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What MP Riad Rahhal Thinks Of The CMFA Activists

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That’s a very disrespectful thing to say and he should apologize. Maybe we should start throwing our lawmakers in the bin like Ukrainians did.
Stoli Lebanon

Whatsapp’s Latest Update

Since people have been asking about Whatsapp’s latest update, here’s what changed: Whatsapp introduced the blue double check feature which means that the message has been read. So now one grey check means the message has been sent, two grey checks mean it’s been delivered and the two blue checks mean it’s been read.
So now you can’t pretend you didn’t read the message anymore lol!
Update: Here’s Stoli Lebanon’s funny take on this update.

Meet Lebanon’s Ninjas

This is apparently the new look of Hezbollah’s elite forces. I don’t know what these guys do exactly but I like the uniform and it does look like G.I. Joe’s Snake Eyes as pointed out by Alex.
Speaking of Hezbollah and Ninjas, I found a track called “Hezbollah Ninja”.

Old Pan American Airlines To Beirut Ad

via Carole
Unfortunately, the slogan “Where East meets West” no longer applies.

Stolichnaya takes a punch at the parliament!


Research credit: G.M.

Our parliament has extended its own manadate! There, the members declared themselves so irrepleacable that we must endure more of their useless tenure until 2017. Stolichnaya Vodka decided to give them a piece of her mind - "hangovers" don't last this long.... Or to quote Trident gum "the flavor you can't get rid of"!

#No_To_Extension Trended But That’s About It

On Twitter, everyone is against the extension of parliament but on the ground only few activists tried to actually block the MPs.
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Is Lebanese currency designed after the 25 Guilders note?


I have recently come across a very interesting theory: Lebanese current design was influenced by the 25 Dutch Guilders note (pay attention that Guilders have been discontinued in favor of Euros). The design above dates back from 1989 - Guilders by the way were notorious for their exceptional design. At first I dismissed the idea as being something not very worthy of attention - problem is - the more I looked at the current Lebanese notes the more I saw the similarity in terms of design.

VEA: A Better Use for Old Tires in Lebanon [Hint: NOT Burning Them]


The image above is almost an icon for Lebanon in recent history. Existential crisis? World Ward? Fight with your neighbor? Pissed Barca lost to Real? Let’s burn a tire! And even though I never really got the point or effectiveness of this act, I’ve come to terms with the fact Lebanese folks from all sects and walks of life will resort to this unhealthy, ugly and environmentally irresponsible act.

One Year After #IVYsBigReveal and A New Ambassadorship

It’s been one hell of a year for me.

Exotica as part of our collective memory


I am part of the generation that remembers Exotica, not as a florist, not as a wedding supplier, not as a landscaper, not as an advertiser, but more as a part our collective memory. I am talking of a different Exotica naturally, specifically an image frozen in time, the one above.
Which lead me to the one below taken from the packshot of the ad in question.

The iPhone 6 To Be Released Officially soon in Lebanon

According to 9to5mac, Apple’s next iPhone 6 rollout will include Lebanon among others and will take place on November 14th. Back in March, we heard that the iPhone will be officially released in Lebanon but these things take time so let’s hope it works out this time.
I will try to get further updates and will keep you posted.

Apocalyptic Storm Clouds Over Jounieh

Thumbs up for this great picture Rodrigue!

FAIL: Chamsine Backery Pastry

Chamsine is really good by the way. I remember we used to stop quite often at his branch on the Khaldeh highway on our way to the South.

For All German Fans In Lebanon: Die Mannschaft The Movie Will Be Out On November 13

I don’t know yet which Lebanese theaters will be showing Die Mannschaft movie, but I am pretty sure thousands of Lebanese fans will be looking forward to watching it and relive the last World Cup magic.
I will update the post as soon as I figure out more details.
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The Fara (Mouse) Song

Latizi La Terja3é has some serious competition.
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Thanks Terry!

O1NE Beirut Opening On November 7

Skybar is now closed for the winter and O1NE is preparing to open soon for an exciting second season. I’ve been to O1NE twice last year and I had a blast but I didn’t have time to write a proper review. I will try to do so by Tuesday and tell you what to expect this year.
Until then, check out Mark’s review of O1NE in Abu Dhabi which is very similar to the one in Beirut.

Lamborghini Murcielago Crash In South Lebanon

Picture from BeirutBeasts
The car has a Dubai plate but the crash happened in Tyre. What a waste!

Lebanese-born Harry Zakour Running For Ruling Party Chairmanship in Ghana

I was googling his name and the second article I found was about him slapping some customer but it seems he had a good reason to do so.

What a million could buy you at H and M


I was first introduced to H&M when it was still Hannes and Mauritz, I was in Stockholm and room service was late with the laundry so I needed something fast to get on with the day - and upon the suggestion of a Swedish friend I landed there.

Week3: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

Apocalypse Now – By Abraham Helal
Clouds were gorgeous this week and we got some breathtaking lightening pictures. A perfect weather for fresh Manakish and a hot cup of tea.
You can follow LiveLoveBeirut on Instagram [Here]. I’m also on Instagram and you can follow me [Here] if you like.

Indian Summer

Our Indian Summer is definitely over: Fall has set in; gone are the beach days. Here in the mountains it has rained pretty much 24 hours on end. In Beirut it’s been a little drier.  Changing colors in an orchard up in the mountains I am doing the 10K next Sunday during the Beirut Marathon, and I hope it’ll be dry by then. Aregu Sisay, my famous housekeeper, is running her very first marathon. She finds herself between a rock and a hard place on this run.

Victoria’s Secret 2014 Fantasy Bras By Mouawad Jewelry

The 2013 Fantasy Bra was worn by Victoria’s Secret Angel 23-year-old South African model Candice Swanepoel and cost $10 million dollars. These two new fantasy bras which were made by Lebanese jewelers Mouawad cost each two million dollars.

The W Motors Lykan Hypersport Featured In Fast & Furious 7 Trailer

Fast & Furious will mark the final film appearance of Paul Walker in this series and the first appearance of the The W Motors Lykan Hypersport in a movie.
The W Motors Lykan Hypersport is the world’s most exclusive supercar with only 7 units produced and is the first hypercar designed in the Middle East. It is worth noting that W Motors, the company behind the car, is a Lebanese-based one.
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More Lightening Pictures From All Over Lebanon

Taken By Toni Obeid
Taken by Rodrigue Zahr

The Beirut Book by David Hury launches tonight


Credit: David Hury

"The Beirut Book"" by David Hury on Tamyras editions is launching today. Started as scribblings on his stand during last year's edition of Salon du Livre Francophone, it was a bit of a Hyde Park about the city. My own contribution is the one you see above.... NTSC (Never Twice Same City).

The Beirut Book | J-1 avant la signature

the beirut book,liban,typographie arabe,chiffre 6,beirut prints,beyrouth,david hury,tamyrasJour J-1 avant la séance de signature de The Beirut Book au Salon du livre de Beyrouth, le dimanche 2 novembre à 18h30. Le grand jour, c'est donc demain! Toutes les infos sont ici, suivez le lien...

The Legendary Sami Clark Performing At Kahwet Leila

I love this man! Every now and then, I listen to the Grendizer song. He will be at Kahwet Leila in Gemmayze on November 7th.
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FAIL: Army Storms Into Battlefield Vegas

Lebanese media and journalists have become so unprofessional in this country that it’s really hard to believe any of them. The above picture was apparently shared by an LBCI reporter called Maroun Nassif (I couldn’t find the post though) about a weapons cache found in Saida, but someone made the link to one of Dan Bilzerian’s pictures and the Lebanese-Forces website quickly posted it and trashed the journalist. The picture is indeed taken from Battlefield Vegas which is one of the largest shooting ranges in the US.

It’s Snowing In The Cedars

LebanonWeather
It’s not yet snowing in Mzaar but this is a great start to the winter season.
[SkiLeb]

BD Athlete Brittany Griffith Bolts in Lebanon’s Tannourine

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Ballou3 Tannourine is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Lebanon. Check out more pictures of it [Here].
Image by Ralph Azar
Thanks Mustapha!