Away From Politics

It is called Beirut!

I didn't  know that it is legal to name your product after a city until I found out that there is a beer called Beirut. The name is just great it is better for a restaurant in my opinion since Beirut is the most original interesting place in the middle was, and you can drink beer wherever you want!
The message of this video is to be special or original. However, in my opinion originality is lacking in this commercial and it doesn't look like Beirut to me compared to other competing brands like this one below. 

Eat Out for Life and Help a Child… From August 1st till August 7th

From August 1st till August 7th, save children’s life without spending more than a meal. Just by visiting the participating restaurants, you would be supporting the kids fighting cancer at Children Cancer Center as a percentage of the restaurants’ profits during that week will be donated to CCCL.  CCCL’S MISSION: To support all children with cancer and their »more...

Growing Home

Lament

Tired of defending them like they were my own,
Tired of grieving them as if they were my kin;
I too am tired of seeing their bloodied faces on my screen.
They're not mine. I thought they were humanity's,
But there is no such thing. They're noone's.
Alone they passed through that gate,
Alone they moved beyond...
Beyond this world, beyond its ugliness,
And beyond ours.
May we never be forgiven; we unworthy of clemency.
May their wretched ghosts haunt us, we who watched on.
May their truncated lives curse ours; we deserve no better,
We who live on, as if they never happened.

Someday

: Of Hope III
Someday
when it’s all done
and the white foam pours forth
you’ll be telling me
that song we drew when
the grass was freshly mown
was embroidered into
your mother’s skirt.

I will turn
and absorb your face
like it was the last kite of summer
and together we will drip
like old wounds
at the back of the throat.
There will be nothing that night
but the bees that circled our heads
and a sigh that congealed
with a dream.
(Originally posted on February 25, 2005)

Drunk Woman Roaming Beirut Streets

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I really don’t understand the Lebanese people anymore. First they film and make fun of a topless (mentally ill?) woman and now they harass a drunk girl walking in the middle of the highway instead of calling the police?
The good thing is that the guy who filmed her apparently ended up calling the police, but that’s not enough as he shouldn’t have filmed her and tried to calm her and keep her away from the cars if he wanted to really help.

Movie + Pictures: Massive Attack Show Support For Syrian Refugees & Palestinians in Gaza During Byblos Concert

via Glamroz
Here are some of the supporting messages (with a couple of spelling mistakes) that were shown during Massive Attack’s concert at the Byblos International Festival.

Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta From the American University of Beirut In Gaza To Provide Medical Care

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Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta is the head of the Plastis Surgery division at the American University of Beirut and this is his 4th trip to Gaza to help the injured Palestinians. That’s really brave of him to go to Gaza as the Israelis are even targeting hospitals. I wonder how he managed to get to Gaza though.

Facts About Unemployment In Lebanon

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These stats below were compiled and shared by the The Civil Campaign for Electoral Reform as part of their campaign for electoral reform. The [CCER] was founded in 2006 and includes more than 65 civil society associations and two coalitions covering all of Lebanon.

Cadbury Dairy Milk With Ritz and Lu Biscuits

I spotted those at Super Dfouni in Achrafieh. It’s quite an interesting mix specially with the Ritz but it’s a bit too expensive (2500 each).

It Goes...

: Of Hope II
And so it goes…

Wayward it goes,
Forward it goes,
It goes…

Stumbling it goes,
Hurtling it goes,
It all goes…

And we remain,
Seated in our skins
Picking the remains of the sea from our teeth
Sipping the horizon like it never changes

And humming.(Originally posted on May 6, 2005; re-posted on July 24, 2006)

Tweet Your Complaints To The Lebanese ISF #مش_عالرسمي

The Lebanese ISF is opening up to the Lebanese people and asking them to tweet their complaints and questions. The complaints don’t have to be formal ones and you can write in whichever way you like. I’ve followed up on some of the tweets and their replies seem to be fair and balanced so give it a try if you have something you wish to complain or inquire about.

Verso Books

Following suit of Verso Books, in response to what's happening in Gaza, I am offering my friends free downloads of e-books I got from Verso, as long as you promise to buy from Verso at some point something equivalent to the download's value to support this great publisher: http://wel.ly/verso

The e-books offered are the following:

Nokia Appoints Lebanese Ramzi Haidamus As President of Nokia’s Technologies Business

Nokia appointed Ramzi Haidamus as President of Nokia’s technologies business and member of the Group Leadership team few days ago. Ramzi used to work with Dolby Laboratories where he helped the business grow from a USD 72 million private business into a nearly USD 1 billion thriving public company. He was featured on Forbes as one of the top 10 highest paid marketing executives.

Live Love Lebanon: Try Our Tanning On The Roof While Stuck In Traffic Package

via Yasa
You can’t really blame people if the traffic is going to be that bad everyday from Nahr el Kalb towards Jbeil and vice versa. A good idea though would be to get a pick up and be more comfortably seated in the back, and maybe add a Jacuzzi and a mini bar as well.

Please don't invite me to your wedding.

JasonGI am very happy for couples getting married, but I really hate going to the Lebanese weddings! I don't enjoy parties, the Lebanese zaffe, lousy music, or pretending I enjoy spending time with people I see once in a blue moon. Lebanese weddings are boring, every wedding is more or less exactly the same; The food is terrible, the music is always the same, the conversation is boring!

LBCI Changed Its Logo To LBن

It appears that they’ve done so in solidarity with the Iraqi Christians of Mossul. They also had an interview with an Iraqi Sunni journalist Muslim called Dalia al-Aqidi who decided to wear a cross around her neck in solidarity with her country’s Christian minority.
To be honest, I’d expect Tele Lumiere to do so instead of LBCI but it’s a nice initiative nevertheless.

TEDxBeirut: Suzanne Talhouk Doesn’t Want Us To Kill The Arabic Language

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I just watched this old Ted talk and I wonder if it’s really worth it to love our own language that much. After all, we don’t even talk Arabic but a Lebanese dialect and if any successful book comes out in Arabic, it will probably get translated and become more popular in a foreign language.

Mahmoud Darwish, "Memory for Forgetfulness" - محمود درويش، "ذاكرة للنسيان"

".ولكن ما نسيَت ان تفعله الخناجير البدائية فعلته الطائرات الحديثة التي لاتتوقف عن قصف البقاء البشري الى أين؟الى أين؟ من مذبجة الى مجزرة يُساق شعبي ويتناسل في محطات الأنقاض. ويرفع شارة النصر ويرفع الأعراس أللقذيقة أحفاد؟..نحن أللشظية أجداد؟...نحن" محمود درويش، من ذاكرة للنسيان -

Breathe

: Of Hope I
Take a deep breath.

Hold it
Until you can feel its green lime
Bite at the edges of your being.

Now release it
So far that you cannot tell
It was ever yours.

Repeat,
As required.
(Originally posted on May 8, 2005; re-posted on July 24, 2006)

La Maison de la Forêt In Bkassine

Has anyone been to La Maison de la Foret? It looks really nice and the prices are quite reasonable. There are cottages, tents and a nice restaurant but it’s definitly not just 1 hour drive from Beirut! You easily need an hour and a half to get to Bkassine but it’s a very good road.

Footage of Pointure Antelias Robbery

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The report says the thief tried for almost one hour to break the glass and go in and the owner is saying the police should be doing an extra effort in patrolling the streets but I have to ask here:
- How come no alarm went off as he was tried to break the front door?
- How can the police catch thieves without any alarm or alert sounds?
I think the best way is to have more police patrolling the streets and enhancing the alarm systems of all shops and linking them to the police station.

The Air Force Memorial

These things happened. They were glorious and they changed the world... and then we fucked up the end game.
- Charlie Wilson

Eid Mubarak To All!

Picture by Muhanned

Holidays Part 5

Playing backgammon (in a suit) in Mar Elias  I have gone on my annual Trek to the Motherland: I have to replenish my body and soul with energy in order to be able to deal with another year of Lebanon. It is a country of incredible beauty and wonderful people, but the place is a paradox. What you experience in Lebanon in one year, you experience in another country in a life time. The pace of living is so fast, yet so relaxed at the same time, that it drains your energy like no other place. And so I have gone to re-energize.

Extreme Resto-Pub Spotted in Jounieh

What is an extreme resto-pub? How is it any different from a regular resto-pub?
PS: Place looks really nice by the way.

The Loewe Meccano and the Lebanese collective memory

The current Loewe collection includes so many references to Meccano with the new creative director Jonathan Anderson taking the helm (shoes, charms, and a silk scarf seen above). I post this not as a fashion item but more like a social observation. My quest to find that point where personal remembrances become collective memories and hence induce a sense of community and in extenso a national identity will never cease. Note that Meccano made it to my "Lebanon's History Book" project.

Comfortably Numb

: Of Grief IV
Stuff the slices down your throat
And choke on a smile
The end bounces off of a black screen

The line thins between the zenith and the abyss
He tells me my pain is only resistance
"Grieve!" he says, my agony does not suffice
Grieve loss upon loss until you are unaware of losses

Now it's their turn to fall from grace
From the stars, from above
And my turn to put them back up
Where they belong

My laughter sobs
And I become, I hope
comfortably numb
(Originally posted on Aug. 3, 2004; re-posted on July 24, 2006)

Lebanese Basketball Teams Are Pushing For Three Foreign Players Next Season

I’ve heard that the majority of basketball teams in Lebanon, with the exception of Riyadi, are asking the federation to allow three foreign players next season, specially after Ismail Ahmad got the Lebanese nationality. I really hope that this is just a rumor because that’s the worst thing that could happen to Lebanese Basketball.

Why Many Restaurants And Cafes Close Down In Lebanon …

You don’t really have to be a genius or an MBA graduate to conduct a simple feasibility study and see if opening a restaurant or a cafe or any business for that sake at a specific location is a good choice or not. Unfortunately, very few people do that in Lebanon and then they curse their luck when they go bankrupt and have to close down.

Of Escapism...

I yearn to come back.
I yearn to escape.
I yearn to abandon my name.
I yearn to renounce that brand social media has invented.
I yearn to speak and not be judged.
I yearn to be anonymous again.

Strict Swimming Pool Rules 3al Lebnené: Mamnou3 el Boumba!

Spotted in Zahle. Thanks Rachel!

Sunset

: Of Grief III
One more night
tumble from grace:
I abandon my senses,
scatter over the gutters
and pray for sleep...

In corners dank and
pungent I find them,
lurking behind my smile.
Throw them across the horizon
that they may cease to be...

Why don't you come
out of your darkness?
Shine once more
like the dying sun!
I curl into a lie and roll...

They cry, but we never hear.
They recede further
into memory;
and in it we drown
behind them...

Do you hear screaming
when it's hoarse?
Do they still rise
like the moon