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At Number Ten [Anthony] Eden had secretly conspired with the French and the Israelis to invade Egypt. Michael Cockerell, The Secret World of Whitehall 1/3: The Real Sir Humphrey, BBC 2011
Anthony Eden asked Norman Brook to destroy the Cabinet papers relating to the conspiracy over Suez, which Norman Brook did. ibid.
Egypt was an emergency, an anomaly, an experiment ... They stayed for seventy years. Jeremy Paxman, Empire I, BBC 2012
Egypt was not a colony, it was a protectorate ... The Suez Canal – it had to be protected. ibid.
We do not want Egypt any more than any rational man with an estate in the north of England and a residence in the south, would have wished to possess the inns on the north road. All he could want would have been that the inns should be well kept, always accessible, and furnishing him, when he came, with mutton chops and post horses. Henry John Temple, Lord Palmerston
Suez – a smash and grab raid that was all smash and no grab. Harold Nicolson
We are in an armed conflict; that is the phrase I have used. There has been no declaration of war. Anthony Eden, re Suez crisis
For the past few weeks I have really felt as if the Suez Canal was flowing through my drawing-room. Clarissa Eden
President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of President of the Republic. Egyptian News
They’ve managed to re-energise the process. BBC News, Cairo Square
In 2006 the Egyptian Democracy group Kefaya visited Gene in Boston. How to Start a Revolution, 2011
Ahmed Maher was a leader of the April 6th democracy movement in Egypt. ibid.
I began to see all the thieves and the cops. I faced them and I attacked them ... They began the worst attack you ever seen in your life. I said, Why? Dr Zahi Hawass
It was the most beautiful revolution you’ve ever seen. Omar Sharif, BBC 2011
Egypt exists because of this one river. Omar Sharif
Egypt imports food which is unheard of. We fed the whole world at one time. Omar Sharif
The people are awake now ... We need a government which is fair to the people and tries to help the people. Omar Sharif
Poverty of a different kind. Poverty to the extent that families go to the dustbin and others to eat. The requirement of revolution: bread, freedom and social justice. This is the first banner in the square. Dr Mamdouh Hamza
When they get out of the Mosque they will live their lives. Dr Mamdouh Hamza
What I saw with my own eyes was someone from the middle of the square being dragged to the museum ... We’ve heard about people getting electrocuted, people getting beaten ... When you say the Egyptian museum the first thing that crosses their mind is torture. Shahira Abouellail, activist
We need to hold people accountable. We don’t do that in this country. Mubarak was untouchable for a long time. And then people got rid of him, and now the army is untouchable. So there’s always someone. We need to get to a point where nobody is beyond criticism, where nobody is untouchable. Shahira Abouellail
The Lavon Affair was an Israeli terrorist operation known in Egypt as Operation Susannah in which Egyptian, American and British-owned targets in Egypt were bombed in the summer of 1954. Missing Links: The Definitive Truth About 9/11, 2008
I give my life to you. I give my blood to you, men of Egypt. Gamal Abdel Nasser
If you end up not paying [taxes] they get out the whips and they tie you to a poll, and that’s what you get for not coming up with the money. James Burke, Connections s1e1: The Trigger Effect, BBC 1978
In Egypt, where water is life, that kind of knowledge and the ability to control gives you the power to build empires. ibid.
This place stops you dead: Karnak. ibid.
The Egyptians build an empire and ran it with a handful of technology. ibid.
The Suez Canal: the high-tech amazement of the age. A hundred miles long ... Twenty-five thousand labourers, ten years to build. James Burke, Connections s3e3: Drop the Apple, BBC 1997
For the first and last time the Americans made common cause with the Soviet Union at the United Nations and demanded an immediate end to the [British & French] invasion. Britain was isolated and cut off from its oil supplies ... Britain’s gamble was over. Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain, BBC 2007
Napoleon was only twenty-nine and had just amazed the world with his military victories in Italy. He intended to establish his fame and glory by conquering Egypt. But why Egypt? France was at war with Britain, and by conquering Egypt Napoleon imagined that he would block the overland trade route to Britain’s most valuable possession – India. There was another motive as well: Bonaparte was keen for a new challenge. Napoleon’s Obsession: The Quest for Egypt, Discovery 2000
By the time the pharaohs were being buried here [Valley of the Kings] the pyramids were a thousand years old. The kings of Egypt selected a spot topped by a natural pyramid to look over their tombs. ibid.
Napoleon was becoming increasingly dictatorial. Bonaparte had been in Egypt a mere four months but much had happened. He had defeated the Mamluks, established a scientific institute, lost an entire naval fleet, crushed a revolt and discovered that his wife Josephine was unfaithful to him. ibid.
As the soldiers were shoring the foundations of the fort at Rosetta they came upon ancient blocks inscribed with hieroglyphs. One, a large stone, bore the same inscription written in ancient Egyptian and Greek. They felt they had stumbled upon something very important. The British took the Rosetta Stone back to England where it can still be seen in the British Museum. Twenty years later the French scholar Champollion cracked the code and read Egyptian hieroglyphs for the first time in two thousand years. ibid.
19th July 1799, Rosetta, Egypt: There were three inscriptions on the stone: mysterious ancient hieroglyphs at the top, then another unknown text, then at the bottom unknown Greek. This was a unique find. Egypt: The Mystery of the Rosetta Stone, BBC 2005
Along with his soldiers Napoleon had taken an army of scholars to unravel Egypt’s ancient culture. ibid.
Far away in the provinces a child prodigy Jean Francois Champollion was growing up ... By the time he was 13 Champollion spoke six ancient tongues. ibid.
But Champollion had taken an important step. He had worked out a hypothetical alphabet and by using it to write a cartouche for Cleopatra he now had evidence that the alphabet was correct. He had done this not just by logical deduction but by using the languages of Coptic and common Egyptian to work out the precise sounds of each hieroglyph. ibid.
Champollion’s revelation happened in the Autumn of 1822, 24 years after the stone had been discovered. ibid.
Farmers claim a terrifying creature is attacking their children. Destination Truth s4e4, Skyfy 2010
An outbreak of violent incidents along the River Nile just west of Luxor near the village of Armant. Witnesses blame these attacks on something they call the Sal’awa, Arabic for scary wolf. ibid.