Don’t go to Egypt on Holiday….

I was thinking that I might take a week’s foreign holiday this year.  You know somewhere in the sun.  Somewhere myself and the children could relax and enjoy ourselves and why not I have not been away for several years.  I have a list in my head of possible places that are in the sun but the list just got one nation.  That nation is Egypt and while that country has had it share of troubles during the Arab Spring I had thought that visiting the more remote areas in a place like Sharm Al Sheikh but no more.  Go along and read this article being carried by all of the major news networks today and if you are a woman or a man who cares for his other half just don’t go.  Don’t.

You can give other cultures a lot, you can make allowances for languages and indeed you should for that and for other cultures and systems of living but not always.  It seems Egypt is far from a nice place especially if you are a woman.  You might complain that walking about in normal (for western countries) clothes is not an invitation to be physically assaulted but in Egpyt it really is.  Even in the grounds of the finest university in the land which you would expect to be a beacon of progress.  Was I surprised, well a bit, but sadly not really; but what I did learn is that in Egpyt sexual assault is not even a crime.  A UN report finds that nearly 100% of the female population has been harassed in one way or another.  Yuch!

I will not be giving money to this nation.  Not until it enlightens itself…which might be a really long time.  I wonder what St Andrews is like for a summer break?  Might not be as warm, might be raining but it will be freedom for all.


Do I like the Winter Olympics…No!

Over the past few days I have had dozens of emails and pings personally over the Winter Olympics currently underway in Russia.  I have also had people asking me in the street (despite the wind and water and cold) if I enjoy the Olympics.  The answer is no.  I don’t find sport interesting.  Perhaps its the turn off of football and the absurd money that ball kickers make but really its deeper.  Lots to do in the world that matters more and its never mentioned.  So sport no.  But I was interested enough to do some digging about the current Olympics and what did I find…well nothing nice.  That led me to YouTube and one of my favourite channels, that of Stefan Molyneux the libertarian philosopher.   He has made a video that includes all I turned up and a lot more.

Have a look and listen if you have a spare half hour.  But be warned you will not like the Olympics once you do.