Feature 8 Left is Right! The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Lefty 12 The Brotherhood: Making Machiavelli Proud Since 1928 Underscore 18 The Silicon Secrets 20 Strike, Doctors, Strikel 22 Egypt, Gangnam Style! Resemblance Level: Uncanny Center Stage 26 Dancepiration: The Dance Movement in Egypt Opinionated 30 Why Should Anyone Take Your Sh*t? 32 Turkish Soap Operas: The New Addiction 34 The Story of a Girl Who Wants to Join the Army 38 Back From Death 40 The Leash of Decency: Why You Should, in Fact, Be an Assh*le 42 Imagine All the People... Living Without 3eib!
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Patterns 46 Trends 50 Anna Piaggi: A Colorful Life 52 Made in Egypt The Gay Section 56 Killing the Nostalgia 58 Love: The Method Behind the Madness The Green Passport 60 New York City: The Movies Have Lied to us
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The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Lefty By Ahmed Nabih 8 NOVEMBER 2012 CAMPUS
How often do you hear this in the presence of children? “ أل أل أل سلِّمي باإليد احللوة! فني إيدك احللوة؟،”سلِّمي علي عمو يا دودو And the kid has no option but to label his own hands, one good and the other bad. It doesn’t feel right, not at all! This might be a bit of an over-reaction. When kids grow up, they understand that the left hand is ok. It’s just mere persuasion to make them follow certain traditions; also the parents are mostly right-handed so they teach their kids to be likewise. But why can’t it be that every one of us learned a different version of what’s right and what’s LEFT?! If you’re left-handed, you’re forced to use right-handed tools, instruments, equipment and furniture. It feels like because you’re not right, you’re WRONG!
One of the most common phrases used in Egypt referring to lack of thinking, stupidity or stubbornness is “”مخك متركب شمال
The EVIL Lefties! The 13th of August is the “International Left-Handers Day”. I found about it by chance from a Facebook fan page. It intrigued me so I did some research and I came out with some interesting facts. The left/right - right/ wrong coincidence isn’t just found in the English language. The Latin word “Sinestra” is Left in Latin, but it also took on other meanings like evil and unlucky. The word Left in many European languages is linked to other meanings like wrong, clumsy, strange, awkward, evil, devil and cheat. If you search Wikipedia for “Left Handedness”, it’s easily noticed that the amount of negative aspects outdo the positive. It’s not so different here in Egypt. In fact, one of the most common phrases used in Egypt referring to lack of thinking, stupidity or stubbornness is “ !”مخك متركب شمالIt’s not fair and not acceptable to connect all these negative characteristics to left-handers just because they were born that way. So allow me to clear out this misunderstanding. Let me take you to the other side, mine and many others’…
The Struggle First of all, it’s harder to learn if those who teach you are right-handed, it’s difficult for a child to convert the mirror image he sees and imitate it at first. Learning how to hold a pencil, how to draw or write is confusing at first. Many lefties state that they had -and still have- problems determining directions, or giving directions to someone else. Which is left and which is right? Because back at school, everyone was told that the “right hand is the hand that writes”. This got them confused as young, learning kids before they coped and came up with ways to get it correctly. A mid-thirties man said that his mum used to tell him “Put your hands next each other thumb-to-thumb, the hand which forms the letter L (thumb and pointer) is the left” and he still differentiates them that way. I remember when I was a little kid I used to have a hard time with my mum telling me off while eating with my left hand by default. She succeeded in changing my eating hand to the right. Although my subconscious often kicks in and I eat with my left hand unaware! Still, eating a mango is an exception; I just can’t hold it right and eat with my right hand. This had nothing to do with my writing hand anyway. Using my left hand, you can imagine how horrible my handwriting looked like during school. Being taught and surrounded by right-handed people wasn’t easy. Being the only lefty in a full righty class caused continuous disturbance
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IT’S PRETTY COMMON THAT MINORITIES ARE USUALLY HARASSED OR MARGINALIZED IN A NEIGHBORHOOD, CITY OR WITHIN A COUNTRY. LEFT-HANDERS ARE AROUND 13% OF THE WORLD POPULATION. BUT IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT HOW THE WHOLE PLANET IS ORIENTED, YOU’LL REACH A QUICK, SIMPLE CONCLUSION THAT BEING A LEFT-HANDER IS DEFINITELY NOT AN EASY MATTER!
considering where I’m sitting at the desk (Window/Middle/Aisle). Usually writing with my arm rested above the right arm of the person who’s next to me! And now because of that I write with a curl! Countless are the times I get this when I’m seen writing, “how do you write like this?” or “إيه ”اإلعاقة دي؟Well, thanks to you, right-handers! So obviously we’re different, which is true to some extent. But not only are we different from righties, we’re different among ourselves. Take for instance: ‘The Curl’, acquiring this certain pen grasp is mostly due to right-handed manufactured school seats which have their writing boards to the right, you’re super lucky if you found one with a left-board because they’re custom made. So in order to keep the left hand rested and stable on a right-hand board, you curl your hand around so you can actually be able to write and see what you’re writing. However, my curl wasn’t due to the same reason as I mentioned before. I remember in 4th primary, we had the smallest class on the whole floor. I sat next to three righties and I had to curl my hand to be able to write. I wonder how Barack Obama got his curl…
The Bloody Tools! So now you see how such a simple seat design might affect the 13% out there. It’s not only the chair that forces us to adapt. Take a look at how each uses a ruler: Teacher: “Pick up your pencils and draw a 7cm line.” Righty Rami: *Ruler to the left, pencil to the right, draw, from 0 to 7. Voila!* Lefty Lotfi: *Ruler to the right, pencil to the left, draw, 7cm? That’s from 20 to 13, and voila!* This is why lefties are mostly good with math (way to go lefties!). So, don’t you go “come on, it’s exactly the same, just like that” *switches hands* again because it’s not!
Another friend mentioned a minor problem with peeling vegetables, peelers used to be single bladed –for righties of course– to peel the extra skin inwards on your wrist, but thank god peelers now are double bladed so we can cook our beloved ma7shy trouble-free! The first time I used the peeler on potatoes, the kitchen sink ended up looking like it had been bombed with potato shreds ALL OVER! There are too many tools to mention. For example, pencil sharpeners, use one with your right hand then again with your left, and observe your hand rotation, feels weird right? Blades and cutters, with the adjust button placed so your right thumb easily adjusts the blade length. I’m always interrogated on my way of holding cutters “”انت ازاي بتقطع كده؟. Also scissors –a personal problem– are all right-handers, they’re designed so that the cutting line is seen by a right-hand user, but hidden to a lefty, and for more discomfort they mold the handles in a way that’s difficult for us. I’ve NEVER been able to open up a pasta or a noodles pack with scissors, thank God for symmetric teeth! Mum often made fun of it because all I could do is twist the pack’s corner. I wondered why for years until I understood from Wikipedia, it has something to do with mechanics and force directions so you shouldn’t bother. Computer mouse(s). I know you can switch the buttons and all, but unfortunately you can’t switch the grip. Also guitars, pianos (ascending/ descending direction), trumpets (valves to the right). An exception is the French horn; it’s played with the left hand by default. Cameras, why are all the control buttons are on the right side? Graduated measuring cups with the numbers visible for a right hand grip and hidden to the left hand grip, you have to twist your hands back or better call someone else to read it. Same goes for weapons, most of the rifles eject bullet cases to your right, so imagine if a lefty fires one, hot bullet cases to the face would be messy. It gets serious; some of the right hand tools are deadly to lefties. Amongst several mechanical tools, the right-handed chainsaw is the most common cause for serious injuries and sometimes causes death when used by lefties. Some of the previously mentioned tools are manufactured for lefties, but they’re very rare and mostly expensive because they’re custom made. There’s a study that justified the higher price by finding that left-handed people earn 15% more income than their right-handed peers. But still, the unavailability forces us to learn using the right hand. I can use the mouse with my right and eat with it too, most others can’t do it. Seeing the World through Different Eyes The aforementioned resulted in the birth of some extreme products: there are custom-made watches whose numbers rotate in an anti-clockwise direction! You could laugh at it at first, but there was a reason behind it. Try to draw circle with your both hands and observe the direction they rotate (clockwise or anti-clockwise), by default your right hand will move in a clockwise direction and also by default your left hand will move in an anti-clockwise direction. So if we assume a lefty and a righty are using their favorite hands to open a bottle, they will surely rotate in the same direction. But the hand motion will be different. This is the root from which the variation rose, righties perceive clockwise by default and lefties perceive anti-clockwise by default.
Many of the influential people who made great discoveries, reshaped the world with their talents, art, words, theories, inventions or thoughts were left-handed. Here’s a collection of popular lefthanders from various fields: • Ramses II • Alexander The Great • Aristotle • Napoleon Bonaparte • His wife Josephine • Julius Caesar • Joan of Arc • Mahatma Gandhi • Leonardo Da Vinci • Pablo Picasso • Michelangelo • Mozart • Beethoven • Isaac Newton • Albert Einstein • Marie Curie • Helen Keller • Leo Tolstoy • Mark Twain • Charlie Chaplin • Marilyn Monroe • Tom Cruise • Robert De Nero • Bruce Willis • Amitab Bacchan • Angelina Jolie • Nicole Kidman • Oprah Winfrey • Keanu Reeves • Pele • Maradona • Romario • Bill Gates Whenever you see someone tying a child’s left hand, forcing them to use their right hand, tell them to stop. It harnesses the abilities the child may possess, eliminating any possibility for him/her to develop and become a remarkable person.
Power to the Lefties! Literally Now you have a better idea on what we -lefties- face during our daily life. Despite being full of confusion and inconvenience, we still managed to rise and overcome what some may call a ‘disability’. We used our ‘differences’ to our advantage. Lefties are known to excel at mathematics, music and visual studies as well as being highly appreciated and welcomed in different sports: tennis, combat sports & martial arts, baseball and any other sport with hand-to-eye co-ordination.
Mobinil bringing the HD voice technology into Egypt
In keeping with Mobinil’s ongoing strategy to offer state-of-the art communications technology to the Egyptian market, Mobinil customers all over Egypt can enjoy HD voice technology that offers the highest level of sound clarity and quality. It is worth mentioning that Mobinil was the first and only mobile operator in Egypt, the Middle East, and North Africa to launch HD Voice technology at the end of 2010 in greater Cairo. his advanced technology provides subscribers with HD voice-enabled T mobile phones, the benefit of enjoying the highest level of voice clarity that is very similar in quality to face-to-face conversation, all carried out on the 3G network.HD technology also minimizes the noise effect surrounding the speaker. ccording to NTRA regular quarterly report onthe performance A of mobile operator networks, Mobinil’s network showed highest performance levelsduring the first &second quarters of 2012. The HD technology feature is now available for a larger number of mobile handsets in the Egyptian market including Samsung Galaxy S2 & S3, Sony Xperia S & U, Nokia 500 andNokia 300.
Sharing Kids’ passion for the art of cooking:
Heinz sponsors Culinary School in KidZania® Cairo
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts partners with National Geographic and UNESCO for Responsible Business Week 2012
On September 17th, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts embarked on a week-long programme of activities around the world to help protect and preserve unique and cultural heritage sites as part of Responsible Business Week 2012. This marked the third year of InterContinental’s Responsible Business Week in partnership with National Geographic. The theme for Responsible Business Week 2012 this year was inspired by National Geographic’s support of UNESCO’s World Heritage and sustainable tourism initiative ‘People Protecting Places’. During Responsible Business Week, InterContinental properties are being invited to emulate UNESCO’s mission to protect and preserve unique natural and cultural heritage sites close to their hotels During this week The Semiramis InterContinental Cairo organized a photo exhibition “Egypt World Heritage Sites- See the Different in Egypt”, showcasing the diversity and breathtaking beauty of the Sinai. The stunning images remained on sale until the end of September. Attending the opening ceremony were Dr. Moustafa Fouda, Minister Advisor on Biodiversity - Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, Sameh Sobhy Hotel Manager Semiramis InterContinental & renowned photographers Yehia El Alaily, Nader El Haridi & Alaa Taher In addition, the hotel hosted 10 ladies from The Association for the Protection of the Environment, for the Recycling workshop “In the know”, to create a line of recycled giveaways for the concierge. The workshop was joined by 10 staff volunteers from the hotel. In 2011, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts around the world dedicated more than 10,000 hours to Responsible Business Week activities aimed at preserving the communities where they operate. Activities ranged from cleaning local beaches and historical villages and monuments, restoration projects at national parks, to refreshing urban street walks.
Intel® launches the new Ultrabook™ in the Egyptian Market Kidzania® Cairo signed a partnership agreement with Heinz, one of the world’s leading branded food companies to be the official sponsor of the KidZania Culinary School in Cairo. The KidZania®-Heinz Cooking School can also host special events such as birthday celebrations where KidZanians will take full charge of their cooking choices on the party menu, giving them the opportunity to lead in an exciting and cooperative setting. KidZania provides children and their parents a safe, unique, and very realistic educational environment that allows kids between the ages of four to fourteen to do what comes naturally to them: roleplaying by mimicking traditionally adult activities. As in the real world, children perform “jobs” and are either paid for their work (as a fireman, doctor, police officer, journalist, shopkeeper, etc.) or pay to shop or to be entertained. The indoor city built to scale for children, complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles, a functioning economy, and recognizable destinations in the form of “establishments” sponsored and branded by leading multi-national and local brands. KidZania is planned to open in Cairo around January, 2013, strategically located at new Cairo, spanning over 8,600m2 of built-up area and two floors. When it opens, KidZania Cairo is expected to receive between 750,000 to 1 million visitors in its first year.
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In an event held at Amici lounge, Intel® introduced today a new category of ultra-responsive and ultra-sleek devices to the Egyptian market. Ultrabook™ is a re-invention in mobile computing as it combines best-in-class performance, improved responsiveness and security in thin, light, elegant and must-have mobile designs; hence providing users with the most complete, no-compromise and satisfying computing experience. To define the Ultrabook™ experience and show the different usage models, Intel provided three young Egyptian talents who represent a sample of Ultrabook™ users: Amina Khalil, fashion designer and founder of Amina K. brand, Diaa Nouman of Toyboys, resident DJs for byGanz, and Gamal ElDin Sadek, entrepreneur and one of the founders of Bey2ollak, with the devices enabling them to share their opportunity of self-discovery with the Ultrabook™ in their daily lives.
Imagine. Small car fuel efficiency Mid sized car spaciousness With dynamic design & premium touch. All of these in one car? Impossible!
Making Machiavelli Proud Since 1928 By Sherief Hassan
HAVE YOU EVER HAD A CERTAIN IMPRESSION ABOUT SOMEONE ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT THE TRUTH IS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE? GOOD. OF COURSE YOU HAVE, AND THAT IS QUITE NORMAL. THE TRICKY QUESTION HERE IS: DID YOU PROPERLY LEARN THE LESSON?
Most people would say yes of course; never trust anyone or put your complete faith in someone and all that jazz. But no, that’s not the universal lesson, not exactly anyway. You’ll keep on falling into the same mistake of misjudging people until you learn the lesson of only judging people when they’re out of their comfort zone. That moment when they’re under enormous pressure and are stripped down, with no backing except what matters most to them: their uncompromisable principles. Now that is what life taught me, fine winds will never tell how skillful the sailor is. The same applies to everyday normal life challenges, they can never give you an indication of what a person truly is all about. The worst kind of people are those who cave in and give up their self-proclaimed principles even without a considerable challenge. The “Muslim” Brotherhood constantly gives up on their self-proclaimed “Muslim” identity. A Muslim at core is honest, truthful and should be defined by his virtuous manners. That is what I was once taught, and later on concluded from my ventures in trying to comprehend from religion and the Quran what is required of me as a Muslim. I found these virtues of paramount importance for the formulation of one’s identity. That old conclusion clashed with an excellent book that was written way before its time, a book that teaches more about life in under 100 pages than volumes of philosophy. That book is nothing but the ever-mentioned ‘The Prince’ by Niccolo Machiavelli. It pained me that every lesson taught in that book clashed with higher principles that I upheld, so I had to keep all these lessons at bay. The “Muslim” Brotherhood, however, didn’t do the same. They are walking, talking, breathing, multiplying Machiavellians with the ends forever justifying the twisted means in a completely skewed sense of what matters most. Egypt has a general prosecutor, and that prosecutor has a judicial immunity; no one can make him leave his position, only he can decide to not continue in his position for whatever reason. Now, that immunity is no personal privilege, the fact is far from that, the privilege is for the people of Egypt by having a general prosecutor that is immune from rogue leaders and can freely do his work as he sees fit. It’s been a demand for some time to change the general prosecutor now that there has been a revolution and he was instilled in his position by the ex-president. The procedure, however, to do so is debatable but there certainly is a way to do it while maintaining respect for law and the judicial system of the country. President Morsy took the decision of –seemingly– promoting the general prosecutor to Egypt’s ambassador in the Vatican and the news was leaked to the media. That move would’ve been brilliant had it gone through, but no, the general prosecutor didn’t comply and has thus remained in his position. The problem is that the media had already aired the decision, so consequently, personnel from the president’s entourage tried to threaten the general prosecutor into accepting the ambassadorial role and MB leaders called for their followers to take to Tahrir square in support of the president’s decision (other parties and democratic
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movements have already called for protests in the square to call for accountability of the failed 100 day program). Friday came, pro and anti Morsy protesters gathered in the square and opposing chants started, only for those who claim to represent Islam to start liking their numerical advantage and consequently attacking the opposing platform. And with a holier-than-thou attitude they kicked their fellow, less-holy, Egyptians out of the square. Non-MB protestors naturally attempted to retaliate, and clashes broke out regretfully leading to bloodshed and many injuries. In the media, it became obvious that the president made a dubious decision and that that the MB was simply supporting a decision that was simply out of the president’s jurisdiction. Blatant lies were made by the MB media horns stating that there were no MB personnel in the square, in addition to Essam el Erian twisting facts like a proper Machiavellian and El Beltagy pulling a Zakaria Azmi playing the opposition. The satirical scene can be summed up into the following: A failed, foolish decision threatening the supremacy of law, a clan moving like a herd that bears the Islamic tag, a general prosecutor coming out as a hero, the Muslim Brotherhood leaders coming out with blatant lies and twisting facts to cover up the failure of the president and his councillors and a country falling further apart. Incidentally, this is not the first time Morsy’s councillors led him into a foolish act. Last time he threw away the constitutional declaration and tried to reinstate the parliament and lies were thrown to cover up for misacts. Egypt now is being run like an estate rather than a proper state, and the bigger problem is that the president is only qualified to be a shepherd, not an estate-patron, and never a president. The “Muslim” Brotherhood is ruling Egypt, President Morsy has jurisdictions that were never at the disposal of any his predecessors, and yet both are taking actions that are destroying the country and insulting the religion they proclaim they’re trying to raise. One can only see through their actions and reach the conclusion that their supreme principle is to engrave the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule deep within the country; they’re here to remain for a very long time, nothing done suggests an intention to yield power in a democratic frame one day, and turning the president into a semi-God, while trying to gather as much power and positions as they can through whatever means, no matter how immoral they may be. Recent actions prove that the Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t care much about the country; neither do they care about religion. A terrific combination that would leave Niccolo Machiavelli smiling in his grave. The biggest problem I can see in Egypt nowadays is the stratification of people. We are being forced into tagging ourselves as Islamists, liberals, Ikhwan, seculars and leftists, where in reality the differences are quite minor. Yet we fight and shed blood in obedience to the carnival of idiots architecting the future.
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The Silicon Secrets By Ali Altaweel
“BIGGER OR SMALLER? THAT IS THE QUESTION,” SAID A WISE PLASTIC SURGEON. THAT’S RIGHT DEAR READERS WE’LL BE TALKING ABOUT COSMETIC SURGERY: NOSE JOBS, BOOB JOBS, LIPOSUCTION AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT SOME PEOPLE WILL BREAK THEIR PIGGY BANKS (OR PROBABLY THEIR HUSBAND’S PLATINUM VISA CARD CREDIT LIMIT) FOR TO LOOK LIKE SOMETHING LIKE ANNE HATHAWAY (3’RRRRRRRRRR) RIDING THE MOTORBIKE IN THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
Before I start, I am bound by a moral code to inform you that true beauty lies within… having said that, let’s get cracking. Plastic surgery has several important features differentiating it from other surgical specialties: firstly, you’re not really a patient; I mean you’re not ill, just not content with the way you look, so when you get surgery you’re not cured, just surgically enhanced. Secondly, size is everything. Thirdly, we charge more than most surgeons do, hence our famous motto of “Exercise… the poor man’s abs.”
Tummy Tucks I’ll be discussing several of the most commonly performed surgeries, starting with dermolipectomy or more simply known as a tummy tuck. This procedure is meant for people who went on a serious -and I mean serious- diet (‘I eat an apple a day’ diet), not giving the skin enough time to fall back into place, resulting in several skin folds that can be troubling. Now when you visit your doctor he’ll ask you to strip from head down to the waist line, taking out his purple marker pen and marking down lines on your torso which may end up looking something like the invasion plan of Normandy. The lines guide the surgeon as to how far your skin will stretch and how many folds need to be removed to give you that nice taut belly. The procedure itself is not complicated, taking an average of 2-3 hours, and is done under general anaesthesia. Hospital stay ranges from one day (for those iron ladies) up to 5 days. But be forewarned, you will be wearing a corset for 6-8 weeks, which can be quite a nuisance in our lovely weather, therefore I advise having it done in winter or late fall. Unfortunately, you will be left with a scar travelling across your waist, but we plan it to be along the bikini line so it won’t be apparent. Also there will be no aerobics or harsh workouts for the same duration. This is not a weight losing procedure; the fat removed during the procedure will not exceed 7 kilograms. Price ta: 15,000 LE on average.
Boob Jobs Next in line… yes, BOOB jobs. Now there are two types of breast surgery, women with too much love and require breast reduction, and those who believe in “the bigger the better” and request breast augmentation. Women who require breast reduction will often come in complaining of pain and difficulty in maintaining an erect posture; those are the poor women with breasts big enough to sink the Titanic. Breast reduction is a rather straightforward procedure. When it comes to breast augmentation, on the other hand, the sky is the limit (or actually your chin is). Your doctor will discuss different types of implants: there is anatomical, giving the breast its God-made look (sloping upper
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surface and rounded contour of the lower surface) and rounded which gives you the Pamela Anderson look (more or less hemispherical). All breast implants are made of silicon, nice and squishy so you and your spouse can enjoy your sexy time, and no, they don’t cause cancer and they don’t have an expiry date. Both procedures (whether reduction or augmentation) take about 2 hours and are done under general anesthesia. You’ll be wearing a corset for several weeks, and then you’ll be on your way to knocking the boys out. Price tag: implants + surgery 30,000 LE.
Liposuction Virtually, fat can be sucked from any area of the body, but it is most commonly done around the tummy, buttocks and hips. The best part about liposuction is that the fat removed will not return as the number of fat cells is constant in your body. A special machine irrigates fluid and sucks all that unwanted fat, I do highly recommend -given that we can only remove 5 litres of fluid and fat per setting- that you select one area at a time instead of having several areas done at the in same operation (remember… it’s your ass). The procedure is quite simple, but it requires a skilled surgeon to carefully contour and sculpture for best results. This procedure is done as a day case, which means you get to go home on the same day, but you will be instructed to wear a corset for 6 weeks. This is a fine adjustment procedure, where we skim fat for better contour, but by no means is it a sort of weight-losing operation, therefore patients who are severely overweight will not benefit from this procedure. Given the artistic demand of this procedure, price tag: 35,000 LE/area in specialized hands.
Botox Now in this procedure we inject you with a potent neurotoxin, botulinium, which is secreted from a certain type of bacteria, which paralyzes the underlying muscle. With the underlying muscle relaxed, the skin stretches, getting rid of those wrinkles; however, you will have no facial expressions, so even if you are head over heels with the way you now look… you won’t be able to show it. You will need a setting every 6-8 months as the effects of the toxins wear off eventually. Now that we’ve demonstrated the different types of “surgical enhancements” that you could undertake, if you are to go for a “surgical enhancement”, you must be absolutely sure about it. Once the knife makes the first cut, there’s no going back. Well, there is, but it will cost you.
Strike, Doctors, Strike!
By Mohamed Adel
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I HAPPEN TO BE AN INTERN AT MY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, YES, AN INTERN, JUST LIKE ALEX, MEREDITH AND IZZIE FROM GREY’S ANATOMY BUT WE DON’T HAVE SEX THAT OFTEN AND ELEVATORS ARE NOT WORKING, AND IF THEY DO, THEY STINK. WE ARE WHAT THEY CALL ‘THE YOUNGEST DOCTORS AT THE HOSPITAL’ AKA ‘DOKTOOR EMTEYAZ’ OR BASICALLY ‘EL DOKTOOR EL BEY3MEL MASHAWEER EL MOSTASHFA’. IT’S SUPPOSEDLY A YEAR WHERE WE PRACTICE WHAT WE’VE LEARNED THROUGHOUT THE PAST 6 YEARS OF STUDYING MEDICINE, WHICH OF COURSE DOESN’T REALLY HAPPEN AND THEY JUST USE US TO DO ALL THE PAPERWORK, RESERVE BLOOD UNITS AND MAKE CT SCAN APPOINTMENTS… On the bright side, we get paid to do such a crappy job, yes, although we’re obliged to do it to get our bachelor’s degree, they pay us ‘3ashan yekssaro 3einena’. The sad part is how much they pay us to do such a routine job; they pay 249 LE/month. Yep, THAT MUCH! I mean, they used to pay us 247 LE but then President Morsy (taweel el 3omr yetawel 3omro we yensoro 3ala meen ye3adeeh) allowed the yearly raise which was 2 pounds for us. We’re blessed to be doctors, aren’t we? So some doctors decided to go on a strike starting from the 1st of October to pressure President Morsy to apply ‘kaderr el ateba2’ which, according to them, will save our butts from poverty. My first impression after knowing about the strike was ‘we malo yakhouya mesh 3eib’ then I got more excited about the idea and I was like ‘men 7a2ena, men 7a2ena, nela2y 7odn yeddomenna!’ and that we deserve better and all the self righteous crap, which led me to make a list of more interesting jobs I could do effortlessly and earn more money/month and it goes like this: • Prostitution, think of it this way: if one sells his own body for money for an hour or two weekly to some Khaleejy woman, one would probably earn A LOT (not to mention that it could be fun if she’s into weird stuff) • Usher a lame-ass event • Sell batata in winter/teen shooky in summer • Work as an ahwagy (‘etneen shai be-7aleeb hena lel bahawaat’ is something I’ve always wanted to say) • Start a koshary gourmet in Zamalek and call it ‘Lahlooba’ (hakssab dahab men el shabab el sees) • Write this article • Join Okka we Ortega (‘Okka we Ortega we 3adoola’ sounds like an awesome band) • Open a cupcake place (obviously, we can never have enough cupcake places in Cairo) • A photographer at weddings and events • A porn star (they say that the national porn industry will flourish after the alleged porn ban and we’ll have to buy VCRs and CDs like the good old days) • Gift wrapper • Dealer 7asheesh (and be mysterious wearing all black and lots of hand bands and stuff) • Teacher at a nursery (I’ll probably smother the kids or sit on them but whatever) • A driver for a rich family • A barista at Starbucks (I’ll have coffee everyday for free, hello?) I mean, why let us go through 7 years of hell to pay us 249 LE/month? Why would you shatter our childhood dreams of being successful doctors who save lives by making us worry about money all the time? How do you expect doctors to excel at their jobs in these horrible working conditions? If a doctor’s job is not as important as a wakeel neyaba, whose starting salary is 7000 LE, then ‘men 7a2ena men 7a2ena, nela2y 7odn yedomenna’ all the way until our demands are met.
Egypt, Gangnam Style! Resemblance Level: Uncanny
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By May Kamel
I TEND TO AVOID THINGS. MY PEACE OF MIND IS SOMETHING THAT I DO NOT JOKE AROUND WITH. BUT I HAPPEN TO LIVE IN EGYPT, A SCREECHING VIOLATION TO MY WHOLE POINT. I ALSO HATE THINGS THAT EVERYONE DECIDES I JUST HAVE TO SEE/FOLLOW/CHECK OUT. SHARE A VIDEO MORE THAN TWICE AND I’M NEVER WATCHING IT. FOR TWO YEARS NOW, I’VE BEEN SPENDING MY TIME ONLINE DODGING STUFF. FROM EL “DALEEL EL QATE3 3ALA 2ATL EL THOWAR”, TO THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, TO AHMED SHAFIK’S MOBARARA, TO BOL EL 2EBEL AND GANGNAM STYLE. SOMETIMES THOUGH, YOU HAVE TO GIVE IN, AND WHEN I GIVE IN, I HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY. THIS BASICALLY MEANS I’M GOING TO DIVE HEAD FIRST INTO ALL THINGS GANGNAM.
Since July, South Korean rapper PSY has been horsey-dancing his way all over the internet, and before we knew it, he topped the UK music chart, and came in second to Maroon 5 in the Billboard 100 in the US. As I write this, the original video on YouTube racks up nearly 475 million views, let alone the umpteen covers, flash mobs and parodies. And suddenly it hit me; Gangnam Style IS Egypt! For all the apparent reasons and the equivocal of them, anything that goes viral automatically brings me back to our whole situation during the revolution and how we used and abused social media.
Without further ado, here are 10 reasons why I think Egypt and Gangnam Style are alike: 1. Everyone is watching! Just like we were under the spotlight for most of 2011, now it’s time for Gangnam Style. 2. Nobody understands a single thing. Suddenly, it’s like Korean is everybody’s first language, with people not only trying to do the dance, but also “OPPAN, GANGNAM STYLE” –ing the hell of out your ears. Come to compare this to our whole situation since the revolution, nobody really knows for a fact what the hell is going on. We spin in circles, go vote, end up with Islamists and take a dig at our entire existence, and then go back to square one, or even one more step backwards. Oh, and let’s not forget the classic “EL THAWRA MOSTAMERA” or “YEKHREB *#$^@^ EL THAWRA”… Our poor ears. 3. We like it, but we don’t know why. This Gangnam Style thing is so annoying, you can’t possibly think of plausible reasons why you would like it, yet it’s practically impossible for you not to watch it. Impossible. And no matter how hard you try to pinpoint the reason(s), you fail miserably. Which takes us back to our beloved Egypt. It’s grimy, so crowded that it crushes your soul, full of people dictating and judging your every act, has no infrastructure, no proper healthcare and education systems, a stone age constitution, an extremist, technically illegal ruling party that’s taking over the judicial, legislative and executive branches…. Heh, I can go on forever. That being said, and probably longer lists of shortcomings aside, we still love this country. We have no idea why or how, and no matter how the going gets tough, we can never imagine ourselves leaving. Hell. No.
go from building the pyramids to treating people with camel pee. Also, while we’re at it, I came across a Morsy-Gangnam Style parody video. It just ties it all together; synergism at its finest. 8. All the cool people addressed it. PSY’s success has been ratified on one too many occasions. Maroon 5 and Nelly Furtado covered his song. He topped the UK charts, beat Justin Bieber on the US iTunes chart and was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the most “liked” video in the history of YouTube. And as if this was not enough credit, PSY actually taught Britney Spears bi sha7maha w la7maha to do the horsey dance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. You think that is it? Think twice, for even the uptight North Korea parodied the video. Bas e7na mayhemenash. For two years and counting, we’re making the news every day. We have enough adrenaline-inciting happenings that even Felix Baumgartner can’t handle. We had all the presidents of civilized countries accolade our “peaceful” revolution, with some of them actually wanting to adopt the way we raise our children (although I can never understand why anyone would want to have filthy, uneducated kids who roam around balabees, bas mashy). Actually, with no hard feelings, PSY, we were so good back in the day that China had to block us off news. Betchez. 9. It’s all about pretentious social climbers. Gangnam Style is actually a Korean neologism that refers to the lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district of Seoul; think of it as the Korean Beverly Hills. PSY’s whole point is poking fun at the posers and wannabes who try to be something that they’re not, real Gangnam Style don’t go around talking about it all the time. Reflecting on us, it seems like recently all most of the people have been doing is trying to fit in circles that are nothing like who they are, not embracing who they really are, and focus more on the appearances rather than what really matters in such an overbearing manner. Gatko el araf, be proud of who you are. 10. Seal the deal? Gangnam Style is the Egyptian “El 7antoor”.
4. It’s LOUD. And by loud, I mean ear-shattering decibels. Nonstop. For four minutes in a row. Azon el resala weslet. 5. They objectify their women, too. Visuals aside, the only English sentence in the clip is “Hey, sexy lady”. It’s almost like they want to make sure that even those who don’t understand the language get that. But in all honesty, we sort of topped that one. We ace it every single day. We make sure our women not only feel violated when they walk down the streets, but also regulate that oppression in the constitution and by the law. 6. X-out that personal space. Yes, please, pop out of the guy’s hot tub, lean on the other one’s shoulder inside the sauna… You know what? Show us a scene where you’re actually pants down, on the toilet, pooping. Yet, as an Egyptian, I rest assured that my fellow citizens will see to acing that one too. I mean, this is absolutely our thing. Creating awkwardness and invading personal space is our thing. We are on top of that one too, Koreans. 7. It’s everybody’s joke. I almost lost count on the number of parody videos based on the Gangnam Style… Sort of like how the rest of the world is watching us, pointing and laughing. And pointing, and laughing… and going on with that while wondering how we managed to
Fekra holds “Al-Moltaka”: The Entrepreneur Haven
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WHAT STARTED AS A HIP HOP WORKSHOP EVOLVED TO BECOME A MOVEMENT WHICH PROMOTES DANCING IN EGYPT. WE HAD A LITTLE CHAT WITH NAOMI SOBOL, ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF DANCEPIRATION, TO GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HOW IT STARTED AND HOW IT EVOLVED. Campus: We already know that Dancepiration is a hip hop workshop, but we want to know more about it. How did the idea first take shape? What part do you play? Naomi: Well, Dancepiration first started as a workshop and a show but now it’s much more than that. In 2010, I decided to bring two choreographers from Los Angeles to come and teach an intensive 4-day workshop here in Cairo. The idea was to give our small community of dancers the opportunity to attend real dancing classes, because there aren’t any studios offering advanced hip hop classes in Egypt. I created and organized this first event with the great support of Sakia Culture Wheel and the American Embassy. The choreographers gave 4 classes to advanced dancers, another 4 to teenagers, and 2 special workshops in Alwan Wa Antar and Banati NGO. It was a wonderful experience! At first, I thought it would just be a small gig and it would end there, but it turned out to be a success and started taking a totally different shape after the event. Now Dancepiration is a whole movement. Since the event took place, we had 3 more workshops with dancers from the United States and Belgium, and we were also involved in several dance shows and events. C: Has the workshop taken place in cities other than Cairo? N: I brought the dancers Gigi Torres and Asaki Imai directly from Los Angeles to Cairo for the first workshop, but there are other workshops like the one with Rennie Harris Puremovement Company where the dancers travelled to different countries in the Middle East after their stop in Cairo.
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C: Do you think Egypt is a rich environment for creating a new, unique dancing culture? N: People here are very passionate and creative. We are often amazed when we see crews on stage because they have an astonishing talent. Egypt has a big community of Salsa and Argentinean tango and a smaller community of hip hop, but it keeps getting bigger every day. There is also the fact that hip hop and Latin dances are an influence from abroad and with a little bit of Egyptian flavour, we’d create a unique culture. So, answering your question: Yes, Egypt is a very rich environment! C: What’s the ratio of males to females participating in your Cairo workshop? N: It depends, when it is strictly hip hop and new style we usually have a lot more girls. But when it involves break-dance and popping-locking, it’s 50-50. C: Are there any upcoming workshops or events being planned?
C: Cairo isn’t really known for its hip hop culture. Why is it that you picked it as a destination? How did you know that you would find an interest in hip hop here? N: I’ve been living in Cairo for a long time, I am a dancer myself and I’m involved in the dance community, so I know more or less what the dancers would want and need. The problem is that we don’t have the facilities needed (advance up-to-date dance classes, studios, etc...) and we also have very little support, which makes it very hard to grow as a dancer and improve. Dancers here have to be passionate, determined, and creative to find ways to improve and learn new techniques and moves. YouTube is a tool that we use a lot, but we would love to have teachers and more support. I knew it would be hard to organize such an event here in Cairo, but I really wanted to help dancers because they deserve it; I thought it would be a nice experience to share with my friends.
N: Yes, on the 1st of December 2012, there’s going to be another Dancepiration event at Sakia’s River hall, featuring some amazing talents and a variety of awesome and different styles of dance. We’re really excited about it! For more information about this event or any of Dancepiration’s activities, check out our website: www. dancepirationegypt.com. We can’t to see you all there! C: Thank you.
C: Is the workshop being held here part of a bigger movement? Does Dancepiration have other activities? N: After the first workshop, Dancepiration grew big! Now, Dancepiration has six dancers in its team. Those dancers organize shows, other workshops, and even teach in studios and schools. We try to provide local dance crews with opportunities to perform, and if any of them have a gig, we give them a shout on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Our aim is mainly to raise awareness on dancing, seeing that unfortunately it is still not well-established in Egypt. C: Do you plan on taking on more forms of dance? And how do you plan to expand in the future? N: As a matter of fact, Dancepiration is not only about hip hop; we love all kinds of dance. We even made it a point to expose the audience to folklore, hip hop, modern, and salsa during our first show. We are hoping to do as many shows and workshops (with international dancers) as we can. C: What has it been like working in Cairo so far? Have large numbers shown enthusiasm and tried to enroll? N: Since our dance community is very small, only small numbers of dancers show up for the workshops. Sometimes we have workshops with 60 people, and others with just 10, but it stays relatively small when compared to workshops in Europe which would have 100 participants. But creating events with the Dancepiration team became a passion; we love what we do despite that it’s very hard. Such events cost money which is pretty hard to raise because we do not have support yet. It is also difficult to plan big and serious events at the moment due to the instability in the country. But we have events on the way and we are all excited about them!
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Why Should Anyone Take Your Sh*t? By Yasmin Hosny
30 NOVEMBER 2012 CAMPUS
WE’VE BEEN BROUGHT UP AND CONDITIONED TO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD DO, WITHOUT A SECOND THOUGHT: BE YOURSELF. SCORES OF MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES HAVE ENCOURAGED US TO JUST EMBRACE WHO WE ARE, AND AS OSCAR WILDE ONCE SAID, “BE YOURSELF; EVERYONE ELSE IS ALREADY TAKEN.” THIS IS GENIUS, RIGHT? THEY EVEN TOLD US THAT IT’S OK TO ACT A BIT CRAZY EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE. IT’S MOST CONVINCING IN THE WORDS OF MARILYN MONROE: “IMPERFECTION IS BEAUTY, MADNESS IS GENIUS AND IT’S BETTER TO BE ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS THAN ABSOLUTELY BORING.”
You are beautiful just the way you are. If you snap at your boyfriend every month during your PMS, be proud; after all, your partner will put up with your attitude because this is what love is all about, acceptance. It doesn’t really matter if you are brutally blunt with your sibling once or twice. It is fine if you are a bit too aggressive with your best friends when you are upset over your own breakup. And your work and discipline are the only things that matter, your career should not be at stake if your colleagues are having a bad time with your edgy attitude. “Those who mind don’t matter, those who matter don’t mind.” Right? Well, no. This is all bullshit. As a matter of fact, everyone will mind if you are unable to control your reactions in situations when you should be calm and self-contained. Everyone will mind if you act carelessly when discipline is required. No one will see you as “wild and crazy” then and just accept you like that, no, in fact you will be seen as childish and immature. Sure, you can afford to stay “young and foolish” as long as you stay single, live alone and work on your own; only then you will be able to deal with people on your own conditions and terms. If your mood is good, you will be patient while handling hard situations, if it’s not, well… you know what happens. But if you are going through a corporate nightmare like the rest of us, and you live with your family/friends/partner under one roof, then you might want to revise your attitude in general. Simply, people around us won’t cope with our flaws or attitudes most of the time. They do have their own share of drama in their lives as well, and the last thing they need is you snapping at them for whatever reason. Of course the key is self-control (or drugs). You see, we are not born with self-control. This is a skill that we acquire over the years as a result of going through several unpleasant experiences. And to be honest, those who are smart enough pick it up fast. How many of us can actually put a smile on their faces when someone throws a harsh comment their way? Most of us -especially me- end up replying with some lame, thoughtless, angry comeback. But then I regret it. It was not smart to appear so impulsive or act like a lunatic; I should’ve remained calm and more in control. The other option, most of the time, is to just zip it and let the anger eat at us over time instead, which isn’t right either. The perfect balance would be to speak our mind, but as moderately as possible. I have gone through many “rather” ugly situations with a very dear friend, where I tried to simply be myself and tell her how I feel or what I thought, without any sugarcoating. I mean, I had to be honest and tell her that her boyfriend was a jerk. How could I let her go on with this endless relationship drama? But she loved him so much. She married him. She stopped talking to me. She got divorced a year later. She still won’t talk to me. So the truth hurts. But what hurts more is the way you say it. Being blunt and aggressive is not always a very good idea. Learning how to say what you think in a way that is expressive enough yet still kind enough is a skill. Putting a big smile on your face during hard situations is an art. And knowing the right time and place to beat the shit out of people without getting caught is always essential. Simple.
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The new addiction
By Safeya Abdel Ghaffar
“EXCUSE ME?” I SAID. “MOM? WHY CAN’T YOU GET ME?” MY LITTLE BOY ASKED. HE WAS SPEAKING TO ME IN A SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT LANGUAGE. HE WAS SPEAKING SYRIAN ARABIC! “HUH?” I MURMURED. I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND HIM AND I WAS PRETTY SHOCKED. MY SHOCK GREW BIGGER WHEN I DISCOVERED THAT THE REASON BEHIND HIM SPEAKING IN THE SYRIAN DIALECT WAS BECAUSE HE’D BEEN WATCHING TURKISH SOAP OPERAS THAT ARE DUBBED IN SYRIAN ARABIC.
these factors, put together with a nice story, make good drama and grasp people’s attention.
I go to the supermarket to do my weekly shopping, and I overhear people talking about “Samar and Mohanad” and how heartbreaking their tale is. Last week one of the helpers in the supermarket gave me a pack of plastic boxes and told me with a wide smile, “Madam, they are very durable and you’ll love them. They’re Turkish!” I smiled and said, “Thanks, maybe next time.” I go out with my friends, and they are all talking about “Kareem” and how breathtaking he is. And now all my friends are dreaming of a Kareem for herself! “Where can I get one?” I thought. Wherever I go, I hear something about Turkish soap operas. I go home, and I find everyone waiting for “Hareem El Sultan”. So I decided to watch it as well, and I have to admit, I’m loving it! I’m intrigued by how powerful the Sultan is and how he becomes extremely romantic when he falls into his beloved arms, the wickedness of Huyam and how much she’s full of love and passion for the Sultan and how someone can be so loving and yet able of hating at the same time. The whole thing is full of mixed emotions that makes you just want to watch. That’s when it hit me. It’s not bizarre that people seem to be so amused by these soap operas. Our economic conditions and the frustration we all experience, in my opinion, is the reason why people are so captured by the Turkish ‘way of life’. Turkish soap operas are full of romance, beautiful scenery and beautiful homes, including the simple and slightly poor ones. Even the less classy areas have clean streets and people are always neatly dressed and always looking so clean and beautiful, including the less-privileged. All
On the other hand, this Ramadan there were dozens of Egyptian soap operas that cost a huge amount of money and actors were given millions of pounds. Nevertheless, the final product looked extremely poor and was not nearly as entertaining as we expected them to be. I also noticed something in almost all Egyptian soap operas: the massive vulgarity! The vocabulary they used was too low and pretty offensive. They even made sure that the shooting locations looked dirty: streets were filled with trash and even coffee shops looked filthy! All of them carried a lot of violence, lacked romance and the amount of hatred and envy was far too much! Yes, drama should convey the society we live in, but it was just too much! People want a break. They want to enjoy themselves during the little time they have to watch TV and not get depressed by having their miserable lives thrown in their faces! Turkish soap operas don’t only sell us hope, they also deliver a bunch of other notions; they deliver an overall image of the Turkish people. People now talk about Turkish shops as if they sell what the actors in these soap operas wear. I was personally curious to see what these shops were selling that was so popular, so when I went to the mall, I walked into one of these shops and had a peek. Needless to mention, it looked nothing like what I saw on TV. Like I said, they deliver an image. A pretty good one. Drama affects our lives greatly. A lot of what we see, we believe. This is especially true for people with poorer education, or those who are completely uneducated. The drama we watch on TV should carry hope to counter the hopeless times we live in. It should deliver peace, romance and warm feelings. We should be able to see beautiful scenery in our beautiful country and not just ugly sights. A mix of the aforementioned, the reality we live and taking our morals and values into consideration should bring back the Egyptian drama on its feet. We once enjoyed “Layali El Helmeya”, “Zezinya”, “Raffat El Hagan”, and a lot of others. We need quality, not quantity.
...اديني السالح The story of a girl who wants to join the army By May Kamel
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I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO JOIN THE ARMY FOR UMPTEEN REASONS. AND YES, I AM AWARE THAT THERE IS NOT A SINGLE REASON IN THE WORLD WHY A GIRL IN HER WITS WOULD WANT TO JOIN THE ARMY. ANYHOW, IT GOES LIKE THIS… Between the ages of 5 to 7, I wanted to join the army so as to meet up with my all-time hero, my late grandfather – a martyr in the Six Days War. In my head, the “army” is the place where he lived so a trip down there was nothing but plausible. And then I grew up and came to terms with death and whatnot, and I decided I still wanted to join the army, but this time it was for the adrenaline rush. Think للرجال فقطwith a side of Top Gun, a dash of Full Metal Jacket… you know, the works. Before I know it, circa 2000, I was in high school, and boy did my perspective change. This is around the time where all of us were lovesick puppies with a grave need for attention and way too many hormones in our system for our own good. And I was no different. Joining the army was still something I wanted to do back then, but for all the wrong reasons. My approach was based on the fact that guns are cool, and dangerous…Yes, dangerous is the word. Also uniforms, those are edgy too. I guess it was a generation’s thing. Damn it, we even had personalized dog tags to go along with our navy print pants! Without further abashing myself, I think you have an idea of my thought process. Thankfully, I gained control over myself right before I started university. By that time, I wanted to join the army out of sheer belief in equality and all its friends. The, back then, feminist me (no longer, w rabena yedemha ne3ma) found it crucial to fight for the rights to defend the country w 2arheb el sahayna w keda. This phase was perhaps the longest; it was more of a bubble that got khazoo2-ed when my cousin joined the army himself. Only then was I exposed to the horrid truth that is our military service. Details seem unnecessary, since most of you have had a sibling/ relative/friend join the army, and those who were not lucky enough have at least seen “3aboud 3ala el 7odoud” and/or the “Bakkar” video on YouTube, which sort of wraps up the stories about the Egyptian army altogether. My cousin’s stories, along with the revolution and the accompanying events succeeded in getting the thought of joining the army off my mind for once in 25 years. But it was roughly 3 weeks ago that the thought found its way back, now with full force and absolutely no intention of leaving any time soon. I was with a group of friends who were discussing their obligatory military service classes experience, when one of them yelled “ra7 el zabet 2ayelly: 7abbesh el 2amees gowa el bantalon w ta3ala bokra”. Ever since that moment, I have the urge to a7abbesh ana kaman! Without further ado, I want to join the army even for a month. I might be unaware of what I would be in for, but that’s exactly why I want to go. Change. W aho bel marra netrabba shwaya. W ne7abbesh. Dear people in charge, and I quote, “Train me! Excite me! Arm me!.... Then turn me loose on *God knows who*”.
Back From Death By Youssef Saad Eldin
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WHEN I WOKE UP, I WASN’T THINKING STRAIGHT. SOMETHING WAS WAY OFF WITH THE WAY MY BRAIN PROCESSED THINGS, ADDING TO THAT THE BRUISES ALL OVER MY BODY. HOWEVER, I DIDN’T ASK THE STUPID “WHERE AM I?” QUESTION; I WAS BANGED UP, NOT RETARDED. I WAS OBVIOUSLY IN A HOSPITAL.
I think I should be grateful that the person who was there when I woke up (my father) had the sense to explain what had happened instead of asking stupid questions like “How are you feeling?” His first words were: “You’re alright, you’ve been in an accident, but you’re alright.” When you wake up from something like that, you don’t have the slightest clue about anything, your memory is blurry and you feel ridiculously lost. Like I said, you’re not thinking straight. My jaw was broken and my teeth were knocked out. The miracle wasn’t that I was able to mumble a few words, it was that my father actually understood me. “Are my legs alright?”, I asked. “Yes,” he replied. “Are there any scars?” “No.” I felt relieved. I was glad that I was still alive and in one piece… relatively in one piece. Later on, I was told what they believed had happened, and I added that to the last thing I remembered and I came up with pretty good understanding of what had actually happened. I won’t bother you with the details of the accident or the injuries I suffered, all you need to know is that I came close to dying, a bit too close for my taste. Judging from the injuries, I could tell that I saw it coming. I saw what was about to happen to me before it actually did. And here’s the thing, I didn’t see my life flash before my eyes, in fact, I didn’t have any thoughts at all, it just happened. All that sh*t you keep hearing about how everything slows down and how your life flashes before your eyes is complete and utter crap. I would’ve loved to tell you something motivational about how this experience was a revelation, how it changed my life, how it built character and how (according to my family and friends) big of a hero I was during recovery, but that wouldn’t be the truth. Truth is, I didn’t do much. In fact, I didn’t do anything at all. I just laid there and did whatever the doctors asked me to do. My perception of life didn’t change, I didn’t call up old friends, I didn’t walk around telling people that I love them, and I certainly didn’t become more appreciative of life. Everyone’s personality is a mixture of his naturally-inherited traits, and then the traits he acquired throughout his life. When I woke up, all the traits I had acquired throughout my life were gone; all I had was the personality I had when I was a child. By the 2nd week I was starting to come back, the same cynical as*hole who got into the accident was coming back… only a little more shook-up version of him for a while. If I’ve learned anything from this experience, it’s that life isn’t as poetic as we believe. In most movies, heroes don’t die, and if they do, it’s in an exceptionally poetic way. That’s not realistic. Life is more random than that; one moment you’re here and suddenly you’re gone and probably not for a good cause. Without slow motion and without music in the background, you’re just gone. And if you outlive it, you don’t get any revelations or epiphanies; you just get better and get on with your life. Perhaps this is just me, perhaps someone might have had a different experience, but I tell you this: near death experiences are overrated and are simply not worth the hassle – as if you were waiting for me to say that.
The Leash of Decency Why you should, in fact, be an assh*le By Mohamed Samir Mazloum
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HELLO, DEAR READER. I’M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT THERE’S SOMETHING VERY WRONG ABOUT THE WAY YOU’RE LEADING YOUR LIFE. WORRY NOT, HOWEVER, FOR WE ARE GOING TO FIND MORE ABOUT THAT IN A FEW MOMENTS AND HOPEFULLY RECTIFY THIS AWFUL, DREADFUL MISTAKE. Now then, let us define the issue at hand. Well, dear reader, it is actually rather simple: You are a decent human being. Now, now, don’t roll your eyes at me, threatening to flip the page to something more interesting. You know it’s true, you’re a good man or a decent woman, and you try to abide by the laws and rules of common courtesy. You respect those around you, and show the requisite modicum of attention towards others (even when they’re talking about the latest advancements in theoretical physics. What a champion you are, dear reader. A veritable Hercules.) But, let us not get sidetracked here. You are a decent individual, and I’m here to convince you that it is a problem. See, I’ve come to notice that there’s a pervading illness in our society that stems primarily from an overabundance of decency. It is a dark, insidious little thing that could very well take over the entire world, and we’re just letting it thrive. “What are you talking about, you lunatic?” you must be wondering right now. Let me explain. When was the last time you wished to say something, but decided against it, simply due to the fear that it would be taken the wrong way? Probably today. Maybe it sounded sexist. Maybe you thought it might come off as being somewhat racist or classist. You just didn’t want to be thought of as ‘that horrible, misogynist pig!’, and who can blame you, really? None of us wants that either. All right, so think about the last time you had that particular thought, and reconsider the words that you wished to say. Do they sound so bad now as they did back then? Probably not, simply because at the time, you experienced a bout of anxiety brought upon by our vapid reliance on the opinions of others in shaping our own self image. We care so much about these opinions that we do not even wish to slightly threaten the image that we so carefully carved into the minds of those around us. This is particularly apparent in dealings with the opposite sex (and no, I shall not delve into accusations of madness or instability here, ladies. Relax and put down your pitchforks and meticulously manicured claws.) I’ve already come across 3 or 4 instances while writing this article where I paused to think if what I was writing came across as unnecessarily sexist or misogynist, then I realized that I was being a very silly individual. I mean, I’m probably not being unreasonable when I say that every occurrence of ‘s/he’ you see in writing was probably due to a writer or editor who worried about the image portrayed by their words. It’s particularly funny when you consider that most women never even notice these allegedly sexist remarks, nor do they note the rectifications. So, in the end, all these efforts are for naught. But again, we’re faced with the question of why. Why does this happen? Why is such heightened sensitivity becoming a part of our daily lives? I’m of the opinion that communication plays a key part. As you are aware, dear reader, you’re now part of the world that keeps growing smaller and narrower by the day; you learn about things happening in the Arctic circle and at the edge of space during your morning bowel movement, or even during your ceiling staring exercises (splendid work-out, by the way). The rate of information exchange has become blinding, and with that comes heightened awareness. You read about issues pertaining to sexism (and all other -isms) on a daily basis, you hear women talking about how much they dislike certain qualities and expressions, and - rather insidiously - these thoughts hide within the folds of your psyche, and begin - slowly but surely - affecting the way you approach various things; you pause before posting that tweet so that you wouldn’t come across as being an ass, you linger before even ‘liking’ a friend’s photo, because no one wants to be that overeager individual, and those are just a few examples out of many.
We’re just never aware of the consequences of our constant exposure to the internet; it changes us, and we don’t seem to mind. But, that issue is just a fragment of an even larger one, namely the image one paints of oneself in the modern age. This hyper-reliance on technology and means of communication that people did not have access to a mere century ago has altered our tenets of self-worth, molding them into something that is quite... peculiar. It really doesn’t differ all that much from the well-known microcosm known as high school; students are in a constant bid to portray themselves as cool, calm and collected. You’re always under pressure, be it applied by your peers, or your expectations with regards to their own. It’s not so different now, is it? The only difference is that now you’re exposed to a much larger world that threatens to collectively admonish you for any derogatory behaviour. It is a powerful deterrent, of course (except if you consider internet trolls, but seriously, why would anyone want to venture into that particular LOL-hive). You sit there before your computer screen, and you carefully pick your words, because if one girl finds what you said to be inappropriate, you run the risk of being the internet’s scapegoat de jour. So, you swallow that honest comment and post a friendly emoticon instead, while your insides seethe at the injustice. Congratulations, you’re a decent person, and you hate yourself for it. The interesting part lies, as I’ve mentioned before, in the fact that these expectations are monstrously exaggerated. While sexism, racism and misogyny do run rampant in the world we live in, people exposed to them do not live with a constant shield raised before them, ready for battle at the sight of some half-hearted, vague expression. In fact, many women for example find it somewhat demeaning to be treated in that manner; they’re not delicate glass vases that would shatter at the first sign of adversity, imagined or otherwise. “We have brains, just like you do,” one friend said, “and we’re capable of discerning what is actually misogynistic, versus what was simply an honest choice of words.” (I tested that theory afterwards with a snide remark as to how women use their brains. Not my smartest moment, I must admit.) I know what you’re thinking right now. “But it’s not fair! I’m trying to be decent! That’s not wrong!” Sure, yes, it’s not wrong in theory. But, think about it for a moment; you’re providing these people with special treatment, simply due to a difference in gender, skin color, or a plethora of other factors. Make no mistake, they are aware of this treatment, and they do not like it. See, people like to be treated like people, and they hate to be defined by such aspects, then you come along; you, with your mindfulness and decency, trying to be a good person. You simply bring such issues again to the forefront, and instead of making them feel better, you make them feel isolated, segregated, and lesser in stature that they needed to be dealt with using oven mitts. The world’s had enough of this feigned political correctness, and all it’s producing is a worse breed of human beings, one that is very nice and thoughtful, and very, very dishonest. So, now that I’ve hopefully convinced you that this contrived decency is actually a poisonous affair that affects both you and others rather negatively, what can you do about it? The solution seems rather simple; be an assh*le. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should just go about kicking puppies and calling clown-faced ladies out on their excessive use of make-up (seriously, ladies, even Krusty is ashamed of you. Go wash that face right now) all the time. It just means that you should -before all else- be truthful to yourself. Do you think she’s an idiot? Tell her that she is. Do you think he did a crummy job? Tell it to his face! Just be yourself. After all, only you can actually be you, no?
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Imagine All the People…
Living without 3eib! By Zeyad Salem
DISCLAIMER: THE FOLLOWING IS NOT A RESEARCH PAPER OR AN ARGUMENTATIVE PIECE AIMING AT SETTING RULES OR OFFERING SOLUTIONS, IT IS A THOUGHT I FELT LIKE SHARING, AND COULD BE USED AS A START OF DISCUSSION.
At first there was fear, fear of thinking outside the norms, fear of questioning the -what have been marketed as- core values of our society and religion(s), fear of acting upon those ideas. Then it was the fear of writing about them, because once an idea exists in the form of sentences, it can’t be taken back and will always be there looking you in the eye, challenging you to follow it and becoming a constant reminder of the social hypocrite you are. Imagine a society where youngsters are expected to move out of their parents’ houses at the age of 18; no one gets a say in how they lead their lives. They can live with whomever they want, wherever they want, no curfews, no “where are you” calls, no coercive decisions concerning what school to go to, which career to choose and what to wear. Meanwhile, the 18-year-olds get to support themselves when it comes to housing, food and other basics, with the option of getting some support from family when it comes to bigger, urgent situations like health problems or important projects. It won’t be 3eib because everyone will be doing it! According to sociology, a majority can impose a certain conduct and give it social acceptance. It won’t be 7aram, since I don’t know of a religion that is against independence and taking responsibility of one’s life. I have travelled a lot and have friends from all over the globe who have been making it on their own since they were 16, and since then, their families’ role has been confined to providing support only when needed. They have great relationships with their families, no resentment or blame for their choices. And given the number of people whining every night on Twitter about how their parents make their lives a living hell, I would say that the Western infidels have a way better relationship with their families than we do. However, with the said imaginary scenario, the essence of the economic system will be shaken. Since the younger generation will be making their own money, the majority of them won’t be able to spend 500 LE per
night for going out. Consequently, all places will be forced to set prices concurrent with their target groups, who are basically students or young employees with humble salaries. The prices at cafes, restaurants, pubs and movie theaters will be lowered to accommodate for that. Also taking responsibility of one’s self will minimize the insecurities young adults suffer from and it will most certainly diminish the inferiority complexes they have learnt to hide so well by wearing designer garments, driving killer cars and pouting in Facebook photos after liquoring their nights away. We live in a society where the words 3eib and 7aram are only used to make sure that everything remains as it is, because simply, there are those who make money out of the status quo. And alas, all I can currently do is imagine.
و م و س ى
ن ب ي . . .
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By Hend Ghorab 45
Trends - Women
The Little Cute School Girl
Accessorize Accessorize Primark
Peplum Me Silly
Monsoon Zara H&M
Animal Print Mania Accessorize
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Trends - Men
Prints are for Men Too
Zara H&M Primark
NEXT River Island
Urban Outfitters ASOS
ishenhower Knows Best (if E you don’t get the reference the Bomber Jacket is back)
H&M Zara ASOS
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A Colorful Life MANY PEOPLE WHO LOVE FASHION OR FOLLOW IT ON A REGULAR BASIS DID NOT KNOW OF ANNA MARIA PIAGGI UP UNTIL AUGUST 7TH 2012, THE DAY SHE PASSED AWAY. AND THAT’S A REAL SHAME. WHEN PEOPLE THINK “FASHION FORWARD AND DARING”, NAMES LIKE LADY GAGA AND GALLIANO COME TO MIND. NEVERTHELESS, THE FOUNDER OF BIZARRE FASHION TASTE AND EXPRESSION IS ANNA PIAGGI. THE MOMENT YOU GET FAMILIAR WITH ANNA, IT WILL BE FAIRLY EASY TO SPOT HER OUT IN ANY SORT OF FASHION EVENT. SHE WAS AN ITALIAN FASHION WRITER AND STYLE ICON FOR DECADES. Anna was born Milan in 1931. She wrote for numerous fashion magazines, from the Italian edition of Vogue to Vanity. She is known for her double-page spreads in Italian Vogue where she blows away the minds of the readers with her artistic flair that jump right out of the page at you. What differentiates her from other writers is that, since 1969, she used her bright red manual Olivetti Valentine typewriter to do all her work up until her death! Obviously given that she was in the fashion industry she was a collector of clothes and for that reason, she had an empire of them, spanning from 2,865 dresses to 265 pairs of shoes; all of which were exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2006. What made Anna stand out was her eclectic, loud and exuberant way of dressing, which shocked most fashion forward designers and people who worked in fashion industry. She was never caught wearing the same outfit twice… ever. Even Manolo Blahnik stated once that she was “the world’s last great authority on frocks”.
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Throughout her life, Piaggi was extremely close to many important figures. She was sketched by Karl Lagerfeld because they were close friends and he thought she was “a great performer, but she is also the author of the play”. Years later, his sketches were published as Karl Lagerfeld: A Fashion Journal: A Visual Record of Anna Piaggi’s Creative Dressing and Self-Editing (1986). Her eclectic style began in the 60s when vintage started becoming trendy, as it had been posh in London for several years. During this era, the rich vintage collectors would buy from dealers from Lambert in Chelsea’s antique market. At that point Piaggi and Lambert were good friends and with his guidance she began her infamous collection. Her collection included ensembles made for the Ballets Russes, and other opera and stage costumes that she would wear day to day. More recently, her favorite choices included Ossie Clark, Zandra Rhodes, Kenzo, and Missoni. After decades, Piaggi became an actual fashion monument as she always predicted what came next through knowing what had come before. That was her talent. Because Piaggi strong-heartedly believed she was not photogenic, she adopted Elizabeth I’s technique whereby she would have a white face, cartoon features painted on, blue and silver waves on hair cropped short since 1982 so she’d be able to support all types of hats. Most recently, in 2006, London’s Victoria & Albert museum exhibited clothes, including garments by Balenciaga, Fendi, Galliano and Poiret – all from her personal wardrobe. “Never afraid to be original” – Anna Piaggi
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You can still be fabulous and warm with El Horreya’s Designs for freedom Tally Coin dress that has silver embroidery backless dress with a 100% silk lining.
Get comfortable and hip in Sherwal’s hip in orange pants that are full of vibrant colors and patterns.
Warm up in Route 961 tarbouche vest that is also fabulous with its Swarovski studded Tarbouche illustration.
As autumn sets in, the best night ballerina flats to wear are Heba Attia’s Black Lace Seude ballerina flats
Get a few laughs from INK one subject copy book, with the funniest pop art Arabic notebooks seen in Egypt yet
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Get funky with J’s designs silver Buddha double ring in sterling silver
ELGTV Hits Another Landmark! SECTION
RECENTLY, ONLINE MEDIA HAS BEEN GROWING SO QUICKLY AND STEADILY THAT IT IS NOW EXPECTED TO TRUMP NORMAL TV IN THE COMING YEARS. GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN THE COST OF PRODUCTION WAS THE ONLY DETERMINANT OF A PROJECT’S SUCCESS; CREATIVITY AND CONTENT HAVE NOW BECOME THE PRIME ATTRACTION FOR VIEWERS. A LOW BUDGET MOVIE CAN BECOME A HIT AND GET OVER 160 MILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE JUST BECAUSE IT ADDS SOMETHING NEW. onsequently, ELGTV came about as a part of the change in the shape of media C in post-revolution Egypt, becoming the first online TV in the Arab world. Its content deals with the current trends of viewership and media orientations. ver since the beginning, it has been ELGTV’S policy to remain E neutral, only supporting the truth. Not to mention that one of the channel’s goals is to support young, undiscovered talent, in order to shed light on innovative ideas that might others remain unheard of. he channel was launched last July, and was a huge T success with 200,000 visitors in August and over 300,000 in September and it’s expected to reach 500,000 visitors in a few days. It is noteworthy that ELGTV is very diverse when it comes to its content; it airs young filmmakers’ short movies along with a variety of shows. One of the most interesting shows is “El 7alazona”, which is written and presented by Ahmed Esseily and discusses ethical matters in a logical and philosophical approach. Another example is “El 3elm Wel Emaw” which is presented by Hisham Mansour and tackles our social behaviors and norms in a bold and satirical manner. here’s also Photoshop, a show by Mohamed El Saadany, where he T alters parts of other shows or programs in order to make them funnier. Finally, Moez Masoud’s Re7let El Yaqeen, which was a major hit when aired last Ramadan and is now part of ELGTV’S current, ongoing shows. And that’s just the beginning. www.ELGTV.com
l Bedaya Men Hena: Dedicated to the education of A deprived children ” Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have” (H. Jackson). his quote applies to the majority of poor children in third world T countries. Those children are countless when you think of them as statistics, but let’s focus on one Egyptian girl who is facing poverty and gender discrimination, but still is fighting and hoping for a better future. anan is a young Egyptian girl who lives with her poor family in a small H room that houses 5 people and who suffers inequality from both society and her family. Her family used to beat her and excluded her from school because they believed she is “Dumb”. She also suffered gender discrimination because she’s a girl who lives in a patriarchal community. Her family believed it was better for her to stay home after finishing primary school since she will eventually get married. Poverty only makes her situation and circumstances much worse. Hanan goes to a public school, where many young children complete the primary stage of education without being able to write a complete sentence.
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nowing and believing that education is simply the soul of a society as K it passes from one generation to another, a group of young Egyptian started an NGO called “AL Bedaya Men Hena” to give those children a spark of hope. This NGO’s main target is to give young children from the age 7 till 15 the basics of education that were intentionally or inadvertently excluded from their education in public schools. We, as volunteers, teach those children English, Math, Science, and Arabic. Not only this, but we also teach them how to think and how to use their skills and talents efficiently and effectively, by introducing them to IQ tests and classes to enhance their skills. Hanan was one of our success cases as we went and convinced her family not to make her drop-out from school. But, we wouldn’t have succeeded if she didn’t have in her the hope and eagerness to work hard, make herself a better person, and prove to the community and her family that she is not an inferior being. Education was her voice, and we were her safety net.
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Killing the nostalgia The secret of ‘El Keesa El samra’ effect By Mohamed Adel
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IMAGINE YOURSELF LIVING NUMB; NOT FEELING THE POST-BREAK UP PAINS. IMAGINE YOURSELF NOT GETTING BUTTERFLIES WHENEVER THAT ONE SONG YOU USED TO CALL “OUR SONG” PLAYS ON THE RADIO. IMAGINE YOURSELF NOT RUNNING LIKE A CHEETAH WHEN YOU PASS BY THE PLACE YOU HAD YOUR FIRST DATE AT. Imagine yourself meeting your once-called “the one” without feeling the urge to punch/slap the shit out of her/him. Imagine yourself at the same table with the person you once described as your “significant other” talking about her/his spouse without wanting to blow yourself up, killing everyone who ever existed. Imagine yourself forgetting all the music you danced to, the movies you watched together, the words you wrote to each other and the times you spent cuddling and staring at each other. Imagine yourself forgetting her/his smell and taste so that you never get flashes of them and start seizuring again.
“Visualize this big black bag where you collect all those memories, feelings, gifts and words and then stash them in it so that you’d never ever think of them again, moving on with a clear mind and an incredibly unshakable sense of liberation.”
Imagine all those memories gone and you’re living rage-free, oblivious to all the unfinished fights and unsaid words. Imagine yourself moving on, lightly, as they say, with no baggage. Well, this is what we all seek: peace of mind, or what I call El Keesa El Samra effect. Visualize this big black bag where you collect all those memories, feelings, gifts and words and then stash them in it so that you’d never ever think of them again, moving on with a clear mind and an incredibly unshakable sense of liberation. This idea was first seen in the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, where the tortured Joel went to erase Clementine from his brain after she had earlier undergone the same procedure because they were driving each other insane. But that’s too complicated and expensive for us, not to mention that it’s like a brain death process so we need something more Egyptian; something simpler and more authentic. And here came the idea behind El Keesa El Samra which is usually affiliated with buying tampons or alcohol. But that will no longer be the case, after we spread the universality of El Keesa: that once we see someone carrying a big black bag we will have to encourage him/her to throw it somewhere far away, saying “Bye keesa, hi peace of mind” and live happily ever after. Our generation urgently needs El Keesa El Samra as we all need to live our lives without being belligerent. We need to safely fall in love with the wrong people knowing that we will be able to proceed with our lives once they decide to dump us for no apparent reason. We need to forget what kind of cigarettes they used to smoke, whether they added brown sugar or white sugar to their coffee and we definitely need to forget their weird ass taste in music. We need to genuinely move on without those flashes of nostalgia torturing us around every corner. We need to kill the nostalgia. The people demand El Keesa El Samra!
SECTION THE GAY SECTION
Love: The Method Behind the Madness
By Sarah Adel Elkerdani
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I WAS 19 YEARS OLD AND IT MUST’VE HAPPENED SOMETIME BETWEEN DECEMBER AND FEBRUARY, BECAUSE I REMEMBER DISTINCTIVELY THAT IT WAS VERY COLD AND THAT THE SKY WAS RATHER GREY. MY BEST FRIENDS JOINED A WORKSHOP AT COLLEGE AND WERE ALL BLOWN AWAY BY A SPECIFIC STUDENT. THEY WENT ON AND ON ABOUT HOW SMART, WELL-SPOKEN AND CHARISMATIC HE WAS. IT TOOK ME JUST ONE LOOK TO FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM.
Yes, I had the biggest crush on a guy I never talked to, and it was so intense that my heart would practically stop beating the moment he walked in. My palms would get all sweaty and I’d be as giddy as a schoolgirl every time he was around. As for the times he wasn’t around, I would start craving him like I crave ice cream and I couldn’t just calm the hell down until I saw him the next day! ‘This must be love,’ I told myself. I was sick of my inexperience and shyness, which I thought held my fairy tale back, so I decided to make a move and get to know him. I came up with the lamest excuse ever and approached him. But to my surprise, he acted even more naively than I actually was. All we did for two years was glance at each other when the other one wasn’t looking. We told our friends and crossed our fingers that things would magically work out. I continued to think I loved that guy for two freaking years (long after I graduated)! It wasn’t until I met my husband that I knew I had the most incorrect idea about what love really meant. I discovered that my feelings were none other than the power of persuasion and a combination of some very strong chemicals. It’s the most pleasant thing when you’re loved in return and a brutal one when the infatuation is unreciprocated or even worse when you get dumped. Failed relationships have proven to have almost the same withdrawal symptoms as drugs. The way I felt for him tormented me and it was the most confusing thing I had to deal with. I mean, who feels that way for someone they don’t even know? Relationships to me were one of the most baffling mysteries, until God decided to unfold the truth on one boring night. I was lucky enough to stumble upon Helen Fisher. You are not going to believe this, but she proved that romantic love is not an emotion, rather a motivation system. It’s a drive that is a part of the reward system of the brain! Wait, it gets even better. Fisher proved that the effects of love and infatuation on the brain are similar to those of cocaine! She put 37 people who are crazy in love into an MRI brain scanner. They found activity in neurons that are located at the center of the brain that receives information from other areas that tell us how our needs can be satisfied. Activity was also found in the cells that actually make ‘dopamine’, which provides us with feelings of enjoyment and motivation to do certain things. It’s the same brain area that becomes active when you feel the rush of cocaine! “The more dopamine you get, the more of a high you feel. Romantic love is actually much more than a cocaine high,” says Fisher. “At least, you come down from cocaine, but romantic love is an obsession. It possesses you, and you lose your sense of self. It’s as if somebody is camping in your head.” I have to admit that I despise the sight of people who are nauseatingly in love (pretty much like I used to be). Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the love I despise, but the way some fools completely give in to their partners and hand them all the control of their lives! It is one thing to be fooled by someone who pretended to be someone they’re not, and a whole other thing when you voluntarily open your mouth and gladly take the hook. It happened to me and to almost everyone I know. We find someone, fall in love with them and make our lives stop the moment it ends! In a study composed of 114 men and women who had been rejected by a partner, 40% were found with clinically measurable depression, while 12% displayed moderate to severe depression. With some people it doesn’t stop there. The statistics of people who killed or tortured their partners for leaving or cheating are staggering; these include educators, athletes, politicians, and celebrities. The funniest part is that we still ask the question, ‘what were they thinking’?
In a study composed of 114 men and women who had been rejected by a partner, 40% were found with clinically measurable depression, while 12% displayed moderate to severe depression.
Did you know that the term ‘crime of passion’ is a viable legal defense? It is basically an excuse for committing a crime due to sudden anger or heartbreak, in order to eliminate the element of premeditation. Lawyers argue that it’s the same as temporary insanity. Shakespeare’s Othello was crazy about Desdemona, yet when he thought she cheated on him, the last words she heard were ‘I will kill thee and love thee after’. Love is so simple, yet one of the most complicated ambiguities of life. Even after learning the facts, no one will stop falling crazy in love and even worse, stop who we fall in love with.
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The movies have lied to us
By Menna Tarek
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I BELONG TO A CERTAIN AGE GROUP THAT HAS BEEN FEEDING ON THE AMERICAN DEFINITIONS OF THINGS EVER SINCE BIRTH. WE GREW UP WATCHING DISNEY MOVIES, WE CALL “FILMS” MOVIES, MCDONALD’S IS OUR JUNK FOOD... ETC. YOU GET THE PICTURE. This summer, my friend and I decided it was time to see the magical place that is New York and maybe bump into Tina Fey descending the 30 Rock, or perhaps even Meg Ryan falling in love with Tom Hanks as they roam Central Park. So, after a short period of preparation and anticipation, we were on our way. We switched flights in Heathrow, landed in JFK, took a cab to where we were staying in Manhattan and so the trip began. There are a few things that I like comparing whenever I am visiting some place new. Those things don’t necessarily define whether or not the place is cool or not, they simply make your life so much easier or make it a living nightmare depending on your expectations from the trip.
The NYC subway is inefficient in so many ways. It is very hard for one to locate the right station to take a train from and you have to walk for ages if you happen to know how to locate the right station on the map. Even after that, you need to walk some more or take a cab to reach your desired destination. There is no subway station that is even remotely close to the Metropolitan Museum. I think this proves my point.
Taxis on the other hand are very efficient. There will be no way in hell you won’t be able to catch a cab at any given time in New York provided that it is not at 5 AM or 5 PM (this is when taxis change shifts). Other than that they are reasonably priced and closely monitored, so that no unnecessary long route is taken for extra fare and crimes of any kind are being taken down to a minimum.
tall buildings and cabs, so the movies got that one right. There are anti-graffiti laws, so there is no graffiti and there certainly is no Carrie Bradshaw running in heels down the Manhattan subway. There is no collective sense of style like there is in Europe, but it surely is cosmopolitan. You meet every race, color and nationality on the subway but no extremely rich people, they don’t ride the subway. Between every other Starbucks and Starbucks there is, in fact, another Starbucks. New Yorkers consume them like crazy, and I don’t have a clue why. There are tons and tons of better coffee places, but no, Starbucks it is.
Overall, my shopping experience has been satisfactory. I visited two outlets, which we had to get bus tickets to get to, but they were neat and organized and segregated from the hassle of the city. New York Cityis cheaper than Europe but fairly expensive compared to other places in the US. NYC taxes on purchased goods are really high. You can buy anything at a drugstore or a supermarket. To sum this up. New York City could be a good place to live in. But it certainly doesn’t provide half the magic that has been linked to it for decades and decades now. Anyone who has lived in Cairo can definitely absorb it but it doesn’t give out positive vibes to you most of the time. It is like a minor European city blended together with the vulgarity of Cairo and a sense of “and now what” kind of thing, minus the familiar feeling of it all. Maybe it’s me or maybe there is in fact nothing to it. You are not American, New York City doesn’t have to be the center of culture to you. I was far from impressed with the city. The only thing that really impresses me is how the American pop culture managed to make its way into our brains and convince us that New York is the greatest place to be.
There is but a limited number of things that you need to see in New York. The only thing competing with the vulgarity that is Time Square is maybe 3attaba in dear old Cairo. The display of the things in the Metropolitan could be the only excuse why this thing is even considered a museum and the Museum of Modern Art resembles the Nassagoun Sharqeyoun showroom with a little Sakia exhibition sort of twist. I left it after 20 minutes of entering, having paid 25 dollars. That is how bad it was.
Almost all of the hotdog stands are owned by Alexandrians so it very normal for you to get up there and say “Salamo 3alikom, hotdog bel mostarda lao sama7t” and the guy will not even take money from you. After you insist, he will give you a fairly good discount. The rest of the diner and restaurants are cool, they are a bit pricey though, especially since we always hear about food being cheap in the US. But hey, it is NYC after all, so it is not so pricey compared to other major cities around the globe. Food is generally good, not exceptional in any way though; it is very diverse, but not original, it all seems Americanized in a way.
It is very hard to find someone who is intentionally mean to you. That happened once with me in Soho. Other than that, New Yorkers will help you if you are lost but they will keep the conversation to a minimum, and they’re not that big on smiling. The city that never sleeps sleeps at 2 AM at most. It is very tricky to find somewhere to eat after 11, but a bar is always open at that time. The city is very polluted but people get unreasonably pissed at cigarette smoke. You can’t smoke in restaurants nor pubs nor buildings nor parks nor in crowded open air places and if you do, you sometimes won’t be able to escape a person in the street covering their nose as they pass by your cigarette. I mean what the hell? There is so much pollution over here and you are pissed at my cigarette? Grow up a bit? The scenery is mostly
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By Adham Roshdy
BETWEEN THE SCARCITY OF LIVE MUSIC VENUES AND THE PLACES THAT DEGRADE THE ESSENCE OF MUSIC FOR THE SAKE OF HIGHER REVENUES, RISES A NEW STAR IN TOWN. JAZZ MATE IS DEDICATED ONLY TO JAZZ MUSIC MUSICIANS AND FANS, FEATURING FREQUENT JAZZ PERFORMANCES IN A BRILLIANT SETTING. WHETHER IT IS JAZZ MUSIC PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND OR A LIVE PERFORMANCE, JAZZ MATE MANAGES TO BLEND AN UNEQUIVOCAL JAZZY EXPERIENCE IN CAIRO. WE’VE SAT DOWN WITH TAMER MUSTAFA, ONE OF JAZZ MATE’S OWNERS, AND FOUND OUT A LITTLE MORE ABOUT JAZZ MATE, NOT ONLY AS A DISTINGUISHED HANGOUT IN TOWN, BUT AS AN EXAMPLE OF DETERMINATION, LOYALTY, AND SUPPORT. Campus: How old is Jazz Mate? Tamer: The opening was on Friday, the 7th of September 2012, featuring Noha Fekry and Amro Salah Trio. C: Is Jazz Mate the first private business you own? T: Yes, however, one of my partners (who is also my best friend), has a relevant experience. Earlier this year, he started his own bookstore, Sufi, in Zamalek, which features live performances. We both share the passion for jazz music and we’ve wanted to start Jazz Mate for a very long time. C: Exactly how long have you wanted to start Jazz Mate? T: Since 1995, back when we were in high school. It has been a dream to own a place like this, in fact, the name Jazz Mate is the same name we wanted to call the place back then. But we never went through with the plan, because each of us got caught up in his job and neither of us had the time or effort to focus on bringing our dream to life. But when we thought about it and realized that it is not that complicated at all, we decided to work on it.
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C: It’s quite unique to find such a particular atmosphere in Egypt, were there any inspirations? T: Sure, we’ve been traveling around a lot. First of all, jazz music is underrated and neglected in Egypt. I don’t want to mention names, but as far as I know, there is a place that is associated with jazz in Egypt, but unfortunately, during the past 10 years that place has been hosting trance, house and a bunch of shows that have nothing to do with jazz. Moreover, most nightlife venues that host live music in Egypt serve alcohol, but we don’t. In one way or another, we wanted to implement in Egypt a concept that we believe is missing. C: Jazz Mate hosts live performances on weekends only; do you have any plans to host live bands throughout the rest of the week? T: As a matter of fact, we do. Although we just host live bands on a weekly basis for the time being, I’m looking forward to having bands perform on a much more frequent basis in the next couple of months, at least twice a week rather than only once. But the thing is, I’m still in the process of gathering contacts, and it doesn’t matter to us whether the bands are professional musicians or rising talents; all talents are more than welcome to come and perform here. I would love to support rising talents who are into jazz and exhibit good musicianship by offering them the opportunity to perform their music and enjoy a pleasant environment, which will be great for them, the guests and for Jazz Mate as well. C: Are you willing to host bands that perform music genres other than jazz? T: No, we only play and host jazz music. C: Are you planning to host foreign artists at Jazz Mate? T: Yes, God willing. C: What’s your take on policies applied by some live music venues in Egypt, like preventing veiled women from attending or entering the venue? T: I’m against any form of discrimination whatsoever, whether it is against a race, a nationality, religion or a belief. And I believe preventing veiled women from entering a venue is ridiculous, we are open to all our guests and we don’t impose any kind of discrimination. C: Are you targeting a specific audience by not serving alcohol at Jazz Mate? T: There are several reasons why I don’t serve alcohol here. Other than the fact that I usually don’t like being in places associated with alcohol, Jazz Mate carries a different concept. Just because it’s a place associated with jazz doesn’t mean it should be associated with alcohol. To be honest, not serving alcohol affects a lot of potential business, because many of Zamalek’s residents are foreigners, and with the place usually being perceived as a bar rather than a restaurant/café, they come in under that impression, and when they realize that the place doesn’t serve alcohol they usually leave. However, I want to stick to the place’s concept and increase my exposure by attracting people who would enjoy a different experience. C: Are you willing to host DJs if things started getting a little rough? T: No, I would rather shut down the business. No DJs at all. C: One last question, have you encountered any unusual situations while starting Jazz Mate? T: Well, the night before our soft opening, we received an advertisement message on our cell phone about a jazz café that opened in Mohandessin. We were so frustrated, especially since the message had some missing text. We pulled over on one of the streets in Mohandessin and were anticipating the remaining part of the text so we could get the address and check out the place. Later on, the address in the message referred to a side street situated exactly where we parked. We felt that all what we’ve been working on was falling apart for a moment there, but as we were searching for the café’s sign, we laughed at the sight of a big shisha situated at the entrance of the café. We then stood at the entrance and saw them playing an Arabic music channel on the TV, so we all smiled, turned around and just left.
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