Posted by: jkirkby8712 | February 12, 2011

Saturday morning, 12th February 2011 – 24 hours turnaround in Egypt!!

This ‘breaking news’ report from the ‘Australian newspaper’ [from AFP Press] was what greeted me on awaking this morning, yes, somewhat of a turnaround from yesterday’s headlines, a demonstration perhaps of the power of a revolution of the people in a relatively peaceful fashion, although of course, those who died or were injured in the course of the mass demonstrations and marches would disagree with that comment.

‘A wave of euphoria swept Arab cities on Friday as news spread of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, with jubilant crowds taking to the streets from Gaza to Beirut in celebration. Across the Middle East and north Africa, loudspeakers on mosques called on citizens to rejoice in their own cities, hours after Mr Mubarak, crushed by a popular uprising, agreed to hand over power to the army. In Lebanon, where the Cairo protests have been reminiscent of mass anti-Syrian demonstrations in 2005, convoys bearing Egyptian flags blared their horns as fireworks went off across the country. Ecstatic Beirutis popped open champagne in the streets, kissing Egyptian flags to the sound of celebratory gunfire. Thousands also turned out in the Hezbollah-controlled southern suburb of Beirut at the calling of the Iranian-backed militant group – which has long had strained ties with Mr Mubarak – to celebrate Egypt’s “historic victory.”

Islamist group Hamas hailed 82-year-old Mr Mubarak’s resignation as Palestinians turned out en masse across the Gaza strip, joyfully shooting in the air and honking their car horns. Balaclava-clad members of the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, also rallied across the strip. And while the rival West Bank-based Palestinian Authority has yet to comment on Mr Mubarak’s fall, hundreds of Palestinians of all ages descended on the centre of Ramallah on Friday night, waving flags and cheering the Egyptian people. “What happened in Egypt is not only for the Egyptian people, it is for all Arabs,” activist Saed Karazon said in Ramallah.  “The whole Arab world is going to change.” In Tunisia, the country that inspired Egypt with protests that forced president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali out last month, a carnivalesque atmosphere took hold as throngs crowded the streets, dancing and ululating in joy. “It’s wonderful! Two dictators have fallen in less than a month,” said 23-year-old student Nourredine in an impromptu street party on Bourguiba Avenue in Tunis, one of the main sites for the protests which toppled Ben Ali. A clamour rose in Tunis calling on neighbouring Algerians to topple their country’s president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, as the crowd chanted: “One, two, three, viva l’Algerie!”. Thousands others took to the streets of Yemen’s capital Sanaa to celebrate Mr Mubarak’s resignation, waving Egyptian flags and hoisting banners congratulating the “Arab nation”.  “Yesterday Tunisia, today Egypt, and tomorrow Yemenis will break their chains,” some demonstrators chanted’

We shall return later in the day [Saturday morning here] >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

A quiet Saturday for this writer. After  another wet Friday night,  there were a few showers supposed to be around today, but I don’t think they eventuated, although the ground was quite sodden under foot.

My ‘extra’ night on air, last night was a lot of fun – there for over three hours playing a mixture of contemporary folk, blues, jazz & country music. One of the country tracks I played was by singer Bill Chambers, who is the father of Kasey Chambers, the girl who a few weeks ago, won four  Golden Guitar awards at the Australian Country Music Awards, held in Tamworth, New South Wales.  Bill grew up in a lobster fishing family on the southern coast of South Australia in a small seaport village called Southend. The song  I played tonight, called  Southend Rain, traces his childhood story surrounded by family and gives an insight in to Bills early life and influences.  The name of the album from which the song comes was named ‘Drifting South’ and there’s an interesting little story behind the title.‘Drifting South’ flows like a lazy old river through the ancient hills of time. From the Celtic mood of ‘Diesel and Driftwood’, salty tales from the Southern Ocean and the Johnny Cash inspired ‘Tasmania’, this album leaves no doubt Bill has lived the songs he’s singing. With a growling voice that owes a substantial debt to both Bob Dylan and John Prine, his live shows are flavoured with delicate picking on Dobro or Mandolin then he’ll rock like a demon on Lap Steel or Slide Guitar. Father of Kasey Chambers Bill says ‘I still play in Kasey’s band when she tours but lately I’ve been exploring my roots and thinking about the tiny fishing village where I was born and raised in southern South Australia. These songs reflect my childhood and family, while the music is an extension of various styles, Folk, Country and Rock that I’ve listened to all my life’.  It was a very pleasant track, as was most of the music I played during the show –  presumably my ‘listeners’ enjoyed it also – though, as so often happens, I never heard from anyone!! The radio studio can be a lonely little corner sometimes!  [Very naughty last night – ate my first Easter egg for the year!!!].

As for the big news from overnight this morning, well that certainly dominated all forms of the media throughout the day, and this evening.  Cries of “Egypt is free” rang out and fireworks lit up the sky as hundreds of thousands danced, wept and prayed in joyful pandemonium after 18 days of peaceful pro-democracy protests forced President Hosni Mubarak to surrender power to the military, ending three decades of authoritarian rule.  However, despite the mood,  plans remain vague as the army now controls the state, and the world watches to see what is now going to eventuate.

Today, Aussie Rules football was back on the TV  with the beginning of the short pre-season competition – actually it began last night, but my team [Carlton] were playing tonight in an unusual 1st round – three teams competing in matches against of two 20 minute halves –  three old enemies, Carlton, Collingwood and Richmond.  So not surprisingly, I gave up any other plans I had for tonight, to watch the Blues. Tonight’s results came up as follows.

Game 1: Carlton  6.5.41 defeated Richmond 3.5.23………..Game 2: Collingwood 7.8.50 defeated Richmond 1.1.7………………………………………………………………………………………………………Game 3:  Collingwood 5.3.33 defeated Carlton 3.8.26……………………………………………………which results mean that Collingwood automatically go through to the next round, while Carlton has to wait until next weekend, to see if their percentage is good enough to earm them a spot in the next round as one of the two best losers.




  1. i love it

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