The BDL Beirut Marathon has been promoted to a SILVER Road Race by the International Association of Athletics Federation after it met all the organization’s quality requirements. Becoming a silver label marathon is very difficult and requires the participation of elite athletes, performing doping tests, ensuring proper road closures and safety measures, as well media coverage and others. Noting that there are only 26 other exclusive silver races in the world, this is a major achievement for Lebanon and the Beirut Marathon people who have been working for four years to earn this award.
Needless to say, I am definitely a huge supporter of this awesome annual run as it promotes peace, unity, causes and attracts more and more Lebanese every year. I run the 10k usually and my goal this year is to complete the race in less than 1 hour.
Congrats to all the Beirut Marathon people, to the runners, sponsors and all the supporters!
It won’t be easy for Miss Lebanon to win Miss Universe anytime soon but since we have all these world renowned Lebanese fashion designers, it shouldn’t be hard to come up with a nicer national costume and have a chance at winning the Best National Costume award.
Sally Jreij’s costume was way too simple when compared to the [extravagant costumes] other Misses wore. Maybe we should let Madonna design the national costume for next year lol!
Here’s a sample of what other national costumes looked like:
PS: In case the original link to Hiba’s performance is broken, here’s another one. [Hiba Tawaji At The Voice France]
When I first heard that Hiba Tawaji was participating in the Voice France, I was also surprised and did post that she doesn’t need to go to such a talent show with random judges to prove herself, but that I will be supporting her if she does. Hiba sees the Voice as an opportunity for her to prove herself in Europe and worldwide and she might be right. She wants to be there and we should support her not bash her now that she’s competing against other talents, and trust me not all of them are amateurs. (Check Battista Acquaviva for example).
Keep in mind that while Hiba is known in Lebanon and few Arab countries, most people outside have no idea who the hell that girl is. The worldwide exposure and acclaim she got from these few minutes on-stage in France is more than she could have ever achieved maybe and this is a big deal for every artist or singer. Moreover, I am pretty sure she’s not the first professional to compete in the Voice; After all, it’s a win-win situation for TF1 who’s getting viewers from around the world now and for the candidate who’s gaining exposure to new markets.
Update: Here’s a [link] to the first interview with Hiba after her performance.
Hiba is a great talent and her debut in the Voice was as expected and more. She has what it takes to go all the way so let’s cross our fingers and hope she wins!
Jamie Jones was awarded the 2014 Best Deep House DJ and is ranked #12 on [ResidentAdvisor]. He performed at Burning man, Glastonbury Tomorroworld last year, he’s been hosting his own parties at Ibiza’s DC10 nightclub recently and he’s coming to Beirut this Saturday to play at the amazing O1NE venue in Beirut!
Check out his beats on [SoundCloud] and here’s a link to the O1NE [event].
It appears that Amal was the star of the Golden Globes show even though she wasn’t nominated for anything. When asked on the red carpet what she was wearing, Amal ignored the question and pointed out that there’s a #JeSuisCharlie button on her purse in solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo murder.
Check out what Clooney said about his wife (Start At Minute 3:20) and The Guardian‘s spot on tweet below:
PS: Here’s how Ellen DeGeneres reacted to Clooney’s emotional speech haha!
A campaign was launched to support the refugees affected by the Zeina storm in Hamra. Leb4refugees will be collecting warm clothes, wool sweaters, blankets and food this Saturday, January 10, 2014 in Kantari street, next to Haigazian University – Hamra. You can call +9613315500 or +96170 871 236 for further information and donate [here].
I think this is the perfect answer, even if unintentional, to counter the “Hamra isn’t Lebanese” article that was posted few days ago and was heavily criticized. We are having the worst winter storm in years and thousands of refugees are left without warm clothes, food or heating.
If you are still undecided on where to celebrate the new year tomorrow, our friends at Lebtivity compiled a list of over 200 events that you can choose from with all the details needed. Check them out [Here].
Moreover, if you want to dig deeper and check events per area and even per budget, check out this great website [newyearlebanon.tel] that my friend Elie set up few years back. It shows parties in Beirut and outside Beirut and you can even look by budget.
Personally speaking, I hate going out to a restaurant or club on New Year’s Eve. I always prefer to rent a small chalet or an apartment in the mountains or go to some friend’s house and celebrate. This year we will be welcoming 2015 in Zahle!
Sara el Khatib may have lost her fight with cancer but she remains an inspiration to many specially after her brave Tedxtalk. Sara is still inspiring many and a group of artists are organizing a concert in her memory and to raise funds for children with cancer.
The concert is taking place on December 26 at the Forum De Beyrouth starting 7:30pm. You can find below all the details and book your tickets [Here].
MUSIC 4 SARA – THE COLDPLAY COVERS EDITION
Sara is more than just a 22 year old pharmacy graduate, she’s inspired so many, so we’ve come together, family and friends, organizers, promoters, musicians, DJs to give you a special place and time to celebrate this strong, will powered, Coldplay fan, happy, amazing Sara!
Date: December 26th, 2014
Location: Forum de Beyrouth
A documentary of Sara’s life by Clouds will be screened at 7:00 PM.
Hitting the stage at 7:30 PM with their own songs and covers of Coldplay:
WHO KILLED BRUCE LEE
BUTTERFLY with Tanya Rizkala & Mario Agostine from EPIC + Ralph Asfour
(not in order)
Followed on the decks by:
(not in order)
This concert will be hosted by:
All funds will go to the Treatment of Children with Cancer.
Beirut Municipality is organizing with the support of Achrafieh 2020 a Christmas village on December 13 and 14 next to Sassine square. They will be transforming the area into a pedestrian Christmas village for everyone to enjoy and have fun.
The village will be open from 10am till 11pm. Check out more info [Here].