Essay question on Mo Salah childhood story appears in Egypt school exam

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Mohammad Salah appeared in an essay question in a sixth grade Egyptian Arabic exam. (AFP)
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The sixth grade Arabic exam which featured an essay question on the life of Mohammad Salah. (Courtesy Al Watan)
Updated 09 May 2018
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Essay question on Mo Salah childhood story appears in Egypt school exam

  • The questions asked about biography facts on where the Egyptian player grew up, where he initially started his career and vocabulary.
  • The football star has become an inspiration to many Egyptians after making waves with Liverpool and the national squad.

CAIRO: The childhood story of Liverpool striker Mohammad Salah has appeared as an essay question for sixth grade students undertaking an Arabic exam.

The students in a school in Egypt’s Mansoura governorate were reportedly happy to see the player’s name in their exam, according to Al Watan Newspaper.

The passage — based on a topic from outside the classroom curriculum — requires students to answer questions on the basis of what is stated and implied in the text.

Three questions, worth six points, asked about biography facts on where the Egyptian player grew up, where he initially started his career and vocabulary.

“Born in 1993, he grew up under difficult financial circumstances, but did not give up. He started his career in hometown club El Mokawloon Al-Arab and afterwards left for Europe, and achieved much success, going on to have a global impact on the game,” read a segment of the passage.

The football star has become an inspiration to many Egyptians after making waves with Liverpool and the national squad.


Chip Wickham ushers in winds of change on the jazz scene

Updated 22 May 2018
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Chip Wickham ushers in winds of change on the jazz scene

PARIS: The hotly hyped “British jazz invasion” has been the toast of international scenesters for some months now, with breathy adjective-heavy sprawls penned on both sides of the Atlantic paying tribute to a fresh generation of musos who grew up not in the conservatoires but the clubs, channelling the grit and groove of grime into a distinctly hip, 21st century strain of freewheeling, DIY improvised music.

Now the Arab world has its own outpost in the form of Chip Wickham, a UK-born flautist, saxophonist and producer whose second album grew out of extended stints teaching in the GCC. “Shamal Wind” takes its name from the Gulf’s primal weather patterns, and there’s a distinctly meditative, Middle Eastern vibe to the title track, a slow-burning, moody vamp, peppered with percussive trills, with hints of Yusef Lateef to be found in Wickham’s wandering woodwind musings.

There’s rather less goatee-stroking to be found across the four further up-tempo cuts, which swap soul-searching for soul-jazz, soaked in the breezy bop of a vintage Blue Note release. Recorded over a hot summer in Madrid, a heady Latin pulse drives first single, “Barrio 71” — championed by the likes of Craig Charles — with Spanish multi-percussionist David el Indio steaming up a block party beat framing Wickham’s gutsy workout on baritone sax.

Having previously worked with electronic acts, including Nightmares on Wax and Jimpster, one imagines the dancefloor was a key stimulus behind Wickham’s rhythmically dense, but harmonically spare compositional approach. Phil Wilkinson’s sheer, thumped piano chords drive the relentless nod of second single “Snake Eyes,” Wickham’s raspy flute floating somewhere overhead, readymade to be skimmed off for the anticipated remix market.

In truth, Manchester-raised Wickham is both too thoughtful, and too thoughtless, to truly belong to the London-brewed jazz invasion — Shamal Wind yo-yos between meditative meandering and soulful strutting with a wilful disrespect for trend.