beirut then and now


a breezy summer playlist for lounging by the water, hiking and road tripping.   

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40 Day Dream - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Santa Fe - Beirut

Lost on the Way Home (feat. Solange) - Chromeo

March Into The Sun - Echosmith

Simple Song - The Shins

Dead Oaks - Now, Now

Tangled Up In Blue - Bob Dylan

Ride - Lana Del Rey

Channels - Freelance Whales

Polkadot - Like Pioneers

Commentators - City and Colour

Black River Killer - Blitzen Trapper

Let’s Love - Echosmith

You’re a Wolf - Sea Wolf

Sunlight - Bag Raiders

Helena Beat - Foster the People

Let’s Go Surfing - The Drums 

Teenage Crime - Adrian Lux

Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High - Miley Cyrus

Dreaming - Seapony 

Ticket To Ride - The Beatles

Daniel In the Den - Bastille 

Somersaults in Spring - Friends of Gemini 


The N.B.K. Residence (2) in Beirut, Lebanon by Bernard Khoury/DW5

Sitting right in the middle of the war-swept Mediterranean coast of the Levant, with the scars of conflict and violence still visible in its urban tissue, the city of Beirut, despite all the difficulties it has faced, is now home to a flourishing design and architecture scene. With impressive large-scale projects already finished or approaching completion (including an iconic new university building by Zaha Hadid and a translucent mixed-use tower complex near the city’s port by Renzo Piano), as well as smaller scale projects (one cannot ignore the work of the people behind the Carwan Gallery, or the ingenious lighting design of .PSLAB), the Lebanese capital seems bent on pinning itself permanently on the global design map, as a place where time-honoured traditions meet with cutting-edge practices and contemporary aesthetics.

A perfect example of what the city’s design and crafts scene can indeed achieve is the N.B.K Residence (2) by architectBernard Khoury and his firm, DW5. Literally perched atop a nine-storey building adjacent to the infamous Green Line (the dividing buffer zone that used to split the city into the West/Muslim and East/Christian parts), the residence is in fact the architect’s own home, and as such it reflects his continuous experimentations and accumulated experience in interior design techniques, all in close collaboration with local artisans and design specialists.

As it doesn’t share any visible structural elements with the building on which it stands, the N.B.K. Residence (2) looks more like an independent house stacked on top of the existing structure, spanning three levels: the first floor and a mezzanine comprise the main volume of the living areas (including a spectacular double-height lobby and living room with generous views to the city), while a guest house, maid’s room, swimming pool and roof-garden terrace are situated on the topmost level. Wooden panel cladding has been used to cover interior floors and walls, in a technique that comes from experimentations in previous projects and was executed in collaboration with carpenter Doumit Tannous. The strong presence of wood has been complemented with black-painted steelwork: the ribbon-like spiral staircase, the mezzanine structure, the bookshelves in the lobby and the signature antenna-lights on top of the building were all created by Beirut-based design studio Acid (especially the latter shine like beacons at night, making the residence stand out as a landmark in the surrounding area). (by Kiri Spirou)

photo by Ieva Saudargaitė, © Bernard Khoury / DW5.


Beirut lovers, the band new album is coming on 11th September 2015!!! The official audio of the first single “No No No” is on YouTube! The band will return! We need a new tour, ok? Spread this new to the world! We need news from the band! Reblog this!

Amantes do Beirut, o novo álbum da banda chega em 11 de setembro de 2015!!! O áudio oficial do primeiro single “No No No” está no YouTube! A banda vai voltar! Nós precisamos de uma nova tour, ok? Espalhe a novidade para o mundo! Nós precisamos de notícias da banda! Reblog isso!

and i will rise after a thousand years // a fanmix for ruin and rising [listen]

001. bells for hertori amos 002. sister rosetta goes before us - robert plant & alison krauss 003. casualties of war - gossip 004. shattered & broken - first aid kit 005. woman king - iron and wine 006. no surprises - regina spektor 007. when the wolves go blind - twilight hotel 008. after the scripture - the manchester orchestra 009. dark waltz - hayley westenra 010. chez chanel - alexandre desplat 011. the sound of silence (cover) - nouela 012. your bones (cover) - of monsters and men 013. watch for deer at dawn - folly & the hunter 014. the peacock - beirut 015. werewolf heart - dead man’s bones 016. now, now - magnet 017. meet me on the equinox - death cab for cutie 018. bandida - audra mae 019. the devil within - digital daggers 020. stardust - delain 021. no light, no light - florence and the machine 022. kings - chelsea wolfe 023. smoke - audra mae 024. and the world was gone - snow ghosts 025. masha’s song - dario marianelli 026. lost at sea/saegolpur (english cover) - the royalrey
Prime Minister's reaction to refugees arriving in Canada will be a highlight in world history
Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a world-class lesson in compassion last night when he perso...

Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a world-class lesson in compassion last night when he personally greeted refugees arriving at the airport:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a battery of politicians from across the political spectrum were on hand at the Toronto airport to greet the refugees.

“You are home,” Mr. Trudeau said to the first passengers to disembark after a 16-hour flight from Beirut on a Canadian military aircraft. “You’re safe at home now.” The premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, gave them winter coats.

Under a plan announced by Mr. Trudeau’s new government, a series of flights will bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into Canada by the end of this month and a total of at least 25,000 before March.

This is how you win the hearts and minds of Muslims worldwide. You welcome the fleeing victims of extreme violence, give them a new, safer life in the free world. He helped the refugees pick out their new winter coats to get them through their first Canadian winter. He addressed the media after the refugees arrived in a short but important speech that is a must watch.

This is a  wonderful night where we get to show, not just a plane load of new Canadians what Canada’s all about, we get to show the world how to open our hearts and welcome in people who are fleeing extraordinarily difficult situations. They step off the plane as refugees, but they walk out of this terminal as permanent residents of Canada. With social insurance numbers, with health cards and with the opportunity to become full Canadians. This is something we are able to do in this country because we define a Canadian not by his skin color or language or religion or background, but by a shared set of values, aspirations, hopes and dreams that, much like Canadians, people around the world share.

CAN YOU NOT TALK DURING COLOUR OF THE TRAP, PLEASE?: songs I blessed my mom with on our road trip.

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National Museum of Beirut opens basement for first time since civil war
Gallery of ancient funerary art restored with Italian support

The museum was originally forced to close during the Lebanese Civil War during which it suffered heavy damaged, although the artifacts themselves remained well protected.  In 1999 two upper floors were opened to the public but the museum itself was still in great damage.  However, as of now the National Museum of Beirut has finally fully re-opened!

All of the artifacts remained well intact and that’s a good thing considered the museum has artifacts from multiple cultures!  From the Phoenicians, to the Romans and Greeks, and from medieval Christianity to the Ottoman Empire, centuries of Lebanese history can now be viewed once more.


Syria's ancient sites were already damaged by war. Now they’re being looted.

BEIRUT — Syria’s vast archaeological sites have suffered extensive damage because of bombing by government warplanes and the demolition of religious shrines by Islamic State militants. But there is an increasing, perhaps more menacing problem: old-fashioned plunder.

A new report has found evidence of “widespread looting” at locations that Syria has nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Under threat are the remains of a Mesopotamian trading post and a 4,500-year city that housed thousands of cuneiform tablets, as well as an ancient town with a chapel known for containing the world’s oldest depictions of Jesus, according to the report, released this week by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read more.

Ἐνάτη Φθίνοντος/ Ἐνάτη μετ’εἰκάδας, XXII day
From today’s sunset: twenty-second day of Thargelion.
The twenty-second day is always sacred to Athena.

(Standing statue of Athena with the sacred owl. About 1st-2nd CE, from Beirut, Lebanon; now in the Musée du Louvre…)

For the record, if you’re going to blame or attack muslims for the terrible events in Paris and Beirut yesterday, your bigoted ass can just unfollow me right now because I want nothing to do with you.

Moreover, we have to stand up to Iran’s attempts to drive for regional dominance. They already control Tehran and, increasingly, they control Damascus and Beirut and Baghdad. And now, Sana’a as well.

Sen. Tom Cotton (author of the letter to Iran undermining the Obama administration negotiations), helpfully explaining on CBS Face the Nation that Iran controls Tehran. You know: the capital of Iran.

Sort of like how the United States “controls” Washington, DC.

BTW: he’s right on Baghdad, too. Because the US invasion of Iraq handed control of Iraq to Iran.

So more war will fix everything. It’s quite clear if refuse to think about.

Tom Cotton fails Geography 101

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Sunday cited Iran’s control of their own capital, Tehran, as a reason that the country had to be stopped from obtaining a nuclear weapon.


“Moreover, we have to stand up to Iran’s attempts to drive for regional dominance,” he continued. “They already control Tehran and, increasingly, they control Damascus and Beirut and Baghdad. And now, Sana’a as well.”

How is that new face of conservatism working out for you, Republicans?


“Well, I wanted to stop touring after about ‘65, actually, because I was getting very nervous. They kept planning these ticker-tape parades through San Francisco, and I was saying, “I absolutely don’t want to do that.” There was that movie The Manchurian Candidate [about a war hero who returns home programmed for political assassination]. I think in history you can see that when people get too big, something like that can very easily happen. Although at the time, it was prior to all this terrorism. We used to fly in and out of Beirut and all them places. You would never dream of going on tour now in some of the places we went. Especially with only two road managers: one guy to look after the equipment, which was three little amplifiers, three guitars and a set of drums; and one guy who looked after us and our suits.” - George