13 No Bake Gluten Free Desserts

Jul. 28th, 2017 01:29 pm
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These 13 recipes for no bake gluten free desserts are for those days when you just can’t bother turning on the oven, but you still want a treat! Whether it’s too hot or you’re too bothered, these are some of my very best recipes…

These 13 recipes for no bake gluten free desserts are for those days when you just can’t bother turning on the oven, but you still want a treat!

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know it’s primarily a gluten free baking blog. Sure, there are some of my absolute favorite gluten free dinner recipes thrown in for good measure. But mostly, cooking is naturally gluten free, so I stick to what you’re probably missing most. Cookies, cakes, bars, and breads.

But when the weather outside is hot as blazes, I understand that you may not be willing to turn on the oven. Or maybe you’re having a big family gathering, and the oven is already working overtime. Enter no bake gluten free desserts!

This recipe collection doesn’t even include every single one of my no bake recipes here on the blog, which is actually over 40 recipes strong. But these are the 13 no bake recipes that I turn to most often.

From creamy, delicious no bake cheesecakes (clearly a personal favorite!), to naturally sweetened peanut butter pies, Paleo-style fudgesicles and everyone’s favorite classic no bake oatmeal cookies (without any peanut butter!), this list has it all.

If I’ve missed your favorite style of no bake dessert, let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can do. We’ve still got some summer left!

The perfect smooth and creamy no bake strawberry cheesecake, made with strawberries, cream cheese and whipped cream, plus a bit of gelatin and sugar. So quick and easy, it’s the perfect warm weather treat!

The perfect smooth and creamy no bake strawberry cheesecake, made with strawberries, cream cheese and whipped cream, plus a bit of gelatin and sugar. So quick and easy, it’s the perfect treat.

Many of you have made this recipe, and it seems like a 50-50 split between those who make it with the crust and those who make it without. But there’s no doubt that it’s one of your favorites (and mine). I think it would work with any of summer’s berries, too.

This no bake peanut butter pie recipe is made into healthy single-serve miniatures, with coconut milk instead of cream cheese in the filling. So simple and delicious!

This no bake peanut butter pie recipe is made into healthy single-serve miniatures, with coconut milk instead of cream cheese in the filling. So simple and delicious. This is your virtuous choice. 

No bake lemon cheesecake miniatures are little bites of citrus heaven, made with sour cream, cream cheese, a touch of sugar and gelatin, and plenty of lemon. No-bake some today!

No bake lemon cheesecake miniatures are little bites of citrus heaven, made with sour cream, cream cheese, a touch of sugar and gelatin, and plenty of lemons. 

No Bake Banana Split Cake, made gluten free. A graham cracker crust, topped with fluffy cream cheese, bananas, crushed pineapple, vanilla pudding and whipped cream—and a cherry on top!

No bake banana split cake made gluten free. A graham cracker crust, topped with fluffy cream cheese, bananas, crushed pineapple, vanilla pudding and whipped cream—and a cherry on top. Even just the pineapple banana pudding mixture alone is worth the price of admission. 

Edible cookie dough that’s made without eggs or any “regular” flour is the worry-free, safe way to let your family indulge in everyone’s favorite treat!

Edible cookie dough that’s made without eggs or any “regular” flour is the worry-free, safe way to let your family indulge in everyone’s favorite treat. Try it Ben and Jerry’s style, stuffed into some of my homemade vanilla ice cream.

Smooth and creamy Paleo chocolate mousse, made with chocolate, coconut cream, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla. Just blend it and let it set!

Smooth and creamy Paleo chocolate mousse, made with chocolate, coconut cream, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla. Just blend it and let it set. Another virtuous choice, and it’s so rich that you’ll never overeat. That’s a promise.

This chocolate pudding pie is my favorite no bake gluten free treat of the season. The filling is smooth as silk, plus the cookie crust slices clean, and adds just the right amount of cookie crunch.

The filling in this no bake chocolate pudding pie is smooth as silk, plus the cookie crust slices clean, and adds just the right amount of crunch.

This is the easiest no bake cheesecake recipe you'll ever find. A plain vanilla cheesecake made with a touch of gelatin, it sets up perfectly every time.

This is the easiest no bake cheesecake recipe you’ll ever find, and it always sets up quickly. A plain vanilla cheesecake made with cream cheese, sour cream and a touch of gelatin, it’s quite simply perfect. It’s also super easy to make into a lighter style for a less-sweet treat.

Healthy homemade fudge popsicles, made with 4 ingredients in a super simple recipe, are all it takes to put the ice cream truck to shame this summer!

This fudgesicles recipe is made with just 4 healthy ingredients, and couldn’t be easier. Put the ice cream truck to shame this summer. Any ice pop mold will do, and even a paper cup and a stick work in a pinch!

These homemade marshmallow rice krispie treats are actually easier than making the iconic treats with packaged marshmallows because the whole mixture isn’t quite as sticky and messy. Plus, they’re naturally gluten free and made with the simplest pantry ingredients.

A light and fluffy, mousse-like no bake gluten free chocolate cheesecake that isn’t too rich or too sweet—and can be made with or without a simple cookie crumb crust.

A light and fluffy, mousse-like no bake gluten free chocolate cheesecake that isn’t too rich or too sweet—and can be made with or without a simple cookie crumb crust. 

A no bake chocolate eclair cake made with graham crackers, whipped vanilla pudding and covered in chocolate ganache.

A no bake chocolate eclair cake made with graham crackers, whipped vanilla pudding and covered in chocolate ganache. So easy, and it tastes just like an eclair.

No bake oatmeal cookies are the classic no bake cookie you remember, made with or without peanut butter—even with or without oats. Naturally gluten free!

And finally, no bake oatmeal cookies are the classic chocolate no bake cookie you remember, made with or without peanut butter—even with or without oats. Naturally gluten free. This is how to make perfect gluten free cookies, even if you can’t bake!

This post was originally published in 2013. Most everything has been changed because the blog has grown a lot since then!

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Posted by Mark Liberman

Another milestone in the history of NYT editorial policy: Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, "Anthony Scaramucci’s Uncensored Rant: Foul Words and Threats to Have Priebus Fired", 7/27/2017:

Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” he said. […]

“I’m not Steve Bannon. I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” he said.

There's more "colorful language" where that came from — see Ryan Lizza, "Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon", The New Yorker 7/27/2017. But uncensored quoting of taboo language has a longer history in that magazine.

Still, yesterday's article is not the NYT's first F-bomb — according to Tim Murphy, "No, the New York Times Didn't Change Its 'Fuck' Policy", Mother Jones 8/26/2013:

The Times‘ anti-profanity editorial policy is, as Salon has chronicled before, often absurd, leading to the awkward censorship of band names, book titles, and, at least once, the vice president of the United States. But it only applies to nonfiction. A quick  search through  the  paper’s  archives  reveals  dozens  of  instances  of  F-bombs  casually  inserted in  fiction  excerpts. Most of the time those are online-only features that supplement print reviews, but occasionally the word makes its way into the paper itself. And in some extenuating circumstances, such as the publication of the 1998 Starr Report, the paper’s news desk has consented to publish the F-word as it appears in quotes.

See also: Ben Zimmer, "Mooch mouth: Scaramucci takes public profanity to a new level", Strong Language 7/28/2017; Elizabeth Spiers, "White House Communication Director Anthony Scaramucci’s Statement Regarding Today’s Comments to The New Yorker Magazine", Medium 7/27/2017; and "Onion Fact Checks: Anthony Scaramucci's 'New Yorker' Interview", The Onion 7/27/2017

Some previous LLOG coverage of the NYT's linguistic taboo twists and turns, mostly on the non-fiction side:

"No fuckin' winking at the Times", 8/17/2005
"[Expletive discussed]", 7/1/2005
"Words that can't be printed in the NYT", 6/5/2006
"Presidential expletive watch", 7/17/2006
"Taking shit from the President", 7/19/2006
"Further annals of taboo avoidance", 10/4/2006
"Taking no shit from judges", 6/7/2007
"The NYT transgresses", 8/23/2007
"Music Review: ********", 11/13/2007
"Times bowdlerizes column on Times bowdlerization", 7/12/2008
"Annals of Bowdlerization: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot", 12/6/2009
"The language of 'Mad Men' and the perils of self-expurgation", 7/22/2010
"Annals of [having sex] [feces]", 8/7/2010
"Larkin v. the Gray Lady", 4/16/2012
"The first 'asshole' in the Times?", 4/16/2012
"Not taking shit from the President?", 6/1/2014

 

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My Weekend Crush

Jul. 28th, 2017 12:30 am
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Posted by Dorothy Snarker

I’ve never wanted to be punched in the face by someone more. Look, I’m generally a very nonviolent person. I’ve never gotten into a physical fight (sibling tussles don’t count). I’ve never even broken a bone (despite my perennial klutziness). But I would KILL to have Charlize Theron punch me. Or hip toss me. Or kick me in the throat. Charlize has really become one of the most dynamic action stars of our time. I guess it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the woman who broke out thanks to her big fight scene with Teri Hatcher in “2 Days in the Valley” should make a career out of kicking ass. I don’t know if “Atomic Blonde” will be any good when it opens today (though, hot damn, do I want it to be based on that ridiculously hot trailer). But I already know Charlize will be awesome, because she always is. Furiosa awesome? We can only hope. Happy weekend ass kicking, all.

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Posted by Victor Mair

[This is a guest post by Alex Wang, a long-term resident of Shenzhen, China]

I was wondering if there have been any studies on how readily a language can absorb new elements and features.

Yesterday at the Pacific Coffee shop near where I live, by chance I struck up a conversation with a professor who teaches economics at the local Shenzhen University.  He heard me speaking with my younger son in English and, when I went to attend my older son, he struck up a conversation with my younger son.  I suppose he was curious about how my younger son's oral English skills were so “good”, since he has a daughter who is around the same age as my older boy.  It would seem many locals want an English speaking friend for their children so as to have an environment to practice.

Anyway, the point is that, after we started speaking in English, I noticed he spoke English pretty fluently.  I asked if he had studied abroad.  He said no. He watched TV shows and he wrote most of his research papers in English.  After I remarked that’s interesting, he explained that this was quite normal as some English economic terms were easier to remember and more natural.

I have long suspected this, as I have spoken to many professions such as doctors, chemists, etc., and they all say the same thing.

My view is that, by using characters rather than pinyin, the language won't evolve in a natural way. As discoveries in all fields — astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, culinary items, music types, peoples' names, etc. — are being made in an exponential fashion, the creation of words will become ever increasingly bièniu 别扭 / 彆扭 ("awkward; difficult to deal with") until more and more locals turn toward another language.  Translating research papers, literature, and so forth will fall further and further behind unless perhaps the "machines" become better at it.  Even so, already for popular books like Harry Potter in Chinese, the names of people, spells, and items are awkward for locals. Whereas when I read names such as Hu Jintao or Deng Xiaoping, it's not awkward at all.

You can see that a profound linguistic transformation is already happening in the oral realm.  Many people are just using English words inserted directly into Chinese sentences. The use of acronyms, as discussed in prior Language Log posts, is very widespread.  For example, in the US we say that a picture was photoshopped. Here everyone uses PS, e.g., “zhège zhàopiàn PSle 这个照片PS了" ("this picture was photoshopped") or Ptú P图 ("photoshopped picture").

A reverse example is the word "MA LA" to describe Sichuan food.  Even among expats here, we just use "MA LA", as it's too cumbersome to describe in English while speaking that something is "spicy and numbing".

Many kids now use the actual English names of people in their Chinese oral conversations instead of transcribing them syllabically as if they were written in characters.  It's only a matter of time before it's easier for them to type the English name directly than try to remember the Chinese character version of an English name as more and more kids learn English from pre-school.

Finally, I am reading a book titled Alexander of Macedon by Peter Green.  I couldn’t even begin to understand how such a book could be translated felicitously into Chinese, given that there are so many proper nouns of people and places; it would seem reading all of these names transcribed into characters would be extremely bièniu.

An example. “Artaxerxes used them against Cyrus. Darius clearly thought he had found the magical formula for victory. The plain at Cunaxa, some sixty miles north west of Babylon.…”

Now an English reader not knowing those names still could read it without feeling bièniu.  However, when words are created like “salad” with characters meaning "sand" and "pull" (shālā 沙拉), or the way names of people constructed with Chinese characters that have all sorts of irrelevant meanings, it becomes totally burdensome and odd to read even for native speakers of Chinese.  I know this firsthand, as my wife started reading the Chinese translation of an English encyclopedia with my older son for some mother-son time and even she found it utterly frustrating.

I suppose that's enough rambling for now!  I just feel that an implosion is coming within the next few decades.  Like a giant star collapsing.

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Netflix has bought the rights to the Israeli thriller Hamalach (The Angel) by Israeli director Ariel Vromen.

According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the film’s script is based on the book The Angel: Ashraf Marwan, the Mossad and the Surprise of the Yom Kippur War by Uri Bar-Joseph. The book, published originally in Hebrew, was later published in English as The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel.

The film, which is set to complete shooting by August 2018, is based on Egyptian national Ashraf Marwan. Marwan was an Egyptian billionaire and the husband of Mona Gamal Abdel Nasser, the daughter of Egypt’s former President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

According to Haaretz, the film will feature a number of Israeli and European actors. Haaretz reports that Israeli actor Sasson Gabai will play Anwar El Sadat and that Marwan will be played by Dutch actor Marwan Kenzari.

Marwan served in the Presidential Office under Nasser and later Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat. In 2002, it was revealed by Israeli historian Ahron Bregman that Marwan spied for Israel for many decades and even warned Israel of Egypt’s surprise attack on Yom Kippur, which occurred on 6 October 1973.

Ashraf Marwan shaking hands with Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser during his wedding to Nasser’s daughter in 1966.

Marwan’s warning reportedly triggered an emergency Israeli military mobilization that allowed the Israelis to be somewhat prepared when the Egyptians launched the surprise attack on 6 October. It is thought that this warning prevented Israel from losing the Golan Heights and other territories.

In response to the allegations, Egypt has long claimed that Marwan was actually a double agent who worked to deceive Israel. Up until his death, Marwan never confirmed whether this was the case.

Marwan was found dead on 27 June 2007 outside his residence in Carlton House Terrace in London. Many believe Marwan was pushed from the balcony of his fifth-floor apartment. However, this has never been confirmed.

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They say it takes a village to raise a child. But we would like to propose something else – it takes a village to have the perfect Sahel holiday as we found out at one of the North Coast’s newer hubs of sun, sea and sand, IOS Village.

Located in the Sidi Abdel Rahman area between Diplo and Hacienda Bay, IOS Village is exactly that – a small, self-sufficient village-come-boutique-hotel that has put a different spin on ‘Sahel Season’. Without further ado, here are five reasons to make it your summer go-to.

It’s inspired by Greece, but in a very different way…

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Over the last few years, Egyptian holidaymakers haven’t been able to get enough of spick-and-span Greek spots like Mykonos and Santorini. That love has seeped into Egypt, too, with many trying to copy-and-paste the formula. IOS Village takes a more authentic approach in its inspiration, though, and channels the dainty, modest side of Greece, while offering world-class service and facilities. In short, it’s much warmer, calmer and generally more inviting than the more overblown Greek inspirations you’ll find.

It houses some of the Egypt’s most popular restaurant chains…

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Eating gandofli on the beach or munching down on post-swim feteer has become part and parcel of the quintessential Sahel experience. There’s a certain, maybe even nostalgic, charm about it, but with IOS, you have the culinary world at your fingers. From the warm, wholesome embrace of restaurants like Teta’s Recipe Book and 3al 7atab, to more exotic eateries like The Greek and Diego’s, there’s something to suit all tastes – and for guests, it’s all just a short walk away.

As well as some rather fancy shopping options, too…

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Yes, ladies and gentleman, IOS Village even has something of a shopping district of its own, with some of the complex’s retail renters including the grocery wonderland that is Gourmet Egypt, and retail therapy inside four walls in the form of fashion and accessories haven, Bayt Ward.

“Sahel is So Za7ma.” Not at IOS…

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Taking cues from a classic boutique hotel, IOS houses just 42 rooms, the cosiest of restaurants and a grand outdoor terrace overlooking the sprawling space. And like the best boutique hotels, this means that service is much more personalised and maintains a uniquely serene atmosphere that’s a far cry from the hustle and bustle and queues found along the North Coast – which you can avoid altogether, because…

It’s all been built as a labour of love…

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Sahel is no longer a baron coast; it’s at its most built-up and developed with a host of stunning property developments. But there’s something a little cold and clinical about much of these super-developments – something that IOS Village doesn’t suffer from because it has been, and still is, a labour of love for founders, Shady and Pierre Marco. The Egyptian-Uruguayan (what a combo that is) brothers spend most of the year on the North Coast and, following their studies, finally made their dream to build their own little slice of paradise in Sahel a reality last year. They’re incredibly hands-on and it’s an approach that has built IOS Village into a tangible, living and breathing community. What this all makes for is a very intimate and relaxed experience, with the Marco brothers’ obvious passion trickling down through to the IOS Village staff.

For more information, check out IOS Village on Facebook, Instagram and on its official website.
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Jul. 27th, 2017 05:30 pm
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Posted by Mark Liberman

Pearls before Swine for 7/23/2017:

A couple of Generation Z language consultants confirm the accuracy of the translations. Or as one of them put it, "Haha right".

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Dear Captain Awkward,

My wedding is in a month.  There is new parental drama that makes me wish we were eloping.  How do I still enjoy my wedding?

Fiancée and I are introverts and did not want a huge wedding.  My parents do not understand why we would not want 300 guests (despite numerous attempts to explain). We compromised and invited almost everyone they wanted.  We will have 100 guests (a lot!).

A few days ago, amidst a calm discussion about wedding logistics, my dad got unexpectedly angry and bitter and said (I quote) “You have made a lot of choices about this wedding that your mom and I would not have made and you just have to live with the fact that you can’t make everyone happy.”  He said it in a way that clearly indicated he was bitter and resentful and unhappy.  It was out of the blue and really upsetting, very much the “you are a child and I am not going to engage with or respect you” tone of voice.  I am about to be 30.

I tried to engage in calm, thoughtful conversation (through tears) about his concerns, but to no avail.  He does not communicate about feelings, apologize or have discussions about his behavior.  My mom did not get why I was upset (???), but when I talked to her later she did commiserate that he does not apologize for things.  I assume he is still upset about invitations, which pisses me off because we invited all of his family (except for some adult children, which caused other drama, long story).  I may never know.

My primary concern is how to still enjoy my wedding next month. My mom is confident he will behave and be gracious, and she is probably right, but this outburst was unexpected so I am worried (A++ at anxiety). I also know that any conversation with my dad about this will a) not go anywhere, and b) make it take longer for things to cool down, making day-of wedding drama more likely.  But I am both a strong communicator and a strong woman and it is hard to feel like letting it go is letting him win.  Wedding planning has been a large source of stress for me (we had a variety of other family/friend invitation drama despite our best attempts), and this is just the icing on the cake.  Right now I feel like I am going to burst into tears from one unkind word at the wedding.

 I talked about this with my therapist and we are working on practicing being okay with people I care about being upset at/angry with me. I care about my parents very much, but my dad has been the largest source of wedding-related stress, and telling him that will only make things worse.  I have a good Team Me in my fiancée and close friends, but it is hard to know what to do so that I can enjoy my wedding while also feeling angry.

Help?

Thank you,

Maybe I Should Have Eloped

Dear Maybe,

Your dad gave you an (unintentional) gift with his words. I’ll explain later, when we talk about feelings. For now, you’re 30 days out from your wedding, so, let’s make lists and check things off them.

A. Choose a date, reserve a venue, invite people. DONE! You have compromised all you can and invited all you can invite. This is the final guest list, for better or worse. From this day forward I give you absolute permission to concentrate on the people who will be attending and more specifically the people you are excited to see that day, and let everyone else fade cheerfully into the general fog of well-wishers.

If your parents are continually passing on news of the “Well, I talked to so-and-so, and they are still upset about not being invited” variety, it’s okay to say “We are not changing the guest list. It’s done. If so-and-so is really that upset, tell them to take it up directly with me… after the wedding.” There is an 90% chance that So-and-so doesn’t give a shit about your wedding and your parents are using their name to chew on the drama of it all again.

B. Make sure people have places to sit and pee and stuff to eat and drink.  DONE! You’re 30 days out, you have doubtless locked almost all of this stuff down. Your obligation to your guests is fulfilled. Your job from here on out is to show up and get married.

C. A ceremony of some sort with legal documents. I’m also assuming this is being handled. Great job!

You’ve done the hardest part! This event is situated on the space-time continuum and people are coming to it.

D. With the help of your fiancée, make a list of anything & everything logistical that it’s essential to discuss with either of your parents between now and the wedding. Is there something the parents are bringing? Is there transportation stuff/clothing stuff/hotel stuff that needs nailed down? Put it on the list! Is there something that isn’t really important and can be deleted from the list or solved without consulting them? Great! Cross it off the list.

E. Now, use the list and generate a cheerful, joint, “We can’t wait to see you! Here are all the last-minute details in one place!” email to your folks. From now until the wedding day, there is nothing to negotiate or deeply discuss, there is only implementation of decisions long past made: “Are you still good to pick up the cake? It will be ready at 10am that day. Let me know, thank you!” or “Don’t worry about that, it’s all handled! Just come and enjoy yourself.” 

F. One of the benefits of marriage that people tend to undersell: You now have a built-in buffer and teammate and stressful-relative-switch-hitter, for life! Your dad is stressing you out right now, so, maybe your fiancée can take point. “Hello, how are you? Nice to hear your voice! Letter Writer is driving/asleep/I just pried the phone out of their hands and made them take the rest of night off from wedding crap, but I’m here! What’s up?” You can do the same with her most stressful relative. If the person is calling to be pleasant, everything will be pleasant. If the person is calling to shower disappointment on you, they can be disappointed about how they didn’t get to do that.

G. Do you have a wedding party person or gregarious friend who can be Dad-buffer at the wedding? This is not an uncommon or unusual request! Even nice families where everyone likes each other stress each other out around big life events. The designated person makes pleasant party small talk with your dad – “Your child looks great! I’m so happy for both of them! What a great party this is! What is it that you do, sir? Wow, that sounds interesting, how did you get into that?” – and you get a little breathing room and permission to relax between now and then. Your dad will most likely pull it together and behave himself on that day, so this is just a security blanket, but if for some reason he doesn’t your buffer will handle it and you’ll never even know.

Parent logistics stuff, solved! We’re almost there! Let’s talk about enjoying yourself.

H. Make sure that on your wedding day you and your fiancée have some time that’s just by yourselves, for yourselves, with no one looking at you. The great Offbeat Bride team has some pieces about how to implement this:

1) “Introvert wedding survival tips and weddings for shy people”

2) “Avoid wedding day memory loss: How to slow down and actually remember your wedding.” If you’re only finding that site 30 days before the big day, I’m sorry! It helped me so much.

What I’d add to Offbeat Bride’s lists for introverts:

3) Give your eyes breaks. Our ceremony was probably 10 minutes long? Turns out that is much too long to look deeply into into someone’s eyes, even the eyes of your favorite person. Just know that going in.

4) Talk to your photographer. I don’t know if you have photography anxiety, but I do. Our photographer knew and he was great at gently and quickly getting the stuff he knew we’d want someday. He made it fun and low key and gave me breaks and I didn’t feel surveilled or pinned down by a lens the whole time. Your photographer wants to know the bare bones of awkward stuff like “Spouse’s parents are divorced, so, we’ll definitely take some with both parents but make sure we get some with Just Mom and Just Dad.” A pro will take all this in and make it go smoothly. Also, you do not have to pose for pictures with every single person who came to your wedding. Have mercy on yourselves and all these people, let them get to the buffet and the having fun part.

5) Let your officiant officiate. We…okay…I…wanted to go no-cameras (except for our pro) during the ceremony itself. If I’d told people that ahead of time I’d have heard a whole bunch of jibber-jabber about it but having the officiant spring it on people right before the ceremony meant nobody could grumble at us where we had to listen to it.

Okay. Now is the time in this list/pep talk where we address what your dad said:

“You have made a lot of choices about this wedding that your mom and I would not have made and you just have to live with the fact that you can’t make everyone happy.” 

He meant it as a “neg.” He meant “you’re gonna have to live with my/our disappointment.” He meant it to get you to apologize for something or give in on some point of negotiation (or to stop insisting on making yourself happy).

But the words say: “you just have to live with the fact that you can’t make everyone happy.And these are true words. These words are a gift. They can be a shield, or they can be ammunition. As in, the next time he’s a pill about something wedding-related you can remind yourself, that hey, you can’t make everyone happy, and some people might be disappointed no matter what you do, so stop trying to win their approval (INCLUDING YOU, DAD). He probably will never apologize or get it and things might stay a little strained for a while. But you have a secret weapon when things get tense, and that weapon is “Hey, Dad, thanks for the suggestion, I’ll think about it!” (You will think about it, and quietly not take the suggestion).

He’ll grumble, and you’ll say, “Dad, I know that’s not what you want to hear, but like someone very wise once said, I have to stop trying so hard to make everyone happy.” He’ll grumble more – he didn’t meant that you should stop trying to make HIM happy – but you can smile and keep saying “Thanks Dad! Those were really wise words, you helped me a lot. As long as fiancée and I are a team, we don’t have to make everyone happy,” and eventually he’ll STFU. Weaponized filial piety as judo, where you use your opponent’s strength and aggression against him.

It’s not the job of your wedding to make everyone happy or to express your exact social class markers and culture and perfect taste with just enough individual touches to feel really authentic and just enough tradition that it will still be recognizable to the olds as a wedding. It’s not your wedding’s job to spackle over the awkward patches in your family, to make up for lost time, to bring you all closer together, to make the unsayable sayable, to provide reconciliation and catharsis. It’s not your wedding’s job to be your happiest day of your life or to live up to some fantasy. It’s one day, hopefully a happy one, in a hopefully long and happy life.

 

OK STORY TIME in the style of bitchesgottaeat.

I hated wedding planning. I resented every second of it. I had no dream or fantasy wedding from childhood. I was also in pain all the time, and had weekly physical therapy for an injured knee and shoulder injury that made it hard to put on a bra by myself or reliably wipe my butt for months. My future mother-in-law was in and out of the hospital for a persistent MRSA-like infection. Would she even be able to come? I was working four little jobs that almost but not quite made a whole job pay-wise but made 1.5 jobs time-wise, now with extra commuting! Our wedding was exactly one month before Election Day, 2016. My dentist: “You’re grinding your teeth.” No shit?

I hated all the gender expectations around it, like, why are people asking me what our “theme” would be? Is it because I’m the lady? Why do I have to know this shit? (Me: “WTF is theme.” Commander Logic: “You don’t have to have a theme.” Me: “THANK YOU” Note: We did sort of end up with one? Lyrics here.)

I knew I was the one stressing MYSELF out, like, nobody was making me do this, if you’re planning a party about love you have good problems, we had survived some very hard things together especially in 2014 and really did want to celebrate with our friends and families, so why was I making it so much harder on myself than it had to be? Because my brain has a hateful shitlord lodged inside it that second-guesses literally everything is the answer to that question.

I had many conversations with my mom where she was disappointed in or unable to understand my choices (to not spend a zillion dollars that I don’t have, to not add starving myself to my already full to-do list). In one phone call she told me people in our family might not want to come if it wasn’t going to be “enough like a wedding.” She started apologizing to family in front of us when told them we’d set a date and a place – “Well, it’s going to be very rustic!” – and tried to talk us into her throwing a second fancy party where they live in case family didn’t want to make the trip here. (Note: My family is not actually fancy, this was all projection.) She was also hurt and disappointed that I was having a civil ceremony instead of faking and lying my way through a Catholic wedding and wondered aloud, on Mother’s Day, if she was a bad parent because somehow all of her kids had rejected God, or did we do it on purpose to hurt her feelings. (My suggestion that my younger brother who runs his own church called Warriors 4 Christ and sells Christian-themed camping and fishing gear loved God enough for all of us was not received well).

She did not body-police me…much…but she about bit through her tongue to not do it and would always mention conspicuously how she wanted to lose about x more pounds before she bought something to wear. Me: “Mmmhmm.” About a year beforehand I brought a $40 wedding dress on clearance (literally the first thing I saw online that met the criteria of “might fit” and “don’t hate”) that I ended up wearing on my actual wedding day (yay!) but I would have paid 10x that even if I didn’t wear it because it allowed to say, truthfully, “Aw, thanks for the offer to go wedding dress shopping, that’s so sweet, but I already have my dress!” for a calendar year.

My mom came out for a nice shower that my friends threw in the summer. It was so sweet of her to come. She helped me pick out my wedding ring. She gave me a generous gift. She also did the maddening thing she does where she walks very very fast until she’s far ahead of me and then stops and impatiently glares at me until I catch up. My knee had been healing but I re-aggravated it trying to keep up with her the whole weekend. Mr. Awkward put a stop to that when he came out with us on the last day. When she’d walk ahead, he’d stop walking and wait for her to do the glare thing. “Where are you going? Jennifer’s the only one who knows the way, so, you’re going to have to walk with us if you want to get there.” And he’d stand until she had to walk back to where we were and before we’d start off again. And you know, it turns out she can modulate her walking speed after a couple rounds of that? Who knew?

Like you, I had a lot of anxiety about would my mom freak my shit out and make me cry on the day itself. One hint of “Wait, is that what you’re wearing?” (and it wouldn’t have to be in words, it could be a look or a sniff or a sigh)  and we would have deeply tested the waterproofness of that expensive mascara. One thing that helped, I guess, is that I saw her at breakfast but I didn’t see her at all during the girly-getting-ready part of the day. I had invited her to stop by our hotel room but she never came. It infuriated my wedding party ladies that she didn’t but I think it was a gift that she didn’t, the gift of breathing room.

A week before the wedding Mr. Awkward asked when we were going to have people throw rice. I was like, throw what? And he was like, you know, when you leave, and people throw rice. And I was like, um, are we doing that? And he was like, well, in my family, we make little bags of rice, and then we throw it when the couple leaves the venue, and that thing where it supposedly hurts birds is not real, so, I’d like it to be rice and not glitter or bubbles or whatever. And I was like, okay, I understand that people do that, but again I ask you, what? And he was like RICE, WHEN THE PEOPLE THROW THE RICE. FOR THE LUCK. And I was like OKAY, WHAT FUCKING RICE? WHERE IS THIS RICE COMING FROM? I SEE NO RICE IN MY BUDGET, THE ONE I LOOK AT EVERY DAY. WHO WILL BE CREATING THESE CHARMING LITTLE BAGS? and he was like My mom and sisters can do it and I’m like okay, did you ask them, and he’s like well, it’s a little late for that now, and I’m like okay, so…

 

“no rice?”

 

…and he’s like DO YOU EVEN WANT TO GET MARRIED? BECAUSE YOU SHIT ON EVERY SINGLE TRADITION. IF NOTHING ABOUT THIS IS ENJOYABLE FOR YOU WHY ARE WE EVEN DOING THIS? and I was like WELL I DO WANT TO BE MARRIED TO YOU BUT THE REST OF THAT IS A VERY GOOD QUESTION and he was like OH MY GOD, CAN YOU JUST LIKE TRY TO HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE STUPID LITTLE TRADITIONS BECAUSE THEY MAKE OTHER PEOPLE HAPPY AND IT’S PART OF WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU HAVE A WEDDING and I was like I AM HAVING A LOT OF ANXIETY RIGHT NOW, SO, NO, PROBABLY NOT? AND WHY IS THIS THE FIRST TIME I’M HEARING ABOUT YOUR DEEP NEED TO BE PELTED WITH GRAIN?

He stormed off and called his mom for their weekly chat.

I googled “Is rice a grain or a seed?” and “Can you die of decision fatigue”

When he came out of the bedroom after the phone call he apologized for yelling at me and for introducing changes to the wedding plan past the statute of wedding planning limitations and we both said a bunch of mushy stuff that I don’t remember and fell asleep in front of the TV.

And then a week later, we had a party where we got married at it. Everyone who came had a chair and enough to eat and drink. Our dirtbag friend taught all the 10-year-old girls to throw a real punch in case Trump won the election and they had to fight Nazis someday. My mom was pleasant and kind and after the ceremony she told me she loved what we’d done and went to go tell our officiant. She said that she could tell Mr. Awkward and I were two of a kind and she loved the way we always had each other’s backs and looked out for each other. My dad went to Extrovert Mustache Dad heaven, where it’s surprising that the collected guests did not carry him around on their shoulders singing “For he’s a jolly good fellow” by the end of it. When I see my friends now their first question is “How’s your dad? Tell him I said hi! Is he visiting soon? Can we visit him in Massachusetts?

It was, in the end, not “just party, ugh, what’s the big deal?” as I’d said to myself for the better part of a year. It was overwhelmingly beautiful and cool to have all these different people from our lives in one place at the same time. It was overwhelming and cool to have our friends and family help us and come through for us in all these small and big ways. It was a very big deal. It didn’t hit me how big until it was actually happening, and then it went by so fast.

And now it’s over, and Mr. Awkward and I are like “Thank you for helping me lock it down before I had to learn about Tinder” and “We never have to plan one of those again, HIGH FIVE (never leave me).”

In closing:

  • Wedding planning CAN SUCK SO BAD. Especially if it’s not in your wheelhouse and you don’t have “eh, let’s just throw money at this problem” money.
  • Eloping is still an option. You probably won’t do it because you’ve already spent so much money. But you can! As commenters suggested, maybe have a relaxed secret courthouse jam next week, or some other private ceremony?
  • Weird family stuff won’t get magically fixed but people can surprise you.
  • Small weddings are great, big weddings are great. I know the size of yours is freaking you out, but the benefit of having a lot of people around is that any one person doesn’t stand out that much. Also, wedding guests are extremely self-amusing.
  • If you hang in I basically promise you something lovely and enjoyable will happen on that day.

Come back in a month for your official IT’S OVER high-five.

 


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Ooooh, look at me, I’m so cool because I go to Sahel every weekend, because, like, staying in Cairo is so, like, uhhhh. How dare you even suggest that I stay – what am I, a loser? Childish rant over. Here’s what Cairo-bound people have to look forward to this weekend while you try and blow sand out of the rim your beer can, get stuck at checkpoints and try and convince yourself that you’re new bikini fits. Loser.

OUM & El DOR EL AWAL @ CAIRO JAZZ CLUB (Thursday)

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Unique French-Moroccan songstress and all-round cool cat, OUM, returns to Cairo Jazz Club for a night of African-fusion music, with El Dor El Awal also flexing the Mediterranean jazz muscles.

MINUS T & CHIATI @ ZIGZAG (Thursday)

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One of Egypt’s most versatile DJs, Minus T, kicks off the weekend at Zigzag summer-taster for its September season, with another of the country’s best, Hatem El Chiati, joining him for pure music lover’s night at the Downtown bar.

GRAFFITI CIRCUS @ GRAFFITI (Thursday)

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There are few bars or clubs that commit as wholly to theme nights as Graffiti – fact. This weekend, the Four Seasons Nile Plaza’s resident drink n’ dance hub is turning into a circus of sorts, with a host of live entertainment. 

OUZO @ THE TAP MAADI (Thursday)

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Pacha Sharm resident and expert beard-grower, Ouzo, kicks off a busy weekend for himself with a night of house at The Tap Maadi. He also gets the honour of having two photos of himself in the same piece. Achievement.

SEBZZ @ CAIRO JAZZ CLUB (Friday)

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More of the best of local talent is out on show at Cairo Jazz Club at what is always a feverish Friday, with Ahmed ‘Sebzz’ El Sebai taking the booth all for himself.

MISTY @ THE TAP EAST (Friday)

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After a Thursday night gig at Exit in Sahel, local favourte, Misty, is heading back down south to bless The Tap East with a night of house.

MAN-O & OUZO @ ZIGZAG (Friday)

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That man again, Ouzo, will have just enough time to shower, get some food inside his belly and some much-needed shuteye before he’s back in action on a line-up that also includes Man-O at Zigzag.

ELECTRIC PICNIC @ THE TAP MAADI (Friday)

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Back by popular demand, local rock outfit, Electric Picnic, return to The Tap Maadi for a night of covers and request rejections. Musicians hate it as much as DJs, by the way. We don’t have a photo of them, but here’s a one of a nice blanket that may or may not be electric. It’s probably not though. Because electric picnic blankets aren’t a thing.

THE WALKMAN SHOW & DO’SOUKA @ CAIRO JAZZ CLUB (Saturday)

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A bare Saturday has thrown up one event of note, as Salalem’s Mohamed Ali brings his new reggae-Arabic act, The Walkman Show, to the CJC stage on a night that will also see one of Cairo’s best underground bands, Do’souka perform.

These are, of course, just a few of the gnarly events taking place in the capital. Check out the CG events calendar for more in Cairo, as well Sahel’s top events.
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By Kalam El Qahaira

Graffiti Circus @ Graffiti

Jul. 27th, 2017 02:09 pm
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Four Seasons Nile Plaza’s hub of drinkin’ and dancin’, Graffiti, kicks off the weekend with a spectacular circus-themed night that will feature live entertainment from Shaaban on tabla, Ghazal on electric oud, Azmy on saxophone and DJ Remon. For more information and reservations, call 01066677762

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Call for Papers Feminist Philosophy Quarterly Special Issue:
‘Epistemic Injustice and Recognition Theory’

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2017

Guest Editors: Paul Giladi (University College Dublin), Nicola McMillan (Lancaster University), and Alison Stone (Lancaster University).

Confirmed contributors: José Medina, Danielle Petherbridge, Matt Congdon, Rebecca Tsosie, and Miranda Fricker (afterword)

Feminist Philosophy Quarterly seeks submissions for a special issue on Epistemic Injustice and Recognition Theory. An important development in contemporary Anglo-American feminist epistemology has been the concept of epistemic injustice, which, as articulated for example by Miranda Fricker, has emerged out of and re-invigorated a rich line of work in feminist epistemology on epistemic exclusion, silencing, subordination, and motivated ignorance, including work by Linda Alcoff, Kristie Dotson, José Medina, and Charles Mills. Another important development in moral and political philosophy, especially in the Continental tradition, has been the philosophy of recognition. Recognition theory has roots in the work of Beauvoir and Fanon, although its most influential recent articulation has been by Axel Honneth, with debates about recognition and inclusion taken forward in feminist contexts by Iris Marion Young and Nancy Fraser amongst others.

While there are many virtues to the literature on epistemic injustice, epistemic exclusion, and silencing, current analysis and critique of these forms of injustice can potentially be improved and enriched by bringing recognition theory into the conversation. Recognition theory on the one hand, and contemporary epistemological work informed by feminism and critical race theory on the other, have developed largely separately from one another. Yet these fields of discussion have considerable bearing on one another. From a recognition theory perspective, the failure properly to recognise and afford somebody or a social group the epistemic respect they merit might be conceived as an act of recognition injustice. Perhaps part of the harm of epistemic injustice, exclusion, and silencing, then, is that of robbing a group or individual of their status as rational enquirer in a conversation, and so creating an asymmetrical cognitive environment.
The aim of this special issue is to open a dialogue between discussions of epistemic injustice and in recognition theory.

We invite contributing authors to consider how far these developments can and should inform and enrich one another. Questions that might be considered include the following, indicatively. Do relations of misrecognition underpin processes of epistemic exclusion and silencing, or do the latter instead underpin the former; or are the two mutually supporting? How well can different types of epistemic injustice—e.g., testimonial and hermeneutical—be understood as types of recognition injustice? What light can analyses of epistemic and recognition injustice shed on one another? What limitations do we discover in either or both types of analysis when we put them into conversation? What new questions and problems open up as a result of bringing these two fields of debate into conversation?

We are looking for papers that explore advantages of and/or difficulties with bringing thought on epistemic injustice and recognition together. We expect contributors to engage with existing feminist work in both strands of thought, including work by feminist philosophers of colour and critical race theorists.

Papers should be 9000 words maximum, exclusive of references, prepared for anonymous review with a separate cover page, and accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words.

The submission deadline is 31 December 2017.

Please feel free to contact a couple of the guest editors in advance of submission: paul.giladi at gmail dot com; n.mcmillan at lancaster.ac.uk.

Final submissions should be made electronically to the address fpqsi2018 at gmail dot com.


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Egypt has received on Wednesday two Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets from France, announced Egypt’s Armed Forces spokesman.

The fourth batch that Egypt has just received sums up the total jets to 11.

The first three jets were delivered in July 2015, the second batch arrived in January 2016, while the third batch was delivered in April.

Army Spokesman Tamer Mahmoud said in an online statement that “the new Rafale aircraft are a powerful addition to the capabilities of our air forces, as they possess high-level technical characteristics and combat systems, enabling them to perform long-range tasks.”

In February 2015, France and Egypt have signed a 5 billion euro deal whereby the former agreed to deliver about 24 Rafale fighters to Egypt amid the framework of the Egyptian-French armament cooperation.

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By Sarah Bush and Lauren Prather.

President (then candidate) Trump on the campaign trail. Photo via Gage Skidmore.

An ongoing FBI investigation is currently trying to determine the nature and extent of Russia’s intervention into the 2016 US election, including whether it involved collusion with people working for the Trump campaign. The House and Senate Intelligence committees are also pursuing the issue.

A recent news report suggests that the Obama administration learned about Russian efforts to influence the election as early as the summer, but some worried that going public with the information before the election would only further Russian goals to undermine confidence in the system.

Did Russia’s meddling affect the public’s views of the election and democracy more generally? To find out, we launched a survey just before the election and then followed up with those same people just after. The survey reached a national sample of more than 1,000 Americans and asked questions about foreign interference in the election, trust in the election, and political participation more generally.

How Democrats and Republicans perceived foreign meddling 

One key set of questions related to perceptions of foreign meddling. Specifically, we asked people if they thought other countries influenced the results of the recent election and which countries had the most influence.

Around two-thirds of the people we surveyed both before and after the election perceived at least some foreign meddling. Of those who perceived meddling, 74% said it was Russia who tried to influence the results of the election. In other words, many Americans were attuned to the possibility of Russian interference, even though the most forceful statements about Russia’s meddling by US intelligence officials were made well after the election.

We also wanted to understand not just whether Americans perceived foreign interference, but who in the American public was most aware of this issue. In our survey, we found that perceptions of foreign influence in the election did not vary much by gender, education level, or political interest. In contrast, younger Americans and those with more political knowledge were more likely to perceive foreign influence than older Americans and those with less political knowledge. Voters were also less likely to perceive foreign influence than non-voters.

The largest differences in perceptions of foreign influence were between Trump and Clinton voters – but only after the election. As the figure shows, both Trump and Clinton voters perceived similar levels of influence before the election, but their perceptions changed after the election. Before the election, Trump and Clinton voters were equally likely to perceive some foreign influence (73% of Clinton voters vs. 70% of Trump voters). Their attitudes changed dramatically after the election, when 80% of Clinton voters perceived some foreign influence in contrast to only 51% of Trump voters. This drop among Trump voters may be a response to the president’s questioning of Russian interference in the election. Months into the Trump administration, the president’s supporters have repeated his uncertainty about whether Russia was responsible and downplayed the hacking’s importance for the election outcome.

How foreign meddling undermines trust in elections

In March 2017 testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, former FBI Director James Comey stated that a goal of Russian meddling in the US election was to undermine Americans’ trust in their democratic institutions. He said, “One of the lessons they may draw from this is that they were successful because they introduced chaos and division and discord and sowed doubt about the nature of this amazing country of ours and our democratic process.”

To shed light on that possibility, we asked Americans how much they trusted the outcome of the election after the results were announced. We asked people to place themselves on a scale from 0 to 10, with 0 meaning no trust in the election result and 10 meaning absolute trust in the result. Most Americans trusted the election result, with an average response of around 7.

However, when people perceived foreign meddling, their trust in the election was lower. For people who did not perceive foreign meddling, their average trust in the election was at 8.2 on the 10-point scale. Among people who perceived some meddling, this number dropped to 6.5. This finding is correlational, which is to say that we don’t know that perceptions about meddling caused people to have less trust in the election.

That said, the difference is not simply a result of partisanship. Although there was a difference in perceptions of meddling across Clinton and Trump voters, the effect of perceived meddling on trust in the election was the same for both groups: individuals who suspected meddling in the election trusted the outcome of the election less. The average trust for Clinton voters dropped from 7.2 to 6.1 when they perceived meddling, and the average for Trump voters dropped from 8.7 to 7.9 when they perceived meddling.

Why trust in elections matters

Many scholars have noted that trust in election results is related to whether people participate in politics, including whether they vote in elections. This pattern holds in both the United States and other countries. Our survey found a similar relationship between Americans’ trust in the 2016 election and their intentions to participate in politics in the next five years through voting and other means.

As we argue in recently published research in the Journal of Politics, perceptions about election credibility matter. That study examined perceptions of election credibility in Tunisia, a new democracy where an election lacking in credibility could have undermined not only democracy but also peace and stability. Like Americans, Tunisians’ perceptions about election credibility were rooted in their information about the election but were also shaped by partisan biases.

The extent of Russian interference in the US election is still under investigation. However, across party lines, perceptions of foreign meddling have been associated with less trust in the election, and that relationship underscores one way that foreign meddling can harm American democracy.

Since harming American democracy was the likely goal of foreign interference, Americans should prepare for future elections to feature even more foreign interventions. It is incumbent upon elected officials to agree upon an appropriate response to such meddling and to take pro-active steps to protect our democratic institutions moving forward.

Sarah Bush is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University and a regular contributor at PV@Glance. Lauren Prather is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. 

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Jul. 27th, 2017 12:39 pm
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One thing that I hate most about anxiety is that, even when good things are happening, I don’t always appreciate them. I feel like good things are happening to me right now, but they just seem so inconsequential.

I’m an anxious mess about, in no order, getting the lawn mowed, getting the kitchen ready for the guy to come in and fix the floor and the steps, coordinating getting to the therapist with getting the guy fixing the floor paid, how little progress I’ve made on the bombing story in recent weeks, whether I’m supposed to be doing something but just don’t know it with the secret project.

And there’s madness at work. Most frustratingly, me trying to pay people who won’t return my calls and emails so they can get paid.

I was supposed to have lunch with a friend today and I just had to cancel because I was feeling so overwhelmed and anxious–like, if I work through lunch, maybe I can leave early and get the house in order. The dude comes at 7 in the morning!

I’m just ranting here.

I feel helpless, like the country is going to shit and there’s nothing to be done about it. I have so much I need to do in my private life, but everything is anxiety producing. I need to get the kitchen floor fixed, but what if the economy tanks and I lose my job and then I don’t have that money because I chose to fix the floor?

So, anyway, that’s my headspace today.

On the other hand, I think I may have solved the dog’s flea problem.


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Seasons change, time passes by, but one things remains the same – Timour Omar‘s long-running series, Oxygen, which has been getting the summer treatment in its last couple of editions. Following the success of the sun-sea-and-sand-friendly session 22, Omar has prepared a delightful summer salad of tracks from the likes of Just Her, Tube & Berger, Satori, Giorgia Angiuli and more.

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Riot police run towards protesters opposing Egyptian President Morsi during clashes, along Qasr Al Nil bridge, which leads to Tahrir Square, on January 28, 2013 Reuters/ Amr Abdallah Dalsh

A Cairo criminal court sentenced, on Tuesday, 43 anti-government protesters to life in prison over clashes with authorities in 2011.

The 43 protesters had been charged with rioting, vandalism and attacking security forces during clashes with police and the army in Cairo in December 2011.

The defendants are also accused of setting fire to the Scientific Institute near the cabinet headquarters in downtown Cairo.

Nine others were sentenced to 10 years in prison and one to five years, while 92 were acquitted.

“The court issued verdicts concerning 145 out of 269 defendants who were granted a retrial after being sentenced to prison in absentia in 2015,” reported by Ahram Online.

The case is called “cabinet clashes” in reference to the cabinet building where the clashes occurred, in which at least 17 people were killed and almost 2,000 were wounded.

A life sentence in Egypt is 25 years.

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Courtesy: Sir John Soane’s Museum

In celebration of the 200 anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I, Sir John Soane’s Museum will present Egypt uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I.

The new exhibition is named after Egyptologist Giovanni Battista Belzoni; it is promised to reveal the secret behind what the museum called “most treasured possession”.

The new exhibition will be available from October 11, 2017 through April 15, 2018.

Belzoni (1778–1823), also known as the great Belzoni, was one of the most significant explorers of his age and helped in developing Egyptology as a scientific discipline, according to the Museum’s website.

Belzoni was a circus strongman in London before he came to Egypt in 1815 and was charged with removing large and heavy antiquities. Among these antiquities was the seven-ton statue of Pharaoh Ramesses II. It was taken from King’s memorial temple at Luxor and is currently in the British Museum.

Courtesy: Sir John Soanes’s Museum

Belzonni, then, made a massive discovery in 1817 by finding the tomb of Ramesses II’s father, Seti I. The tomb had 10 colorful chambers and decorated with hieroglyphs. The sarcophagus of Seti I was removed by Belzoni and was bought by John Soane in 1842 and placed it in the heart of the museum.

The exhibition will feature a high-resolution 3D digital scan of the sarcophagus by Factum Arte, with a display of the real fragments of its broken lids.

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