Way back when, the ex-Mr. TWLG and I realised a long-held dream by engineering a stop-off in Egypt on our way out to live in Australia. I say way back when because it was in the days when you could walk beside the sphinx, ride a donkey through the sugar cane fields past the rearing Colossi of Memnon on your way up to the Valley of the Kings – come up close to things of such antiquity it makes my spine tingle. Among the myriad fascinations was the ghost-like image of the expunged Pharaoh Hatshepsut at the temple at Karnak. To me, there’s something about the malice of this methodical cover-up that makes the absent Queen more visually potent three and a half millennia later than it would otherwise have been!
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