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Tuesday, 21 June 2022

True crime takes center stage in the harrowing docuseries Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey + What to expect from the future of work

📺 ON THE TUBE TONIGHT-
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True crime takes center stage in the harrowing docuseries Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey. The women who escaped polygamist cult leader Warren Jeffs share their shocking, inspiring stories of survival in Netflix’s new limited series (watch, runtime, 2:02). The show takes a deep dive into the investigation of abuse, underage marriage, and trafficking of young women by Jeffs and his family. A self-proclaimed prophet monster, Jeffs married a total of more than 60 wives — including a 12-year-old child — and rewarded his older male followers’ loyalty with girls. To say the man was a monster is an understatement, and the documentary takes on a horror-movie effect by making us stare at his portrait while listening to audio of him speak. Despite the horrifying nature of the events, there is a little poetic justice in the fact that it was the cult’s brave women who brought Jeffs down. He is currently serving a life sentence plus 20 years in prison.

No football to watch today, folks.

🍗 EAT THIS TONIGHT-

Get some grilled chicken for the soul at West Cairo’s Chiqita: A perfectly-grilled chicken is one of the top no-guilt comfort foods, and Chiqita’s peri peri wood-fire rotisserie chicken is our new favorite. With just the right amount of spice and juiciness, you can get either half a chicken, a whole one, or charcoal grilled boneless options. You also get to choose from a variety of dips, and each one we’ve tried was an invaluable addition to our meal — you can’t go wrong with the Chiqita special sauce, the garlic dip, the honey mustard, or the peri peri. Another surprisingly delicious item off their menu was their stuffed pigeon, with your choice of rice or fereek stuffing. We went for fereek and it was one of the best we’ve had outside of grandma’s kitchen. Chiqita has a diner in Sheikh Zayed’s Qubix Hub or you can sit back and order their fresh dishes from the comfort of your couch in Sheikh Zayed, 6th of October and Sahrawy.

🎤 OUT AND ABOUT-
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Take a deep-dive into the creative industries in Egypt at the Junction Summer Sessions kick-off event at The Greek Campus Downtown. The event gathers an inspiring group of industry leaders, academics and entrepreneurs from the Cairo creative ecosystem for expert insight, worthy discussions, presentations, and networking sessions. This includes filmmaker Amr Salama, university lecturer Jesse Cumming. The event, which is in anticipation of Canada’s Ryerson University’s launch in September, is without charge and open to the public, and it takes place this evening from 6pm–9pm.

💡 UNDER THE LAMPLIGHT-

The world of work is being remade and The Nowhere Office tells us what to expect in the not-so-distant future: Business consultant Julia Hobsbawm pens a timely, short primer on the future of work, in the wake of current post-pandemic debates. Can we simply go back to the office after two years of working from home, like nothing had happened? Nope, says Hobsbawm. Offices will no longer be a place where we have to constantly be present, she predicts; instead, they will become spaces we stop by for collaboration, community-building, and networking. The bulk of the work will be done at home or on the move, she forecasts. Another prediction? Work will eventually be divided up across a seven-day week, during which we carve out “air pockets of freetime” rather than wind down over a two-day weekend (which, in our humble opinion, is a slippery slope to being on call all the time). While it’s still too early to know for sure which predictions will come true, Hobsbawm lays out a strong case for taking this as a chance to reshape the traditional ways of work.

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