Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Cheap Thrills

Can't say there has really been that much to post about in the last week or so. Well, personal stuff but that interests only me. On the local front, I seem to have lost interest in any headline or supposed news story - maybe it's just that there is absolutely nothing happening or I'm feeling thoroughly marginalized by the Olympian level of inertia practiced by the ruling class of our fair state.
On the resumption of our supercharged national dialogue , I guess the proper way to deal with problems is to pretend they don't exist and maybe they'll just go away - mind you, that's the way I would deal with things.....if I was 3 or mentally retarded, but I shouldn't cast aspersions.

Hezbollah says that the economy and a "sound electoral law" should also be added to the national dialogue. My own astute analysis of this would be "duh!" but I wouldn't trust Hezbollah to dialogue my lunch order.

General Michel Aoun has been uncharacteristically quiet these days but I assume he's busy counting the pesos unwittingly handed over to him by the orangeshirts through various dubious schemes. Playing on the loyalty of your partisans is fine if you're not a political group trying to portray some semblance of impartiality and transparency. For example, a Chelsea petrol card I would buy - but I would rather walk home than apply for an orange one.
*UPDATE*....Michel Aoun has in fact been very his latest Jumblattian outburst he's railed against all the "Rustom Ghazaleh's" at the conference table. Apparently, he's incensed that the Future Movement is spearheading a propaganda campaign aimed at denying him the presidency.

Hariri instills nothing but confidence in me as he stays out of the country unless his presence is absolutely required. Funny, I would have thought that being the figurehead of the country's leading political party would have required your presence, but ask me a question about music instead.
Rockets found near his home in Koraytem on Monday were not primed to fire but said to have "Hebrew inscriptions" on them.
Well, that proves it. He shouldn't be here, right?

Saniora's words of wisdom for the week have been that Brazil "may" extradite Rana Koleilat. Pfft.

Jumblatt. Who has he alienated this week?

Geagea is rapidly becoming just a mouthpiece for almost anyone. Mind you, just being noticed again must be keeping that Mona Lisa-esque inscrutable grin on his face.

I can't listen to Berri anyway because his arrogance makes me so damn angry & the less said about Lahoud, the better. And because I try to be fair, have I left anyone out?

I'm still reeling from the shock of all the sporting defeats (ah, the agony of defeat) of the past week.

Both the England rugby team and my lovely Chelsea were on the wrong end of stunning victories. England's pathetic 6 Nation's campaign was brought to a blundering conclusion on Saturday when Ireland rightfully took the Tri-Nations Cup by comprehensively beating all of the other British Isles nations. The real pain is the fact that an average French team took the 6 Nations title. Ouch.

My lovely Chelsea inexplicably lost 1-0 to West London neighbours Fulham who are currently languishing in 14th position compared to our top spot. But I would like to assure you all that being an England fan in all things means I am no stranger to disappointment and thankfully, the same applies to my being a long-term Chelsea fan. Still.

Lastly, I would like to congratulate MacDara (the bringer of craic...who knew he had a sense of humour and no stage fright?) and the team for organizing the great St. Patrick's bash last Saturday in the Bristol hotel. The only failure of the evening was the decision to have a screen installed in the ante-room for the pre-prandial rugby, in which Ireland beat England. This game was also watched by 3 (very) quiet England supporters. Shhh, we know who we are. That is what a Bristol gathering should be about.
Damn the luck of the Irish.



Charles Malik said...

I've been abroad, so I stopped blogging completely.

But I've noticed a dramatic slowdown in the Lebanese blogosphere. A lot is happening in terms of talk, but very little is happening in terms of change.

ghassan said...

How about starting a campaign to make the Ostrich an official symbol of the republic. If that fails we can always make "Solve a problem by redefinning it" our credo lol.

Do you have an idea what is the newpaper cirulation in Lebanon?

JoseyWales said...

Hezbollah says that the economy and a "sound electoral law" should also be added to the national dialogue.

Screw that. Hey Hezbo, every moron knows it's either war or the economy stupid. You can't have both. No frigging dialogue needed here.

Saniora's words of wisdom for the week have been that Brazil "may" extradite Rana Koleilat

Why do I get the queasy feeling that the bitch won't make it back to Lebanon (alive)? Saniora and the embassy in Brazil, if serious, should have sent PEOPLE to watch Rana 24/7 and get her back. Not some stupid mail in the diplomatic pouch.

desmond said...

You're right, it's difficult to get excited about absolutely nothing.

An ostrich is as good as an orange, so why not?!
And can't find any numbers for newspaper circulation.

josey,'s almost as if they don't want her to come back..
and nothing infuriates me more than the kowtowing to Hezbollah..

Theresa said...

How discouraged you seem :( It must be so frustrating, waiting, watching for some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. It's no wonder there is a bitter tone in your words this week.

desmond said...

Hi T,
Bitter doesn't begin to describe it!!Where have you been? Glad to see you back.

graeme said...

yup totally agree.. when it comes to the crunch, the consensus is never going to arrive..