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10 drawings that prove there is no revolution without art

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Earth without art is just “Eh”. And so is a revolution.

The relationship between art and politics is not a new one. Whenever dialog isn’t possible anymore in a socio-political context, art steps into protest, as it is a key element in contemporary social activism. This past week, Lebanon has witnessed a flurry of artistic activism whether through doodles, caricature or street art.

Art aims to facilitate social and political reform. It’s supposed to make you feel something. So regardless of your views on the events, you’ll surely appreciate these 10 Lebanese artists that made us feel the revolution and listen to the voice of the youth. Check them out!

 

1 – The Unity

 

2- The little wins

3- The inclusive body types

4- More inclusiveness

5- The freedom

6- The public spaces

7- The human chain

8- The women

9- Such brave women

10- The expats

For every Lebanese expat experiencing Fomo


Art is an intimate encounter between freedom of speech and artistic expression. It is the ultimate exercise of freedom. Perhaps politically-motivated art will one day help change the world?

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10 self-loving thoughts you should remind yourself and your friends

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Self-love will literally solve all your problems. Honest. It is a journey, not a destination. Sometimes the roads are bumpier than others and that’s okay. What you need to remember is that self-love starts with just your thoughts. You live inside your head, and you are what you think, so might as well train your mind to be kind to you. Let the self-loving thoughts swarm, and self-esteem and self-confidence will follow! If I asked you to name all the things that you love, how long would it take for you to name yourself?

You can start by reminding yourself (and your friends!) with this:

1- Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate

2-For every flaw you see in yourself, name on thing you actually like about yourself

3- Your vacation doesn’t have to end with a “detox”. There’s no such thing as “getting back on track”

4- You are allowed to skip the workout because you’re tired

5- You are also allowed to nourish your body with a wide variety of food groups, free of restriction, and without feeling guilty

6- Don’t think the fashion industry doesn’t belong to you just because you keep seeing images of bodies that don’t look like yours on Instagram and TV

7- This poem by Erin Hanson

NOT

You are not your age,
Nor the size of clothes you wear,
You are not a weight,
Or the colour of your hair.
You are not your name,
Or the dimples in your cheeks,
You are all the books you read,
And all the words you speak,
You are your croaky morning voice,
And the smiles you try to hide,
You’re the sweetness in your laughter,
And every tear you’ve cried,
You’re the songs you sing so loudly,
When you know you’re all alone,
You’re the places that you’ve been to,
And the one that you call home,
You’re the things that you believe in,
And the people that you love,
You’re the photos in your bedroom,
And the future you dream of,
You’re made of so much beauty,
But it seems that you forgot,
When you decided that you were defined,
By all the things you’re not.

8- Let go of socially constructed ideas of beauty

9- Let go of other people’s expectations

10- You do you

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8 things architecture students have in common

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They say if you’re still up at 4 AM, you’re either lonely or in love. Nope! I’m just an architecture student with a tight deadline trying to survive (and make it in life!) despite being overloaded and sleep deprived all the time. Architecture students don’t have time for loneliness or love, and to be completely honest, I’m personally starting to think I bit off more than I can chew. Thankfully, I’m not alone in this. Architecture students are all in this together. Misery does love company.

So to make myself feel better, I drafted 8 things architecture students have in common:

1- Their Instagram page is filled with buildings and landscapes

2- They spend way too many years in university

3- They live on coffee and cigarettes

4- They consider 3 AM an early night

And say things like “It’s midnight, I have plenty of time to finish”.

5- Yet, they secretly love the rush of pulling an all-nighter

Architecture students claim being more sleep deprived than others, so whenever someone complains about lack of sleep, they swoop in with their timetable thinking it’s a competition.

6- They are still single

Because they don’t have time for real life…

7- They get annoyed when people in less intense majors complain about their workload

8- More importantly, they are looking for exposure

If you’re an architecture student or design, landscape or urban planning enthusiast looking for exposure, how about you get published on Banque Libano-Française architecture blog?

Many renowned national and international experts such as Georges Arbid, Director of Arab Center for Architecture in Beirut, and Daniel Berlin from Snøhetta, have already contributed to it. Oh and FYI, in 2018 only, the Blog was visited 32k times, reached 940k people on Facebook and 25k people on Instagram!

You can share articles, photos, architectural plans… or even your end-of-year project (which will be subject to review by the Bank blog team of course). You probably spent countless all-nighters coming up with the right concept, and drafting and tuning the project to the last detail. You deserve to show it to the world!

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10 things Lebanese moms have in common

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Lebanese moms have the characteristics of what the French call a “maman poule”: extremely overprotective. They’re anxious over nothing and worry about everything. Go figure.  Lebanese moms manage to take the “maman poule” thing to a whole new level. So if you were raised by a Lebanese mom, whether in Lebanon or abroad, you’ll probably relate to most of this list.

So here are 10 things Lebanese moms have in common:

1- They ask too many questions

2- They’re a bit overdramatic

3- Especially when you don’t answer the phone

4- They have their own body language

They usually use this gesture when you say something inapropriate in front of someone. Translation: “halla2 bfarjik”.

5- They start rhyming when they don’t like what you said

Credits to @Lebanesememes for this one 🙂

6- “Khod panadol” is their answer to everything

You have a cold? Fever? Stomach ache? Tuberculosis? Eh Khod panadol!

7- They turn into maniacs when they have a “3azimé”

And cook meals that last 3 days because they always overdo it.

8- They don’t understand memes

Whenever I show my mom a funny meme/video she asks “who is that?” I don’t know mom! Just laugh and give me my phone back.

9- They type like this

*Mom typing*

*Mom typing*

*Mom typing*

*Mom typing*

*Mom typing*

*3 min later*

“Ok”

 

10- “Khod jacket”

 

Every. Single. Day.

If I missed out on some other funny thing Lebanese moms have in common, feel free to share it in the comment section below. The more the merrier! Make the world laugh 🙂

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8 things to do to overcome the “Back to School” anxiety

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So, who else HATES “Back to School” commercials? When I was still in school, I used to get anxiety whenever the “Back to School” commercials of schoolbags, copybooks and pens started being displayed as of end of August. But the thing is, I’m in university now and I STILL get anxious whenever I see a back to school sign. And I swear each year it feels like they’re being posted sooner than the year before. Is it just me?

Back to school anxiety is real. So I made a list of happy things to think of in order to tackle and overcome this feeling:

1- You’ll reunite with old friends

You probably hung out with your closest friends during summer but catching up with the rest of your class will feel nice.

2- It’s the beginning of fall

Goodbye August heat! Hello gentle September breeze, autumn warm colors and pumpkin spice lattes!

3- New year, new goals

If you’re a kid at heart you know September is the beginning of the year –not Jan. And you know… new year, new goals, new ambitions.

4- You can still go to the beach

As long as the sun’s shining you can still go to the beach on the weekends. If you’re a true sea lover you know beach season starts in March and ends in October.

5- The positive side of routine

End of summer means the end of sleepless nights, parties, overeating and overdrinking. You’re back to your healthy routine and god knows you need it. Helloooo highly-needed detox!

6- You could meet the love of your life this year!

They say everyone has a soulmate… I think mine got hit by a bus or something so I guess that’s not gonna happen.

7- Maybe you’ll even get good grades this year!

Just kidding, you know that’s not gonna happen either right? Old habits die hard 😉

8- Or at least get better at Math for a change

Nah I know you’ve probably given up on math a long time ago but that’s okay 🙂 You’re still gonna make it in life just like everyone will!

 

And a Happy September to you!

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Leonardo DiCaprio donates $5m to help save the Amazon

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Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has announced that Earth Alliance, an environmental group co-founded by him, will donate $5 million to reduce Amazon rainforest fires and save the Amazon. As you probably already know, the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has been on fire for nearly three weeks, with little to no media coverage. Why is it so important to stop the fire and save the Amazon, you ask?

1- It is the home of 30 million people who live and work there

2- It is also the home of 3 million species

3- The Amazon rainforest is known as the “lungs of the planet”; it is therefore very important to the health of the planet

4- The Amazon rainforest is the greatest reservoir of fresh water and biodiversity on the planet

5- The destruction of the Amazon rainforest means less oxygen and rain as well as warmer temperature

According to Earth Alliance, the Amazon rainforest is “one of the planet’s best defenses against the climate crisis”. So let us all be the change we want to see in the world by donating money if we can, or by simply spreading awareness around.

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11 Signs of emotional maturity

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When it comes to emotional maturity, age is only a number. I’ve known young people who are mature beyond their years, and older people who are childish, and not in a good way. Being mature doesn’t mean letting go of your inner child and acting all serious all the time. It’s deeper than this. You can be a kid at heart and emotionally mature at the same time.

So what makes you emotionally mature?

1- Small talk no longer excites you

Former First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

2- You respect differences and don’t judge people

You’re more open-minded.

3- Sleep is better than a Friday night out

You don’t have anything to prove to anyone anymore. If you feel like chilling at home, you just chill.

4- You don’t force love

You know better. You’ve already learned your lesson, perhaps the hard way.

5- You take care of your mental health

You know how much it matters too well by now.

6- You are supportive of others

You lift people up whenever you can.

7- You know how to ask for help when you need it

And you know it’s okay to do so. As the song says, “We all need somebody to lean on”.

8- You feel your feelings

And you embrace them instead of bottling them up or running away from them.

9- You don’t cling to materialist things

10- You know your worth

You’re no longer unkind to yourself.

11- Your happiness doesn’t depend on people but on your inner self

You’ve reached inner peace and it feels so goooood.

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7 Random things you probably didn’t know about Lebanon

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You definitely know the basics about Lebanon: Lebanon has 18 religious communities, no deserts, we drive cars not camels. We’re also trilingual, we party, we can ski in the morning then swim in the afternoon blablabla. I’m sure you’ve heard it all. I’m also sure you told all your foreign friends about these awesome clichés. They’re all true obviously! I’m definitely not saying otherwise. And we all love our beautiful Lebanon for all these reasons. But why not add a few more to the list?

Here are a few random things you probably didn’t know about our beautiful Lebanon:

1- There are more than 80 banks in Lebanon

(Actual banks, not just branches obviously).

It’s a huge number for such a small country.

2- Lebanon is the 3rd most easy-going country when it comes to National Holidays

Lebanon has 16 days of National Holidays a year. Only India and Columbia top Lebanon with 18 National Holidays a year!

The Telegraph ranked the countries according to how many days off they enjoy:

3- The name “Lebanon” appears more than 70 times in the Old Testament

Yes we go way back!

 

4- Beirut was named “World Book Capital” back in 2009

5- Beirut is compared to a phoenix because it was destroyed and rebuilt 7 times

6- Lebanon is the #1 producer of the publications in the Arab World

We don’t talk about this enough. We should all work together to associate Lebanon to education and culture more than anything else.

There is a saying that says “Egypt writes, Lebanon publishes, Iraq reads”

7- Lebanon was home of the first printing press in the Middle East

The printing press of Deir Mar Antonios in the Valley of the Saints (1585).

Do you know what John F. Kennedy said during his inauguration speech in 1961?
“And so my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”.

These words are associated to him while they’re actually Gibran Khalil Gibran’s.

So let’s all work together to spread positive Lebanon-related information. As much as we can. As far as we can.

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6 well-proven excuses to ditch a plan you don’t wanna go to in style

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So JOMO (joy of missing out) has just emerged and it’s getting contagious. With summer here, all we do is party, eat and drink, but sometimes all we really wanna do is ditch, stay home, and catch up on Netflix. But with many groups of friends, especially in Beirut, one cannot ditch a plan without any drama. I mean sure, honesty is key. I wish we could all say “I’m just not feeling it and would rather stay in”- but let’s face it, we all know this answer only ends up with one scenario: you at the party.

So here are six excuses to ditch a plan that were proven to work by scientists and JOMO people like myself.

Just a small tip before you start using this guide: make sure to text not call to avoid the endless trap questions!

1- I went way too hard last night!

You’re hung-over and you can’t even smell/see or hear alcohol. You got back home super late and you cannot pull this one off. Also, try to make the other person feel sorry for your hangover!

2- I have to work tonight – late meeting

And for you to be able to pull this one off, you should live the ‘lie’ right from the beginning – ‘3isha’: which means always complain about how demanding your boss is and how “not close or chill” you guys are so you could sound believable.

3- I have an early workshop/volunteering tomorrow that I signed up for and forgot about.

And if they try to convince you that you’ll be home early, tell them that you cannot risk it anymore as you have already skipped the last one for the same reason.

4- I’m broke – direct and straight to the point.

You can borrow money from your parents ofc but you wanna leave that card for something else and don’t wanna seem too pushy.
Now if they insist on paying this one for you, tell them how uncomfortable it makes you feel. “I also have to fill gas, pay the cab, valet and all that… so it reaaaaaaally is a hassle – but I’ll make it up to you once I get paid!”

5- Oh was that tonight? Omg, I totally forgot about that, I should start using a reminder

And follow it with “And now I am committed to this work/family dinner that there’s no way I can get out of” – or “It’s too late now I’m not even prepared and am already in bed”. UGH. I am supeeeer sorry. I owe you one I promise!”

6.      Remind them of the big party (that has way more value) happening very soon and how you need to pass on this one to be able to attend the next one, together, and have the time of your lives.

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Facebook is getting closer to letting you type with your mind

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Do you ever get the feeling that Facebook is listening to what you’re saying? You’re talking to a friend about something for instance, and then you open Facebook and you get an ad about exactly the thing you were talking about? I get that a lot. Sometimes I even get ads about something I’m thinking about, and not even out loud! Well as it turns out, mind reading is not that far off, as Facebook is getting closer to letting you type with your mind. *GASPS*

More than two years ago, Facebook announced it was working on a silent speech project that would allow to type 100 words per minute straight from the brain, which is 5 times faster than typing from a phone.

A study published on Tuesday July 30, 2019 in the journal Nature Communications shows researchers are getting closer to decoding what the mind is thinking. They are working on developing a wearable device that lets people type with their minds by testing epilepsy patients who had electrodes implanted in their brains. Facebook Vice President Andrew Boz tweeted the following message:

Facebook says this technology won’t be available to customers anytime soon though. It is also not the only company interested in linking the human brain to a computer, so one does wonder where we’re going with all of this and what the future holds in terms of technology.

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