2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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EGYPT – AND TWITTER

Hello Everyone

While I was in Egypt I learned that we are not the first people to twitter. Most things we use today have started in Egypt, and  Twitter is no exception.

Amenhotep III, of the 18th Dynasty was a pharaoh of peace and diplomacy. He uplifted Egypt to great prosperity, and believed in communicating with his subjects. So to let them know what was going on at court or about the decisions he made,  he twittered, using  small stone replicas of the scarab.

 The scarab, a dung beetle enjoyed a sacred status among the ancient Egyptians. The back side, which is flat, and not very big, restricted how much could be said. He had his messages written in hieroglyphs, and then they were handed out to the people delivering the news.

We have up-graded it, but we did not invent it – people twittered long before us, and will long after us.

I know this has nothing to do with ‘looking your best’ but it is interesting enough to pass it on

Until the next time

      STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST –   TWITTER-ING

                      Brigitte     

EGYPT – HEADSCARVES AND JEANS

Hello Everyone

Yes, I am back from the land of the Pharaohs – it was wonderful, it was safe, and the Egyptians are courteous and welcoming people. I know I promised to find out what the woman are wearing, but before we get to the clothes let me show you first how pretty the girls are.

This being my second visit to Egypt I notices many more women wearing the higab (head scarf) than before, but apart from that, as you can see on these pictures, they dress just like the girls here – jeans, sneakers, and their tops could have been bought at the GAP.

This changed when looking at older women. Very often they were wearing a gallabiyya (a long loose robe)that covered them totally, but as you can see in the next picture both is accepted and  what a woman chooses to wear is certainly dictated by her religious believe.

The next picture, showing the front of a house from another era I thought was very interesting – the wood lattice-work on these windows is very small, but it allowed the women of the house to look out, without being seen by anybody on the street – aren’t we lucky times have changed?

Putting the higab (head scarf) aside the young women in Egypt love their  jeans and sneakers just as much as we do.

Sending you greetings from the Pyramids.

Until the next time

                                         STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                                                         Brigitte