Photo 4 of 30: Delight


The Idea 
Have decided to post a photo per day for 30 days, each based on a word or theme. Feel free to offer a word or theme challenge to MB in the comment box below.

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Thanks to AQ for the ‘Delight’ challenge.

MB was delighted to see de light reflecting in the lobby of ‘Jumairah At Al Etihad‘ hotel Abu Dhabi on his recent visit. You are such a kidder MB!!!

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Photo 3 of 30: The Kebab Maker


The Idea 
Have decided to post a photo per day for 30 days, each based on a word or theme. Feel free to offer a word or theme challenge to MB in the comment box below.

Photo 3/30
This guy makes kebabs early morning with real cuts of meat & spices in a small back-street shop. He sells to various kebab sellers around Istanbul.

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Photo 2 of 30: The Busker


The Idea 
Have decided to post a photo per day for 30 days, each based on a word or theme. Feel free to offer a word or theme challenge to MB in the comment box below.

Photo 2/30
Met this guy last week. Making music on the 15 minute Bosphorus ferry crossing from European Istanbul to Asian Istanbul.

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Photo 1 of 30: Faith


The Idea 
Have decided to post a photo per day for 30 days, each based on a word or theme. Feel free to offer a challenge to MB in the comment box below – with your own word or phrase, as coming up with 30 ideas on his own will totally fry MB’s brain!

Photo 1/30
Being the weekend that’s in it, and seeing the thousands of Christians who took part in Good Friday (Easter) services yesterday here in Dubai in the Muslim Middle East (with camera in hand!), Photo Nr 1/30 is called FAITH. Thousands queued up after the 2 & half hour GF service to kiss the cross.

From the courtyard of St Francis Of Assisi Church, Jebel Ali, Dubai. 18 April 2014.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top


A Kestrel soars over Kathmandu, Nepal. October 2012.

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Book Worm


Greetings one & all
It’s upcoming holiday weekend throughout much of the world and thoughts of many will be turning to having a break & some relaxation from the normal daily grind. Read More

Happy Easter!


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument


Punk is not dead!

Spotted this graffiti monument to the 1970s in an Istanbul back street few days back.

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Istanbul – Christianity


Having spent the last two years in Saudi Arabia, it is interesting to see the symbols of Christian history (past & present) in Istanbul. No other religious practice or places of religious worship, other than those of the Islamic faith, are permitted in Saudi Arabia. Turkey has mosques and churches and synagogues for all to worship as they please.  Read More

Istanbul – Outside & Inside


Istanbul. Shots from recent days. Five buildings.

The Blue Mosque

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Galata Tower

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St Trias Greek Orthodox Church

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St Anthony’s RC Church

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Hagia Sophia Museum (formerly a Christian Cathedral and later a Mosque)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold


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Preparation


Assalamu alaikum to all

MB is a tad tight for time this week and will be for next four weeks. Family & friends arriving to MB’s desert encampment. So MB presently busy sweeping sand from magic carpets, picking dates, baking bread on hot stones, giving water to the camel herd, erecting guest tents, digging wells, and other such desert pursuits in preparation for the arrival of the Westerner infidels.

First camel train arrives tonight and MB is whisking his guests away to the Bosphorus on Sunday – a stretch of water crossed by two bridges that divides Europe and Asia. MB will try to take shot with one foot in each continent, to reflect his life overall in his current scenario. Many sites to be seen and MB’s camera will be flat to the boards. Expect the usual foto fest upon MB’s return. MB promises you all some truly visual awesomness.

And if you have never previously seen the Bosphorus from outer space – here’s what it looks like:

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The land on the left is Europe. The land on the right is Asia. The blue sea on top is the Black Sea, and the blue sea on the bottom is called the Sea of Marmara, which is connected to the Aegean Sea (by another Strait called the Dardanelles). The city that is visible on both sides of the Bosphorus is Istanbul. The Bosphorus is also known as the Istanbul Straits.

Note 1 – No other Blog provides Geography lessons as an aside to the main event (kudos to the HX Report!)

Note 2 – the above photo was not taken from outer space by MB. It was taken by a satellite. Or more probably, by a camera that is affixed to a satellite.

So MB will not launch into any stories or engage you all in any banter this week. He will however give you all some photos to stop your moaning.

When MB was visiting Dubai a few months back on one of his monthly visa runs from KSA, he went early morning to an equestrian centre where he took some shots. Click, click, click went MB, and the below are some of the results. The guys who run the place and some of those who keep their horses there are competitive show jumping riders and take part in weekly competitions throughout the UAE. Hope you like.

So until next weekend Crossers, when MB will inform you of his trip amongst the Ottomans.

Have a nice weekend.

MB

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Dubai World Cup – 2 of 2


30 Pics:
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Dubai World Cup – 1 of 2


Went to the horse racing in Dubai last night. Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life


If you have lived for any time in the Middle East you will know that on Fridays, the quite streets are the haunt of workers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka. And the name of the game is cricket! Read More

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