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Turn it down: German doctors warn on MP3 players

MP3 players are leading to more and more hearing problems in young people, with damage to the inner ear now registered in one in five 16 to 20-year-olds, German doctors warned on Tuesday. Hearing problems usually associated with old age are now being noticed in people as young as 20, the German association of ear, …

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Lifestyle Highlights: Azza Fahmy opens new store in Zamalek

Last Monday, Egypt’s foremost jewelry designer Azza Fahmy celebrated the opening of her newest retail branch in Zamalek. “Today, we’re celebrating the opening of our sixth boutique in Egypt together with a viewing of our Exclusive 2009 collection, produced in limited numbers to offer you the luxury of owning a limited edition piece, said Fahmy …

Daily News Egypt

100 percent Egyptian cotton

As you stroll down most high-end department stores on a trip abroad, it’s not uncommon to find the label marked “100% Egyptian Cotton in the linens section. It is also not uncommon to do a double-take when your eyes catch the shockingly high price tag. “The term Egyptian cotton refers to the extra long staple …

Safaa Abdoun

Preventing colds may be as easy as vitamin ZZZ

Fluff up the pillows and pull up the covers. Preventing the common cold may be as easy as getting more sleep. Researchers paid healthy adults $800 to have cold viruses sprayed up their noses, then wait five days in a hotel to see if they got sick. Habitual eight-hour sleepers were much less likely to …

Daily News Egypt

Drinking coffee reduces risk of Alzheimer's

Middle-aged people who drink moderate amounts of coffee significantly reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer s disease, a study by Finnish and Swedish researchers showed Thursday. Middle-aged people who drank between three and five cups of coffee a day lowered their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer s disease by between 60 and 65 percent …

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Puzzle games thrive on Nintendo's WiiWare

When Nintendo started its WiiWare download service last May, the range of its original games was laudable, with the action, puzzle, strategy and simulation genres all represented. The games themselves weren t all that great, but the promise was there. Eight months later, the WiiWare library has more than 60 titles, some first-rate, some mediocre …

Daily News Egypt

A touch of pashmina

The simple woolen knit that was handmade with love by your grandmother; those ever-elusive silk scarves and delicate pashmina throws are more than just fashion or weather dictates. Silk scarves are synonymous with elegant French women shopping on Avenue Montaigne, tied short and tightly in a perfect sailor’s knot around a very slim neck. There …

Heba Elkayal

48 Hours in New Delhi

Forty-eight hours is little time to do credit to any city, especially one the size of the Indian capital. But if you do decide to undertake that Herculean task there are a few places you must see. First the basics. In the absence of private transport, Delhi can be navigated through hand-pulled rickshaws for short …

Chitra Kalyani

Video games inspired by TV, movies, board games

Like so many American creations – baseball, comic books, rock n roll – the video game is a mongrel art form. Literature, music, art and film all get jumbled together in this relatively new medium, but even that isn t enough: Designers have to figure out how to make the whole package interactive as well. …

Daily News Egypt

Jewelry still sparkles despite global recession

There s a touch of aristocracy to the house of Bajocchi, a family jewelry business that was established in Egypt in 1900 and to this day stands regally in its historic location on 45 Abdel Khalek Tharwat St. in the heart of Downtown Cairo. Hailing from Italy, the family of Bajocchi have been jewelers for …

Heba Elkayal

Sing in the new with the latest musical games

What does Auld Lang Syne mean, anyway? And who knows the lyrics beyond the first verse? Don t you want something a little livelier at your party? Wouldn t, say, Queen s Another One Bites the Dust be more appropriate after a largely dismal year? Thanks to the current wave of musical games, you can …

Daily News Egypt

French fashion designer Ted Lapidus dies at age 79

Fashion designer Ted Lapidus, whose career soared in the 1960s and 1970s with the unisex and safari look, died Monday at age 79 in a hospital in Cannes on the French Rivera, his family said. He died at 2:30 pm. He had suffered for several years from leukemia and died of respiratory failure, said Rose …

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Style predictions for 2009

It has been an interesting year for fashion: taste has become more refined as styles sailed away from once celebrated notions of excess. Bling is out, and lady like elegance is back in vogue. Séances of fashion spirits have taken place on both runways and in the workplace as Audrey Hepburn elegance and Jackie O. …

Heba Elkayal

New Year's resolutions can be bad for you, says mental health charity

Making self-improvement New Year s resolutions often leaves people feeling worse, the British mental health charity Mind has warned. Mind urged people not to make resolutions focusing on physical imperfections -such as attempting to lose weight – because they create a negative self image and lead to feelings of low self-esteem, hopelessness and even mild …

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TRAVEL: Czechs rediscover the taste of long-forgotten treats

Prague is rediscovering the taste of long-forgotten Czech delicacies thanks to traditional cafes and sweet shops, closed during the communist era, that have reopened in the heart of capital. We are witness to a resurrection of Czech gastronomy, said Pavel Maurer, perhaps the country s most influential foodie and the man behind the much-touted Pavel …

Daily News Egypt

Hard to hear at holiday parties? Blame your brain

For some of us, New Year s Eve, a time for plunging into boisterous crowds bathed in loud music, means turning to an old friend and hearing things like this: Did you know (BOOM-da-da-BOOM) went over (Bob! You look wonder-) so she said (clink-clink) and then I (Here, have another one) what would you do? …

Daily News Egypt

Fusion flair at Indigo

The team that presented Cairo with Club 35 has recently celebrated the opening of their new restaurant, Indigo, in First Mall, Giza providing a venue similar in style and feel to some of those one makes a special trek to in London or Paris. The spacious restaurant overlooks a stunning view of the Nile, making …

Heba Elkayal

Links of Interest

The site www.urbanvegan.net provides vegan recipes of all sorts by a woman who follows a vegan lifestyle herself. With daily recipes added, its one woman’s shared efforts about the struggles of keeping vegan in a carnivorous world with innovative recipes that modify typical meat and dairy recipes with vegan substitutes. Stumbleupon is like a remote …

Heba Elkayal

Boutique shopping at its finest

Ever spent endless hours and two pay checks’ worth of money on that one stunning outfit for an important dinner only to find some one else wearing the exact same dress? Well, Soho, the newest boutique in Zamalek, could be your solution to avoid such disappointment. Tucked away in a thin alley off 26th July …

Heba El-Sherif

Mexico City: chic destination for pocos pesos

MEXICO CITY – Move over greasy tacos and tacky trinkets: Mexico City is home to a vast network of chic museums, top-notch restaurants and trendy night clubs. There s even an Icebar. What s more, the city remains one of the globe s best budget stops. With just a few pesos – preferably hidden deep …

Daily News Egypt

Don't poke fun at grandpa's plaid

It is the print of the Scots and geriatrics, slightly formal and often derided as being wholly ‘uncool’ for young fashionistas; but today, plaid is back with a vengeance. Yes the term is plaid if you reside in North America, but it is tartan if you are in Scotland or Europe. Plaid is a material …

Heba Elkayal

Links of Interest

Should you ever run out of caustic things to say, you ll find ample inspiration at http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com. An evil twin of postsecret.com, the site houses painfully polite and hilariously hostile writing from shared spaces the world over. Also check out their blogroll for similar sites. To have your personalized notes illustrated – usually featuring a …

Daily News Egypt

Jewelry design: the newly discovered pastime of Egyptian women

The success stories of Azza Fahmy and Dima Rachid are ones that inspire jewelry makers and are the reason behind the renaissance of jewelry design in Egypt; with more and more designers testing the industry waters with the new lines. Egypt’s own Fahmy was able to bring back attention to the fine craftsmanship and designing …

Safaa Abdoun

Egyptians grace the international fashion scene in 2008

Strolling down the runways of prestigious international fashion weeks this year alongside the likes of Chanel, Burberry, Matthew Williamson and Stella McCartney were collections by Egyptian designers Marie Louis and the new kid on the block Heba Elawadi, both of whom lured in urban fashionistas and won the acknowledgement of the industry’s leading critics. Renowned …

Safaa Abdoun

The year's top 10 restaurants

It has been a delightful year for any foodie living in Cairo. By foodie, I mean anyone with a keen curiosity about all things food related. From cooking it to eating it, 2008 was witness to Cairo’s finest restaurants growing from strong to stronger, making a foodie such as myself quite indulged throughout the year. …

Heba Elkayal

Bedouins and Bread Baking

I am trying to explain to the Bedouin that it would be a great idea to have a hiking experience that allows the customer to practice Bedouin culture; like bread making or how to make a fire or learning how to control a camel. Bedouin culture also includes slaughtering goats in the halal fashion but …

Daily News Egypt

Links of Interest

While many questions can be answered by www.google.com and www.about.com; for some good old fashioned advice, visit elderwisdomcircle.org. The site provides counsel from those in the 60 plus age bracket, be it age old wisdom on career or relationships. Browse previous letters to identify someone to whom you’d like to address your question, or direct …

Chitra Kalyani

Why diplomacy and sanctions don't mix

WASHINGTON, DC: Change often occurs at a faster pace than people can comprehend. That is certainly the case with the quickly-shifting political realities in Washington on Iran. In less than 50 days, America will be led by a president who made dialogue with Tehran a campaign promise – and yet he won. Perhaps even more …

Daily News Egypt

French first lady wins 'nude Carla' bag lawsuit

A French clothing company was ordered to pay Carla Bruni-Sarkozy ?40,000 ($58,000) in damages on Thursday over a shopping bag featuring a photo of the first lady in the nude. The wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy filed suit this month against the fashion firm Pardon, based on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, arguing that …

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