لا تحلفيني بالشنب

بالرغم من التيار العام في حلق الشوارب، أو تربية السكسوكة بأشكالها، إلا أنه ما زالت الشوارب رمز الرجولة عند الرجل الشرقي. ازداد الادراك اللاواعي للشوارب مع عودتها إلى الأحداث الاجتماعية اليومية في الدراما السورية. في مسلسل أيام شامية يضع محمود الفوال شعراً من شواربه رهناً لدين قدره 15 ليرة ذهبية و هو أغرب رهن في عالم التمويل. كما لعب شكل الشارب دوراً في تجسيد شخصيات ذاع صيتها مؤخراً فمن شوارب أبو شهاب الملفوفة حادة الأطراف، و شوارب رئيس المخفر أبو جودت المتعالي الكثة، إلى شوارب البائع الهندي الطماع الهتلرية الشكل في كرتون فريج الإماراتي.

لكن الصيت للشرق و الفعل للغرب! فقد تأسس في أمريكا من عدة سنوات معهد الشوارب الأمريكي و هدفه جعل الشوارب صيحة من جديد و خلق مناخ تقبل وتفهم لحملة الشوارب في العالم. و قد بين تقرير حديث للمعهد صدر مطلع هذا الأسبوع أن أصحاب الشوارب يجنون دخلاً  4.3 % أكثر من زملائهم حليقي الوجه دون تبيان عن أي وظائف يتحدث عنها هذا التقرير. للمعهد أيضاً دراسات خاصة عن أشكال الشوارب المتعددة و حددها في عدة مجموعات منها: سلفادورية، انكليزية، حدوة، كونفو، أميرية، رفيعة، طويلة... كما له نشيد خاص و برنامج جوائز سنوي. إن باب الانتساب مفتوح للجميع بغض النظر عن طول شاربه.


ما زالت الفرصة سانحة لنا في الشرق لتأسيس معاهد للسكسوكة أو الذقن أو اللحية أو السوالف أو حتى معهد شوارب منافس و أصلي. كما نقترح دبلجة مسلسل أيام شامية ليكون مرجع رئيسي للأعضاء حول العالم.





Memories remain… plastic bags too

A plastic bag was thrown!? This was in 1999 on the tree opposite to my family’s balcony back home. My life has been evolving, the tree has been growing, and people shadows have been passing and passing over that place. Only that plastic bag remained.



Plastic is not biodegradable, it may take up 600 years for full decomposition, that’s why they are increasingly occupying our space, water, land and surroundings.

There is more than 150,000 ton of plastic waste being recycled in UAE every year, not sure about the entire quantity that being used and left astray everywhere. The government has highlighted this concern in its strategy and started two recent major initiatives aiming at reducing the negative environmental impacts of plastic bags waste. The first one was a three-year campaign launched by the Ministry of Environment and Water. The second was by Ajman government with a vision of replacing plastic bags by fabric ones, and to observe plastic production.


War on plastic bags shall start from hyper markets; I am usually given 2-3 bags for a purchase of AED 15 (US$ 4). I feel proud of carrying these flourishing bags in my hands, yet I start to feel anxious. Few months ago, a major retailer in UAE has introduced environment-friendly bags for AED 1 each, and in order to reduce the financial burden on consumers, checkout clerks tend to put too many goods in one bag, thus ending the shopping experience from holding too many free “flourish” bags to few paid ones. Customers went unsatisfied and pressured the movement back.


Having presented that example, we have to imagine the huge efforts required to convert consuming habits. I am proposing a mechanism to sustain awareness and gradual transformation of shopping “rituals” in that regard. Retailers will charge a little amount of money on providing plastic bags. This would help reducing the quantity used, and generate extra income that will be divided between the shop and the government. The later will use the fund to expand awareness campaign and highlight participants’ names as partners in scheme.


It is hard to see one-use-off plastic bags sharing our space forever. Memories remain… plastic bags too.


Shisha-free Community

How many of us get annoyed by shisha smoke or by the coal pot passing dangerously while dinning out?. Despite the governmental initiatives to cut off “shisha emissions” plenty of restaurants still serving it to satisfy the demand, sadly!.

Several restaurants, however, keep themselves away of the coal and focus more on the menu and the cousin experience. It is our duty to praise them, the page’s right side bar shows some examples of shisha- free restaurants. Share yours too and keep the ball rolling.

A New Cyberspace

It was my dream!! In 1991 I wrote a fiction story called the Jumper, a man who was able to appear in any place of the world by implementing the quantum physics theory. In the year 1997, I was too much existed to learn about emails, your address whenever you go around the world. It was my first virtual world action in 2002 when I had created my own cyberman server using some tools of Yahoo. Few years later, I carried out several attempts to have myself published, the most successful one was Live from Dubai Blogging powered by the good old guys at Sony Ericsson. Now, I am inspired again to enrich my cyber world and mobility by integrating blogging power, Blackberry and Windows Vista to be as close to you as far as the globe is!!! I will fly!
Bassel