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All and nothing

Mamarowana: Yes, We Can Still Party! The Evolution of Date Night Apres Having Kids


First of all, let’s agree they were never called ‘date-nights’. We just went out, had fun and didn’t think of anyone but ourselves. We enjoyed leaving one place and going to the next and then to a few more. We would have late-night breakfast feasts to wake up the next morning feeling pretty good, only ever so slightly affected. If such debauchery was attempted today, the morning after would be filled with a pounding headache and erupting acid reflux rendering the day miserable.

Health Minister Wael Bou Faour Issues A list of Lebanon’s Violating Supermarkets And Restaurants

Health Minister Bou Faour confirmed to all the Lebanese today that the food they are eating is full of diseases and issued a list of restaurants and supermarkets that do not meet the proper health and hygiene conditions. The minister said that violating restaurants will be warned and fines will be forced.

Uber Beirut Offering Free Rides This Week!

I love Uber and I use it all the time when I don’t feel like driving to events in Beirut. The drivers are extremely friendly, always on time and very professional, the cars are super cool and the service is impeccable. If you don’t believe me, go ahead and try them as they are offering free uberX rides from Thursday November 13th till Sunday November 16th.
Here’s how to claim your free rides:

It’s True If I Say It Is, The World according To the Great Nassim Nicholas Taleb

History is full of great Lebanese people who have contributed so much to humanity, and they never even mention it. But in the modern era nobody can come close to matching the genius of the greatest public intellectual of our era, Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The claim is largely based on Mr Taleb’s own self-perception but that doesn’t make it wrong. This quintessential Phoenician genius has transformed the way we see the world, in the process changing the very nature of knowledge itself.

Charbel Nassour plays is "un"safe with condoms to tackle parliamentary extension!


Credit: Charbel Nassour

Charbel Nassour, who was formerly a student, tackes the parliamentary self-extension of their mandate playing on the Durex condom.... The ad is self-explanatory, witty, and expresses the thinking of the majority of the population. Well done!

Update: You Can Now Edit Photo Captions On Instagram

I wrote a post back in September wondering whether it was possible to edit a photo caption on Instagram, specially after people had commented on it. For all I know, it’s not possible but it is now as Instagram has finally decided to roll out an update yesterday allowing users to edit captions.
I don’t have the feature yet as the update is not yet available on the Play Store but my friend Maia tried it and it’s working.

FAIL: GVCI?

That’s the V from Bulgari though.
Spotted at Citymall

New Solar-Powered Lights On The Dora Highway But …

I like the fact that they installed new solar-powered lights on the Dora highway but that’s not the right way to do it. They should install high safety barriers on each side of the road to prevent speeding cars from going from one way to the other or crashing into these concrete poles. Similarly, whenever there are public works, they should place safety barriers and lights which is not the case.

"The Story" by Joe Bolton

If it rained tonight
I’d lie down
For a thousand years.

—As if nothing had happened;
As if the story
Wouldn’t tell itself forever:

No more mother, no remembered loves, and my pulse
Purified, the only sound
As I lowered myself into the depths…

But the bells are ringing up the hill,
Punishing bells,
Recounting all the arguments against me.

If I’ve created the story of my life,
Why not the story
Of not having ever lived at all?

Maybe then there wouldn’t be this burden
Of what was lost
Almost before it had arrived.

Maybe then there wouldn’t be this weight
Of what is
And what I can feel myself already losing.

France 24: Le Beyrouth des Arts With Elie Saab

France24 filmed an episode in Beirut with Lebanon and one of the world’s best fashion designers, Elie Saab. You don’t know need to know much about fashion to appreciate Saab’s work and the fact that he dressed the likes of Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Jane Fonda, Sandra Bullock, Emma Watson, Katy Perry, Meryl Streep and many other celebrities. For those interested, you can get an Elie Saab degree now at LAU.

Ethiopian Worker Commits Suicide In Salim Salam in Beirut

It’s about time the Kafala system is dropped in Lebanon and domestic workers are given their most basic rights!
PS: Someone posted a video showing the worker jumping. She was rushed to the hospital and is injured.

El Hamra Cinema Brought Back To Life As Tyre Hosts Its First Ever International Film Festival

El Hamra Cinema was built in 1952 and used to be the cultural hub of the city of Tyre before the war started. After being closed for 30 years, Kassem Istanbouli and his team decided to bring the place back to life and hosted at first an International Theater Festival back in June 2014, and then Tyre’s first ever international film festival between November 8 and 11.

The Ivy Says Radio Show on NRJ Lebanon 99.1


It’s official. I’m proud to announce that this Wednesday the 12th of November marks the first episode of my new radio show IVY SAYS on NRJ 99.1
This has been under wraps for a couple of months now and I’m absolutely delighted to join their amazing team and be a part of this leading station in Lebanon and internationally.

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