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Cairo Guide to Nightlife in Heliopolis

He who says that there is no nightlife in Heliopolis obviously hasn’t hung out with the Cairo 360 crew. Sure, Heliopolis isn’t the epicenter of posh clubs, but it does have its fair share of affordable watering holes and shisha lounges with great food. If you’d like to know about the hippest place to watch …

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Ahram editor defends doctored photo of Mubarak

CAIRO: State-run daily Al-Ahram defended in an editorial Friday publishing a doctored photo of the Mideast peace talks, which put President Hosni Mubarak in the front, saying it was “illustrative.” Last Tuesday, ahead of the second round the peace talks in Sharm El-Sheikh, the paper published doctored photo from the Washington talks earlier in the …

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Italian culture minister slams ‘elitist’ Tarantino

Italy’s Culture Minister Sandro Bondi denounced Quentin Tarantino as "elitist" after the "Pulp Fiction" director headed a jury that honored ex-girlfriend Sofia Coppola with the top prize at the Venice film festival. "Tarantino is an expression of an elitist, relativistic and snobbish culture," Bondi said in an interview to be published in Italian weekly Panorama …

AFP

Are kids old enough to be playing adult games?

They sail solo around the world, climb the highest mountains and race around ovals at breakneck speeds. They’re kids, some not old enough to get into an R-rated movie on their own. On Sunday, a 13-year-old became the youngest person to die at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he fell off his motorcycle and was …

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Russia says missing pilot held by Sudanese militia

MOSCOW: A Russian helicopter pilot who disappeared in Darfur while working for the United Nations was being held by a militia loyal to the Sudanese government, a Russian official was quoted Thursday as saying. The pilot was transporting rebel commanders for peace talks with the government when his helicopter landed in the wrong place Monday …

AP

Go on a trip with Gowalla app or check in for fun

Combine Facebook, Twitter, geocaching and a Lonely Planet guidebook, and what do you get? Gowalla. This location-based, social networking tool is part game, part travel companion. Download the free app to your phone or iPad, register for an account and then "check in" at various spots around the globe. But that’s the basic, 10-second description …

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Aussie brand Oscar the Third debuts in Cairo

If you follow fashion, you would know Australia is where it’s really happening now. Australian Fashion Week took place last week (their seasons are inverted to ours and so are their fashion seasons and the presentation of collections) and it has generated buzz once again in Europe and the US. Australia is setting trends. The …

Heba Elkayal

Drugs fatwa triggers debate among religious scholars

CAIRO: A recent decision by a leading committee in Dar Al-Iftaa — the official body which issues religious edicts — permitting the use of drugs like marijuana, opium or cocaine for medical purposes, has triggered controversy among Al-Azhar scholars, according to online news portal masrawy.com. In Islam, it is considered haram, or religiously forbidden, for …

Heba El-Sherif

Could thinner girls be more at risk from breast cancer?

PARIS Girls who are thin at the age of seven are at higher risk of breast cancer after menopause than chubbier counterparts and more vulnerable to a worse type of tumor, according to a Swedish study published on Wednesday. The surprising conclusion is made by Karolinska Institutet researchers who looked at data from 2,818 Swedish …

AFP

Part History, Part Sass: Bokja Furniture Charms

One of the most delightful stores to visit whilst in Beirut is Bokja, a local furniture brand. Set up by two women, Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri, Bokja’s appeal lies in its entrancing whimsicality of assorted bokja fabrics arranged in a patchwork of sorts, upholstered on antique and contemporary furniture. Baroudi’s and Hibri’s colorful personalities …

Heba Elkayal

Cairo 360: An honest view of the city's offerings

Although a plethora of print publications exist that carry reviews and announcements of restaurants and events in Egypt, rarely do the reviews feel conclusive enough. One can even argue that media coverage is sometimes at risk of being skewed by sponsored invites or advertising. Cairo 360 is a new website that aims to offer more …

Heba Elkayal

Easter eggs may be good for you, study suggests

Easter eggs and other chocolate may be good for the heart and lower blood pressure, provided you eat a tiny amount each day and prefer dark rather than milk or white chocolate, a medical journal reported on Wednesday. Nutritionists in Germany monitored 19,357 adults aged between 35 and 65 for at least a decade, comparing …

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Botox in Baghdad? Iraqis go for a little nip, tuck

Dr Abbas Al-Sahan s patient wasn t a war victim. She didn t have a scar that needed cosmetic surgery. All she wanted was a cute nose. And she got it. Speaking after the surgery, bandages and swelling gone, 23-year-old Sarah Saad Abdul-Hameed was ecstatic. Friends who visited were surprised with the change in my …

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Vietnam's calligraphers offer stroke of New Year luck

With thick brush strokes of red paint, Lai An Khanh writes a Chinese character on yellow cloth. Happiness, it reads. Khanh and other Lunar New Year calligraphers in Vietnam sell the characters to passing homeowners who believe the uplifting words will help bring them good luck in the Year of the Tiger, which began Sunday. …

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Impressionist water gardens inspire Saab for summer

A soft focus floral print like an Impressionist painting, perhaps by Claude Monet of his water garden at Giverny, set the mood at Elie Saab s summer couture show on Wednesday. The Lebanese designer s fresh-faced models with flowing blonde hair looked like ingenues in their romantic ballgowns and babydoll cocktail frocks. Slender bodices hugged …

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Mamma Mia! ABBAWORLD theme park opens in London

Is it possible to have too much ABBA? Knowing me, knowing you, the answer is no. The spangly Swedish quartet that gave the world Waterloo and Dancing Queen has sold 400 million records since its 1970s heyday and spawned the hugely successful stage and film musical Mamma Mia! And now there s ABBAWORLD – a …

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Maradona's diamond sells for ?25K at tax auction

Diego Maradona s diamond earring sold for ?25,000 ($36,400) at an auction Thursday to help pay off his ?37 million Italian tax bill, organizers said. An unidentified woman purchased the earring, which was valued at ?5,500, at the auction in a Bolzano hotel, said Giovanni Lombardo of the Equitalia agency which organized the sale. Tax …

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Cleopatra's stunner make-up cured eye disease as well

Ancient Egypt’s stunning eye make-up not only shielded wearers from the dark deeds of the evil eye but also protected them against eye disease, French scientists said Thursday. Ancient Egyptians some 4,000 years ago produced the make-up used to darken and adorn eyes with lead and lead salts in mixtures that sometimes took a month …

AFP

NY's Tavern on the Green restaurant closing

Tavern on the Green, once America s highest-grossing restaurant, is singing its culinary swan song. The former sheepfold at the edge of Central Park, now ringed by twinkling lights and fake topiary animals, is preparing for New Year s Eve, when it will serve its last meal. Just three years ago, it was plating more …

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London bistro makes diners sign Christmas pudding waiver

LONDON- A London restaurant has asked diners to sign a legal waiver before tucking in to their traditional Christmas pudding in case they hurt themselves on the silver charms inside, it emerged Thursday. The owners of High Timber, located on the River Thames in the City of London financial district, said they were advised to …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Gadget of the year: The BlackBerry

Whether it’s the Bold, Curve or Storm, there is one gadget Egyptians have been endlessly buzzing about all year: the BlackBerry, or the ‘BB’ as it is endearingly called. The BlackBerry is a line of wireless mobile device developed by the Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM). Vodafone Egypt was the first operator to launch …

Safaa Abdoun

YEAREND SPECIAL: Aperitivo: A new culinary landmark

Two weeks since its opening and people can’t seem to stop talking about Aperitivo, Bodega’s latest offering to Cairo. It’s a reinterpretation of Italian dining traditions of the 1930s; and the dining room itself too is a reminder of the grand opulence that once was Cairo. It didn’t take too long for La Bodega to …

Heba Elkayal

Lifestyle Highlight: Silver never sparkled so brightly

While driving down Maraashly Street in Zamalek, I spotted a regally dressed mannequin in a shop window, its black dress patterned with orbs of silver hardware. The mannequin was standing in Azza Fahmy’s Zamalek branch, a relatively new outlet but one that nevertheless, always warrants a peek through the windows and a few minutes inside …

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Balinese massage works wonders

I’ve had my share of relaxing massages, but rarely one as thorough as what I was treated to at the InterContinental CityStar’s Lifestyles spa. I chose the Balinese massage hoping it would work out all the kinks in my back, but it was much more, and Daisy, my masseuse, left no muscle unturned. Never have …

Amira Salah-Ahmed

Maadi's best kept secret

I do quite a bit of eating for my job and never have I come across a small independently run establishment in Cairo that can compete with the big boys running the hotel restaurants most popular with Cairenes. But a chance introduction to Cellar Door Bistro in Maadi has proven me wrong. Ayman Ezzat is …

Heba Elkayal

Red carpet fashion at the CIFF

With Salma Hayek and Lucy Liu in town for the 33rd Cairo International Film Festival, fashion comparisons would be absurd between them and anyone else. It seems whatever these lovely ladies wear, they manage to steal all the lights and photographers’ attentions. Hayek wore a very modest and demure wrap dress with a sophisticated blue …

Heba Elkayal

Holidays at the Cairo Marriott

This holiday season, the Cairo Marriott Hotel is organizing a number of festivities to help guests celebrate. On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve the hotel will host lunch and dinner buffets at Roy’s Country Kitchen as well as Omar’s Café. Meanwhile, Ristorante Tuscany and the JW’s Steakhouse will serve set menus in …

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