16 July 2010

Beirut … The Remains Of The Past

Beirut, one of the oldest cites in the middle east , it geos back in history to more that 5000 years. This city that we live in stand on the memories of many cultures that have been living in it before " Phoenician, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Crusader and Ottoman remains " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beirut#History . Its sad that we can harldy find any place of these cultures, few are saved and others were destroyed either by nature force or by war.  And unfortunatly and till this moment the destroyng of this city's heritage is continuing




I know this topic has been mentioned in many blogs and my news articles but what made me talk about it now is an Egyptian  movie.
Well yes an Egyptian  movie that
I accidentally stumbled while moving through the channels.
The movie; and as mama told me, goes back to the early 70's or late 60's.
In one of the scenes and  the actors were in the boat by the Pigeon Rocks in Raouche, and as the camera was moving I saw this building  , it was still new and young same as "Mirvat Ameen" was :) . Its been there facing the Pigeon Rocks for more than 50 years, a  part of the place and its history.

I feel afraid that this building will be destroyed for the sake of a new tower or hotel, same as many buildings have been demolished and erased form the history of Beirut . I'm worried that one day the building ; that has passed the Lebanese Civil  war and the Israeli attacks, will not exist and might be replace with a Mall or 5 star residence.
I hope that this building will get back its beauty ( like the actor did with the botox ) and stand for a longer time facing the Pigeon Rocks.
I really hope to see some action to save remains of the past.

Peace..

14 July 2010

Lets Say Goodbye


Its time to leave, for us to part,for each to choose his path in life.
For once we were walking together, I know its hard but its the time to leave.
We leave with sadness and words unsaid, a fake smile saying I'll be fine.
But I will miss you , and so will you, I guess now its time to leave.
Lets pause the time for one more minute , there are some pictures I need to take.
I need to save this corner in mind , cause this will be the last goodbye.
Lets say goodbye. Lets have a hug.... Oki see you later... or lets just pretend...

13 July 2010

11 July 2010

Children


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09 July 2010

Beiteddine Festival - IL DIVO Concert

It has more than 3  years that I havent been to The Shouf ( Mount Lebanon) and yesterday was a chance for me to go there, since I was attending the Il Divo Concert in the Beiteddine Festival 2010.

I was really amazed how the clean  road was from Damour all the way to Baakline ,where the buses took us to the Beiteddine Palace.
Wiki Stop : Beiteddine Palace

The palace was built by emir Bashir Shihab II in the period between 1788 and 1818. It was the emir's residence until 1840. Afterwards the building was used by the Ottoman authorities as the government residence. Later, under the French Mandate following World War I, it was used for local administrative purposes. The General Directorate of Antiquities restored the palace after it was declared a historic monument in 1934. After independence in 1943, the palace became the summer residence of the president of republic.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beiteddine_Palace

The Event was very organized , and with the concert was an exhibition of ( Al Jameel Award ) and the Photographic Gallery of the 25 years old Beiteddine Festival.

The IL DIVO Concert was a dream for all ladies and the performance was more than great . Four  Magnificent voices in such a magical Palace was enough to make that night amazing

Here are some Pictures of the event.
















08 July 2010

Octavia Nasr and CNN


In a Country that declares Democracy like USA , it is a bit weird to see such a behaviour for a leading World News Station like CNN. And Firing Octavia Nasr For just showing some sympathy for the Death of AL Alamma 2alsayid Fadlalah is a real shame.


But the apology and explaining and regretting what She said is not an act that i expect from a journalist like Octavia Nasr , she who believes in freedom of speech should have kept her opinion and not apologize.


I'm Sorry for her being fired, and for her apologizing.

03 July 2010

The Flame




This flame is eternal and  will never die,
It will fight with the thunder, will fight the rain and will fight wind.
But this storm will rest one day
And the flame of love will light the sky again


01 July 2010

Lonely .....




She sat by he window, watching the car lights drawing shadows in the streets,
Shadows of strangers walking, with no addresses , names or face.
Her eyes were shouting in the silence of her life, shouting his name through the crowds of the dark,
calling his soul to join her for the night , to light up the fire cold in her heart.