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Halloween Ads From Around Lebanon

If I missed out on any ad, email it to me or leave the URL in the comments.
Happy Halloween!

Undressed: Society's reflection in its brands

Johnnie Stalker - Boo

Smack Daniels - Boo

The Jezebel Complex and Lebanese Women Today

There’s a persistent stereotype when it comes to Lebanese women today that I often come across both in real-life conversations and on social media. Lebanese women pay excessive attention to their appearance, they do too much plastic surgery, they use too much makeup and so on.

Walid Joumblatt’s Best Twitter Conversation So Far

I read it on Qifanabki but checked Twitter just to make sure it really happened. Someone should tell Joumblatt not to share phone numbers on Twitter.

By not replying, Crepaway replies to Shawarmanji

Crepaway - having been just spoofed by Shawarmanji - was too busy to reply. The alibi can hold in court any day of the week - they were busy carving burgers (the rest of us don't carve them, we crave them).
PS - dear Crepaway, even if you had invited me to sample your new menu, I wouldn't have come (not that you invited me I am not hip enough!), as a diabetic, your food is something I can no longer eat.

The Official Halloween Parties List

Friday October 31
Olivier Giacomotto at b018

Musically, this is the absolute best party for Halloween in Beirut. Olivier Giacomotto is a god, and he’s supported by one of our local heroes Ziad Ghosn on the night. Excitement!? Costumes are mandatory, and so is dancing to this track:

in your costumes. Party starts 1:00AM, so go wherever you were going and then descend into the underground club that is b018 ^^
RSVP here

My Luxury Outlet Special Sale Week

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with My Luxury Outlet, but I know a lot of girls (and very few guys) who wait for this special sale week to go and buy stuff there. The only reason why I know about this shop is because it’s located on the Mar Nicolas stairs and every time I go to Gemmayze I see it. MLO is part of the Holdal Abou Adal group and is a multi-brand outlet store that sells luxury brands such as Lancel, Longchamp, Fratelli Rossetti, Kipling, S.T.Dupont and others. A friend was telling me yesterday how people go crazy over these sales and that once she saw a couple of ladies fighting over a bag.

What You Need To Know About Digital Drugs In Lebanon

The last time I heard about “digital drugs” was a couple of years ago when they decided to ban them in Dubai If I am not mistaken. I don’t know why the phenomenon just got to Lebanon, or at least the Lebanese media just found out about it, but I second Gino that you have to be stupid to buy this stuff. Moreover, I am not sure how the Lebanese authorities are planning to ban this thing as it’s impossible to do.

The Beirut Book | J-2 avant la signature

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

Shawarmanji’s Halloween Campaign

That’s a hilarious campaign and I like the fact that CBJ and Crepaway replied positively. Nevertheless, that’s not enough and one of them should come with a really smart reply.

What Really Happened With Sukleen’s Sleiman?

We are all glad that Sleiman is better now but I believe this report was needed to clarify what really happened and Sukleen should issue a clear statement to explain who really assaulted Sleiman and whether he was arrested or not.
PS: Last two seconds of the report should have been omitted.

Digital Drugs Only in Lebanon

2 min and 37 seconds from prime time were dedicated to Digital Drugs, MTV Lebanon during its night time bulletin found yet another reason (you know their logic, other from the Syrian, the Palestinian and sometimes the Muslims) to make people scared and worried: DIGITAL DRUGS! 

The Beirut Book | J-3 avant la signature

the beirut book,liban,typographie arabe,chiffre 6,beirut prints,beyrouth,david hury,tamyrasJour J-3 avant la séance de signature de The Beirut Book au Salon du livre de Beyrouth, le dimanche 2 novembre à 18h30. Plus que 3 jours avant le grand jour donc! Toutes les infos sont ici, suivez le lien...

USJ Suspends Student Elections: All Universities Should Do The Same In Lebanon

Saint Joseph University issued a statement earlier today and stated student elections will be suspended for the current academic year. The decision came after NDU suspended its elections following the quarrel that took place between Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement students on Wednesday.

Ayia Napa’s Senior Frog’s Coming To Beirut

I am sure every Lebanese who traveled to Ayia Napa has been to Senior Frog’s. It’s the best place to kick off the party there as it’s always crowded and there’s always live entertainment. Well guess what? Senior Frog’s is coming to Concrete 1994 in Sin el Fil, Beirut for two nights on November 21 and 22.
Regular entrance tickets are at 45$ and 55$ (65$ at the door) and VIP tickets are at 100$.

Halloween Events & Parties Happening This Weekend In Beirut

Here are some of the Halloween events and parties happening in Beirut this weekend. If there are other events that I have missed out, let me know and I will add them. Too bad no one has organized a Zombie walk in Beirut yet but there’s the Halloween night ride which is close enough.

Update: Walid Joumblatt Is Tweeting Himself

For those of you still doubting if it’s really Joumblatt tweeting, His Excellency Tom Fletcher, among others, “confirmed” in a tweet the authenticity of Joumblatt’s Twitter account. If you think about it, his tweets do sound like him.

NDU Should Not Have Canceled the Elections, but Learn from AUB

Yes, that’s in NDU, not a zoo somewhere where a piece of meat was thrown into a holding area with dozens of carnivorous animals. The difference here is that this is a university campus, not a zoo, and the animals are actually loyalists of Geagea and Aoun, two of the warlords Lebanon was never really able to get rid of. It’s so embarrassing that the supposedly “educated youth”, still have so many testosterone-crazed baboons that often spend over a decade in universities to be the “representatives” of their political macho men, ruining any chance of meaningful political reform at an early stage in hopes they’ll graduate knowing how to run a proper political campaign and elections, far from the norm their leaders outside campus set. Watch more of the fight here:

Ghadi The Movie To Represent Lebanon At The Oscars

This is great news for Lebanon as Ghadi is the 11th Lebanese movie to make it to the Oscars since 1978 and will be competing against 80 other entries in the foreign language category.
Check out my review of Ghadi [Here].

Lebanese Bushra El-Turk, Hind Hobeika And Bahia Shehab Among BBC’s Top 100 Women Of 2014

Bushra el Turk: British-Lebanese composer for London Symphony Orchestra
Three Lebanese women made it to BBC’s 100 Women Of 2014 list. The list is aimed at highlighting inspiring figures from around the world and part of the BBC’s pledge to better represent women in its international coverage.

World Cup 2018 Logo Unveiled

The 2018 World Cup will take place in Russia and the logo is supposed to represent Russia’s heart & soul. I think it looks great specially when compared to the previous two World Cups logos. Now let’s wait and see what Qatar comes up with in few years time, assuming FIFA will allow them to still host the World Cup.


Sukleen Treated Sleiman And Will Be Taking The Necessary Actions

via Sukleen
I am very glad to hear Sleiman is in good health and I hope they arrest the person who assaulted him soon. In case you missed the original story, Sleiman is a Sukleen worker who got assaulted and humiliated in Dekwaneh two days and it didn’t take long before the story went viral.

The Beirut Book | J-4 avant la signature

the beirut book,liban,typographie arabe,chiffre 6,beirut prints,beyrouth,david hury,tamyrasJour J-4 avant la séance de signature de The Beirut Book au Salon du livre de Beyrouth, le dimanche 2 novembre à 18h30. Plus que 4 jours avant le grand jour donc! Toutes les infos sont ici, suivez le lien...

Bellboys are not just for hotels: Gandour gets a new logo.

Image source

And the saga continues, during the last 18 months so many Lebanese institutions have rebranded, Crepaway changed its selling line, whereas Matta,

7ki Jelis Does The Bra Cam Experiment With Myriam Klink

7ki Jelis reproduced the Nestlé FITNESS bra camera initiative and fitted Myriam Klink with a pink bra embedded with a hidden camera and asked her to walk inside a mall and see how many times her breasts are checked out. I liked the original experiment as it’s a smart way to raise awareness on Breast Cancer but I think Myriam Klink is a bad choice. Also, I don’t understand why the video says that she’s stripping or “tzallatit” which means getting naked which she’s not.

How To Use Brown People To Illustrate A Story About Overpopulation

Yesterday a report was published by the National Academy of Sciences warning that even major wars and catastrophes won't curb population growth. Good news, you might think, we are resilient as a species but of course that's not the version that the media will go with. Naturally it's too good an opportunity to miss for another round of scaremongering about human population growth. There's nothing that gets western media, in particular, giddy with excitement as the prospect of disasters brought about by population growth.

Giveaway: 10 Avant-Premiere Tickets To Watch INTERSTELLAR: The Movie Event Of The Year

I am pretty sure a lot of movie fans are eagerly waiting to watch Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, so here’s your chance to win avant-premiere tickets and watch it before anyone else. This $165M movie, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, is set to be a front runner in this year’s Oscar race and has been rated 9.5 on IMDb so far.
The Avant-Premiere is taking place on November 3 at VOX Cinemas BCC starting 7:30pm. In order to get in the competition, you have to answer the below:

Gandour’s New Logo

Gandour is changing its old logo and switching to the new one above. The bell-boy was also present in the 1940s’ logo along with the flag but he is becoming the primary focus now.
I’ve never really paid that much attention to Gandour’s logos but I like the new one.
PS: The new logo was designed Mash Creative and SocioDesign.

From Beirut to Dubai by MamaRowana

So here I am 1 month after writing my last piece about Lebanon not being my ‘happily ever after’ story. Since then, I left Beirut to the states to visit my family and to be a bridesmaid at my best friend’s wedding. Shortly after, my family and I took the big step to relocate to a new country, to a new city we could call home. This place is drum roll….Dubai (cue ‘eyes rolling’).

Lebanese Pot Farmers Vs. Da3esh

Who would have thought? Da3esh is actually uniting Lebanese factions in certain areas. I’d love to see pot farmers smoking weed and fighting alongside the Lebanese Army against terrorist groups in the Bekaa.

3 Lebanese Women Make it to BBC’s 100 Women List: Who They Are

It’s almost painful to see 3 out of the 100 women on BBC’s 100 Women are Lebanese, when Lebanon ranked among the worst countries in terms of gender equality (135/142), check out BlogBaladi for more information on that report.
But, it’s also amazing that 3% of the BBC’s 100 Women list of 2014, are Lebanese. It’s also doubly amazing because one of them is a scientist, and a good friend, Hind Hobeika!

Lebanon Ranked Among The Worst Countries In Terms Of Gender Inequality

The Annual Gender Gap Index is out and Lebanon has dropped from last year to the 135th spot (out of 142) and suffers from severe gender inequality. Moreover, Lebanon ranked really bad in terms of female political participation, given the low number of women holding public office. Lebanon is the second worst ranked country in the Arab world after Syria only in the 139th spot. Kuwait is the best ranked in 113th spot, followed by UAE (115), Bahrain (124), Egypt (129), Saudi Arabia (130) and Jordan (134).