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Some subscribers have enquired why no newsletter this year, for which I must apologise. The answer is I’ve been involved in a number of time consuming projects  to do with my normal job and not concerning ancient Egypt. However, I have worked on a few Egyptian projects in my, inadequate, spare time. This week I completed the Hieroglyphic Typewriter, ‘Ancient Egyptian Anecdotes the Blackberry Playbook edition’ and a Blackberry Playbook version of Senet. In the works is an eBook on hieroglyphs and I’m also writing a digital graphic novel with illustrator Sheila Cartwright.

My best wishes to the Egyptian people and their struggle for a democracy. My hope is that the religious nutters don’t benefit between now and the elections. Of all the place on the world the thought of power, in Egypt, going to the kind of people who destroyed the magnificent Bamiyan Statues in Afganistan is more than a little disturbing.

Aftershocks of freedom

Is Egypt ready for tourists?

Reward for looted ancient Egyptian artefacts

Mark


Ancient Letters

The Lamp Inquiry

The Egyptians believed that their environment was inhabited by supernatural powers after all the life-giving light of god was a physical presence in the sky. They tried to influence these forces with magic, which could only be performed after elaborate purification procedures; all those involved and their surroundings had to be spiritually cleansed. To achieve this blessed state, magicians sometimes enlisted the help of a medium such as a young boy who was pure in mind and body.

"You go to a clean, dark cell and dig a new hole in the east wall. You take a white lamp, its wick being clean, and fill it with clean, genuine Oasis oil. You recite the spell ‘Praising Ra Rising at Dawn’ and bring the lighted lamp opposite the sun reciting the precise spells four times. You take the lamp into the cell to the boy who has his eyes closed. Put pure frankincense on the brazier and place your fingers on the boy’s head. You say the spells seven times, and when you have finished, tell him to open his eyes towards the lamp and he will see the shadow of the god around the lamp. He will then inquire for you concerning that which you desire.
From Ancient Egyptian Anecdotes



Completed Projects

Hieroglyphic Typewriter

The Hieroglyphic Typewriter is still a work in progress – I call this version Beta 1.

There are two keyboards the default QWERTY keyboard has Alphabet Symbols with some phonetic cheats for ‘e’ ‘v’ and ‘x’. The second keyboard is activated with the ‘Up Arrow’ and this has numbers from 1 to one million. I filled the extra eleven keys with words such as ‘Greetings’ and ‘male/female’ there are also ‘print’ and ‘email’ keys Please feel free to suggest alternative words I’ll include the most popular requests in future updates. http://www.discoveringegypt.com/http://www.discoveringegypt.com/hieroglyphic-typewriter.html

Ancient Egyptian Anecdotes for the BlackBerry
The special BlackBerry PlayBook digital edition of Ancient Egyptian Anecdotes is now available and has extra material not in the printed edition. It’s free until September 2011.
Some reviewers seem to think there is no zoom function – Zoom is controlled with the plus and minus symbols situated in the bottom corners of the screen.
https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/38556?lang=en

If you don’t have a Playbook you can get the Paperback here
http://www.egyptiananecdotes.co.uk

Senet
My friend Simon Booth and I made a version of Senet also for the BlackBerry PlayBook. You can get it for free here
https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/34991?lang=en

If you don’t have a Playbook you can get a PC version here
http://shop.discoveringegypt.com/senet.html

You can get a glimpse of two current projects – an eBook on hieroglyphs and ‘The Treasure Thieves’ - a digital graphic novel I’m writing with illustrator Sheila Cartwright
http://www.markmillmore.com/works/index.html

I'm also involved in a Film Project called "The Golden Empire." 
It is a fantasy adventure about the ancient Medjay. 
http://www.goldenempirestory.com/team.html


New Egyptian Videos


Official Agora Trailer English HD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&v=RbuEhwselE0

A short animation about the Getty Museum's Romano-Egyptian mummy Herakleides.
http://www.discoveringegypt.com/Egyptian_Videos/herakleides.html
Ancient Egyptian News

Sad News
http://www.drhawass.com/blog/sad-news

13-metre (42 foot) tall statue of Amenhotep III unearthed
http://www.sanfernandosun.com/sanfernsun/world/6654-enormous-statue-of-powerful-pharaoh-unearthed

Autopsy of Egyptian Princess Mummy
http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/16808

Exhibitions
In the Blink of an Eye.
From Eye Inlays to the Artificial Eye Neues Museum
Tue 19 April - Sun 17 July 2011 http://www.smb.museum/smb/kalender/details.php?objID=32269

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Hieroglyphic Print Machine version 2

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Apps for the iPad
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