All and nothing

Everything You Need to Know About Sports and Politics in Lebanon by Rayane Mousallem

Spots in Lebanon, especially basketball and football, are highly politicized. We all know deep down “El 7ekme 2ouwet”, “Champville Aouniyeh”, “Riyadeh Mustaqbal lal Hariri”, “Amchit lal Ra2ees”, etc.
The problem is, the level those sports reached, especially Basketball, was impressive. Lebanon’s national basketball team and clubs have performed brilliantly on many international occasions in the past decade or so.
Sadly, politics ruined it last year, and made FIBA boot Lebanon out, crushing the dreams of the players and fans, because Michel Aoun and Michel Sleiman were bickering like stupid children, and the players and fans played along…

AUB’s IFI Among Business Insider’s “9 Best New University Buildings”

Zaha Hadid’s design of the brand new Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs has had mixed reviews here in Beirut. Many students saw it as an eyesore in the upper-campus part that includes the iconic Bliss and Fisk Hall. But, it grew on me. I like it, I think the contrast between the other four buildings around the Green Oval is nice. And, from this angle, it looks pretty awesome. I haven’t been inside yet, but I plan on doing that next time I visit AUB.

Review: BEYt Guesthouse

Two weeks ago while in Lebanon I stayed at a guesthouse called BEYt. They’ve been open for nearly a year now and I found out about the place by chance on my last trip there while visiting a small bookshop (Play BEY which belongs to them) and overhearing the owner talk about it. The guesthouse was located on top of the bookshop on the main Mar Mikhael street and when I got a tour of the place I knew I would be staying there on my next trip, which is what I ended up doing.

FAIL: Muffins Anyone?

Spotted in Verdun.
Thanks Marwan!

Bugatti Veyron Ran Out Of Gas In Down Town Beirut

via WhatsupLebanon
I don’t know if it broke down or ran out of gas, but that’s not a sight you see every day.
via LebaneseCars

GCR: Lebanon Among Best in Education, Absolute Last in Trust in Politicians + More Numbers

So, the World Economic Forum published its Global Competitiveness Report, and Lebanon got some interesting number I’ll highlight here:

The Top-Ten Single-Digit Numbers of All Time

Even before it was published, this post has been described as 'the ultimate listicle', 'the defining new media article' and 'silly but accurate' by major news organisations and well-known pundits. The buzz surrounding the anticipated publication of the post created waves of excitement on social media and other similar clichés usually used by SM types. So what's the fuss about?

Lebanon: No Longer My Happily Ever After Story by Mama Rowana

Our leaders, Mafioso’s and “governments”all deserve to be put in the thinking corner! They need to publicly acknowledge what they have done with Lebanon for the past few decades was and still is wrong. It is what we would expect children as young as 3 to do. You’d think if a child can acknowledge mistakes and apologize then why can’t our self proclaimed “leaders”do the same? If only it were that simple.

FAIL: Who Wants A Crap Salad?

Thanks Rana!

Doing the #ALSIceBucketChallenge For Centuries

We have been doing the Ice Bucket challenge ever since “Kebbe Naye” was invented… The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July–August 2014. In the US, »more...

Mercedes Benz Publishes 48 Hours in Beirut

Hannes Thornhammar dropped by Beirut recently, and wrote up a piece on Mercedes-Benz’s mb! website.
Here’s the intro and final thoughts from the piece you find here.

Have You Heard of Edible LEGO Bricks?

Japanese artist and designer Akihiro Mizuuchi has created edible chocolate LEGOs – making everyone’s childhood dream come true. The bricks, which are made of milk, white, dark and strawberry chocolate, are fully functional. To create the pieces, molten chocolate is poured into precisely measured molds, which are then popped out once they cooled. The artist »more...

Safety First

Picture taken in Chekka by Rana

New Lebanese Car Plate Number App Blackmailing Lebanese

We’ve all tried, seen or heard of the infamous car plate number apps that keep popping up everywhere. I even remember a time before smartphones, when some employee in the the “Nafaa” would burn CDs and give/sell it to his/her friends to get the info.
Now, before I explain how outrageous this is, there is some sense behind it in these dark times. Rigged cars are usually stolen ones, or ones with fake license plate numbers. Perhaps an app commissioned by the Lebanese government could check for the main issues, like is it stolen? Is it fake? But, without revealing the personal information of the driver.

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