Update: AUB Spell-check fail

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I got this answer today from Nidal who works at AUB. It seems the spelling check I posted about two weeks ago was reported and corrected. I will post a screenshot of the new form as soon as I get one.

Nidal – AUB Communications says:
March 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm (Edit)

Thank you for pointing this out. I reported this and it was fixed.

The Mansion – Beirut

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After I posted about the Speed Dating event, and heard that they serve Pork Ribs at their 30$ Open Wine BBQ, I decided to give The Mansion a try on a Saturday night.

Before calling to book, I checked out their Facebook page for pictures and I honestly couldn’t figure out how the places looks like or how big it is. It didn’t make a big difference to me as I had heard it’s a cool place but I think they should add some clear pictures on The Mansion’s Facebook page.

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The Mansion is located in the middle of Gemmayze on Mar Antonios Street. It’s an old renovated house situated in an isolated area from the vibrant Gouraud street. Once you go in, there’s a large room with a bar on the left, high tables and chairs, cool chandeliers dangling from the roof and Botero paintings on the wall. There are other rooms more suited for relaxing and dining but you will be missing out on a lot of fun.

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Even though we got there early, the place was already half full but tables were comfortably distanced from each other and from the bar. Once we sat down, we were offered Champagne glasses for some reason. I thought it was a welcome drink or something but it turned out to be “Champagne Saturday” where everyone gets Champagne every time the bell rings.

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We ordered drinks and Nachos first, then The Mansion burger, a Mozzarella sandwich and a Breast N Cheese platter as main dishes. Everything tasted great and the service was impeccable. I don’t want to be exaggerating here but the girl (Rachel) in charge of our table was just great and made the whole experience even better. She’d check on us every 5-10 minutes to make sure our drinks are as requested or if we needed a refill, whether our food is delivered on time, or if we needed anything at all. I will suggest to the Mansion people that they name her employee of the month and add a funny painting of her similar to the ones they have displayed.

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Moving on to the music, the DJ created a nice ambiance, far from trance and cheap commercial songs, and included some awesome songs from the 90s like Scatman or Cotton Eyed Joe. There weren’t a lot of people dancing when we left (Around 12:30) but the place was packed and everybody seemed to be having a good time. More importantly, no one was smoking inside.

Price-wise, the bill was reasonable and we ended up paying around 40$ per person.

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To sum it up, I had a great time at The Mansion and I will be visiting back soon to try the Pork Ribs.

Carlos Slim Helu still world’s richest man

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Carlos Slim Helu is the world’s richest man for the fourth year in a row. He clocks in at $4 billion more than a year ago, thanks to surging stock prices at his financial arm, Grupo Financiero Inbursa, and at his Grupo Carso industrial and retail giant. [Link]

The first Arab Billionaire is Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal with $20 billion, followed by Mohammad Al Amoudi with $13.5 billion. Both are from Saudi Arabia.

As far as Lebanese billionaires are concerned, Prime Minister Najib Mikati tops the list for the second year in a row with $3.5 billion dollars followed by his brother Taha Mikati with the same amount. The richest of the Hariris is Bahaa with $2.4 Billion then ex-PM Saad Hariri with $1.9 Billion dollars.

You can check out the full list of billionaires as of 2013 [Here].

Lebanese State Security buying used cars

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I spotted this X-trail today with a Lebanese State Security plate number and the logo of a used cars dealership in Lebanon on the back. The only explanation I could come up with is that the guy works in State Security and put the plate on his personal vehicle but I don’t know if this is legal or not.

I thought I visit State Security’s website and email them about it but the frontpage wasn’t very encouraging.

Lebanese actress Nadine Njeim lending her voice to Lara Croft

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Nadine Njeim was elected Miss Lebanon in 2007.

While the actress Camilla Luddington is providing the English voice-over, the game has also been localised, with the Lebanese actress and model Nadine Njeim stepping in to give an Arabic lilt to the character, a first for an action-adventure title. “They just took out the English and translated it, but we had to adapt it to the tie frame we have and the lip synching we have,” says Njeim. “It was hard work because we tend to elongate things. A one-syllable word in English takes about 10 minutes in Arabic!”

Although she was named Miss Lebanon in 2007, Njeim admits it was a somewhat daunting task to take on Lara Croft. “It was kind of amazing to see yourself acting out a character who has a legacy in the international community, not to mention the fact you’re presenting a new version of her this time,” she says. “I was obsessed with the thought that millions of people are going to play this game, millions of people are going to hear my voice. What if I get it wrong?” [Source]

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