The Red Sea Newsletter Issue 55
9th February 2004

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St. Valentine's Day, on 14th February, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men - his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl - who may have been his jailor's daughter - who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today.

Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

Local News

C 4368 Taiyong
Barge Crane
Located in Aqaba

A new dive site for TEC divers in Aqaba. Estimated to have sunk between 25 - 30 years ago, it is well colonised by hard and soft corals. It is located between 35 - 57m. Much exploratory work needs to carried out on it, but it will certainly be an interesting dive for those experienced and qualified for such dives.
Submitted by Al Cazar Hotel, Aqaba.

Egypt Coach Quits After Cup Exit

Egypt coach, Mohsen Salah, announced his resignation after his team drew 0-0 with holders Cameroon and were knocked out of the African Nations Cup on Tuesday.

Egypt had gone into the finals among the favourites and opened with a 2-1 win over Zimbabwe in Group C. However, they then lost 2-1 to a 10-man Algerian team and needed a victory against Cameroon on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals.

What's On ... in Cairo

Nora Bachel Exhibition

Espace Karim Francis is hosting Nora Bachel Exhibition from 15th February (at 7pm) to 7th March. Open daily from 2–9pm (except Fridays). Taking place at 1, El Sherifein St., off Kasr El Nil St. For more information please call : (02) 391 6357 or 010 667 4823

What's On ... in Sharm

Every Saturday Night


What's On ... in Hurghada

Every Tuesday Night

Rock Night

AC/DC ... Metallica ... ZZ-TOP ... Ozzy Osborne ... and much more!

Parents & Kids
L ollipop Valentine Card

Supplies needed: Lollipops Scissors
  Pencil Glue
  Pieces of construction paper
(red, pink, purple, green)

Cut out some red, pink or purple hearts - they should be a little bigger than the lollipops you have.

Using green construction paper, cut out some leaves.
Write a message on one side of each heart.
Glue or tape a lollipop onto the blank side of each heart.

Tape one or more leaves onto the stem of each lollipop.
Now you now have "sweet" Valentine cards for all your friends!


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For Sale/Rent

Two Underwater Camera Systems for SALE:
1x Pro Set including:
Camera MM2ex (black), Strobe YS120TTL, Viewfinder 16-35mm, 2 x Wide Angle Lense 16mm & 20mm, 2x Makro Lense 1:3 & 1:2, Color Filter 20mm, Lense Holder, Multi Stay Set, Strobe Arm S&S 160cm, Lense holder and Camera Case Pelican 1500.
1x Limited Set including:
Camera MM2ex (yellow) , Strobe YS120TTL, Viewfinder 16-35mm, Multi Stay Set, Strobe Arm 6 and S&S Camera Bag.
For more info and price please call : 010 546 8800
. Hurghada.

Car for sale, GMC 95 as new, wheel drive, auto transmission, ABS, heavy duty
suspension, elec driver seat, velour miters, dark red metallic, central locking, rear wiper. P
lease contact Wessam El Sebai : 010 578 3697 or Dr Dia El Sebai : 012 733 3322. E-mail : [email protected] or [email protected]

Car for sale. Dodge Crysler, 1982 model with A/C, power steering, central locking, electric windows. Excellent condition, contact 012 747 2899 (Hurghada)

Hurghada Dive Centre for Rent. The centre includes:
18 metre boat with Caterpillar engine - 250 horse power
Compressor - Power K14
50 Aluminium Bottles
Complete Diving Equipment
Boat Permission for 25 tourists
Tourist Permission for Dive Centre Operation for 12 Months
Accommodation - 2 Studio Apartments
Total Centre Size - 350 square metres - including newly built equipment room
& classroom
PRICE PER MONTH: 3800 EUROS. For further details, please email: [email protected] 
Apartment for sale in Moubarak 2 area, Hurghada. Fully furnished, 1st floor flat with 3 bedrooms. A/C, satellite TV, telephone and automatic washing machine. Please contact : 012 747 2899
A property in El Gouna in $35,000 to $45,000 price range. Please contact : Mr.Thompson at [email protected]
Searching for a Training partner in sports, running, biking. No competition. Just for fun. Running distance from 5 km upwards…….. Biking to Gouna or Safaga, maybe more. Please call: 0105459991
Second-hand outboard motorboat with the following specifications :
Power : 80 to 115 HP
Size : 17 to 22 feet
Polyester or semi-rigid.
Please contact : Hervé Siegrist in El Gouna - [email protected]
Second hand Jeep Wrangler wanted as soon as possible. Please contact Andy. 010 356 4925. Hurghada.
English lady required to work as Nursery Assistant, to work with children aged 3-4 years. Nursery experience preferred, but not essential as full training will be given. Salary dependent on experience. Please contact: Marika 012 393 4407
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