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Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by DJKeefy » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:00 am

Ehab Gaddis posted on facebook

HM Ambassador and the Consular team from Cairo will host a reception for the British Community in Luxor on Sunday 1 December 2019 from 14:00 - 16:00 at Gaddis Hotel, Luxor.

Hope to see as many of you as possible.


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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by carrie » Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:54 am

I will definitely be there and I am sure many others.

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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by Who2 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:04 am

Count me out...... 8)
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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by HEPZIBAH » Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:15 am

Who2 wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:04 am
Count me out...... 8)
Thought be rushing over to be first in the queue for a ham butty. 8) :lol:
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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by hatusu » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:01 am

HEPZIBAH wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:15 am
Who2 wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:04 am
Count me out...... 8)
Thought be rushing over to be first in the queue for a ham butty. 8) :lol:
Yes thats the problem - BIG disappointment last time as there werent any!

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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by Who2 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:18 pm

Well if anybody turns up, a good and interesting question would be, just how many
people consist of the British Community ? Bet Gaddis doesn't have a clue.

But anyone attending 'ask him.... 8)
Oh! and report back....
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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by HEPZIBAH » Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:17 pm

hatusu wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:01 am
HEPZIBAH wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:15 am
Who2 wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:04 am
Count me out...... 8)
Thought be rushing over to be first in the queue for a ham butty. 8) :lol:
Yes thats the problem - BIG disappointment last time as there werent any!
Maybe the Embassy don't have the budget for ham these days. :snig:
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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by HEPZIBAH » Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:19 pm

Who2 wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:18 pm
Well if anybody turns up, a good and interesting question would be, just how many
people consist of the British Community ? Bet Gaddis doesn't have a clue.

But anyone attending 'ask him.... 8)
Oh! and report back....
Why would Ehab Gaddis know the answer to your question? Surely he's just the owner of a venue used historically for such meetings.
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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by Who2 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:12 am

Well if my memory serves me correctly, he is or was the unpaid,
Her Britannic Majesty's Honorary Consul to Luxor.
Unpaid, perhaps that is why Italy's former honorary consul,
tried to smuggle 22 thousand artifacts out of the Country last year.... 8)
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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by DJKeefy » Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:56 am

Who2 wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:12 am
Well if my memory serves me correctly, he is or was the unpaid,
Her Britannic Majesty's Honorary Consul to Luxor.
Was, he left or retired from the job :)
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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by newcastle » Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:55 am

I’ve got a feeling there’s no longer an official post of Hon Consul in Luxor. The Egyptian govt banned all citizens from holding such offices...which was the reason Gaddis gave for stepping down a few years ago. He can , or could, still help on an ad hoc basis although all matters of import are now dealt with in Cairo.

There was a reception held at Gaddis Hotel in 2017, in honour of his receiving an hon OBE in 2013, given by the then ambassador. This was styled as a retirement party.

My impression is that there may be wardens about....but the office of Hon Consul is defunct.

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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by HEPZIBAH » Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:16 am

I'm not even convinced that there are Wardens in Luxor anymore. That scheme, from an outsider looking in, never really seemed to be set up and established properly from the beginning.
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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by hatusu » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:02 am

Lets be perfectly honest - after Mr Gaddis was no longer consul, the only information we got at these meetings was what they COULDNT do for us.

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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by Moonstone » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:16 am

HEPZIBAH wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:16 am
I'm not even convinced that there are Wardens in Luxor anymore. That scheme, from an outsider looking in, never really seemed to be set up and established properly from the beginning.
The Wardens were appointed following the first Revolution in order to deal with possible evacuation of British ex pats. They held a few "closed door" meetings but failed to report back. One warden is now resident in the UK, another is also possibly out of the country and a third failed completely to make contact with those of us living on the West Bank. Need I say more????
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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by Major Thom » Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:29 pm

Wonder what telephone box they are holding the meeting in, judging by the pists not man will be attending. Ha Ha!!

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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by BENNU » Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:22 pm

Major Thom wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:29 pm
... judging by the pists not man will be attending.
They will!
They have not all given up their hopes for ham sandwiches.

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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by HEPZIBAH » Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:18 pm

Major Thom wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:29 pm
Wonder what telephone box they are holding the meeting in, judging by the pists not man will be attending. Ha Ha!!
:a17:

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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by carrie » Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:51 pm

On the contrary I think there will be quite a few people at the meeting.
Five months ago two British ex pats died here in Luxor, the Embassy were asked to help trace any relatives and to help with funeral arrangements. Since then despite numerous attempts to get them buried nothing has been done they have been lying in the morgue.
Again and again the Embassy were asked to help with the authorities to get the permission to release the bodies. Nothing to do with the Embassy they were unable or unwilling to help.
E mails and phone calls were ignored, now the Ambassador announces his visit and yesterday the authorization for the funerals to take place was issued.
They were finally buried at Teba today.
Many friends of the deceased want some answers. To prevent the meeting from degenerating into an angry shouting match an arrangement has been made for 3 ex pats to have a private meeting with the Ambassador prior to the meeting and many fully expect him to have been appraised of the situation and start the meeting with a series of explanations. We shall see.

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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by newcastle » Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:05 pm

Major Thom wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:29 pm
Wonder what telephone box they are holding the meeting in, judging by the pists not man will be attending. Ha Ha!!
They obviously talk pigeon English in Cyprus! :lol:

I wonder how the Greek is coming along.

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Re: Reception for the British Community in Luxor

Post by newcastle » Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:14 pm

carrie wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:51 pm
On the contrary I think there will be quite a few people at the meeting.
Five months ago two British ex pats died here in Luxor, the Embassy were asked to help trace any relatives and to help with funeral arrangements. Since then despite numerous attempts to get them buried nothing has been done they have been lying in the morgue.
Again and again the Embassy were asked to help with the authorities to get the permission to release the bodies. Nothing to do with the Embassy they were unable or unwilling to help.
E mails and phone calls were ignored, now the Ambassador announces his visit and yesterday the authorization for the funerals to take place was issued.
They were finally buried at Teba today.
Many friends of the deceased want some answers. To prevent the meeting from degenerating into an angry shouting match an arrangement has been made for 3 ex pats to have a private meeting with the Ambassador prior to the meeting and many fully expect him to have been appraised of the situation and start the meeting with a series of explanations. We shall see.
You can expect the ambassador to politely point out that it is not the business of the embassy to assist the deceased. This is a matter for the relatives and friends.

But the timing of the eventual movement looks suspicious. However , he’s hardly likely to admit that he ( or his staff) only got off their ar*e when they realised the matter was going to be raised when they arrived in Luxor.

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