Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says (My top 10!)

Ten Of the best! Restaurant, Northern Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Buddist prayer flags, Kathmandu, Nepal. Each colour represents a different element – fire, water, earth….. Gurka memorabilia shop, Kathmandu If you get to Kathmandu, try the mo mos, the national dish. Yum! You will never go wrong with chocolate! Ireland – lots & lots of history The home village in Ireland – lots & lots of…


Salam from Riyadh It’s a balmy Saudi evening outside the hotel entrance door as MB writes his blog. Meanwhile, inside the lobby, MB is listening to the loudest painters making the loudest noises since Michael Angelo (another legendary Michael) dropped his bucket from the ceiling scaffold onto the marble floor miles below all those years ago. The artists in front of me are presently…

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the background

Pigeon & friends. At a temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. October 2012.

The Future

Greetings lads Hope all well with you & yours. A depressing week in many ways. Was talking to a Syrian friend in recent days and he made the point to MB that many people and groups in this region are becoming more & more extreme, wrapping a cocoon around themselves and their group, and totally intolerant of other groups and other beliefs. In years past people…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

From the Dubai World Cup horse racing night at Meydan Stadium, Dubai, end March 2013.


Salam lads May you all have some salam/peace in your lives. Its a good thing to have for sure. Mentioned last week that we had some heavy rains out these parts in recent weeks. MB also mention the tornado that  he recently got caught up in (& survived) and the earthquake that shook the UAE that had its epicenter in Iran. We certainly don’t…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

Amman, Jordan. August 2011. Shot from the Amman’s hilltop Citadel & the Temple of Hercules.

Tall, Taller, Tallest

Greetings & Salam to all “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway Hope all well lads. We are getting belted with rain in the Middle East at the moment. This weeks blog from DH (below) is all about the rain in UAE, and MB can confirm that we are also getting rain…

Weekly Photo Challenge: From above

From my hotel balcony. Hamra St, Beirut, Lebanon. February 2012.

Daughter of Dad Nr 2

Greetings to all  Something different this week lads. Guest blogger Miss L is having her say, at the invitation of MB. If you read last week’s ‘Marriage’ blog you will remember the story of Dad Nr 1 & 2. If you did not read it please take a moment to read in particular the story of Dad Nr 2.   Muchos gracias to Miss…


Greetings lads MB prepares to commence the weekly blog Good reaction to last week’s blogs, mashallah. DMc was amused with the tales of the Polygamist Jewelry maker Mohammad from Yemen. And a number of (single) ladies, not surprisingly, reacted most favourably to the ‘Arranged Marriage’ blog. MB will continue with the single topic blog lads, for as long as the Gods inspire him. But this week,…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi. Shot today 29 April 2014

Marriage – By arrangement

Are you married ladies? Have you found your Mr Perfect? Are you still looking? Maybe you found him and he didn’t turn out so perfect after all? If you can not find him, or you did and he was a donkey, why is this so? Are you the problem? Was he the problem? Maybe your interests/hobbies/age/IQ all combine to make the search a difficult…

Earth Day, 2013

Nagarkot, Nepal. October 2012.

Chicken Talata

Salam brothers & sisters (aka lads) Back in Dubai for few days and all is well. MB is going to follow this blog with first single subject blog post, and hopes will be of interest. It’s for the ladies mainly lads, so MB bit perturbed about its girlie nature. MB might have to start new blog under alias name to avoid ridicule at the Riyadh…