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I woke up early feeling refreshed but, on glancing in the bathroom mirror I found a panda to be staring back at me. I knew I had slept for some part of the night but I couldn't pinpoint when. I remembered, seemingly hearing all the traffic but I knew I had woken suddenly from a very deep sleep when the alarm went off. Perhaps I hadn't slept at all and just imagined that I had!
A punishing schedule today and it begins with a short coach ride through Cairo and across the river and then out into the western desert to Giza...
...I'm astounded to discover that the pyramids are kind-of at the end of the street in a suburb of Cairo. We drove down a wide road with apartment blocks on one side and suddenly the road started to climb slightly and immediately in front of us were the pyramids.
The coach driver stopped at the local camel park and gave us the option of travelling the short distance to the monuments by camel. I declined. Camels don't come with sunshades or air conditioning as standard. Neither are they properly instructed in the use of deodorant and after shave. They look so damned imperious, too and the one I was offered was just way too tall!
The pyramids are vast. Much larger than I had imagined. And that realisation made it all the more difficult to work out how such a thing was built. The great pyramid of Cheops was built in about 2600 BC. Cheops is the ancient Greek name for the Fourth Dynasty Pharoah Khufu. His pyramid was constructed of about 2 million blocks of granite each estimated to weigh about 2 1/2 tons. The exterior of the monument was once covered with polished limestone blocks so that the sides were completely smooth. Each side faces a compass point and as the sun rose in the sky each day the pyramid would have reflected its light across the funery complex and the desert. The shape of the pyramid is a copy of the ben - ben stone. This was a sacred symbol of the sun god at Heliopolis - now the name of a suburb of Cairo.
The second pyramid is that of Chephren - Ancient Egyptian name, Khafre. Khafre was the brother of Khufu and his successor to the throne of Lower Egypt. The third and smallest pyramid was built for the Pharoah Menkaure. The burial chamber in the pyramid of Chephren was our goal. The descending passage was just over a metre high, it then levelled out into a second passage about 2 metres high for a short distance before shortening again into a tunnel that lead to the chamber. There was nothing there! Nothing other than the painted monica of Giovanni Belzoni - the C19th circus strongman who used his knowledge of hydraulics to plunder the larger ancient objects that had been left by smaller less well informed robbers.
|The landscape of the Western Desert|
Next, the solar boats and the sphinx…
Tuesday, 5 July 2022
about the book…Jack Tolleson has done nothing wrong. Absolutely nothing. But that doesn’t stop him being viciously bullied. Online and offline. Twenty-four hours a day. Every day.
Every. Single. Day.
One day in October, dehumanised, forgotten and stripped of his very identity, he breaks.
Jack wants revenge. Carefully calculated revenge. Justice.
Jack is willing to do whatever it takes to get even. He’s going to do something that’s never been done before. And when he’s done, you’ll remember his name.You’ll remember his name for the rest of your life.
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