Wednesday, 7 March 2012

A week in the life - 04 Jun 2001 - Accountancy Age

A week in the life - 04 Jun 2001 - Accountancy Age: Monday

First day of a new six-month contract, but I have the day off to attend the IR35 judicial review. As PCG PR director I have a very busy day ahead, with radio and TV interviews booked. The judgement is handed down. At last someone in authority has taken us seriously, agreed the facts are correct and that our members have been treated shabbily - it's hurrah for British justice.

Tuesday Testing a settlements system and today we are trialling with Crest. Get into the office and the client project manager wants to see me.

He is sorry but due to cuts my contract has been terminated. So much for the Inland Revenue telling us we don't take risks! In between testing I looking for a new contract.

Wednesday There is more testing and the client is pleased with the outcome and we will now be able to go into production on time.

Thursday Last day of system testing and everything has been accomplished. Preparing for PCG council meeting and as I am standing for chairman members want to know my plans. I am still contract hunting - the market is quiet and rates have dropped.

Friday User has signed off the testing and we can now go live. Still searching the internet for another contract. Timing couldn't be worse as we are going on holiday in a week. My husband has had cancer and this is our first holiday together in two years.

Saturday PCG meeting and as this is a newly elected council they have to choose a new chairman and directors. I have a terrific team of directors to put forward, and after discussion they vote us in. Really pleased and I am looking forward to next year. Now I have just got to get that contract.

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Sunday, 5 June 2011

Egypt holidays: Back to the Nile and the Valley Of The Kings before the crowds get there | Mail Online

I managed to get a comment on this article support my beloved west bank. Could you all 'Like' the comment on that Daily Mail page which will keep the comment at the top and help all west bank people. Egypt holidays: Back to the Nile and the Valley Of The Kings before the crowds get there | Mail Online: "Great review of Egypt and I would say to everyone if you want Egyptian democracy please support Egypt by visiting. This review talks about the high end but there are plenty of small family run hotels and self catering apartments, try the West Bank in Luxor.

- Jane Akshar, Luxor, Egypt, 05/6/2011 09:30

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Saturday, 4 June 2011

Press Release - New Discovery in the Tomb of Djehuty (TT11) at Dra Abu El-Naga | - Zahi Hawass

Lots more on the TT11 story that I previously blogged having spotted it on Facebook. Lots of detail and a picture of the ceiling. Press Release - New Discovery in the Tomb of Djehuty (TT11) at Dra Abu El-Naga | - Zahi Hawass: "Press Release - New Discovery in the Tomb of Djehuty (TT11) at Dra Abu El-Naga

A Spanish mission working at Dra Abu El-Naga on the West Bank at Luxor has discovered a second, painted burial chamber in the tomb of Djehuty (TT11). Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni announced the discovery, adding that the Spanish team, led by Dr. José Galán of the National Research Center, Madrid, has been working at the site since 2002.

At the end of their 2008 season, the mission came across a 3 meter-deep shaft inside the burial chamber of Djehuty, an overseer of the treasury and overseer of works during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut (ca. 1479-1458 BC). At the beginning of 2009, they discovered a second burial chamber at the bottom of this shaft. The chamber is decorated on two of its walls, mostly with texts from the Book of the Dead. (photo on the left, larger photo) An image of the goddess Nut adorns the ceiling. (photo)

The discovery is remarkable, as only four other decorated burial chambers dating to this period are known. Although the names of Djehuty, his father, and his mother were intentionally erased in the upper part of the monument, they are intact in the newly discovered lower burial chamber. At the entrance to the lower chamber, the Spanish team found five gold earrings and two gold rings, which date to the early- to mid-18th Dynasty and probably belonged to Djehuty or to a member of his family.

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, commented that only a few other objects from the tomb are known, as most of Djehuty’s funerary equipment was destroyed by fire in antiquity. Galán added that the discovery of this decorated chamber adds to our understanding of the religious and funerary beliefs of the mid-15th century BC, and of the elite of Queen Hatshepsut’s court.

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Thursday, 13 January 2011

My thoughts about living in Egypt

You like your job you just wish it wasn’t under grey skies. Your partner wants to paint and raise the children. You don’t want your kids to value designer clothes and the latest gadget.
Living in Egypt with the advent of the internet means that you are not in a 3rd world country you are just in a world country. The nature of education and work has changed, with home working and home schooling; you just have decide where home is. If you want a pharaohs lifestyle, spacious home, low running costs, no big heating bills, year round sunshine, friendly people, room to breathe, breath taking views and easy cheap travel then Egypt is the place.
I went from living in a 3 bedroom terrace in a London suburb to owning a 2 million dollar property empire. My home is so big I rattle in it; I have a swimming pool, staff on site and a life style that means I am in control instead of being a wage slave.
Not only that but what I do is so much more satisfying. I employ 10 staff and sub contract others. Now in Egypt this means I am giving valuable jobs to people that really need it. I act as a conduit between perceived rich holiday makers and the locals. I make a difference in people’s lives...for the good. You are not just employing someone here; you are giving them a life line.
You too can change your life, live life the Egyptian way as part of a community. If you saw my life you would want it to, rent an apartment from me and catch the bug. Change your life and get back to basics, be part of the village, reject the rat race, live the real life.

Friday, 2 July 2010


I have one biological child Amira, now 18 but I have another 3 and one on the way via my husband and his Egyptian wife. It is almost like being a granny all the fun and none of the responsiblity. They love coming over and spending time with me which is such a positive testimony to our unusual polygamous lifestyle. I speak English around them even though they don't really understand me and encourage them to use the computer. I found this great multi lingual website with kiddies games in loads of languages and they can play matching and bingo games in either English or Arabic. Doa'a the eldest is as bright as a button, you show her somethign once and she picks it up just like that. She has got the hang of scrolling just watching me and I was stunned to see her using it. Yesterday they were all paying in my office and drawing pictures. I put the one Doa'a did as my profile picture on Facebook, she was proud as punch to see me put it on my computer. While they were here we phoned my daughter in the UK on Skype. She actually speaks Arabic so they were chatting away together. Hamdi eldest boy took over the headphones at one point and his sister was trying to show him how to use them. He said "I know how to do it you idiot" which cracked me daughter up. It was so good all the kids interacting as the step kids miss Amira a lot since she went to the UK for college.