It seems that Roger Krohn’s response to his “Looks Like Beirut” certificate has motivated a number of readers to pitch in with their recent experiences with the phrase.

For instance, Delirious had found the phrase used in the movie Battle in Seattle:

I was watching this movie on TV today:

(Battle in Seattle)

and they used the expression “looks like Beirut” when there was a battle between the police and the activists, and they broke shop windows, used teargas, etc.

I dunno if you already featured it here, but I thought of this blog when I saw it!

Well I believe that the writer/director of the movie Stuart Townsend is in need of one of my certificates. I haven’t pinned down his address but I do have the mailing address of his manager, agent and publicist each so I’ll probably send three certificates in the hope that one reaches him.

Christine has also pitched in by highlighting a comment found on The review is of the Alkyon Hotel in Greece. According to marytraveler_10:

To anyone who says “This is one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed in in!”, I have one thing to say to you:

“You need to get out more…….”


The view from the pool was the best thing about the place. The rest was very poor……Sadly, the view from OUR room resembled a bad day in Beirut……

Sending a certificate in this case will be a little more tricky if not near impossible. I will however send marytraveler_10 a message via – let’s see if we get a response.

William Coombe @ArabBrands has a recommendation on organizing the myriad of instances the phrase “looks like Beirut” has been used:

What about a map with Looks Like Beirut locations over the years? Or some type of “stat” sheet?

I really like the idea of a map and the stat sheet. That is something I will definitely work on. However at the moment, I’m in the midst of final exams for my MBA which should be done by this time next week. Once out of the way, I’ll have more time to dedicate to eradicating the “looks like Beirut” phrase as well as more time to update the site (exams have left me with little time to add posts but I promise to be back next week).

Till then, keep emailing me with your ideas and your findings – I look forward to hearing from each and everyone of you.