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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Forget about your desk at the office + Ramadan is tomorrow, folks

Kiss your assigned seat goodbye: Private offices have already gone the way of the dodo bird. Next up: Your employer is taking away your desk, too, writes Sue Shellenbarger for the Wall Street Journal. “Employers are replacing traditional one-desk-per-employee setups with a smaller number of first-come, first-served desks, plus additional workspaces with names like huddle rooms and touchdown spaces,” and some 77% of employers plan to put “at least some employees in unassigned seating” within three years,” she writes, citing a recent CBRE survey. Hit the link for a rundown of survival strategies.

Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek portrays the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury in what Rolling Stone describes as a “long-awaited Queen biopic” due to hit theaters this fall. The film “traverses Queen’s rise from the 1970s through their triumphant set at 1985’s Live Aid, six years before Mercury died of complications from AIDS.” Enterprise readers will remember Malek from the hit show Mr. Robot, where fellow Egyptian-American show creator Sam Esmail has occasionally peppered the series with little Egyptian touches — including forcing Malek’s character to deal with an Egyptian cabbie in the US of A. Catch the first trailer for the Queen flick here (runtime: 1:37).

We’re nerds for many things here at Enterprise. Finance. Entrepreneurism. Great TV. Hell, we’re effectively just nerds. But we have a special place in our hearts for journalism — and got the feels when one of the founding fathers of the “New Journalism” of the 1960s passed away yesterday. Tom Wolfe died at the ripe old age of 88. The journalist-turned-novelist wrote 1980s bestseller Bonfire of the Vanities and space race tome The Right Stuff (later turned into a classic film) and was a pioneer in using the tools and techniques of a novelist to tell great longform stories. Obits now litter the internet. We’d start with this one from the New York Times, plus the NYT’s Tom Wolfe reader. You can’t help but love a guy who skewers the pretentiousness of others, then has the guts and honesty to “brightly” describe his own sense of style as “Neo-pretentious.”

Ramadan officially starts on Thursday in Egypt, according to a tweet from Dar El-Ifta. Look for a daytime high of 37°C in Cairo tomorrow, kicking off a heat wave that will see temps stuck in the 40s well into next week.

Bank hours for Ramadan will run 09:30 am to 01:30 pm for customers and from 09:00 am to 02:00 pm for employees, CBE announced.

The EGX will run shorter trading hours for the holy month. The trading session will run 10:00 am until 1:30 pm. Tap or click here for the full schedule.

So, when do we eat? Maghrib is at 6:42pm CLT. You’ll have until 3:20 am on Friday to finish your sohour. By the last day of Ramadan, you’re looking at 3:08am for fajr prayers and 6:58pm for maghrib.

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