The World’s Largest Ancient Stone Block Found In Baalbeck!

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as Photo credit: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut.

German Archeologists have discovered right next to the “Hajar Al Hibla” in Baalbeck, or the stone of the pregnant woman, the biggest known ancient stone block. The stone is more than 20 meters long and weighs 1,650 tons. It was meant to be transported without being cut but archeologists will need to extend the trenches to determine its exact height.

Baalbeck is one of the largest Roman sanctuaries known and has some of the best preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon.

See that absurdly massive stone block? Yeah, that’s not the one we’re talking about. Look over to the right. German archaeologists working at the Baalbek site in Lebanon have uncovered the largest known ancient block.

The fully exposed block, which dates back to around 27 B.C., is the well known Hajjar al-Hibla. It’s located in a stone quarry at Baalbek, site of the ancient Heliopolis in Lebanon. Similar stone blocks measuring up to 20 meters (65 feet) in length and a diameter of 4 x 4 meters (13 x 13 feet) were used for the podium of the massive Temple of Jupiter in the Roman sanctuary of Baalbek.

Thanks Ibrahim Jouhari

Hayda El عفش La 2elak?

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3afesh via Jad

I’ve never noticed that sign at the airport but it’s quite weird that they are using the word “عفش” as it’s not a term we use formally. I know we say “Chellé 3afchak min hone” or “hayda 3afchak chi?” when we refer to someone’s bunch of stuff or furniture. I guess “غرض” would have been more appropriate.

BRGR Co. Opening In Chelsea On December 1

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I had the chance to talk recently with one of the Brgrco UK branch managers when I was tasting their new exquisite “Cafe de Paris” burger and I was really happy to hear that their Soho branch is doing really well, and that they are opening soon on King’s Road.

The opening is set for December 1 so if you are visiting London anytime soon, make sure to pass by and grab a burger!


How Long Till The Lebanese Traditional Dekkene disappears?

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I spotted this cool post on Al Rifai’s page talking about the Lebanese Dekkene and whether they’ve become an endangered species. This brought back a lot of memories indeed as the dekkene was the only place we’d go to as kids to buy sweets, specially when I used to go to my village to spend the weekend. Buying a Unica and a Bonjus after a football game or getting these potato chip bags for 200 Liras with a Pepsi or a Coke were enough to please any kid back then.

Going back to the original topic, I don’t think Dekkenes can last in Beirut as the rent is too high and the competition is fierce but they are not going anywhere outside Beirut, specially in the remote areas. The only problem is the owners are already old and the new generations are generally not that enthusiastic about running a Dekkene anymore. Nevertheless, I know few of them who decided to renovate the Dekkene and grow their parents’ business.

In all cases, I will always cherish these Dekkene visits and even though I go to supermarkets more often these days, I do pass by a Dekkene whenever I am on a field trip or wish to buy a couple of things.

If someone were to ask us what one of our golden memories as a child growing up in Lebanon was, a majority of us would have answered: Trips to the corner store or as most of us know it – the “Dekkene”. Endless trips with your friends or even with your grandparents where a 1,000 LL could have probably bought you half the store. It was part of everyone’s childhood experience whether you actually lived in Lebanon or you were visiting for the summer. Nowadays, it has us wondering if the younger generations have the same memories to recall as we did, especially since the supermarkets, emphasis on the super, are piling up and no one feels the need to go to these corner stores anymore. As the shiner package and the brighter lights of new establishments taking over the minds of the younger generation convincing them that the corner store isn’t good enough anymore?

Read the full article [Here].


Khoury Home Doing A Black Friday?

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For those of you who don’t know what Black Friday is, it’s the Friday following Thanksgiving day in the United States and the busiest shopping day of the year. All major retailers in the US offer crazy discounts and promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season. My brother is in the US so every year, I look up Black Friday deals and try to take advantage of all the offers and there are some really amazing deals!

Going back to Lebanon, Khoury Home is apparently organizing a Black Friday this week but they didn’t confirm it yet. Given how bad our economy is, a Black Friday would be a perfect boost to all retailers before the shopping season. I hope they consider doing it on a bigger scale and on a yearly basis.

ABAAD Campaign For The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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ABAAD is a Lebanese NGO aimed at achieving gender equality as an essential condition to sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region. Their slogan for this year is “Through violence … Nobody comes out ahead. The ultimate responsibility is putting an end to violence against women” and is being endorsed by President Michel Sleiman.

Unfortunately crimes against women and girls in Lebanon are still happening and the latest victim was Nisrine Rouhana, who was kidnapped, tortured, shot dead and then thrown in the Nahr Ibrahim river by her husband.

There are no excuses for a man to hit his wife or daughter. Any man who does that is a coward, not a real man.

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Lebanese Ministry Of Public Works: غير مطابق

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My friend was driving back home yesterday when his car fell in an open manhole puncturing both his tires and damaging the rims. At least two other cars fell in the same manhole as it was covered with water and in the middle of the street. The same thing happened to me a year ago on the Dora highway and I had to change my car’s rims because of that!

How about Lebanese citizens start holding ministries accountable for their mistakes? And maybe fine them for every violation they commit? Or maybe a good idea would be for the Public Works Minister to reprimand those who are responsible for opening manholes in a hazardous matter and endangering people’s lives?

Thanks Mo!

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