Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – History


Thanks to Patti for this weeks photo challenge.

Fox hunting, by means of horses and hounds, started in England some 500 years ago and has continued to the present day in Ireland and in a number of other countries. It was banned in Scotland in 2002 and in England & Wales in 2005. Interestingly, in these days of Brexit/Northern Ireland Backstop etc, fox hunting is still legal in Northern Ireland. Followers of the Brexit story will be aware that Northern Ireland Unionists are opposed to the backstop as they do not want NI to be treated any differently than the rest of the UK. The ‘fox hunting’ irony is obviously lost on them.

MB was out and about earlier today and caught the below shot from his car window. Being late afternoon, the pack of hounds and their Master were returning home after a day on the chase.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Around the Neighbourhood


Thanks to Tina for this week’s ‘neighbourhood‘ challenge. MB certainly has his work cut out to match Tina’s shots from her spectacular Kiawah Island home!

Below are ten shots MB took when he was home a few months ago for Christmas break. The lake, located in MB’s Irish HX neighbourhood and around which the shots were taken, is called Lough Gur. Followers can check out loughgur.com if they are of a mind to do so. MB readily admits that it’s hard to take a bad shot in his neighbourhood, given nature’s spectacular canvas.

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Torba Farmers Market


One of the hidden gems of Doha is Torba Farmers Market which takes place every Friday and Saturday from 8am to 6pm. It’s a great place to chillax, drink coffee, eat some tasty food, listen to cool music, read a book, chat with random strangers which MB regularly does about all sorts of stuff, chat with more random strangers, read more books, drink more coffee and eat even more food.

In recent weeks MB has headed out early on Friday mornings to grab some Torba breakfast. MB’s awesome breakfast sandwich of last weekend features in one of the below pics. It was totally deadly. MB purchased it from Trader Milka who sells sourdough bread. Trader Milka comes from Denmark.

How awesomely cool is it to attend a Farmer’s market that’s got a Trader called Milka from Denmark?

Totally awesomely cool MB.

Thanks, lads. It surely is.

Anyway…..

MB was unsure how many pics to post with this particular post. Uncertainty in the mind of MB is as rare as hen’s teeth it must be quickly added. However, as MB is going to post a link to this post for all the traders to take a look, he thought it better for his personal safety to post as many as possible!

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It’s the weekend


Take a stroll.

The Corniche area of Doha is the main drag for an evening stroll. The ‘corniche’ word is French in origin and in the Arab world means the roadway along any seafront. In other regions, it has different meanings.

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Architecture


Architecture. Big thanks to Amy for the challenge.

The Al Shaqab horse arena in Doha, Qatar, is an architecturally-impressive mega-structure situated on the northern outskirts of the city. It features hugely impressive indoor and outdoor arenas of equal scale, which host show jumping, dressage, and other equestrian events.  There is an emphasis on promoting the Arab horse breed. The below shots feature the outdoor arena FYI.

MB attended Al Shaqab for the first time yesterday afternoon to view a Swiss watch company Longines-sponsored international show jumping event, featuring over 40 horses and riders from many countries, including three from MB’s Ireland. Everybody who attended got a free USD 1,000 Longines watch to boot, which was extremely generous of the Qatar/Longines people. Longines company are producing quality watches in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, since 1832. MB just thought he would give them this little plug/mention in thanks for the awesome freebee, which should see sales hit an all-time high in the coming weeks.

MB did not have any super duper camera & zoom lenses with him. All below shots were taken on MBs Sony RX 100 M6 pocket camera.

“You’re a genius MB. How do you keep on doing it?”

“Thank you guys. Nail on the head, MB guesses. Genius.”

“And did you not take any shots with your Huawei Chinese Camera Phone thingy MB?”

“Of course MB did guys. But MB will save those for another post. Too much awesomeness could be just a little too much for followers to handle in one single post.”

“BTW guys. MB was just kidding about the free Longines watch!”

“Ha ha ha, MB. What a kidder you are!”

“Voila guys:”

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Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra – 10th Anniversary Concert


Musical greetings to all from MB.

The 10th-anniversary concert of the Qatar Philharmonic took place last night at the Qatar National Convention Centre. It was attended by Sheika Mousa, mother of the Ruler (Emir) of Qatar, and MB, mother of nobody. Sheika Mousa looked very well in her stylish abiya and posed for some photos at the evening’s end with some orchestral VIPs. But she did not get the pleasure of meeting MB. The humble MB much preferred to remain invisible lest he grab too much of the limelight.

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It’s the weekend


Sun & Sand.

Bad thing about the Arabian Gulf is that the sun is always shining.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Nature


Nature.

Thanks to Patti for this week’s challenge.

MB featured Casa Doina restaurant in a previous post of random shots from Romania, where he travelled in August 2018 with daughter MB2.

The restaurant is a mostly ‘eating outside’ experience, in the midst of a small forest in the centre of Bucharest city. If ever in Bucharest…….!

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Lens-Artists Challenge – Shadows


Thanks to Tina for the ‘Shadows’ challenge.

Don’t you just freak when you appear, ghost-like, in your own shot?!!!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Landscape


Thanks to Amy for this week’s challenge. Last week’s actually – MB comes to it a little late!

The below shot isn’t anything to write home about MB guesses. It would never win any photo prizes. It isn’t nearly as spectacular as the many landscape shots that others have submitted for the challenge, if one cares to click and look. Read More

It’s the weekend


Qatar won the Asian Football Cup tonight, beating Japan 3-1.

Earlier in the week they had beaten UAE by a 4-0 scoreline, a victory made all the sweeter by the fact that UAE is one of the countries imposing an economic and travel blockade on Qatar for last 18 months or so.

So for the weekend and week ahead, the country will be going bananas. The streets are chocka tonight with flag waving local and expats delighting in the victory.

Happy weekend to all.

Yalla Qatar!

Lens-artists Challenge – Unexpected


Unexpected.

Thanks to AC for this week’s challenge.

As MB came around a bend in the road back in HX at Christmas, he met an unexpected sight:

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It’s the weekend


Museum of Islamic Art. Doha, Qatar.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Cityscapes


Thanks to Patti for this weeks photo challenge.

MB took a 3-hour photo tour around Amsterdam some 2 years back in the company of a local professional photographer. He was a tad embarrassed at the end of the tour and somewhat reluctant to take his fat fee, having learnt so much from Irish/Arab shooter MB. In the end, however, he got over his embarrassment, grabbed the cash from the outstretched hand of MB and stuffed it gleefully into his pocket, education and cash at the same time!

More seriously, if you are into photography, and find yourself in unfamiliar territory, it’s well worthwhile to release the purse strings a little and get a local to show you the sights. MB would never have captured some of the shots he took that morning without the knowledge of the local photo lad, whose name now escapes MB.

MB took this one from the rooftop cafe of a tall building close to Amsterdam’s main train station. The sun was still illuminating most of the city but dark clouds were looming. Five minutes later the heavens opened, and the city was drenched.

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It’s the weekend


There are worse ways to spend a weekend than relaxing in a field in HX.

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