This is a fictional map created by David Hury on his blog “Chroniques Beyrouthines”
an old map showing how the Metro could have been in Beirut. Metros and trains are much needed in Lebanon to cut down on traffic and congestion in the cities but we won’t be having any of them anytime soon, even if we manage to extract oil.
While looking for pictures of old Beirut, I found this fictional Metro map from 2009 on MappingBeirut. It was created in order to “add another virtual layer to the psychological and physical labyrinth of the city, focusing on the ever-present demarcation lines that were splitting Beirut during the long period of the civil war, and its relation to the social environment in post-war Beirut.” You can check the full post [Here].
Let’s see how long we’ll keep waiting for the train, or metro to come.
Let’s hope Haifa’s sister will stop blocking roads and causing trouble after this campaign. I also hope we won’t have more accidents from people looking at Haifa posters lol!
On a serious note, traffic accidents are still on the rise in Lebanon so any awareness campaign that might reach out to a bigger audience is more than welcome.
Haifa Wehbe was appointed on Friday as the Lebanese Communications Ambassador for Humanitarian issues, with a main priority of raising awareness among Lebanese youth against the use of mobile phones while driving.
The star will take part in an awareness campaign under the slogan “Don’t Text and Drive,” Agence France-Presse reported.
The campaign will be plugged through social networks in order to draw the attention to the seriousness of phone use while driving and reduce traffic accidents caused as a result. [AlBawaba]
Check out this awesome video of the 36th Rally of Lebanon that was done by the guys at biser3a.com.
Make sure you watch it in HD as it’s a full HD movie with lots of amazing footages!
That’s one crazy drive!
They should add few bumps there and fix the roads leading to that roundabout or else it will live up to its name.
I love Formula1 and I’ve been following it regularly since the early 90s. I even flew to Italy two years ago to watch the Monza GP, one of my favorite tracks (Spa Francorchamps being my all-time favorite).
F1 has changed drastically since the 90s and the new tires introduced three years ago have spoiled some of the fun for a lot of fans as drivers were more concerned with preserving their tires than racing. In fact, there are a lot of technicalities that the driver has to worry about, unlike the early days where it was all about racing and that’s what the movie Rush is all about.
I wasn’t born back in the 70s but I read a lot about F1 during this period, watch tons of documentaries and YouTube videos and was always amazed by the way races were organized and the risks undertaken by drivers back then. Of course it was a major improvement from the 1950s and 1960s where people would stand on the track to watch the race but you’d have to be extremely talent and very brave to race in F1 back then.
[YouTube] F1 in the 1970s: Where men, were men
One of the greatest rivalries in F1 history took places in the 1970s between James Hunt and Niki Lauda and luckily for us F1 fans, Rush is a biographical action film that tries to reproduce the 1976 Formula One season and the rivalry between these two. The Hunt-Lauda rivalry resembles a bit the Senna-Prost one as Lauda was a cool and technical genius while Hunt was a highly controversial driver and just crazy!
For those of you who never heard about Hunt, this man had a ritual of throwing up before every race, most of the time due to the heavy drinking and partying the night before, he got drunk on his wedding, he was a sex addict as he’d have sex before climbing into the cockpit, he’d take his Oscar, his German Shepherd, on dinner dates in London etc …
Hunt was probably the most controversial figure F1 has ever witnessed and he reminds me a bit of Kimi Raikonnen, who funnily enough, entered and won a snowmobile race in his native Finland under the name James Hunt, and often checks into hotels and makes reservations using the alias. [Source]
As you might have noticed, I have a lot to say when it comes to F1 but it’s just to show how excited I am about this new F1 movie and F1 in general. Speaking of F1 movies/documentaries, Senna is the best F1 documentary I’ve ever seen and I highly recommend it. I’ve watched it over 10 times so far.
Rush’s release date should be October 3 in Lebanese theaters.
Nahr el Mot bridge is no longer in the middle of the highway as they closed down the right side of the highway and kept it for those visiting City Mall or internal roads. Let’s hope they do something about the other side of the bridge which takes you back to Jounieh and is a complete mess.