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    Egyptian customs office defaces Bryan Adams' guitar

    A run-in with customs at Cairo airport has left Grammy Award winning rock musician Bryan Adams fuming, after a border agent scrawled a number on the Canadian's prize guitar in paint marker.

    Adams, who was in Cairo for a concert at the Giza Pyramids on March 8, posted a picture of the vintage Martin acoustic guitar on his Instagram account.

    A number and an illegible word in Arabic had been scrawled in green ink on the guitar's mahogany side.

    "Airport customs graffiti on my 1957 Martin D-18 from Egypt. Back to the luthier #bryanadamsgetup," Adam's wrote on Instagram, referring to his latest album Get Up!.

    Adams, best known for his hits "18 Till I Die," "(Everything I Do) I Do it For You," and "Please Forgive Me", said his problems with customs had begun on his arrival at Cairo airport.

    "We almost didn't get the equipment into the country, and when we did it was all marked like this," he told AFP in a Facebook message on Friday.

    "There were absolutely no apologies."

    A customs official at the airport told AFP that instruments are marked with serial numbers, although usually with stickers.

    Regarding the ink, he suggested: "Maybe it wasn't us?", although the script was Arabic.

    Egyptian wits took to Twitter to mock the incident.

    "Doesn't Adams know that we glued together Tutankhamun with super glue? It's normal that we write something on a 60 year old guitar," one wrote, referring to a botched repair of the priceless Tutankhamun funerary mask in Cairo's museum.

    The Oscar-nominated musician said he would still return to Egypt to perform.

    "Rest assured, apart from this incident, I love Egypt and look forward to returning again one day," he told AFP.

    "But without the green paint markers please."

    It is not the first time that someone has scrawled numbers on one of Adams' guitars.

    In 2015, he complained on Twitter that Air Canada had taken a marker to his guitar, scrawling a serial number in black ink.

    Egypt customs deface Bryan Adams' guitar

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    serves him right for having a twitter account

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    Serves him right for being a shite musician

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann
    I love Egypt and look forward to returning again one day
    Egypt is one of the worst countries that I ever visited.
    When I lived in the Middle East, Fuckinegyptians was one word used constantly.

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    Been all over the middle east several times over, theres no creatures quite like the Egyptians. Lizards...

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    In many decades of travel, I've had my bags broken into (locks smashed, soft-sided one cut open) once........... in Cairo.

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    Here's the guitar


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    And the writing enlarged


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    Looks like 2 bunnies fucking to me.

    Bring on the TD psyche analysis team.

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    The top part is a number - 2801.

    I'm not sure about the text below. mahkalam? mahakalia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    The top part is a number - 2801.

    I'm not sure about the text below. mahkalam? mahakalia?
    tosser? tosspot?

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    mansakunt

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    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann
    I love Egypt and look forward to returning again one day
    Egypt is one of the worst countries that I ever visited.
    When I lived in the Middle East, Fuckinegyptians was one word used constantly.
    Same here. Those testerone tossers looked at my girlfriend like they never seen a woman in their life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann
    I love Egypt and look forward to returning again one day
    Egypt is one of the worst countries that I ever visited.
    When I lived in the Middle East, Fuckinegyptians was one word used constantly.
    Same here. Those testerone tossers looked at my girlfriend like they never seen a woman in their life.
    3...2...1...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    The top part is a number - 2801.

    I'm not sure about the text below. mahkalam? mahakalia?
    What's your point ?

    Who gives a shit what they wrote !

    "THEY" just have NO RESPECT !

    Sound familiar ?

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    TV mods?

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    Thanks BSnub, you do realise that I am not an Egyptian customs officer, yes....


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    maybe we could all chip in to buy this millionaire musician a new guitar.

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    He could just put a sticker over it, couldn't he?

    Mind you, it's now one of a kind it could be worth more.

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    Poor Mr Adams seems to be an unlucky traveller. Last year he blamed Air Canada for something similar.



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    Jamal Turki, Cairo airport’s director of customs, said the singer is all wrong.

    “I followed the big fuss the international artist made on Facebook, and these accusations are false,” he told NBC News. “We don’t write on equipment whether arriving or departing and the international artist should specify which department wrote on his guitar.”

    “It may have been his room number or the car number taking him to airport,” he added. “The number doesn’t mean anything to us in the airport.”


    Bryan Adams' Guitar Defaced By Cairo Customs
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    Didn't he have a guitar case or bag to protect it. with a lock.
    for his special guitar.

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    FFS

    He should ask Stephen Hendry about what the Thai groundstaff did to his snooker cue.

    Then see if he can bitch and moan.


    For those that don't know, he only used the cue his mother gave him on his 16th birthday. after 9/11 cues could not be taken on board. the Thai groundstaff snapped it in two.

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    Bryan who..?


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    No CCTV to witness the writings? That's scary.

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