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I’ve not sent out a newsletter since June because I’ve been busy with a complete redesign of the Discovering Egypt website. It is something I’ve been thinking about for over a year and never finding the time to do. At last it's now completed.
First of all I’ve updated the code behind the pages to the latest web standards so that the pages will load quicker and be more search engine friendly.
I’ve also improved the visual design and layout and have made the pages printer friendly. This means when you print a page all the ink wasting elements such as navigation buttons, background images and images not related to the text subject will not be printed.
Finally I’ve included a lot of new text and visual content on most of the pages particularly in the new Free Videos section.
These videos are my response to the massive interest from you, the subscribers to this newsletter, in the 1980s documentaries of John Romer. There are now 52 videos which you can watch full screen on you computer or TV if you are using Windows Media OS. These range from my own computer generated fly through reconstructions of the temples to full ancient Egyptian documentaries. Of course you will need a broadband connection to see these.
Each page also has an Add This button which allows you to instantly bookmark the page to your browser or social bookmark.
This newsletter is not a bit smaller than normal but the next one will be in the usual format. For those of you who are receiving it for the first time you can checkout the back Issues (below).
I hope you enjoy the new site – if you spot any typos please let me know.
Loan of grain
Papyrus Louvre E 3228 
On this day the funerary priest Padibastet, son of Padiimenipet, has said to the priest of Amun and scribe of the royal correspondence, Neskhonsuwenekh, son of Djedhor.
"I shall give you 22½ sacks of wheat measured in "domestic bushels", on the 30th day of the 4th month of inundation in the 13th year.
I shall return them to you without protest, as truly as Amun lives and the king lives, may he be in good health and may Amun grant him victory.
If I do not deliver at the appointed time, these 22½ sacks will bear interest regularly beginning from the 13th year.
I shall not revoke this undertaking."
This was followed by the signatures of seven witnesses.
After a French translation by Michel Malinine
Tombs eternal - The ancient Egyptians and beyond
I was recently commission to make 50 illustrations for an exhibition about ancient Egypt by Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Tombs eternal - The ancient Egyptians and beyond
from: 19 December 2008 to 16 August 2009
The exhibition is the story of life, death and the quest for immortality of the ancient Egyptians. Discover the history of civilization through an impressive array of artifacts from one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities in the world. This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Les tombeaux des nobles relatent l’histoire captivante de la vie, de la mort et de la quête de l’immortalité des anciens Égyptiens. Découvrez l’histoire de cette civilisation grâce à un ensemble impressionnant d’artefacts provenant de l’une des plus importantes collections d’antiquités égyptiennes au monde. Cette exposition est organisée par le Musée des Beaux-arts de Boston en collaboration avec le Musée canadien des civilisations.
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Imagining Egypt Czechoslovak edition
The Czech language edition of Imagining Egypt will be publish in June 2008
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Dust jacket *Click Here*
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Previous free downloads
AbiWord Portable the lightweight word processor
Free Universal Video & Audio Converter
Bulk File Renamer
PagePlus SE - desktop publisher
FastStone Image Viewer
VLC Media Player
GIMP - poor man's photoshop but it's good
Note: you will also need to downlaod and install the GTK+ 2 Runtime Environment, which you can download from the Gimp web page.
I’ve finished the Java site which I made for my wife who comes from Java – you will find text photos and video about Java’s history and its temples. There are videos of the traditional music called Gamelan as well as traditional dance and the Shadow Puppet theatre which is very popular in Java. You will also find out how Batik fabrics are made.
I’ve also made a website as a tribute to the late Vivian Stanshall who was my friend and artistic mentor.
Those of you who have my book, Imagining Egypt, will notice that I dedicated it to him.
Vivian was admired by many celebrities such as the Beatles, he wrote the lyrics for Steve Winwood songs and comedians such as John Cleese and Stephan Fry wee fans.
His brand of music and humour is very British and a forerunner of shows such as Monty Python.
Vivian supported and encouraged my artistic endeavours at a time when I was about to give it all up and join civilian life in the teaching profession.
You will find lots of videos of his work and links to the many appreciation societies on the web. http://www.vivianstanshall.co.uk
I’ve also got into YouTube and made my own video channel
You will find lot of my own videos plus other things I find entertaining.
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