El Hamra Cinema Brought Back To Life As Tyre Hosts Its First Ever International Film Festival

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El Hamra Cinema was built in 1952 and used to be the cultural hub of the city of Tyre before the war started. After being closed for 30 years, Kassem Istanbouli and his team decided to bring the place back to life and hosted at first an International Theater Festival back in June 2014, and then Tyre’s first ever international film festival between November 8 and 11.

Ayyam al-Hamra al-Cinemaiyya brought short films from more than 12 countries in Europe and the Arab world, with the aim of “promoting culture and creativity and to create a space for people to meet and exchange experiences of cinema”. The event is supposed to become an annual one, held each November.

I think this is a great initiative as Tyre (and other cities) needs such a venue for cultural expression and for people to enjoy a positive and enriching experience. Check out the theater’s Facebook page [Here].

AUB Medical Gate: 1963 vs 2014

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Back in 1963, there was a tramway that passed right in front of the American University of Beirut. I found some old footage a while ago that you can see [here]. I always thought Bliss Street should be a car-free street and I hope this happens one day.

PS: It doesn’t look like they are taking good care of the tree as it has considerably shrunk.

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In Pictures: Beirut Marathon 2014

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Over 37,000 participated in the 2014 edition of the Beirut Marathon and the atmosphere was amazing just like every year. I took part in the 10k fun run and finished the race in 1 hour and 18 minutes which is a decent time but not what I am aiming for. My brother finished the race in 57 minutes and I am hoping to beat him next year.

Here are some of the pictures I took and few selected ones from the Beirut Marathon Facebook Page.

20141109_083200 At the gathering spot for the 10k fun run

20141109_083317 Blue Balloons and Clear Blue Skies

20141109_083649 Lush offering free hugs

20141109_083606 A smart way to keep children away from your stand

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20141109_084627 Mercedes having a great weekend in Beirut and in Brazil (F1)

20141109_084845 An event for all the Lebanese

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roads for life HMA Tom Fletcher Running for Roads for Life

20141109_101821 My brother and I at the finish line

Ethiopian Olympic Champion Haile Gebrselassie Is Here For The Beirut Marathon

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Haile Gebrselassie arrived to Beirut yesterday and performed a training run earlier today with this year’s peace runners, but I don’t think he will be running the Beirut Marathon tomorrow though. Gebrselassie is a true legend in the long-distance tracks and has won numerous Marathon races. Here’s what he said to LBCI about the marathon and running for peace.

See you all tomorrow at the Beirut Marathon!

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10 Reasons Why I Love Reading Ivysays

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1- She’s smart, witty and pretty.
2- She has become a good friend and she’s a great person to talk to.
3- She makes great burgers.
4- She’s original and consistent in her posts and they are always fun and interesting to read (except beauty reviews).
5- She didn’t change much and is still the same Ivy I know even after her big reveal.
6- She knows how to have fun at parties and events.
7- She’s the best female lifestyle blogger in Lebanon.
8- She has haters but you don’t want to mess with her.
9- She loves food and alcohol and we share the same tastes in a lot of stuff.
10- She got a TV segment and now has her own radio show on NRJ (99.1) every Wednesday from 7 till 8pm.

Congrats on the radio show Dana!

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The Islamic State Versus Lebanon

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I don’t think we will have a new civil war in Lebanon and I strongly believe the Lebanese and the Army (Add to that the Lebanese Pot Farmers) will keep Da3esh away from here.

While the Islamic State and the Al Nusra Front lack the capacity for a full scale invasion, many fear their car bombings, kidnappings and beheadings might prove so destabilizing that the nation might once again spiral towards sectarian civil war.

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