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Office: (44) (0) 5603 676623  |  Independent Communications Consultancy based Westminster, London SW1

Month

October 2013
There hasn't been much use for the modern equivalent of tickets like this since 14th August
Rumours are still flying about when and how many trains will appear on Egypt’s network, especially services south of Cairo. Although some Lower Egypt services were reinstated from Cairo last week, Upper Egypt services remain cancelled until the security authorities give the go-ahead. With no diversionary routes, lots of overnight services and many Egyptians still angry...
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First trains at Cairo after the 68-day stoppage. (Courtesy al-Masry el-Youm)
Normality started to return to Egypt’s railway system earlier today as the first trains in 68 days left Cairo Central station. 14th August was the day when two Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in central Cairo were forcibly removed with great loss of life by the Egyptian security authorities, who shut down the intercity train network...
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New security gates at Cairo Central
This is an atmospheric report from almasry alyoum detailing the situation at Cairo Central early this morning, as the first train in 68 days prepared to depart, and then on board Train 903 to Alexandria. (Initial train times here). There is a short interesting video here and I’ve translated the first half of the report (around the station)...
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Floating in the Dead Sea
There will always be books, and there will always be a desire for books. Beyond those statements there is a great deal that will change of course: that’s inevitable with technological progress. Few monks copy out books by hand anymore. I have never used a quill pen. However I do choose to plan my life...
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A re-conceptualisation of East Kent as an archipelago of islands beyond the economic 'mainland'.
I’ve been meaning to write about this sooner but the challenges of the new company mean I haven’t had much time since. Here are 4 elements that have stuck with me after nearly a fortnight: A combination of the fastest trains in the UK and the emerging digital revolution seems to be creating a real...
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Safaga track theft
Sunday’s public holiday to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Egypt’s war with Israel (6th October) saw some security incidents and casualties including fatalities, but the media noted the railways remained unaffected: Extremely tight security cordons sealed off Cairo Central on 6th October to prevent any attempt to gain access to the station. Elsewhere no infringements or acts...
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[Egypt 2013 Archive] Sometimes you read a report that draws you in but when you finish it you have more questions than answers. To be honest, that happens quite a lot with press reports about Egyptian railways because most journalists don’t really understand railways systems, either don’t use or misuse Arabic railway technical language and don’t...
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