Tag: egypt

‘Massacres’ in Cairo, govt declares state of emergency.

Clashes have erupted in the Egyptian capital as the military clear pro-Morsi sit-ins

I wonder whether Abdul is in Cairo, he was before. I messaged him to ask him if he is OK.

BBC: The government, which has declared a state of emergency, said 235 civilians had been killed nationwide. The Muslim Brotherhood, which backed the protests, says more than 2,000 people have died in the violence.


I feel I should apologise to all the tourists who are in London right now, who came here on holiday on the understanding that June is summer. It is dark and it is pouring with rain. It makes me want to be somewhere with sun. Abdul has a new photo up and he looks delicious and so does the beach. I love his face and his body language, he’s full of attitude. He’s really intelligent and political, but he’s also quite aware of his own beauty, with the result that he looks great in photos. We are chatting a little bit. Nothing too heavy. I don’t think we are quite finished with each other. I feel like I just need about two or three weeks with him, actually, that would be enough. Just enough time for us to say all the things to each other that need saying.

In other news, I am seriously, calorie-counting, Proper Dieting as of today. My fridge is stuffed with fresh vegetables. Oh yes, and I bought digital scales at last. They did not immediately knock five pounds off me but at least I believe what they are saying. There’s a fifth date with Mr Environmentalist coming up so there’s every reason now to get back in shape.

Let’s have a tune. Let’s have some Wu-Tang.

Wu-Tang Clan: Gravel Pit (2000)

Love, Etc.

Well. That was an unexpectedly nice evening. I even scored an Art point.

So it was my third date with Mr Environmentalist. As you know, in the fickle and consumerist culture of online dating, while no date is ever really that bad, only about 10% of first dates turn into a second date. Third dates almost never happen. In online dating years, three dates is a long, serious relationship.

So we had our third date (omg yay). I asked him for suggestions of things we could do. He came up with quite a few good ones. Because I wasn’t feeling very attractive, I opted for a date where I could keep my clothes on, so we went to the cinema. This was the only reason we went out. Otherwise I totally would have picked an indoors date.

Well, the cinema turned out to be great! We went to the British Film Institute and saw The King of Marvin Gardens (dir Bob Rafelson, 1972), starring Jack Nicholson and Ellen Burstyn.

marvin gardens

Blah blah, intelligent film reviews, you can find them. Let’s cut to the good part.

The mood was romantic and kissy and discreetly sexy. He is really sweet. I like him. He isn’t overbearing, he’s self-effacing if anything, but he likes to hold hands and kiss and say ‘you are beautiful’. It is very hard indeed not to like him. There totally is going to be a fourth date, this weekend and I am wondering where I can get emergency liposuction.

And THEN, as I was on my way home like a good girl who has work in the morning, I received a text from Abdul in Egypt. It didn’t say ‘Come out here to Egypt nao and be my wife’, it was just a hello, how are you kind of thing. It made my heart do a little skip and a jump when his text arrived, something I haven’t felt since the JC era. Oh, readers. Let’s all cross our fingers for a sensible outcome here. We are pretty much relying on his common sense.

The Melodians ft. U-Roy: Everybody Bawlin (1971)

Sound of Egypt

Since my return from Egypt I’ve been looking around for an example of some of the great music I heard there and at last I’ve found some. Egypt has a vibrant culture, I was reading someone’s website the other day and they described it as the Hollywood of the Arab world, which I thought was an interesting remark. It has distinctive home-grown music. The Western listener readily finds in it hip-hop and house rhythms, giving it instant likeability, yet at the same time the melodies, lyrics and arrangements are not like anything that Western culture has ever produced. Awesome. With my limited understanding, the word for ‘local music’ in Egypt is mahragan. Here is some.

I wish I could credit this artist by name. If anyone reads Arabic and can tell me who he is and perhaps the name of the song, that would be great.

Get up and dance. Hip to the motherfucking hop, seriously.