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Monday, 13 December 2021

The season finale of Succession is out today + This week has some major events happening + Dark Tourism with a twist of emotions


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The season finale of Succession is out today, with CNN (spoiler alert) saying the show saved “left the best for last”. Now we sincerely hope that’s the case, because the pacing of the season left some of us here feeling highly underwhelmed, with several key, seasons-long plot arcs seemingly being resolved on a whim and even abandoned, and several plot-shaking curve-balls coming out of nowhere. That said, the season (as with the rest of the show) shines when focusing on the family drama and the sibling rivalries of the vapid and insecure bn’aire Roy clan. And from our take, the finale looks set to lean in on this drama and we’re excited to see how the writers push forward the conflicts ahead of the fourth season. You can watch the finale on OSN Streaming.

It’s a light day for football: There’s one match in La Liga today, with Cadiz facing Granada at 10pm, while in Serie A, Roma and Spezia will hit the field at 9:45pm.

There’s also a match in the Egyptian Premier League between Al Masry and Misr Lel Makassa at 5:30pm.

THIS JUST IN- The Champions League will redraw for the round of 16 after the first lineup of matches saw a glitch in the draw system. Several teams were drawn together even though they were not allowed to compete against each other in the next round (due to being from the same country or qualifying from the same group, for example). Goal, The Guardian, and BBC have the story. The redraw will take place at 4pm.


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There isn’t much on today, but there are two big events happening in Cairo this week that you should plan in advance for:

Magic On Ice Ilusio: The world-renowned ice show has traveled to Berlin, Las Vegas, and Manhattan, and is now gliding into Egypt for the first time. The figure skating show’s run kicks off on Thursday at Cairo International Stadium in Nasr City, promising a breathtaking experience. You can get your tickets here.

Canadian Comedian Russell Peters’ “Act Your Age” tour comes to Egypt on 17 and 18 December, with material on cancel culture, aging, and the current state of the world. If you don’t already know who Peters is, check out his standup routines on Arab Men and Language Barriers — two of our favorites. You can get your tickets from TicketsMarche.


Gripping recollections of visits to dark tourism hotspots: Back on Halloween, we delved into the concept of dark tourism — where people journey to the sites of disasters both natural and man-made. Hasanthika Sirisena offers dispatches from such sites in her new essay collection Dark Tourist, using her critical eye to explore the places where personal and collective histories meet. From the site of a 1961 plane crash that left a nuclear warhead buried near Sirisena’s North Carolina hometown, to places that witnessed the recent civil war in her birth country of Sri Lanka, Sirisena explores these tourist spots as a way to tell her own story, illuminating how these dark historical sites came to influence the person she is today.

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