The Miracle at the Parish Church of Mosta


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The circular-shaped church at the village of Mosta in Malta has an interesting history. Its design was/is based on the Pantheon in Rome, and the church was built over an existing older parish church which was later demolished. The Church is also referred to as The Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady or The Rotunda of Mosta or The Mosta Dome.

The most famous incident in the church’s history, a miracle according to the Maltese, happened on 09 April 1942. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Distance


Thanks to Tina for the distant challenge! Followers can see Tina’s great post HERE.

MB offers 2 pics from a trip home in recent years that both convey distance.

The coastline shot is somewhere in County Kerry in SW Ireland. The sunset shot is from MB’s HX home locality.

From distant Qatar,
Regards to all from MB!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – River


Thanks to Amy for the River challenge.

If you ever get to visit Doha, Qatar, then you must pay a visit to Villagio Mall. The mall has got a river inside! And that’s not all. You can also take a gondola ride through a section of the mall.

Seriously.

No kidding.

Sorry for the poor quality pics. MB is just too tired to search for better ones.

But you get the picture!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Chaos


Thanks to Anne-Christine for the chaotic challenge! Her post is well worth a look, as is the post from fellow weekly ‘Challengerette’ Tina. Think Tina must have been bronco-riding a drone when she took those shots with her iPhone 8+. MB does not believe the ‘plane’ story! Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Reflections


Thanks to guest blogger Miriam for her Reflections challenge this week. Readers can view her post HERE and a little bit about Miriam herself and her Showers of Blessings blog site HERE. A very active lady for sure. Read More

There’s always music!


To lift the spirits. And watch in full screen! Read More

Sofia & Maria – Birthday Time!


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Change your perspective


Thanks to Patti of Pilotfish Blogsite for her ‘Perspective’ challenge. Click HERE to view. Well worth doing so. Read More

Hagia Sophia/Ayasofya


In MB’s last post, he challenged followers to identify the church in the pic that he posted. Blogger Tina (Travels & Trifles blog) thought it was the Ayasofya in Istanbul which is top of her bucket list to visit. But she was incorrect! MB encouraged her to go visit, however, as MB has done on a number of occasions. So, to whet Tina’s appetite before she travels, MB offers one of his Hagia Sophia (English) (Ayasofya in Turkish) pics below. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Treasure Hunt


Thanks to Tina for her Treasure Hunt challenge. Click HERE to view Tina’s offerings from her past travels around the globe. Well worth doing so. Some really stunning shots on view. Read More

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge – Narrow


Thanks to Amy for the narrow challenge.

Tuesday just past was the annual Sports Day public holiday in Qatar.

MB took a spin out to the company labour accommodation complex with his camera to see what all the Indian and Nepalese workforce were getting up to. The Basketball & Volleyball attracted a lot of participation and interest but it was the tug-o’-war that had the crowd screaming from the second the ‘start’ whistle was blown. The atmosphere was crazy and reminded MB of similar events back home in summer village festivals.

Who would ever have thought that tug-o’-war could unite the world?!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – The Future


Thanks to AC for her Future challenge; well worth a look. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Capitals


Thanks to Viveka for the Capital challenge.

There was MB, wandering around the streets of Budapest, when he happened across an Irish pub.

To enter or not; that was the question.

There are not many cities, capital or otherwise, that are not hosts to one or more Irish pubs. MB remembers spending some time in Berlin a few short years after the wall came down and the city was an ocean of tower cranes as the old went down and the new went up. The city was awash at that time with Irish and UK construction workers, chasing the high salaries that comes with large scale construction activity and scarce human resources.

And when said resources landed in town, the immediate port of call was the Oscar Wilde or the Molly Malone or the James Joyce or some other Irish pub, to make contact with the Irish network. MB saw the same in his days in other abodes. When one seeks ‘working construction’ the Irish Pub is the employment agency of choice for those in the know.

Shot from MB’s wanderings in Budapest:

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Find Something Red


Thanks to Patti for this week’s Red challenge.

MB offers an Arab Dhow on Doha’s corniche:

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MB, Bill Gates & Andrew Yang


Question guys:

What do the following well-known world characters have in common?

  1. MB
  2. Bill Gates
  3. Andrew Yang

We haven’t a clue MB.

OK lads. Your ignorance is wholly understandable. As you’re all probably not yet up to speed with today’s announcement that blogger-of-world-renown MB has endorsed Andrew Yang for the Democratic Party nomination for next President Of The United States (POTUS). MB actually featured AY in a recent blog post and needless to say, the twittersphere was in meltdown thereafter, as political pundits wondered if MB would go ‘whole hog’ and actually endorse the Asian guy who likes maths (or MATH as AY and the entire population of US so annoyingly refer to MATHS).

Anyway, notwithstanding the limited vocab of the Yankees (Asians & non), MB has nailed his colours to the Yang mast earlier today. It can’t be long before the world media orgs are beating a path to MB’s desert tent to discuss it all in more detail. MB is busy emailing them all at the mo, telling them all not to waste their time, as MB is just too damn busy with the day job. And as none of them are likely to part with a six-figure sum for a ten-minute interview with MB, MB just couldn’t be bothered with them. Khalas! (Arabic for ‘finito’).

And where exactly does Bill Gates come into all this MB? You’re killing us with the suspense.

You may very well ask lads. Fair question.

And this is where the whole story starts to grow legs and get, altogether, even more juicier.

MB noticed many celebs endorsing this donkey and that donkey in recent weeks. And with Yang having turned the entire debate in the direction of automation and the 4th industrial revolution, MB noticed, while others were looking down dark tunnels, that Bill Gates was conspicuous by his absence. Where was Bill??? MB kept asking himself.

Now MB is fully aware that Bill & Melinda are busy people. Dishing out oodles of cash for this good cause and that. And fair play to them both for all the dishing. But with Bill being a big-time-techie, MB though that Bill should at least enter the fray, and logically, to MB’s way of thinking at least, Bill should follow in the august footsteps on MB, and join the #yanggang.

So MB decided to call Bill out. In a respectful way of course, as one would expect from MB. With verbal flair and panache, and a little bit of poetry thrown in for good measure, as followers will now see.

MB hit Bill G with a Tweet!

Bill has not yet replied. Which is very understandable. And not because he is a very busy bee. Bill knows he is habiting the rarified air when he dances with MB. And he can’t be just spluttering out some semi-literate nonsense. Presumable, a couple of scriptwriters are on the case as we speak, composing and recomposing, and re-recomposing, if that’s what it’s called when one is on a third attempt.

Anyway, herewith the glorious tweet of MB:

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As sharp-eyed followers can immediately see, MB decided on a mixture of young generation text-speak (“helleva” & “4m d gods”), politico-speak (“ideological baggage”) and poetry (“he’s d real deal I feel”). So it’s inconceivable that Bill does not respond in kind.

MB will be gracious, pretending that Bill actually composed his own reply to MB. When MB will know for sure that some RP guru r high-paid lawyer was employed to do d composin.  MB is nothing if he’s not gracious, after all.

So there you have it, lads.

MB. Bill Gates and Andrew Yang.

This story has a long way to run, MB feels. But when AY ends up as AY-POTUS, you’ll all remember the day the tables turned. The day the donkeys were put out to grass. The day you all saw the writing on d wall.

The day you all did the MATH/MATHS.

And don’t you forget it!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge -Leading Lines


Thanks to Tina for this week’s Leading Lines challenge. Tina’s photos are visible here and are really worth a visit.

MB’s offering includes the leading line of the Doha Corniche sea wall, leading the eye to the Doha West Bay district in the background.

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