الجمعة، 15 ديسمبر، 2006
The decline of public taste
This one might not really appear to be in line with main topic of my blog, however, I believe it is. the topic of this post jumped to mind while listening to the great Egyptian singer Om-Kalthoum, and watching on tv the people attending her live concert in 1960 at the theatre, then, listening to the equally great French singer Edith Piaf "La Vie En Rose" which was featured in the movie "Yacoubian Building" which is also a great Egyptian movie that we haven't seen the like for sometime. The movie attacks many subjects including the decline in public taste in general, which prompted me to write this blog. When I return to Cairo from abroad, I take about a week to adjust to the taste! it seems everything has become ugly. The buildings, the street signs, the men and women cloths, etc... and by the way, it is not a matter of money, I have been to much poorer countries that preserves public taste. You just have to look at the signs advertising different physicians in Bab-el-Louk, Cairo!!! In next blogs, I will publish some insulting photos from Cairo and Giza; I always had the idea of making an album and presenting it to the Egyptian embassador to Kenya so that he can compare -since he is in a good position to judge- how far we have come to accept unbelievable situations in Egypt. Ugliness has become the norm. If great architects/planners such as Frank Loyed Wright, or Le Corbusier were to visit Cairo, they would have probably committed suicide on the spot!