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Monday, 29 November 2021

Benedict Cumberbatch captures the whimsy of Louis Wain + Arab Cup is back


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Amazon Original film The Electrical Life of Louis Wain is another brilliant performance by Benedict Cumberbatch: The biopic follows English artist, inventor, entrepreneur and caretaker Louis Wain as he adopts a stray kitten that inspires him to create surreal cat paintings and art that are published in the Illustrated London News. The art soon makes him world-famous and the biopic intelligently uses the paintings to elaborate on Wain’s mental state as relationships around him change, especially as his wife falls ill with cancer. The cinematography and execution of the film create a beautiful portrayal of the loneliness and confusion that many artists experience and then transform into creative works. The biopic retains a sense of whimsy and cheerfulness despite the hard circumstances, and it’s a film that will definitely make you feel something.

The Arab Cup returns after an absence of 9 years: The Fifa Arab Cup 2021 will kick off tomorrow in Qatar. This is the first time that the tournament will be under the umbrella of the International Football Association; in the past, Arab nations had organized it themselves. Iraq currently holds the most Arab cup titles, having taken home the trophy four times. Saudi Arabia snagged the title twice, followed by Egypt, Algeria, Sudan and Lebanon who each came out on top once.

The first match will take place between Tunisia and Mauritania tomorrow at 12pm.

Arab Cup groups: 16 Arab teams are participating in the current edition and have been divided into four groups. The first and second ranked teams from each group will qualify for the playoffs, with the final to be played on December 18.

  • Group A: Qatar – Iraq – Oman – Bahrain.
  • Group B: Tunisia – UAE – Syria – Mauritania.
  • Group C: Morocco – Saudi Arabia – Jordan – Palestine.
  • Group D: Algeria – Egypt – Lebanon – Sudan.


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Vibrant accordion player and singer Youssra El Hawary is performing at the GrEEK Campus on Thursday at 8pm as part of The GrEEK Beats series.

It’s Christmas bazar season: Visit Zamalek’s All Saints’ Cathedral on Friday for their yearly Christmas Bazar from 11am to 3:30pm.


Part of knowing what’s next is knowing why you’re moving in that direction: Start with Why by Simon Sinek was released a decade ago and inspired people to start demanding purpose at work and looking to find the “why?” behind their organization. Sinek argues that leaders who have had the greatest influence in the world all think, act and communicate the same way, dubbing this idea “The Golden Circle.” From there, he provides a guide on how to utilize this method of thinking in whatever venture is currently on the table and of course, why you should. To truly convince people to buy into a product, service, or idea, you have to show them the Why behind it, meaning of course, that you have to find it yourself. You can check out Sinek’s Ted Talk based on the book for a distillation of his ideas.

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