Monthly Archives: April 2012

Reactions to Mohammad Akkari’s 113 points video

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It would have been better for LBCI never to have released the video of the 113 points, because we are getting laughed at all over the world now. The YouTube video has around half a million views now but has more dislikes than likes and the comments are mostly negative but also funny.

Here are few of them:

“is defense illegal in Lebanon?”
and the reply: they’re shot if they play any

” am from lithuania,here basketball is nr1 of sports… this video is not about basketball… it makes my eays hurt:(”

“anyone who dislike this.. knows how to play basketball..”

“The player had terrorist connections. You try to guard him, you get your house bombed.”

“Mohammed passes to Mohammed who passes the ball to the post player, Mohammed. Mohammed misses but his teammate, Mohammed, gets the putback!”

“Lebanese Defense apparently involves giving stern looks”

“Feels like a scene from a Sasha Boren Cohen film. R.I.P Defense”

“I thought this was a Globetrotters game.”

At this rate, Mohammad el Akkari will soon become Lebanon’s Rebecca Black. (This is me commenting)

Despite all that, it’s not too late for the FIBA to discard this game and restore some dignity into our Lebanese Basketball League.

Beirutopia: Could Lebanon’s capital become a garden city?

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“Aside from the major environmental and social benefits, it would also be incredibly iconic,” he says. “Just imagine: The world’s first rooftop garden city. [CNN] “

It’s good to see that Beirut’s hanging gardens have made it to the CNN website, maybe this will incite few Lebanese or NGOs outside to finance the project.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $3.5-4 million, which is honestly nothing compared to the benefits offered by this initiative. Given this fact, I don’t understand why none of our Lebanese billionaires has agreed to finance the project yet.

I think Wassim Melki, the architect behind this idea, should meet with Beirut’s municipality and key political figures and businessmen in Beirut, and not just rely on NGOs for the moment. There are a lot of parties that will be interested in financing such an initiative for their own sake and for the people’s sake.

Beit Kataeb – Haret Sakhr

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I was passing by Haret Sakhr on Sunday when I noticed the old Kataeb house with a Phoenician ship on its roof is being renovated. I am not sure if the building still belongs to Kataeb, but it’s been there for more than 15-20 years maybe without anyone ever using it.

It’s good to know they are planning to preserve it because it’s one of a kind building. In fact I don’t recall ever seeing a house with a ship on its roof aside from this one.

They should turn the place into a touristic site or maybe a night club or restaurant even.

Fact about ABC Dbayyeh

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Even though ABC mall in Dbayyeh is relatively small, I never find my way out easily specially that everything looks the same to me in the cosmetics and beauty section. However my friend pointed out to me the other day that whenever the floor becomes black, this means we are nearing the exit.

I’ve been going to ABC for years now and I never knew about that. I don’t think it applies however to the new entrances.

The Chase Restaurant Outdoors

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I passed by the Chase Restaurant in Kaslik today and noticed they enhanced their outdoors by adding couches and forming small lounges. They definitely don’t have a great spot like Lina’s cafe in the middle of Kaslik street but it’s much nicer than the chairs and tables they had before.

Their Chocolat Mou on the other hand is still the same and is awesome!

Lebanese shot dead on the Titanic

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According to this report by Al-Arabiya, 13 out of the 76 Lebanese who died on the Titanic were from the same town Kfarmechki. Added to that, few Lebanese were shot dead by the Titanic’s guards for trying to force their way onto the rescue boats. One of them was called Daher Chdid Abou Chdid and he had escaped Lebanon after killing by mistake a girl from his own village while playing with a rifle. He was 19.

For those of you who don’t know, 3.42% of the passengers on board of the Titanic were from Lebanon.