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New Beginnings

January 13th, 2010

So the New Year has begun! I hope you ushered 2010 in style and that it has been treating you kindly so far.

It’s certainly been an eventful and busy start to the year. On this end at least. Hence my prolonged absence.

This year, methinks is a year of changes. I look to be sharing the changes with you in due course.

My friend Dan seems to have started the New Year in exceptional form.

For my part, I started 2010 a little more differently than my usual. Following an excellent and relaxed dinner in the lovely company of a few good friends, we gathered ourselves and our party hats and headed to the Clock Tower – or Parliament – Square, for the final countdown under the very full blue moon.

Later, we headed down the pub, restaurant and nightclub-filled Gemmayze Street which was – not unexpectedly -overflowing with people.

It was interesting to see all the different people from so many different places out on the streets. It seems tourism in Lebanon is on the up and up. And high time too. I heard snippets of song and conversations in so many different languages (including German, Italian, French (Parisian, as opposed to the Lebanese variant), various Arabic dialects, and some Slavic language I couldn’t place).

Below, a few pictures for your enjoyment.

Just minutes before midnight, everybody and their grandmother got their camera ready to record the moment for posterity:

Nearly-midnight bokkeh:

The stroke of midnight:

Of course, there were a few TV camera crews (with obligatory truck-loads of Gear) out and about to film the whole thing:

The mood was certainly festive:

…with people hanging out of cars:

…or even converting their vehicles to night clubs and bars, with vodka and champagne aplenty:

I leave you with a shot of a party-going bollard which steadfastly insisted on continuing the party when most everyone else could barely stand:

Again, Happy New Year everybody! All my warmest and best!

Look for the next post in 2 days. J


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