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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

    Friday, January 20, 2006  
    Went to the hairdresser's and shopping in the afternoon – taking advantage of a perfectly timed respite in what passes for wintry weather here in Lebanon.
    Lebanon has one of the best and most temperate climates in the world and perfectly delineated seasons that are on the whole neither too hot nor too cold nor have any other extremes of weather that you get in some other places.
    So stable is the weather that I often think that the thermometer isn’t working as it has a tendency to just sit there doing nothing and displaying the same temperature.
    Discussing the weather, the pharmacist joked that the moderate climate was why Jesus Christ chose to live and die in this part of the world rather than Europe or America.I suppose he’s right – it’s a perfect climate for outdoor events

    The weather in Lebanon is so regular that it reminds me of the Fast Show news parody set in a fictional Mediterranean European country where the weather forecast is always “scorchio’’.
    Not that it’s always hot (scorchio) here but it’s always what ever season it is.
    I.e. in winter it’s wintry, in spring it’s vernal, in summer it’s summery and in autumn it’s autumnal.
    Being pedantic, I always look up the day’s weather online but I must be the only person in Lebanon who does.
    A weather reporter in Lebanon must be less busy than the Maytag repairman.

    10:00 pm

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