An interactive piano set inside ABC Dbayyeh mall was inviting people passing by to play and making fun of those who can’t with messages like “Please Stop” or “Practice makes perfect (Try 10 years)” while praising those who know how to play the piano by saying “Music to my ears” or “Mozart! Bach! Beethoven! Listen to this genius”. At the end, some of those who gave it a try were rewarded with tickets to Al Bustan Festival.
After a video came out showing a Lebanese priest called Antoun Farah sexually harassing a woman, New TV went and interviewed the priest as per his request. Clearly this guy is delusional but what I don’t understand is how he’s still a priest and is currently heading a charitable organization despite being involved in a previous scandal involving sexual harassment. Why doesn’t the Church kick him out for good and why aren’t the authorities doing something about his organization? What if he’s harassing members of that organization?
I’m hoping that New TV will follow up on that case and let us know what happens.
Her name is Tania Awad Ghorra and she’s the woman behind the voice recordings for Alfa, Touch, Ogero, Beirut Rafic Hariri’s airport, as well as many banks and hospitals in Lebanon. Almost everyone hates that voice but I’ve always wondered how the woman behind the voice looks like and I just found out that CHI NN interviewed her yesterday.
I thought she’d be older to be honest but she’s funny. I always imagined her though with such glasses and an annoying/evil laugh.
Investigators are examining the area where she was found and a construction site behind Midtown for clues.
A 21 year old student called Nicole Assaf was unfortunately found dead in an empty lot in Hamra near Midtown Hotel and Suites. Nicole was a civil engineering student at the American University of Beirut. Nicole is originally from Jbeil and was living in Hamra with a roommate.
AUB mourned the student earlier today and investigations are still ongoing to determine what happened. Unfortunately, this is the second tragic incident in 2 years involving an AUB student. At this point, I believe it’s better not to make speculations out of respect to the victim’s family.
Sincere condolences to Nicole’s family and her friends.
It feels great when a story like this one becomes a global sensation and is picked up by Time, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Independent and others. Rima’s interview with the London-based Sheikh has been seen over 6 million times in just few days which is quite incredible.
Rima was interviewed by the Guardian and said the video “had a positive impact, particularly in patriarchal societies, where female journalists faced many more challenges than their male colleague”. She continued by saying that she doesn’t feel like a hero but like any man or woman with self-respect. Well I think she is a hero because Lebanon has made global headlines for a good cause this time, not because of a porn star or a stupid selfie.
A food court opened last Friday at the Beirut Souks right next to the theaters. I thought at first it was only Kababji opening because the color and design were similar to its branches, but then I went in and spotted Roadster and Zaatar W Zeit as well as a PinkBerry stand (Finally!). The court is spacious and is ideal for a quick bite right before a movie. It was also needed because the only place where you could grab a quick bite at the Souks is Brgrco.
I sat down at Kababji with some friends and ordered my favorite Arayiss Kafta, as well as some Kebab and Kebbit La2teen. The service and food were great and the only item that took some time was Kebbit La2teen (Pumpkin Kebbe which is popular during lent). I wanted to get some Pinkberry after but it was really crowded because they were giving free samples or something.
I think the court still needs a decent ice-cream place and I heard a popular one might be opening soon there but nothing is confirmed yet.