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Adel Karam For President

Via @AdelKaram9
I like Adel Karam but I’ll never vote for him as president. He’s not serious enough for the job lol!
Anyway let’s see what he’s up to next Tuesday.

1 Million Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

Yesterday, the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon officially passed the 1 million mark according to the UNHCR. Lebanon has now become the country with the highest per-capita concentration of refugees worldwide.

Is Farid (Chehab) "unique"? Yes you "bet".


My recent post regarding the crossing over of some figures from advertising to environmental consciousness was hailed by some, and not liked by others - and for a reason - I was mentioning specific people, including Farid Chehab, the honorary chairman of Leo Burnett MENA.

Patrick Seale: an appreciation

The word from London is that the British journalist Patrick Seale is gravely ill. For those who know him or simply have read or heard him, the news is most regrettable.

When it comes to the Middle East, Seale has been a clarifying presence for some five decades.

Seale has been a contested figure for at least part of that time. His critics charged that his closeness to the regime of Hafez Assad often drifted into advocacy. Perhaps, but Seale was no fool. He knew that the heart of the Syrian regime was made of lead, and he put the access he received to good use. Seale’s biography of the late president, despite its frequent praise and omissions, remains a classic.

Beirut River Crocodile Captured

via LBCI
I am not sure if it’s the same crocodile they’ve spotted before, as I heard that there may be more than just one.
Update: Check how big that crocodile turned out to be lol!
Update2: Jason from Animals Lebanon just told me the crocodile measures 130cm.

Beirut: The Last Home Movie (1987)

I had posted about this movie back in 2010 and couldn’t find it anywhere in Lebanon. It’s a documentary that sheds the light on the fancy living of the Bustros family in war torn Beirut, and how “the biggest problem faced by the Bustros family was that the chandeliers occasionally vibrate from the distant explosion of bombs and artillery.” [NYTimes]

Stop Brand Bashing on Social Media

Sometimes I feel like doing some public brand bashing like most of people do on social media but i won’t, and not because I work in social media and always deal with different brands.

Lebanese Civil Defense volunteers Have Every Right To Protest

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I am not for implementing the new wage scale proposed by the Unions but fire fighters have every right to protest and block roads. These men have been working and risking their lives for years for a miserable $200 monthly nothing in return. I don’t think it’s too much if they turn them into full employees and finance a much needed restructuring of the Civil Defense units and branches.
Civil Defense volunteers are not government employees who take bribes and do nothing all day. They volunteered to save lives and should not treated that way. If a salary increase is not feasible, they should be at least equipped with the proper tools to do their job.

The Miracle Machine: Make Your Own Wine at Home

We have heard of  machines that brew beer at home but what about brewing your own wine? The Miracle Machine is the world’s first affordable accelerated winemaking device for the home.

The Grandparents Frame by JOHNSON’S Baby

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My brother and sister-in-law live abroad and just had a baby girl a month back. Ever since, my parents who are now grandparents ask me almost every day if my brother sent me any new pictures or videos of the baby. I taught them how to use Skype on the iPad but the picture is not always crystal clear because of the internet connection, and it’s a hassle to regroup pictures from different sources in one place, so this Grandparents App is a really nice and simple idea.

Let’s Have Some Sushi Cupcakes

Have you heard about the edible cupcake wrappers made from Nori seaweed? Traditionally these wrappers are made from paper or plastic, but things are changing… you can now eat the cupcake and the wrapper with it. I am not sure seaweed would be a good mix with cake, but I can imagine some rice and raw fish on them, some vegetable maybe?
 

Edible Water Drops: Yes They Exist…

If you’re an advocate for saving the environment, then these edible water drops may help play a part in avoiding the ever-growing pile of plastic water bottles in landfills?

Hamburger Gourmet: A Book to Have if You Love Burgers

Reflecting the recent trend for burgers of every stripe and description, Hamburger Gourmet is a colorful book that takes you from the beautiful simplicity of a classic beef burger to the burgers made of everything from chicken to quinoa.

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