Away From Politics

"The Story" by Joe Bolton

If it rained tonight
I’d lie down
For a thousand years.

—As if nothing had happened;
As if the story
Wouldn’t tell itself forever:

No more mother, no remembered loves, and my pulse
Purified, the only sound
As I lowered myself into the depths…

But the bells are ringing up the hill,
Punishing bells,
Recounting all the arguments against me.

If I’ve created the story of my life,
Why not the story
Of not having ever lived at all?

Maybe then there wouldn’t be this burden
Of what was lost
Almost before it had arrived.

Maybe then there wouldn’t be this weight
Of what is
And what I can feel myself already losing.

France 24: Le Beyrouth des Arts With Elie Saab

France24 filmed an episode in Beirut with Lebanon and one of the world’s best fashion designers, Elie Saab. You don’t know need to know much about fashion to appreciate Saab’s work and the fact that he dressed the likes of Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Jane Fonda, Sandra Bullock, Emma Watson, Katy Perry, Meryl Streep and many other celebrities. For those interested, you can get an Elie Saab degree now at LAU.

Ethiopian Worker Commits Suicide In Salim Salam in Beirut

It’s about time the Kafala system is dropped in Lebanon and domestic workers are given their most basic rights!
PS: Someone posted a video showing the worker jumping. She was rushed to the hospital and is injured.

El Hamra Cinema Brought Back To Life As Tyre Hosts Its First Ever International Film Festival

El Hamra Cinema was built in 1952 and used to be the cultural hub of the city of Tyre before the war started. After being closed for 30 years, Kassem Istanbouli and his team decided to bring the place back to life and hosted at first an International Theater Festival back in June 2014, and then Tyre’s first ever international film festival between November 8 and 11.

The Ivy Says Radio Show on NRJ Lebanon 99.1

It’s official. I’m proud to announce that this Wednesday the 12th of November marks the first episode of my new radio show IVY SAYS on NRJ 99.1
This has been under wraps for a couple of months now and I’m absolutely delighted to join their amazing team and be a part of this leading station in Lebanon and internationally.

The Weekly Leaks: Uberhaus Epic New Venue

So, a lot of you have been asking (including myself) where the winter venue of Uberhaus is gonna be. The Garten as a summer venue remains unparalleled in Beirut and the region, and the old, tiny Uberhaus though cozy, was a bit too stuffy after getting used to The Garten.
This year, Uberhaus is moving into the Mar Mikhael Bus Station!
The massive, disused warehouse is coming back to life Uberhaus-style on the 22nd of November with none other than Solomun.

Week4: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

Sunset by Elie Khoury
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Kahraba Awou Moteur? By GNasr

12th Beirut Marathon

Aregu chasing the professional runners from Ethiopia (take from a phone)

AUB Medical Gate: 1963 vs 2014

Back in 1963, there was a tramway that passed right in front of the American University of Beirut. I found some old footage a while ago that you can see [here]. I always thought Bliss Street should be a car-free street and I hope this happens one day.
PS: It doesn’t look like they are taking good care of the tree as it has considerably shrunk.

In Pictures: Beirut Marathon 2014

Over 37,000 participated in the 2014 edition of the Beirut Marathon and the atmosphere was amazing just like every year. I took part in the 10k fun run and finished the race in 1 hour and 18 minutes which is a decent time but not what I am aiming for. My brother finished the race in 57 minutes and I am hoping to beat him next year.
Here are some of the pictures I took and few selected ones from the Beirut Marathon Facebook Page.

Pictures Of The ABAAD and Esposa Brides At The Beirut Marathon

Tens of female participants wore wedding dresses and ran the 10k to raise awareness on early and forced marriages in Lebanon. Here are some of the pictures that I found on Abaad’s Facebook page.
I am compiling pictures that I took today from the Beirut Marathon and will post them as soon as possible.

USEK students tackle the parliamentary extension creatively

First let me begin by saying that this an academic exercise, which by no means reflects the university politics or is endorsed by the brands in question. After Stoli made a punch to the self-extended parliament my brief was for my students to choose a brand and also tackle the same event creatively. Honestly, I was spoiled rotten! The below result is posted in random order for an execrise that was done under strict internet-less conditions (meaning, any a resemblance with anything currently floating online is a simple coincidence).

Is The National Library Opening Soon?

The Lebanese National Library is renovated and ready to open but it won’t unfortunately because the cabinet has yet to appoint an executive board and director.
Check out Habib’s comprehensive post on the National Library [here].

Qatar Launches Ambitious Nobel Prize Programme, Acquires Einstein For $10mn

The small, oil-and-gas rich, state of Qatar has concluded a $10mn deal to acquire the legacy of Albert Einstein in a bid to increase its number of Nobel Prize laureates. The deal is the first step of a an ambitious programme to increase Qatar’s historic contributions to science and will be followed by further deals to acquire Pierre and Maria Curie, Guglielmo Marconi, Max Planck, Enrico Fermi and many others.

Helvetic Zebra: the stripes that earned Station (even more) stars!

Photo credit: George Zouein and Nabil Canaan

The Islamic State Versus Lebanon

I don’t think we will have a new civil war in Lebanon and I strongly believe the Lebanese and the Army (Add to that the Lebanese Pot Farmers) will keep Da3esh away from here.
While the Islamic State and the Al Nusra Front lack the capacity for a full scale invasion, many fear their car bombings, kidnappings and beheadings might prove so destabilizing that the nation might once again spiral towards sectarian civil war.

Lurpak Billboard Looks Like A Shampoo Ad

I didn’t even notice that was a Lurpak ad until I saw Maria’s post yesterday. It does look like a shampoo bottle and ad.
via Maria

AUB Among The Best Five Arab Region Universities

The American University of Beirut was the best ranked in Lebanon, followed by the Lebanese University in 37th spot, Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth in the 50th spot and finally the Lebanese American University which was ranked 52 out of 91 universities. The rankings seem pretty reasonable except for LAU which I believe should be at a much higher position.
You can check out the full list [Here] and the methodology followed [here].

Lebanon’s Top 20 Entrepreneurial Companies in Science and Technology

Rami Khawandi, the founder of the Tari2ak app which I posted about few weeks back made the list

ACs Not Working At The Beirut Airport

via Salma
My friend Salma tweeted yesterday that air conditioners are not working at the Rafic Hariri Airport and I’ve read a report a week ago about the same matter. I don’t know what the problem is but it’s a good thing winter is almost here.

Stay Baladi and #KeepWalkingLebanon

I took part in Johnnie Walker’s latest campaign #KeepWalkingLebanon and prepared a #Baladi inspired tweet to show my support. It’s a really cool campaign to show that you can’t put out the Lebanese spirit as it’s a fire that burns within us all. I hope you guys like it.
You can share your own tweets using the #KeepWalkingLebanon hashtag or just go [Here].

MTV Misspelled Messi’s Name

We are not talking about any football player here but one of the greatest footballers of all time. It’s Lionel not Leonel MTV!

God is of Lebanese Origin!

The Phoenician god ElOmar Sharif, Mika, Salma Hayek, Terrence Malick, Paul Anka, and many many others are all international celebrities of Lebanese origin. But those big names are about to be eclipsed by the biggest personality of them all – God! According to the findings of a recent extensive investigation, God is also of Lebanese origin, a revelation that is bound to shock the world and increase the Lebanese people’s pride in their country.

Lebanese-Brazilian GP2 Driver Felipe Nasr Will Drive For F1 Sauber In 2015

I’ve already posted on several occasions about Felipe. He was quite impressive in GP2 earlier this year, drove for Williams at the Bahrain F1 GP and has been confirmed as one of Sauber’s drivers for the year 2015.

Brazilian-Lebanese Felipe Nasr to Drive Sauber F1 in 2015

Here’s a nice boost of serotonin today for all you petrolheads! Felipe Nasr, nephew of Amin Nasr, who is Brazilian of Lebanese descent, will be an F1 Sauber driver starting 2015! I’ll definitely pay more attention from now on to see how Nasr does!
source: BBC

Lebanon Now Officially a Failed State

On Wikipedia, the definition of a failed state is when a government: Can’t Distinguish Between Maya Diab and Angelina Jolie

Some Dubai-based website called anaZahra shared and sponsored a post on Facebook about Maya Diab with a picture of Angelina Jolie showing. Fi kteer chabah

Lebanese vs Lesbian Cuisine

via Rob DenBleyker
Make sure to read the comments as well lol!

Ivy Reviews: Casper and Gambini’s New Menu

I feel confident referring to Casper and Gambini’s as an institution in Lebanon today. It’s mastered the art of consistency and has managed to strike the perfect balance between wholesome high-end cafe cuisine and excellent service. So this post isn’t about how much I like Casper and Gambini’s that’s already been established, rather it’s a review of their recently launched new menu.

New Tarboush Flavors: Fraise Wou Bendou2

I thought these were Halloween ads at first for some reason. Did anyone try them out?