Monthly Archives: April 2011

El Clásico gaining popularity in Lebanon

I’ve been watching the Champions League games for ten years or more, and I’ve been waiting for El Clásico games which oppose Real Madrid to Barcelona every year, however I’ve noticed this year that most restaurants (Roadster & Crepaway for example) and some pubs are covering the game and there’s a lot of talk about it almost anywhere I go.

I don’t know where all this love for Spanish clubs came from, maybe it’s the Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi phenomena spreading to Lebanon but I would not be surprised if you see car convoys cheering for the winning team tonight like what happens during the World Cup.

I am a Bayern Munchen fan but I am cheering for Real Madrid tonight.

Here are few match facts [Match Facts], a nice comparison on whose better, Messi or Ronaldo and a selection of few key heads-to-heads. [Link]

Bad Bad Leila!

I’ve been going to Restaurant Leila at ABC Dbayye and Achrafieh for few years now and the service has been very good, yet I’ve heard some complaints from friends of mine since it relocated inside ABC Dbayyeh and I unfortunately had a bad experience myself the other day while having lunch there.

The place was not packed but the waiter just got everything wrong. Two dishes were ordered without onions came with onions all over them. The supposedly “hot bread” came cold, the olive bread they serve right at the start tasted like they were two days old. A hot dish we ordered never showed up for some reason as well. Putting those mistakes aside, the remaining dishes were still as good as they used to be.

I truly hope those mistakes are just accidental because it would be a shame to see Leila go down the same path Al Balad Restaurant took. Consistency is crucial to a restaurant’s success and it’s almost nowhere to be seen in Lebanon.

Lebanese Plagiarism Quiz1

Since we are so damn good at copying our songs, brands and almost everything from other people, I thought we make out of this “Lebanese speciality” a quiz this time and challenge our readers to see if they will be able to match this “amazingly disguised” logo with a logo they have surely seen somewhere.

So, what does that logo remind you of?

Hint: It’s small.

Beautiful Lebanese House

I’ve always dreamt of having an old Lebanese house like the one above. I am absolutely in love with this house and can’t stop looking at it everytime I pass by it.

You should see the view the house has, as Al Waseet would say it, Super Deluxe.

PS: House is located in Aintoura.

New Lebanese Artist

Wish I could tell you her name but I am unable to decipher it. Is it Haoya? Haaya?

I also wish I could tell you her album’s name, but I could not understand it as well: “bteskout …. kteer hayk”
WTH does that mean?

My advice to this new singer is to show more of her breasts or ass if she wants to sell any cds.

Why our Lebanese anthem is NOT copied…

Since Mark had posted about Al Jadeed’s report on our national anthem [Link], I’ve seen the video several times and done some research and I am deeply convinced that AL Jadeed just wanted some attention and nothing more, specially when they got Ghassan Rahbani to enlighten us on this issue!

Minute 0:29 The memo sent noticed a similarity between the Lebanese National anthem adopted in 1927 and the Moroccan Royal anthem adopted in 1956.

Minute 1:03 The video being shown was shot in 1959 and the sound in the background was supposedly from that year or later.

Minute 1:49 The Reef Republic anthem was destroyed in 1926 and “Nasheed el Reef” written in 1924 without a tune. The music for the National Anthem was prepared in 1925 [Link] by Wadih Sabra, which means that the lyrics were done in 1925 or before (Given that a competition was organized to choose the best tune).

As far as the lyrics are concerned, they are very different from the Reef anthem except they both were done on “Ba7r el Raml” which was widespread back then.

As far as the music is concerned, there’s no proof that Mohammad Flayfel did the music and there’s no mention of when he did it. Add oto the fact that his own son clearly stated that his father did not do it.

Therefore, and in the lack of any proof that the music was done by Mohammad Flayfel, Moroccans are the ones who stole the anthem and set it as the royal anthem and not us.

Last but not least, the LAST person allowed to talk about plagiarizing tunes is Ghassan Rahbani and the Rahbanis in general. I love Fayrouz and all but it is a known fact that a considerable number of her songs are adaptations of old tunes.

For those who are unaware of this fact, check out those songs and let me know of what they remind you.
Polyushka Polye
Mozart Symphony #40
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Movement 1 Allegro

Don’t get me wrong as I am not trying to claim Fayrouz is bad or fake. On the contrary, I find it normal for artists to get inspired from beautiful music and re-adapt it with their own country’s lyrics.

Having said all that, let’s hope this Masquerade that Al Jadeed started is thrown in the trash can where it belongs. Our Lebanese National Anthem is unique and beautiful and its lyrics are great, so let’s play it loud and proud. [National Anthem]