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I am British, born and raised in the Midlands at a time when it was a centre of industry, pottery, coal and steel, but for most of my adult life I have lived in Egypt. My husband is Egyptian and I have lived on a farm in the Nile delta, in an apartment overlooking the pyramids of Giza and now we are situated on the edge of the Sahara Desert. Since 1980, when I first came here, we have seen the assassination of President Sadat, riots, earthquakes, bombs, revolution, and now a new president—those are the things that reach the news but nothing is ever simple in here Egypt and as soon as you step out of the house you are whammed by interesting, comical, and sometimes tragic incidents. Perhaps that is why people love or hate living here to an extreme degree; whatever else it is, life in Egypt is never mundane.

In the past I have raised poultry, taught all ages at all levels, copy edited and written reports for WHO on various health and social issues and recently published a children’s book, Soaring Dragons, on kindle.

Now I am a stay at home grandmother enjoying the freedom of writing what I want, when I want.

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    ADHD-Behaviour Therapy, Counselling and Support

    3 years ago

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  • ADHD ─ Facts You Need to Know
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    ADHD ─ Facts You Need to Know

    3 years ago

    This is the second in a collection of articles on ADHD. The first covered recognising the disorder, and here you find points to prepare you for your first appointment with your child's paediatrician.

  • Recognise and Help Children with ADHD
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    Recognise and Help Children with ADHD

    4 years ago

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  • Fix Flapjacks for a Quick Cookie Snack - Tasty and Filling English Flapjacks
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    Fix Flapjacks for a Quick Cookie Snack - Tasty and Filling English Flapjacks

    3 years ago

    What exactly is a flapjack? Find out what it is and where it comes from. Then try this tasty recipe for English flapjacks.

  • The Very Best Goat-Cheese Pie
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    The Very Best Goat-Cheese Pie

    4 years ago

    Here you will find a goat cheese pie recipe that is simple to make but full of warming winter vegetables. Try the bonus recipe for goat's cheese tartlets - the same pastry but less time to make.

  • How to Control Tears and Stop Crying
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    How to Control Tears and Stop Crying

    3 months ago

    Do you find yourself crying in public and unable to control your tears? There are biological as well as emotional forces at play. Learn about easy ways to stop crying.

  • Do You Listen to Your Children? How and Why You Should
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    Do You Listen to Your Children? How and Why You Should

    3 years ago

    You may spend time with your children but not really focus on what they say. The distractions of everyday life make us neglect our children without realizing. It is important to listen to our kids from an early age so that communication between us is always open. Tips on how to focus on your kids...

  • Dealing with Colic
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    Dealing with Colic

    3 years ago

    It is during the first months of your baby's life that colic strikes, and it causes you and everyone around you stress and anxiety. Unfortunately there is very little you can do to relieve baby's pain. Here are a list of the causes of colic in babies and a few tips you can try to make that time...

  • New Year's Resolution-Don't Make it to Break It!
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    New Year's Resolution-Don't Make it to Break It!

    3 years ago

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  • Gingerbread Facts to Tell Your Kids
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    Gingerbread Facts to Tell Your Kids

    5 years ago

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  • How to Bake and Decorate Gingerbread Men
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    How to Bake and Decorate Gingerbread Men

    5 years ago

    Baking gingerbread men is important because it is a child-oriented activity which gives adults and children a lot of fun and satisfaction. This straightforward recipe is easy to mix and the spicy little cookies are delicious to eat.However, part of the fun is the story of the gingerbread man so it...

  • How to Make Taking a Walk a More Interesting Experience
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    How to Make Taking a Walk a More Interesting Experience

    2 years ago

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    Lentils—How to Cook them in Delicious, Nutritious Recipes

    5 years ago

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  • Walking—How to Get Fit Fast and Stay that Way!
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    Walking—How to Get Fit Fast and Stay that Way!

    3 years ago

    Walking is an excellent form of exercise for people who need to maintain fitness but don't have much time. Learn the benefits of walking, the risks of not walking, and how and where you can fit it into your daily life to get the most out of routine walking. Find out how much time you need to walk...

  • Oranges—Healthy Eating
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    Oranges—Healthy Eating

    2 years ago

    Oranges are citrus fruits known for their high Vitamin C content. Find out more about oranges. Discover where oranges come from, why and how they help us stay healthy and how we can use them in our daily lives.

  • Stub it Out! Stop Smoking before it Stops You!
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    Stub it Out! Stop Smoking before it Stops You!

    4 years ago

    Encouragement for those interested in stopping smoking; this article includes the history of tobacco, religious views on smoking, affects of smoking during pregnancy, tips to help you stop and a detailed list of the changes you will undergo if you quit. Just to be fair withdrawal symptoms are...

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