Posted: 26/03/2013 at 14:14
Interesting times Frank - I found the majority of the people out there to be fine people. Two different people though - Arabs along the Med, and Nubians way up the Nile at Luxor and beyond - very gentle and shy people, except when they were trying to sell you something!
Several of my uncles served in Egypt and North Africa during the Second World War, and some of their stories made my hair curl - lets just say I would never turn my back on most of these people ( ...apologies for this generalisation to anyone of Egyptian extraction reading this).
As for birds nicking your grub, nothing beats the gulls in Cornwall, places like St Ives and Mevagissy - when my 4 year-old grandson has his lunch on the beach we have to throw a blanket over his head - all we hear is munching sounds, and muttered grunts about 'pesky birds'!