My paintings from the brewery show are back in my little studio, which means some of the originals are still up for grabs. Feel free to pm me if you see something you’re interested in. For now, I’m just happy to be reunited with them…like this little spirit goat <3
In Egypt, Saturday nights are for staying in — the workweek starts on Sunday. But for the members of CaiRollers, Egypt’s first all-female roller derby team, it’s for skating.
The team’s 20 members meet for three hours every week, at the Cairo International Stadium’s outdoor handball courts, to practice. It’s an aggressive game, requiring full body contact like hip and shoulder checks. But that’s why players like Lina El-Gohary, 27, love it.
“It makes you believe that you’re still able to learn at any age. It empowers you,” she says.
Two American women, Shaneikiah Bickham and Angie Malone-Kaster, brought the sport to Egypt in 2012. They were working in Cairo as teachers and had previous experience playing roller derby in the U.S. They had a hunch their Egyptian girlfriends would dig the game, so they organized a team and started practicing in the school’s parking lot.
The American women were right: Roller derby was a hit. While the game is not commonly known in Egypt — more than half the world’s amateur roller derby teams are from the U.S. — the CaiRollers managed to keep running even after the two co-founders left the country in 2014.
There is power in a factory, power in the land Power in the hands of a worker But it all amounts to nothing if together we don’t stand There is power in a Union
Now the lessons of the past were all learned with workers’ blood The mistakes of the bosses we must pay for From the cities and the farmlands to trenches full of mud War has always been the bosses’ way, sir
The Union forever defending our rights Down with the blackleg, all workers unite With our brothers and our sisters from many far off lands There is power in a Union
Now I long for the morning that they realise Brutality and unjust laws can not defeat us But who’ll defend the workers who cannot organise When the bosses send their lackies out to cheat us?
Money speaks for money, the Devil for his own Who comes to speak for the skin and the bone What a comfort to the widow, a light to the child There is power in a Union
The Union forever defending our rights Down with the blackleg, all workers unite With our brothers and our sisters together we will stand There is power in a Union!
So, I actually didn’t play much LOTRO (Lord of the Rings Online) during the hiatus. But I started playing again a couple weeks ago to get me back in the Middle Earth mood so I’d feel nice and motivated to write posts - and of course it backfired fantastically, because suddenly all I want to do is go questing and who has time for research?!
Here’s what happened: I bought the Rise of Isengard expansion pack and I have been enjoying it sooooo much! While Forochel will always hold a special place in my heart, location wise, Dunland is now definitely my favorite region as far as stories, quests, and characters go. And the epic quests! I won’t go into details in case of spoilers, but it’s been really hard to spend free time not playing recently.