Away From Politics

Kneider sweeps the floor with Caillebotte's... floor scarpers

Phot credit - Maya Metni

For those who do not know the visual above - before it got screwed that is (oh sorry, before it was "improved upon") by Kneider or whomever does their atrocious visual - used to be by Caillebotte. It was spotted by fellow ad enthusiast Maya Metni as a supreme example how a beautiful work is added to with incredibly misplaced sense of art direction to produce such a disappointing result.

Beauty Review: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation

Foundation can be a very tricky thing during summer. Most ladies tend to opt for tinted BB creams and moisturizers. But sometimes when you’re trying to perfect that makeup base or get that all-natural no makeup look, you require a foundation that can at the least provide you with medium coverage. I’ve been testing out many different formulas lately until I fell on one of my current favorites so far; Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation.

Ellie Goulding Tomorrow!

I don’t endorse single events much anymore. With so much going on, it’s hard to zero in on the stuff you shouldn’t miss.

Ruptures with guest Ceasar K (14 July 2014)

Lebanese DJ, producer, turntablist and label owner Ceasar K was the guest of Ruptures, for an interview covering various aspects of his work, from 1998 to the present. Listen to Part 1: ruptures ceasar k (1) [Ceasar K / Gme & Ceasar K / Ceasar K] Listen to Part 2: ruptures ceasar k (2) [Ceasar K / Pintura Fresca (Ceasar K […]

Breathing Corpse

: Of Fury II
Spare me your wars
Your naked assent
Spare me your frigid springs
Your empty highways
And irises glazed;
I have pains to last a generation
And I have sorrows galore.

Spare me your whines
Your cheap tragedies
Spare me your miseries
Your children and packaged lies
Spare me your hearts
Stuffed with apathy
Spare me your horrors
Off the clearance shelf.

Spare me my life
Tainted with yours
Spare me a shred of sanity
A word, a tear…
For my tears have dried
And my rage is boiling over.

Spare me a soul
An honest apology

Cozmo ABC Achrafieh: Another Surprise from Boubess Group

Wooden features, green leather, metallic structures, reflective ceramics, mirrors, graffiti… Welcome to a piece of architectural wonder… welcome to Cozmo ABC. I have to start by expressing my ongoing confusion when it comes to Boubess’ restaurants. I can’t understand to date how a group like the famous Boubess Empire manages to offer good food in »more...

dear reader,

this blog has not be updated for two years.

i am not posting new things on it for various things, the most important one being the work on my new website (the old one has not been updated since 2004!). it is due someday soon (before the end of 2014 let's say) at the same address than the old one:

meanwhile, you can still check the old posts on this blog, or a replica of my "war blog" that i did during the israeli war against lebanon in the summer of 2006.
seeing what's happening in gaza today reminds me how much these war drawings become even more relevant with time.
here's the link:

Eat Guiltlessly and Celebrate Junk Food Day

Forget about the diet today and give in to whatever’s calling your name: crunchy, salty, chocolaty, creamy, cheesy, sweet and savory, or all of the above! Today is an opportunity to guiltlessly eat your favourite junk food. Here are some ideas: Street food Burgers Pizzas Junk food is a derisive slang term for food that is of little nutritional »more...

Disturbing Christian Cult Leader Sends Innocent Women to Mental Asylum

This is disgusting on so many levels, it hurts.
1- Delusional Cult Leader
Ok, religion all in all is a group of delusions, but this guy has got a particularly terrible case of them. He thinks the “Virgin Mary” is “inside him”, and has somehow managed to brainwash the faithful in his town, including the clergy, into playing along with his delusions.

DSC Lebanon’s New Campaign: SIGN UP AND SAVE LIVES!

I’ve been in DSC since the very early days, and even though I admit I haven’t been as much help as I’d like to be, DSC’s always had a special place in my heart.
Since its humble beginnings with one man’s wish to make people dying because lack of available donor blood a thing of the past in Lebanon, DSC has achieved seemingly the impossible in just a few years.

Some of the Finest Italian Pizzas in Lebanon

Pizza, who doesn’t love pizza? This Italian classic is the second most popular food in the world, after burgers. From Italy to France, the United States to the Middle East, pizzas come in many shapes and sizes, but the end result is the same: an oven-baked, flat bread typically finished off with a tomato sauce, cheese »more...

Is There Life After Kids? By MamaRowana

This post was written by one of the coolest moms I know, and her column will feature on Mondays on Gino’s Blog!

7 Years a blogger!

This post is to celebrate my blog's 7th birthday. I have to say time flies!I still clearly remember When & Why i started blogging and I have to tell you, I still enjoy blogging!Here are seven things I've learned from seven years of blogging:

How Scott King sank American Vogue.

July Vogue issue by Scott King

August Vogue issue by Scott King


: Of Fury I

2006 - Lebanon

My mother said,
They still looked beautiful
while they were picking them up
in pieces,
the children.


Here we go again...

Décalages (13 July 2014) -full show-

Sunday 13 July 2014, Radio Lebanon 96.2FM (10am-12pm) 1. Toufic Farroukh (feat. Rima Khcheich) 2. Rim Banna 3. Tamer Abu-Ghazaleh 4. Kamilya Jubran 5. Wild Beasts 6. Damien Jurado 7. Traffic > Listen to Part 1: decalages 13 juillet (part 1)  8. Blind Faith 9. Bill Callahan 10. Lou Reed 11. The Velvet Underground 12. The Beach Boys 13. The Band 14. Bob Dylan (1989) 15. Bryan Ferry (Bob […]

Movie Review: The Social Network

I wrote it last week, just as I came back from a special press screening of The Social Network Movie, which will be released on October 28th, courteously provided by the lovely and amazing guys at Cineklik (with no strings attached as usual).

I’m now a Common Folk

See you all at #GeekFestBeirut tonight

Are we finally going to have a proper lebanese e-bookshop?

So far Antoine Online have their heart in the proper place. They are renewing their online shopping site and have signed multiple agreements with international retailers like Amazon to ensure you are really able to get ANY book you want.

"No" means... Perhaps?

This year, the March 14th celebrations will take place on the 13th - conveniently, a Sunday - Moustapha from Beirut Spring, has a rule of thumb for knowing if there will be a turn out or not (his mother and her sisters are showing up, first time since 2005).

My Thursday Evening Without Water #BAD2010

Yesterday evening I had a call from my husband listing my 3 options for a dinner meal:
1- I buy something ready made
2- He makes me a quick sandwich
3- I do not eat a thing
This was prelude to him announcing that I can not cook anything at home since there was no water (apparently something is wrong with our water tank) and we have only a couple of water bottles…