Archive for October, 2009

Michel Hayek Predictions on Malek Maktabi’s Show "Ahmar bel Khatt el Arid"’ – LBC 29/10/2009

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Beirut Critical Mass Bike Rides

Book cover for Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration Critical Mass bike rides take place monthly in cities around the world. They are free mass participatory events, with no leaders or fixed agendas. However, the broad aim is to celebrate cycling and sustainable transport, and to give cyclists safety in numbers. The Critical Mass Beirut, Lebanon take place on the last Saturday of every month, The first of which will be this Saturday October 31st. Meeting point in Sanayeh Park at 12pm. Credits: Picture

Sanayeh Park, in Beirut, Lebanon

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Petition to Stop Smoking in Public Areas in Lebanon

A Petition- To Stop Smoking in Public Areas in Lebanon

Dear Lebanese Citizens, it is our duty to become a lobbying force when the health of our families and children is concerned. Our demand is simple: ask the authorities to make sure to provide a non smoking section in every pub, bar, restaurant, café or public place.


PS: I found out about this from IdentityChef

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And the largest Tabbooleh dish goes to…

The world’s largest Tabbouleh dish was prepared today in Saifi Market, Beirut, and earned a new entry in the Guinness book world records, in a giant effort to confirm that “Hummus and Tabbouleh are Lebanese”

Tabbooleh world record

Was it fun? Totally.

Was it a priority? I would have preferred to have the public transportation improved, however, a big tabbooleh plate does not prevent the authorities rfom fixing our roads.

Was it worth it? A new entry in the Guiness book, walaw! And economical gain, resulting from the branding of Hummus and Tabbouleh as Lebanese.

TheCedarTree considers this food contest ridiculous, Rami thinks it is habal, Maya that it is pointless, adiamondinsunlight bizarre.
What did Fady Abboud, president of The Association of Lebanese Industrialists have to say?

“The record-breaking attempt hopes to lay claims to the dishes’ cultural heritage and dispel international belief that the dishes are Greek or Israeli in origin. A lot of countries are trying to dishonestly appropriate these dishes and this in turn results in colossal losses.”

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Assad decrees Syria smoking ban

Lucky Striked cigarettes: Your Throat Protection against irritation, against cough Wow, even in Syria, smoking is banned inside cafes, restaurants and other public spaces, as well as in educational institutions, health centres, sports halls, cinemas and theatres and on public transport.


I wonder when the self-rated smartest-people-on-earth will follow.

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Haifa wehbe singing I Will Survive

Concert pour la Tolerance, Agadir, Haifa WehbeThe international diva Haifa Wehbe هيفاء وهبي –  in a clear branding shift from her children songs to a teenagers pop star singing her Arabic version of I Will Survive (انا قادرة أعيش, Ana Adra Aish) in Agadir (Morocco) on the 17th of October 2009, during the Concert pour la Tolérance, broadcasted by M6 & 2M

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The video:

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Rami Eid, aka. The man in the Cube, IndyACT

Indyact’s Man in the Cube project got more coverage than expected:

Starting from Indyact’s website, and the blog set this project

… to Lebanese blogs


Lebanese newspapers

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