Only in Egypt (O.I.E) Pushing a Car

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D.I.E – 8 tourists killed in Egypt bus crash

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Eight American tourists — six women and two men — were killed in a traffic accident Sunday while on a tour bus in Aswan, Egypt, the country’s interior ministry said.

An additional 19 American tourists and two Egyptians — the bus driver and a tour guide — were injured.

A total of 116 American tourists were traveling in three tour buses. The interior ministry said the middle bus — carrying 37 of the tourists — crashed into a parked dump truck loaded with sand.

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Safi from Nile FM radio said what?

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Driving home today at 18:00 with my wife and listening to the only English speaking radio station in Cairo that I know of. I really do not want to go on about how lame the music is on Nile FM and how they play music that, either no one has ever heard of or they keep recycling 60s, 70s and 80s music throughout the day. I am also not going to rant about how annoying some of the presenters can be with their limited vocabulary. However I am going to talk about how in todays drive time show with Safi, they were talking about how people can exaggerate things. Safi was giving examples and one of the examples he gave was of a friend who said that his father had a nuclear bomb at home. Fine so far and nothing wrong with this. Safi then went on to suggest that the only way such a claim would be believable is if the father was Iranian. My wife and I looked at each other in disgust. WHY?

Well If he had said if his friend was a Zionist or Israeli, then it would make sense. If he would have said if his friend was American, British or French then it would make sense and utterly plausible. Which country in the Middle East is the only one with nuclear weapons? Which country in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons but is not part of the non-proliferation treaty? Which country in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons and has used chemical weapons on civilians? The answer to all three question is Israel. All five permanent members of the United Nation council are nuclear powers and Yet Mr Safi reckons an Iranian is the most likely person on the planet to have nuclear weapons at home.

Mr Safi should get out more and not only expand his music knowledge but more importantly consider other news than what the BBC and CNN have to offer. I think Mr Safi should apologise for the statement he made in todays show (Monday 5th July at 18:00)

BTW I am not Iranian.

Driving in Jordan

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Driving in Jordan

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I have been driving for almost 15 years now and I have driven in many places. I know many of the expatriate community are not used to the driving behaviour in Jordan but I think more you drive the easier it gets.

When I started driving in Jordan, I was given my first piece of advice. ‘just look ahead, don’t worry about whose behind you, and watch out for the Mutahajbeens (I think I spelt this correctly). Mutahajbeens are women who wear the headscarf.

In honesty I think many people will have different views on this but I didn’t see a difference between Mutahajbeen drivers compared to other drivers. What I discovered was that when you see a minibus driver, stay far away. J

The circles or the ‘roundabouts’ as we call them in the UK are an exciting experience in Jordan. The rule is simple and there is only one rule. If you can get on the circle then do it, otherwise you will be stuck waiting. My experience however has been that apparently it is the right of the new driver who is joining the circle rather then the driver who is already driving round the circle. Is this true?

I have witnessed accidents, bad driving, fast driving, traffic jams and simply bad organisation by the police officers but what I have never witnessed is the people, the drivers getting angry at one another, of course you may see an occasional driver in a bad mood but nothing like what I am used to in the UK. I dare not look at another driver in the UK, with the fear of being attacked.

If I accidentally make a wrong move or do something wrong, all I have to do is smile and raise my hand to apologise. Wonderful J however in the UK I would seriously have to think about how I respond back, and question if I have just messed with the wrong person today.

Who owns the road? Pedestrians or the drivers? I get amazed at how daring the pedestrians are when facing an upcoming car. It’s an unwritten rule I think. You know that people are gonna stop if they see a pedestrian on the road. However there is a nasty side to this and as I understand the number of pedestrians’ getting run over by cars is increasing year by year; so please be careful when crossing the road.

In conclusion if you give me the choice, where would I rather be driving? My choice is definitely Jordan. Sure I miss the rules and a sense of order but I do not fear driving here at all like I did in the UK. I enjoy driving here in Jordan, because I know I am not likely to be a victim of road rage.