Volvo’s Only The Lonely Project: A Social Experiment On The Streets Of Beirut

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photo (5) Take a stand! Pedestrian cross walk in Mar Mikhail

If you happen to be passing by Mar Mikhail and notice a blue pedestrian stand or a yellow taxi stand, these are part of the #OnlyTheLonely project that was launched by Volvo with the eventual collaboration of the awesome LiveLoveBeirut team. Only the Lonely Project is basically a social experiment to discover how certain actions and behaviors could change by installing booths on certain streets in Lebanon.

The aim is to let the Lebanese people think for themselves and not follow the rest of the crowd. If you are used to parking your car on the pedestrian crosswalk or stand, stop doing so and take a step in the right direction. If you are used to giving your car to the reckless valet parking companies, take some time to find the nearest parking lot and walk to your destination. If you are used to crossing red lights, stop doing so even if the assholes behind you start honking at you. There are so many baby steps that our society can take to improve the way things are and become conscious of everything happening around us.

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I don’t think I need to elaborate further on the initiative itself, as the ads are brilliantly made and speak for themselves, but what’s great about this experiment is that it encourages people to take part in it through the various social media channels and not just relay a message to the crowds. Mr. Lonely is after all the face of the real minority in this country, the ones that stand in line, respect the traffic lights, and don’t go the wrong way and that’s why this minority needs to step out and be an example for others to follow.

How can you participate in this experiment?

There are several interactive stands around the city of Beirut that you can see on the map below. All you need to do is actually use them whenever you are near, and share your experience by using the hashtah #onlythelonely on Twitter and Instagram. By doing so, you would be adding your voice to thousands of other Lebanese and helping Live Love Beirut share a petition with the government to request the necessary tools for this new direction.

More importantly though, you would be setting an example for everyone around you and encouraging them to take the right road and stop following what others are doing. So go to the nearest stand, get involved in the experiment and share it for all of us to see it! I will be gladly sharing all the videos and pictures I get from the blog readers.

map Map is on the website [Here]

You can read more about the project [Here] and see the lonely moments shared by some people.

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Abra Municipality Preparing For Ramadan

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I come from a village right next to Abra and I don’t recall ever being advised not to eat in public during Ramadan. In fact, I have a lot of Muslim friends and colleagues and I never had an issue with them during Ramadan. Unless you are being disrespectful by stuffing food to their face or sending them food pictures, there’s no need to tell people where and when to eat or not.

I think that was a meaningless thing to do from the municipality, and even though the mayor, who’s Christian, probably had good intentions, this act will cause more harm than good.

6 New Burgers At Roadster Diner

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I passed by Roadster tonight to try out the 6 new burgers that will become available on Friday. Technically speaking, 5 of them are brand new as the Route 66 burger which was introduced before is among the new additions to the menu.

Here are the new burgers:

Cheese’n’Cheese: 160g Angus prime beef, Iceberg lettuce, Melted Swiss cheese, Philly Steak Sauce and Sauteed fresh mushrooms.
BBQ Bacon’In: 160g Angus prime beef mixed with bacon, Grilled Tomato, Grilled Onion and Melted Cheddar cheese.
Old School: 160g Angus prime beef, Fresh tomato, Crisp Iceberg lettuce and RD Cocktail Sauce.
Route 66: 160g Angus prime beef, Fresh tomato, Crisp Iceberg lettuce, R66 Sauce.
Chili Mariachi: 160g Angus prime beef, Fresh tomato, Crisp Iceberg lettuce and Special Chili Sauce.
California dream: 160g Angus prime beef, Fresh tomato, Flour tortilla chips, Crisp Iceberg lettuce, Pickles and Fresh Guacamole.

I had a bite of all of them except for the Chili one as I can’t have spices. The Old School is a dull burger and shouldn’t be on the menu in my opinion, the Cheese’n’Cheese and the Route 66 were ok but I loved the California Dream and BBQ Bacon’In. They were rich in taste and the guacamole was perfect with the tortilla chips in the California dream burger. Also if you like bacon you’d love the BBQ Bacon’In and I recommend you add crispy bacon on top as well.

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Because I’m Habli

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I don’t mind taking a selfie or two in an event or a cool place but this whole selfie mania in Lebanon and the whole world is becoming quite annoying. It’s like people don’t know how to take proper pictures anymore. Speaking of Hebel, someone once asked me if I could take him a selfie.

Riyadi Beirut Defeats Sagesse To Clinch Its 24th Lebanese Basketball Championship Title

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I think what matters the most is that the series finally came to an end and someone won fair and square without fights or politics involved. It’s quite unfortunate that fans were banned from watching the last 3 games, but it was necessary and I hope both teams will learn how to control their fans next year. As for the federation, I am glad they decided to keep the series going and I urge them to take the appropriate measures to avoid any clashes next year and have a very strict policy towards all the teams and players.

All in all and despite everything that happened, I think this year was one of the best in terms of competitiveness and the years to come promise to be even better.