The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache

Friday, 29 April 2011

The Royal Wedding








Britain ...

... and he world are celebrating today ...

And everybody is wishing the happy couple a long happy and fruitful life together ...

I do too ...

And I was thinking ...

What do you get a couple who has everything on this happy occasion?!

Well, for them ... it's a Bes from me ... of course!

May it keep and protect them for always ...

Celebrate world ....

:-)



Beauuutiful dress ...




M
agic ...





Fairytale magic ...
:-)




... London euphoria ... out of this world! Speak German?



I know, last one ... isn't it sweet? :-)





Here comes the McQueen: Kate Middleton marries her Prince in stunning design by Sarah Burton [
click]
... and look at that [dress]
:-)
... and [ceremony]
... and more [
click] and [videos] ... and [cake]
and more amazing [photos]and [google] and [PM and more]:-)
Royal Wedding 'pride of Britain' [click] and [google]
... and Larry was proud too [click]


... and the Christening of one excessively cute Prince and future King

... and more photos 
Baby Prince charming and [video]




Saturday, 23 April 2011

Wishing you a peaceful Easter ...





“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.”


Happy Easter


:-)



David Cameron’s Easter message [click]
Armed Forces send Easter greetings and reassurances to egypt's Christians [click]



Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Our PM Our Say!


Are you listening David?!

We've had ENOUGH blue suit, white shirt and blue tie!

Cut Cut Cut!

We Demand CHANGE!




Not only because we must keep up appearances ...

... but cos we stand out anywhere we go ...

... and when we have it, we flaunt it too ...

... the more so in times of need!


Big Boss was 'Made in Britain' after all ...

And that'sss a brand reputation we must vemently protect!

:-)


The Prime Minister embraces “change” [click]
The Invisible Cam! PM goes unnoticed on seaside hol [click]
David Cameron's uncle says voters want to be led by an aristocrat [click] and [click :]



... and if you like our Big Boss my global friends, wait till you see our Chief Mouser ...
... now, that'sss my goverment! ... sooo .... eat your hearts out!

Incumbent

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Remember me?!

"Mousing on the NHS career ladder "


"The government’s plans to reform NHS commissioning need to be significantly changed, the Health Select Committee has warned in its new report.

The all-party committee of MPs proposes that representatives of nurses, hospital doctors, public health experts and local communities should all be involved as decision makers alongside GPs in NHS commissioning.

It believes it is vital to make these changes to enable the NHS to meet the unprecedented challenge it faces of finding 4% annual efficiency savings over the next four years.

In its latest review of NHS Commissioning, the Health Committee recommends a number of significant changes to the Health and Social Care Bill, currently before Parliament, including:

Local Commissioning Boards

Local NHS commissioners are statutory bodies responsible for a large proportion of public expenditure; they should be required to comply with the highest standards of governance and accountability.

In order to satisfy this standard each commissioner should be required to establish a Board where GPs should form a majority of membership but other places should be reserved for:

1. A professional Social Care representative;

2. An elected member (a councillor or directly-elected Mayor), nominated by the local authority;

3. A nursing representative;

4. A representative of hospital medicine; and

5. A public health expert nominated by the Director of Public Health.

Scrutiny and the patient’s voice

The Committee believes that local authority scrutiny of health services should continue and welcomes the extension of local authorities’ health scrutiny powers.

MPs recommend that NHS commissioners should be given a legal obligation to consult Healthwatch - which is made up of patient representatives - and that Healthwatch should have a legal obligation to consult with patients and patient representative bodies.

Accountable executives

The report recommends that all NHS commissioners should have a Chief Executive and a Finance Director, both of whom should be members of the Board.

Independent chair

The Committee recommends that all NHS Commissioners should have an independent chair, appointed by the NHS National Commissioning Board."


And 'The Juniors'?! Remember them?! Why isn't there a trainee representative on these boards too, one trainee GP and another Specialty trainee?!

You know, those young fully qualified young doctors who will make the leaders of tomorrow?! The future, remember?! How will you identify , nourish and prepare future consortia leadership talent otherwise?!

It's good that finally consultants will be involved too, but it's amazing that everybody would be represented on these boards should the HSC proposals be implemented, everybody is welcome, it seems you can even invite the neighbours in for a cup of tea on the house too! ... but nobody remembers the young doctors!

Striking, since one of the criticisms of the white paper as it stands now is that the current GP lot are not qualified enough to manage those new consortia, hence there is an element of 'gamble'! ... nor are the consultants qualified enough either, the nurses, or anybody else mentioned above apart from the accountants [;-)] for that matter! ... and here is an opportunity to involve and train the young ones too, if only to ensure that the next generation of GPs AND consultants are properly up to the job in the not so far future, but they miss it! ... and the new reform has direct impact on the young ones training too, yet nobody thinks or wants to hear their voice!

"Young doctors should be seen and not heard" eh?! @@

How will these consortia be run in say 3/4/5 years then?! Keep training everybody from scratch everytime?! For how long and at what cost?! And mistakes are costly too!

I don't blame the HSC though, although, I do a bit ... but nobody ever takes the young ones into account even though they'd also have valuable and innovative opinions as well as ability to learn quick and teach others too. But, no, it's as if they are not there, they do not count! That's why they keep reforming the reform at extortionate cost, isn't it?! Billions! It's because somehow the future is always forgotten! And, what a loss of fresh, able, giving and willing young talent that can make a huge difference to the health of our NHS!


They can do
wonders those young ones you know ... Even see for yourselves ... :-)




"Forget me at your own peril!"

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Revolution!

“Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering."



It took me a few days to realise that the uprising in Egypt was actually a revolution! No need to explain because everybody around the globe has been watching in awe! Indeed, until the day Mubarak left, I thought this endeavour by the Egyptian people could still go either way. Now, more than two months on, I still feel the same and wonder which way will Egypt go ...

Not many people understand the full extent of why the placid people of Egypt finally rose to revolt, but in a way, I may do. I say 'in a way' because since I have lived here for most of the period that lead to this revolution, I always took the kids on holiday to Egypt at least once a year, and could see the pressure mounting for myself. Only, the people being too tired of trying to cope, I never thought they still had it in them to rise, let alone explode as they did!

Egypt was a kingdom until the revolution of 23 July 1952 when the Army toppled then ousted King Farouq and exiled him. The king tried to put his infant son Fuad in power to preserve his kingdom but that only lasted for a little while after which, Egypt was declared a republique. Since then, ordinary army officers took it in turn and became presidents. Not being politicians or economists to start with, they ruled with the only way they knew how; with the army discipline they were accustomed to.

First, it was officer made president 'Mohamed Naguib', but he only stayed for a short period of time and until president Gamal Abdel Nasser, barely 34 years old, took over. Nasser was a socialist who believed in the equal distribution of wealth and for that he became very popular with the people. But he was also very much hated by the ousted kings' elitist class who lost vast fortunes when Nasser 'nationalised' their wealth, either money or land, and distributed it amongst the people. As there was nothing those could do, they either left the country with whatever they could salvage, or, now ordinary middle class instead, they remain bitter to this day. Fairness in the distribution of wealth of course made Nasser very popular with the poorer as well as the ordinary well educated middle classes who rejected the corrupt king's ways and that of his entourage. The very reason for the Army revolt against his rule and their support for same. Nasser remains popular amongst those to this day. He died nearly penniless.

During his rule, Nasser did apply his army discipline to the people; obedience and respect of the hierarchy, follow the strict discipline and the rule of law or suffer the consequences ... etc. He was also a brilliant communicator who had incredible presence. That, together with integrity and exceptional patriotism were mostly the reason why he gained amazing popularity around the Arab world as well as African countries and parts of Asia too. Also the reason why his model of government is being imitated by the majority of Arab rulers to this day, with the difference being that none of those rulers has his personal attributes or his integrity and fairness, hence why the Middle East is on the fire we see today.

At home, I remember as a child that not a single day went by without hearing the president on the radio and/or TV, either live for whatever reason, or recorded and rebroadcast as a reminder ... and we all sat and listened every time. That was always followed by a 'National Pride' song and there were loads of those played many times during the day too ... everyday ... until the whole of Egypt became like one huge army unit ... and Egypt, I feel, remains so, the 'soldier' people ... myself included ....

That's why I didn't like to see that Army officer being carried away protesting during the revolution of 25 January,[ however, I sincerely hope they took it easier on him given the exceptional circumstances] ... and why I didn't want to see president Mubarak humiliated before he gave up office. Because when in The Army the honour of the discipline states that it will only be The Army who will punish those who offend. Like in a family, you answer to your own and NEVER inolve an outsider! ... and that's precisely why the Egyptian Army are so close to the people, because not only each family has a soldier or an officer member, but despite the death of Nasser, the rulers who followed were still Army officers too. Hence, the whole of Egypt is still what I can describe as 'one Army entity' ....

You know, unlike anywhere else in the world, when I watch TV and see those Army generals in session, I feel as if I am sitting amongst them. I could actually even feel them and most times guess how they think and what would they do and what can happen next. true! :-) FM Tantawi and his generals, although I have never met him or any of those around him, they are somehow no strangers to me. I have Army officers in my extended family too so I can safely say that should it ever happen, I would sit well at ease and play a game of cards with any of them if I met them out of uniform in a social club in Cairo, for example! But that ease would instantly change to military style respect, maybe even a salute, soon as they are back in uniform again! ... it's the soldier in me always on auto-pilot that does it ... in me and in every single Egyptian too, we're all 'one big Army', or 'one big family' after all .... the reason why I believe that president Mubarak was not removed through a military coup as some media reports, but decided and 'chose' to leave himself at the end ... he too is an Egyptian Army soldier after all ... and there was no chance he would ask the Army to fire on the people either! He knew better! That's why right from the beginning of the Egyptian uprising, and with all due respect to all the brothers and sisters of other Arab countries, I said Egypt was not Tunisia ... it was because of that Egyptian people's 'unique' history with their Army. Of course, it has now become fashionable for other uprisings around the region to say the same, that they are not Egypt ... and how right they are! Look around, was I right or wot?!

Back to history, Nasser died and came Sadat, and nobody noticed anything but for the change of name ... for a while. Because he then had a different vision to that of Nasser, for Sadat was a reformer and a modernist. He thought of opening up Egypt to the world where his predecessor's main occupation was to preserve national pride, identity and standing as leaders of the Arab world. It wasn't easy for him to convince the people who got used to living under 'father' nasser's protection either, but that's when some Egyptians saw the opportunities on offer and went for them ... and the 'new money' class started to emerge little by little and with it, corruption began laying it's foundation too ... nothing much by today's measure, but it was all very alien to the Army spirit and matching mentality of the people of Egypt who began to 'talk' about what this and that were doing and how this or that was obscene, outrageous, or downright corrupt and so on ... but only in quiet among themselves, because you wouldn't dare go public with that, let alone do much about it either ... but it wasn't that bad really until about a decade or so into Mubarak's presidency when one could actually see the difference in standards between the haves and the have nots, and those you could actually see year on year.

What Mubarak was trying to do was to encourage development by increasing enterprise, reducing state responsibilities and encouraging the role of private money. Only, it was those who benefited from the Sadat's regime that could exploit the opportunity. That's simply because they had already made a bit of money and could therefore take part in the خصخصة, or this new 'privatisation' game. But although the president himself meant well IMHO, the endeavour itself did not go too well. For although the programme created a lot of wealth across all sectors, this wealth was not distributed fairly but remained on the hands of those few surrounding the regime ... some of course made their money through hard work whether they were friends of the regime or not, but many made it through the corruption that ensued because of befriending members of 'The family'. Those, because of greed, then formed a circle around the regime ... and to increase as well as protect their newly acquired interests, that small circle widened to include trusted others. First, immediate family, then preferred members of the extended family, then friends ... then hand picked elements of those with mutual 'business' interests ... and their families, and their preferred members of their extended families .... then, as the lust for wealth became monstrous, it became a closed circle containing only those who can 'fit in' ... and it went on and on ... until things got completely out of hand about a decade or a little more ago, when Egypt literally became ...

A country within a country!

One secluded and well guarded and protected for the new affluent ... and one for everybody else ... to include those once considered the elite of the kingdom era if those could not find a way to join the new gravy boats ....

Take Cairo for example, the haves now fearing envy and spite, they moved to the newly built for them outskirts of the city. they now, honest or otherwise, live in luxurious villas with the latest design, equipment, swimming pools, private schools and hospitals the use of which is sometimes paid for in hard currency and so on ... they even have their own huge hypermarkets selling whatever one could desire from around the world, with prices to match too. When I am in Cairo and I visit one of these supermarkets, I am always baffled at, not only the range of foods on offer or it's prices, but also at how crowded these places are! Because sometimes you are literally rubbing shoulders with other shoppers pulling multiple laden trolleys and paying thousands on those long queues at the till! ... and these are only their supermarkets, but there are the latest big cars, exclusive well guarded 'no entry' beach properties in exclusive new cities, European trips and exclusive designer clothes to match, displays of diamonds and gold, social clubs with prohibitive joining fees, concerts, wild parties ... you name it! Extravagant is an understatement to describe the wealth always unashamedly on show! ... while the ordinary and the poor stay put ...

For those, education was left to deteriorate for years and years, and so was health as well as all other public services, including that of the police who were not only the ruler's oppressive tool, but with the miser earnings and the irresistible temptation out of need, some became corrupt too. This never applied to army personnel though because, unlike the police, they are never in contact with anybody but their own so the temptation to become corrupt was never there ... until they retired from the army and took other civilian jobs, and that's only when 'some' were drawn into the vicious circle ...

The result of the unfair distribution of wealth was rife unemployment for those have nots, especially the educated youths. Social deprivation as well as the forever rising prices of necessities now down to basic food stuffs, it became the normal for children to graduate university to stay at home and get pocket money from their parents. Hence, normality began to crumble too as marriage, for example became a luxury many could not afford ... not easy to take in a Muslim society ... for those lucky enough to find jobs upon graduation, there was a system within a system too, where one graduating a state university is paid less than 10% or less of that paid to the colleague sitting on the next desk but who graduated from abroad, or from an affluent private university now in abundance around Egypt



The pressure was now too great as the gap became unbearable, hence the Army people could take no more, they finally rose! ... and their 'in uniform' Army stood there to protect and support them ... all together, ONE hand ... Revolution time 25 January 2011 ... they were all in the same boat, you see ....


... but the revolution has not ended it ... because the enemy is still there, alive and kicking and it is fiercely fighting back! EVIL that won't let be ... and evil has many faces, and many ways! Will the Egyptian people win their fight against Evil ... against new Money? Because that is what the Egyptians now are really fighting,

The rule of money!

I sincerely hope so, for evil should never win over those who have the will, and have right on their side ... all they need now is for the Egyptian people to keep holding their head up ... to Victory ....


You know, she's not only 7 thousand years old, for that was only the 'recorded' civilisation that baffles the world bit. in reality, the old girl is 120,000 years old as scientists believe. In which case, and most probably, there is a bit of Egyptian in every single one of us around the globe ...


Didn't I tell you?! She is not like anybody else! She is very special, very ....

Peace and hope for Mother Egypt ... and the globe ....


:
-)



Related:
Egypt army says won't allow extremists to control the country [click]
Army says no to 'Khomeini rule' in Egypt [click]
and [google]
Egypt's unfinished revolution [click] and [google]
Waking the lion [click] and [google]
Eagle's eye: At a glance: Egypt, Tunisia rise against corrupt rulers [click] and [google]
Egypt Watch: Military To Fight Rising Threat of Radical Islamists [click] and [google]
U.S., IMF missions in Egypt to discuss economic aid [click] and [google]
Hundreds praise army in front of Unknown Soldier [click]
Military plays music and attempts to distribute gifts in Cairo [click]
Egypt shakes up Middle Eastern order [click]




A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.