BLOM Beirut Marathon 2011

This year’s edition of Beirut Marathon did not only witness setting the fastest times ever since its inception in 2003, but also a Bulgarian athlete, Krasimir Georgiev, running the whole distance barefoot!

Georgiev is convinced of the therapeutic effect of barefoot running and says that he cured an Achilles tendon by practicing the sport.

According to the barefoot runner, the activity is ideal for for the prophylaxis of joint problems.

Of all the available treatments, running barefoot would definitely be ranked the last on my list!


Whisky Mist Beirut – Le Paon Rouge Nights

I was disappointed for having to skip an invitation to one of Le Paon Rouge shows last night at Whisky Mist as I was curious to check it out after reading a lot about it. But I was lucky enough to have Liliane sharing with me the photos she took from last night’s performance.

So there you go, a glimpse of Le Paon Rouge at the Mist!


Now everyone knows why we like Facebook more

I found this article by Faisal Abbas in the Huffington Post quite accurate about the reasons why Facebook is much more popular in Lebanon, and why it wasn’t until lately that people here started to heavily subscribe to Twitter.

Now, Twitter was never known for photo-sharing, a feature which was significant in bringing the gossip-lovers of Lebanon to Facebook. Most probably, Mark Zuckerberg never anticipated that his free social network would serve as the new Layalina (a premium-priced Lebanese ‘society magazine’ which along with its sister publication Mondanite, is known for publishing pictures of people out and about). Evidently, the Lebanese didn’t mind the waiting time when it meant they could flick through images of Beirut’s best parties and social events. Even with the Arab Spring effect, the total number of Lebanese users on Twitter is estimated to have gone up to only 80,000. Despite the significant increase, the figure remains dwarfed by the fact that roughly one in every four Lebanese are now using Facebook in some capacity.

We just love gossip, and Facebook does great at delivering it!

You can read the full article here.

Thanks @FunkyOzzi


Is Beirut Segway friendly?

I just read on Lindsay’s blog that she spotted a group of people on Segways in Hamra, so I Googled it a little and was surprised to find that we already have a Segway dealer here in Beirut, in addition to two companies offering Segway tours in Beirut and Byblos.

But before we get excited about it, how good are the roads in Beirut for a Segway? I personally can’t think of another good place to drive it except in the downtown, I mean some potholes around here are large enough to make a Segway easily disappear!

Out of subject: Wazawiz will definitely figure out a way to do a wheelie with this thing!


1,000L.L DVDs in Beirut

I though I should share with you guys where I get my DVDs from after someone commented on the previous post that he never found them for less than 3,000L.L.

The place I go to is called “Serge” in Bourj Hammoud. Going from Achrafieh to Bouchrieh using the Yerevan bridge, you take the first exit on the bride, and you’ll find that DVD shop in a very narrow street to your right, situated just before the end of that exit. Serge’s collection is always up to date with a back room dedicated for old movies, and the best thing is that he’s always honest about the audio/video quality of any movie you’re buying.

I also heard there’s another place in Bourj Hammoud called “Rony” but I never knew where that one is…


Beirut contradictions

The same city that ridiculously blacked out the name of Steven Spielberg on The Adventure of Tintin’s movie posters because of his support for Israel, is also the place that hosted the filming of a new controversial Iranian movie called “Circumstance” about 2 Iranian Lesbian teenagers struggling against the religious and cultural restrictions of their society in Tehran.

The first feature by the young Iranian-American filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz, “Circumstance’’ was filmed in Beirut with a largely expatriate cast, and while it’s not explicit, the sensuality is outrageous enough to get the leading actresses stoned if they wandered into the wrong neighborhoods in Tehran. Source

“Circumstance” will definitely be banned in Iran, and I guess there might be talks about banning it in Lebanon as well, but rest assured it’ll be available shortly after on DVD for 1,000L.L everywhere in the country! (Remember Persepolis?)

Gotta love Beirut!


The cheapest wine ever

Selling at 2,995L.L (~$2) that’s probably the cheapest bottle of wine you’ll ever find in Lebanon no?!

Seen at Fahd Supermarket Furn El-Shebbak.


Beirut Hotel (بيروت بالليل)

2011 might have started with lousy movies like Sorry Mom, but I guess it’s ending with promising ones. We previously got Nadine Labaki’s “Where do we go now?” late in September, and below is the trailer of a new movie called “Beirut Hotel” or “بيروت بالليل” by Danielle Arbid that I just saw on YouTube. Anyone has an idea if it’ll make it to the Lebanese theaters anytime soon?

One evening, a married young singer Zoha meets the French lawyer Mathieu in a night club in Beirut. Mathieu will become suspected of spying, while Zoha is trying to flee from her husband. Despite these problems, the two will witness a love story for few days mixed with violence and fear.

Via Wikipedia.


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