I was on a never-ending flight to Dubai a couple of months ago. The airport was very congested apparently so we kept circling over the Persian gulf for over an hour! After that we went and circled a bit more above the border with Oman. The 3 hour flight took 4.5 hours!!
We woke up today to find out that we have no water, not even a single drop and it’s been raining heavily all day! The whole day passed and it kept raining and there’s still no water available.
I mean one would expected water shortage during summer time, but in winter time? Moreover, the mountains are very close to the coastal cities and there were no storms that could have damaged the pipes or whatever brings the water down, so it would be really interesting if someone would explain to us why there’s no water.
I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)
(Funny quote from Angie on Egypt’s current situation)
While some countries opt to stop facebook or twitter or other social media networks during riots or protests, Egypt’s leader Husni Mubarak decided to shut down the country’s ISPs and mobile networks!
Nevertheless, it seems Egyptians have found ways to keep themselves connected, which brought me back years back when we still had modems. They are using dial-up modems and calling an international number to reach a modem in another country which gives them them a connection to the outside world.
Reports are saying they are using HAM radios as well to transmit messages. I wonder if any of them will use morse code as well. That would be cool!
One of the banks in Lebanon just launched a campaign aimed at young adults. They make it sound so X-rated! Their radio commercials start off by warning people that this ad is for mature audiences only. Their ads state 18+, for adults only. Come on people, it’s just a bank account, no need to make it sound raunchy!
What I liked the most about this campaign are the billboards. The guy is holding a box that’s pixelated as if he’s carrying something R-rated in it. It reminded me of the Saturday Night Live skit with Justin Timberlake “Dick in a box”. You can watch it here to know what I’m talking about [YouTube]
A single tire contains about the equivalent of two U.S. gallons (7.5 liters) of oil.
Burning tires releases many toxins and pollutants, some of which can settle in your lungs.
Certain metals in tires can serve as catalysts for dioxin formation. Dioxins can cause serious health problems, such as infertility, learning disabilities, endometriosis, sexual reproductive disorders, birth defects, damage to the immune system and cancer.
Any new government should first issue a law that jails people who burn tyres for no reason. No but seriously and away from all politics, Green associations and NGOs should urge the government and all Lebanese parties to stop this destructive habit.
PS: Watch Minute 1:15 when Al Jazeera’s bus was assaulted and 1:52 till 1:58, tough guy can’t remove a poster!
How about a mani or pedi from a fish? At the Argilab beauty center in Beirut, a customer undergoes fish spa therapy. Garra rufa, also known as the “doctor fish,” exfoliate hands, ankles, calves and feet. [Link]
What’s interesting is that this piece of news is listed under Hot topics on the Washington Post website.
Personally, i wouldn’t mind giving a try, but at most a foot therapy, definitly not a face therapy like that picture above.
Had a great time at the Armin Van Buuren concert Saturday at Biel! The atmosphere was amazing, people were just there to have fun and enjoy the music.
The organization of the event was a bit crappy though. All the ads said: “Doors open at 9 pm, and Armin will hit the decks at 10 pm sharp”. Reality: doors opened at 9:45 pm and Armin went on stage at 12:45 am. The hosts and hostesses had to go through printed out Excel sheets to find out exactly in which area everyone was supposed to be. But apart from that I don’t think there were any glitches.
The Lebanese Red Cross was present as well. They were rushing in and out ALL THE TIME. Every couple of minutes, you’d see a crew of 4 or 5 running to the crowd, treating someone and leaving. I didn’t see anyone being taken out on a stretcher though.
The night started off a bit slow. A couple of singers came on stage (don’t know any of them though) and then Armin’s brother played the bass for a couple of minutes and at 12:45 am Armin made his grand entrance. It was really something! Amazing sound system! At one point Sophie Ellis Bextor came on stage as well (At least I think it was her, not very sure). All in all an amazing night. Had to leave at 4 am because I realized that I hadn’t eaten anything since lunchtime!
The section where I was sitting was right next to the door, so there was a breeze all the time, it was cold and people were wearing their jackets… except this guy who thinks everyone wants to see his giant manboobs! Douchebag on 3! 1-2-3 DOUCHEBAG!
Update:Here is a more detailed review of the night. Thanks Rhea for sharing this with us!
The poster on the left is the We Run Beirut poster for their upcoming event while the poster on the right is the original version, a poster for the TV series Battle Star Galactica (one of the best shows ever). It’s a poster to a party, who the hell would be lazy enough to copy another poster instead of coming up with something creative for such a cool event?!