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Yasmina, sometimes known as 'The English Rose of Cairo', has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of Egyptian oriental dance as a performer, teacher and choreographer. Originally from the UK she spent many years travelling and dancing her way around the Middle East before settling in Cairo in 1995. Here she performed for many years with her orchestra, becoming one of the city's best-loved dancers. Cairo is still Yasmina's home, where she hosts dancers and dance groups from around the world and provides services ranging from accommodation, choreography, training and coaching in oriental dance, to publicity photography and music production.

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Luxor Wives (Insight Magazine)
Each evening at seven oclock, Gloria sits in the coffee lounge of a small back street hotel in Luxor, and drinks a pot of English tea. Her clothes are immaculate, and shes carefully made up, but her coiffured, jet-black hair cant hide her age (sources say shes 86). Gloria is one of Luxors longest enduring foreign residents, and her story is far older than she is. Married for over a decade to a much younger local man, who, its said, has spent all her money, she remains stranded in an alien country, a lonely, displaced figure symbolizing the clash of cultures at its crudest. Though her circumstances are the object of rumour and gossip, Gloria refuses to talk to the press to set the record straight. Who can blame her? In the words of another victim of a failed romance that attempted to bridge the age gap, you just feel so stupid and ashamed. Behind the golden monuments and spectacular Nile views, Luxor has a darker side, and its one thats especially dangerous for women of a certain age who fall for the charms of the local youth..
Dubbing Disney (Insight Magazine)
For generations of children the world over, the feature films of Walt Disney have been an integral part of growing up. Who doesnt remember their earliest cinema experiences watching The Jungle Book, One Hundred and One Dalmations or more recently perhaps taking their own kids to see movies like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King? For Arabic-speaking audiences however, the films have always been restricted to those willing and able to view them with sub-titles. With the exception of Snow White, which was dubbed back in the seventies (and starred Ratiba el Hefny as the operatic voice of Snow White), children and their parents across the Middle East have had to wait until very recently to be able to enjoy Disney characters given life in their own language..
Nogoum FM, Egypt’s first private radio station (Insight Magazine)
In the dry, searing desert heat the air-conditioning is running full blast at Media Production City, with TV and film studios working round the clock. Now theres a brand new face in the Egyptian broadcasting line-up: Nugoum FM, the countrys first private radio station since the revolution. Insight went to investigate. Anyone twiddlng their radio dial lately may well have been pleasantly surprised to discover the existence of not one but two new channels; Nile 1 FM in English and its Arabic counterpart Nogoum. Both come under the banner of Nogoum FM, the first ever private radio station in Egypt, which looks to take the airwaves by storm and pave the way for a new era in Egyptian broadcasting. Theres no doubt that local radio audiences over the past two decades have dwindled substantially. Satellite TV now airs constantly day and night in many Egyptian homes, but few people these days think to tune in to the radio, unless perhaps theyre driving. Private stations abroad such as the UKs Capital Radio in London in many ways play a role in holding the fabric of the city together on a daily basis (they also collectively generate 5% of advertising revenue annually in the UK, compared to a measily 0.02% here) but there is no such parallel in Egypt. Audiences have gradually lost interest in the state-owned stations, which have become for the most part dusty and stale, out of touch with youth tastes and stuck in a back-water. My brief in coming here is to put Egypt on the worlds radio map, says Simon Ramsden, British DJ and head of Nile 1, fresh from major broadcasting contracts in Lebanon and Dubai. Were not aiming to reinvent the wheel here, simply to give Egyptians what they havent really had until now and the rest of the world has. Its time to move this country up alongside its neighbours.
The Music Business in Egypt (Insight Magazine)
For as long as anyone cares to remember, the land of the Nile has been a land of song. Music from Egypt has broadcast across the airwaves to every corner of the Middle East, bringing the golden voices of legends such as Um Kulsoum and Abdel Halim Hafez into homes from Morocco to Iraq, and even upturning classical sensibilities with popular performers like Ahmed Adaweya, gradually assimilating them into mainstream culture. Recently, however, as anyone with a TV set, a CD player, and most especially a satellite dish will have noticed, theres been something of a revolution going on. The Middle Eastern music Industry, once dominated by a handful of companies slow to progress and rolling along at a leisurely pace, has been forced to pick up speed and churn out a torrent of material by an ever-increasing stream of new artists, in order to meet the growing demands of a market hungry for constant change.
Contemporary Dance in Egypt (Insight Magazine)
All is not well in the small, insular world of modern dance in Egypt. For those working under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, a dangerous ennui is settling in. For those working outside of its sheltering umbrella, there is a growing sense of frustration and despair. A dancers life has always been a hard one, but nowadays its not enough to sweat in the rehearsal studios. Most of the stress is taking place outside, on the endless quest for sponsorship and venues to perform in. Walid Aouni is feeling down. Hes just had a highly successful season presenting his latest work, Sheherazade, to packed audiences at the Citadel, the Opera House and in Alexandria. Hes been asked to take the production to Oman and Morocco, where eager audiences await. In Germany back in April his company performed two of his earlier works, Shadi Abdul Salem, and Reportorium II, to standing ovations. And yet, hes suffering from the blues. Perhaps its a case of burn-out. Being the only government-financed choreographer in Egypt has meant Lebanese Aouni has been continually working for most of the ten years that hes been here, an enviable position viewed from the outside by those dying to come in from the cold.
Love on the Internet; The World of Egyptian Chatrooms (Insight Magazine)
It has all the makings of a real romance. Boy finds girl, they spend hours writing to one another, even longer hours in phone-calls deep into the night. Weeks, even months go by, they declare their love, gifts are exchanged, theres talk of marriage. Then they meet, and in the space of a second, their dreams are shattered. We are talking about the 2ist century phenomenon, love on the internet. And its hitting Egypt big-time.
Mohamed Mansour is everyones favourite internet guy. Go down to the Internet Café where he works, and youll find him lounging at one of the many computers, ready to help customers access their e-mail, or any other computer business they have to attend to. Around sixty-five per-cent of users down here come in order to make personal contacts on the internet, claims Mohamed, and of those, a large percentage are trying to meet foreigners of the opposite sex through the chat-rooms. Theres a ratio of about seven to three men to women, and from talking to them I know that a lot of the guys are already married.
I myself have twice fallen in love online. It works like this: You always state your ASL (Age, Sex, Location), and you can describe yourself in any way you like. (Male, 26 years old, romantic honest guy seeking true love, wants to start a family. Likes snorkelling, the Back Street Boys or whatever.) I found one girl this way. We started chatting, and it seemed like we were really compatible. We both like Um Kulsoum, and cry easily. I sent her poetry and suggested that we exchange photos, but she didnt have a scanner. Besides, some girls are reluctant to send their photos over the internet. These can turn up later with their heads attached to a naked Sharon Stone, or a cow!.......
Organ donation in Egypt (Insight Magazine)
Three times every week 43-year-old computer consultant Khaled Ibrahim Hamouda drives 30 kilometres from his home in Cairo to the Dar el Fouad hospital in 6th October City, to spend between four and five hours on the kidney dialysis machine. He cannot travel for more than two days at a time without risk to his life. Between visits any liquids he takes in will remain in his system, causing increasing discomfort, until they can be eliminated at the next session. His whole existence revolves around the constant trips to the dialysis unit. Yet despite all this Khaled refuses to entertain the idea of a kidney transplant. For me there are major religious and moral issues involved, he explained. Theres no way that I would want to take a kidney from another living person. Somewhere down the line there will be repercussions for the donor who knows the consequences of how it may ultimately affect them. Am I going to say give me your kidney now, even though later you may get sick? I couldnt live with myself. In any case the idea of someone donating a kidney for cash is abhorrent to me. If it was a cadaveric transplant with no financial gain involved, I wouldnt have a problem. In fact, statistics prove

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