Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Give us our daily bread,

This little donkey must have a hard job pulling this cart the bock wheels hub bearings have broken up so the wheel is running on the axle. and leaning on the cart this will act like a brake on all the time, made even harder when it is loaded with half a ton of bagged lemons,

while in the market i took this photo and wondered if the hard working donkey also had the lemons on its cart this day.

lmost every street in luxor has a government subsidized bread shop each piece is 5 piastres,
there is one hundred piastre's in one pound ( LE) so for one pound they can have twenty pieces, they buy so much of it half I reckon is thrown away or kept to feed the chickens and the rats,

nice fresh Filia bread tomorrow it will be like a rock,

This is the only horse and cart allowed into the market street, delivering the flour,

Its the lock up good job the crisp boxes have been invented, or it would be open house,
fair play The owner sells the produce mainly mineral water at Egyptian price, that's 2.50 le
per 1.5 litre bottle, most outlets sell to the tourist anything up to 12le.

the shop is situated direct across the street from the entrance of Luxor Temple,
also has its own tourist attraction. notice the woman in the doorway, one euro photo one dolla.
its market day again and that's where I am heading, its a month since my last visit so maybe there will be some new seasonal fruit and veg in.

It was nice to see the council had tarmacadam the area around the old house,
also good to know this lovely building won the case over the demolition, not many have

lots of fish on the market all are caught by the local fishermen ,
This is the fish the kingfishers and herons catch,

then we have the spices to go with the bread and fish.
= chicken food

onions, garlic and okra,

The Buffalo cheese is a local delicacy and eaten with the bread

next blog is on my walk back from the market, almost got run over by a locomotive.

Friday, August 27, 2010

things that gets noticed

Well well;this one does not have any underwear, and he got noticed. a few more tourists got a snap shot he was in the main street market area even cops walking past. wonder if he had been mimiking Alexander the great, he stands proudly with his phalus erect on the wall of luxor temple.

strange how one notices a deserted street,

and signes that are not noticed even though I walk this street every day,
and I get hassled. in future will point to the sign,

freebees, not really just that everybody sells this kind of rubbish its quite safe beeing left out in the street. the guy most likely had a sale, got himself stoned and forgot to close shop. could be the guy with his knob hanging out.

The lone ranger. or is it silver, hi ho. just delivered its lemons.

yep its still ramadan bunting is everywhere,

how much off this dress. depends how short you want it I suppose. 60% will get to show yer arse when bending down.

Me and my camera what next,

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

This that and a few donkeys

Both horse and donkey here are under fed,

Lots of this and that in Luxor not many take any interest in this and that neither do they take any interest in the donkey,
unless its to abuse, some donkeys are treated fairly well ; the farmers treat there little workhorse with pride others pride themselves in how strong there animal is;
look how much it can pull; others take more pride in the cart the donkey pulls , spend more on the carts upkeep and appearance than food for the donkey that has to pull it,

some boys just like to ride up the wrong side

this street has just had new pavement not to walk on but to show the locals that a new road is being put in and no more can they trade on the street the cops or on their way confiscating any food stuffs off the pavement'
the cops lorry is approaching, while normal trading,
this sequence of shots shows how quick they can close shop. the shop has its shutters open

all cleared and the shutters are down. hooray we fooled em.
the shadow shows its midday

Monday, August 23, 2010

Missing Van Gogh

So tired; this spice seller has fallen to sleep while filling a bag of spice up,

Mystery as museum officials admit 'recovered' $50m Van Gogh masterpiece is still missing

The fate of a £32million Van Gogh masterpiece stolen from a Cairo museum remained a mystery last night.

The 12in-square painting of red and yellow flowers was cut from its frame at the Mahmoud Khalil Museum on Saturday. Within hours, Egyptian ministers announced that it had been recovered in the hands of an Italian couple arrested at Cairo airport.

But yesterday embarrassed officials backtracked and said the picture was still missing.

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Does this mean its a fake the flower vase is 12"x12" ????? or is it the size of the italians who stole the painting??

The location of 'Poppy Flowers' by dutch impressionist Vincent Van Gogh is a mystery after it was reported both stolen and recovered in a day

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It was not clear if the Italians were still being held. Earlier, it was reported that the young couple, among only ten people to visit the museum on Saturday, had aroused suspicion after they were seen visiting a toilet and then rapidly leaving the premises.

The perverted officials only had the toilet cameras working, and any one with a fly zip could sneak the painting out disquised as a 12 inch phalus, it did not arouse susspicion as the adjustment of dress is not necessary in Egypt, often males stand around rubbing the private parts.

The work – known both as Poppy Flowers and Vase And Flowers – has been stolen from the same museum before, also in mysteriouera circumstances.

Thieves took the canvas in 1978, and authorities recovered it two years later at an undisclosed location in Kuwait .

Officials never reported whether any thieves were charged or tried or whether a ‘ransom’ was paid for the painting.

Now museum chiefs are facing an inquiry into how it could have been stolen again, amid claims that security was lax. Egypt’s top prosecutor, Abdel Meguid Mahmud, said all the alarms at the museum and 36 out of 43 security cameras had been broken for some time.

The picture is believed to have been painted in 1887, three years before Van Gogh’s suicide at the age of 37.

A painting by Dutch post-Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh, worth an estimated $55 million, was stolen for the second time from a Egyptian museum. Investigators are looking into the possibility the theft was an inside job.

Egypt’s general prosecutor has barred nine Culture Ministry officials from leaving the country as part of an inquiry into the theft, the state daily newspaper al-Ahram reported.

The painting, known as “Poppy Flower,” was stolen on Saturday (Aug. 23) from Cairo’s Mahmoud Khalil Museum, which houses one of the Middle East’s finest collections of 19th- and 20th-century aApparently the painting was ripe for the picking.rt.

and of course we have the normal day lives of the Egyptian people to think about theft is a normal day occurrence, every day people report theft from hotel rooms. theft after an assault back in the middle ages it was called highway robbery in England a hanging offence:; here in Egypt it would be a chop the bastard's hand off, and its still law here,

and they put great emphasis on this by showing models or harlequins with no hands dressed in the latest fashion on the kerbs outside the shops, for security reasons cannot show the faces,

as they may resemble a museum official.

and as I said fly open is normal dress here.

but not so for the ladies, who are only allowed to wear revealing clothes at home .
Habiba: is I love, so these must be night wear,
personaly much prefer the baby doll gear. girls go out disco in this garb in the UK.
then we have the perphume.

Bought by the bucket phul to keep away the stench of the garbage that hangs around the streets. also with the rubbish here the dogs and cats and rats will have a good meal tonight'
some will be taken out of the city to the outskirts and dumped in the nearest canal. so more of egypts wildlife will be fed,

lots of bones around now its Ramadan and all have meat with the breakfast.ramadan street bunting