Monthly Archives: January 2011

Lebanon without a Government

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I was googling on countries that have no government and it appears to me that Lebanon might be on its way to beat another Guinness Record, the country with the longest period of time without a government, if they manage to beat Belgium which have been without a government for more than 200 days now.

And you dare say that our politicians are not doing anything!

What Danielle’s grandfather had to say about Lebanon …

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Danielle from ThisisBeirut had her family over during the vacations and her grandfather wrote a small note describing his visit to Lebanon which i found very true. He also stated that Lebanon reminded him a lot of Trinidad and this is honestly the first time i heard that, so it would be interesting to have someone share his/her experience if he/she’s been to Trinidad.

“Our Lebanese experience was fascinating. In many respects it was as I had expected and in others completely different. The history of any country is interesting but I feel there is no comparable “space” that can have had a more tumultuous past or a more varied cultural inheritance. Being physically “present” in some of the areas where thousands of years of great civilizations have gone before is truly humbling. The relative proximity of the Mediterranean to the snow capped mountains and the Bekaa valley was hard to grasp until the experience proved it so.

My greatest interest was in getting a truer sense of the social and cultural reality of today’s Lebanon and its people. Not least to place modern Lebanon in its rightful context in the region as a whole. In that search I must confess that the time available was never going to be enough. I got some insights from those I met and enjoyed reading the local news and listening to television coverage that was relevant to the region and not obsessed by US electioneering. My learning from this will lead me to look and listen with a more open mind in the future.

The food we enjoyed was exceptional and the hospitality and welcome were incomparably warm. Still I am left with the most compelling impression being that Lebanon is, above all, contrast. So that there is opulence alongside destitution, antiquity alongside “glitzy” modern, sophistication alongside parochialism, tolerance alongside extremism, erudition alongside backwardness, grandeur alongside squalor. Similar contrasts exist in many small societies that are made up of varied ethnic, cultural and religious traditions and backgrounds. I got the feeling that the contrasts are deeper, and their resolution a greater challenge, in Lebanon than in many other places that I know or have visited. Hopefully the vibrancy of the education system and the evident confidence of investors in the economy will contribute to a future that fulfils the present promise.”

Venezuela Top Model 2010 at Faraya ski resort

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Pardon me, ladies. Have you seen my poles? A bunny sloper “accidentally” skis into a photo shoot featuring Miss World Top Model 2010 Luna Ramos of Venezuela (left) and Miss Venezuela 2007 Adriana Pena at the Lebanese ski resort of Kfardebian. [Day in pictures]

Venezuela Top Model 2010 and Miss Venezuela 2007 Adriana Pena were performing a photo shoot at Faraya Mzar yesterday. Click here for more pictures.

Fill up your tanks!

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I don’t know about you guys, but I just filled my car just in case it gets ugly tomorrow. We don’t have a government any more and there are scheduled riots tomorrow during the day.

Update: Scheduled riots are for the 10th of february, my bad, but gas prices are expected to increase considerably, that’s why you guys need to fill up.