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Archive for July 22nd, 2015


Hollywood: 8 Lebanese movies making it big!

It is not only on the local and regional scene that Lebanese production is making it big.

In fact, Lebanon is now topping the box office sales in Hollywood through 8 newly released movies all inspired from our daily lives!

Blog of the Boss is the first to release the posters of the hit blockbusters making us all proud.



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Secret ‘women only’ language: In China

A decade ago Chinese-American author Lisa See was researching an article on foot-binding when she found a reference to Nushu, the world’s only “women’s writing”.

Though the origins were murky, the script revealed a culture of women’s relationships and sparked the idea for her novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, the film of which, co-produced by Rupert Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng, is released tomorrow.

After having their feet bound at around the age of seven, girls in Jiangyong County in Hunan province would live indoors – first in the “women’s chamber” of their own homes, and later in the homes of their husband’s family.

To ease their isolation and offer support in their pain, girls from the same village were brought together as “sworn sisters” until their weddings.

But a more serious relationship, almost akin to marriage and expected to last for life, could be arranged between two girls by a matchmaker, with a formal contract, if the pair shared enough of the same “characters” (being born on the same day, for example).

In See’s book she writes: “A laotong relationship is made by choice for the purpose of emotional companionship and eternal fidelity. A marriage is not made by choice and has only one purpose — to have sons.”

Women used Nushu – a script unique to the area – to write to their laotongs after they “married out” into different villages.

Yet until the 1960s few outside the province knew about it, and no men could read it, says See.

“In the mid-60s an old woman fainted in a station,” she says. “The police went through her things to see who she was and found a piece of paper with what looked like a code, so she was arrested on suspicion of being a spy.”

In the midst of the cultural revolution, the experts who finally identified the script were sent to labour camps, not emerging to study the writing until the 80s.

Following the success of See’s book, the film aims to allow people to learn more.

Note: In all societies, particularly in matriarchal societies, women had their own coded languages, even the dances were coded (belly dancing) to disseminate messages

Najat Rizk shared a link.
Young Chinese girls in Hunan province used Nushu, a language that no men could read, to communicate with one another.
Now a new film aims to tell us more about it|By Homa Khaleeli

“Beehive Survival Nursery” Daydream Project

Mankind doesn’t have to behave like cats and dogs: If the mother is unable to feed or care for her puppies, they all die.

Billions of families live in crowded, tiny and unhealthy shelters.

No wonder the infantile mortality is high in many countries.

Mothers and new-born babies should have the human rights of having access to special centers until the mother and baby are well-trained, rested and in healthy environment.

1. All the mothers in a neighbourhood who gave birth should be allowed to join a special nursery center until the babies and the mothers are ready to fly on their own

2. The Hives of 5 cells are for 4 mothers and their new-born babies and for the attending nurse or helper. 2 nurses aid the Hive, day and night.

3. The 4 mothers share a special facility for changing and bathing the babies.

4. The Hive  will have a kitchen for the mothers to cook and share dishes

5. The Hives will have a laundry so that to encourage mothers using traditional old fashion diapers that can be re-used

6. The mothers and nurses will schedule their own time sheet to share the burden and to attend to part time jobs and events

7. The laundry or kitchen facilities could be used for continuing education sessions on what to expect in difficulties with babies and how to remedy.

8. The Hive will be opened days and nights and the mothers and babies can spend days and nights in the center, especially during critical periods

9. It is preferable that a mother who had given birth previously to join the Hive for emotional support





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