Motherless


Morning lads Major panic last night. Laptop conked out when battery died. MB tried to recharge, but over period of few hours battery just wouldn’t take charge, and normally obedient laptop downright refused to turn on. What to do at time like that?!

The Recipe


Greetings lads It’s only a few short days away from MB’s departure back to the homeland, to kith and kin. MB will take break from the blogging for few weeks ’till he gets back from the Emerald Isle. But as will be burning out the camera with pics, will post up some good ones for all Crosser followers to drool over. Yes lads, drooling will…

The Holy Book


Marhaba & Hello from MB Firstly lads, an apology from MB. In last week’s blog MB used an Arabic word that he though was acceptable translation of the English word ‘prostitute’. It was subsequently pointed out to MB that the word used is a street-slang swear word, not suitable for common usage (as in MBs blog) and likely to cause offense. The Egyptian lad…

Conversations


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: Escape


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

Marhaba


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…

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…

Cultural


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,…

Who knows what’s round the corner?!


Warm greetings to you all lads Weather improving at home, and getting hotter out here by the day. Late 30s most days at hottest time (bit of weather talk from MB). In future lads MB will try to introduce some single subject blog posts. MB is attempting to get his blog to appear on a section of the website where good stuff gets posted…

It’s a scream


Msa al khair lads Inshallah you are all in good health lads and have big smiles on your multicultural faces. God only knows home many nationalities the HX Blog now goes out to lads. Masha’allah! It’s become almost impossible to keep track of it. Think was approx 30 nationalities last time we checked. But since MB went on this new Blog site, and became…

Style


Greetings lads Hope all well with kith & kin. MB arrived back in Saudi on Wednesday after 10 days in Dubai. Apologies for all the spelling mistakes & typos in last week’s effort lads. Made the corrections in due course but alas after I published. Also had thought might mention a few small things to you this week that might make the blog reading…

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day in My Life


For me its a Middle East construction project: The End!

Heroes


Dia Dhuit lads Hope all in the full of your health. The lads head for prayer MB arrived back in Dubai on Sunday last and has a few more days left in the Desert Oasis before his return to Saudi. Dubai is looking good, full of tourists and lots of activities for all.The biggest event of the annual Dubai social calendar takes place this…

Habemus Papam


Hello lads Salam to you all.  We have new Pope al hamdallah lads. The German was a non-entity I think. But had impossible act to follow after JP2. All the TV commentators caught wrong footed when the name was announced, as they struggled for info on Francie. Was nice to see! Washing before prayer. Like the way you caught the sun on her face…

For The Birds!


Greetings & Salam to you all lads Inshallah you are all keeping well lads, the health is good and the chickens are laying. There is  surely nothing in life as good a fresh egg. Right on MB, yo! Have covered many many miles since we last conversed. No joking lads. Think was about to board a plane as I pressed ‘Send’ last week to…