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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sexy Lebanese Girls…..

abanderado (7)                                       and boys.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Oscar Leg Slit

tony yaccoub (11)         Angelina’s thigh-high slit is almost frumpy in comparison.

Monday, February 27, 2012

An Offer You Can’t Refuse

farra (8)                       “Italians Would Kill For Such Prices”
How about this deal? We’ll stop associating an entire country with organized crime and maybe one day, “Beirut” won’t be the word used to mean total chaos. Ah, fuggedaboutit.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Be My Guest

                  silkor (2) 

This week will feature commentary from around the Lebanese Blogosphere. This post is from Thanks Rita!

                 Advertising: The case of Lebanon

This post was written in collaboration with Beirut Drive-by

The relationship between advertising and the Lebanese population seems to be a very experimental stage. In fact it is amazing how the big advertising agencies we have are failing in this area… Is advertising in Lebanon dead? Did creativity pass away? Hopefully not but when one looks around the streets, TV, magazines etc… Numerous questions and concerns get raised:

Is any reliable research being done before exposing the public to the advertisement? Is there an actual concept that is being developed?
Marketing, Advertising, Graphic Design etc… so many fields that are being mixed up and thought to be one and the same. This is frustrating!  Most of the times companies go for: a photo, and few a useless lines. No idea. No message. No concept. Just a mere “Hello, I exist.” Do they even know who their customers are and what appeals to them?

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Be My Guest

nahla (3)nahla (11)This week will feature commentary from around the Lebanese Blogosphere. This post is from Brofessional Review. Thanks!
         “Nahla is in each of you” launching campaign.
By Admin I : We’re basically in front of a campaign that we decided to ditch earlier and classify within the range of the campaigns “we don’t do” simply because attacking such a cheap approach can be nonsense, almost like arguing over the new “Al jamal nader wa saab” billboards!
But after the big budget spent on those outdoors filling the streets and the buzz created on social media platforms, covering Nahla became a must.
When first seeing the teasers, we kinda hoped for something interesting to show up, especially that they used pop inspired female portraits, a bit “a la rana salam” and also bringing back last year’s brand protection group’s campaign into memories; but then visuals came random. some having pop women while others showcased cheap stock imagery and a modern almost cliche typeface choice with some flagrant words like “taybe – delicious”, “betsalleh – entertaining” etc..
the campaign only lacked the product reveal, and here we go: It’s a gum! big deal! whether a gum or a beer or a stick of butter, attributing vulgar street slangs used to describe women as cheap objects to an ad is not by any means acceptable! why are we linking women to gum, and why even using such a low class of copywriting that will stick a bad reputation to the already failing brand design!?
Sorry for exposing you to this latest advertising catastrophe, but it’s high time for people to be aware of their socio-cultural role and start questioning the limits brands and consumerism behaviors should never cross!
“Nahla is in each one of you” we hope that’s not very true! (yey, it rhymes!)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Be My Guest

Kadim Al Sahir (3)This week will feature commentary from around the Lebanese Blogosphere. This post is from Blog Baladi. Thanks,Najib!                 
                  Kadim Al Sahir: No.1 Arabic Legend
Putting modesty aside for a moment, we say someone is Arab and not Arabic from what I know. Arabic is the language.
Second of all, who proclaimed him the No.1 Arab legend?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Be My Guest

Dr. Nader SaabThis week will feature commentary from around the Lebanese Blogosphere. This post is from Beirut/NTSC. Thanks Tarek!
                                    Three thumbs up.... 
Why am I so in love with this ad? Simply because, according to the laws of the medical profession in Lebanon doctors are not allowed to do ads on a personal basis, which is why, by managing to circumvent this strict law Dr. Nader Saab (Lebanon's most renowned plastic surgeon) was able to issue his ad, make his target audience understand the product all while staying at the innocent side of the law. For those who do did not get it, the ad says "beauty is rare (which means Nader) and difficult (which means Saab)".... Genius! Golden caviar and champagne for everyone!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I See What You Did There! (2)                                       This is Beirut.Zoccai                                        This is Dubai.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

No Fear

domestic violence (2)                                  …..from prosecution.
                    STOP Domestic Violence Against Women

Fairy Tale Romance

zoughaib                          Jealous queen or sweet princess? 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Top Heavy

voyageur                                 Ow! The burden of love.

Happy Valentine’s Day

diamony (11)                                   Was it good for you?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Slick One, Aishti

aishti (7)                   You’ve been caught shoplifting, Aishti!
            Marketing In Lebanon has all of the juicy details!!!!!

Lebanon: A Love Story

Rafic Hariri (2)         Rafic Hariri - November 1, 1944 – February 14, 2005

Monday, February 13, 2012

Secret Love

almas                            It’s a secret, even from her.

One Love

mikesport                                 One for you, two for me. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ripple Effect

exotica (2) Sometimes spreading the love can end up with a doctor’s visit. Here’s a friendly reminder from This Is Beirut and the Lebanese Red Cross

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Lord’s Work

Kstars (2)                                     ……is never done.
          “God Created Beauty….We Create Beauties” *K*Stars®

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Bridge Too Far

jal el dib  (13)      The official dismantling of the Jal El Dib Bridge has begun.jal el dib (9)            The unofficial dismantling started some time ago.jal el dib (20)      As with any aging process, it went slowly, mostly unnoticed.jal el dib (16)                           Jal El Dib Bridge 1975-2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Free As A Bird

owl (5)                 Go Wild…good advice if you live in a tree.

All Knowing

aizone 6       Deep thoughts…to remember when you get the credit card bill.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

We Report, You Decide

almanar (2)                                         Credible?mtv                                    Comprehensive?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Grounds For Dismissal

emirates lebanon bank (2)emirates lebanon bank (2)Let’s hope the Emirates Lebanon Bank is better with numbers than they are with letters. 

Quoting from ELB’s website- Its' About Time to Build on Solid Ground 

“Following the tragic event that unfolded Sunday January 15 in Fassouh Achrafieh, one should learn for the future... and quickly.
Emirates Lebanon Bank calls upon all concerned parties to join hands in order to prevent similar tagic events.”

BDBS Editorial*** The grammar mistake on ELB’s billboard as well as the typo and total disregard for punctuation in the text from their website is unacceptable from any company or ad agency, let alone from a bank. It must also be noted that this ad is in response to the tragic collapse of a residential building and the subsequent loss of life, property and homes. The idea of a bank promoting a firm foundation is a strong message, yet in this case it not only is insensitive but is also a premature assumption. The ongoing investigation into the cause of the building collapse is incomplete and there is only speculation as to the real cause of the tragedy. Knowing that this ad is in response to the building collapse makes the images of tumbling blocks used in this ad disturbing.

The billboard ad gives no indication that it’s part of a bigger message via their website. After reading the online message, what once appeared as the misuse of “grounds” versus “ground” has now become a total disaster of an ad campaign. Emirates Bank of Lebanon basically says that from now on, Lebanon shouldn’t do this again. They’ve done a terrific job of stating the obvious. If they wanted to make this ad in response to the tragedy, why not express condolences or have a plan to help finance the rebuilding of lives? Better yet, why not take the money spent on spreading this billboard ad all over Beirut and donate those funds to the Lebanese Red Cross?

      News Report Link - Ashrafieh, Lebanon Building Collapse

Angelina Jolie

resthaut (3) Charlie Chaplin, Michael Jackson, Adolf Hitler, Napoleon, Sean Connery, Marilyn Monroe and The Beatles are here at RestHaut 

From their website…. 
“And so the RestHaut experience will take you into the fabulous life of the celebrities!”

Adolf Hitler??

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hello Kitty!

pretty kitty (30) This post is dedicated to the volunteers and supporters of BETA -Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Animals Lebanon 
              City Daily Photo February Theme Day- Animals         
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