If you ever visit Beirut, Lebanon you will soon become familiar with the daily power cuts. Everyday for at least three hours, across the city, the electricity will go out. Many people have generators but many people don't. Although cuts are only meant to be for 3 hours, they often occur several times a day especially in the summer and, outside the capital, can go on for much longer. These outages have almost become part of everyday life, many people try to plan their day around the cuts, use alternative sources of light for period of darkness during the winter and have adapted using other sources of electricity. I have been visiting the city for 2 years and as a foreigner, the daily power cuts seemed novel at first. However as I spent longer in the country I started to realise that the lack of electricity exposed a crack in Lebanon's otherwise smooth veneer, and what we get used to in our day to day to life can obscure important questions such as; where is the end for Beirut (and Lebanon)’s electricity problems? How has this inefficiency become normal in a capital city in an age of huge technological advancements?

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