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30 Thoughts Every Arab Couple Has Before Getting Married

1) We need to look like royalty.
2) Do we really have to invite the company driver to our wedding party too?
3) Our wedding is going to be one of the most different and coolest weddings EVER!
4) Wait, does a single rose really cost $9?
5) Dried flowers are the new trend, everyone’s doing it.
6) So we just like go home together after the wedding party, no eyebrows raised?

Mahmoud Darwish, "Memory for Forgetfulness" 2 - محمود درويش، "ذاكرة للنسيان"

الساعة الثالثة.فجرٌ محمول على النار.كابوس يأتي من البحر.ديوك معدنية.دخان.حديد يُعِد وليمة حديد فجر يندلع في الحواس كلها قبل أن يظهر.و هدير يطردني من السرير ويرميني في هذا الممر الضيق.ولا أريد شيئاً، لا أتمنى شيئاً و لا أقدر على إدارة أعضائي في هذا الإضطراب الشامل لا وقت للحيطة،ولاوقت للوقت،لو اعرف فقط،لو أعرف كيف أُنظِم زحام هذا الموت المنصَب لوأعرف كيف أُحرِر الصراخ المحتقن في جسدٍ لم يعد جسدي من فرط ماحاول أن ينجو في تَتَبع فوضوي القذائف.كفى...كفى_همستُ لأعرف إن كان في وسعي أن أفعل شيئاً يدلني عليَ.....ويشير إلى مكان الهاوية المفتوحة من جهات ست لا أستطيع أن أستسلم لهذا القدر المحتوم ولا أستطيع أن أقاومه.

In support of Glen Le Lievre

It's sad that the caricature above which was printed in the Sydney Morning Harald (and drawn by Glen Le Lievre) was withdrawn and with s an apology to boot.

Steak & Cheese Factory: Beirut City Centre

It was Sunday, a day I spend with my family, taking my kids out for lunch. I’m not sure why, but my little one insisted she wanted to visit a mall, ABC then changed to Beirut City Centre. BCC it is! Where better there to eat than the food court, where the choices are wide »more...

Ummati: I am the (real) Muslim.

Breaking news: Beirut/NTSC is abandoning cynism for a very short while. First I must say I have no idea who is behind Ummati (my nation). Their mission statement on their website is positive and uplifting but vague and generic. Oh, and the backlash started already on social media questioning how much of Muslims they are and what not (people did not take kindly to the caricatures republished there, many references were ridiculing the photo of men and women praying together, etc....) in addition to many negative political references - anything from the Saudi Royal family, to the US passing through Israel and the people behind the website and the campaign.

Byblos Bank slices life perfectly.

Testimonials and slices of life have been the bread and butter of bank advertising since forever, and were brought to Lebanon in the mid-90s by advertisers who graduated from universities outside of Lebanon (and TV screens were filled with people giving their names and buying stuff, or alternatively receiving car keys upon graduation et je passe).

"Lady Lazarus" by Sylvia Plath

"I have done it again.
One year in every ten
I manage it-----

A sort of walking miracle, my skin
Bright as a Nazi lampshade,
My right foot

A paperweight,
My featureless, fine
Jew linen.

Peel off the napkin
O my enemy.
Do I terrify?-------

The nose, the eye pits, the full set of teeth?
The sour breath
Will vanish in a day.

Soon, soon the flesh
The grave cave ate will be
At home on me

And I a smiling woman.
I am only thirty.
And like the cat I have nine times to die.

This is Number Three.
What a trash
To annihilate each decade.

What a million filaments.
The Peanut-crunching crowd

El Molino: Travel to Mexico for a Night

I still remember the symphony, experienced that night… The tacos crumbling under my teeth like tam-tams, the guacamole caressing my palate like horse tail on a violin, the vibes pumping in my ears like sticks on a drum… As simple as it is, El Molino put a smile on my face from start to finish, »more...

New Kid on the Block: Beirut Beer’s State of the Art Factory

Lebanon has a new beer, after years of waiting, ‘Beirut’ is a beer that will stop the monopoly of the brewing industry in our country. Prior to its launch, the Kassatly family, the giants behind brands like Freez and Buzz has been working on this beer for sometime now, coming up with a new blend that »more...

Ice Cream Scoop Fit for a Queen

Give your guests a royal serve of ice-cream next time you throw a party by using this unusually designed Ice Queen Scoop. Having drawn its inspiration from the Queen herself, this scoop can truly bring humor on the party table without a doubt. It’s got a soft section which helps in pushing out the ice-cream, »more...

Lucky Rima

It's easy to get the depressed with all the violence in the news these days and the knee-jerk jingoism to accompany it. But it's nice to know love still finds a way in Beirut, somehow.

Aishti's new collection: Futuristic, monochrome, and lettering emblasoned.

Forget other fashion (sorry, "lifestyle") bloggers! Beirut/NTSC has the scoop on the new fall collection dropping at uber fancy (and super over-priced) swanky Aishti store. The new collection promises to be futuristic (plenty of coding!), monochrome (damn it, forget what everyone is saying but "black is the new black"), and typo-filled (seems lettering is very strong to make fashion statements this upcoming season).

First Time Coffee Flavored Donuts from Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts, for the first time, have come up with coffee flavored donuts. Good news is that you don’t have to dunk your donuts into your coffee to enjoy the flavor. The two limited-time editions are both yeast donuts filled with coffee-flavored buttercream. The Coffee Creme version is glazed with a coffee-flavored frosting drizzle on »more...

Arabs, Israelis and the tragedy of Arab denial

You want to know the difference between Israelis and Arabs? Israelis might be fierce with their actions and reactions, but you cannot say they aren’t people with a strong sense of loyalty to their own people: One common history, one religion and a strong sense of shared fate. There might be political diversity within Israel, as well as criticism of how the IDF conducts its business, but there is no denying that Israelis win by just being themselves. Brutal or not.

Panic on the radio

"Those Who Pass Between Fleeting Words" "أيها المارون بين الكلمات العابرة"

أيها المارون بين الكلمات العابرة
محمود درويش

أيها المارون بين الكلمات العابرة
احملوا أسماءكم، و انصرفوا
و اسرقوا ما شئتم من زرقة البحر و رمل الذاكرة
و خذوا ما شئتم من صور، كي تعرفوا
إنكم لن تعرفوا
كيف يبني حجر من أرضنا سقف السماء

أيها المارون بين الكلمات العابرة
منكم السيف ـ و منا دمنا
منكم الفولاذ والنار ـ و منا لحمنا
منكم دبابة أخرى ـ و منا حجر
منكم قنبلة الغاز ـ و منا المطر
و علينا ما عليكم من سماء و هواء
فخذوا حصتكم من دمنا و انصرفوا
و ادخلوا حفل عشاء راقص.. و انصرفوا
..و علينا، نحن، أن نحرس ورد الشهداء
!و علينا، نحن، أن نحيا كما نحن نشاء

أيها المارون بين الكلمات العابرة
كالغبار المر، مروا أينما شئتم و لكن
لا تمروا بيننا كالحشرات الطائرة

Selfie Shop In Lebanon

I am surprised it took that long to have a shop named Selfie in Lebanon. It has nothing to do with the selfie trend though as it’s just a women’s clothing store.

Names Of The 10 Lebanese Army Martyrs From The Arsal Fighting

The Lebanese Army has unfortunately lost 10 of its brave soldiers while fighting Islamists in Arsal. The names as published on the Lebanese Army’s official website are as shown below. You can find a resume of each of them [Here].
Noureddine Al Jamal
Ibrahim Mohammad Al Ammouri
Walid Nassim el Majdalani
Nader Hassan Youssef
Omar Walid Al Nohaily
Jaafar Hassan Nasreddine
Hussein Ali Hamiyye
Khaldoun Raouf Hammoud
Hassan Walid Mehieddine
Mohammad Ali El Ajal

First Drive At RPM Lebanon: One Of The Biggest And Most Ambitious Racing Parks In The Middle East

I headed yesterday to Mtein to try out the newest and one of the biggest karting track in the Middle East: Racing Park Mtein Lebanon. I picked up Gino who was there few days before and headed to Mtein, which is 10 minutes away from Bikfaya. Getting to the track was relatively easy and took around 40 minutes from Jounieh. Once you get there, there’s a huge parking lot where you can easily park and walk to the circuit.

Can We Stop The Cheesy Army Songs And Cheesy Support?

I am all for supporting the Lebanese Army, but someone needs to stop these cheesy and lame Lebanese Army songs being played on TVs. Moreover, Al Jadeed’s TV anchor wore the army uniform yesterday as a sign of support, which I didn’t like as well and found really cheesy. It’s enough these days to just put a hashtag or a small logo just like LBCI did with the N thing.

Mad WoMen in Hell.

"Before and (ever)after" Tarek Chemaly

“There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women”, said former secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Sadly, the same statement was repeated by singer Taylor Swift in reply to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s jokes at her expense (while presenting the Golden Globes of 2014). The joke is that Poehler later said that of course she’d be going to hell, “but for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff.”

Holidays Part 6

Playing backgammon at the Riviera Beach Club  I have gone on my annual Trek to the Motherland: I have to replenish my body and soul with energy in order to be able to deal with another year of Lebanon. It is a country of incredible beauty and wonderful people, but the place is a paradox. What you experience in Lebanon in one year, you experience in another country in a life time. The pace of living is so fast, yet so relaxed at the same time, that it drains your energy like no other place. And so I have gone to re-energize.

Badda Awou Ma Badda Hal2ad?

A Liverpool fan (Lebanese?) is seen crying after she took a picture with Steven Gerrard at a training session at Princeton. I don’t know if she’s Lebanese or not, but you can see the Lebanese flag right next to her and the woman behind her (her mother?) and the two guys are talking Arabic so it’s possible.
The sure thing is that she’s a die-hard Liverpool fan. Here’s an interview (Thanks Patrick) with [Here] for those interested.

A Not So Happy Lebanese Army Day After All

At least 8 army soldiers were killed yesterday after Syrian gunmen attacked their checkpoints in Arssal. The Lebanese army quickly regained control of the checkpoints and pushed back the gunmen but the situation is still tense. Everything started when the army arrested Abou Ahmad Jemaa, who’s the Jobhat el Nusra “Prince” in Lebanon.

Al Hallab’s New Summer Collection of Oriental Sweets with Ice Cream

I read a ‘tweet’ saying that Al Hallab has introduced a number of new desserts to their menu. Of course I rushed to check it out… My sweet tooth was craving for something new and one of the mouthwatering items “Hallab Bassma” caught my attention. Called Oriental Sweets with Ice Cream, these seven new items can »more...

Beirut Beer vs Pepsi - too close for comfort (UPDATE)

I know the title of this post might be confusing, please note I am not comparing tastes, I am just pointing out that the headline of the newly launched Beirut Beer by Kassatly Chtaura which is "inta adda" (you're up to it!) is very very close to the signature by Pepsi "khallik adda" (keep being up to it) which was used for a very very long time (and it was the Arabic transposition of "ask for more"). It's still too fresh in my memory for this to benefit from statute of limitation on copycat crimes.

"War" by Naomi Shihab Nye

"If this is what we studied for, heads bent over books in wooden desks engraved with the names of the dead, then I have a new feeling for subtraction.   
Olive trees, three acres slashed equals zero zero zero. That’s my address. The grade on my page.   
If this is the spectrum of pronouns— you kill, he or she kills, anyone might kill— then I speak a new language without them. Words rinse into one another recklessly— morning, wishes, windows, paste of kisses on a child’s warm scalp.   

8 Lebanese Art Exhibitions You Should See this Summer

Contre Nature, 2014, Courtesy of Beirut Art CentreContre Nature, 2014, Courtesy of Beirut Art Centre
Lebanon has all the necessary ingredients for a journey of cultural discovery. It is a unique nation, yet one deeply connected to the realities of the surrounding region; this complex and geographically specific identity is highly visible even in the art exhibitions taking place in the country this summer. Enjoy our virtual tour through some of the best exhibitions happening in the coming months in Lebanon’s best galleries and museums.

How To Help Iraqi Refugees In Lebanon

Ever since the Islamic State (Da3esh) took over Mossul, a lot of Iraqi families have been fleeing to Lebanon seeking refuge and there are over 1300 families till now according to the Chaldean Archdiocese in Hazmieh, Beirut. These families were forced to leave in a matter of days and most of them have nowhere to go, which is why the Chaldean Archdiocese along with other churches have been receiving them and helping them out.

Trying To Be Funny

Picture taken by Ahmad Jaber
Thanks Chadi!

Eat Out for Life Campaign: Eat Out Until August 7th And Help The CCCL

From the first till the 7th August, if you eat out at any of the restaurants below, you will be contributing to the treatment of a sick child at the CCCL. There are a lot of popular restaurants participating in this initiative like Central, Pepe’s, Pzzco, Brgrco, Crepaway, Mayrig and Shawarmanji.
You can find the nearest restaurants [Here] and give them a visit before the 7th of August.

"The consumer is a moron, he's your husband" Ogilvy (not).

Polaroid by Tarek Chemaly

Remember that famous quote from David Ogilvy? “The consumer
is not a moron, she’s your wife”? Well, obviously he was addressing men in
advertising. Considering that the female element is on the rise – and just like
the introduction of African American players in the National Baskeball
Association (NBA) – proved a threat to the whites, so is the female in the ad
industry is proving even as worthy (if not more than) their male counterpart.

Latizi La Terja3é

L3ama chou sar ma3o el shab? Ma badda hal2ad!
Just when I thought Myriam Klink songs are bad, this changes everything.