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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

    Saturday, March 25, 2006  
    Have you ever noticed how people are always smiling when leaving a cinema stall?
    Next time you’re at the movies, look around when the lights come back on and you will notice that most people are smiling inanely as they stretch, get up and mill out etc regardless of whether the film was a comedy or not.
    Maybe it’s subconscious relief at being liberated after being cooped up in a dark room for an hour and a half or maybe it’s a social pleasantry to the people around them.
    That’s why I always make it a point to try and not smile when I’m in that situation.
    You should try it too although it’s not easy to do (or not do) when your conscious of it.

    At the cinema once a friend and I were approached by a total stranger who had arrived late asking us what had happened in the movie so far.
    It almost makes you nostalgic for the dark old days of the civil war when, I’m told, the Lebanese Forces militia who ruled this area then used to lockdown a cinema stall after the movie had started, not letting anyone in or out.

    10:30 pm

    Tuesday, March 14, 2006  
    On tonight’s Arabic version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, an Egyptian woman wearing a headscarf and chador won the million (Saudi Riyals).
    When the host called her and her husband out at the end of the show, her husband produced the check from his pocket.
    I don’t know – maybe chadors don’t have pockets.

    *It’s the other extreme in the West – I was telling an English friend of mine about this and he quipped that if he won the million, his wife would have taken the check.

    11:45 pm

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