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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:14 am  |  Posted from: Cyprus
  

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The men were never in where I lived MD, most swanning about doing nothing, at night they were in secret drinking holes or shisha cafe's. My neighbour saw me vacuuming the ceramics outside and asked me to accompany him for a drink in Gezera, I said we would see him in a hour after we had cleaned up, he said leave it to your wife, my wife went ape at him, and in her temper told me to P... Off and join your mate, I did and when I got there more than half the village was there drinking and smoking. I took that to be the average! My wife joined us round about 1 hour later, and got glares from the villagers because she had walked into a mans world. I had to explain that this is the norm in England, because parity between male and female is equal. There was a lot of behind the hand talking. Never did it again.


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Especially in villages accommodation is pretty cramped. A lot of people sleep on the benches that are used in the living rooms for the rest of the day, people don't have the luxury of bedrooms, some don't have the luxury of benches.

The Breadwinner usually goes out after eating and a chat with the wife to get out from under her feet. If the truth be told it helps to remove the pressure on the wife more than a chap going out on the lash.

You will find that in those homes where they do have the luxury of bedrooms the men stay at home after work most of the time and enjoy their families.


And get under their wife's feet!

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The majority of homes around where we lived were at least 2 floors some 4 and 5 which I always thought were illegal on the WB. Most were taken up by greeting rooms, bedrooms etc. Only found that the mud huts contained few rooms and were cramped, a lot of those had gone and been replaced by brick buildings.
I have to admit though that many locals had sold land to foreigners at high prices and built to replace the mud huts, giving them some luxury, some had decided to build to sell or rent to foreigners and they had come unstuck and were as poor now as they were in the beginning. Like most villages on the WB they made the rules up, and then went ahead regardless.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:17 pm  |  Posted from: United Kingdom
  

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From The Guardian
Ruth Michaelson in Cairo Mon 24 Sep 2018 14.36 BST

British woman jailed in Egypt for tramadol possession denied appeal
Laura Plummer to serve three-year sentence for bringing 290 painkillers into country.

A British woman jailed in Egypt for possessing controlled drugs has been refused permission to appeal against her conviction.

Laura Plummer was sentenced to three years in prison for bringing 290 tramadol tablets into the country. She had told the court they were for her partner’s back pain.

Plummer’s lawyer, Mohamed Osman, told the Guardian on Monday: “The court of cassation found there was no mistake in the judgment and refused the appeal.”

Osman declined to say on what grounds he had challenged Plummer’s sentence. He said many factors had gone into the appeal, including the manner in which the initial hearing was handled, but the overall reason was “a long story”.

Plummer was jailed for drug possession by a court in the Red Sea town of Hurghada on 26 December 2017. The 34-year-old retail worker, from Hull, was arrested on arrival at Hurghada airport last October, after a routine scan of her bags revealed that she was carrying a large quantity of the opioid painkiller.

Her family has long maintained she was unaware tramadol is illegal in the country, and that she had brought the pills to give to her partner after he injured his back in a car accident.

Plummer initially faced the more serious charge of drug trafficking, which carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, or the death penalty for those convicted in Egypt. Problems with translation initially led the retail worker to mistakenly plead guilty to the charge of trafficking.

“The judgment is now final,” Osman said. “This means three years in jail.” Cases similar to Plummer’s usually required the defendant to serve at least half the sentence, he said, meaning that Plummer would spend at least a further nine months in al-Qanater women’s prison, south of Cairo.

Karl Turner, the Labour MP for the Plummers’ Hull East constituency, said: “I’ve spoken to Laura’s father, Neville Plummer. He informs me that Laura’s mother and sister saw [her] on Sunday, and she was told then that the appeal had not been successful. This is obviously disappointing for Laura and the family.”

An estimated 319,000 British tourists visited Egypt in 2017, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which warns travellers against possession and the trafficking of illegal substances.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said its staff “continue to do all they can to support Laura and her family, and our embassy remains in regular contact with the Egyptian authorities”.

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