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    "Top blog/Renato Obeid's World/Today's pick: This rambling weblog is worth reading not so much for its satirical posts but more for its insight into the minutiae of life in Lebanon, including the etiquette of road accidents and how to hire a taxi.” -Jane Perrone, The Guardian

    Tuesday, February 25, 2003  
    The latest bout of stormy weather and heavy rain that has been with us for about a week now has wreaked havoc across the country as usual.
    The electricity supply is no exception – it seems as if the power has been off all day - and we're now on generator power.
    Which is outrageous – they're treating us like Muslims!
    They may have won the war (the Power) but we won the electricity (the power).

    1:00 am

    Thursday, February 06, 2003  
    Yesterday, after the quiz at the Shamrock, Chady was dropping of David Shanks (aka "sweaty" as in rhyming slang for a jock, Scotsman – "sweaty sock" = a Scotsman = "sweaty") and after that he would go on to drop me off on the autostrade at Zalka as he usually does.
    David was saying "where else in the world would the barman drive you home?"
    "You spend all night abusing him, you argue over the bill, you keep him up till all hours of the morning and then, after all that, he drives you home!"
    "You ought to export that!"
    I agreed, saying that we could have Lebanese pubs all over the world – a Lebanese pub in Madrid, a Lebanese pub in Sydney etc – ala Irish pubs.

    A couple of weeks ago on the Arabic version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" -which I call "Who Wants To Be A Muslim?" because the overwhelming majority of questions are on Islam etc – there was young girl (veiled, off course) who wanted to send her mother to the Hajj.
    She was doing quite brilliantly, answering the most obscure questions about Islam but faulted (because it had nothing to do with Islam and that seems to be the extent of "knowledge" in the Islamic world) on what I thought was the easiest question in the world – "how many Arab republics are there on the Asian continent?"
    That isn’t the hardest question in the world if it may not be the easiest question in the world.
    She was from Syria – that’s one Arab republic on the Asian continent.
    Bordering Syria on one side is Iraq – that’s another Arab republic on the Asian continent.
    Bordering Syria on another side is Lebanon – that’s another Arab republic on the Asian continent.
    That’s three Arab republics on the Asian continent she could see if she were to stand on a really high mountain in her country.
    Think up the last one –it's not that hard – Yemen.
    She didn’t even bother attempting to answer the question and just left straight away – taking some thirty-two thousand riyals as I recall.

    8:20 pm

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