TBE is quite busy today reporting out a story with the potential to shake up the whole Boursa, and which will surely have reverberations throughout downtown and the world.
We have, however, collected a couple tips and tidbits for our readers, and commissioned an editorial on an urgent matter of public health.
AUC Bookstore news:
The AUC bookstore on the Main Campus, long a favorite of TBE’s, is relocating to another building, also “on the Main.” Bookstore sources told TBE that the new location will be even more spacious than the current premises, with more books than ever, thus cementing its status as Cairo’s best English-language bookstore.
TBE can also report exclusively that the bookstore is currently stocking a few copies of Martin Hinds’ and El-Said Badawi’s magisterial A Dictionary of Egyptian Arabic, whose rarity is matched only by its superiority to all other Egyptian colloquial Arabic dictionaries. Although a bit expensive at LE 395, the book retails for $250 on Amazon, with no used copies available. Interested parties should make a beeline for the bookstore, as the dictionary does not appear on the market very often.
Muhammad Ali Juice Shop (Midaan Falaki):
Muhammad Ali’s strawberry juice is not to be missed. Despite the fact that strawberry season ended a while ago, Mr. Ali or his employees had the foresight to freeze a large quantity during that briefest of interludes when they were available. The result is the most refreshing respite from a hot day that downtown currently has on offer, all for only LE 2. The shop is located next to Mo’men and the Yemeni Coffee Shop on the square.
Guest Editorial from TBE’s Juice Correspondent, A. Frawlawi:
Is that juice shop on Qasr al-Aini next to the police outpost and roughly across from the Shura Council not revolting? My colleagues and I at TBE have never, of course, had a glass of juice there, but the stench of rotten oranges, which wafts for at least three storefronts in either direction and is perhaps the cause of the apparent moribundity of the nearby African Writers’ Union, is enough to give one a sour stomach just by walking past. One might be forgiven for thinking that the only reason the shop has any customers at all is because the obviously fermented juice has some alcohol content, potentially corrupting the morals and decision-making processes of youths and legislators alike. TBE hereby calls on all relevant parties to take immediate action against this grave olfactory offense.