Monday, May 27, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " Make way for Prince Aladdin" Ep.7

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
First of all , you can refresh your memory and see how Aladdin reacted when he knew princess Tot married someone else.

Here is the seventh episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.158 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " Genie , bring me the princess" Ep.6

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First of all , you can refresh your memory and see how Aladdin fell in love with Princess Tot here.
Our Aladdin is darker than the Aladdin we know.
Here is the sixth episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.157 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Egyptian Places : The Last Days of Building No.54 in Cairo’s Boulaq Abu Ela

Do you remember that very old watch shop I once spoke about in summer 2018 and how it was going to disappear as its building was going to be demolished by the government ?

The building , officially known as No.54 in the street was demolished as part of the governmental plan to revamp Maspero triangle area but before it was demolished , I was lucky enough to document some of its last moments and to know more about its history or rather its people.

Specifically the shop owners who owned shops in the buildings , most of them spent half of their lives in that buildings maintaining their shops for more than five decades and for that they tried to fight the battle till the end.

It was a lost battle in times where no mainstream media or social media can raise their concerns and screams to the officials.

Here is in my very bad and shaky video, I focused on two stories: the story of S. Hinhayat Clock shop and the story of Hajj Hosni, the mannequin maker.



P.S: I know it is not the best video or audio recording or editing but I hope you like it and share it.

Building No.54 was originally built in 1906 in “Avenue Boulaq” or “Boulaq street” in Boulaq Abu Ela district.

Despite Maspero Triangle is portrayed in the mainstream media now as low-income shanty town area “Which is partially true”, the area had several European Neo-Classical buildings especially in the area adjacent to Avenue Boulaq.

Once I spoke with a taxi driver who was raised there and he told me that those buildings were owned by foreigners who left Egypt after the 1952 Coup.

I think due to the fact that the Old Italian Consulate is located there, there were many foreigners or rather Italians who lived in the area.

An interesting fact that that Italian Consulate complex which included a school in the past was turned in to prison for foreigners or Italians by the British occupation during the World War II.

Back to our building, in 1907 a Bulgarian Jew watchmaker called Solomon Hinhayat inaugurated his clock shop in Boulaq street at Building No.54 according to shop’s last shopkeeper and owner Essam Solomon.
Founder Solomon Hinhayat
Solomon Hinhayat in the last days of his shop 
Later that street was renamed  Fouad street named after Egypt’s King Fouad I and during that era, it became one of Downtown Cairo’s busiest and commercial street. 

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " Mama Aladdin goes to the King’s palace " Ep.5

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
First of all , you can refresh your memory and see where we left Aladdin last night here.

Here is the fifth episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.156 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " Meet the genie " Ep.4

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.
First of all , you can refresh your memory and see where we left Aladdin last night here.

Here is the fourth episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.155 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " Just get the lamp " Ep.3

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Interestingly , Taher Abu Fasha changed the origin of Aladdin as in the original story.

In the original One Thousand and one nights book , the story of Aladdin takes place in China.
Already China is mentioned several times in the book and this is a proof that the Arab Islamic civilization reached China before Mao and his comrades.

Here is the third episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.154 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Ramadan Arabian Nights 2019 : Aladdin " A long missing uncle" Ep.2

Good evening or Good afternoon or Good morning where ever you are now and reading this post.

Tonight we will start a new tale or rather an old tale you know very well , tonight we will continue the second tale for this Ramadan , the tale of Aladdin.

I can’t ignore the buzz Mina Massoud is creating online in Egypt especially with his pinned tweet speaking about how the music of Abdel Halim Hafez was played on Aladdin set and his message to the Egyptian people and its nationalistic finale.

His Egyptian Arabic is much better than Ramy Malek FYI.

To be honest , I am not so optimistic about Aladdin as a live action film with all its colors and style but I am glad that another actor of an Egyptian-origin is making headlines in the world.

Anyhow without further ado , here is the second episode of Aladdin and the magical lamp or episode no.153 of the Egyptian State Radio’s One Thousand and One Nights show in Arabic after the break.