You want firepower? We got firepower!!! From Little Beirut Bath Comes an arsenal of weapons that will make the most seasoned infantrymen jealous. Packed in this crate, is an assortment of scented 1:1 soap replicas. This weapons package is guaranteed to impress regardless the occasion. [Link]
The shop that sells those gun-shaped soaps is in Portland, Oregon and is owned by Drew Clifford. According to Blogger Jad Aoun, who initially posted about it, Oregon has been nicknamed “Little Beirut” by former US President George Bush Sr. following violent riots there in the 1990s, which could explain the shop’s name, but as Jad continues and I agree, he’s simply making use of Beirut to market his products.
I wonder if any legal action can be taken against this guy to force him to remove the name “Beirut” from his products, because it’s shameful to portray Beirut in that way, regardless of what’s been happening lately.
I posted earlier today an ad that was supposedly one of many for the Red Bull Drift Racing Series. However I got a confirmation from Red Bull themselves that this ad was NEVER approved by them in the first place and that it wasn’t them who uploaded it online. For that purpose, I decided to remove my earlier post in order to stop the video from spreading (up to a certain point) and sending the wrong message.
Screenshot from my Instagram web profile [LeNajib]
Instagram has finally extended from mobile devices to the web by launching web profiles for its users. The launch was two days ago but I just got my profile today. it’s a nice way to share your Instagram photos on the web but you still can’t upload photos except from the mobile app, which makes sense.
If you like your Instagram account to remain private and prevent everyone from accessing your web profile, follow the below instructions:
To change your Instagram account to private, go into your settings on the iPhone or Android app by tapping the profile box icon in the lower right corner of your screen. Once you’ve accessed your profile page, tap the gear icon in the upper right corner. At the bottom of the menu is an on/off switch to make your photos private — slide it to the right to turn “privacy” on. By making the change, you will limit access to your mobile Instagram stream, as well as to the forthcoming Instagram profiles that contain personal information and posted photos from your mobile device.
With privacy turned on, you still will have a Web profile, but your photos will be visible only to logged-in Instagram users you’ve allowed to follow you. [Link]
For those interested, you can check our my Instagram web profile [Here] and add me LeNajib for daily pictures from all around Lebanon.
When Adel (Talal El Jurdi) is overheard admitting that his girlfriend Stephanie (Nadine Labaki) is aging and is no beauty anymore, a chain of events begins that sees his world and his relationships completely reshaped. He is confused and can’t see what he’s done wrong, but Stephanie is devastated: she doesn’t want to be with a man who doesn’t think she’s beautiful, whatever she may think of herself. Meanwhile, Adel’s best friend Toufic (Elie Mitri) alternates between boasting about how his gorgeous wife, Carla (Nada Abou Farhat), and is chasing after a hot new colleague. Carla, meanwhile, begins to re-evaluate the state of the fairy tale marriage she thought she lived in. [Link]
I heard some good reviews about this play and am planning to go watch it as I was told it’s hilarious. Reasons to be pretty was originally written by American playwright and screenwriter Neil Labute. It premiered on Broadway in the Spring of 2009 and was successfully revived in London’s West End in 2011.
If you want to know more about the play or buy tickets, click [Here].
(Reuters) – Braga’s Champions League Group H match at home to Manchester United was held up by floodlight failure early in the second half on Wednesday.
The Portuguese side had taken the lead through an Alan penalty on 49 minutes but less than 10 minutes later the players were forced to leave the field with half of the “Quarry” stadium in darkness.
There was no word when the floodlights would be switched back on amid reports of a broken generator. [Link]
I double-checked to make sure Bassil wasn’t there, so we can’t blame him this time.
Paul Ariss, former head of the restaurant owners syndicate, declared today that restaurants will boycott Law 174 as work has deteriorated by 60 percent ever since authorities implemented the smoking ban. Demonstrators blocked the Sodeco road today to protest the damage inflicted by the ban.
Interestingly enough, Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud criticized the smoking ban law yesterday during an interview on MTV, calling it “غباء تشريعي”. As I had stated on previous occasions, the law should have been implemented gradually as there are way too many Shisha cafés in Lebanon that could close down due to this ban.
There are two ways to solve this problem:
1- Put the law on hold for 6 months or until the winter ends, so that Shisha restaurants don’t have to close down and have time to set up an outdoor terrace or a closed rooftop.
2- Amend the law and issue a special (expensive) permit to allow indoor-smoking for a fixed number of Shisha cafés, and forbid the opening of any new Shisha café.
Mustapha’s post on censoring the web on the BeirutSpring apparently found some listening ears as the article NowLebanon removed earlier yesterday was republished today.
Disclaimer: NOW Lebanon has intentionally removed this article from the site. It was not removed because of censorship, but rather because of the lack of proper arguments. We would like to repeat, again, that NOW is not owned, in whole or in part, by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, nor any other political party or figure.
Disclaimer by NowLebanon explaining the censorship
It appears that Hariri had nothing to do with this censorship and intervened on a personal level to make sure the article is back up. I highly recommend that you read the full story [Here].
This is yet another proof that web censorship is wrong.
Beirut Na2essa Alwen (بيروت ناقصها ألوان), aka Beirut Colors, is a group founded by 3 Lebanese who believe Beirut is missing colors. For that purpose, they are taking their ideas to the street and adding colors to old buildings, streets, roofs etc …
Their last project was Rmeil in Colors which was executed with the collaboration of Achrafieh2020 during the Rmeil car-free day last Sunday. You can check pictures of Rmeil in Colors event [Here] and more about Beirut Colors [Here].
It’s good to see such groups emerging and adding some life to old buildings and streets.
Kunhadi’s new road safety ambassador, Lebanese and Spanish F3 Champion Noel Jammal from Cedars Auto Sport, will be joining hands in spreading a new understanding of speed under the slogan: We race on the track, but we drive on the road!
The residence of the author of The Rock of Tanios and the first Lebanese to become a member of the presitigious “l’Academie Francaise” will probably be demolished in the next few days. The Maalouf family had moved into the building, located in the Badaro area, around 1961 and occupied the second floor apartment. Amin Maalouf spent his formative years in the home from the age of 12 to 22. [Source]
Amin Maalouf’s 91-year-old mother was the last of the family to reside in the home. She packed everything up late last year after losing a number of legal battles to the owners and developers. From what I’ve read and heard, the Lebanese Ministry of Culture didn’t do much to help the Maalouf family keep their residence.
According to the Beirut Report, Kettaneh group, the construction firm behind this new tower, had proposed a sort of monument for Amine Maalouf to be incorporated into the tower’s new structure, but it was rejected by the family representative who argued that “the Maalouf home, an ornate 100 year-old garden mansion that gave birth to the career of one of Lebanon’s greatest writers, should be preserved”.
I have nothing against building new skyscrapers and modern buildings, but it doesn’t mean one has to demolish landmarks and destroy Beirut’s past to do so. I cannot really blame the construction firms looking for new investments, but the concerned ministry and Lebanese authorities for not making any effort to preserve that house and other monuments.
Platea will be hosting an exhibition dedicated to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci. More than 60 interactive machines from Da Vinci’s original drawings will be on display , along with 15 high quality reproductions artworks, giant art panels, and rare copies of his Leonardo Codices. Don’t miss out on this unique exhibition that celebrates the works of one of the greatest artists of all time. [Link]
The exhibition will take place from November 7 till December 7 2012 at Platea in Jounieh.