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Blogger's round-up for week of August 1

Below are a few posts I have enjoyed reading this week.

Shoot As You Walk "Plug Into E-Cycle Movement" Pictures (NourSpot)
Photo by NourSpot

Futurist Project (Joe's Box)
After five years of hard work and research my sister made a nice final project for her diploma, a nice creative project that i personally loved and i guess we need those kind of projects as Lebanon is witnessing an unprecedented boom in shopping malls. A museum of archeology and history In Byblos as the city is a tourist destination visited annually by many tourists. [...]

Where are the tourists? (Blog Baladi)
In June 21, Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud said that the number of visitors to Lebanon has increased by 26.6 percent compared to this time last year, the National News Agency (NNA) reported on Wednesday. Since then, we haven’t heard any updates on the number of tourists in Lebanon and to be honest, i think the numbers are going down and drastically. [...]

Why Not? (Independence '05)
So why haven't we had U2, Linkin Park, Muse, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tori Amos, Norah Jones etc… in Lebanon? Inno Why not? Can someone explain why? Do they charge that much? Why not make a huge festival during the summer for only a certain type of music, Alternative music or Rock music whatever you want to call it, and it would be of an international level. Come on, do a market study, are you telling me we cannot attract visitors from the Arab World? Seriously? [...]

Dinner in the Sky – Now in Beirut (+961)
I got the photos below from the launching of the not-so-new dining concept that was lately introduced to the snobbish people of Lebanon, a dinner in the sky. This dining experience consists of a 22 guests table that goes up to 50 meters in the air (with the aid of a crane of course) along with three staff members, the waiter, the chef and an entertainer, to enjoy a magnificent view of the city while having your dinner. [...]

If Nancy Ajram is to Britney Spears, then Nawal Al-Zogbi is to… (Lebanon News)
"Lebanese singer Nawal Al-Zoghbi, touted by some as the Beyonce of the Middle East, enthralled an audience of about 3,000 in her debut concert in Malaysia on Monday night.
The 38-year-old singer received thunderous applause during her 90-minute performance of 20 hits, including the popular El Layali." [...]

Too Much Information (Qifa Nabki)
Say what you will about Hizbullah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, but at least give him credit for his consummate skills in political messaging. Next week’s press conference, in which the entire world will be treated to what Nasrallah has called “material evidence” that Israel was behind the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri, is something of a cross between a WikiLeaks media scandal and the finale of American Idol. [...]

Lebanon’s Hotdog Stands (Gino's Blog)
Lebanon’s need for hotdogs was never an issue that hindered our everyday lives. Nowadays, or rather nights, there are hotdog stands named after all the one- or two-syllable americanish traditional names. Some are indeed named after their owners, like Freddy’s Hotdog, but others, I’m not so sure about. Anyway, with tightening economies, our Zaatar w Zeit visits for 10$ glorified mankooshes have diminished [...]

As part of my everyday ritual, I was checking out Facebook in the morning before heading out to class, when something caught my eye. A friend had confirmed his attendance to an event happening in almost two months that would bring the famous RnB star Usher to Lebanon. Curious, I clicked on the page to see the details, and it was everything you would normally expect for such events: promises that it would be like “nothing you’ve ever seen before,” the fancy location, the flashy organizers, the sponsors, and most importantly, the ticket prices. [...]

Who Gives a Crap About Chelsea Clinton and/or Her Wedding? (Beirut Beauty)
The American mainstream media has gone completely berserk, endlessly reporting on Chelsea Clinton’s wedding this weekend to some random, ugly, pale, four-eyed Harvard douche guy. [...]