Mid Summer Blues

I'm not in the mood to think let alone write about a serious topic. I've been uninspired for a fortnight which is only normal for this time of the year. I suppose that the heat influences me in a similar way menstruation affects women. Sluggish, exasperated, blotchy and cranky I feel. You might wonder why in the hell I'm blotchy. Well, it's the closest phonetically similar adjective I could conjure to bitchy without threatening my masculinity. Accordingly, I've been feeling very blotchy lately.
With that in mind, it's next to impossible to see or conjure beautiful images. Even while lying down at a perfectly appropriate low vantage point on a sandy beach, watching a heavenly flock of bikinied chicks passing by, my sight is inevitably raped by the swarms of balding, pot-bellied, ugly and hairy men roaming the seaside. I’m doomed.
Less than a year ago the entire Arab World was experiencing a phenomenon called Bab Al-Hara. The 30-episode Ramadani Syrian TV drama won every conceivable critical acclaim and popular accolade. It tells a story of a Damascene neighborhood under the French occupation between the two world wars. Even our bitter neighbors, the Israelis initiated an unprecedented research on the possible causes and plausible effects of this series runaway and huge success. They arguably were worried about the well-liked demeanors of Abu Issam and Abu Shehab and the underlying message of the show. The remote chance that their worst fears could come true loomed ominously in their dark horizon. Could the Arabs, God Forbids (not our Allah but their real Lord), ever unite and rally together behind a potential Abu Shehab one day. That will be either the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning of Western civilization, they fathomed. And, they were worried. Little did they know that come summer their worst fears would prove nothing but grossly exaggerated and unfounded presumptions.

Arabs, all of them, are experiencing a new and even more admirable sensation, the 150-episode Turkish TV series Gumus, a soap opera about the daily lives and affairs of a wealthy family in modern secular Istanbul. The name has been changed to Nour in the mega hit Arabicized version. It has been dubbed in Shami Arabic (Damascene accent) and the net effect is stupendous. Never in the history of drama, never under the influence of any culture or civilization or of their total absence, never had a work of genius or of idiocy (including but not limited to all established religions) affected millions in such a short span like Nour did. Men, balding, pot-bellied, ugly and hairy are falling in love with Mohanad the leading male character, played by Kivanç Tatlitug. Rebellious wives are shedding years of submissiveness and demanding divorce at gunpoint. Cocksure yet sedate husbands are turning into raving maniacs by slashing their whorish wives with knives. Women are turning into multi-orgasmic beasts while Viagra has all but disappeared off the shelves due to the gigantic demand of impotently small men. Everybody wants to rip Mohanad’s clothes apart with a very small minority lusting after the other characters including Safiya and Fikri. What did those Turks do to our unsuspecting people? If we'd ever thought that the Ottoman days were over we’d better think again. They have just returned triumphantly. When Nour finally killed Abdine (the bad ass character) all hell broke loose in the island of Arwad. People came out the alleys and offered sweets and Baklavas. They hugged and kissed and congratulated each other. In one of the more fashionable neighborhoods of Tartous, where the nouveau rich are as rampant as shit is in underground sewage, drum beaters were brought from the Gipsy camp on the outskirts of town, fireworks brightened the sky while a convoy of Mercedeses, Beemers and Hummers slached the dark of night with screeching wheels and loud music. Jubilation at last!

I wonder what those Israeli researchers and journalists are thinking about now. Are they lamenting the wasted time they had spent on Bab Al Hara or are they worried anew that a tsunami of oversexed and under-satisfied Arab women and men might attack their promised land and fuck themselves to death on crowded busses and busy malls.
Didn't I start off by clearly stating that I'm not in the mood to write. I also told you that the heat makes me blotchy.


Dubai Jazz said…
You are not in the mood to write and yet you come up with this hilarious post. I haven't seen the series myself, I've only heard about it couple of weeks ago and it was through a news article. I first thought of Kasandara. But reading your post; this seems to have surpassed by far. I am glad that I am away from it all when the mania is out and about. Or maybe I should have, as a healthy and athletic bachelor, wished that I am around when the sex craze is still on? At least we’d have saved our unfriendly neighbors the unsavory sights of the over-weight, nouveau-riche naked women??

Excellent post Abu Fares, I like to read your blotching!
Anonymous said…
Woah! What's with the prevalence of Noor posts in the Arab blogsphere?!?!
Anyway...I can also own up to being an avid follower all the way over here in the UK and can also report that Arab women of all nationalities over here are also set to ravage Mohanned if he ever dares to set foot on British soil :)
I'm surprised that no one seems to give Noor herself such rave reviews though
KJ said…
Tartoussi Sun has fried your brains my friend.

Rejuvenate with fresh Bulbus Juice!

I should probably email you some refreshing "artwork" ;)
Unknown said…
What makes me worried is the amount of "arabized" or maybe "syrianized" Turkish TV Series that are being prepared behind the scenes, you know us "Arabs" are very good when it comes to copying each other's successes... so let's the competition begins on who is going to find a "hotter" Mohanad to present to the oversexed and under satisfied Arab women and (men). Did I mention that I actually find Mohanad really lame and has no acting abilities of whatsoever? but admit that he is hot.
Abufares said…
Our household is divided into two groups. All of them against me as far as Nour is concerned. What I know of the show I hear from my kids mainly. Fares developed his newly acquired internet skills by searching for photos and information about NOUR. In the beginning I tried to stop or curb their appetite regarding their almost religious dedication to watching every single episode but I knew that the only way to do so was through the implementation of draconian measures which is not in harmony with my true nature. Thus I gave up and spend my evenings in my room reading or watching another stupid offering on TV.
Abufares said…

Yeslamli Your Morning...

The fact that the Nour character is not on par with Mohanad's has one of two explanations.

1- Songül Öden (Nour)is a pretty face but not exceptional. She looks like 50% of Arab girls while Kivanç Tatlitug (Mohanad)is, as far as his looks are concerned, gorgeous. He possesses western features but a middle eastern stance which inevitably makes him very attractive.

2- Arab women are more sexually liberated and open than Arab men but in a patriarchal society (to borrow from Razan's words) they've been historically manipulated and oppressed. Now they are breaking free and they want a piece, a blond piece, of the action.

OK! I tried to explain the current women craze but what about all the idiotic men who are either looking dreamily at Mohanad or are actually feeling threatened and jealous of him. Is there a latent homosexual tendency in our culture as some orientalists had always portrayed or is something else all together.

That aside and done with, and again,Yeslamli Your Morning...
Abufares said…
I can't stand this fucking summer any longer. It's getting on my nerves and what's left of my sanity.
Please do as promised and quickly. Although I'm an art aficionado, I really prefer the real thing (i.e. the 1st photo in the post is more in line of what I want for the time being).
Abufares said…
Welcome back.
You're right... We all remember the Mexican soaps mania of a few years back.
We are in the hands of Saudi Media moguls now. They've decided that we should be polarized between religious fanatics and Sharamit. Apparently we should all conform to their morbid sense of ethics.
KJ said…
Trust me my friend, the art I have, is nothing you've seen before :)

Maybe it will cool you off ;)
Yazan said…
Akh ya Abu Fares, spare me nour and her craze, I have my own hot, humid, sticky and AC-broken summer of my own.

Nonetheless, This post started off just wonderful with the beautiful colors of "mother earth", why would ruin it?!

I am counting the days!!
Abufares said…
I take it mother earth = mother ass, right?!
If so, I totally agree. There's nothing as pleasing to the eye ( and hand) on a hot summer day than a look and squeeze.
Anonymous said…
Thank you Abufares for making me laugh out loud, for the first time in many hot and blotchy days, about “Nour”-related grumbles, and about the fact that you sneakily tried to justify inserting the photos above, especially the first one. Non sequitur, if you ask me, but I digress.

You haven't even seen the worst of this mass submission: last week, I went to Souk Al Hamidieh and to my horror discovered stall after stall after vendor after peddler selling t-shirts, table cloths and God knows what other essentials bearing the photos of Nour, Mouhannad and even his ex! (Some still had Bab Al Hara, which is preparing for its third wave of mass hypnosis come Ramadan). I didn't know how to explain this to my Syrian-American relatives visiting for the first time, or to my husband who called from London after seeing Arab friends and asking “by the way, who the hell is Mouhannad?”

I also heard someone selling other material featuring the above characters, in addition to Lamis, the protagonist of the much more "real" Turkish series “The Lost Years” which I've watched on and off purely for research reasons of course (where else would I get the material for my media papers?).

Our annoyance aside, let’s not be too flippant about this Turkish success; notice how both series are pushing the clothing industry and the tourism industry. Let me be the first to openly and unashamedly admit I have long pined for my country to have its own serving of many a Turkish thing, not least of which are secularism, modernism, industrialism, tourism, economism, educationism, healthism, hospitalism, playgroundism … you get the drift. Did I mention secularism? With a capital S?

As I prepare to embrace rainy England again (can’t wait!) and leave behind the cruel Damascene summer, I take some comfort in remembering that our audiovisual and general sociocultural habits are not necessarily worse than others’, and that the “great” British television captures audiences with marvels of mediocrity like Eastenders, Big Brother and other “reality” crap like how to educate your dog.

Oh, and in comment about one of your recent posts, I’m sure you already know that the Turkish stud was a male model. Does this information make up for the length of my comment?
Abufares said…
I enjoy reading your comments so much. They always put a big smile on my face.
I'm also so happy to have talked to you while I was in the middle of replying.
What can I say. My intention is never to be overly critical of the way things are in our own backyard but some excesses simply surprise and shock me. I'm a football fan and I try to follow the games of my favorite club on TV(strangely enough from the north of London). I have an Arsenal T-shirt and I might still have a key chain somewhere. I also hate Man Utd. as much as Syrians hate Abdin of Nour. This is all strange but understandable. But, as you've rightly coined it, the mass submission and hysteria for a TV show is mind boggling.
I love reading you Rime, so please keep doing more of it.
I love to see you next time, so please let me know your whereabouts.
Good Luck and Salamet Al Sgheereh.
Anonymous said…
Delightful post as usual, AbuFares. Only you can get our Rime out of hiding...! Even her FB fan-club wasn't able to do it...! :)

This summer is driving me crazy too... With everybody in the world deciding that finaly it is time to visit Syria, all at once, I've been feeling scattered if not "blotchy"... and so I am disappointed to learn now that Rime is leaving back to the UK without having managed to run into her... :( Must try harder next time...
Abufares said…
Kifak Ya Rajol?
These are hard times on us all. I can't wait for autumn to grace us with its cleansing thundershowers and lower temperatures.
Rime... Akh min Rime! Who can claim that he's not a fan of hers? ...sigh
Anonymous said…
Ehem ... which FB fan club? What are you guys talking about? In fact, I can assure you that I have many more non-fans (to put it mildly) than the contrary.

Naji, how exactly were you planning to "run into me" if I may ask? I think you may need to resort to Plan B, if there was one! :)
Anonymous said…
Plan B… ehem, what Plan B…?! Obviously you have not been in Syria long enough… We don't do plan B's around here… it is always A or A+… tawakkal 3ala allah..., souria alla 7amiyah…, etc… and it has always worked so far…!! ;)

I did not want to presume by writing you directly, and I have not been going out in Damascus enough lately to expect to just "run into you", so I took the easiest, but hopefully not the most annoying, liberty of creating a Facebook Group "Rime Allaf's Mosaics"…, but you didn't even join…! :( Don't tell me you are the only one in Syria who has been thwarted by the goons who block FB here… or that you are the only one who has managed to resist this newest "wave of the future"…!! Even our super ascetic AbuFares has succumbed… ;)
saint said…
My wife has told me that when the Mexican series Cassandra was playing, the Mosque near by was empty and religious lessons stopped. Interesting heh,
BTW, a question for you, the first picture, is it a Syrian Ass?
Lovely post Abufares, you can make a great writer for Syrian playboy magazine. May be it is not there yet, but wait, the Turks have plenty of these and sooner or later they will seep in. In my humble opinion, the popularity of any series in the Middle East will depends on one factor,” the waiting for solution” factor. That is how you attract viewers, very sleazy easy trick, and Shahrazad knew it a long time ago.
Also, nice to read for rime too, it is a complement to your post.
Abufares said…
Alas, I have no idea about the nationality of this beautiful ass. I would've loved to find out "first hand". It's just a nice photo I picked from the net like the other one of the ugly sonofabitch.
If you really want to do me a favor try to get me a job as a photographer at Playboy not a writer. As for the "waiting for solution" factor, I have checked and been told that there is nothing to solve in Nour. As a matter of fact they could go on forever like American daytime soaps. But they have to wrap it up before Ramadan when it's time for the Arab media to put on its pious robes.
You're making me dream Saint, a photographer at Playboy, ummmmmh
Anonymous said…
Naji, wow, I didn't know what I was missing, and my bad for imagining we even needed plans. :)

The goons could never manage to keep me away (I have an extremely techy husband even if I didn't manage to surf myself) but I admit I am not a fan and regretted joining the evil Facebook, which I can't believe that Abufares joined behind my back! No wonder he's so blotchy!

Thank you so much for this lovely gesture, but isn't it weird to be a member of one's own fan club? In any case, I just joined - including a weird group about some "Tarttousie" - what's with the spelling? :)

Saint, it's nice to see you too, and I must agree about the waiting for a solution aspect. Poor Abufares, being exiled to his corner when Nour comes on, is not aware that the poor woman is trying to make a responsible adult out of the idiot, and that this in itself (which a lot of women would tell you is part of any marriage, he he) is all the suspense needed to keep them coming.

Well, that and the guy's looks of course.

Speaking of pious robes, I am told that devout MBC has cut off all the steamy scenes. How good of them to take care of our sensibilities.

Abufares, here's a deep existential question for you: would you rather be a photographer at Playboy, or a bunny at Playgirl? :)
Abufares said…
I joined facebook after an invitation by the one and only Naji. I couldn't say NO of course but I still don't know what to do on fb. I managed, after spending more than 15 minutes, to offer my friends a round of Jack & Coke. That was my most grandiose gesture. I doubt very much that I'll be able to surpass it. I have also joined your fan club and found out that I'm a member of my own FC as well.
So the "solution" in Nour is to make a responsible adult out of Mohanad. Let me be sure I perfectly understand you. Women want a man who looks like Mohanad so that other women lust after him and so that they can flaunt him around like an expensive car or a diamond ring. They also want this same man to be a responsible father/husband and a house-broken pet... while, and at the same time, he should be a successful and rich man, who makes plenty of money and can afford, for his wife and family a lifestyle previously reserved for movie stars. In short, women want a Tashtoush Stud inside the house and a Eunuch Superman outside. OK, I get it... why not. I wonder what kind of woman fulfills the fantasy of men if they shared the feminine line of thought.
Finally to answer your deep existential question (that's what I love about you Rime) the answer couldn't be easier.
A photographer of course. Had I been a bunny, I would've been featured once, may be twice in my twenties and that's it. But as a photographer I could as well be still active as I'm writing these words. With that dream job and with what I know today of life (and the tiny little bit about women)... can you imagine the possibilities :-))))))))))
You're making me sighhhhhhhh again Rime, but you've always been so good at doing just that.
Abufares said…
You wrote:
"Speaking of pious robes, I am told that devout MBC has cut off all the steamy scenes. How good of them to take care of our sensibilities."

Didn't you know that MBC+ is offering the full uncensored version with kisses, hugs and legging (is that a word) for a premium fee of course. Remember that all religious preachers come in two flavors, one for the poor and the other for the rich. They have always been double-faced.
Mariyah said…
I'm being sucked in, Abu Fares! My friends are hooked on Nour...if I don't watch, I'm comletely left out of the conversation! :S Agh!

I enjoyed your post, as always...even if you were "blotchy" when you wrote it! :)
Haifaa said…
Abu Fares:

So I come to the land of sand and heat to spend a month with my aging mother, who is refusing to travel to Syria or anywhere outside of our street. I told her about you and she is excited to know about your blog and you defending the Syrian women against the Arabia slander. Too bad for me as I won't be able to come to Syria and visit with you Abu Fares.

My otherwise, my reasonable and mature cousins, announced to me the Turkish delight by the name of Mohannad. After I got over my shock I became appalled. I watched this muhanad dude and he looked like a mini version of Brad Pitt. Ofcourse, I am partial to George Clooney ( no punt intended.) To make a long story short, my beloved mom is watching the other Turkish drama “The Lost Years” My mother relates to Lamis in her life and I am stuck consoling my mother after each episode. I watch it with her and I am trapped with this nightmare. Then I went to buy some t-shirts for my work out and I found myself excited to have bought t-shirts that are made in Turkey the land of Muhanad and Lamis. I am appalled, shamed, shocked. When is August coming so I can run away from this madness? I can't believe you wrote about this, Abu Fares, it will be a mental trap forever as I check your blog.

May the 3zralies have envy about the over sexed Arab women. It is about time we break the taboo thanks to Muhanad.

Having wrote all the bullshit above, let me share with you my favorite pass time: wathcing the victory march in Lebanon over the release of Samir Qantar and watching al Manar. It is just so thrilling for me.

Okay, bye for now.
Abufares said…
It's very hard for me to find people to talk to.
I won't get involved with Nour and lease my brains for 150 consecutive nights. Accordingly I've just lost 50% of the population. 49% are either too rigid morally or too busy materially. Besides they are a bunch of compulsive obsessive tyrants or slaves. In addition to the perpetually drunk, you are one of the remaining 1% and I tremendously enjoy our exchange.
Abufares said…
@Az3ar's Fan
I wish you could've made it. May be next time as I, too, look forward to your visit.
I've been meaning to ask you this question:
What does Az3ar's Fan mean? Is it: أزعر؟؟
Sorry but I'm just curious.

Back to your comment. I've been contemplating writing about some women issues for a while. I have one significant problem though in addressing my unresolved issues with our social and religious institutions. I'm a notorious generalist and when I write about serious social/religious problems I fall in the trap of making unsupported statements and conclusions, which I exactly detest in those I want to write about and criticize. We suffer from lack of such serious research in the Arab world. Accordingly, and to maintain some sense of credibility I have to rely on a satirical tone rather than a scientific one.
I'm telling you all of this because I feel the need to address these gender issues among other ailments inflicting us. Talking about sexual equality and the emancipation of women has unfortunately become a specialty of bitter and disillusioned women (you see my problem with generalization). I crave to read about this and other matters written by Arab women who are in tune and in touch with their own sexuality, who are aware of their internal and external beauty and most importantly who don't advance the feminine cause on account of their own femininity.
Do you think I should write about such matters or was my reply to your comment enough.
I'd really like to know what you and other readers think.
Haifaa said…
Abu Fares:

I feel like the song: so close yet so far away. I really wanted to come to Syria. I will be doing so during my next visit but who knows when it will take place as my life is complicated.

In answer to your question, yes, it is أزعر. During the July 2006 rape of Lebanon, I was frequenting my favorite blogger As'ad Abu Khalil ( the Angry Arab) We had a cyber war fare going on. I was an admirer of a poster by the name of Azar because his responses where elequont and as sharp as a razor. So, I became his fan and I decided to make my name as Az3ar's Fan.

On to your next subject, sexuality and the Arab women discussion is a must if the Arab nation want to make any real progress. I am looking at this cess pool here and I realize we are living in a third world country in terms of the treatment of women. Yet, the women accept this predicment. It is a man's world and it is not a pleasnt place to be in. Their idea of progress is basically "sharmata wal alfajar". I would like you to present your views, and maybe UmFraes can tell us some of her views. You need to come here and see it for yourself this man's world.
Haifaa said…

check it out.
Abufares said…
OK Az3ar's Fan
Let's see how I'm going to handle myself in the next post.
Thank you as ever for your great feedback and support.
Anonymous said…
Soap-operas... UGH! terrible in any language!

If you dream of being a playboy bunny photographer and take pictures of all the wonderful work of USA plastic surgeons, I am a little dissappointed... I guess, I have to remember that you ARE human-male after all. I always think of you as being above that criterion.

Am I being too hard on you? NO. You have always talked about women and how much you admire them phisically and psicologically. I would think with their little imperfections and all. Are you just having fun being that you felt blotchy at the time???

Excuse me, maybe I'm feeling blotchy too!

Take care and keep well. Do not succumb to PMS.
: )

b.w. yeats
Mariyah said…
Thank you, Abu Fares! I enjoy our exchanges too! I actually made a point of sitting down to watch an episode of Nour with some friends and family to see if I was really missing something. I tried VERY hard to patiently follow it. Not long into the show, however, I was silenced (actually smothered by a pillow by my friend) for yelling at the television! God help us, Abu Fares! We, the free thinkers, are being marginalized! ;)
Mariyah said…
Oh, and by the way...I stayed under that pillow for the rest of the show. I think my next blog post will be in praise of tapestry! Cheers to you!!
Dubai Jazz said…
I dont understand all the fuss about mohhanad's looks, almost half the guys of aleppo look like him- if not even more handsome than him.
Abufares said…
@b.w. yeats
Don't be disappointed. We all have our moments of mediocrity and this is merely one of my superficial dreams.
The perfect beautiful woman remains one untouched by enhancing or feature changing surgeries of course. The little imperfections are what truly make her perfect.
But then again, lying on the beach, in the heat of the day, a beautiful ass is a beautiful ass and since you're so far away you have to give me some leeway:-)
Abufares said…
We, the free thinkers, have always been marginalized. When we get involved we often get corrupted.
Abufares said…
So what you're basically suggesting that half the guys in Aleppo look like Mohanad!
The other half??? Like Sabah Fakhri?
Anonymous said…
Abufares, I´M just like a fish out of water, don´t know waht your talking about,
Abufares said…
Don't worry about it. It's all about TV programs and how people get hooked. There's an inverse relationship between the intelligence/significance/education of a TV show and the number of viewers. Of course this holds true not only here in Syria but everywhere else.
Anonymous said…
Flattery will get you nowhere... or maybe just a little ahead ; )

Anyway, we all need our days of mediocrity and superficiality, especially if feeling blotchy!!!! So you are forgiven. Of course, you know that I believe I'm not above mediocrity myself, so there is nothing to forgive in the end.

Your bloggs are still very captivating, and I see you have many fans. If you have the talent to turn something so completely useless as a soap-opera into a good conversation piece, who am I to harrass you about wanting to take pictures of babes every now and then! Dream a little dream... as the song says.

w.b. yeats
mezba said…
Got to your blog via another. Lol at the Israeli's wasted research money. I can't believe there are divorces resulting from a TV show. Given Arab men's reputed qualities in bed you would think they would be more secure?
Anonymous said…
Dubai Jazz, like Abufares I must express some surprise, as mildly as possible, regarding the information you are revealing in your comment - information which, should it become common knowledge, will have Aleppo in turmoil after it is taken over by all the girls who've been cruising the wrong cities until now, desperately seeking their dream man.

More handsome than Mouhannad? Just imagine all the blotchy husbands this will create. And which half do you belong to? :)

Abufares, you posed the following scenario in your last response to me:

"Let me be sure I perfectly understand you. Women want a man who looks like Mohanad so that other women lust after him and so that they can flaunt him around like an expensive car or a diamond ring. They also want this same man to be a responsible father/husband and a house-broken pet... while, and at the same time, he should be a successful and rich man, who makes plenty of money and can afford, for his wife and family a lifestyle previously reserved for movie stars. In short, women want a Tashtoush Stud inside the house and a Eunuch Superman outside."

The short answer is: YES, and duh! (apart from the "tashtoush" part which I didn't get).

Furthermore, isn't that exactly the counter wish-list of what most men want? Ask anyone in the region on the hunt for a bride: they actually have these ridiculous demands.
Dubai Jazz said…
If my mother was to judge, she'd say that Mohhanad can't hold a candle to me in a thousands years, lookwise or anything else!

The proverbial monkey comes to mind here, doesn't it? :-)

I just hope that the 'arrivaling' process of these girls, who are going to flock to Aleppo, won't take place through the airport!
Abufares said…
@w.b. yeats
Now you're talking... the best thing ever is if and when we can be mediocre together:-)
All of my "fans" are great bloggers as well. You will be very pleasantly surprised if you check their blogs out.
Dream a little dream...
Abufares said…
thank you for your visit and comment. "Most" Arabs men's reputed qualities in bed are often negated by their usurping jump on religion whenever it's to their advantage, in and out of bed.
Please come again.
Abufares said…

1. a man who is a dominated by his wife.
2. weakling, not manly
[Origin: from Tashtasha, got soaked in water thus became tender and soft]
-synonyms 1. Ja7esh Mara, Khrente, Nes Rejjal, tartour, domestic chicken, Kerr
1. He was a domineering businessman, extremely feared by enemies, greatly respected by friends. But in front of his wife, he was a pathetic tashtoush.
Anonymous said…
Anonymous said…
My dear Dubai Jazz, I have no doubt that your mother has the definite say on who looks better than whom, bless her. We should hope that these girls do arrival through Aleppo airport, hoping they've read the website, because they'll remain stuck forever between passporting and touristing, thus saving the city from their reckless romantic abandon.

As for the "tashtoush" list of synonyms, we must start gathering all the "definitions" made by the author of this blog into an "Abufarespedia" for the benefit of all. In fact, Abufares even expanded on Aleppo airport's special language on my own blog - these should be saved for posterity!

Be that as it may, it's not the word "tashtoush" I didn't understand, lol, but the idea that women want one at home. Oh well.
MomTo5 said…
i will soon come back to Syria,are they still cutting off the electricity?
does any one know how to get electricity from a car battery ;)maybe its enough for a small fan!
qunfuz said…
It reminds me of the joke I heard in Syria at the time of the Cassandra craze - A father tells his son to bring him from the mosque when Cassandra starts. The boy runs in to the busy prayer hall and screams, "Baba! Cassandra's on TV!" The father covers his eyes in shame. When he opens them again a minute later he finds he's the only person in the mosque.
Abufares said…
Sorry it took me so long to reply but I was away for a few days.
In Tartous, and so far, we have no problem with electricity. As for your second question I think they already have plenty of those kits for sale in Damascus (Nazlet Rami).
Abufares said…
Sharrou Al Baliet Ma Youdhek. Very true. The same was true earlier with Maria Mercedes. It was the first wave of the flood. Soon enough, the pious will shuffle fast after the Taraweeh and run to get to Bab Al-Hara Part III on time. Had the producers of Bab Al Hara known about Nour and Mohanad earlier before the script was written they would've included Mohanad as a visiting Turk who decided to stay at the Hara. It would've been the most significant and ingenious soap opera show to ever grace our screens. Abu Shehab and Mohanad together... Talk about Wet dreams!
Anonymous said…
Anonymous said…
One comment from above link of al quds al arabi:

أبو النصر - ومن قال ما في تطوير
التلفزيون المصري هو تلفزيون محنط ولكن ثمة تطور صاحب الدراما التلفزيونيةعلى سبيل المثال لا الحصر. فقد كان المحور الرئيسي للمسلسلات والأفلام المصرية يدور حول الجوازة دي لازم تتم وهاتجوزه ياباباولكن من بضع سنين أصبح المحور الرئيسي يدور حول عبارات مثل هامسحه من وش الدنيا.أم بالنسبة لفن التصوير فقد حدث تطور مذهل حيث أصيب أغلب المشاهدين بالحول والصداع الشديد من جراء غباش الشاشة من أجل اخفاء التجاعيد بوجوه الممثلات العجائز واللاتي يصررن على أن يقمن بدور الفتيات المراهقات

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