Away From Politics

Abou el Rish, new video art by Tarek Chemaly

Abou El Rish (father of feathers) is a
character that showed up out of nowhere in west Beirut during the war
(specifically around 1981) and built himself a cardboard shack net to the
American University of Beirut. He would wear strange medallions and a hat with
feathers on it (hence the nickname) and would try to play traffic police with a

Giveaway: 10 Avant-Premiere Tickets To Watch The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies

If you are a fan of the Hobbit film series, here’s you chance to watch before anyone else the strongest film yet in the trilogy: “The Battle of The Five Armies”.
The Avant-premiere is taking place on December 8 at Vox Cinemas BCC starting 7pm. In order to get in the competition, you simply have to answer the below:

The Famous Kraytem Cake Shop Secrets Is Now Open In Jal el Dib

I was on my way out from O&C supermarket yesterday when I spotted Secrets right next to it. I went in and asked them whether it’s the same cake shop from Koraytem and they confirmed it. Apparently they’ve been open for 2 weeks now. I’ve never been to Secrets Koraytem but I’ve tasted a lot of cakes that my friends used to bring for birthday or special occasions and they were really good.
I didn’t get cakes though yesterday but something even better. Marshmallows mixed with Nutella chocolate and nuts. I will share a picture of them later on my Instagram.

Pocket Listing: A Hollywood Movie Starring Lebanese-American James Jurdi

This is the first time I hear about James Jurdi. He’s a Lebanese-American actor and writer and is starring alongside Rob Lowe, Burt Reynolds and the hot Jessica Clark in his new movie “Pocket Listing”. Jurdi co-wrote and starred in three other movies, Price in 2007, Nocturnal Errands in 2012 and Reaper in 2014.
His new movie is coming out very soon in Lebanese theaters. I am definitely watching it as the trailer seems interesting.

An Open Panel Discussion at AUB With Ministers Wael Abu Faour & Nicolas Nahas on Food Safety

Minister Bou Faour having lunch with Dima Sadek
The Leadership Club at AUB is organizing an open panel discussion with Health Minister Wael Bou Faour and former Minister of Economy & Trace Nicolas Nahas. The topic at hand will be Lebanon’s recent food crisis, which is a very important session. Since I won’t be able to attend the session, I will post the questions here and if anyone can pick them up and address them to Minister Bou Faour then it would be great.

A Secret Guide to Immigrants: How to Abuse the UK Benefit System

So you made it to the UK, welcome to your new life. There’s been a lot of discussion lately about abusing the benefit system here, but there have been hardly any useful articles on how to actually do it. To that end we have prepared this handy guide which will make it easy for you to abuse the system and enjoy a decent lifestyle, while contributing little to society. Remember to think big and be ambitious.


3as3us Saves Youtube

Hahahaha! I’ve had enough of that ad popping up on every Youtube video I watch as well.

Refugees In Lebanon Facing Bitter Winter: Here’s How You Can Help

The United Nations has run out of money and announced that it is suspending its food programme serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. It’s really quite pathetic that the UN cannot secure $64 million to support the refugees for the rest of December. In all cases, this means that winter will be even harsher for refugees in Lebanon who are already struggling to make a living.

Leila Abdellatif Irresponsible And Unacceptable Statement Against Domestic Workers In Lebanon

I don’t know why I had the curiosity to read domestic Leila Abdellatif’s latest predictions but while I was scanning quickly through these stupidities, I spotted this statement and thought it was worth mentioning simply because a lot of Lebanese do follow her and believe in what she has to say. She’s basically warning Lebanese families who might think that their domestic workers are up to something to install cameras and she warns of “crimes”.

Omar Boustany speaks to head hunters (ISIS excepted).

So Omar Boustany is looking for a job and head hunters should take note.... Well, since he took the concept of "head" "hunting" to its limits it is safe to assume he was not addressing ISIS in the process... Hopefully that is.

A Christmas Tree Made Out Of Tires In Bcharreh

That’s a really cool tree. It’s good to see Lebanese making good use of the tires and not just burning them and polluting.
Via Rana

Secret British Squad Saved Ras Baalbeck from an ISIS Massacre

A £150,000 watchtower built in 17 days, just in time before a major attack on the Lebanese border by terrorists, has saved the Christian town of Ras Baalbeck from an “ISIS” massacre. The tower was constructed at high speed by a secret British team of ex-soldiers and engineers. Ras Baalbeck is home to a population of around 5,000 people who are mostly Christian.
Here’s what British ambassador Tom Fletcher had to say about this:

An Old TV Interview With Sabah From 1975

The interview was done with a Syrian TV.

تحية للشحرورة In Memory of Sabah

(رصاص،حبر وألوان رقمية Pencil, ink and digital color)

"Ask but me about love / Do not ask those who are happy"
In memory of Sabah

نشرت في  صحيفة السفير -ملف "صوت وصورة"
الاثنين 01-12-2014

النص من أغنية "روح على مهلك" كلمات فتحي قورة/ألحان منير مراد/ فيلم العتبة الخضرا 1959

Lebanese Red Cross Workers Denied Entrance To A Beirut Mosque

This was posted earlier today by Abdel Rahman Ali who works for the Lebanese Red Cross. His co-workers came to present their condolences but apparently weren’t allowed inside the mosque because they were wearing the Red Cross uniform (because of the cross). I am pretty sure this is an isolated incident as Red Cross workers were never denied entrance anywhere in Lebanon and are respected by all.

In Memoriam: Mark Strand, 1934–2014

The Remains

I empty myself of the names of others. I empty my pockets.
I empty my shoes and leave them beside the road.
At night I turn back the clocks;
I open the family album and look at myself as a boy.
What good does it do? The hours have done their job.
I say my own name. I say goodbye.
The words follow each other downwind.
I love my wife but send her away.
My parents rise out of their thrones
into the milky rooms of clouds.
How can I sing? Time tells me what I am.
I change and I am the same.

Ivy’s Holiday Makeup Must Haves from Beauty Concept

No matter how much makeup I accumulate, I can’t seem to ever have enough. It could be five parallel degrees of one shade of blush or lipstick, but I’ll convince myself that they’re not the same, and end up with them all. No complaints there.

The Pink House

From the balcony of the Pink House  
Everybody  in town is talking about the Rose House after this post“The Rose House is opening up its doors? Have you seen it?” is the news. 

Check Out Awesome non-Terrorist Pizza: Domino’s Pizza In Syria

I have no idea how this page is still up and no one reported yet. Check out the last few posts:
Enhanced security in central Damascus restaurants!
The toilets are NOT a place to dispose of inert grenades! We’ve been having issues with this a lot lately, especially with the IS militants.
-Domino’s Syria Team
1 large pizza for every IS corpse in our Damascus restaurants!
-Dominos Pizza Syria team

When Will Assaults Against Journalists In Lebanon Stop?

Picture via Now
This is not the first time that Lebanese security forces assault journalists during an event or a demonstration and probably won’t be the last. I really wish I could understand why a policeman might go after a journalist. Looking at the video, the ISF officers seemed outraged and pissed off but I couldn’t figure out why and I didn’t read any justification of their actions.

More Things Up North

Enfeh village; a collection of home-built structures 

Hide Your Kids! فيديو لسمكة قاتلة تفرم الحديد

There’s nothing new about this killer can-eating fish that has gone viral in the past few days. It’s called the puffer fish and it’s been there for the past 10 years or more in Lebanon. In fact, Saida fishermen exhibited tens of these fish back in 2008 in order to warn the residents of eating them as they are highly poisonous.
I wonder if there’s any strategy set to keep this fish away from our shores.

The World’s Largest Ancient Stone Block Found In Baalbeck!

Photo credit: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut.
German Archeologists have discovered right next to the “Hajar Al Hibla” in Baalbeck, or the stone of the pregnant woman, the biggest known ancient stone block. The stone is more than 20 meters long and weighs 1,650 tons. It was meant to be transported without being cut but archeologists will need to extend the trenches to determine its exact height.
Baalbeck is one of the largest Roman sanctuaries known and has some of the best preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon.

For The Love Of Hummus: All About That Paste

This is the same guy from the “Chicken wings and Hummus” video. I love hummus but I only have it if there’s Taouk or grilled meat. It’s not that great by itself.
via LBC

Lebanese University Students vs Administration

Picture via Marie-José Azzi

The Great Said Akl Has Passed Away

Sabah and Said Akl in the same week. Said Akl was 102.

Hayda El عفش La 2elak?

via Jad
I’ve never noticed that sign at the airport but it’s quite weird that they are using the word “عفش” as it’s not a term we use formally. I know we say “Chellé 3afchak min hone” or “hayda 3afchak chi?” when we refer to someone’s bunch of stuff or furniture. I guess “غرض” would have been more appropriate.