Category Archives: Automotive

World’s Largest Toy Car Collection Is In Beirut

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Billy Karam’s awesome toy car collection makes it to AutoBlog.

It’s common for auto enthusiasts to have a few miniatures of their favorite cars around their home or office. They provide a respite of happiness knowing that if you can’t have the real things, at least you can look at them in miniature. However, Billy Karam of Beirut, Lebanon, has taken collecting toy cars to its extreme. His collection of over 30,000 model cars and 400 dioramas is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest collection of car toys.

“You cannot buy the big ones, so you buy a thousand of the small ones instead,” says Karam in the video. [Link]

Car Accidents On The Rise On The Achrafieh – Furn el Chebbak Bridge

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I was surprised to see an ISF officer in the report complaining about the separator and how the authorities should fix this problem the soonest. It’s like an employee telling his bosses that they are not doing a good job.

In all cases, and until the separator is fixed, a good idea would be to put some signs to alert the drivers to slow down specially at night. By the way, the Dora (Facing the Forum De Beyrouth) and City Mall (Maritime road) separators are no better and should also be fixed.

Car Accidents Decreased In 2013 In Lebanon

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accident1 [High-Res] via KunHadi

The Lebanese Traffic Management Center published the number of accidents that took place in 2013 month by month. The total was 3204 accidents, causing 4301 injuries and 560 casualties. August was the deadliest month with 78 kills. I usually check stats on KunHadi’s website (see above) but the December numbers are missing.

Even though the number of casualties is almost the same, the total number of accidents is down by 30% from 2012 which is good news!

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Source: TMC

Meet Abou Younes: A Lebanese Taxi Driver Who Takes His Kamanja With Him

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kamanjā, also called kemanche, or kamānche, stringed instrument of the fiddle family prominent in Arab and Persian art music. It is a spike fiddle; i.e., its small, round or cylindrical body appears skewered by the neck, which forms a “foot” that the instrument rests on when played. Measuring about 30 inches (76 cm) from neck to foot, it has a membrane belly and, commonly, two to four strings tuned in fourths or fifths. The musician, who plays while seated, rests the foot of the instrument on his knee. The kamanjā is played by soloists as well as in ensembles. [Source]