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Rectangle Jaune goes on a bigger splash

It has been brought to my attention today that the new Rectangle Jaune catalog is based on the work of David Hockney they man who epitomized California cool (all while coming from damp Britai

Phase 2 of reading for toddlers

Phase 2 words

Vero Modca by Tarek Chemaly now live!

For those of you who did not get to see Vero Modca and the installation that accompanied it, the video is now live and uploaded! Enjoy it....

From around town....

I have not done the usual tour of ads in town for a while now, and here's some of what has been missed...

 Let's start with this anti-corruption campaign. A good example if any of a horse drawn by a committee (which ends up a camel in case you didn't know). There are simple ads and simplistic ones - this clearly falls i the latter category. But hey, if the gazillion sponsors are happy, who am I to argue?

Je vous salue Paris pleine de...

Ah, so Rami el Khoury strikes again! In a very efficient poster - he knows how to make his visuals simply and straight to the point all while keeping the fun in (my opinion is biased though as I have collaborated with him on several projects) - which plays on wine, conviviality, and overall good mood (yes, with the tricolor motif) the ad simply hits where it should!

Too much dairy and the lactose intolerance.

So many dairy ads are almost giving me lactose intolerance.


المسيح قام، هلّلويا!
تنبلج أنوار فجر القيامة في أفئدتنا موقدة الايمان بسرّ الفداء الخلاصيّ مفجّرة ينابيع المحبّة
ورجاء الانبعاث ويقين الانتصار.
حلول عيد الفصح المجيد يسرّب إلى وجداننا شحنات طهر وخشوع ووهج إنبهار لجلل عظمة محبة الله فادينا ويضخّ
في قلوبنا نبضات قويّة لا تخور مهما ابتلتنا المحن.
نستخلص من هذه المحبّة طيباً لبلسمة جراح أهلنا وترياقاً لإبراء العلل وخميرة لتخصيب التفاهم ونور هدايةً
لاستدلال سبل خلاص وطننا.
يسعدني بمناسبة هذا “العيد الكبير” أن أعبّر عن تمنيّاتي الطّيّبة لكم أصدقائي الأعزّاء
واثقاً أنّ زخّات من البهجة والإلهام والبركات ستنصبّ على احتفالاتكم الفصحيّة.
حميد عوّاد

#InMediasRes and a fitting "closure"

Photo credit: Anthony Karam

Minis: One Bite Leads to a Whole New Sandwich

Meeting up with some friends who live near American University of Beirut, we headed down to Minis, a fresh new diner covered in red and yellow – two of NGNO’s favorite colors. As the name suggests, Minis is a concept that serves mini sandwiches. You can enjoy more than 59 different sandwiches in a fun and colorful atmosphere.

More Than a Bottle of Wine…

Short on cash, but want to get your better half a bottle of wine as well as a bouquet? Do you have to choose one of either? Here’s a solution. What do you think of this Award Winning Packaging for Blossom Cava Sparkling Wine by PACKLAB from Helsinki.

Azrak Ice Cream: Famous and Now Open for Summer

People come to enjoy Azrak’s unique pastries and ice cream… Driving the distance from Beirut to the beautiful hills of Baabdat in Al Metn is not a problem. They are so popular that a street in Baabdat was named after them… Riri and Robert, the Azrak brothers, have followed their family’s footsteps to create ice cream and sweets, using the best and most natural ingredients, loved and devoured by many.

Let the Egg War Begin: Happy Easter From NoGarlicNoOnions

Be prepared to get your eggs smashed this Sunday… Easter games aren’t just for children, and eggs aren’t just for hunting. Following Easter lunch everyone plunges into the centerpiece of colored eggs to stage an Easter egg tapping fight… Survival of the fittest… Who’s stonger here I wonder, the garlic or the onion?
Whatever you’re doing this Sunday – enjoy some quality fun time with your family and loved ones… NoGarlicNoOnions wishes you all a Happy Easter.

Frost Your Glass in Seconds

With summer around the corner, all we want is a cold drink served in a frosted glass that are usually served at pubs… you can bring this pleasure to your home with the Beer Glass Froster.

Lebanese shooting down their reputation!

This is a guest post by Abdallah Alaili, a good childhood friend of mine who currently lives in Europe.
Before starting this delicate subject , let me introduce myself, my name is Abdallah Alaili, I’m an Lebanese expat and entrepreneur, I have no interest in politics, have been living abroad for the last 10 years, and knowing that talking about such a subject is very delicate, I would like to emphasize there’s no hidden intention here.

Transforming a neighborhood

Photos: PID Levant
A few weeks ago, Beirut was in the international headlines due to a shooting incident. But what many people don't know is on the same day there was a positive transformation happening in another part of the city. 

لا شيء يعجبني..

Filed under: Music, Poetry

Vero Modca by Tarek Chemaly: or our failed collective memory

the celebrated café Modca became the clothing store Vero Moda in Hamra street
it signaled the end of an era and also the metamorphosis of a spirit of a
street which paid the toll of the “non-war” (in order not to say peace) more
than any other place. This is a multimedia project which eventually will
culminate in performances combining scenography and new media.

Maamoul at its Finest from Nicolas Audi

As Easter approaches, the quest to find the best maamoul in town becomes harder. I have tasted many, went to three different places and received a dozen different kinds by various makers in town… so far nothing has captured the attention of my taste buds. It’s true what they say. Making good maamoul is art by its own right.

Khoury Home: Chick this coffee pot.

OK, I admit, I am totally enamored. Simply, witty, smart (and I hope to God - Original - meaning so far I did not find it stolen from anyone). A coffee pot that looks like an Easter chick and it's for Khouy Home which sells home appliances. It refers to their line of business, to Easter, and is still is cute as hell!... And the visual? If fallait y penser.
Super. Now let's hope it's not stolen because otherwise it's great.

Purple house, Geitawi

Randomly stumbled upon this house other day in Geitawi: 

The Global Competitiveness Report: Lebanon Infrastructure Ranked 127th Out of 144

According to the 2013 Global Competitiveness Report, Lebanon ranked 116th out of 144 in terms of basic requirements, 125th out of 144 in terms of institutions, 135th and 32nd (out of 144) in terms of macroeconomic environment and health/primary education respectively.

Against Approving The Wage Scale Draft

via Al-Akhbar
I am glad the wage scale draft submitted by the Syndicate Coordination Committee did not pass yesterday, not because the banks and economic committees’ arguments convinced me, nor because I believe the current system is a just one, but simply because it’s not the right time to approve such a bill.

#InMediasRes opens tonight at Sation Beirut

#InMediasRes will open tonight at Station Beirut - next to Beirut Art Center in Jisr el Wati at 19:00.

Old Footage (1958) Of The Beirut International Airport

The quality of the videos is quite impressive!
There are more videos to check out about Lebanon [Here].

FAIL: Allah Ye7meek (الله يحميك)

Allah ye7meek indeed because that so-called camouflage on the back of the car ain’t gonna protect you from anything.

POW – Weekly Events from Lebanon by Images

http://photosoftheweek.wordpress.com/image: photosoftheweek.wordpress.com/
Mahmoud Ghazayel and MAYA created POW to “help you keep pace with this fast-changing, eventful world, giving you the power of visual storytelling in your hands”. POW made it’s way on my right panel due to it’s unique way to represent the main events in Lebanon. You can get their weekly images by subscribing to the newsletter.

Enoteca rebrands, perhaps.

To paraphrase John Lennon "rebranding is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans", and pouf - from one day to the next the sign was changed on the Zalka highway and Enoteca has now a new logo (also note the change in language from "la maison du vin" to "the house of wine").

FAIL: Tourist Information At The Beirut – Rafic Hariri Airport

I wonder how hard it is for the Ministry of Tourism to spell-check Lebanese cities. Hamra is spelled differently twice, Achrafieh three times and Broummana is misspelled.

Idiot Of The Day

He’s wearing a helmet though. He obviously cares about his safety.
Spotted by Ahmad Kurdi via Yasa

Vero Modca soundtrack and Beirut Mayhem-Mek

As a lead up to Vero Modca store opening within the realm of #InMediasRes on April 18th at 20:00 at Station Beirut, why not enjoy the soundtrack as a blast from the past!

Fatka-Village: Me talk pretty one day

Looking at the Fatka-Village ad on top of a building at Dora roundabout - one of the worst places to place an ad with words (as no one is standstill enough to read them) - I could not but remember the title of David Sedaris' heartwarming masterpiece "Me talk pretty one day" - except it's very far from being as well written.

Telecom Ministry: Higher And Cheaper Internet Speeds Within A Month

Picture via MayaZankoul
Lebanon’s Telecom Minister Boutros Harb is promising faster and cheaper internet speeds within a month as well as unlimited plans. He’s also talking to the Wall Street Journal about fiber optics and implementing Law 431, which would allow free competition in the telecom market and stop the duopoly led by Alfa and Touch.