However, the funniest part for me wasn’t the picture in itself but the fact that she has almost 7 million Twitter followers and still didn’t hire someone to proof-read her tweets. “One of my best Concert ever” LOL!
I’m not sure where this fight took place but it’s very common in Lebanon to block roads when there’s a wedding. It’s one of those things that I was never able to understand but for some reason, many Lebanese enjoy closing down the whole neighborhood and dancing on the street when the bride is leaving her house. Also, a lot of wedding convoys enjoy driving in the middle of the road or on several lanes and causing traffic.
Of course most of the time the neighbors are aware there’s a wedding and join the bride in her celebration but obviously that wasn’t the case in this video where a van driver got pissed off and tried to cut his way through the crowds. Personally speaking, I would have waited for the zaffe to end but obviously the celebrations could have taken place without closing down the road.
By the way, what happened to the bride? Did she faint or something?
Terrorist Ahmad al Assir was finally arrested today after more than two years on the run. He was caught flying to Cairo and using a fake Palestinian passport. A photo is being circulated online showing Assir without a beard but I can’t really confirm it. The good news is that he was arrested finally and is going to jail where he belongs.
Let’s just hope he won’t be “saved” by some politician like other terrorists were before.
Eat Out For Life campaign is back this year and will take place from the 17th till the 23rd of August. Just by visiting any of the participating restaurants mentioned [here], a percentage of your bill will go to the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) to contribute to the treatment of a sick child.
Some of the restaurants mentioned are: Crepaway, Brgrco, Pzzco, Clay, Gilt, BistroBar, Tavolina, Zaatar W Zeit, Yeh!, Centrale, Babel Bay, Pepe Abed and others.
You can read more about this initiative and check out the participating restaurants [here].
I first found out about Ma3roof after George al Rif’s tragic incident. Their “2atte3ne 2awou b2at3ak” graphic was a perfect reflection of the reality we are living in and everyone was sharing it online. After I got in touch with Bob Kastoun, the guy behind Ma3roof and visited his page, I noticed he had been producing witty and funny graphics for quite some time and some of them are spot on!
Ma3roof basically “focuses and comments in a sarcastic and funny way on everyday’s political events and all the events we lived decades before, hoping to touch all segments of people from one distance in a way that enlarges their way of thinking and their political maturity in order to build a better political life in Lebanon”, and they are doing a great job so far!
I was on my way to Beirut a week ago when a policeman stood in the middle of the road (next to the Canadian Embassy in Jal el Dib) and started asking few drivers to park on the side including myself. At first I thought they were checking “mecanique” papers and indeed the officer asked me for my driving license and “mecanique” papers which I gladly handed over. I still had no clue I was being fined for using my phone because I don’t recall taking any calls or texting anyone that morning. A few minutes later, I got bored from waiting so I asked the officer if I can go if my papers are good and that’s where he told me I’m getting a fine for using my phone. I told him but I wasn’t using my phone as far as I know but he was like “Yes you were there’s an officer standing on the side of the road a few hundred meters back who spotted you”. I was like “Spotting me doing what?” but all he said was that I was using the phone.
I was in a rush so I didn’t bother argue anymore and took the fine and drove away but I’m still not sure what “using my phone” meant to this officer and how random these fines are. In fact, ever since I got the fine I haven’t seen any officer standing on that road and I’ve spotted tens if not hundreds of drivers texting and answering their phones on the same road. I even wanted to go and file a complaint but to say what? I am sure I wasn’t using my phone to text or answer yet I could have been holding it to check the time (I don’t wear a watch and my car’s clock doesn’t work) or listen to music (plugged to the radio with an auxiliary cable) but again I didn’t have proof and neither the officer who fined me did. I ended up paying the fine but I wish the ISF would clarify what “using our phone” means and why they are still fining people randomly and during peak traffic hours?
What’s the point of fining drivers stuck in morning traffic for using their phones? How does that help promote road safety? How about those speeding on the highway while texting and driving? Can we take calls if we have a handset or on speaker? What if I’m holding my phone down and have the speaker mode on? Is that also a fine?
More importantly, why aren’t there regular checkpoints to fine drivers breaking the new traffic law? I spot hundreds of drivers breaking the law on a daily basis on the highway and main roads. This is where the real threat is, not on the Dbayyeh Jal el Dib maritime (jammed) road at 8:30am.
All in all, I gladly paid the fine because I may have been holding my phone but it’s quite frustrating to pay a 200,000 fine while everyone around you is clearly breaking the law (including police officers) and getting away with it, and while you’ve been promoting road safety for years on the blog.
Members of the #طلعت_ريحتكم movement placed trash today in front of Environment Minister Mashnouk’s residence and asked him once again to resign. I think we should do the same with every official and every head of municipality who is not helping in this garbage crisis.
When I posted about the Saadah restaurant offering food for free to poor and needy families in Beirut, I remembered an old post from 2012 about a Lebanese immigrant called Salam Kahil who was nicknamed the Lebanese Sandwich Nazi. This guy ran away from Lebanon aged 15, lived all over Europe before he settled in Vancouver where he runs a deli that makes “The Best Sandwiches in North America”. He’s bad mouthed, he makes nasty jokes, he greets all his customers by a page of rules and warnings but he’s hilarious. He’s also very generous and gives away free sandwiches to homeless people occasionally.
Most of them know that for all his bluster, he has a mile-wide generous side, notably bagging up food to hand out to the many down-and-out denizens of the downtown area each week. Between acts of charity and vulgarity, bits of personal history spill out: He ran away from his large, disapproving Beirut family at age 15, lived all over Europe, “took advantage of a lot of people” as a stud for hire (or sometimes for free, as when female acquaintances wanted a sperm donor without a husband attached), then entered a less illicit business when he “realized my beauty was fading” at age 29. Soon he’d built up a mini-empire of stores, but the hassle of managing employees (and worrying his antics might strike them as sexual harassment) prompted eventual reduction back down to a one-man, one-deli operation. [HuffingtonPost]