That’s still though not a reason for Lebanese TVs to give fortune tellers so much importance. I was flipping through channels yesterday and saw Layla Abdel Latif predicting stuff on LBCI. To be honest, I was truly surprised by how serious the show host was when discussing Layla’s predictions as if they were of any value.
As mentioned earlier, I’ve been test driving the 2013 Volvo V40 throughout the weekend and it’s been a lot of fun. Knowing that Volvos are reputed to be the safest cars in the world, I thought I test it out by making a small car jump and I knew the perfect place to pull that stunt!
The place is in Achrafieh on Charles Malek’s Avenue, and to be more specific the road from Roadster Diner Achrafieh towards Tabaris. As you can see from the picture, the road is straight at first then goes down a bit, then up and then goes downhill all of a sudden. The reason why I picked this spot is because a friend of mine tried jumping with his old GMC few years ago and it worked but he ended up with a broken suspension and no tires (True Story). So the test will be to see if the Volvo makes it in one piece.
The tricky part was determining the speed needed to let the car jump since the road doesn’t go downhill that steeply so I called and asked my friend and he told me I should be doing over 120kph to make that jump. The V40 needs around 5-6 seconds from 0 to 100 so I designated my starting point at Roadster’s. I also made sure the gas tank to be almost empty before the stunt as it will be easier for the car to jump.
The only worry I had was to hit the road separator in the middle that you can see below. Also and knowing that the car is a relatively low from the front, I expected some damage to take place in that area.
Anyway I borrowed my friend’s bike helmet and headed to Achrafieh this morning around 5 am to make sure that the roads are empty. I had a couple of friends monitoring the roads for me before giving me the green light. By now, I am sure most of you want to know how the jump went. I am uploading the video as we speak and will post it in around 15-20 minutes (Blame the slow internet uploading). Stay tuned!
As posted earlier, Mar Mikhael area will be transformed into a pedestrian zone today from 10.00 am till 5.00 pm. Free entertainment involving, art, music, sports, and environmental activities, will be offered to adults and children. The weather is perfect today for a walk, biking or some fun with your friends and family so head out to Mar Mikhael if you can.
10.00 am to 5.00 pm bike rentals with Beirut by Bikes.
– Photography Exhibition with Beirut Street Photography.
– Street Musicians.
– Children corner with arts crafts and cultural activities around themed around nature and the environment, with Le Club des 2 Clowns from11.00 am to 4.00 pm.
– Sports challenge track,
– 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Giant Banquet in collaboration with Souk El Tayeb
– 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Arts and Crafts exhibition with objects of all kinds.
– 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Sculpture: From clean waste, residents will be invited to create a sculpture together under the leadership of Imad Abdelnour. The sculpture will remain on display on the premises.
– Several painters scattered along the street and live painting Mar Mikhael landscapes.
– 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm the 149th Live painting show with Bernard Renno.
– 11.30 am to 3.00 pm street shows: Fanfares; stilt walkers; bike show; Roller show.
– Planting with the participation of residents in different locations – mainly on the stairs.
– Recycling project with “G”.
-Races on wheel Chairs with “LAUGH” association
– Graffitis event with a selection of artists on The abandoned buses in the train station to the sound of music mixed by Medea Azouri
You can follow me on Instagram [LeNajib] and Twitter [@LeNajib] for updates on the event.
I’ve tested and reviewed smart phones, TVs, apps and games so far and the new Volvo V40 will proudly be the first car I get to test drive and write about. I just picked up the car today which is perfect as I will have the whole weekend to try it out.
I will write next week a full review so stay posted (if cars interest you of course).
Here are few pictures of the Beirut City Centre that opened yesterday. There are a lot of shops and restaurants that are still not open such as the Cheese Cake Factory, Shake Shack and Fat Burger but they are coming very soon from what I heard. Carrefour was the main attraction yesterday as they were offering a lot of items with great discounts.
I am passing by this weekend so I will have more pictures and information to share.