Devizes Melting Pot

“Protection. Conservation. Restriction. Deep ecology. Give me deep technology any day. They don't scare me. "I'm damned if I'll crawl, my children's children crawl on the earth in some kind a fuckin' harmony with the environment. Yeah, till the next ice age or the next asteroid impact." (Moh Kohn, The Star Fraction)/ "This is the fight between God and the Devil. If His Grace is with God, he must join me, if he is for the Devil he must fight me. There is no third way" King Gustavus Adolphus

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Location: Devizes, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

University graduate, currently working as an Information Assistant for the NHS. Interested in politics, history, sci fi etc.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Cairo Cat Blogging


Friday Cat Blogging

George and Heidi return after a 2 week hiatus

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Egypt Blogging

While we were at campsite just outside of Alexandria, a farmer who lived nearby gave us a tour of his milk factory. The campsite was in a desert village.

'Hot Dog' - The farmers dog who attended to the goats and sheep he kept next to the campsite

Photos taken by my mother

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Egypt Blogging

After a fun day hanging out with the Alexandria Sea Scouts, the leader treated us to local food, Egyptian pie, which was like a pizza and like a pancake, and they have savory first followed by sweet.

Ingredients which you can choose to have in your Egyptian Pie

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Alexandria Blogging - Ancient Ruins

Pompey's Pillar

Stairs down to the catacombs

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Alexandria Blogging

My Photos of the sumptuous El Salamlek Palace.
H.M. Khedive Abbas Helmi II built the el-Salamlek Palace, located in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1892 as a hunting lodge for his Hangro-Austrian Mistress, Countess May-Torok von Szendro. It was surrounded by woods stocked with game for the hunting pleasure of the Khedive and his guests. The Greek architect Dimitri Faricious Pasha actually designed the palace and undertook its construction.

Later, during the reign of H.M. King Fouad I, son of H.M. Khedive Abbas Helmi II, El-Salamlek served as a guesthouse. And later, under the reign of King Farouk I, El-Salamlek became a summer office and guesthouse for the king's most valued guests. When the Palace was turned into the El Salamlek Palace Hotel and Casino, nine years were spent renovating and decorating in order to recreate the luxury and glamour of the Royal era of Egypt.

A portrait of the former King Farouk and his second wife Narriman Sadek

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Helnan Palestine Hotel, Alexandria

This hotel is located inside the Palace of King Farouk, commonly known as Montazah Palace.It is about a 10 minute drive to the town centre.The area is one of the most affluent parts of the city and the hotel was originally built to accommodate the kings and presidents of all the Arab countries for the Arab Summit Meeting.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The 12th International Youth Gathering for Cultural Exchange

My mother and I were lucky enough to be given invites to the opening ceremony of the 12 International Youth Gathering for Cultural Exchange, which was being held in the Scout Centre, Cairo.

Met some interesting Scouts there, got talking to a lovely Scout from Azerbaijan but they have come from all over, some poor lad had a 53 hr flight from Argentina! but also here is the Maldives, Spain, Italy, Yemen, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Italy, UK, Seycelles, Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda etc. Also there were the diplomats of Azerbaijan, South Korea, Palestine and the Scouting Represenative for the Africa region plus two professors of Egyptology from the Egyptian Museum.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Alexandria Seafront Blogging

Walking along the sea front in Alexandria was really wonderful

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Cairo Cat Blogging

Photos taken at the Giza Sea Scout Club

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Egypt Blogging

Sugarcane juice is a popular beverage here in Egypt and on most corners you can find a stall selling it. Its freshly made and nothing is added, a great thirst quencer. This photo was taken in Alexandria.

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Alexandria Cat Blogging

In lieu of usual cat blogging, I present Alexandria Cats, taken while I was in Alexandria, have another week in Cairo, so there will be George and Heidi next week.

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