Posted on April 28, 2017
The Arabian gulf is primarily flat desert landscape. So on trips elsewhere, anything other than ‘flat’ tends to be a visual assault on the brain of MB.
During a work trip to Switzerland in 2015, MB took a train trip to Montreaux to take in the sights. Switzerland is anything but flat, and some of the scenery is quite spectacular.
The below shot shows one of Switzerland’s most visited attractions; Chateaux De Chillon, which is walking distance from Montreaux town centre, some 45 minutes along the shore of Lake Geneva.
Posted on April 27, 2017
Around the end of March each year, many an expat in the Middle East (and beyond) gets that wanderlust feeling and heads to Dubai for the richest horserace in the world; the Dubai World Cup. The DWC is the last race on the last night of the 4-month Dubai horse racing festival which starts in early November. The night must be experienced to be believed, with much on offer besides the racing. The Meydan Racing Stadium itself is a 1.2km mesmerising modern structure which contains a 5-star hotel within, and resembles an invading mega-spaceship of ultra-high luminosity, in the midst of the death-dark desert on the outskirts of Dubai city.
In addition to the attraction of the racing, one can also avail of the sport of ‘people watching’, as it’s also the biggest day of the year for ladies fashion and corporate entertainment. Think ‘ladies day at Ascot’ on steroids. The event overall is an eclectic mixture of multiple nationalities, and income levels from princes to paupers, with various ticket prices to suit. The after-racing concert this year (there’s always one) featured Aussie pop star, Sia.
So here’s 2 x MB shots from DWC night, 29 March 2014:
“You really are the greatest MB” – Sia
Posted on April 23, 2017
MB will henceforth give a regular ‘Sunday Shot’ to followers, which will be slightly abstract in nature. He will say no more.
Posted on April 21, 2017
MB saw this guy sitting across the street, as MB sipped a beer outside a cafe in Istanbul, March 2015.
Posted on April 21, 2017
MB attended a night out with work colleagues last night at the La Cigale Hotel in Doha. The event comprised a sit-down dinner and musical performances by two well-known Lebanese male singers.
A few shots from the hotel and the event follows, and there’s a short video clip of one of the performers at the end. To convert the drink menu prices into Euro, divide by 4. Pricy!
Posted on April 19, 2017
This week Cheri is asking for a scene that honours the outdoors.
Well, in Ireland we have tonnes and tonnes of nature, and tonnes of outdoors, all green and naturey. Is ‘naturey’ a word MB? Did anyone ask that question to James Joyce? MB replies. And quit with the inane questions lads. Pleezze.
Anyway, there is so much nature in Ireland, we can say that nature is second nature to the Irish. That’s clever MB. Yes, MB knows it is lads, now whisht up a while.
Yes indeed, the Irish are boggle eyed from all that emerald greenery. So to liven nature up a little, and prevent naturey over-familiarisation, the Irish are likely to throw in some music, at a whim, just to help nature out a little.
Here’s an example, from 21 June 2015, at the stone circle in MB’s HX homeland:
Posted on April 14, 2017
Posted on April 12, 2017
The photo challenges are coming thick and fast from MB this evening from his Middle East blogging den. How lucky you all are!
MB’s surprising photo features a model, a make-up artist and a violin player. It also features the letter ‘M’ a number of times.
MB can hear followers shouting quelle surprise! as they wonder how this surprising ensemble has appeared in the same scene, without the use of photoshop, or MB’s Irish magic.
The answer to the aforementioned wonderment will not be revealed, it will remain only in the large brain of MB. But followers are welcome to offer any stupid guesses they wish. The photo was taken recently in Doha, Qatar by MB.
Posted on April 12, 2017
MB is playing catch-up with last weeks photo challenge!
There is security in numbers, it is said. This applies to camels as much as humans, a fact proven by numerous studies throughout the Middle East. There is, for example, no known incident of a male lion attacking a large pack of camels. True!
The below photo, demonstrates the typical herd shape adopted by a camel pack. The roadsign on the left warns the public that a pack of camels is likely to cross at any time. True!
Posted on April 7, 2017
Posted on April 6, 2017
MB read in the dim and distant past, or heard it from some sage or other, that street performers help lower street crime in the areas in which they operate. MB guesses that street criminals just get chilled out when the hear the music, smoke a joint or a fag (Irish slang for ‘cigarette’), and just go with the normal flow, rather than engaging in their more usual dastardly criminal activity flow, like stealing MB’s camera and such like.
MB just looked up the statistics for ‘street buskers help to lower street crime’, and guess what? Google never even heard of the theory, nay, never even heard of the absolute fact. Prompted by that particular piece of ineptitude, MB just looked up the google share price and was not surprised to see that it’s down 3.16 points on the day. No wonder, MB is now thinking, if the googlers (people employed by google) don’t even know that street musicians help to reduce crime, then they don’t know diddly squat.
So get your s**t together googlers. Feed your knowledge from MB’s HX blog, and stop the share price rot.
MB is just now running off to do a search on Bing and Yahoo and see what they throw up. They can’t be as bad as google, surely.
MB came across this guy, playing a tune on board a ferry that was crossing the Bosphorus Straits, on 11 April 2014. How do you know the exact date MB? Just because MB does lads. For sure, MB didn’t find it out on google. And MB can safely report, that there wasn’t a single crime during that 15-minute crossing!
Posted on March 31, 2017
MB is departing the money laundering capital of planet earth (Switzerland) in the coming hours and will arrive in the Doha (Qatar), the ‘richest locals’ capital of planet earth, in the early morning hours.
In case MB’s recent camel pics have given followers the impression that Doha is some quaint one-camel sand-blown dusty outback desert town, it’s not.
This MB phone-shot is from the ‘West Bay’ area of Doha, where many Westies like to live.
Posted on March 30, 2017
MB’s WPC effort this week is a shot he took with his Samsung phone last night, as he took a stroll along the waterfront in Geneva. Awesome shot MB. Thanks lads.
Posted on March 24, 2017
MB included lots of green Sri Lankan landscapes in his most recent posts. Time for a black & white portrait.
MB had a chat these two characters at a street market in Colombo, before boarding the train to Haputale, that was a story-feature on his two previous posts.
Posted on March 23, 2017
MB was chuffed with the reaction to yesterday’s ‘green’ photo challenge post. So he has decided to give followers some extra ‘green’. Thanks, MB, you’re a lege. Don’t mention guys.
The time is 5.30am. The date is 08 August 2013.
MB could no longer lie on the sheet-of-plywood that constituted a ‘bed’ in the sleeping carriage of the British-rule era train en route to Haputale. Bleary-eyed from lack of sleep in the preceding 24 hours, hungry as hell, and with serious back ache from the previously referred 1/2″ thick plywood ‘bed’, MB arose to face the day.
The rickety train continued to chu chu its way through the high hill country of central Sri Lanka, winding around acute bends, climbing inexorably towards destination Haputale.
The darkness had now lifted, enabling MB to take in the views from the train corridor outside his badly misnamed ‘sleeping carriage’. MB could immediately see that he had entered God’s country, with stunning vistas around every corner. He grabbed his Canon 7D and framed his shots. Click, click, click………..
Some shots from the moving train: