Monthly Archives: November 2012

Beirut 2012 Marathon in pictures

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AP Picture taken from WeAreLebanon

Over 33,000 runners defied today the bad weather to take part in the 9th edition of 2012 Beirut Marathon. Ethiopian runner Kadir Pecaro won the 42.195 Km race while “Hussein Awada was the first Lebanese to finish the same race with a time of 2 hours and 28 minutes” [Naharnet].

Picture taken from WeAreLebanon

Picture from the DailyStar: British ambassador Tom Fletcher participating in the marathon

Picture from the DailyStar: 150 political, diplomatic, media, and social figures, including first lady Wafaa Suleiman attended the event.

Picture from BeirutMarathon: Ethiopian participants cheering.

Picture from BeirutMarathon: 42k special needs race at the starting line.

Edward Maalouf always up for the challenge

Red Cross volunteers joining the race

Beirut Marathon association provided rain coats at cheap prices for all participants

For more pictures, you can check out BeirutMarathon [Facebook page] and [Website] and The DailyStar [Website].

Tannoura Maxi (Heels of war) wins two awards at the Monaco Film Festival

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Tannoura Maxi (Heels Of War) clinched two awards at the Monaco Charity Film Festival Awards 2012, Best Actress for Joy Karam and Most Promising Director (1st time Director) for Joe Bou Eid. The movie was also awarded “The Talent to Watch Award” at The Seventeenth Annual Arabian Sights Film Festival.

I still think the movie wasn’t that good, yet should not have been banned or censored by any means, but nevertheless congratulations to Joe Bou Eid and Joy Karam.

On a side note, I’d like to ask LBCI to correct the information posted on their website because there’s a big difference between the Cannes International Film Festival and the Monaco Charity Film Festival. Added to that, The Award “Tannoura Maxi” won at the Seventeenth Annual Arabian Sights Film Festival, not the Washington DC International Film Festival, was “Talent to watch Award” not the most innovative film award.

Tannoura Maxi won two awards at the Cannes International Film Festival and an Award for the most innovative film at the Washington DC International Film Festival. It turns out that what was rejected by the Lebanese community was greatly admired at the most prestigious international festivals. [LBCI]

Sweet Tea at the Beirut Souks

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I always used to pass by Sweet Tea at the Beirut Souks but had no clue it had a green rooftop terrace until lately. As you can see in the picture, there are green vine plants all over the walls with a glass-roof on top and colorful tables and chairs, making it a gorgeous outdoor seating. Sweet Tea is the perfect place to have breakfast, brunch or lunch, with a large variety of French Desserts, different types of omelettes and a large selection of tea. I had the “Omelettes aux herbes fraiches” and a Baba au Rhum (My Favorite Dessert) and both were delicious.

Sweet Tea is a concept imagined and designed by Yannick Alléno.

The terrace overlooks the Beirut Souks and nearby Beirut streets and buildings. You can also see the rooftop terrace of S.T.A.Y (Simple Table Alléno Yannick), another concept by the guy behind Sweet Tea, which I am planning to visit soon.

Sweet Tea is located in the Jewelry souk of Beirut Souks’ right next to George Hakim. For more information, check out Beirut Souks’s website [Here] and Sweet Tea’s Facebook page [Here].

Lebanon vs. Qatar

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The Lebanese National Football team will play a decisive World Cup Qualifying game against Qatar on November 14 at 4:45pm at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha. Lebanon needs to come back with 3 points in order to keep its chances in the final round of World Cup Qualification alive. Looking at the FIFA rankings, Lebanon is ranked 112 while Qatar is 104, which means the game should be a close one.

The game will be broadcasted on Al-Jazeera Sports (not sure which one though).

Lebanese striker Mohammad Ghaddar, member of the National team, scoring a great goal for his team Kelantan in the Malaysian league

Little Beirut Bath gift baskets

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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.

Lebanese Charbel Abou Khattar ranks third in Natural BodyBuilding World Championship

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Picture from ShapeUp Store FB Page

After winning Lebanon’s first international natural bodybuilding trophy at The Italian international Class of Natural Bodybuilding, Charbel Abou Khattar participated in the World Championships that were held in Miami and ranked third.

That’s a great result for Charbel and ShapeUp Team!

If you want to know about Charbel, check out his interview on MTV below:

Update on the Abdo Feghali (Red Bull) video I posted earlier

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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.