Driving a Porsche for the first time

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I know for sure that this is the first and last time I am getting married but I hope it won’t be the last time I drive a Porsche too. Hopefully in the near future, I would have purchased a Cayenne or a 911 not rented it for few days or a special event.

For the time being, getting married is definitely an event that overcomes the joy of driving a Porsche or anything else I dreamt of, at least for me personally, and I hope everyone finds this special person in their life.

By the time this post comes out, I would be probably half way through my wedding ceremony having a blast with my family, friends and loved ones. See you all in a couple of weeks time.

Is Beirut’s Reputation for LGBT Tolerance a Myth?

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Very Nice Pictures by Ahmad Moussawi

I think we can safely say that Beirut is still better than other capitals in the Arab world when it comes to accepting homosexuals and lesbians but there’s still a lot of work to do.

Talk to Beiruti gays and lesbians, and you’ll find the truth seems to be as complex as the rest of Lebanon’s social politics. In a country held together by a wary part-truce between many religious and ethnic splinters, most things there seem to have a spirograph-like intricacy on closer inspection. Beirut’s waxing and waning reputation for tolerance reflects both Lebanese governments’ conflicted attempts to align themselves with the West and anxieties about the country’s future. [Full Article]

The author would be glad to know Ghost reopened, at least until now. I wouldn’t go as far though as linking the Ghost case to the status of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the illegal curfews being set.

To people whose lives haven’t been affected by homophobia, discussing this might seem trivial while Syria (whose capital is just 55 miles from Beirut) is pushing ever closer to Armageddon. In complicated Lebanon, however, the two issues are not unconnected. Local activists who asked to remain anonymous told me that patrons harassed at Ghost, the raided gay bar, were actually Syrian refugees, disobeying an autocratic ordnance by the local mayor to stay home after 7 p.m. Many Syrian refugees have arrived in Lebanon recently, often to mistrust and hostility from locals who remember Syria’s occupation of the country and fear the war next door spreading. The fact that their appearance in a Beirut gay bar might have been enough to spark a crackdown suggests how capricious and unstable Beirut’s no-questions-asked tolerance really is.

90% of Lebanese think the economy is bad

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I don’t think we needed a poll to realize that but this is yet another proof, a scientific one this time, that Lebanon is not doing well and that businesses will suffer this summer unfortunately. More importantly, it’s a wake up call for all Lebanese to cast their votes wisely in the upcoming elections and elect those who chose to help the country not screw it over and over again.

Nine out of every ten Lebanese believe the country’s economic situation is bad, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center published Thursday. Of those nine, nearly two thirds describe the economic situation as “very bad”. A mere one percent of Lebanese say the economy is “very good”.

The outlook for the future is equally dim. 48 percent of those polled expect the economy to get worse over the next year, while 47 percent predict today’s generation of children will be worse off than their parents. No wonder 88 percent say they’re dissatisfied with the country’s direction — more than in any other Arab nation surveyed. [Executive-Magazine]

If you want to check the original research paper, click [Here].

Deghri Messengers

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I thought this was some sort of joke at first but then I searched for Deghre Messengers and found an [official Facebook Page] and a [YouTube video].

Deghre Messengers is a fast, clean and Eco-friendly delivery service for a greener Beirut. I think that’s a great idea and I wish Matt all the luck in his project!

This idea reminded me of the movie “Premium Rush“. Hopefully few years from now, we’ll have a Beirut version of that movie inspired by Matt’s initiative.

Cycling has become more than a hobby for a Cheltenham man living in Lebanon. Matt Saunders, 25, who grew up in Cold Aston, near Bourton-on-the-Water, has put plans in place to start his own courier business in Beirut, the capital city in Lebanon.

“There really are too many cars on the streets here, and this results in noise, smog and hour-long traffic jams.
“I thought I saw a big gap in the market for fast, environmentally friendly delivery, and drawing on my experience as a courier, decided to move to Beirut, mobilise my contacts, and try it out.”

Since he started his venture last month, he has taken on three cyclists.
His business will be called Deghri Messengers.
Deghri is the Lebanese colloquial Arabic for straight on and right away.
The couriers are in training and are getting ready to work full time when it launches in September.” [Source]