Here’s an [article] I wrote a week ago about Gebran Tueni and Social Media.
It seems yesterday’s “Cheb Khaled & Melissa” concert in Jounieh was an epic failure as Cheb Khaled ended up not coming to the concert and fans weren’t informed until the last second. It looks like the whole event was total crap as I’ve received a bunch of emails telling me how all the artists were singing playback, the music was really bad and the parking was for 20,000LL. A friend also told me people have been calling some local radio show and were pissed off and asking for a refund.
Honestly speaking, I don’t know why anyone would pay money to go watch Cheb Khaled, Melissa and David Vendetta. Cheb Khaled is 53 years old and has barely 2 or 3 decent songs, David Vendetta hasn’t produced a track for the past 4 years and I don’t know who the hell Melissa is.
In all cases, whomever organized that event has some explanations to do to the fans.
The event is in no way related to The Jounieh Festival
Update: Here’s a picture of the fake Psy who showed up for the “Official Gangnam Style Tour” and a link explaining what really happened. It Cheb Khaleb got scared and refused to come after the Beirut Bombing yet the organizers decided to go on with the event without informing the fans.
Ivy from Ivysays : Picture from RagMag
I don’t recall the number of times I’ve been asked if I knew Ivy or whomever is behind the Ivysays blog. It could be because I highly respect and admire Ivy and always praise her posts/tweets and have probably mentioned her on this blog more than any other Lebanese blogger, but the truth is we never met, even though we talk online all the time, but I’m about to find out in the next few days!!
See you all at #TheBigReveal.
Almost 7000 people attended the 2013 edition of this festival, which is pretty awesome.
If anyone is interested in knowing more about this event, click [Here].
The Lebanese Festival day is an Annual events held in London and aims at giving members of the Lebanese community in the UK the opportunity to meet each other, irrespective of their religious or political views.
The Festival aims to create awareness and educate the wider British community about Lebanese culture, customs and traditions also to promote Lebanese products, cuisine, culture, education and tourism.
سحب الدنماركي مايكل شلايخت شاحنة بوزن 18 طناً لمسافة 25 متراً في منطقة انطلياس وذلك ضمن بطولة القارات لأقوى رجل
I tried googling the name LBCI mentioned as the World’s Strongest man but I couldn’t find it anywhere. I also went through the list of winners of the strongest man competition and couldn’t find a Michael.
Last Year’s Strongest Man is Žydrūnas Savickas, known as Big Z, and he’s coming to Lebanon on the 28th of August 2013 for the International Strongman Challenge in Beirut.
I usually follow the World’s Strongest Man competitions and I remember watching Big Z win year after year. He’s the only competitor to have won every major strongman competition and he’s coming to Beirut for the The International Strongman Challenge that will be held in Dekwaneh at the Golden Body Club on Sunday 28 August 2013.
I’ve never been to one of those competitions, so I am gonna ask around see if we can meet this big guy and take a picture with him.
On Wednesday I went to the Lana Del Rey concert which I thought was pretty boring but last night I went to the Pet Shop Boys one and it was just incredible. First of all just a little backstory, my first cassette tape I ever purchased was for Pet Shop Boys back in the 80s. They’ve always been one of my favorite bands ever even though I really haven’t kept up to date with their recent work.
So anyway last night I got to the concert an hour early since I was hoping I’d be lucky enough to find a spot right in the front (I had the Golden ticket) and to my surprise the place was empty when I got there. I quickly grabbed a spot right in front of where the mic was placed and waited. There wasn’t an opening act for the concert but they were playing some pretty good music to get us moving. Then, the second Pet Shop Boys walked on stage the energy of the place completely changed. Even though the event wasn’t as packed as Lana Del Rey the people who did show up were true fans at least the ones who were standing around me in the golden ticket section. I was standing so close to the stage it was just unreal seeing them perform live and so up close. Neil Tennant was standing right in front of me and I was jumping up and down screaming wanting him to notice me.
They played a mixture of new songs and classic 80s and 90s songs that were remastered so they wouldn’t sound out of date. The changes were very subtle and I actually want to try and find those remixes online. Whenever a classic song came out the crowd just went wild as you can see in the videos I’ve put up here. Sadly the sound in the videos isn’t that great since I was standing right in front of the speakers which overwhelmed the tiny iPhone mic. Also at one point I rant out of battery and space on my phone hence why the West End Girls video ends abruptly.
Pet Shop Boys kicked ass last night and I can’t believe how old they are. I love them, 30 years later and they can still bring so much energy to the stage with their music and their never ending costumes. No exaggeration every two songs they were going backstage and changing into different outfits each one looking wilder than the other. Their two supporting dancers also did a phenomenal job as well. I’m so glad I went to the concert, it completely blew me away. For those of you who missed it you really missed out on a extremely entertaining and visually rich show. Hopefully they’ll come back again one day.
Posted by Mark
Picture from Lebanese Basketball FB Page
After a shocking defeat in their opening game against Taiwan B at the William Jones Cup, the Lebanese Basketball Team defeated Japan and Taiwan A to clinch the second spot. Their next game will be the toughest one against the South Korean team. There are a lot of talented players in the team, so let’s hope they do well and get ready for the upcoming FIBA Asian Championship in August.
Here’s the full list of players in the National Team [Source]:
4 Jean Abdel Nour 198-G/F-83 Al Riyadi
5 Mohammed Ibrahim 196-G-83 Sagesse
6 Ali Mahmoud 184-G-83 Al Riyadi
7 Cheikh Hussein El Khatib 186-PG-86 Champville
8 Bachir Ammouri 201-F/C-83 Moutahed
9 Elie Estephane 193-G-86 Sagesse
10 Ali Haidar 201-F-90 Al Riyadi
11 Rodrigue Akl 187-PG-88 Sagesse
12 Ali Kanaan 207-C/F-85 Champville
13 Amir Saoud 187-G-91 Al Riyadi
14 Loren Woods 218-C-78 Al Riyadi
15 Fadi Khatib 199-F-79 Champville
As you can see from the list and picture above, American Player Loren Woods was given the Lebanese Nationality. As for Lebanese-Australian Basketball player Julian Khazzouh, he has not agreed to join the team and the Lebanese Federation is still considering banning him for 3 years, which I still think is a wrong decision.
On a last note, I still have idea what happened to the warning that Lebanon received from the FIBA and whether we decided to continue the league or not yet for this year.