Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece (Mary Howard’s Pub)

Mary Howard’s Pub, Bruff, County Limerick, Ireland. Met Mary at home few weeks ago. She informed MB that she had seen the pic of her pub posted by MB last Christmas. She proudly informed him that she had engaged a colour consultant to chose the colours for the external refurb, prior to arrival of Caroline Kennedy (daughter of JFK) to the village few weeks…

Quick Wits & Dimwits

Greetings to all HX Dimwits Greetings from the Middle East lads where it’s hot and steamy. Hot as in hell. And steamy as in humid. With a capital ‘H’. MB was in Dubai few days back and couldn’t see diddly squat when he went outside as his glasses kept fogging up. With steamy humidity, not fog. MB would trip over some kerbs or cats…


Greetings to you all lads and the blessings of Ramadan be upon all your heads We are at end Week 1 of the holy month, and the entire Middle East is full of hungry thirsty Muslims trying to get through each 45C day without food or water between sunrise & sunset. That’s approx 4.00am to 6.30pm out these parts. Sex and smoking are also…

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

3 from The Grange Stone Circle on Summer solstice morning. 21st June 2013.

A surprise wedding

Morning boys and girls Hope all enjoying the glorious sunshine back in Ireland at the moment, or if you’re in the Middle East that you’ve got plenty of moisturiser slapped on your face and a decent umbrella for added protection. Interesting to see all the pics on facebook from Ireland during the week as natives try to adjust to very rare hot weather. Lack…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

Local saying back home – ‘I doubt it said Croker’. Lord Croker was lying on his death bed when someone tried to console him with the thought he was going to a better place. His looked up and gave the immortal response – “I doubt it”. The ruins of Croker’s mansion are across the road from my parents farm at Grange, County Limerick, Ireland.

Me & Caroline

Morning lads Inshallah you are all smiling brightly this fine July day. I see on the net you are getting Middle East type weather back home in Ireland with highs of 25C expected. Now you all know how we feel in the middle of winter out here. MB has now arrived back in the Middle East after the most exhausting 10 days of his…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

Horses @ Lough Gur, Ireland. 21 June 2013.

Heading Home

Caroline Kennedy visit to HX Fifty years after President John Fitzgerald Kennedy visited Limerick, his daughter Caroline Kennedy will return to the Mid-West to trace her father’s links and visit her ancestral family home in Bruff, Co. Limerick.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

Did someone say curves?! Giving you 6 of the best from end April 2013 visit to Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Mosque is open to people of all religions to worship. And to respectful photographers. On an overcast day, or any day, it’s jaw droppingly beautiful. Apologies to all that many of these have already featured in one of MB’s recent…

The Buffalo Soldier

Sorry lads! Mentioned this pic in yesterday’s post but for got to include it. But makes no nevermind – deserves separate post anyway! And you get extra music clip into the bargain: A young Bob Marley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5FCdx7Dn0o

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…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

A passing cloud wraps around the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, for a few moments before passing on. April 2013.

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…