The Red Sea Newsletter Issue 28
4th August 2003

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Features & Articles

Now Are You Glad You Live in Egypt?!

Mercer Human Resource Consulting recently surveyed living costs in 144 cities around the world and found Tokyo to be the priciest, followed by Moscow; Osaka, Japan; Hong Kong and Geneva.

Prices in Tokyo on average were 26.1% more expensive than in New York, which serves as the base city in the semi-annual survey.

Mercer Human Resource Consulting compares costs for more than 200 items including food, clothing, housing, transportation and entertainment to come up with an index number for each city. The data is compiled into reports that are used by government and private-sector employers to calculate expatriate cost-of-living allowances.

Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay, had the cheapest cost of living among the 144 cities surveyed. Costs in Asuncion were a little more than one-third the cost of comparable goods and services in New York. Other inexpensive cities were Buenos Aires, Argentina; Bogota, Colombia; Harare, Zimbabwe; and Blantyre, Malawi.

Rank 2003
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Tokyo, Japan
Moscow, Russia
Osaka, Japan
Hong Kong
Beijing, China
Geneva, Switzerland
London, UK
Seoul, South Korea
Zurich, Switzerland
New York City, USA

Local News

West El-Balad, the Boy Band Taking Egypt by Storm

With a revolutionary mix of jazz, rock, blues and Arab music, boy band West El-Balad is taking Egypt’s youth scene by storm, in a craze for a new brand of modern music that shows no sign of letting up.

The band’s eight members, aged from 22 to 38, dress casually in T-shirts and jeans, and sport a variety of hair-do’s. At the heart of their music is what they call “Cairo’s perpetual effervescence”, and significantly, their name, which means (town center), is a reminder of their lean years, when the only places they could practice were the capital’s back streets and alleyways.

Of the eight members, six have never taken singing or music lessons, learning to play guitars and percussion instruments by ear. Formed four years ago, the group only hit the big time a year ago, after playing during a festival, in the Cairo underground. The group performs songs written by young Egyptian writers, as well as rock and jazz arrangements of the music of Egypt’s most famous composer, Sayed Darwich, who died in 1926, and the poetry of eighth-century bard Bashar Ibn Borod or the Communist Naguib Sorur. Teenagers are crazy about their music, which they herald as a breath of fresh air to an otherwise stagnant business.

Today, the band’s dream is to conquer the world and perform with a symphony orchestra at the Cairo Opera House

Interesting Web Site of the Week

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What's On

The Bolschoi
Junior Ballet Dance School
Elvira Smirnova

in cooperation with

Dance School Sabirova

Alla Sabirova

Dance performance
from Classic to Hip-Hop

Friday 8th and 15th of August 2003

Free of charge
Bordiehn´s Restaurant

Hurghada, Red-Sea
012 325 1599 or 010 545 9991

Please visit our new home page:
"Kamel und Spätzle" das Buch der Villa Kunterbunt

Kitchen Korner


2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, quartered
1 large cucumber, peeled and halved
1 onion, peeled and halved
1 cup green bell pepper, diced
1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimento peppers, drained
2 (12 fluid ounce) cans tomato juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup croutons
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Ready in: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Serves 6

Nutrition at a glance:

Calories -172
Protein - 2.4g
Total Fat - 13g
Sodium - 1054mg
Cholesterol - 0mg
Carbohydrates - 14.3g
Fiber - 2.6g

In a blender combine one tomato, half the cucumber, half the onion, a green bell pepper quarter, the pimento and 1/2 cup tomato juice. Blend at high speed for 30 seconds to puree the vegetables.

2. In a large bowl mix the pureed vegetables with remaining tomato juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, vinegar, hot pepper sauce, salt and ground black pepper. Cover mixture and refrigerate until it is well chilled (about 2 hours).

3. Meanwhile saute the croutons in oil and add the garlic; transfer to a small bowl.

4. Place remaining chopped tomato, cucumber, onion and green bell pepper in separate bowls. Serve soup in chilled bowls, garnish with chives, and serve chopped vegetables and croutons as accompaniments.


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The Hilton Plaza hotel, Hurghada, requires 2 female Receptionists - 1 German speaking and 1 Italian speaking and English also essential. No experience necessary, as full training will be given. Please contact: [email protected]
Second hand fax machine wanted.
Please contact: 012 273 7859.
Babysitter wanted for regular evenings for 2 sleeping toddlers! Please contact:
012 356 8464. Hurghada.
Looking for a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment in Hurghada, in Segalla, Hadaba area, wiith air conditioning throughout & satellite TV. Willing to pay around 1200LE per month.
Please contact: Nigel 012 760 5423
Looking to buy a used trail motorcycle, good condition, 125cc to 650cc, Hurgada/El Gouna area. Please contact: Sami at [email protected] or call : +41794330993
For Sale
Car For Sale - Daewoo Lanos, 2001. Silver colour, A/C, central locking, electric windows and mirrors, power steering. 24000 km. Excellent condition. Please contact: Sherif on 010 1575548.
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