Monthly Archives: January 2011

Stop burning tyres!

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A single tire contains about the equivalent of two U.S. gallons (7.5 liters) of oil.

Burning tires releases many toxins and pollutants, some of which can settle in your lungs.
Certain metals in tires can serve as catalysts for dioxin formation. Dioxins can cause serious health problems, such as infertility, learning disabilities, endometriosis, sexual reproductive disorders, birth defects, damage to the immune system and cancer.

Any new government should first issue a law that jails people who burn tyres for no reason. No but seriously and away from all politics, Green associations and NGOs should urge the government and all Lebanese parties to stop this destructive habit.

PS: Watch Minute 1:15 when Al Jazeera’s bus was assaulted and 1:52 till 1:58, tough guy can’t remove a poster!

Why I love riots in Lebanon

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4:28 I left Achrafieh.

Achrafieh streets are empty, even Nazlit el Akkawi road.

Karantina road is almost empty.

Dora and Nahr el Mot roads are also empty.

Jal el Dib, Antelias and Dbayyeh roads are empty.

Barely any cars on the Jounieh highway as well.

4:41 I got home.

See? There’s always a positive aspect for everything.

Fish Spa Therapy now in Beirut

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How about a mani or pedi from a fish? At the Argilab beauty center in Beirut, a customer undergoes fish spa therapy. Garra rufa, also known as the “doctor fish,” exfoliate hands, ankles, calves and feet. [Link]

What’s interesting is that this piece of news is listed under Hot topics on the Washington Post website.

Personally, i wouldn’t mind giving a try, but at most a foot therapy, definitly not a face therapy like that picture above.

Day of Anger

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Watch out for angry colleagues today at work, they might be simply sympathizing with the “Day of Anger” campaign.

On another note, I wish the Lebanese army and ISF stop those people from burning tyres as this can have a serious environmental impact and we don’t need more pollution.

The Armin Van Buuren concert was epic!

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Had a great time at the Armin Van Buuren concert Saturday at Biel! The atmosphere was amazing, people were just there to have fun and enjoy the music.

The organization of the event was a bit crappy though. All the ads said: “Doors open at 9 pm, and Armin will hit the decks at 10 pm sharp”. Reality: doors opened at 9:45 pm and Armin went on stage at 12:45 am. The hosts and hostesses had to go through printed out Excel sheets to find out exactly in which area everyone was supposed to be. But apart from that I don’t think there were any glitches.
The Lebanese Red Cross was present as well. They were rushing in and out ALL THE TIME. Every couple of minutes, you’d see a crew of 4 or 5 running to the crowd, treating someone and leaving. I didn’t see anyone being taken out on a stretcher though.

The night started off a bit slow. A couple of singers came on stage (don’t know any of them though) and then Armin’s brother played the bass for a couple of minutes and at 12:45 am Armin made his grand entrance. It was really something! Amazing sound system! At one point Sophie Ellis Bextor came on stage as well (At least I think it was her, not very sure). All in all an amazing night. Had to leave at 4 am because I realized that I hadn’t eaten anything since lunchtime!

The section where I was sitting was right next to the door, so there was a breeze all the time, it was cold and people were wearing their jackets… except this guy who thinks everyone wants to see his giant manboobs! Douchebag on 3! 1-2-3 DOUCHEBAG!

Update: Here is a more detailed review of the night. Thanks Rhea for sharing this with us!


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The poster on the left is the We Run Beirut poster for their upcoming event while the poster on the right is the original version, a poster for the TV series Battle Star Galactica (one of the best shows ever). It’s a poster to a party, who the hell would be lazy enough to copy another poster instead of coming up with something creative for such a cool event?!

El Baladi W Bass’

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I was thinking about songs that relate to our blog’s name when i remembered a very old song that went “El Baladi El Baladi wou bass .. ya 3ayni 3al baladi”. I looked for it a good half hour before I found out it was Nina and Rida Boutros who sang it, and both were belly dancers apparently.

I couldn’t find the song anywhere on YouTube but i found this and this instead.

Maybe we should see if they are still doing songs and ask them to replace el baladi with BlogBaladi, we’d have our first blog song lol!


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I tend not to follow politics, but the situation in Lebanon does not go unnoticed.
I love the latest headline I read on naharnet: “French-Saudi-Turkish-Qatari Consultations in Paris to Reach Solution to Lebanese Crisis”.

Sounds like a joke “A Turk, a Frenchman, a Saudi and a Qatari walk into a bar..”

Just a thought, shouldn’t Lebanon be part of that meeting?