Misc

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Five Reasons Why SLCHI Is Funnier Than MafiMetlo

Every now and then, I watch some of the old SLCHI episodes and they are always funny as hell. Sadly though, I don’t remember the last time I’ve laughed that much on a MafiMetlo episode even though the characters are all (almost) the same. Knowing that I still consider it the funniest Lebanese TV show, here are five reasons why SLCHI was funnier:

Jazirat al Ahlam, new video art by Tarek Chemaly


Advertising heaven. Nothing but that. Young men
and women in ads, doing impossible things on the beach, bikini clad ladies and
rock solid muscled hunks in suspended lives. Soundtracked by the late Sabah's "Sa3at sa3at" (there are times) languishing tune which
celebrates those instances or serenity and farniente in our lives.

Christmas Village (عيّد معنا) In Achrafieh (Sassine Square) On December 13 & 14

Achrafieh2020 and The Municipality of Beirut are organizing a Christmas village on December 13 and 14 next to Sassine square. They will be transforming the area into a pedestrian Christmas village for everyone to enjoy and have fun.
The village will be open from 10am till 11pm. Check out more info [Here].

Lebanon Breaks A New World Record

I think a lot of contractors from all around Lebanon would feel offended after watching this report as two years is a ridiculous record. They are way too incompetent to finish things in two years only! Take for example the “genius” Fiat bridge separator which was finally replaced by a height limiter. Of course the contractor was smart enough to build a crappy height limiter that got wrecked the next day.

Lebanese Savvy Sisters Bringing Middle Eastern Chain Restaurant Semson To New York

Christine Assouad Sfeir and Carine Assouad are launching next year Semsom’s first outlet in New York City at 2 Astor Pl. This is their first venture in the US and will consist of a 1,256 square-foot space that will seat around 25 people. The plan is to open four more outlets in New York in 2015 and have around 200 locations across the US by 2020. This is a very ambitious plan but Christine is ranked No.19 on the Forbes list of the 200 most powerful business women in the Arab world for a good reason.

Dhour Choueir Celebrating Christmas

Bringing Muslims to sing inside a Church or vice versa is probably the cheesiest thing to do but it works every time in Lebanon. I have nothing against it of course and I appreciate such initiatives as it brings people from different backgrounds together but I think the Lebanese people should be the one teaching our Muslim and Christian representatives how to work and co-exist together. Muslims singing Christmas songs or Christians singing Muslim chants will not get us a president, nor a proper infrastructure nor a decent electoral law to name few.

What’s The Story Behind The Pie?

I spotted this cool pie in a random place on the street in Beirut. Does anyone know why it’s there or what’s the story behind it?

7UP goes back to the future with new logo.


Thankfully it seems PepsiCo is updating that corny logo for 7UP (from the current one which was boxy, boring and lacked joie de vivre) with one which seems more like a facelift from their old 50s branding. Yes, the "up" inside the bubble is still there reminiscent from the previous logo which was just mercifully killed, but the retro curves are back, the 7 and the lettering seem close to the old logo they paraded in the old days.

Congratulations Jounieh (Beirut?) , You Are One of The #New7Wonders Cities

via New7wonders
I wish I knew the person who decided that this picture of Saint Paul’s Cathedral overlooking the Jounieh Bay refers to Beirut. Every time Beirut wins an award or is included in some list, they use the same Harissa shot that has nothing to do with Beirut.
If they need nice pictures of Beirut, I am more than willing to provide them tons of pictures and free of charge.

Maz Jobrani Back to Lebanon For One Night Only On December 14th

Maz Jobrani, one of the founding members of the Axis of Evil Comedy, is coming back to Lebanon to support Sanad Hospice Care yet another time. He will hold one fundraising event on December 14th at the Forum de Beyrouth at 7:30 pm. SANAD is an independent non-governmental non-profit organization established in January 2010 with a mission to provide comprehensive home-based hospice care to terminally ill patients while preserving their dignity and enhancing the quality of their remaining life.

Beirut As Seen From The International Space Station

Our friend Mahmoud Ghazayel emailed the ISS asking them to send him the latest image they took of Beirut from above and this is what he got.
Click [Here] for the larger image.

Alternative uses of bombs.


As flower pot....


As umbrella holder

See the power of recycling? Above are two alternative uses of bombs! Enjoy.

Christmas Series: Beirut Chants Till December 23rd! And its Free

I love Classical music. Whether it’s one musician, a quartet, a choir a whole orchestra or all of the above. Christmas is an especially magical time for such performances in Beirut’s many, many historic churches.
For 7 years now, Beirut Chants has been bringing to life these churches with local and international acts of all kinds: choral, sacred music, chamber and philharmonic orchestra performances and appearances by international soloists.
It already started on December 1st, but will continue till the 23rd.
You can check out their complete schedule here. Also, I’ve taken the liberty of selecting a handful I think will be really worth your while:

Brazilian Football Legend Ronaldo Likes Brgrco

You must try the Parmesan Truffle Fries next time you visit Brgrco. Brgrco opened in Chelsea on December 1.

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