Spotted by a friend at Le Royal-Amman.
Spotted by a friend at Le Royal-Amman.
Picture taken from DesignHome
Lebanon’s legendary club B018 has been located in Karantina since 1998 and still attracts crowds every weekend and on Thursdays mainly when the awesome 80′s night takes place. It was listed on InTheMix‘s top 25 clubs to visit before you die as everything is special about this place; the location, the architecture, the concept, the music, the people and the ambiance.
Here’s my [review] on the 80′s night.
BO18 is perhaps one of the most ambitious and conceptually unique venues worldwide. Located in Karantina (a semi-industrial zone in the northeast of Lebanon’s capital city Beirut), which was the home of a Palestinian refugee camp that housed up to 20,000 evacuees during the Lebanese Civil War, B018 started as a way to use music as a form of therapy to ease the stress of wartime life.
Changing locations over the years, the current home in Karantina was chosen in 1998, and the club was designed in such a way as to reflect its location, paying tribute to those lost in the war. Aside from being sunk into the ground like a communal grave (or more light-heartedly, a bomb shelter), the club also features tables shaped like coffins and war memorabilia all over the walls.
But it’s not all doom-and-gloom: a retractable roof allows for revellers to dance under the starry Beirut night sky, and carefully placed mirrors reflect the city’s lights onto the dancefloor. Add in a top-notch sound-system, a friendly, open-minded and liberal crowd, and high calibre guests such as Hernan Cattaneo, James Zabiela and Troy Pierce, and you have the fiercely unique BO18. As Danny Howells puts it, it’s “one of the absolute best clubs in the world”.
One Basketball fan will be picked randomly every game and will have the chance to win 1 Million Lebanese Liras if he makes the half court shot. I don’t know if there were half-court shots last season as this is the first season I hear of such a thing but it’s definitely a cool feature!
If you’ve never seen any of the fan half-court shots in NBA games, check this [video].
via Al Jomhouria
The deadly explosion that killed two Lebanese Army Soldiers yesterday led to a wave of support from all the Lebanese for the army’s efforts to capture these terrorist cells and suicide bombers. One of the two army martyrs, Officer Elias Khoury, apparently ordered his men to stay back and headed alone to interrogate the driver who looked suspicious. Unfortunately, two of his men followed him before the suicide bomber detonated his explosives killing Elias, Hamzeh and a passerby.
Like I said in previous occasions, there’s nothing we can do against suicide bombers except wait for them to run out.
When I first saw the billboards, I thought Al Jomhouria was recruiting, but the video and billboards that followed revealed what this is all about. It’s a nice campaign but I’ll never stick to reading one paper or watching one TV in Lebanon. We need to read/watch them all la yefrouz Rassna.
I spotted workers sitting in the trunk of a Beirut Municipality truck few months back as well.
I wasn’t expecting the post I wrote on how to detect stolen cars to get so many positive feedbacks but it did and I hope someone will pass the idea to the authorities as we need to place these license plate scanners and come up with that app the soonest. Just to be clear, what I proposed is not a revolutionary solution as the technology is old and a lot of countries use it and even have complex networks of smart cameras to help them track stolen or suspicious cars. Moreover, it seems few people have already starting working on such an app or at leastthought of it, but what I am proposing is more than just an app.
Now to answer some of the replies I got on the previous post:
- License plate recognition is not only based on a plate number but also on details related to the car and even its location. Since every car should have its plate number, switching plate numbers between cars can also be detected. After all, it’s a software that’s linked to a database and you can do the matching anyway you like.
- Politicians using convoys and fake plate numbers is a real problem to this system and I think the Interior Ministry should restrict the number of cars that are allowed to use fake plate numbers. If an MP’s son wanted to go out to party with a fake plate number and tinted car, he should be stopped.
Of course this will not stop suicide bombers as they might resort to buying and registering cars but it will definitely make it harder and more expensive for them. Moreover it will help the ISF track down stolen cars and maybe figure out where they’re setting up the cars with explosives or catch random car thieves.
Thank you Maytham for the mention and I loved the simulations done. It’s exactly what I had in mind.
After the two weird tweets that showed up on his TL one day before he was appointed as Telecom Minister, Boutros Harb apparently has decided to delete his old Twitter account and come up with a new one (@Harb_Boutros). I am not sure why he would do that specially that he had over 11k followers and now has to start from scratch. Harb announced his official handle on his FB Page but still the National News Agency got it wrong and mentioned the old handle.
Eitherway, Hagop investigated the whole thing after noticing that Harb’s old account suddenly changed into LebInvestigate and is now blocked.
On another note, Harb asked to enhance the ministry’s website and I agree that it needs a major revamp.
An Army Officer Elias el Khoury and a solider called Hamzeh Faitruny were the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Hermel as reported by the Lebanese Army Website. DailyStar spoke of a third victim called Mohammad Ayyoub but I couldn’t find his picture anywhere. The reason why I am sharing these photos is because people are either sharing wrong images of Elias el Khoury or just Officer Elias el Khoury’s picture.
May they all rest in peace.