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Lebanese Red Cross Road Accidents Statistics For 2014: 10866 Accidents, 14516 Injuries And 229 Kills

If we look back at 2013, there were 11,552 injuries according to the Lebanese Red Cross so the number has increased by almost 3000 this year which is huge! As far as the kills and accidents are concerned, I couldn’t find the full 2013 report but I assume the numbers are up this year as well.

My Faith Restored

It’s been a while since the last post. I was not particularly inspired by Beirut of late. Plenty of things to be disappointed with. Incompetent politicians, corrupt officials, bodyguards and convoys of government officials that believe they can operate above the law, lack of transparency, and basically the knowledge that there’s enough money going around to turn this into a beautiful and livable country, if only. If only.

And then I wasn’t in country for a while.

In Pictures: Heavy Snow Storm To Hit Lebanon Next Week

Lebanon’s mountains are already covered with snow and a heavy snowstorm is expected to hit Lebanon next week. Here are few pictures taken from all over Lebanon and collected from various Facebook pages (LiveLoveLebanon, skiLebanon, WeAreLebanon, EhdenSpirit.
The pictures were taken in Laklouk, Donniyeh, Bcharreh, Mzaar, Kfardebian and Ehden.

Dubai Police Spotted In Matn

I am assuming this is a municipality car but they shouldn’t have their lights on and a Dubai license plate while driving here.
Thanks Sarah!

Lebanon Featured On The North Face’s Instagram Account

The North Face featured on its Instagram account this stunning picture of Tannourine that was taken by team climber @bookofsamuel. The picture shows Will Nazarian, an Armenian/American climber, who’s been climbing all over Lebanon and has some amazing videos on the Rock climbing Association for Development page [R-A-D.org].

(2014 end-of-year lists) – OKYDOKY

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release Faysal Bibi (Okydoky) - Den Sorte Skole: Lektion III (album, 2013) – Tinariwen: Emmaar (album, 2014) – DJ Umb: Zoukesque Volume 2 […]

(2014 end-of-year lists) – LILIANE CHLELA

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release Liliane Chlela - Eric Holm: Åse – Killing Sound: S/t – Koenraad Ecker: One-Eye – Klara Lewis: Untitled – Dalhous: DSM-III – […]

(2014 end-of-year lists) – WAKE ISLAND

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release WAKE ISLAND Philippe Manasseh In no particular order: - Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams – Bantam Wing: You Keep Going On – The […]

Father Of Lebanese Wine And Owner Of The World-Renowed Château Musar Serge Hochar Dies On New Year’s Eve

Lebanese wine industry legend Serge Hochar and the owner of world-renowed Chateau Musar has died in a swimming accident on New Year’s Eve in Mexico. Hochar is considered as the father of Lebanese wine and has helped Lebanon’s wine industry reach international acclaim.

The Snow in Faraya Today

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The cold weather that we are experiencing this weekend is bringing much needed snow to our mountains and Faraya seems to have got a good amount so far.
The cold front is supposed to last over the next week I think and more snow is expected, so the slopes may probably open in the next couple of weekends.
Below is a photo showing how the slopes in Faraya looked like on the same day of the previous year (January 3rd 2014), so 2015 looks definitely promising.

Alexander The Great’s Siege of The Unconquerable Lebanese City Of Tyre

I was reading an article about the 5 ancient acts of war that changed the face of the earth and the Great Alexander’s siege of Tyre was mentioned among them, so I decided to dig deeper into it and it’s a mind blowing story to say the least! In fact, I am surprised they haven’t done a movie about that siege alone.
So how did Alexander turn an Island Into a Peninsula?

Nadim Karam's Daroun Harissa house


Elie Abi Hanna for the Wall Street Journal

On Dec.

In Their Shape

To Teta, once again...

We die, they say
But we never die, they say
We carry our dead in our hearts,
They live in us, they say

They say so much, they say so little…

She was here, they say
I remember her, they say
It was a long time ago, they say
It was like yesterday...

I hear so much, I say so little…

She’s somewhere, they say
Looking over you, they say
I look over my shoulder,
Still searching…

One day she’s at the beach
Collecting shells, they say
And years later I’m back here
Collecting my breath…

I won’t go back, I say
I’m done, I say
I moved on…

Alexander Attacks the City of Tyre – Google Cultural Institute

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Standing at the center of the lead ship in gold armor, Alexander the Great directs the naval assault on the Phoenician city of Tyre in January 332 B.C.
Alexander Attacks the City of Tyre – Master of the Jardin de vertueuse consolation and assistant (Flemish, active 3rd quarter of 15th century) – Google Cultural Institute.

Perduto

“You’ll never be great,” he said.
“And I am fine with that,
“But you are not.”

I sleep
But wake up like I haven’t
The skyline looks at me
Grey and cold
The same green windows
That soon won’t be there

I sit
I stare
I breathe deep
And suffocate
A beam, check where it is
Erase
Damn, it’s gone
Irretrievable

Songs rush through my head
In tiny white tubes
I am numb
Numb is good

I revolt
Against good
Against beautiful
Against my own ill-defined self
But I don’t have the energy
So I let it be

Perduto…”
She sings in my head
Like memories of our life there
Like the train tracks we waited in front of

(2014 end-of-year lists) – RIBAL RAYESS

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release Ribal Rayess (Escape to Venus) In no particular order: - Arthur Satyan: Artology – RadioKVM: Issrar – Various artists: Bidia (Al Widad […]

PornHub’s Number 1 Porn Star is Now “Lebanese Born and Bred”


On Dec 28, something happened by someone Lebanese-born that you won’t hear about on the TV news broadcasts boasting about how amazingly successful every Lebanese person always is abroad.
Mia Khalifa became PornHub’s most popular porn star. The Miami-based porn star’s Instagram bio says:
Unofficial mascot of the Florida State Seminoles, Porn junkie/star, Dog mom of two, Lebanese born and bred, Bang Bros contract girl. Miami, FL

(2014 end-of-year lists) – KHODOR ELLAIK

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014… Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release Khodor Ellaik (Kid Fourteen) In no particular order: - Kirin J. Callinan: Embracism (2013) – Xiu Xiu: Angel Guts Red Classroom (2014) […]

What the Cops Behavior on NYE Tells Us

1- They Can Be Courteous
The past weekend leading up to NYE, I was stopped and pulled over at 4 out of 5 different checkpoints I happened to pass by. My beard and the fact I’m a military-age man are probably their main incentive, but in the back of my mind, it’s also cause they hope to find drugs on me and throw me in jail till someone pays them off.
Not this time, they were incredibly nice. Nice enough for me to wish them a happy holiday when I was about to drive off. I wish they were that way all the time.

Uf Chou Laziz – Chou Hasseit Song

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If I were Zaven I would have probably already committed suicide for all the “chou hasseit” jokes that have been made so far!

The Lebanese Police Should Arrest This Guy And Destroy His Bike

I saw this video yesterday on NekatLebanese18‘s instagram account then I remembered I had posted about him already before when he pulled a similar stunt on the Dora highway. However this time, he apparently made there’s a policeman looking at him.

5 Years Later

4 Reasons Why Everyone Is Sharing Dubai, Not Beirut’s NYE Fireworks

I always enjoy watching NYE fireworks from around the world mainly in London, Sydney and New York. As far as the Middle East is concerned, Dubai has been impressing the world with a spectacular show around Burj Khalifa every year and yesterday’s show was even more impressive than last year. Of course we also had fireworks planned in Beirut but most Lebanese I know are sharing Dubai’s fireworks for 4 main reasons:

Roadster Diner Opening Soon in Zaitunay Bay

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I just stumbled upon this photo by Roadster diner on Facebook announcing that they’re opening soon in Zaitunay Bay.
With Classic Burger Joint and some coffee shops already operating there, I believe it’s pretty good to see Roadster opening as well which helps making Zaitunay Bay more accessible to average people, especially that it was labeled as a spot for the rich people when it was first launched.
Update:

Shit You Only See in Lebanon

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Where else other than Lebanon do you get to see some guy pulling a stunt on a busy intersection and saluting a police officer?
video via Rabih Wehbe

And The Best Dressed Lebanese Singer On NYE Is …

Madonna of course! I can’t actually believe she was dressed as a Christmas tree but it looked nice.
Who needs Lady Gaga when we have Lady Madonna?

Water Spout Spotted In Beirut

Pic by YoungLBAdult
The first picture was shared by toalyalb and is pretty cool.
Picture by WakimJocy

Down Town Beirut Has Got Everything Except People

The Washington Post shared an article today on Down Town Beirut and how it was rebuilt after the civil war and now has everything except people. This is not the first time that this issue is raised and it is true that DT is without a soul but I disagree with some of the stuff mentioned by those interviewed in the article.

The Most Accurate And Genuine Predictions For Lebanon In 2015

Bernard Hage is hilarious but I have to admit last year’s predictions were funnier. The only thing that was funnier than Bernard Hage this year were Mike Feghali’s clothes on NYE.

In all cases, I hope 2015 will be the year where Lebanese TVs will stop hosting these so-called predictors and psychics.

Bernard Hage Predictions for 2015

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Bernard’s predictions are becoming a yearly traditions and the guy is in my opinion funnier than most of the people you see on comedy shows nowadays.
Make sure to check his blog here. (I wish he posts more often)

The 2015 New Year Fireworks Show in Dubai

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I wish this was about some cool fireworks show in Beirut, but it was the same boring scene here with stupid people firing rounds of bullets at midnight.
On the other hand, Dubai dazzled the world once more with amazing fireworks that lit up Burj Khalifa. And while they’re at it, they broke a Guinness world record by covering the tower with the largest LED display consisting of 70,000 LED bulbs.
You can also watch a behind the scenes video here on how EMAAR made it all happen.

Lebanese ISF Deployed All Over Lebanon on NYE To Keep Everyone Safe And Stop Drunk People

via Almaza
While we were all drinking and singing yesterday, the Lebanese Internal Security Forces were running alcohol breath tests in almost every region in Lebanon. Those who were driving and failed the test were arrested while those walking in the street and found drunk were sent home in a cab.

Elissa Started 2015 With A Fall On Stage

Chakla ma “bitmoun” 3a 7ada yilemma bi Dubai. Anyway I hope she’s ok.
[YouTube]