mysteriouseve
هنا، ألوذ في هدأة هذا الليل براحةٍ من قيظ النّهار. هنا، أحوك في الفكر خواطر، وأولّد على الشّفة بنات. هنا، ابتسامات حنين ترجّع صدى طفولةٍ نائية، وقصص حبّ طواها الزّمن. هنا، حلمٌ بغدٍ أجمل
The Humorous Side of the Revolt
The funny thing that happened yesterday is that a bunch of friends and I agreed on meeting in the environs of Downtown, some time before 3:00 p.m., to move forward, together, toward Martyr's Square. However, it didn't occur to us that people will be hurling themselves into the protests in such a way, from every single corner: There were people even in small alleys where pictures weren't taken. Of course, one wouldn't have expected mobiles to work in such circumstances (thank you Alpha and Mtc Touch for not being a disappointment). So, what I'm trying to say is that I ended up protesting alone for hours. It wasn't as bad as it seems, since yesterday everyone seemed to know each other, even small kids reiterating slogans they barely understood. Having decided to go with the flow, I only managed to take few steps before getting the feeling that I was actually being crushed: You were lucky if you found a place to put your feet on the ground.

Most of the slogans I was reading and hearing were funny and witty, but I can't deny that some went very low, and were boldly shameful according to me. I liked one that said: "He's swimming, Lebanon is drowning; he's getting a tan, Lebanon is burning" ("He" meaning Lahoud of course, who, supposedly, was practicing his favorite hobby, the day Hariri was burried). On a different level, lucky Haifa Wehbe is at last relieved that people are venting on someone else instead. Your emails are surely flowing with different kinds of jokes and funny slogans concerning the current situation. I think it may be an interesting case to study: "the humorous side of the Lebanese people revolt". As a real-life example, here's what a friend sent me about an incident he encountered yesterday: "It was a joke by "basmat watan" and it happened really today with me and my friend: we bought a Lebanese flag from a Syrian guy by 7000 L.L. w ken ma3o chi3arat el mou3arada w chi3ar Independence 05 w icharat zoro2 hahahhaha".

It was a long day. Each time I returned home, I would watch protestors on TV, and hear all these patriotic songs, then decide to return to the place one more time (luckily, I lived nearby). The last time, while passing near the college, I encountered the president of the university, the dean of Human Science Department, and the director of the translation major (who is also the supervisor of my unfinished thesis). They were probably heading from one campus to the other. "It REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, isn't the time!", I said to myself. Fortunately, and although I passed right through them, they didn't see me. I felt so guilty. I really should go back to working on my thesis! I didn't think we'd get our independence before finishing it. Next thing, you'll tell me pigs will fly too!

Now, care to see some anti-Emile slogans?


"Wish you contented yourself with swimming, and never spoke, Emile!"



Msn-Style..




"Father, don't forgive them because they know what they are doing, but save us from the evil: Emile"

No need to translate this one...

Away from this, there's a picture I really liked, which doesn't need, in my opinion, any comment from my side (P.S. I don't know who took it; got it by email):


10 Comments:
  • At 16/3/05 1:36 ص, Blogger rayhane najib said…

    سلام
    شجرة الارز علي جبين الطفل الصغير
    لا اعتقد أن هناك صورة أخرى يمكن ان تصور الامل بكل هذا التفاؤل

     
  • At 16/3/05 10:13 ص, Blogger R said…

    مبدعة جدّاً لافتة الـ
    إم. إس. إن

    ومبدعة أيضاً لافتة تاريخ انتهاء الصلاحية

     
  • At 16/3/05 3:36 م, Blogger a h m a d said…

    It is amazing how much you get photos!! :)

     
  • At 16/3/05 10:28 م, Blogger Eve said…

    أف، ما بال خدمات البلوغر اليوم؟ إنّ كتابة تعليق واحد كان بمثابة أعجوبة! ما علينا. شكراً لتعليقاتكم يا شباب. كانت الشّعارات الملفتة كثيرةً. حبّذا لو كان معي ورقة وقلم لأتذكّرها كلّها. إذا تذكّر أحدٌ شعار إضافيّ قرأه، وهيك "مهضوم"، خبروني :-)

     
  • At 17/3/05 10:33 ص, Blogger Eman said…

    Eve, I believe pics are the best way to capture the moment and reflect true emotions.

    I specially loved the one of the mom and her son, lovely.

    Keep up the good work EVe, and thanks for sharing us :)

     
  • At 17/3/05 10:01 م, Blogger Eve said…

    I loved that picture too Eman, for its national symbolism first, and because of this really cute baby boy second. I'm not much into kids, bass this one byitekkal 3an jad! :-)

     
  • At 17/3/05 11:56 م, Blogger Farooha said…

    *gasp*

    It's been 10 minutes, and I'm still fascinated here. Those were lovely pictures, from a very creative people who only ask for freedom.

    Thanks for the pictures Eve. As usual you always provide me with that insight into lebanon from a local's point of view!

    Madry but allow me to do this:

    *hugs* pass it on to all those brave people out there.

     
  • At 18/3/05 12:17 م, Blogger Eve said…

    Farooha,
    you're always there with your sweet encouraging words, thx for that :-) I'll be sure to pass your hugs to all of them (although it would take me some time :-))

     
  • At 21/3/05 10:18 م, Blogger Solomon2 said…

    The signs are so clever! Where do the Lebanese get their sense of humor?

    In America, the humor of our protest signs can be crude and vulgar. The English puns and takeoffs displayed by the Lebanese beat us hands down. If Lebanon becomes free and develops its advertising industry, Madison Avenue may have no choice but to sell out or close up shop!

     
  • At 22/3/05 3:56 م, Blogger Eve said…

    Lebanese people have the capacity to excel in this field of work. The problem is that they travel and excel outside their country. I hope there will be enough opportunities for them here in the future. Where do we get our sense of humor? maybe it's due to several years of war, which made us so eager for happiness and joy of living :-) thx for your comment Solomon2, drop by anytime :-)

     
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