About

The HX Report started out as something else. In the distant past, it was about Holycross S0occer Club news & local news from back home, for HX locals who had departed to foreign shores. But it’s moved on a bit. If it’s about anything now, MB would say it’s about demonstrating that, at the end of the day, whether we live in HX or in the Middle East or wherever, we all have far more in common than we have differences. It’s also about not taking yourself too seriously. We are only passing through. Let’s smile as we go!

Working for the good of Crosserkind

MB – Working for the good of HX

15 Comments on “About

  1. Hi love the blog, keep it up. I’m involved with an Irish expat information website in the Middle East. If you’d be interested in sharing some of your experiences or photography on our site or social pages please email me @ dillon.nuim@yahoo.co.uk

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  2. Happy one year anniversary! Bring on the photography tips, please! I am a true novice, despite my husband’s investment in some pretty ok camera kit (canon eos something or other!) a few years back. I do find myself looking for photo ops a little bit more since I’ve started blogging, but I still seem to get more engrossed by the writing process. Would love any advice you have. Cheers!

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    • Hi Gypsy
      There is great week of photography workshops in Dubai each March under the organisation called Gulf Photo Plus (google it). Fantastic week with hundreds attending from all over the region and beyond. Some even from Europe. World class photographers giving the tuition, Americans and others. Some with Nat Geo, Time Magazine and others behind them. Inspiring stuff. You would love. It really got me started properly after I had done a basic beginners course in Dubai. Have done 2 weddings since for friends and worked out ok. BUt still consider myself a beginner to some degree. Still learning. Also take a look at online photo courses eg
      PPOS – On line Photography school:
      https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=mm#inbox/13f800eed42b16db
      Also have stuff I could email you. Send me an email address if interested.
      Hectic few days going to UAE & this evening back in KSA. For visa renewal reasons mainly. So still did not look at this Leibster thingy. Tomorrow inshallah! Ok, for the moment tc.
      MB

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    • Hi Gypsy. Humbled! And thank you very very much. I received a mail from the website this week that I am using WordPress for exactly one year – my anniversary! Was previously sending out a weekly email (without pics) prior to that for many years. But still feel like a novice. Like you I can’t make head nor tail of much of the techie side of the blogging. Just doing it for the crack (Irish expression!). And now the Gypsy gives me a thumbs up – what a week! I am just starting my own blog as we chat, munching my porridge & Yemeni honey in Dubai kitchen! (arrived back in Dubai from KSA last night just for weekend) – was just reading your nominations actually when I saw your chat message appear. So will delve a little deeper later into your link this evening when have more time. Also going out to look at new camera later. BTW, I have photography idea for you if you want to improve your skills – you previously said you are very much a beginner. But more later. Gotta go. Bye for now. And muchos gracias again!

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  3. Ahhhhhhh!

    I thought Hx was a reference to “history” (Hx as a commonly used abbreviation in the medical field).

    I think that would be an appropriate description as well …

    Informative and interesting. Really enjoying the read and the images.

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    • HX is very non-medical I’m afraid Gypsy. Unless we can consider that the fine whiskey in the HX pub comes under that category! Thanks again for all the positives!

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    • I too would be going ‘haha’ if I was eating egg salad and looking at my awesome pics at same time! You are most welcome, although I suspect a wind-up!

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  4. Hi Michealdebarra,
    I am Ritu from the blog ‘Beyond Beauty Tips’. I saw that we were connected through my blog. I announced my new domain but I haven’t seen you there yet.
    Please show some love to my new blog ‘Things To Rave About’ (http://toraveabout.com) which is just BBT at a new address.
    Hoping to see you there. Thanks!

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    • Hi Ritu. Best of luck with the new set-up. Suggest using the Uses/Invite new to get your members back. I used this when I set up my old blog on WordPress. People are little bit lazy, and some think they are receiving spam and don’t open the invitation mails. So I resent the invitations approx 4 times I think, and managed to mop up many of the old followers. Anyway, best wishes from MB.

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      • Thanks. I have no idea how to use this feature or where it is 😦
        I decided to comment on all of my reader’s blogs individually because I thought it would be nice have a little virtual contact. I usually read blogs of everyone who follows me at least once a week. I’ve been slacking on this for sometime. So I thought it might be the least I could do.

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      • Go to ‘My Blogs’, then click on ‘My Posts’ then you will see ‘Users’ on the list on left hand side of your page. Click on ‘Users’ (just under ‘Appearance’) and then click on ‘Invite New’. This then offers you facility to send out 10 invitations at a time (via the website rather than your personal email). And allows automatic resends – which I did every 2 weeks maybe 4 times. Its great facility if you have a list of email addresses. Good luck!

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