I’m not sure when was this video taken, but it pretty much explains why Lebanese football and sports in general is failing miserably. The video shows the Nejmeh Sporting Club fans chanting for their team then suddenly cheering for Syria and Bashar El Assad proving one more time that every sports club in this country is destined to be associated with a certain political view, political party, sect, etc…
This by the way kind of reminds me of the golden days of Lebanese basketball when Riyadi’s crowd (mainly muslims) used to chant for Syria while Sagesse’s crowd used to chant for USA! And I would never be surprised if Lebanese fans of European football teams get divided following their sects and parties one day.
I got wind of this while digging into the international festival scene this summer, and wasn’t 100% sure it’s leak-worthy. But, after consulting several of my Frenchie friends, I realize now that Patricia Kaas is in fact a big deal (Even I know one of her songs, Mon Mec a Moi)
As many of you may already know if you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, I toured several major tech and web companies with Lebanese telecom minister Nicolas Sehanoui and two of his advisors, Karim Kobeissy and Ralph Aoun. The reason I went there was because I won a competition after writing a blog post about “reinventing the world” from Lebanon which was selected by a panel of 4 judges of Lebanese origin in top exec positions at silicon valley.
Here’s what happened at each stop
You might have read that the Lebanese government is planning on cracking down on illegally smuggled mobile devices, which apparently, are the majority of the devices in Lebanon (70% according to the government), and for good reason. Here are some points you need to know:
Trippy right? But, if you need more information that the short video teaser above, read what I wrote about Stereo last week.
Anyway, as we have done dozens of times before, I wanna send 2 of you for free to the grand opening this Saturday, and all you have to do is simple:
Picture taken by myself [@LeNajib]
As I posted two days, the highest and coolest rooftop in town, The Roof at Four Seasons Beirut, has kicked off its summer season this weekend. The Roof is located on the hotel’s 26th floor and is a great place to chill out after work or on the weekends.
This is a speed test from the free wifi zone at Amman airport, provided by ISP Zain.
Let's compare this to the speeds in Beirut airport which only offers 30 minutes of free wifi from leading Lebanese ISP, IDM.
Summer is here and this means we might be traveling on a vacation soon, or then again, a lot of people, like myself, travel frequently, and wrinkled clothes is something I often worry about. Louis Vuitton positions itself as a traveling expert and regularly releases new guides to help people learn more about packing for »more...
I wonder how the hot girl is relevant to this newspaper ad.
Here’s some fun information for this calm Monday… You agree with the below info-graphic.
Inspired by ongoing studies of natural forms and recent work with laboratory equipment Humming Bird combines the precise nature of the scientific devices with a more decorative and sculptural form that would deliver both function and pleasing aesthetics. These dispensers are designed to be a highly decorative table feature. The oil and vinegar is dispensed »more...
Funnily enough, it’s much older news than the upgraded data plans
Telecom Minister Sehnaoui announced yesterday the good news that a bid was launched for the addressing of all of Lebanon, and that from now on, every home or office in Lebanon will have a proper address. Of course everyone got excited about this, including myself, but the truth is Lebanon’s postal system has been revamped since 2002 but remains unused.
Here, the closeness seems natural. Lebanon is a country of just about four million people, with half living in the capital of Beirut. And like most other countries, there is a mix of religions, social classes, and so forth that all live together, with varying degrees of success. But there is an undercurrent of what they call “Lebanese hospitality” – I was warned that if someone invites you into their home, whether you are a friend or stranger, it’s rude to say “No.” Instead, you always say, “Next time.” via Lebanon | David Lebovitz.
According to tweets by minister Nicolas Sehnaoui, a bid will soon be launched for addressing of Lebanon in order for homes and workplaces to get proper addresses.
So hopefully in a few months from now, you will no longer have to tell people where you live or work based on directions like “teilit mafra2 3al shmeil” or “bi wijj mini market abou afif”!
It is eleven years today, Teta, and I do miss you more than ever on this beautiful day...
Sometimes life is so ruthlessly beautiful,
Sometimes life is so devastatingly perfect,
It makes me want to cry.
Yesterday I heard a report about a country burying its dead,
A family burying its dead,
A woman burying her dead,
And I thought
The dead are never buried:
The sunshine wakes them
And the raindrops dig their graves.
Today the sun smiled at me,
The breeze smiled at me,
And I smiled back.
Today I missed my grandma more than ever
Because she is missing this beautiful day.
Summer has started. Finally! It took a while; we were still under heavy rain some two weeks ago. People have beach on their mind. I passed by this clown car, they were on their way to the beach. Apart from the three in the trunk, there were about seven inside the cab. They were all happy and smiling. Who wouldn’t be, on their way to the beach?
I'm really glad we got to see Wadi Rum yesterday and this sunset. Some friends told us they tried to go today but were dissuaded by their hotel management who warned that the road south was unstable.
When you look back at this ad campaign, you see the problem: At no point did they actually make wine seem like something you'd want to drink. It was a great campaign for girl products or a reminder on how some girls unfortunately think but not a WINE AD. People actually do drink wine when having fun,listening to music (bars, parties, restaurants, with family and friends...). It makes no sense to try to make "girly moments" association with wine. In my opinion this ad will hurt sales and chateau ka will need an urgent action plan to boost...CREATIVITY!
Spotted at ABC Achrafieh
This is the second Easter Christians celebrate this year, this time for the Orthodox Christians.
Spotted at ABC Dbayyeh
Anyone coming from Europe soon? Is my name on one these limited edition coke bottles? I want one! Across Europe this summer, Coca‑Cola invites you to ‘Share A Coke’ with friends and family, as the iconic “Coca‑Cola” script will be replaced for the first time ever with the names of its consumers. I just checked »more...
Picture from The DailyStar
The Israeli man who crossed the technical fence and the Blue line between Israel and Lebanon turned out to be mentally ill and was handed over on Saturday to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Hopefully, the Israeli warplanes which have been flying for days over our skies will also go home and leave us alone.
I had predicted this before in my art installation "No truce in Beirut only virgins".... So according to Virgin Radio, "Lebanon now proclaimed a virgin territory". Forget about our brothels, forgets about Maameltein, forget sexual tourism and the sad reputation of Lebanese girls in the Gulf (though mostly unfounded perhaps but then it is there - whether we want it or not).... No, we are a "virgin territory"...
Who doesn’t enjoy butter… But we have to watch out for that cholesterol level… Here’s where Butter Boss comes in handy. Butter Boss, a innovative device that keeps your favorite foodstuff ever close-at-hand, whether you need it sliced, spread, or simply stored. A sliding button makes it easy to measure out perfect golden portions, which »more...
Football players sometimes celebrate scoring by sliding on their knees or chests, but this Lebanese player, Mohamad Ghaddar, took advantage of the field’s poor condition and took a dive right into one of the water spots caused by the rain!
video via The Football Fupernova