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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jordan Elections 2013

So today is the big day!
People in Jordan already started voting since 7:00 a.m. this morning.
The Vote is expected to go on until 7:00 p.m. this evening.
This Jordan's 17th parliament, and what makes it special is the new voting act, where each citizen will have two votes instead of one (one for a local candidate, and the other for a nationwide list chosen by the voter).

But this blog is about fun stuff, not politics, so I will not go into the boring details.

So what fun stuff can we find under the "Jordan elections 2013" subject?

Let me go back to when the government started encouraging people to get their election cards, I remember seeing posters and ads showing public figures, like the famous singer Omar Abdallat, holding an election card with a motto "Because it is your call", or something like that.

That inspired a number of artists and cartoonists to replace those public figures with other characters like Bat man, or figures like the ones in the following pictures:

Jordan Elections 2013

Jordan Election 2013

Jordan Election 2013

Jordan Election 2013
I don't know who's in the last picture, but I'm assuming he is a former member of parliament, or a candidate, since the picture says "If you wanna see my face in the parliament, go register and let's get over with!".

There were many pictures like the above, there is no space to display them all here!

So, after every body registered, and got their election cards, it was the turn of the candidates to register and start hanging their posters.
I must say that the campaigns in this election are much more inviting.

I mean before it was just mottoes and talk, but now there are smart TV ads, more posters with pictures instead of just empty signs with mottoes and promises.

I remember seeing a TV ad for one of the lists (list is equivalent to party I guess, it is a list of candidates of course) who is lead by a pilot.

The symbol of the list was naturally an aircraft, and the TV ad says "Dear voters, the national union list would like to announce its flight to the parliament...etc." I don't remember the whole ad, and i couldn't find it on Youtube, but it is a new campaigning method indeed.

As for the posters, in the past elections I remember if a candidate would show his face on a flier or something, teenagers would bring out all the art talents they have to mutilate his / her image.
This election is no exception, only this time it is done on bigger pictures!

Jordan Election 2013

Jordan Election 2013
I guess they should have hanged their posters higher like the one below:

Jordan Election 2013
of course, artists and cartoonists didn't waste the chance of mocking up those posters.

Here is a sample of that mocking up where an artist is showing what it's like if Hollywood actors where our candidates:

Jordan Election 2013

There is just fun every where, I have always been fond of the Jordanian sense of humor (remember the post about the last snow storm in Amman).

So I wish everybody in Jordan a "Happy Vote" day.
Hope we'll have a better parliament in Jordan with better members of parliament.
We don't want members who act like the cat in the below picture:

Jordan Election 2013

And we don't want a parliament like the one in the below picture:
Jordan Election 2013

Good luck for all!

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Winter in Amman!

Winter is always cold in Amman.
There are always chances for showers, snow, and of course some dry and sunny days.

4 days ago the weather gone mad or something!

It was rainy for two days, and not just rainy! the amount of rain poured on Amman (and the rest of Jordan) was enormous, it actually flooded the streets of Amman!
The drainage on the streets couldn't handle it.
Roads were blocked, tunnels were shut down, and was really much better to just stay at home, or Not!
Houses down some valleys were actually drowned, and their inhabitants had to leave!

Two days after, that's today and tomorrow, Snow came.
Every body thought it will melt due to the amount of water on the streets,  but the amount of snow was also enormous, it actually piled every where.

But all these special conditions were not the only special thing to see during this winter.
It was the sense of humor that was triggered by these conditions, especially the rain.

I compiled some of the pictures that were shared on social media (I can't compile them all, they are too many of course):

This is not Photoshop, this is a true image from one of the universities, students used desks and benches to move around and avoid the flood!

OK, this one is Photoshopped!
it says "Breaking news: crocodiles showing up in Amman City!"

Another Photoshopped image showing how public transportation turned into boats!

More from the university.

From the tunnels, people thought the Amman turned into a new Venice.

Even the PSY's Gangnam style was an inspiration! :-D
In the picture it says "Oppa Flood Style" !

Now it's the snow's turn, the building in the picture is the famous Le-Royal Hotel in Amman.

And finally, someone from a neighboring country, who didn't have snow, yet they have a lot of sand and desert there, he sent this picture of a "Sand Man" , who is claimed to look better than a snow man :-D

I'll be sure to share more if I find some more worthy pictures.

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