Well Luxor is so not Cairo and even there the problems are localised to a few, small distinct areas. I have friends in Cairo living at the back of Tahrir Square who have had no idea there is anything going on. Here in Luxor nothing changes and the pace of life is the same, except it is not. Because of the media portrayal there are no tourists. Now in Luxor this is a huge problem because we have nothing else. The entire economy of the city is dependent on tourism, there is NOTHING else. So at first, people tightened their belts and lived on savings. Now desperation is sinking, medicines can’t be bought, meat is a distant memory, children haven’t got books for school. The wife of our chef died, she was having treatment for breast cancer but he could no longer afford the medicine. There are shortages of petrol, gas bottles for cooking, food staples such as oil, flour, tea and sugar. There is no end in sight and meanwhile intellectuals in Cairo demonstrate about some obscure and irrelevant political point. The people of Luxor will tell you it was better under Mubarak, they may not have had democracy but what does that means to a subsistence farmer or a tour guide supporting an extended family. They did have food, work and security. Tourists were relaxed and happy, 10,000 a day at Karnak sometimes 12,000. Plenty of tips. Now they are lucky to get a 10th of that and it is mostly day trippers from the Red Sea not people eating, drinking, and shopping in Luxor.