Pictures From The Beirut Art Fair 2014

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If you haven’t been to the Beirut Art Fair yet, I strongly recommend you do. I was there yesterday for the opening and I loved the exhibitions and stands. Here are some of the pictures I took but there’s a lot more to see.

The Beirut Art Fair is taking place between the 18th and 21st September at Biel.

20140918_193455 Talented Autistic Artist Ali Tlais (Alfa 4life booth)

20140918_191142 Les Plumes Galerie Elsie Braidi Beirut

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Nicolas Audi à La Maison d’IXSIR Restaurant Now Open

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resto

When I attended the opening of Ixsir winery two years ago (and took a picture with the one and only Carlos Ghosn), I asked the Ixsir people if they are planning to open a restaurant here and the answer was that they are planning to do so in a year or two. It took them almost two years but the restaurant is now officially open for lunch from Tuesdays to Sundays. However it will be closed on Mondays.

I think the Ixsir winery location in Basbina, as well as the venue itself and the breathtaking view it has offer the perfect setup for a restaurant and having Nicolas Audi‘s signature on it is like the cherry on top of the cake. I am definitely planning a visit soon before winter comes and will update you with the details.

Check out more info on Ixsir’s [Facebook page] and [website].

PS: If you’d like to call or reserve, here’s the number and contact person: (71 – 773 770 with Mr. Antoine Azzi).

Every Law Adopted By The Lebanese Parliament Costs $1.2 Million Dollars

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tomato

Based on the below LBCI report, every law issued by the current Lebanese parliament cost us more than 1 million dollars. What they did was compute the productivity of the parliament by summing up the expenses we paid our MPs vs the number of sessions held and laws adopted in the past 6 years.

Here are the numbers as stated in the report:
– Lebanese have paid in tax money their MPs over 400 billion Lebanese Liras ($266 Million Dollars) in the past 6 years (Salaries, bills, maintenance etc ..).
– This amounts to almost $139,000 a day.
– In 2009: 0 sessions were held and 0 laws were passed.
– In 2010: 4 sessions were held and 57 laws were passed.
– In 2011: 5 sessions were held and 69 laws were passed.
– In 2012: 3 sessions were held and 42 laws were passed.
– In 2013: 3 sessions were held and 2 laws were passed.
– In 2014: 2 sessions were held and 48 laws were passed.

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Lebanese Flag Spotted In The Tomorrowland 2014 Aftermovie

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I didn’t notice it the first time but one of my friends had posted a screenshot so I went through the video one more time to spot the flag. I know a lot of Lebanese who attended Tomorrowland so it’s no surprise to see the flag there. I was thinking of attending Tomorrowland next year in Belgium but I’d rather go watch the Spa-Francorchamps F1 GP.

Thanks Gabriel!

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