The Lebanese designer Karim Habib has been named the new design chief at BMW. He’s the guy behind the new 7-series which I think looks great and reminds me of the older beemers from the 80s. The fact that a Lebanese is in charge of the design at BMW is pretty cool and fitting. Who loves their cars more than us? More info available [Here]
At Ro Ro’s Chicken — a famed Lebanese joint in Hollywood — the manager says shawarma sales jumped 80% in the days after the movie opened. We’re told the same thing happened a few years back when a baba ghanouj joke was featured in “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.” [Link]
Boubouffe (Achrafieh) should consider opening a branch in LA soon. This place has the best Shawarma you’ll ever taste.
Game 5 between Anibal Zahle and Sporting club was cancelled tonight because Riyadi fans blocked the roads leading to Manara and invaded the Riyadi basketball court. Game 5 will be played tomorrow in Antranik at 4pm.
I think it’s time to penalize Riyadi and kick them out of the semi-finals, maybe then they will learn to control their fans.
Two stand-up comedians have been detained for breaching public morality. Edmond Haddad, known for his role on al-Jadeed televisionâ€™s Chi.N.N. comedy show, and Rawiya al-Shab, who is a theater and film actress, were detained for a stand-up show they presented in 2009 at a pub in Gemmayzeh. [Naharnet]
The article says that a local media outlet was covering the event and reported that their act had violated public morals. In fact, during the sketch, Haddad showed some of his underwear, much to the disappointment of the unnamed media outlet.
Does anyone know which media outlet they are referring to? So what if he showed his boxers? With everything that’s happening in Lebanon, this is the only thing considered as a breach of public morality?
The funny part is that the Beirut judge in charge of the case “has held Haddad and al-Shab on charges of breaching public morals based solely on the newspaper article that initially made the complaint, said al-Akhbar. The judge did not even consider viewing a dvd recording of the comedy show, it added.”
Two young Lebanese men have been detained for daubing graffiti on Beirut walls in support of the uprising in neighboring Syria, their lawyer and fellow activists said on Saturday.
Fadi Tawfiq, a writer and rights activist, said Ali Fakhri and Khodr Salameh were detained on Friday night for painting the flag used by rebels in Syria and “The revolution continues” in a district considered supportive of the Damascus regime. [Source]
Graffiti is accepted as long as it does not involve drawing on someone’s property or damaging public property. I’ve rarely seen decent graffiti in Lebanon, however most of them were on old deserted buildings or old walls. Having said that, and regardless whether you consider Graffiti to be an art or pure vandalism, I strongly believe our security forces should dedicate more time to catch criminals and terrorists rather than go after activists drawing on walls.
The good news are that both activists were released few hours ago after Prime Minister Najib Mikati got involved personally, following a massive online pressure on him, mainly on Twitter. I am glad that he chose to resolve this issue on the spot rather than ignore it like most politicians and officials do.
Here’s a footage of the small protest that occurred in the afternoon asking for the release of Ali and Khodr.
A dog roaming the Corniche of the coastal city of Sidon for nearly an hour frightened bystanders early Thursday morning before a policeman subdued the animal and took it away.
Sidon Municipality Police arrived at the scene and were about to sedate the animal using a stun gun. However, a policeman from the Internal Security Forces who is a longtime pet owner was able to calm the dog without using force and put a chain leash on it.
Hard to believe no one tried to shoot it or run it over. Even the cops were planning to use a stun gun and not real bullets. I’m impressed. [Link]
I was just told that F1 Driver Kimi RÃ¤ikkÃ¶nen is as we speak meeting the President of the Lebanese republic Michel Suleiman in Baabda. I don’t have a picture yet but I will post it as soon as I have one.