The Red Sea Newsletter Issue 42
10th November 2003

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Abo Nawas Resort

LE 195.00 per night/per person with a 3 night stay

Abo Nawas Resort ****
Marsa Alam, Red Sea, Egypt

Ramadan Kareem to all our friends and customers!

Abo Nawas is a 4 star world class resort with 160 rooms and suites, all of them overlooking the magnificent crystal clear Red Sea (a Nature Preserved area).

The resort was built in a authentic Nubian & Arabic design with its dome ceilings and stone archways to allow you the feeling you have gone back in time to a far away land.

Abo Nawas Resort is in a pristine area in Marsa Alam, Egypt close to all the special dive sites, with its exclusive 300 meter private beach and its well preserved offshore reefs.

Enjoy the panoramic views of the area, view the beautiful sunrise from the sea or the incredible sight of sunset on the beautiful dessert platos and mountains.

You can choose between quiet relaxation or an endless choice of recreations and excursions.

Your dream vacation starts only 20 minutes from the Marsa Alam International Airport!

Tel: (02) 012 243 9950 /51/52/53/54
Fax: (065) 444 463


Octopush has been played for nearly 40 years and during that time many changes have come about. The game was invented in 1954 by Alan Blake, a British diver and member of the Southsea sub-aqua club, and by todays standards it was a somewhat primitive affair. The game's original intention was as a fun way to keep divers fit during the more non-active, British winter months. Reflecting the fun of the game, the divers named it '"octopush", after the then eight players in a team

From small beginnings in Southsea, octopush is now played around the world. Chief competitors are Great Britain, France, Holland, Belgium, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, but the list of countries who play to some degree amounts to well over 20.

It is an exciting and skilful team game that is played on the bottom of a swimming pool. The aim of the game is for the players to flick a heavy "squid" (or puck) around the pool bottom with short wooden pushers, into the "gulley" (or goal) at the oppositions end of the pool.

Each player wears basic snorkelling equipment - mask, fins and snorkel, They have a pusher and a glove for the playing hand and a cap with ear-covers, usually a water-polo cap.

Team colours are shown by the colour of players swimming trunks or costume. To further define the team during a game one team wears white caps and plays with white painted pushers and the other team does the same in black.

Most swimming pools can be used for octopush but the ideal size is 25 metres long by 12 metres wide, and 2 metres deep. Many pools have a slope, but by changing ends at half time both teams have the same advantage. Each team defends a 3 metre wide metal gulley along their respective end of the pool. When the puck passes over the metal lip and into the trough behind the gulley, a goal is scored.

There can be up to 10 players in each octopush team, but only 6 of them can be in the water at any one time. The remaining 4 wait at the side of the pool to substitute at any time. Players in a game continuously take a breath on the surface then descend to move into the field of play to contribute their part, swimming and passing, then resurface to take another breath.

The length of the players' passes dictates the nature of a game. For top players to flick the squid from between 12 and 15 feet is not unusual, often lifting it several inches off the ground during mid-flight. An official octopush match lasts 30 minutes with a short break at half time when the team change pool ends.

For a match there are 2 water referees, on either side of the pool. Like the players, they wear full snorkelling equipment to enable them to follow the movement of the game back and forth around the pool.

Octopush is a fun and exciting way of keeping fit.

Local News

Yet Another Ban

Authorities have banned the American film "Bruce Almighty,'' starring Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman, from being shown here in Egypt, saying it infringes on God's sacredness, the state film censor said Friday. The 2003 comedy, which also stars Jennifer Aniston, revolves around Carrey's character - a TV reporter who complains to God for not helping him. God played by Freeman introduces himself to Carrey's character and gives him a shot at being God for a week.

Madkour Thabit, who heads the state-run censorship body responsible for audio and visual productions, criticized the movie for featuring "actors playing the role of God." He also stated that the name of the movie indicates that there is someone who can do anything and everything when such traits belong only to God.

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The Romance of France

The Nile Hilton proudly presents a French Festival like no other. The many exciting events at the Nile Hilton from 30th November to 10th December include:

• French films every night
• Live music
• Course de Garcons de Café on the Nile Corniche on 5th December
• Gala Night, Defile de Mode and French Revue on 7th December 7th at Alf Leila Ballroom
• One Star Michelin chef Thierry Verrat from La Ribaudiere Cognac to present his gastronomique creations at the Rotisserie Belvedere
• Dine at the Rotisserie Belvedere and win a week in Paris with Air France & Hilton Paris.

For reservations, please call (02) 5780 444/666 Ext. 270/285.

Kitchen Korner

Grilled Lemon and Rosemary Chicken

4 large skinless boneless chicken breasts
500g zucchini, quartered
1 cup Italian-style dressing
1 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 lemon, cut crosswise into 1/8 inch rounds

Heat grill. Place chicken between sheets of plastic wrap and pound until 1/2 inch thick. Place chicken and zucchini slices in glass baking dish. Pour 3/4 dressing on top and marinade for 2 hours. Place chicken breasts and zucchini on grill rack and baste with remaining dressing.

Add lemons to rack. Grill, flipping occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and zucchini and lemon slightly charred. Transfer chicken onto plates and garnish with zucchini and lemon rounds. Serve with pasta.


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For Sale/Rent
For rent or sale. El Hadaba area, close to the International Telephone Central, quiet 82 sqm furnished flat, 3rd floor with lift, living area, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom with tub, balcony, satellite, TV. Rent 800 LE monthly or nearest offer. Contact Tel/Fax: 00 49 681 685 0407 or email [email protected]
Car for Sale - BMW 530i, 1988 (new model "1990"), full option, tax free car, technical and optical in a very good condition, 4500 Euro. Please contact : Chris 012 380 1551 [email protected]
Car for Sale - Chevrolet Blazer - 1975 Build - Reconditioned Engine & Gearbox - Engine 1986 - V8 - Model 305 - 5 Litre. 25.000 LE. For more information please contact: Roberta 012 2223573 or [email protected]

Apartment for Sale in Abu Tig Marina (front line), El Gouna. For more information please contact: Roberta 012 2223573 or [email protected]

Villa for rent. Located in Old Vic, Hurghada. Next to Marriott Hotel with private beach. Three bedroom, three bathroom, kitchen, balcony overlooking the sea, living room and sattelite television. Fully furnished with A/C. Beach 20m away from terrace. Long and short term rental. Please contact: Tamim M. Kaddah 010 140 2878, e-mail: [email protected].

Apartment for rent - two bedrooms, two bathrooms, American-style kitchen , livingroom, private roof terrace, air-conditioning and a lot more. Location - EL GOUNA, Abu Tig New Marina Town. For long-term rent. Please contact: Gamal Nassif [email protected]
German speaking Tour Leader wanted to start immediately. No experience necessary as training will be provided. Full time position. Please contact: Ashraf on
012 221 1642 or [email protected]. Hurghada.
Second hand dive computer wanted - preferrably Aladin Pro but any make considered. Please call: Mark 012 356 8464. Hurghada.
Cleaner wanted (female) - once a week for 4 hours to do general housework. Please contact: 010 193 1232. Hurghada. Cleaner wanted to work part-time, 6 days a week. If you can recommend someone please call : Hurghada 447 309

Native French speaking PADI Instructor wanted for small but busy dive center in Hurghada. Good conditions offferd and friendly working environment. Please contact: Mark or Andy, Gulf Divers 012 221 9936.

Looking for a FOOTBALL-TRAINER !!! We are 10 international boys between 6 and 10 years of age who play football once a week. Is there anybody in Hurghada who loves to play football and would like to coach us, show us some tricks, tell us the rules and have fun with us on the football court? We all speak English and Arabic and we are very enthusiastic about learning great football. Please call 444925 or 012 224 4041
Looking for a Music teacher. Samir (7 years) and Junis (almost 5 years) are looking for someone nice who loves music and kids. We would love to learn drums and/or guitar once a week. Just call our mum Kiki: 444925 or 012 224 4041 
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