Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Harmony


Thanks to Tina for this week’s Harmony challenge.

MB came across a great group of drummers beating in harmony in Budapest a few weeks back.

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It’s the weekend


Paint a painting. Or sing a song. Go for it!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Less if More


Thanks to Amy for this weeks Less is More challenge.

MB reverts to his Budapest trip for a shot for this weeks challenge.

The 4m high bronze statue of the Virgin Mary and the child Jesus is one of the better-known statues in the city. Its located on the front wall of the elevated Buda Castle, and is facing the Danube River and Pest side of the city below. The fact that the baby is slightly forward from the mother is supposed to signify the virgin birth, as MB has discovered.

MB’s shot is hopefully of the ‘Less is More’ variety, with the majority of the photo taken up by the blank overcast sky overhead. But overall, it seems to work.

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Sri Lanka


The awful events of Easter Sunday just past reminded MB of his trip some years back to stunning Sri Lanka. He met only with huge kindness and smiling friendly faces from all SL natives, regardless of creed.

MB had a particularly great few days in the company of mountain-top Haputale guest-house owner Mr Ali and family (Muslims) and Mr Sanath (Buddhist), a great friend of Mr Ali.

MB has read in recent days of some of the negative repercussion of the Easter Sunday killing of members of the Christian community. It will resonate with many Irish people who, like MB, lived in the UK during ‘the troubles’ of the 1970s, 80s and 90s. It’s relatively easy for a minuscule number of extremists to sow hatred and division and intolerance and fear, and those are ultimately some of the primary goals. But in the end, the vast majority of all people and peoples are decent and good, and evil inevitably looses out one hopes. But in times of grief and strife, the light at the end of the tunnel can be somewhat dim. The recent days killing of lady journalist Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland, following almost 20 years of relative peace and ‘putting all that shit behind us’, is proof that there will always be a few who believe ‘my beliefs uber alles‘.

So MB just hopes and prays that Mr Ali and Mr Sanath and their families are well at this time.

The story of MB & Mr Ali & Mr Sanath, with many SL pics:

https://michealdebarra.com/2013/08/23/sri-lanka-time-for-tea/

Qatar International Dates Festival


See also earlier post of this evening related to the same topic.

Further photos:

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It’s the weekend


Qatar is under air and land blockade by certain neighbouring and regional states since 05 June 2017. But Qatar survives and life goes on.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Creativity


Thanks to Amy for the Creativity challenge.

Do you know the story of the Peppered Moth dear followers?

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St Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest


Speaking of damaged religious buildings……………… Read More

Of Fire and Ice


A number of recent-day world and other events seem intertwined with the life of MB. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Delicious


Thanks to Patti for the ‘Delicious‘ challenge. Read More

It’s the weekend


If you happen to be in Budapest this weekend, you could take a stroll along the banks of the Danube on the Pest side of the river and gaze at Buda Castle on the opposite bank.

Just a suggestion!

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Lens-Artists Challenge – Something Different


Something Different.

Thanks to Tina for this week’s challenge.

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In recent days, MB ate a bowl of Hungarian goulash soup.

On the banks of the Danube River.

In Budapest, Hungary.

If you’re going to be eating a bowl of Hungarian goulash soup dear followers, then that’s where you want to be eating it.

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Sofia is 2!


Approximately two years back, with the permission of parents E&R, MB started to chronicle the life of baby Sofia. Post Nr 1 was on the occasion of her Christian baptism. The idea was, and is, to record her life and its bigger moments, against the backdrop of the political situation in the Middle East. Two more posts followed subsequently. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Weathered or Worn


AC has set this week’s challenge with her ‘weathered or worn‘ topic.

For the challenge, MB has selected a shot of Boucher’s Castle from his HX homeland, taken on 01 January just past. Read More

Enter The Dragon (Part 1 of 2)


In a past life, MB was a proponent of Wing Chun Kung Fu.

Really MB? Awesome! Read More