Yes, blogger is definitely having issues. I was determined to post yesterday, despite the fact that blogger kept going up and down (like it is doing at this very moment) and wouldn't let me post pics. Well today I can do pics, but we'll see how many times this ends up getting posted...
The other day I was walking by a construction site and assumed at first that the tent surrounding the area was the preprinted fabric that looks like the old appliqued works. This shot looks so typical of Cairo with all the rubble...
Got closer and realized, gack, that's a real, true, appliqued tent. The real ones are still in use. There's an area where a tent (actually, not a true tent, just walls, like this one) is raised whenever a funeral is held. The appliqued side is turned inwards toward the mourners. I've heard rumors that the same tents are then used for weddings, but the appliqued side is turned outwards, but I've never seen that.
Anyway, this particular tent has obviously been retired, but not nicely. (It's like Siobhan finding a beautiful old quilt being used as a tablecloth at a gun show or when you see furniture wrapped in quilts inside the moving van.) This one is full of holes, but looks pretty amazing considering what a beating it's getting from the sun.
That black line across the upper left is a shadow from an electrical line.
In the green area on the upper left is arabic letters followed by a 7 digit number. I'm thinking it's maybe the maker's name and phone number, but don't know.
This beauty has been patched in places with the preprinted tent fabric.