Thursday, 20 February 2014


Someone has just given me a copy of Field Marshall el-Sissi's identity card, and in the ladies section of the tram in Alexandria today, a small boy was selling fake 100 LE notes with guess-who on them. There are el-Sissi watches as well, and plates. You name it, el-Sisi has got his mug on it, even chocolate.   It reminds me of Sadaam Hussein, who favoured clock faces and plates. He  even managed to have his face printed on the  bars of soap at a hotel I stayed at in Baghdad. Maybe because he was leader of the Ba'th party.  It wasn't much fun having a shower with Sadaam - dictator's can be slippery and he kept blowing bubbles.