Smoke & Tomatoes...

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Smoke & Tomatoes...

Post by Who2 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:49 pm

So smoke & tomatoes, they have set light to the scrub, but what is it with Tomatoes ? they come from the South towards Cairo.
Well over 100 trucks per hour, I once got driven through the tomato market in Cairo, huge!

Those huge lorries carrying blocks massive blocks of granite from Aswan ceased years ago it's all tomatoes, these days... 8)
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Re: Smoke & Tomatoes...

Post by Horus » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:58 pm

Are you serious about the amount of trucks per hour? is it really that many :o Mind you there are a lot of people in Cairo
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Re: Smoke & Tomatoes...

Post by Who2 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:03 pm

Tomorrow as the sun sets I will sit on the roof with a watch and a 'clicker Oh! and a glass of wine.... 8)
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Re: Smoke & Tomatoes...

Post by Horus » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:47 pm

Sounds like a plan :up I have just inherited 6 bottles of fine Merlot, but the closest I will get is sitting on a bridge over the M6 motorway counting 'Eddie Stobart' lorries. :lol:
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Re: Smoke & Tomatoes...

Post by BBLUX » Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:02 pm

The trucks with the huge granite blocks are still operating but they seem to be on the Red Sea roads now. I saw some when we were there last November.
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Re: Smoke & Tomatoes...

Post by Horus » Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:22 pm

I have seen these lorries and also the blocks that were just abandoned after they fell off the back. I have always wondered just what they do with them? is it just a case that it is easier to quarry the huge blocks and then transport them for re-cutting elsewhere, or were/are they being used in some large project?
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Re: Smoke & Tomatoes...

Post by Dusak » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:52 pm

Horus wrote:I have seen these lorries and also the blocks that were just abandoned after they fell off the back. I have always wondered just what they do with them? is it just a case that it is easier to quarry the huge blocks and then transport them for re-cutting elsewhere, or were/are they being used in some large project?
Egypt exports a lot of different types of granite and marble.
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Re: Smoke & Tomatoes...

Post by Horus » Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:44 pm

Thanks Dusak, never really thought of that being the answer. :up
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Re: Smoke & Tomatoes...

Post by carrie » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:26 am

Up in the moquatim hills above Cairo there are hundreds of places where they cut the stone into the most beautiful marble and granite slabs for export. The working conditions are deplorable no masks or eye protection and the dust created is inches thick on the floors.

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Re: Smoke & Tomatoes...

Post by Dusak » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:41 am

There is also a process that collects this dust, minus the cig buts :lol: , they add fine granite/marble chips, depending on the slab type they are producing, then mix it up with a powerful bonding clear resin. It is then polished producing the cheaper slabs that are commonly used in interior works. I have used these reconstituted slabs on kitchen worktops in the UK, a very good cost effective alternative product to the real thing.
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Re: Smoke & Tomatoes...

Post by Horus » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:34 am

Dusak I have seen this method used to produce some of the street furniture when the old park by Luxor temple was turned into a featureless wilderness with no shade, stuff was falling apart within months.
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Re: Smoke & Tomatoes...

Post by Dusak » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:31 am

And there lies the problem, the resin based compound soon gets destroyed with the suns rays over time. that's why its predominately only used for internal works.
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