Blogs Roundup

August 21, 2011

The smoking ban in Lebanon is good news for non-smokers who have to work in smoke-friendly environments.
10:29 GMT
The no-smoking ban in Beirut bodes badly for those who smoke only when in Beirut; A flight of fancy in advertising logo swapping to play with your default memory; What links the dead baby in Gaza to the bus shootings of Eilat? Trending tweets are anti-tweets and not 'liking' but hating; And a visual look at your genes.

August 20, 2011

Many have fallen foul of the camel tricks at the site of Giza at the Pyramids. The scorching sun can play a part in confusing you
into submission to scams that would not work on you in the cold light of day.
23:17 GMT
Tourism scams from Egypt and Jordan to Europe and America; A top 50 of websites is something for the internet addicts i.e. everyone, from kid to Teta (Gran); Is Gaza an occupied entity within an occupied entity? Racism among Israeli youth is rampant according to survey; Israeli airstrikes v Militant rocket attacks'; And things Arabs born in the '80s pick up from the movies.

August 18, 2011

Foreigners married to Saudis or other traditional Arab families can struggle to fit in, but a few tips can help smoothen out the awkwardness or culture clash in expectations.
22:35 GMT
A foreign woman married into the Arab way of life may need a few pointers to fit in without misunderstanding or cultural no-no's and faux pas; Lebanese men try to do it bigger and better than others using billboards and balloons to say 'I love you'; Ramadan gifts!; Urine leakage not just problem for older women- dry tips; Tinted windows banned, shades OK?
Forlorn Gaddafi- will he fight or flee as the US has already written him out, it looks like he is finally staring the end in the face.
12:03 GMT
In theatrical Gaddafi style will we see a dramatic departure? Will he fight, flee, or take a bow? An anonymous internal Libyan government source has leaked this breaking news and reveals that he intends to take his family and flee to Venezuela. But all is not quiet on the Egypt/ Israel front with trouble in Sinai kicking off. And Jordan's criminal tycoon's homecoming

August 17, 2011

Aliens in Lebanon's Colossal Roman ruins of Baalbak? A theory doing the rounds in Lebanon and a widely-held belief as 
presented by the History Channel.
17:28 GMT
Was Baalbak constructed by extraterrestrial life, and was it used by Aliens as a landing pad? Occupied or sleepy, or sleepy when occupied: The Palestinian condition; When 911 does not save your neck; Designer Shisha pipes; Another Beirut explosion is plain suspicious; And NATO's conspiracy against Libyan rebels uncovered!
Greenland fasting:  a stark and lonely fast for Greenland's only dedicating faster- a Lebanese man.
10:45 GMT
The only Muslim to fast 21 hours is a Lebanese man in Greenland!; A review on typical clients- the Good the Bad and the Ugly; ancient olive tree in the UAE; Ramadan in Somalia's Famine- Muslims should not remember them only at Ramadan, but are enjoined to give more this season.

August 16, 2011

Getting married: For some, it's a no-brainer, and they're born knowing that marriage will be one of their milestones. 
For others, it's something of a To marry or Not to Marry scenario.
15:34 GMT
The dream of getting married for some dictates the path of life chosen; More Google Acquisitions- soon there will be Google Supermarkets!; Dying ants - colored ants not dead ones; Mubarak's children are kicking up a fight.
Photo taken as  example of TEACHING KIDS THE HOLY QURAN Blog by "Read with Meaning".  Children can learn of the characters 
and Islamic figures through lego.
13:33 GMT
A smart way to inspire kids into learning the events of the Koran- using lego figures and settings - tents and towns to depict Koranic history; A walk down Ramadan lane or Row; a teenage American girl sells her soul for a burger- clearly still to learn about self-restraint and denial from material pleasures.

August 15, 2011

Yob culture in England or 'hooliganism' is just as associated with the UK today as tea or the Queen is.
14:00 GMT
Just how different UK riots were from anything resembling the Arab Spring; It's Mary Day - a national holiday in Lebanon, or the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary to Heaven; A tale of two school girls (in a Coptic school); Remembering the Pakistani floods last year; Facebook as marketing tool can encourage entry to prize-draws- the benefits of 'like'.
Turtle Green cafe, Rainbow Street, Amman. Photo courtesy of Ali Al-Shaikhli 'MyShotzz! iPhoneography.'
10:57 GMT
How to do Ramadan - enjoying the month in style but without getting carried away by the extra cover charges or Ramadan deals; Ferraris for Enzo RIP; What do Saudi employers seek in a CV that's any different from the norm; Squabbling over left-over food.

August 14, 2011

How to flirt behind many closed doors: Flirtatious women in Saudi Arabia must be crafty- using the wiliness and guile of
the fairer sex.
14:00 GMT
How to flirt when separated by doors, walls and veils; The Wasta or Friendly Connection to a Job is not the preserve of the Middle East-here's looking at you, UK ; the new Lebanese movie by the maker of Caramel; Yoga while fasting; Paying respects to a pioneer woman minister in changing Egypt; And a pregnant Palestinian chocolate-craving woman is expecting a girl.
Many mainstream Middle-Easterners do not see the HIV pandemic as their problem or something they are particularly 
vulnerable to. It's easy to neglect this threat just now in the region with the revolutionary fever taking hold and people dropping
dead from that deadly contagion in Syria still.
11:49 GMT
HIV has not gone away in the Middle East just because we now have the far more media-trending people-power-flu virus spreading like wildfire; Procrastinating with work?- here's why, or indeed how!; Twitter facilitates Arabic right to left; how to read, and solve a problem like Syria; Are Saudi women exempt from the Mid-east pressure to look great?

August 13, 2011

Checking email when dead- not you but your loved ones or professional contacts who need information you would 'willingly' share.
14:19 GMT
Nowadays with a lot of our confidential security information locked into email accounts, people may need access once (God forbid) you are gone- unless you can log in from the heavens of course; What was with that Lebanon East Beirut explosion exactly; A girlfriend deals with her sexually abused boyfriend's dark past; Pedophilia in Hollywood; And more Beirut Spring tid-bits.

August 11, 2011

Blue Mosque, Turkey is the more popular name for Istanbul's Sultan Ahmed Mosque, due to the blue effect produced  by the stone.  Dubai now has its own Blue Mosque.
14:01 GMT
Ramadan delivers a mosque for Dubai; a glimpse at Stephen Hawking's universe devoid of faith, at this month of focusing on faith; the merits of the fruits salad; and what's in an iPhone 5, you may ask?
Britain's Turkish kebab shop owners chased rioters away with 'donor' knives and took community action to stave off ruin.
13:19 GMT
While London was burning, the Turks were fending their stores, and others', from ruin, and meanwhile many white Brits called for the army to quell the chaos through military force- but David Cameron was not Dictator enough; looking back at destruction of a bigger scale than fire can unleash- Hiroshima in pictures; and Jordan's King Abdullah is keeping his youth happy by talks.