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Can I Join You? Dear Teen Stuff,
I am very glad that there is a wonderful magazine
in Egypt like Teen Stuff because it really helps
Dear Teen Stuff,
My name is Omar, 16 years old, and I am enrolled at teenagers with their problems and can be a friend
The International School of Choueifat. I would like to to them when they haven't got one. It speaks
contribute to Teen Stuff magazine with pieces of creative about many interesting things and different things
writing, or get involved in any of the other sections of too.
the magazine. My aim is to be in continuous contact I just want to thank Manal el Mahdy for her brilliant
with you and to send articles or poems on a regular idea to create a very good magazine by letting
basis. This is so that I can gain experience by working teens to write in it.
for a well-reputed magazine. I assure you that there Thank you very much and I hope I can be a part
are no problems with my English language skills, and of the group of Teen Stuff because it is my dream
creative writing is a hobby of mine. I wrote several to be a writer.
poems and short stories and will continue to develop Amira Sherif
this hobby of mine if I find that they are successful.
Besides creative writing, I would like to volunteer for Dear Amira,
any of the sections. If there are any vacant positions On behalf of Mrs. Manal El Mahday I would
please notify me. I will send samples of my writings like to thank you for your nice feedback. I
upon receiving a response from you. Your response also want you to know that Teen Stuff might
will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. be giving the chance t o all of you teens to
Best regards, write your thoughts down but it is you who
Omar Sabry really help each other when you hold the pen
Dear Omar . and share your feelings and experiences with
It was a great pleasure reading your email other teens. If your dream is to be a writer
because it makes us really happy to see teens then it is about time to take some action,
such s yourself willing to take a step towards send us your articles and we would be happy
pursuing their dream. I could tell from your words to publish them for you and if you are
that you are a dedicated and an enthusiastic interested you could also join our Summer
person. If you are interested in contributing with Clubs. Just check the Ad. in the first page to
us you could join our Summer Clubs and be one know the details. Hope we will see you soon
of our Editorial Staff. Check the Creative Thinking and you will start participating with us more
Workshop Ad. on the first page of this issue to actively.
find out about the details. Hurry up and don't
miss your chance! We are really looking forward
to having you with us
Hello Teen Stuff and all its readers, wanted to thank you for June's issue; it was very cool
This is not my first time to send you an email. I think and thank you for the article you wrote about the
that Teen Stuff magazine is inspirational to all teens in Backstreet Boys; I adore them and I wish you could
Egypt and the Arab world, which is why I frequently interview them one day. Also, please, I want a poster
send emails. I can honestly say that I found several of David Bedingfirld in July's issue because I adored
articles to be very interesting. I loved the Ramadan this guy from the first time I heard him sing his song,
in History article in the 81st issue of this wonderful If You're Not the One.
magazine. I wrote a lot and it's time to shut up and
buy the next issue of Teen Stuff and find this letter go study!
on the first page. I would consider it an honor to I love you all!
have my name in such a great magazine along side Besmestic
the names of all the other contributors in the
country and elsewhere. I look forward to buying
the next issue and I hope that my request is not
Finally, I would like to thank the Teen Stuff
staff for bringing us teens such an amusing,
educational and inspirational magazine.
khalid Mohamed, 15
How are you all doing? Guys, I am really
happy because our exams are now getting
very easy. I am in third secondary and I
am very happy with the two exams we
have had up to now. Umm!... I hope the
rest will be as good. Anyhow, I just
What is equality?
That is the question Sherihan Adel Hassabo asked in her not created for dealing with war?" Say that to every wife,
article in Teen Stuff's last issue. Her answer: mother, daughter and sister who sat anxiously waiting for
her male relative to return from the second World War, who
"The acknowledged definition of equality is the equivalence, also ran to work in factories, breaking their backs and fingers
the sameness, the fairness, the impartiality and the and risking their lives to feed their men and bring them home.
correspondence of two or more objects. Relevant, to the issue What about the women who stayed up hours making food
under discussion, equality is to be identified as equal rights, for the soldiers to eat in order not to starve to death in the
equal opportunities and equal treatment for both sexes. trenches? May I ask why the soldiers didn't bother to make
Women demand equal rights and responsibilities as that to their own food? Were they too busy polishing their guns,
men's; they want to work like men, behave like men, be boasting over their medals, trying to prove their gallantry?
treated like men and even talk like men." If they had time to eat, they must have surely had time to
make that food.
I have never been as outraged by an article as I was by this
one. You have depicted independent, flourishing and feminist You do not only show prejudice against women, however.
women to be broad-shouldered, bearded men-wannabes in You also attack men several times in your text. Not all men
boxers and men's shoes. Is equality so hard to ask for that are egotistical who seek to destroy and posses and abuse all
to get it we must become men? When did we ever ask for women they can get their hands on. Not all men are
that? Who gave men the right to deny us that equality, to programmed to achieve and do not have health and family
say that the fact that women are trying to achieve their rights as a priority.
proves that they are inferior? Is the faded memory of a
caveman, with a club in one hand and "Opposites attract". Why yes, they do.
a woman being taken by the hair in the We all know that. We have grown up
other, to decide our fate? Is the hearing and repeating and eventually
mundane truth that simply because one reciting that common rule of life.
human male decided that women are However, must all opposites consist of
inferior and are his to drag around by the 'weak' and the 'strong'? You
their locks is what our society is built mentioned magnets- negative and
upon? If a person is given responsibility- positive charges are both as strong, are
or rather has seized that responsibility they not? You cannot say that a charge
through tyranny- does that necessarily of +1 is stronger than a charge of -1;
mean that they are superior? Is a man's their value is, after all,1. So in trying
physical ability used to overshadow a to make that point, Sherihan, you have
woman's pain threshold, a woman's contradicted yourself.
intellect, a woman's ability to produce
offspring?! We may not be men. I don't think we
ever want to be men after spending
I know quite a few boys who I could decades of fighting most of their egos.
punch the lights out of if I wanted to. But stating that men have a higher place
A general statistic does not represent in society and that this is the right thing
the whole truth, and I refuse to accept is making you a man! Don't you see?
how easily you have almost surrendered You criticized women who want to be
to the outdated policies by which man equal, who want their rights, who want
lives. As strong as a man is, whether to overcome the barriers that the male
he has an eight-pack or not, it was a sex has put up. But in accepting those
woman who brought him into the world. barriers and adopting these beliefs, you
Where would his eight-pack be if she have, in fact, done just that. Instead
had not sat for eight hours on a hospital bed trying desperately of fighting for your rights, you have chosen the easy way out.
to get him out of her?! Where would his eight-pack be if she You might hate me, you might dismiss me, you might even
was not there to nurse him, to play with him, to spoil him rip this article into tiny shreds and throw it down the rubbish
and shape his personality? - which has unfortunately turned chute- but you cannot deny that in accepting this biased rule
out rather arrogant and narrow-minded as noticed in a few in society you have let us down.
I do not guarantee that if a man loves and respects me I will
You talked of opposite characters- women are from Venus offer him my inferiority. You have just described women as
and men are from Mars. May I remind you that the fact that symbols of love and cherishing and caring and giving...
two things are opposites does not mean they cannot be equal. shouldn't we be offered their inferiority? God knows we have
An angel and a devil are opposites, are they not? And all the been doing a lot more than our share of loving and respecting
time we hear of good and evil battling each other- but does men. I will not step down and allow someone to tell me that
good always prevail? I think not. What we did is adapt this I should accept this role of being "humble", which I can tell
concept of Adam and Eve- how Eve took the treacherous bite you now is made up of only bigotry and prejudice. Why can't
out of the forbidden apple and caused humans to be banished a man be humble? Why can't a single mother be strong and
from heaven. Must all women be punished for one woman's upright and be able to support her family? We see them every
mistake? While I may offend people by this venture, I would day. A woman who has dedicated her life to a man who
like to remind you that Eve was the first woman. Are you claimed to love and respect her, then left her with the kids
suggesting that the human race has not at all adapted since and drifted off. I'm not saying women do not desert their
then? Are you telling me that God would have placed upon families too. All I am saying is that it's not acceptable that
Earth a mindless being who should not be listened to, but you are not pressuring single men into getting a wife, only
owned and used- a breeding machine that would never be single women into getting a husband because men are their
otherwise? Must all female lawyers, doctors, judges, opposites. Therefore, you have stated that women are weak
independent business owners go home and have a few kids? and need their strong counterparts to come along and hold
them up. No thanks- I think I'll continue fighting.
I would also like to point out another flaw in your text. I am
sure you meant well, but how could it be said that "We are Isodel, 14
Hend, you are so pessimistic you see the world is that Egypt really needs our help. Do you
too dark and the future so far away. I agree think that the government can do every thing
with you that there's no need to study Arabic alone? Noooooooooo & noo. Only youth can
poetry, especially along side of science. However and without them no one can do any thing.
this should not be a reason for you to say that You, all teens, myself and even Teen Stuff itself
after becoming a great programmer you would should have a big role.
sell your programs to another country.
You said that you don't consider Egypt your Ask me how? Okay, let's think together.
country or home, because home is a place Do you think that youth today can do any thing
where one is helped. Yeah... sure this is the but go to parties and nightclubs? Sure not all
real home. But let me ask you a question. of them but most of them. We have to think
What would you do if your mother was very ill about our life first and take it seriously because
while you were growing up and she remained we are the only ones who can change the
ill after? If she asked for your help would you country, we should write some laws. Yeah;
say "I don't consider you my mother because write laws that we are dreaming of adding to
you didn't help me" or will you try to help her our life and I think Teen Stuff can take a part
to get better? in this by adding a page called "Teens Laws
It's a good thing that you are so intelligent, but Well, did you hear about any organization in
you know, there are lots of intelligent people Egypt, which is only for youth, to discuss youth's
in Egypt but because they always surrender problems and hear their suggestions? I don't
easily to any problems, I don't consider them think so. But why don't we make this idea come
that intelligent. true. Why don't we make an organization for
You have to remind yourself that Egypt can't youth and we can call it "Future's Youths", or
give a fair chance to every one because it's one whatever. When we create this organization,
of the Third World countries, this is simply a and after it's accepted by the government, we
fact and we can not hide from it. So, the case can suggest new laws and present them to The
People's Assembly to see if they are useful and
Believe me when we do all these things we will
have a great country like America and France
and may be even better! So, I want all of you
guys, not only Hend, to think about that and
tell me if I'm wrong, and I need Teen Stuff's
group answers too.
"Maybe, I'm dreaming but this dream can come
Thank you very much for your time,
Khaled, 18, Faculty of Law
Hi Teen Stuff,
My name is Ahmed Barakat and I am a great fan of
this incredible magazine. I would like to add a comment
on the article written by Hend,15, in the issue of May
2005, issue #87, in Bits and Pieces.
Well, I think her point of view is a little pessimistic
and negative and that is because, firstly, she
complained about the standard of living, the horrible
circumstances of a large part of the community but
she didn't say what she would do in her future in
order to help these people to have a better life.
Secondly, she is talking about Egypt as if it is an
association which gives services in exchange for your
participation. Actually, I think that one must give to
his country and community and try to change things
in it and not wait for its services so that we can
exchange that with his participation. At least try to
give first before you take, as I think this is what is
Actually I think that if all the community thinks like
that (negatively) it may lead to disaster and failure
of any production in our lovely country.
E y ta
g pi n
P oet r
r t se
The Enemy of the People?!
Dedicated to every fighter
There are moments when you come to think of war as repeating itself but much fiercer and inhuman. They were
bliss. In war you know your enemy and your cause and trying to steal more than just our right for self
you never doubt them for a second. You know the good expression...our right to live. I felt furious, angry,
and the bad side and have the brain to make the choice. disappointed, disgraced and frightened; along with other
Unlike other times when your enemy becomes some thing emotions I haven't experienced before in my life. Seeing
or some one from within and instead of a unified cause your own friend physically assaulted right before you and
for all, each goes his own way; and you end up wondering being unable to lift a finger to stop it, is an experience
who is the enemy of my people? that I pray from the bottom of my heart that no one will
ever go through. One minute there was enough to make
The helpless; that was us on that unforgettable Wednesday. you feel like you have driven into the very core of the
Images of the day kept reappearing in my thoughts as brutal real world...our world.
I sat on my bed staring at my bruised arms and shoulders. At the beginning I kept shouting trying to explain and
reason with them, trying to tell them that they were on
"Today is a historical day that will remain carved in the the wrong side and that we were doing this for their sakes
minds of the Egyptian people for ages to come". Those too. But gradually my words were lost in the loudness of
were the words of one of the TV anchors I heard that their empty slogans and name calling and accusing us of
morning before going out and they kept ringing in my being traitors. Traitors? Us? Why? How? When?
ears trying to remind me that nothing could possibly I then remembered Ibsen's enemy of the people and how
happen. It's just a peaceful demonstration, I kept telling the actions of the protagonist were misperceived and
myself as I marched along with my friends behind the misunderstood by his people that instead of being portrayed
members of the Kifaya Movement, to express our as a hero ( for he was trying to save them from poisonous
resentment to what is taking place and the reason why water) he was portrayed as the enemy of the people. I
we chose to boycott this day's so-called historical event. wondered if this was the case today. Making the right
I knew that there was more to it when I witnessed the choice became harder not because the wrong one is
arrival of several buses filled with what seemed to me tempting but simply because you lost track of which is
like villagers from the country side. The men were which. You don't know any more where's the right and
shouting Yes Mubarak! Yes Mubarak!; just like you hear the wrong or you refuse to know - and that's even worse.
them shouting Ariel, Ariel! in commercials. And the women
were ululating as if in a wedding. It wasn't hard to After what seemed like days of running, we sought refugee
understand that they were nothing but a bunch of hired in a corner between two buildings. It was only then that
ignored human beings, whom, despite being victimized I realized that I hadn't really escaped their brutality. My
by the system were promoting it. Most of the people from bag was gone and my pants were torn along with my
the lower classes who actually came to vote thought it shirt, thankfully the tearing wasn't as disastrous as that
was a voting for or against the President. Gradually pro- of the others. My friend had a deep cut on her forehead.
Mubarak men started to increase, circling us and Kifaya. I took her and fled to a nearby hospital to find that two
Honestly, till this moment I don't know whether they were of my other friends were there; one with a broken arm
from the police force or the National Democratic Party or and the other unconscious from the shock. I later learnt
just hired men by senior officials. I told myself, ok so that another friend was trapped inside a pharmacy unable
what? I have been through this before; just pushing and to get outside after her pants were completely torn and
shoving and going home smelling like a rotten fish. The other stories about the rest of the 'traitors'. I sat beside
most important thing was that I had been able to come my friend as the doctor stitched her forehead while she
this far and express my opinion and stand firm by my wept "This can't be happening in Egypt!". With all due
beliefs. respect to the singers of the song Akeed Fe Masr, where
the hell were you on that day? Hopefully, not sleeping
'Humiliation' is such a petty word to describe how others soundly in a room with an AC?
and I felt. The hired men, instead of focusing their attention
on the men, only started molesting the women in the
protest. I witnessed both men and women being dragged I close my eyes and try to sleep when, suddenly, I feel
by the legs and stepped on. As for the police forces, they immense pain. I try to find some hidden bruise or wound
just watched as the audience of this play. I don't recall on my body but I can't. I know this time where the pain
how or when we were separated. All I remember is that is coming from - deep down from my soul.
I was running with one of my friends alone in some
unknown direction chased by three of the hired men. I
saw with my own two eyes men tearing the clothes of
women and trying to rape them in public. I closed my Inspired by one of the protesters - not my own experience
eyes and opened them again in hope of finding that this Sondos Shabayek (and for once I feel I'm over 50 yrs)
was merely a nightmare, only to find the same scene
"Here is the bottom line on enthusiasm: it's infectious. And it makes people respond"
By: Mai Mamdouh, 19
And here's the story. It all started long ago. Shattered disks and chairs
when a group of Architecture Second took up quite some space. Toilets were
Years from the Faculty of Engineering, disastrous. Some computers at the
Ain Shams University handed their computer room needed some
Professor Dr.Ashraf Abd El-Mohsen a hardware, and mostly computers
C.D. where they managed to get the needed software repair and updating.
most terrible, unsightly pictures of the Of course, the litter was terrible. The
building where they studied. The place wasn't at all clean.
Doctor, kindly, decided to show
everybody the data show the C.D. had For nearly four days, the cleaning was
during his lecture. It was sarcastic, it almost over. The works and papers of
was fun. Yet it was still painful. It hurts students that were once thrown away
to watch everything desperately are now sorted out and 'trash' is
screaming for a long-forgotten need recycled. This had taken place before
for change and other people pretending sponsors replied as to whether or not
hard to be helpless till they truly they would help the students.
become so. Dr. Ashraf admired His
students' perception and their positive Everyone: Professors, Leaders and
determination. "We understood that sponsors started seeking sponsors to
our creativity and appreciation for get them what they needed to finish
beauty, as architects, should reflect the work. Some of the 'leaders' claimed
on the place where we study" says that they had learned much from
Omar Tourk, a freshman leader. Almost searching for sponsors. Ahmed Safwat
everyone at the architecture for instance, who was a leader for a
department followed the same concept. group of his colleagues himself,
"Why always wait for others to start?" believed he had altered the way he
says Miral Gaber who is a second year dealt with responsible ones as he asked
leader. So yes, better start themselves for their help completely after a few
than wait till others respond. trials. "At first, I used to go meet them
directly after I was done with college"
Not surprisingly, this was when he says "I was exhausted while
students began racking their brains discussing things with them. And of
for ways out. Under the influence of course in all ways not prepared after
some professors' support- Like Dr. having a long tiring day at college".
Ashraf, who was in charge of the "Later" he went on "I learned how to
project, and the Head of the let my confidence show and reflect
Architecture Department professor Dr. into the conversation, and it had
Ali Eid- and the greater influence of amazing effects."
their enthusiasm, students decided to
start. They were divided into groups, Not late after this, the real work
and voted for a leader for each group. started. Students worked with all
Each group of students was particularly they've got for over twelve hours
in charge of restoring a certain room everyday starting 9:00am. And
or hall. The walls needed burnishing sometimes, guys slept over at college
and paints, the benches needed to get their work done. The time was
polishing. The dust over the windows really short. Professors had decided
glass has cut the sun's way through to leave them one week off,
accordingly, they needed to focus all initiating a true change, independently,
their energy on this quite tight interval. and that's what matters. I guess the
They even worked on official holidays hardest thing that could ever happen
to extent the week to twelve days non- to a person is him failing to maintain
stop. Everything began to glitter once emotional connection with his
more. They used everything the surroundings. That's why I envy them
sponsors offered: The paints, as for reaching an understanding to the
sponsors taught them how to mix paints fact, they helped achieve, that the place
and use them, Spotlights for toilets where they go study everyday is 'home'.
(after electricity problems were
managed), white boards, baskets for "We are charged, faithful, committed
the litter, curtains, new desks and chairs. and self-confident. We are the students
Students could pick colors until they of FEDA"
ran out of some. Girls and guys worked
at the new toilets and cleaned everything "Can we?... surely, we can!"
themselves. It was quite common to
see a few guys sweeping floors or wiping Your feedback is of great importance.
them. Others cleaned windows or Share with us your own achievement
hanged curtains. Students were, as well, stories for other teens or just comment
given lectures on 'time management' on what those Architecture students did
and 'team work'. It was all contagious at firstname.lastname@example.org. They
and heartfelt. deserve your praise.
Special thanks to: A. Safwat. And
And it's worth noting that these twelve
days were only a week or two away
from the finals. And yet, of course with
the exception of a few who preferred
studying at home, Students worked all
along the twelve days. "They lost a lot,
and didn't even realize it until it was
over" says A. Safwat. For every one of
those who worked for this, the rewards
were more a sense of satisfaction than
anything else. "Of course it wasn't fair,
we all had projects put off and papers
not touched, and still devoted ourselves
for the thing. Meanwhile, they were
getting all of this done for themselves"
says A. Safwat about those who refused
to work with them. Omar Tourk claimed
that some of those who refused to work
had serious problems with the place
before the project started; they wanted
it to be clean!
It all, unfortunately, came to an ending.
The results were simply wonderful.
Everything clean. Some assistant
lecturers drew very nice painting to be
hanged. I don't want to dig for details.
You should see for yourself.
All students agreed that the best
part about this is that they got
emotionally bounded to each other. "I
got to know a lot of second and third
years as friends. In fact, we need help
when we're working on projects from
older colleagues. So it was really good
to have made friends with many of
them" says A. Safwat. And Dawlat Al-
Mossalamy, a freshman, said "I guess
it's because having a common motive
brought us together, it was like we were
gathered to walk towards our common
goal". "We've become one family" says
Mai Medhat, another freshman. This,
exactly, is how it became like.
I've been holding tightly on to my
emotions as I was writing this in case
my excitement overflows. This is not
just about a few paints and a litter
problem. It's way more profound. They
didn't shake their heads back and forth.
They didn't call whoever they think is
responsible names. They did "what
others thought was not possible" as Mai
Medhat says. They succeeded in
but believe you bad
you that have luck,
Most of us have that dream of the future, getting you need to learn to speak English fluently because
a well paid job; having a home, a car, getting it has become a major need in all work fields. If
married and having children etc... you learn to speak English fluently, you will become
Have you ever asked yourself what you need to successful in a level of your (TAL) and you'll feel
reach your dream? then that you can do more and you'll keep going
How to be successful in your work: Third you have to know that no precious things
Some people have the dream, but they don't have come easily and you'll meet many difficulties.
the will to do, or say that they don't believe they
can do it, but instead they think that they were The following is an extract from two years of hard
born useless failures and have bad luck all the working, difficulties, frustrating situations and
time. persons and PATIENCE.
Unfortunately these kinds of people really fail, not - During your job there are couple of things you
because they have bad luck, but because their have to learn such as:
thoughts affected their performance and drove - Communication skills: How will you deal with
them to fail. others? Don't cause problems or you'll find yourself
fired; you must be smart dealing with others,
I was one of these people who got bored of too likable, easy going and an effective member.
many failures. I believed that there was something - Team work: Every company has a target. You
wrong with me and that I had to correct it. However, must know that you are a member of the
now I'm a manager of two sensitive departments achievement team and you are not on your own;
in my company. don't be selfish and work as a team in order to
If you know that you're smart but you believe that achieve the company's target.
you have bad luck, use your 'smartness' to change. - Fast learner: Ability to learn is a major factor to
You are the only one capable of changing your life be a team worker; everyday you'll know that you
attitude, so get your hands on depressing factors were mistaken yesterday and no body is too smart
of your life and reflect over them and it'll be a to learn.
double power in the success direction. - Entrepreneurial: If your post is a direct
First of all you have to believe in a major thing: responsibility position, you have to be an
that if you worked and fought really hard for your entrepreneur, turning ideas into a profitable finished
dream, God would give you the greatest feedback product or achievement.
for your hard work. - Generous: Never hide your abilities and don't be
Secondly, maybe you can't get a job so easily in afraid of not being appreciated, for sooner or later
the current circumstances, but you don't have any you'll get your deserved appreciation.
choice but to think systematically to create your - Gaining experience from all the jobs you've done
own opportunity - there's no place or time, is one of your (TAL), because experience and
frustration or depression. learning virgin knowledge makes you unique and
Some tips that may be helpful: - Sometimes companies don't give the acceptable
First you have to define your abilities and know feedback or appreciation, or use their employees
that you can use them, and then to specify your right down to their last bit of strength and don't
target and focus your abilities to get it. You don't give them their fees. You have to know that there's
need to give too much care to the subject you no problem in searching for another job, for even
graduated in, because the Egyptian work if you have to leave your current company, you'll
environment depends on what can you do. It's the get another job sooner or later, but never give up!
main thing - because there are many people who Finally you have to remember the major thing:
don't hold super certificates but have additional your dream, your targets, your (TAL) and all of
talents in their personality or their hobbies your acts in life must seek God's gratification
compelling them to meet a career need. because it's what we're born for, so we'll definitely
Second you have to define this Targets Achievement get it.
Levels (TAL) and take a good care of the time factor
because it's a major part of success. For example, Amr Marwan, 21
It is of no doubt that
we are gifted with a country
that is and has always been unique
than the others in every way. On this
land you experience wonders that you might
never even think of in other places. Together
we shall review few of those wonders or if others
might like to call them downsides in hope of finding
some way to reform ourselves along with our country.
Welcome to our exclusive recount of the marvels of the
mother of all lands EGYPT!
friend found what she
came for in one of the
shops. I thought it was safe
enough to leave her there
inside and go and catch the
Around the mosque and up till
its door was what we call now
the phenomenon of
religion...our worship to God
into a business..
Anything and everything that
is or could be related to a
religious ritual was sold starting
from the seb7a, sewak....and up to
incense (bo7'or), with sellers
chanting songs about God or
shouting the blessing that will be
granted to the buyer. I stood and
looked at a collection of old and
dusty seba7 when someone
knocked on my shoulder. I turned
around to find an adult dressed in
rags having obviously painted his
face in black in attempt to give a
piece of dirt on your face and no certain image. He kept reciting parts
one around you informed you of its of the Quran and asking me by the
existence, how will you ever remove prophet's name and his God and
it? by the heaven that awaits me in
It's not that I don't welcome the other world to give him
criticism from readers, on the something. Even though I despised
contrary arguing is my hidden the sellers, all of a sudden I
Before I start recounting a new pleasure, yet I can maintain my respected them. At least they have
adventure allow me to respond right for self defense can't I ? something to offer in return
to a certain criticism I heard regardless of what it is. I turned
repeatedly concerning the fact
that I exhibit the country's
Reflections in Khan around leaving the beggar cursing
me and my entire family and
negative aspects. In my very EL Khalili.... promising me hell at the end of the
first article of Long Live Egypt I journey and a miserable destiny in
made it clear that my intention I knew quite well how the place our world. I felt that a gloomy cloud
wasn't to create sarcastic would look like on a holiday and had absorbed me and tried to look
monologues. We have lived for what repercussions we will have to for anything to cheer me up. And
so long blinded by the appraisals endure as a result of a decision like just at the right moment my friends
of writers and media this, nevertheless I agreed to go I found one of my favorite
practitioners and look to where with my friend to Khan El Khalili..... supposedly edible Egyptian items
we stand right now. My It was clearly established in our "The Egyptian marshmallows! ".
nationalist feelings aren't less minds that we would have to The latter shouldn’t be mixed up
than any one. And it's because employ our maneuvering and with the marshmallows we are all
of this nationalism that I choose squeezing skills to accomplish our familiar with because, same as
to criticize and point out the mission. We strode for a while everything else in this country, it
shortcomings. If you had a black moving from shop to shop till my maintains its own exquisite taste
the outcome is the same. We limit
the role religion plays in our lives
by just dedicating time in our day
for prayers or like what I have seen
sitting in mosques. Away from that
our acts are based on absolutely
nothing. Values are derived from
religion and so are manners. We
had reached a point where
understanding our religion and
applying it has become a necessity,
otherwise our feeling of security will
extinct and our world simply wouldn't
be safe enough to live in anymore.
And those people whom I felt
disgusted from show how
irresponsible we are, you are
privileged by your education, which
implies that you share in the
responsibility of teaching the
unprivileged. I'm not preaching,
never did and never will. I'm just
sharing my thoughts with
you.....when we think of reform...we
and texture. It takes the form of the feet and arms of several women. think of how to reform ourselves
short fingers or circles in the colors Ohhh God what now....after several ....and others, needless to mention
white and pink. I cant describe the moments I was able to get up and that the others are part of ourselves
taste, you'll have to try it yourself, continue my prayer in fear of another no matter how we deny it.... I just
just go to the mosque and right in attack. I realized latter on what had hope the day would come when we
front of the entrance to the women's happened...a women came in with actually start taking actions to really
praying area you'll find the guy with food to distribute among the needy make a change instead of just
a stand on which lies packs of this inside, luckily I happened to be keeping on filling pages.
substance. And they call us not praying right beside the women with
innovative! Wait till you taste it! food. Women snatched and fought Sondos Shabayek (18 &12 months)
I was wasting time gazing around for the food ruining any sort of Illustrations by: Adnan Hesham
the place leaving my friend trapped remaining spiritual atmosphere. With
in a shop. So I paced up to the door all my might I squeezed myself out PS: For those who might think that
making it a point to be as quick as of the place. I walked away looking this is a religious article we want to
possible and not allow the attractions back behind me at what seemed to correct them. This article is not
of the place to distract me. The first be the most vivid manifestation of intended to be a religious one it is
thing you see as you come closer to people's ignorance. At one point I just an attempt to throw the spot
the door are men in white dresses felt disgusted, afterwards responsible light on a phenomenon which
who seem in quite good health asking and then helpless. Those people happens to take place in sacred
for money while repeating prayers inside thought they were carrying places and which has spread in our
for you and your family. I managed out some religious duty or gaining society.
to squeeze into the crowd of women the blessing of God by just sitting If you have any opinion regarding
fighting and cursing one another to inside the mosque gossiping and this matter or you would like to share
enter the place of worship. Inside eating plus of course making the with others your feedback, just send
the mosque on the right corner is a lives of those who want to pray and us e-mail on
wooden stand and two men who have a moment of solitude miserable. email@example.com
take women's shoes and give them
a metallic number. Even though I At the very beginning, I thought why
knew that no one would want to should I write about those people if
steal mine I pushed them inside my we aren't like them but then it struck
bag to avoid the fuss. I forgot to tell me that Egyptian mentality and
you my friends that it was Friday! behavior is the same in all classes
The famous forbidden going to public and all places and the difference lies
places day....so long for my rules in how it is manifested and with what
Women were seated not praying but degree. The men dressed in galabeya
gossiping or eating sandwiches. The playing the role of a blessing giver
smell of the carpet captivated my shows not only how religion is being
senses before I knelt to put down commercialized but the very fact
my bag. I had no clue how I was that we tend to depend on others
going to disregard the noise and the for our living. Even those who work
unbelievably repulsive smell and don't carry the responsibility, if you
pray. I chosen the safest place I ask any employee in a governmental
could find and placed my bag right institution he'll always say that the
before me and started to pray. government is responsible of
providing living for every Egyptian
We all experience moments in our citizen. Ask yourself and the answer
lives when we think that our life is "My parents" will be heard even
at stalk and all it takes to save it is though in other countries kids work
a miracle from God..... when they reach a certain age and
I don't recall how or when it help in the expenses of their
happened, all I remember is that all education. Moving on to another
of a sudden light and air were point which is religion, regardless
blocked out. I tried to get up but whether you're Muslim or Christian
found myself trapped underneath
T ou hs
h gt Love is of the other person
accepting the other person
just the way they are
and not trying to change
I Love You
them to be something else
Love is the source of unity
I don't know what to say I don't know the freedom to pursue your
what to do own desires
No words can explain how much I while sharing your
love you experiences with the other
You were as a dream in me, but now person
it becomes true the growth of one individual
And I want to share every second of alongside of
my life with you and together with the
You are the one I was trying to find growth of another individual
Love is the source of
You are so kind
I can't get you out of my mind success
My feelings for you are so deep inside
You are my eyes when I am blind Love is
I am always going to be by your side the excitement of planning
And never going to hide things together
You made me love the sea the excitement of doing
You made me feel free things together
With you I am the one I want to be Love is the source of the
Please don't ever leave me future
Beside you there's no fear
There's no tear Love is
I love you my dear the fury of the storm
You aren't just my lover, but also my the calm of the rainbow
best friend being happy for the other Love is the source of
Whose love will never end
I want you to achieve your goal when they are happy
And protect your soul being sad for the other Love is
God bless you the one whom I adore. person when they are sad giving and taking in a daily
being together in good situation
Raghda Gasser, 15 times being patient with each
and being together in bad other's needs and desires
times Love is the source of sharing
Love is the source of
strength Love is
knowing that the other
Love is person
being honest with yourself will always be with you
My Life at all times
being honest with the other
person at all times
telling, listening, respecting
regardless of what happens
missing the other person
when they are away
but remaining near in heart
at all times
My life is what you now see and never pretending Love is the source of
Darkness is invading me Love is the source of reality security
Turns failure from success
My high hopes falls like death Love is Love is
I am searching for what I have done an understanding that is so The Source of Life!
Dark cave cannot see the sun...like everyone complete that
you feel as if you are a part Raha Sayed Mohamed, 15
Listen, this is what you may show
I am what you are, I am you
Nothing Can Be Worse..
Take my hands and start all over
Stand up struggle now, maneuver
Through pains, hates, and depressions
Find a high land for successes
Live your life, face your fate
Death comes once and is never late Trapped in a fantasy by an untimely muse,
Struggle like a true man but nothing can be worse than losing you.
Never listen to those who ran Drowning in an ocean so deep and blue,
From the battlefield of life but nothing can be worse than losing you.
Time is at your back with a knife Abducted by aliens and stranded on the moon,
Live your success as a failure but nothing can be worse than losing you.
Feel the warmth and you will know how to chill Executed by a jury for a crime I'm accused,
Thunder never strikes in one place twice but still nothing can be worse than losing you.
Luck is just when you play with a dice Even starving to death from lack of food,
Life has now meaning but nothing can be worse than losing you.
Until you find the leading Fighting a battle against love only to lose,
Life has no meaning aggression and the lack of is the worst that could happen because I'd be
Sameh Mohamed, 19 Losing you.
Sara Abdelrhaim, 17
It is strange to stand on the top of a high mountain
and watch the whole world turning out to be
emotionally vacant and powerless because of love
"Then try to face all your sins and repent."
"I can face it all when I forget all about it."
"No, you can't, for you will always feel unable to
that seems to have gone. walk about this place till you find the door which will
take you away to reality."
Sometimes life appears to me like a battle with an
uncertain outcome. Everybody is fighting to prove I could feel how this voice could find an account
his existence and those of the wicked fights are with some remarks on such perfect experience. Its
taken to be prisoners to be locked up and then perspective experience worth puzzling over, I thought.
carried to another world in which they are forced to I stood up and started walking about the place,
indulge themselves in solitude. They stoop while thinking deeply of what it had been hinting at. After
addressing virtual voices that happen to be their a long pause I uttered "I can try to speak."
masters and then whoever tries to slip away on any
account becomes wet with warm blood. "Perfect."
"I feel like confronting the fact of a menacing death."
I have been sitting alone for days that were passing "It has to be this way."
gradually like never ending years. I tried hard not "Maybe."
to think of that memory since everything seemed "How have you been wrong?"
already to have gone. I couldn't get over it. Tears "Aside from being wrong or bad, I failed to prove
were streaming down my face and blood was dripping my existence.
off my body. I forced myself several times to close "How?"
my eyes and peer inside to seek out a resolution "I have been cruel and foolishly emphasizing doubt
but I always failed! all along". Now my eyes were apparently moist. I
tried to wipe out my tears but I failed. "I'm a human
I could never face it. It had never departed me. and all humans make mistakes."
I felt as it had claims on me. I could see it recurring "That's true but they have to face it all and not to
every moment with the strongest potential to exist shirk it"
in my mind. It started to play tricks and show me "I'm trying but I always fail"
the things that I fear to see. Thus, I kept shutting
my eyes to shirk this emphatic memory which kept The voice gave no reply. It wanted me to think
unsettling my mind for long. But it always ended on aloud to myself. It was reading my thoughts which
the contrary. I could watch myself, sitting alone in were pulled in different directions.
silence and giving all my senses to a voice which
was flirting like a barely heard echo. However it kept "I'm imposing my thoughts and feelings on the
addressing me "Why are you silent?" way I have been deserted. I ... can't
"I have nothing to speak of", I always could answer.
"You know you have, it's all in your head"
I could give no reply as it suddenly stopped. I sat
down on the cold floor of my place and started to
look around me not to see where it had gone, for I
always knew that it could come back, but to look
for some company. I always found nothing but high
dirty walls that made me feel more than once that
I deserve such dangerous isolation.
"Stand up and walk away to real life", the voice
"How?" I asked.
Outside stands the world with its reality which
seems emptier than my wicked solitude. It is totally
vacant since everything is already gone. Whenever
I stand out there I feel that it is offering me a
perfect isolation which exists side by side with the
realization that there is also another world, my
world, where I'm bound to think of what I have
done, what I have lost and how I will compose
my own soul to face my sins. I thought.
"You are right", utters the voice.
"What do you mean?"
"I can read your mind."
"What do you want then?"
"I want you to speak of your past." I couldn't
hide my faint smile when I replied “You called
it a past”
"Yes, maybe I did call it a past, but you know
it never did."
"How come you are certain of it?"
"Simply because you are still here."
"Yes, I am."
For Those Not Here
" I have pictured you with flowers in your from that world that you come from, and
hair." where you are now.
Amongst a life that's made in China, and Everything I did to you was so wrong..but
people who know what they're doing, I am why did you smile in the end? why did you
I gaze at walls and planes and cars and I won't meet you again, I know it. Because
televisions and I set another cigarette ablaze I don't belong to that world, the one you
before I put it in my mouth and I start come
inhaling your memory. from.. the one where you are now..instead,
I take the final step down and I go out, out I'll keep gazing at cars and planes and
into the so-called world and I see people televisions
passing by and the sun blinds me and it still and setting myself patient by the fact that
feels so unreal compared to the dreams you I will see you tonight, and evernight until
bring me everynight when I shut my eyes. I am no more.
I wish I didn't know the meaning of "I have pictured you with flowers in your
departure. I wish you were always here. I hair
wish I can And I have brought you something..
smother everyone in this world and hyptonize I ripped it from my chest.."
them and tell them about you, and how Until I meet you in my dreams,
beautiful you are..Sweetheart, speak, answer Very truly yours, Anonymous.
me, and tell me..where go the boats?
If you're reading this, please be sure that Omar Khalifa, 21
my love for you is not from this world..it's
I have waited so long and I am afraid
that I am not that strong. I‚ve suffered
enough solitude and I don’t think I was
ever rude. You broke my heart and you
tore it apart. Right on from the start! I‚ve
waited so long for the day that I would
be appreciated. But now I seem to be
massively hated and this pain still hasn’t
faded. It’s long like eternity and I am
trapped, never free. All I do is keep Why don't you say it to me,
thinking of that maybe someone out there why don't you want to rest my mind in peace,
really cares and not give me nasty stares. why do you like it leaving me thinking like this,
I have had enough. The pain comes why do you feel nice tearing my heart into pieces,
through time and time again. The pain, why can't feel my love towards you,
if I could take it all away it would obviously why do you keep throwing your sharp warm looks directly
be today. When I am here they would to my weak loving heart and just leave me after that,
just say terrible things right in front of why don't you tell me do you love me or not, while I can
my face not giving me any space, not feel something not normal in your looks, in your touches
caring if I got mad or angry or even cried. and in your caring words,
I feel like there is a deep dark hole right why don't you tell me the truth,
in my soul. All I feel is emptiness inside is it because i told you that i will be always here for u,
and to just go hang out and have fun is is it because you know that i really love you,
running through my mind. I really do or is it because their is someone one else,
believe that no one other than my family someone took my place in your heart,
cares about how I feel inside. Nobody why do you keep telling me sweet soft words,
likes me everybody hates me or despises why do you feel glad knowing that i can't belong to
me. But all I want is to be just free and someone else,
happy until eternity. For all I am just an but I swear with your precious love in my heart that this
ordinary person who is lonely. All I just won't last forever,
want is a friend who will stick with me I will leave you but in the right time,
until the end. and I will take my revenge by leaving you when you start
to love me and I think that you already started to love
Rhanda El Meliegy, 13 me,
I swear that I will go and never come back,
I swear that I will throw out of my life,
I swear that I will take back my heart and hand it to the
a person who will be really caring.
in this cool summer collection
Special thanks to Magrabi
for supplying us with sunglasses
Adolescent amnesia "Human beings are animals with memory" So what if you lose this memory?
I can't remember my own address!
Ever experienced meeting an old friend and standing for almost 15 minutes chatting and,
when saying goodbye, you discover that you have forgotten his/her name?
Ever since I moved to Cairo my take action was my observation of forgetting the name of a friend or
capacity to remember started the cases of other people of my the address to the place you have
deteriorating each day till it reached age and especially that of my two been to zillions of times. The
a very pitiful condition. Forgetting best friends. One of them has the performance of our memory in our
names of people I knew for two memory of a gold fish and the daily life can turn our lives into
years and met every single day second hardly qualifies as a person heaven or hell. Because of memory
became the least of my concerns. with a memory at all. And so my problems people forget life time
I solved this problem by calling friends, I decided to take action interviews and deeply regret it for
every single girl "otta" or "gamila" and try to find a solution. It is a long time afterwards. I don't want
and every single guy "Ahmed". interesting though to note that to go in depth about the extent to
Some sensed it and decided not to while doing some research before which a weak memory can influence
disgrace me. But as the situation writing this article, I found out that our lives, but let me just say that
got worse and I was caught in the nine out of ten times the teenager's it can change people's lives
middle of one of my attempts to first response to any question is "I drastically.
remember my phone number, don't know".
others realized and urged to me to How memory works
take action. My condition reached For those of you who share my To understand the problem of
its peak when several times when problem (and I'm sure many do) having a weak memory or capacity
I decided to take a shower, I forgot bear with me; in the following there to recall, we have to first
midway between my bedroom and may be a solution that would comprehend how the memory thing
the bathroom and indulged in eventually stop me from forgetting works.
something else and remembered my name. The process is divided into three
only two days afterwards about it. stages; registering new information,
However what really urged me to Forgetfulness isn't just about storage and recall. Let me clarify
them in an example. You meet a friend A who very poorly. People suffering from the latter two are
introduces you to another friend B. Later on that day usually preoccupied with their inner feelings and too
you run in to B and you greet him and say 'hello B, distracted to pay attention to new information or record
we met this morning'. The first stage is basically when it properly.
you register or record the information (when your
friend A introduced you to B). Secondly, comes the 3- Physical Disability:
stage of storing (when your brain stores friend B's Having any sort of disability e.g. poor vision, makes
name and the situation in which you met). The third the memory function poorly.
and last stage is when you retrieve this information
(B's name and the situation in which you were 4- Illness:
introduced to each other); in the example this happened Certain types of diseases such as heart disease or
when you met B for the second time and recalled his diabetes that cause stress often weaken the patient's
name. All three stages are essential for your memory memory.
to work, otherwise you wouldn't be able to recall B's
name. 5- Lack of sleep or sleeping disorder:
The whole process is more like the placement of a The brain consolidates learning during two particular
letter in a filing cabinet in order to be able to refer to phases of sleep.
it in the future. Think of the letter as the new item of Through those two phases the brain plummets certain
information. chemicals that allow information to flow out of the
There are different types of memory, each of which hippocampus (memory region) and into the cortex
is used to store different kinds of information. The where it is distributed into appropriate networks and
part that stores facts, such as people's names is categories. Afterwards the brain re-enacts the lessons
different from that which we use to store knowledge from the previous day and solidifies the newly- made
about how to do things. connections through the memory banks. Studies show
Now that we know how the memory works, let's see that whether it is sports or music, both will be greatly
what interferes with this process. helped by getting a good night's sleep and that students'
ability to remember things, be it a lesson on geometry
1-Overload: or the causes of the Second World War, is mediated
Often a person forgets information when the amount by sleep.
of information exceeds his capacity. Imagine yourself 6- Alcohol:
at an orientation party where you are introduced to Of course it is well known that alcohol tends to damage
lots of people; it will definitely be hard to recall all brain cells and accordingly memory and cognition. And
their names afterwards. Busy people are the ones the fact that it's the New Year or the Halloween doesn't
most prone to face this problem. give the body a reason to react differently towards
2- State of mind:
Anxiousness and depression leaves the memory acting
The following is a
questionnaire to know
how well your memory
is: if you are prone
Questionnaire to one day waking
up unable to
For each question please put a ring identify
around the number which best applies yourself
to you. When you have answered all the or not.
questions, add up your score.
1= Never or hardly ever ( a few times a
year or less )
2= Occasionally ( a few times each
3= Quite often ( a few times each week)
4= Very frequently ( every day)
1 Forgetting where you have put something.
Losing things around the house 1 2 3 4
2 Failing to recognize places that you are
told you have often been to before 1 2 3 4
3 Having to go back to check whether you
have done something that you meant to do
1 2 3 4
4 Forgetting to take something with you when
you go out
1 2 3 4
5 Forgetting that you were told something
yesterday or a few days ago, and maybe having 1 2 3 4
to be reminded about it
6 Failing to recognize by sight, close relatives
or friends whom you meet frequently
1 2 3 4
7 When reading a newspaper or magazine; being
unable to follow the thread of a story; losing 1 2 3 4
track of what it is about
8 Forgetting to tell somebody something important.
Perhaps forgetting to pass on a message or 1 2 3 4
remind someone of something
9 Forgetting important details about yourself, for
example, your date of birth or where you live 1 2 3 4
10 Getting the details of what someone has
told you mixed up and confused 1 2 3 4
11 Forgetting where things are normally kept
or looking for them in the wrong place 1 2 3 4
Getting lost or turning in the wrong direction
on a journey, a walk or in a building where 1 2 3 4
you have often been before
Doing some routine thing twice by mistake.
For example, putting two lots of tea in the tea 1 2 3 4
pot, or going to brush your hair when you have
just done so
14 Repeating to someone what you have just told
him or asking the same question twice
1 2 3 4
What does your score mean?
14-19 Your memory is very good indeed. You have no need to worry
20-29 Your memory performance is about average
30-39 Your memory is below average. This may simply mean that you are leading a busy life, which puts
considerable demands on your memory.
40-56 Your memory is very poor.
How to cope with
Before discussing practical solutions you some tips for finding things.
for weak memory problems, I first Maybe there is hope that I might
need to stress on the fact that it find my facial gel every day without
is very essential to be honest with hours of searching.
one's self. You need to admit that
you need to work on your capacity Tips to find things:
to remember, don't wait for some
one to say "How the hell did you 1- Organization:
forget our appointment after being The most famous word of all
reminded three times about it?" Mothers is actually one of the very
But then again the fact that you effective solutions to our case.
are reading this article shows that Being organized comes hand in
you are not submissive towards hand with finding things easily.
2- Lists and labels:
Secondly, tell your friends and close You can make a list of where things
relatives about your problem and are, label cupboards or stick labels
ask them to help you overcome it. with your name and address on
It'll be much easier when they know your possessions, so that if found,
about it; you won't have to go on can be returned to you, if of course
improvising apology statements they fall in the hands of an honest
whenever you forget something person (but let us not count on
important because they will that possibility very much, because
understand. here in Egypt the only possible
reason why you could get your
1- By eating healthy food things back is that the man simply
wants to go and rob your other
I believe very much in the Egyptian possessions).
saying "The healthy mind exists in
the healthy body" don't expect your 3- Remembering where you put
cognitive abilities to function something:
properly if you are an unhealthy Make a deliberate effort to
person. I'm not asking you to quit remember where you have placed
eating junk food and take with you the thing you are looking for. You
to school a lunch box filled with may find that saying out loud where
fruit and vegetables but try to you have put the object or relating
balance your diet. If you eat out it to the place, useful.
the entire week make sure you eat
at least once at home. Try to eat 4- Remembering names:
more sea food and add more garlic Of course there isn't one perfect
to your food. And if you want to solution for this common problem.
be practical try swallowing three Try to pay close attention to the
cloves of garlic each morning. name of the person to whom you
were just introduced and repeat it
2- Diaries, notes, lists and throughout the conversation and
calendars inside you head, especially if it's
Now I don't go anywhere without an unusual one (I had a colleague
my note book and the reminders' at school named Ahmed El
list on my mobile phone is always Shewarby, I kept calling the guy
full. Buy yourself a small notebook Shabrawy throughout the whole
and keep it with you to record year till one day I discovered my
things you need to remember later mistake and couldn't face the guy
on and assignments that you have again). If someone's name is on
to do. the tip of your tongue, exert some
You can use 'post it' notes that effort to recall it; go through the
stick on walls. Make a list every alphabet letter by letter.
time you go shopping or to the
supermarket. You can also buy a
wall calendar to register important Finally, I hope this works. I will
events and make sure you don't leave you now to try to recall the
forget your best friend's birthday name of the girl I met today and
again. Don't be shy to use an planned to go out with!
Waiting for your feed back. Never
organizer or any of the above
items. Most of the successful people mind if you forget, I will "I don't want to go in
use them on a daily basis. understand. depth about the extent
3- Don't depend solely on
to which a weak
the above for memory Sondos Shabayek, 19 memory can influence
improvement. Try to help
yourself by yourself. Don't rush to
our lives, but let me
your organizer to remember what Sources:
- Understanding forgetfulness and Dementia by
just say that it can
you have to do; try to concentrate
and recall it by yourself.
Dr. C.N. Martyn and Dr Catherine Gale.
change people's lives
- http://www.kcchronicle.com drastically".
Before I end this article let me give
"There's been a time for war, a time for impressive, with Wonder
strife, a time set aside for everything championing the effort to
under the sun. We must now set aside a make Martin Luther King's
time for love." birthday a national holiday,
Great words once said by a great artist. as well as becoming a driving
I could only describe him as the master force behind 1985's USA For
of tunes. He is a real talent and for decadesAfrica Campaign.
has enchanted us with great music and Stevie Wonder's highly
songs and now my dear readers he is anticipated new album, A
back ... Stevie Wonder is back! Time To Love, arrives as a
Born Steveland Morris in Saginaw, wake-up call to the restorative powers of
Michigan in 1950, Wonder now enters his love, and, according to Stevie, the timing
fifth decade as one of the most prolific couldn't be better. "My thing has never
artists in music history, delivering 35 U.S. been about creating music on some sort
albums - 28 major studio releases - with of schedule," says Stevie. "When creating
album sales totaling more than 72 million music you have to live life - be inspired
units. The singer/songwriter has scored by life - to create experiences that are
more than 30 Top Ten Hits, 11 #1 Pop worth sharing with the world. A Time To
singles, winning 19 Grammys (and a Love is saying that there is a need, now,
Lifetime Achievement Grammy in '96) more than ever, to bring love back into
and a host of other awards, including, the forefront." Well I couldn't agree more.
most recently, Billboard's 2004 Century For sure this world needs more love I
Award. His contribution to worldwide think; this is one album I sure wouldn't
social and political change is just as want to miss!
BLACK EYED PEAS - MONKEY BUSINESS
Black Eyed Peas return with their highly
anticipated follow-up to Elephunk entitled Monkey
Business, with first week shipments of 700,000
across UMI territories.
Don't Phunk With My Heart is their raging first
single from the album, which debuted in the top
10 in twelve markets, including No. 1 in Australia.
They were recently presented with The Platinum
Award in Paris during the European leg of their
tour, for sales for their last album Elephunk which
sold over 5 million units UMI.
The 'Peas are, currently, gearing up for their US
tour due to start in June and July.
FLIPSYDE (THE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK)
Piper - Vocals in a post-modern world where cultures,
Steve Knight - Vocals, Acoustic beliefs and music collide like wrecking balls
Guitar but, at once, coexist, interlace and augment
Dave Lopez - Electric and Acoustic our everyday human experience.
Guitar When asked to describe Flipsyde's unique
unconventional, yet harmonious sound, Piper offers the following analogy:
mix of styles. The top and bottom of their "Our music is like water, it has no form
innovative sound is straight-up Hip Hop but can cover you ... or morph into
while the middle punches with Rock. These anything."
parts are made whole through Piper's Flipsyde's debut album on
consummate MC skills and stinging rhymes, Cherrytree/Interscope Records is aptly
Steve Knight's emotive voice and adhesive titled We the People. As Piper explains
melodies plus Dave Lopez' inspired Latin- "It's 'We the People' ... of the world"; a
flavored flourishes of blazing guitar. Of new declaration of independence without
course ... Flipsyde is a natural amalgam political boundaries.
PATRIZIO BUANNE 'THE VOICE OF ROMANCE'
A charming, Italian, romance singer who re-sings the most moving love songs of old
times. He impresses the world with his performance and is a huge hit on the European
Patrizio Buanne is a 26 year old Italian, signed by Lucian Grainge to Globe Records
(part of our UMTV Division).
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, his debut album
The Italian is a compilation of timeless, romantic songs. It was released in the UK on
28 February, debuted at #12 and went Gold after two weeks.
With The Italian, Patrizio has delivered a sophisticated album that instantly conjures
up images of classic American and Italian icons of the 50s and 60s; from Federico Fellini,
Sophia Loren and Gina Lollabrigida to The Godfather, Goodfellas and The Sopranos.
Not only a great performer, Patrizio is charming, suave, sophisticated... and a real hit
with the ladies! Check him out people!