Weekly Photo Challenge – Friend


Friend.

MB remembers the love his two sisters had for horse riding in their younger days. Like most young girls who share that same pastime, MBs sisters always considered their horses a close friend. The horse friend was/is very often treated with far more TLC than, for example, a brother!

MB saw this guy as he drove on the road from Lough Gur lake to HX last week when he was home, and stopped to take the shot.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Evanescent


Evanescent.

For all the thickos like MB out there who do not understand the meaning of the word ‘evanescent’ – it means: soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing. Ergo, a moment in time, sort of thingy!

MB was around the Lough Derg area of his homeland in recent days and captured a number of shots of the locality. The below, in particular, seems to capture a moment in time for the two individuals in question. A minute or so after taking the shot, the guy at the back of the boat gunned the engine into life and the boat purred off into the distance, the moment in time gone forever.

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Sunday Shot – No Comment


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Weekly Photo Challenge – Heritage


Heritage.

When you grow up in Ireland, your heritage is all about you, and you are immersed in it from the moment you leave the womb. Sport. Music. Dance. Drama. Language. Literature. Castles. Prehistoric monuments. The list is endless.

In the Middle East, it’s a totally different kettle of heritage fish. And a totally different heritage. One similarity in the heritage of both locations, however, is ancient exploring and explorers.

Did you know that it was not Christopher Columbus who ‘discovered’ America.  It was an Irishman who did so – St Brendan the Voyager, hundreds of years before ‘Columbus the Pretender’. Google it guys – discover the truth!

The Arabs have a similarly famous voyager – Ibn Battuta. MB has mentioned in past posts that there is a shopping mall in Dubai called Ibn Battuta Mall – with each section of the mall themed on the different geographical locations explored by IB – China, Persia, North Africa, etc.

MB took this shot of some Arabic boats (dhows) at a heritage market in Qatar, December 2016; miniature models of the real thing.

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Sunday Shot – No Comment


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Foto Friday – Stables


Just round the corner from Souq Waqif in Doha, there’s a camel and horse stables complex. Horses often sleep in the standing position. These three had just dozed off when MB captured them.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflecting


Reflecting.

If ever you wish to turn water to wine, or you require the secret alchemist recipe to turn mercury to gold, or you wish to turn a simple semicircle to a full circle – just ask MB. He will have the answer.

This incredible semicircle to full circle reflection-shot is taken from MB’s photo cave – one of his Amsterdam trip with daughter MB2 shots in November 2016.

Wicked shot MB. Thanks lads!

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Foto Friday – Limerick


MB’s home city Limerick, had it’s Great Limerick Run last weekend with some 12,500 participants. Lots of nice pics appeared on facebook, for those of us on distant shores.

The following is an MB ‘Limerick’ shot of St John’s Castle, taken from Patrick St.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Danger!


Danger.

If HX followers ever find themselves stuck between a Crusader army and an Ottoman army, MB suggests that you make yourself very scarce, pronto. One doesn’t want to get caught in the carnage.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threw out the Crusader mentality insult last week to those Turks who were suggesting that he had stolen the election; which many Turks suspect, from all that MB has heard from a number of Turkish friends. He won the election by some 1.5M votes, but there were almost 3M (mysteriously) unstamped votes included in the count, which were mostly in Erdogan’s favour. And many districts had allegedly more votes than voters. The old Irish cry of vote early and often seems to have been adopted with gusto!

MB took this shot through a shop window in April 2014, in a market in the historical Istanbul old town, from where many an Ottoman soldier, no doubt, set sail to do battle against the Western Crusaders in the holy land, back in the day. The Crusaders generally came off on the wrong side of those battles, from all that MB has read. Dangerous days in the past for the Crusaders. Dangerous days in the present for many Turks.

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