Yes I know; this is of limited interest!

We could hear the clash of embubas (butane gas cylinders) being unloaded in the street somewhere nearby. So, being nosey, I leaned over the edge of the roof terrace to see what I could see. And here it is:

Now then! You may be thinking, "That's a bit of a waste of time, it's just a small section of a truck and of no interest whatsoever!" And, of course, you'd be perfectly correct in that assertion, Dear Reader. Well, perhaps not 'perfectly' correct, as I will try, by  my Sherlock Holmes style of observation, to interest possibly one or two of you.

For anyone with the slightest interest in heavy goods vehicles; it's obviously an eight-wheeled tipper, as evidenced by the two steering axles at the front and the white all-steel tipping body. (The hydraulic tipping ram is clearly visible at the front of the body, next to the spare wheel.) What is particularly unusual about it, is that it has been modified to carry the gas cylinders by the addition of a steel cage above the structure of the normal tipping body. I cannot understand why an owner would go to such an unnecessary expense, as there are a great many trucks, both rigid bodied and artic's, which are already specially adapted for this very purpose. I just cannot see the economic sense behind it! I also very much doubt that the 28 tonne (or whatever gross weight limit of the chassis is) could ever be reached by loading it with gas bottles, what a waste.

For those of you who have a similar taste in comedy to myself, I have to admit that I can be a bit Eric Olthwaite-ish when one of my particular interests come up! (This is a reference to a uniquely British comic genius called Michael Palin, who invented and played the extremely boring character of Eric Olthwaite for one of his hilarious series of programmes entitled "Ripping Yarns". A very short sample of which can be found by clicking HERE! )

These next two pictures are for those of you who are more interested in Luxor as a holiday destination rather than one for truck spotting activities!

This one's of Freda's Temple, caught as we had an evening stroll along the Corniche the other night, in the cold!

All those lovely columns, it's hard to imagine that the Temple is soooo old, and yet still here for us to enjoy.

And how about this next one to set your appetite away?

Yes, you guessed it; it's another work of art from sweet chef at the Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel. Raspberry Cheesecake with strawberries and chocolate, sitting in a raspberry jus, it was as delicious as it looks, believe me!

Time for some tea, methinks. Goodnight.

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