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And an ostrich in a palm tree

Maybe El-Brince shares my appreciation of this strange looking, pea-brained, fast running mega bird. Our long-necked, feathered friend is revered for its ability to plunge its head in the sand to avoid seeing what should remain hidden from plain view. And given what purportedly went on is this villa the poor animal must have spent most of its time faced down.

Adel Heine

Bergamon: Egypt’s last Rango player

I learned to play the Rango out of love and a dedication to these instruments, the tanboura, the simsemeya and the Rango, which go together as the violin and the cello do in the Western tradition,” Bergamon explained. “There used to be many who had mastered the instrument, but the last of them died last year.

Daily News Egypt

New movies this week: a lot more of the same

Ted Ted tells the story of a teddy bear who comes to life when his young owner, John Bennet, wishes on a star. The walking, talking bear becomes famous for a while, making TV appearances and the like. Mark Wahlberg plays the adult Bennet who is still loyal to his by now bitterly disappointed, pot-smoking, …

Adel Heine

Review: Mory’s visits to China and Iran overwhelm Egyptian columnists

As Morsy nearly finalises his three-day journey to China and heads towards a supposedly short, yet very unique, trip to Tehran, opinion writers in almost all Egyptian newspapers dissect the main reasons, repercussions and expected outcomes of the President’s two important visits. Some writers have refuted arguments that Egypt has the potential to swiftly follow …

Daily News Egypt

No Military Trials activist Salma Abdelgelil Photo by Rachel Adams

NoMilTrials: Arresting change

Despite the worrying number of men and women still facing military trial in Egypt, one grass-roots movement has succeeded in alerting the public to the need for change. Rana Muhammad Taha speaks to No Military Trials activists Salma Abdelgelil and Mohammad Fouda about the group’s development.

Rana Muhammad Taha

Bites Fil Beit: Mahshi – stuffed vegetables

We love food. We love the real, down to earth, tried-and-tested, handed-down-through-the-generations, local Egyptian food. Here is your chance to learn how to make these local delicacies in your own home. And just so you know what to ask for, we have added how to say the ingredients in Arabic. No more excuses, off to the souq!

Iman Adel Abdel-Fattah

Review: Sinai, Morsy’s independence and liberal powers

Although President Morsy has commenced his first trip to China, which will be followed by a unique trip to Iran, most columnists across Egyptian newspapers have not touched upon the presidential trips. Opinion writers commented on the importance of Morsy’s independence from his Islamist group and some have warned against possible occurrences of violence and …

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Cairo’s Citadel Music Festival to begin tomorrow

The festival is of crucial importance because it is now one of, if not the only, cultural event that is a portal from the artistic towers to the bottom of society. It reaches people who need to be nourished by art, who are thirsty and are finally provided with water.

Daily News Egypt