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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 56 THE LETH3RIDGE HERA.'.D Wednesday, May 16, 1973 Columnist is a man of many parts By GRANVILLE WATTS CAIRO (Reuter) Ihsan Abdul Koddous manages to combine the roles of poet, novelist, newspaper editor and film writer arid still finds time to turn out one of Egypt's most penetrating po- litical columns. His office is on the ninth floor of the mass-circulation Al Akhbar newspaper building in Cairo's grubby Boulak dis- trict. There are five telephones on his desk. But there the image of the high-powered news- paper executive ends. One gets the impression that Koddous would much rather think of himself as an artist. "I always wanted to be a he said in an inter- view. "My mother was the publisher of the Rose El Yous- sef political weekly. She didn't want me to be a novelist. She wanted me to be a journalist. refused to publish any- thing I wrote that looked like literature. So I sent a poem to the magazine without giving my name and they published it. I was 16 at the WROTE 25 NOVELS Koddous, 54, is known to readers throughout the Middle East for his 25 novels, more than 500 short stories and films of his works. But it was as political journalist that he first made his mark. As a nationalist and revolu- tionary, Koddous denounced the British-supported mon- archy in Egypt in the 1930s and 1940s. He wrote an article attack- ing the British ambassador in Cairo, Lord Killeam. The arti- cle was censored and Koddous was put in the first but not the last time." Koddous said he first knew President Anwar Sadat when Sadat was working as a re- write man on Rose El Youssef in 1948. "He was a very good re- Koddous recalled. "But he was extremely poor at the time. He was receiving only (about ?20 then) a month. "Sadat was already mar- ried and found it impossible to manage on his salary- I was doing two jobs myself at the time and suggested that Sadat do the same. So he got an- other job as a sub-editor. "In later years, Sadat was my contact with the late pres- ident Nasser." JAILED AGAIN Koddous was jailed again for his articles before the 1952 revolution that overthrew the monarchy, and he was jailed later by Nasser for attacking the regime. "Nasser was a close friend before he said. "But I was so troublesome he put me in prison for three months. "The day after Nasser re- leased me, however, I was having breakfast with him at home and we again started our discussions. "It was always about de- mocracy. I told him that after he became president he had changed. Nasser said respon- sibility changes the way peo- ple think and act." Koddous said that he kept up his criticism of aspects of the regime. "One year before Nasser died, I wrote a short story called The Tin Box. The idea was that nothing had changed after the tilings were as bad as before. It was very frank and every- one was frightened to publish it." MADE INTO FILM Koddous said Nasser not only allowed the story to be published but ordered that it be made Mo a television film. Koddous continues to be ac- tive politically under the pres- idency of Sadat but confessed that he does not see his old friend as often as he used to. "I can go for three months and not see him, but I can phone him at any he said. THE MOUNTIES 1873 1973 Written by the members and ex-members themselves Escort duty Sometimes the RCMP has to take mentally disturbed persons into hospital for treatment. Years ago, when stationed at a Prairie one- man detachment, my ser- vices were requested right after heavy March bliz- zard. There was no way of mak- ing the nine miles by car, snowmobiles were -not yet available, so horses were the only answer. With a hired driver, team and cutter we got an early start following a hard overnight frost. In spots the snow was piled as high as the telephone poles. After an uneventful trip cut, we met our man at a neighboring farmer's and in- vited him for a ride. He came willingly enough. Sitting be- tween us. we started home. Just nicely on our way, our guest started plucking hairs from my buffalo coat, putting them in his mouth and telling me that buffalo was his fav- orite meat. By now the warm midday sun was melting the snow and our horses were break- ing through in places. Half- way home the harness broke, the team stopped, and I lean- ed over the front to help the driver. Our guest planted both feet in the seat of my pants and heaved me out in- to the snow and slush be- tween the horses. Scrambling up from amidst the frighten- ed animals, I took our com- panion over to a drier spot while our driver fixed the barness. On the way, I duck- ed a big rock he had aimed at my head taking it on the shoulder instead. With the harness repaired we made the rest of the trip safely. En route we stopped H local nursii.2 station to get my guest a sedative. The resident nurse brought the pills and a glass of water. Our friend dutifully put the pills in his mouth, took a I deep draught of water and blasted it all into the unfor- j tunate nurse's face. It was an hour before he became man- ageable enough to permit us to have a belated lunch. Even then, he tried to spear me with his fork. With roads completely blocked, our only means of getting to the mental hospi- tal was by train. But the next one was not due for two more days. I spent an almost sleep- less forty eight hours, though fortunately my charge began to respond. He realized I wanted to help him and after the first day he would warn me a minute or two in ad- vance of an attack and asked me to strap him up so he would not hurt anyone. On the final leg of our journey to the hospital by car, he told me to stop and demanded that I put the handcuffs on him. Regret- fully I complied and watched him sweat out another at- tack without once tightening the cuffs on his wrists. It was a great relief when I finally piloted him through the hospital doors later that day. Benefit to country The rest of the covntry will benefit from a million expansion and re- furbishment of the Montreal Museum of fine arts. The museum's collection of arf works and artifacts will be loaned temporarily to other art galleries and mu- seums across the country de-ring reconstruction. M i's iS ?H :U v-ws ikl l Enjoy roomy family living in Simpsons-Sears 12'x9'Acapulco. .ummer long. 'a -Roomy wade Tn rnrnpfc fiwn the finest Egyptian 2-ply twisted cotton. It's strong, soft and lightweight "Aqua- Repel" water repellent-treatment gives extra protection from bad weather. Plus, there's no colour rub-off, or odour. The sewn-in rubberized Molino cotton floor keeps out all ground dampness. Plenty of comfort features, extra large windows front and sides. Screened windows can even be leu open in the rain, canopy over the front door shelters family from" sun and rain. Simple to erect because of the rope-free out- side frame. 12'x9.'x7' high size will sleep.4-6 adults. Reg. Shop the easy way. Call 328-6611 Free delivery. STORE HOURS: Open daily from a.m. to p.m., Thurs. and Fri. a.m. to p.m. Centre Village Mall, Telephone 328-923T ;