Away From Politics

Mabrook La Lebnen: Fatdouche No Longer a Lawyer


There are several grievous crimes Fattouche committed. Apart from hitting, or attempting to hit, and insulting a public employee, he’s the evil mastermind behind the parliament’s two extensions. But, he crossed way too many lines for the Beirut Bar Association with his disgusting press conference the other day.

Fattouch on Wikipedia: “Animal Sauvage et Gros Cochon de Zahle”


After his disgusting crime and even more filthy press conference, it’s sort of like beating a dead horse now. But, the Wikipedia page of the Lebanese Cabinet has been edited to read “Nicola Fattoush Animal Sauvage et Gros Cochon de Zahle, and his religious sect as “Animalism and Frustrated Hayawein”.

I Believe i10 Fly!

Taken by Natasha Majdalani

26 Ways Living in Lebanon Can Kill You – Construction Sites

Third in a series by Noura Andrea Nassar titled “26 Ways Living in Lebanon Can Kill You”
Usually, noise, pollution, dust, basic safety, etc. are integral when it comes to a construction site in a densely populated area. All those things are rarely ever enforced in Lebanese construction sites.

What To Do This Weekend

We all need a breather from all the crap happening around us. So, here’s my suggestion for this weekend’s coolest parties and places to be:
THURSDAY  Uncensored Play on Censorship in Lebanon – AUB West Hall

Meet Anthony Hamawi AKA 9gag’s Overly Confident Man

Anthony Hamawi is a Lebanese comedian, musician and writer. He also got featured under 9gag’s overly confident man section. Check out the meme as it’s a hilarious.

Fail Dock Selfie Caught On MTV Made It To Mashable

I posted about it back in September and it was shared on Mashable yesterday.
If you’ve missed it, watch it below as it’s hilarious!
[YouTube]

CNTraveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2014: Beirut Among The Top 25 Cities in the World

Beirut is the only Arab city that made it to the CNTraveler Top 25 cities of the world list of 2014. Florence came first, followed by Charleston in South Carolina and Budapest in third position.
Here’s the [full list].
PS: It would be nice if they stop using the same picture of Harissa when talking about Beirut.

ABC More Smoke-Free Than Ever

People were complaining earlier online that they spotted some people smoking indoors at ABC Achrafieh and that the mall is breaking the smoking bank law. It didn’t take long for ABC’s owner Robert Fadel to contact the concerned people and state that “he gave extremely strict directives for smoking to be absolutely banned in all indoor areas at ABC”.
That’s great news and thumbs up to ABC for responding that quickly and in the best way possible.

Fadi El Khatib Coming Back to Sagesse?

It looks like Fadi el Khatib will join Hekmeh once he’s done with the Chinese league in February. Hekmeh already signed Hayg Gyokchyan, Desmond Penigar and is looking good for the coming season (if it ever kicks off).

Nicolas Fattouche’s Website Got Hacked

It’s still hacked. Check it [Here].
Update (22.10.2014): It got fixed now.

HE DID TAKE ACTION! YAAAAY! It’s Actually Rifi’s Fault Fattouche Wasn’t Arrested…

I’m glad to report that Minister of Justice Ashraf Rifi went to Daou’s office and heard her side of the story, and is going to take the necessary legal actions! Also, Daou never apologized. Great, great news!
via Sakker El Dekkene
Ok, after the horrendous Nicolas Fattouche scandal, a lot of talk has been going on about what should have happened legally, especially with Daou’s “reconciliation” with the disgraced MP.

New Solar-Powered Lights on the Dora-Karantina Highway


Road and traffic conditions in Lebanon are appalling. When there isn’t choking traffic, there’s no lighting (ma fi kahraba!), massive potholes, deep lakes and crazy drivers letting out the traffic’s frustration by zig-zagging and speeding to their dooms and the dooms of others.

Hilarious No Parking Sign

A friend sent it to me but I have no idea where it was taken.

Cool Unipole To Highlight Sayfco’s Ecovillage In Faqra

Redrock will be located next to Faqra Club spread on a 300,000 sqm of land. Apparently there will be a working bio agricultural farm producing natural organic vegetables, fruits and naturally fed poultry for the benefit of residents. That’s a pretty cool idea but I can imagine how pricey these chalets will be.
[YouTube]

Lebanese-American Journalist Serena Shim Killed In Turkey

Press TV, for which Serena used to work, is not buying the car accident story and is pointing at the Turkish Intelligence. Serena had stated few days before that the Turkish intelligence agency had threatened her and accused her of spying.
The Lebanese authorities should call for an open and transparent investigation into the death of Serena Shim.

26 Ways Living in Lebanon Can Kill You: A – Arguileh


First in a series by Noura Andrea Nassar titled “26 Ways Living in Lebanon Can Kill You”

A Conversation With An Internet Supplier in Lebanon

One of my friends just moved into his new house and wanted to get a decent internet connection, so he called several companies and chose what he thought was the best plan for him. The internet supplier called him few weeks later and here’s the conversation that took place:
X:Hello
Hi
X: We are contacting you regarding the internet plan you’ve requested. U asked for the 6mb plan right?
Correct
X: Unfortunately ur phone line cannot handle more than 2mb
How come?
X: We r not responsible for that. We just check with Ogero. So which plan do u want? The 4mb or 6mb?

CML gets itself a Bourjeily treatment

CML (Caisse Mutuelle Laique) which defines itself as a mutual and social protection body with the mission to offer healthcare services to its members, released one very nicely concepted TV commerial. It's witty without being overdone, funny without sinking to slapstick, and gets its point across without dumbing down its viewer. How cool is that?

Religious And Ethnic Hatred Top Concern Among Lebanese

Egypt, Israel, Palestine, and Tunisia also shared Lebanon’s concern. Check out the rest of the study [Here].

MP Nicolas Fattoush Got An Apology Instead Of Getting Arrested

I was about to write a post on how MP Fattoush should not get away with what he did today and that there’s no reason not to punish him, but I just heard on MTV that Manale Daou has apparently apologized to Fattoush while LBCI stated that Judge Claude Karam reconciled the two in his office.
That’s just pathetic and sad and yet another proof that Lebanon is going backwards.
[YouTube]

Manale Daou: Hero That “MP” Nicolas Fattouch Punched Today


I would insult and call the “man” above names, but, I’m sure he’ll want to file a lawsuit and I don’t want him to beat up any more folks at the Justice Palace. So, I’ll refrain from using any insults, but will allow you to make up your own. Key words: fat, douche, etc.

MP Fattouch Punched A Female Employee at Justice Palace According To LBCI

If this is true, he should resign immediately.

MTV Lebanon Twitter Account Hacked

via GinosBlog
It seems that they haven’t been able to restore their account yet as it’s still under a different handle. I don’t know who did it but that’s very wrong from them. You may disagree with a channel but there’s no need to hack its account.

MTV Lebanon’s Twitter Account Hacked


MTV Lebanon’s twitter account with over 420,000 followers (ironically, it jumped some 3000+ followers since the hack!), has been hacked, apparently by a pro-Hezbollah hacker.
The cover photo has been changed into a Hezbollah fighter with the yellow flag fluttering, and one tweet was tweeted almost an hour ago which says:

#EndPolio: Vaccinate Your Children To Keep #Lebanon Safe

Polio is a highly infectious disease that affects children under 5 years of age. The disease was only found in 3 countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan) at the beginning of 2014 but it somehow reached Syria which prompted the Ministry of Public Health of Lebanon, along with the UNICEF, to launch national polio immunization campaigns.

Vote For Brgrco For The Best Burger In London Award

My favorite burger joint Brgrco has been nominated for the Best Burger in London Award. I don’t know much about other burger joints in London but I am definitely voting for Brgrco.
You can also show your support by going to the following [Link] and voting for Brgrco!
The Raclette Brgr with Cheese fries at Brgrco

Amal (Alameddine) Clooney Is London’s Most Powerful Woman Ahead of Victoria Beckham

Amal Alameddine, who recently got married to Georges Clooney, was ranked fourth according to The Evening Standard newspaper annual power ranking list, right after George Osborne, Boris Johnson and Demis Hassabis. I am not sure how credible this list is but she sure is a powerful and smart woman and deserves to be among the ten most influential Londoners.

On Migration, UK has nothing against inferior species!


I am staying in Poland, come on over!

I admire HMA (her majesty's ambassador) to Lebanon Tom Fletcher, or rather - I admire Tom Fletcher from a different angle some other bloggers admire him. I admire him because he knew how to work the social media scene, how to whitewash history, how to dictate the views he wishes communicated in the digital sphere.

LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

Cloud Apocalypse – by RanaaWakim
I will dedicate from now on a weekly post to highlight the most popular pictures shared by LiveLoveBeirut. I love the team behind LiveLoveBeirut and I think they are doing an amazing job by showing the beautiful side of Lebanon and encouraging people to take and share breathtaking pictures from all around the country.
I hope you enjoy them!