Away From Politics

Lebanese Forces now PROTECTING Syrians


Forget previous animosities, burry the war hatchet (or rater warS - plural). Do not remember the casualties - the dead, the injured (permanently or otherwise). In this harsh winter, the Lebanese Forces are actually protecting Syrian refugees... Look at the photo above!

When It Snowed In Beirut In 1920

This picture was shared on Old Beirut today and shows Beirut covered in snow back in February 1920. Apparently there was an old saying for people who were born in that year in Beirut that says “خُلق فلان سنة التلجة”.

25+ Pictures & A Video Of The Zena Storm From All Over Lebanon

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I compiled the best pictures from the Zena storm that hit Lebanon today and will be over by end of this week hopefully. I also uploaded an impressive video from Manara that my friend Nader took earlier today and here’s a video from Jbeil, another from Ouzai and one from Raouche.
Here’s the forecast for the rest of the week as taken from LebanonWeatherForecast:

(2014 end-of-year lists) – SERGE YARED

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release Serge Yared (The Incompetents) Albums: 1. Hobocombo: Moondog Mask 2. Scott Walker & Sun O)))): Soused 3. Richard Reed Parry: Music For […]

الأجواء Stormy Weather

(ink on paper حبر على ورق)
 

Far-Right Extremist ‘Confused and Upset’ After Realising He’s a Foreigner

A far-right extremist has spoken publicly today of his shock and dismay at discovering that he too is a foreigner. John Smith, 29, from Luton in England, revealed the agony and confusion he has been experiencing since making the traumatic discovery. Mr Smith is a fierce critique of immigration and ‘everything foreign’ as he once put it, and has been active in far-right circles for a number of years.

Is Education Minister Elias Bou Saab Seriously Asking This Question?

via EliasBouSaab
Update1: Minister Bou Saab denied that he was relying on the poll to decide whether to close or not, but the poll is still up on his Facebook page.
Update2: Education Minister Elias Bou Saab has decided to order the closure of private, public and vocational schools on Wednesday.

(2014 end-of-year lists) – CHARLIE RAYNE

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release Charlie Rayne In no particular order: – The War On Drugs: Lost In The Dream – Mac Demarco: Salad Days – Rachel […]

What did the Lebanese Google in 2014?

I couldn’t find Lebanon as a country under “Google Trends” but I remember Executive Magazine once did manual searches on popular terms and published the results, so I did the same exercise with more searches. You can do the same by going [here] and searching up to 5 terms for the past year or more.

The Best Greeting Card To Our Lebanese Ministers and MPs

Sakker el Dekkene surprised our MPs and Ministers by sending them a $100 fake dollar bill that says “In gangs we trust” instead of the original “In God We trust”. The aim was to surprise them and encourage them to refuse the bill in order to build a proper country “ملغومة ارفضها تيصير عنا بلد”. Ever since it started, Sakker el Dekkane received over 1600 acts of bribery, which showed that the average bribe per person is more than 1500 dollars a year.

Hidden Gems

Downtown Beirut. No, really. This bit used to be sea. The old quay wall on your right.Some more hidden gems for you, this time right in the middle of Beirut. We’ve got a storm coming up, they say, so people are staying in. The fishermen of the little harbor along the Corniche have pulled their boats out; that usually is a sure sign that this is a strong storm.

Lebanese Daniel Khorassandjian Among The 3 Best Referees At The 2014 WTF Cup Taekwondo Championship in Queretaro, Mexico

Daniel Khorassandjian (first from left)
Lebanon’s Daniel Khorassandjian was among the three winning referees at the 2014 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships that were held in Queretaro, Mexico last month. Daniel was also named among the best referees back in 2012.

Galette Des Rois, Zlebyé, Armenian Christmas And A Tradition To Waste Electricity

The majority of Christians in Lebanon and around the world celebrate Epiphany tonight and the tradition is to eat the Galette des Rois and some zlebyé. The traditional Galette is filled with frangipane, an almond-based filling, and a slice is given to each person sitting on the table. The one who gets the lucky charm (la fève) hidden in the galette gets to wear the king or the queen’s crown. This year I got a galette from Cannelle and another from Kay (Stop & Shop) and the one from Kay was much better.

(2014 end-of-year lists) – FAREEQ EL ATRASH

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release FAREEQ EL ATRASH John Imad Nasr In no particular order: – El P & Killer Mike: Run The Jewels 2 – Black Milk: […]

Shock As Lebanese Student at US University Comes Second In His Class

Lebanon awoke in a state of shock today to the news that a Lebanese student at a US university has come second in his class. The small Mediterranean country is reeling from the revelation, particularly as every Lebanese student at a US or European university has topped his or her class since 1953 when official records began.

(2014 end-of-year lists) – WANTON BISHOPS

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release WANTON BISHOPS Eddy Ghossein In no particular order: – Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems – Hamilton Leithauser: Black Hours – Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams […]

A Job Like No Other In Beirut

They need someone to work in the shop without using whatsapp. Good luck finding one!
Via Kriks!

Lebanon To Impose Visa Restrictions On Syrians For The First Time

Picture via UNRWA
Syrians were able to stay in Lebanon for up to six months previously, but this will no longer be possible as any Syrian who wishes to enter Lebanon will have to obtain a visa at the borders. This measure should have been implemented long time ago in order to control the flow of refugees trying to escape the war but it’s better late than never.

The 7 Highly Unprofessional Habits of Retail Employees in Lebanon

I don’t mean to start the new year with a rant but I’m afraid I must. We all know the Lebanese economy has seen better days, so it baffles me that customers are being treated like a nuisance. Yup, it almost seems as though shop assistants and at times assistant managers have left their basic training behind and instead decided to show us how they really feel about our business; not much. In fact, we’d be doing them a favor if we just got lost. If you’re shaking your head and thinking “oh no not MY business” think again. Everyone’s doing it from the largest retailers in the world to stand alone stores.
 

Will Solidere Really End In 2019?

Update: Solidere’s term was actually extended to 35 years in 2005, so its term ends in 2029 not 2019 as is being said, open to extension. via Karl

2000th POST, 8th year of blogging.


Artwork by Tarek Chemaly

On January 11th 2007 was the first post (it landed many people in hot water, but it also set the tone for the whole blog).

Animal Cruelty Reaching A New Level In Lebanon: Driving With An Animal Tied To The Car

This was posted earlier on BETA’s Facebook page. A Honda CRV is shown near Nahr el Kalb with a pet tied to the back of the car. WTF is wrong with people??

Cool Water Sprout Caught On Camera In Ramlet El Baidah – Beirut

It’s a small water sprout but that’s the first time I see one moving over land.
Check out the video [Here].

Lebanese Red Cross Road Accidents Statistics For 2014: 10866 Accidents, 14516 Injuries And 229 Kills

If we look back at 2013, there were 11,552 injuries according to the Lebanese Red Cross so the number has increased by almost 3000 this year which is huge! As far as the kills and accidents are concerned, I couldn’t find the full 2013 report but I assume the numbers are up this year as well.

My Faith Restored

It’s been a while since the last post. I was not particularly inspired by Beirut of late. Plenty of things to be disappointed with. Incompetent politicians, corrupt officials, bodyguards and convoys of government officials that believe they can operate above the law, lack of transparency, and basically the knowledge that there’s enough money going around to turn this into a beautiful and livable country, if only. If only.

And then I wasn’t in country for a while.

In Pictures: Heavy Snow Storm To Hit Lebanon Next Week

Lebanon’s mountains are already covered with snow and a heavy snowstorm is expected to hit Lebanon next week. Here are few pictures taken from all over Lebanon and collected from various Facebook pages (LiveLoveLebanon, skiLebanon, WeAreLebanon, EhdenSpirit.
The pictures were taken in Laklouk, Donniyeh, Bcharreh, Mzaar, Kfardebian and Ehden.

Dubai Police Spotted In Matn

I am assuming this is a municipality car but they shouldn’t have their lights on and a Dubai license plate while driving here.
Thanks Sarah!

Lebanon Featured On The North Face’s Instagram Account

The North Face featured on its Instagram account this stunning picture of Tannourine that was taken by team climber @bookofsamuel. The picture shows Will Nazarian, an Armenian/American climber, who’s been climbing all over Lebanon and has some amazing videos on the Rock climbing Association for Development page [R-A-D.org].

(2014 end-of-year lists) – OKYDOKY

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release Faysal Bibi (Okydoky) - Den Sorte Skole: Lektion III (album, 2013) – Tinariwen: Emmaar (album, 2014) – DJ Umb: Zoukesque Volume 2 […]

(2014 end-of-year lists) – LILIANE CHLELA

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release Liliane Chlela - Eric Holm: Åse – Killing Sound: S/t – Koenraad Ecker: One-Eye – Klara Lewis: Untitled – Dalhous: DSM-III – […]

(2014 end-of-year lists) – WAKE ISLAND

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release WAKE ISLAND Philippe Manasseh In no particular order: - Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams – Bantam Wing: You Keep Going On – The […]

Father Of Lebanese Wine And Owner Of The World-Renowed Château Musar Serge Hochar Dies On New Year’s Eve

Lebanese wine industry legend Serge Hochar and the owner of world-renowed Chateau Musar has died in a swimming accident on New Year’s Eve in Mexico. Hochar is considered as the father of Lebanese wine and has helped Lebanon’s wine industry reach international acclaim.