Funsters At Ouarzazate Film Studios And Kasbah

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"I really miss it already", for quite sometime Pammy had been lying back in her reclining chair quietly contemplating. "What", asked Geo, "the Desert, I really love the desert". Ray smiled to himself Pammy's whimsical comment was in total contrast to the ones some hours earlier when he over heard her expletives when she received an electric shock from Geo's newly purchased pedestal fan that cost a fiver! Roy Chubby Brown would have blushed...

It was after midnight, about 12.30 and most of the "funsters" were still awake sitting out under what looked like a full moon, the night was still young. Ray thought it a good idea to phone me again at about 3.30am [my time in Spain], informing me his tyre was flat, like what was I supposed to do. Becky, [our daughter] heard the phone ring and had got out of bed, half asleep I passed her the phone and with that stepped back onto one of our four Westies, who was startled and sprung into defence attack mode starting a fight, on top of that Becky thought it was a good time to tell her Dad that the engine on her scooter exploded that evening ........ Ray hung up ..........

The mini bus arrived on time and the "funsters" left with A'hammid for their day's tour of the Atlas Film Studios and Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. Ray remained behind to deal with the tyre repair. This in itself turned into an epic story that seems to be a big factor in Ray's life. The highlight this time was when the huge Unimog tyre and rim got totally wedged in the back of the tyre fitters Peugeot 205...........

The Atlas Studios received a mixed reception but was in general ok. While all enjoyed Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. Some dined in the cafe terrace which offered panoramic views, a couple wandered around the Kasbahs lower section whilst Mark and Rory climbed to the top of the ruins where again stunning views of the surrounding palmeraies and beyond the unforgiving Desert. [Ait Benhaddou Kasbah is one of the most exotic and best preserved Kasbahs in the Atlas region. This is hardly surprising since it has had money poured into it as a result of being used for scenes in as many as 20 films, Lawrence of Arabia and Jesus of Nazareth. Much of the village was rebuilt for the filming of the latter. Its fame lives on].

Returning to camp late afternoon most collapsed in the 90 degrees heat. Geo continued with his digital film editing, now over 2000 images stored. Jan made a start on the quilt of many patterns, while Matthew and Joe [Emma's children] whizzed around the empty campsite on a borrowed bicycle, where did they get their energy from in this heat.

Time to eat. Linda checked out the kitchens in La Phoenix restaurant just outside of Ouarzazate and declared it more than fit for the preparation of food for human consumption. So that was not the reason for Pammy spending most of the night on the porcelain. But there was another clue .... Pammy said, "who drunk all the wine" ........ Geo said, "You did" !!! The "funsters" declared the meal "best so far" AGAIN .............

A'hammid was dropped back at the camp by yet another cousin in a Land Cruiser and also a dreadlocked Rasta in a Ranger, complete with Marley sounds and the sound system working at one level .........HIGH.

I have had a little time with Ray away to clear the office, and I came across some notes and adapted words Ray has used on various projects some years ago, he will probably go mad but as this blog is a sort of "journey along roads" the following is slightly appropriate ...... Read this if you feel inclined later when I will continue and catch up with the "funsters" in MARRAKECH.....
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