Friday, August 26, 2005

Make Him Stop. Please. Within weeks after Muhammad Hasanayn Haykal (Nasser's chief propagandist) officially declared his retirement from journalist writings, he reached a deal with Al-Jazeera to babble for an hour a week. It is painful. He so likes to show that his memory is still very good at the age of 81 or so, his hour is mostly an anthology of little details. It goes like this: "....and I met the Minister of Potatoes, and I remember that he lived at the house at the end of Muhammad `Ali avenue. No, it was in the middle of the avenue. And he was wearing a red shoe. No, it was purple. No, I remember now: it was a pink shoe. Yes, it was pink." And on, and on, and on. Help! I can't take it anymore. Send him on a cruise, please.