Away From Politics

The ideal Twitter diet: eat your way to better tweets

As someone who’s on Twitter, I get asked a lot about what’s the best diet to follow in order to tweet successfully. It’s a subject that I have thought about a lot during the past half an hour, and therefore decided to write a guide for people who are too busy to design their own diets. It’s a matter of common courtesy, you owe it to the people who follow you to eat properly in order to keep them informed and entertained. So here we go.

iPhone 6 Selling at $1600 In Lebanon

Taken from Stars
The iPhone 5s was sold at 1200$ when it first got to Lebanon.
Update: I just got an SMS that you can order your iPhone 6 from Khoury Home for only $999 with a 1-year warranty.

Almaza and Heineken: "cahet de famille" iPhone "bend"wagon....

Research credit: P.C.

Everyone is now jumping on the iPhone "bend"wagon among the many brands there was Heineken with "no worries.... it happes to us all the time" - local beer brand Almaza pitched in with "we're been bending since 1933". Both used the beer cap to do the analogy. Small problem?

Lebanese And Priorities (Ma Fi Metlo version)

I had just posted a week ago on how the new iPhone 6 is the latest priority in Lebanon.

Tyre, Beirut, Sidon And Byblos Among The World’s 20 Oldest Cities

The Telegraph posted today a list of the World’s 20 oldest continually-inhabited places on earth, which included four Lebanese cities: Tyre, Beirut, Sidon and Byblos. The list also included Faiyum and Thebes in Egypt, Kirkuk and Arbil in Iraq, Damascus and Aleppo in Syria and Jerusalem and Jericho in Palestine.

Marrouche Hamra Shutdown By A Court Order For Bankruptcy

Marrouche has been open since the 1960s and is most famous for his chicken sandwich. It’s quite shameful that he’s closing.

Great ads for the Ghadi News and Lebanon Debate amateurish initiative

Now here's a paradox! Ghadi News and Lebanon Debate came up with a great campaign for an amateurish initivative. But at least they are advertising it correctly. Here's some visuals of their campaign and what they mean.

"No matter how much we scream "we are thirsty", water remains water" in this context the expression means "no one is willing to make a change".

Marrouche Hamra CLOSED

Photo via @arzleb

4 of the World’s 20 Oldest Cities are Lebanese

So, the Telegraph’s travel section has published a gallery of “The World’s 20 Oldest Cities“. It includes the classics like Byblos, Sidon, Tyre and Beirut, Athens, Aleppo, Damascus, Jerusalem and the embattled Arbil and Kirkuk…

Bikeathon 2014: Bike For Lebanon At The Beirut WaterFront

The Bikeathon was launched last year and is a nice initiative to encourage Lebanese to bike for peace and encourage a more eco-friendly form of transportation. It’s happening this year at the Beirut Water Front on October 5th and you can register [Here].
We desperately needs more bikes and bike lanes in Lebanon to cut down the pollution and the traffic.

Sayfco and Virgin Radio Have Over 3 Million Fans On Facebook

via Sayfco
I don’t know how Virgin Radio Lebanon managed to get almost 3.8 million likes that fast but they now have more likes than Sayfco, noting that Sayfco has reportedly spent 3 million dollars on Facebook advertising according to its president and chairman Chahe Yérévanian.

Assaad Namroud: The Last Train Driver In Lebanon

I doubt that we will ever see trains again in Lebanon. Check out some really cool pictures of Riyak train station [Here].

Rio, I Love You (Starring Nadine Labaki) To Be Released On October 2

Nadine Labaki is directing and starring in one segment from the movie Rio, I love you. The movie is set in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro and will be out on October 2nd.

Tawlet Ammiq: Great Location, Amazing Food But A Dull Venue

I went with a group of friends to Tawlet Ammiq a couple of weeks ago to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I’ve been hearing a lot about Tawlet Ammiq and I remember posting once a really cool video about it, so I was excited to try it out and see how the day goes.

Annahar reviews Oum Kalthoum: It's the economy, stupid!

Image source here

The saying goes, "you can't compare apples to oranges" but apparently you can compare apples to great art, as is the case of this article in Annahar dating back to 17-7-1966 which reviews the concert of the late Egyptian diva Oum Kalthoum which took place two days prior.

Wikipedia Page: Saint Joseph Antoura “Will Be Attacked by Daech”

This page is a disaster. It’s full of mistakes and the English is horrible. Also, apparently, it costs 148,000$ a year to go to Saint Joseph Antoura. It’s hard to determine if the prankster who wrote the unpleasant “daech” comment, is the same one who made it look that bad, but I hope someone from the school fixes their Wikipedia page ASAP.

Domino’s Pizza Army Offer

This is a nice offer from Domino’s but we need our army soldiers to be as fit as possible in these circumstances

Art for a Change at The Garten Saturday!

When I saw the boys hanging up an old VW beetle cut in half in the chill-out area at The Garten, I was like, “lolwut?!”. But then I realized it was gonna be a canvas for live graff by a series of awesome Lebanese graffiti artists, it was more like “bring it.”
The finished masterpieces were displayed in the food court area for the summer, and now, it’s time to auction them off for the benefit of Kunhadi! They include:

Traffic in 50s-60s Beirut

Here’s a few photos of traffic back in the good old days before the Lebanese Civil War, courtesy of yet another amazing page on Facebook dedicated to old photos of Beirut and Lebanon: Old Beirut Lebanon, check it out here!

So The iPhone 6 Bends …

via cnet
Some iPhone 6 users are complaining that the phone bends under pressure or when they leave it in their pocket for a long time. I’ve seen a couple of photos online and someone actually did the bend test. I remember the issue was raised as well with the iPhone 5s but I don’t remember what happened back then.
In all cases, Apple has not commented yet on the #BendGate but that’s a serious design flaw if it turns out to be true and applicable on all new phones.

Dolphins Spotted in Beirut

A group of scuba-divers and spear-fishermen spotted dolphins while diving the other day and filmed them. That’s the first time someone actually spots them in Beirut films them underwater. Pretty cool!
Check out the video [Here].
Thanks Mirna!

Keep Honking I’m Deaf

I am sure no one would be honking at her if she drove properly.

Thanks Remy!

In Hamra

 To all those nay-sayers that argue the Daash won’t stand a chance in Lebanon as nobody supports this kind of life-style, even the sunni muslims, I tell you: you’d be surprised. Even in Hamra, which is probably the most non-religion affiliated neighborhood in town, you’ve got them. New posters that have appeared on walls in Hamra  basically call for you to go halal (follow the muslim dietary rules) or otherwise get the hell out of here. I, as an agnostic entity, interpret that as pretty insulting. This is my part of town, has been so for the past 24 years, and I will be darned if someone tells me what I can and cannot eat.  So Daash doesn’t stand a chance?

AMAZING Timelapse Collection of Lebanon’s Sky

Moophz is a good friend of mine, and we’ve been through a lot of good and tough times in Lebanon over the past few years.
He has quite the artsy side, and his timelapse videos are always a pleasure to ogle at. He’s released a medley of his best ones, and they’re breathtaking (one of the locations is my beloved hometown of Ehden!). They’re a reminder of the good things in Lebanon amid all the horror and anger and hopelessness.
Despite everything, look up at the night sky tonight, and remember how insignificant we are, and how insignificant our problems are compared to the awe and beauty of our galaxy and the universe…

VIDEO: How to Access Banned Websites in Lebanon

Here’s a very simple way to use Hola! to access websites being banned in Lebanon (free, super simple). It’s an unacceptable practice which needs to stop, but it probably won’t in corrupt Lebanon, so, as usual, we need to find the right loopholes!
Oh, and as a cherry on top, you can also access stuff like Netflix and Pandora, which aren’t banned by the Lebanese government or judiciary, just not available outside the US and a few other countries.
Hope it helps!
And, if you’re pro-freedom of speech and anti-censorship too, join us in March!

Ahmed Imad Eddin scores new Pink Floyd album cover

Image: Ahmed Alam Eddin/Pink Floyd

A very young Egyptian digital artist (reportedly 18 years old) has just scored the cover of the upcoming Pink Floyd album "the endless river". Pink Floyd fans are already divided (and not just by the bell!) as to wether the cover is worthy of the pantheon of the previous albums - let's face it, this image will not look good on black t-shirts like "Dark Side of the Moon" or on white t-shirts such as "The Wall".

(Fake?) Armed Robbery At Roadster Diner – Kaslik

I am sure it’s fake because the Kaslik branch is always packed lol! (Plus customers are looking way too calm).

Illegal Bird Hunting In Lebanon

It’s not an open season for hunting and he’s killing illegal birds. Full story [Here].

Judo Athlete Elias Nacif Grabs Silver For Lebanon At The 17th Asian Games In Incheon

Picture via sports-961
Elias Nacif defeated Erihemubatu (CHI) in the round of 16, Ghasemi Nejad Amir in the quarter finals and Kalkamanuly Aziz in the semi finalsbefore losing to Kim Jaebum in the final. This is a great result for Elias and the first medial for Lebanon!

Lebanese-American Rula Saade Ghani Is Afghanistan’s First Lady

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was declared today as the winner of Afghanistan’s presidential elections. His wife and the new country’s First Lady is called Roula Saade Ghani and is Lebanese-American. Rula and the president met in Lebanon during their AUB years. Let’s hope she will work on improving women’s rights in Afghanistan among other things.