Posted on December 13, 2017
MB has chosen a shot from his May 2017 visit to Moscow for this weeks challenge. The domed spires of the churches seem to ascend to the heavens at Cathedral Square, which lies within the Kremlin complex in Moscow’s historic city centre.
Posted on December 10, 2017
Long before oil was discovered in the Arabian Gulf, many natives survived on income derived from pearl diving. This pearl water feature, in honour of that heritage, is located on the Doha Corniche next to Souq Waqif.
Posted on December 8, 2017
We are just over 6 months into the blockade of Qatar by neighboring states. Qatar National Day Public Holiday is almost upon us and MB expects that this years will be bigger and bolder than ever. MB has previously shown followers photos of the Ruler, Sheikh Tamim, from around Doha, and such photos continue to proliferate as Qatar dwellers show their support for the Ruler and the State against ‘the others’.
MB took this shot last night on Doha Corniche and it’s pretty typical of what’s on view at the moment.
Posted on December 6, 2017
MB is not saying where he took this ‘cheeky‘ shot. But you are free to guess!
Posted on December 1, 2017
If you hear him bark, you would never question his nationality.
Posted on November 30, 2017
New Church graveyard at HX on the shore of Lough Gur lake. Live doesn’t much more serene than that!
Posted on November 26, 2017
On Friday last, over 300 Sufi Muslim worshipers were killed during prayer time at a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. Many more were injured. MB read in some reports that the attack on the Mosque was unexpected. This is not true. The mosque was in a remote out-of-city location and was a prime target for the fascist DAISH/ISIS murderers who consider the very spiritual Sufis to be heretics who must be killed whenever the chance arises. Similar to their views on Shia Muslims, other Muslim sects or any others who do not fit into their extremist fascist Sunni Islamic view of the world. Any imbecile would have known that the mosque was a target. Target – with a capital ‘T’.
MB has a fondness for the Sufis since he encountered them on his trip to Sudan three years back when he wrote a post about his encounter and including many photos. The following is MB’s final paragraph of that post:
The Sufis consider themselves the original Muslims from the time of the Prophet (PBOH). All spirituality, chanting to Allah, playing drums and enjoying the celebration. And at same time putting on a real spectacle for the many non-Sufi observers who attend just to observe and enjoy. The more extreme Salafi & Wahabi schools of Islam would consider the Sufis to be heretics or some such and would not have kind words for them. In fact, many on the extreme wing of Islam (like ISIS) would have all the Sufis killed if they could. MB prefers the Sufis, with their dreadlock hairstyles and their music and drum playing, and the happy smiles on their faces. Smiling is not a strong point with their Islamic opponents.
Long live the Sufis!
Sudani Sufi (he’s the one in the middle!) at the graveyard in Khartoum, with 2 European teachers who were on a short UN programme teaching female teachers from Yemen. It was unsafe to carry out the programme in Yemen. August 2014.
Posted on November 24, 2017
Posted on November 23, 2017
MB has selected a shot from his HX lake from December 2012. The day was dark and wintery. But as MB watched the dull skyline, the sun managed to find a porthole through the dark grey clouds and transform the entire scene.
Posted on November 19, 2017
Soon be seeing some of these….
Posted on November 17, 2017
MB has posted some pics from his August 2014 trip to Sudan in recent posts. For this week’s Foto Friday he gives you one of his favorite pics from that trip.
YSL and friends had just taken MB on a tour of a very poor shanty town (maybe not the correct term but MB can not think of better as he types) on the outskirts of Khartoum called Soba. It was then time to smoke some shisha in a nearby shisha hut. MB is not a smoker. Never was. Never will be. But on this occasion, he puffed some shisha with YSL and friends just to be sociable, and thankful for the effort they had all made.
The shisha hut was just that. A hut with a frail timber frame and some bamboo leaves (or similar on the outside. And some light paper fabric on the inside. The AC was great!
Posted on November 15, 2017
Posted on November 12, 2017
Man in Sudan. August 2014.
Posted on November 10, 2017
All kids love a tyre! Khartoum, August 2014.
Posted on November 9, 2017
Morning shadows at Cnoc Áine (the Hill of Áine), Knockainey, Limerick, Ireland.