Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Shapes & Designs
Posted on November 13, 2021
The Elgin Marbles
Posted on November 11, 2021
Chances are, followers have heard of the Elgin Marbles.
The EM are not marbles, in the round spherical sense. They are marble statues and other marble antiquities that were looted from certain Greek temples at the start of the 17th century. The related dispute between Greece and Britain hits the international headlines with some regularity. The EM dispute is a complex international dispute, but MB has written a short play on the subject, to enlighted followers on the various intricacies, as is his wont:Read More
Lens-Artists photo challenge – Interesting Architecture – The acropolis & parthenon
Posted on November 10, 2021
Thanks to Tina for a great challenge this week. Followers of MB can view Tina’s post HERE. MB suggests that you stop and take a look. Tina’s shots are always awesome and being a well-traveled lady, she takes followers on a virtual world tour on almost every post. Shukhran Tina!
Lens-Atrists Photo challenge – Street Art
Posted on October 19, 2021
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – The Ordinary
Posted on October 15, 2021
The Lens-Artists ladies have set The Ordinary challenge for MB.
On recent trip to Tbilisi, MB & daughter MB2 stayed in the cosy Amente Narikale hotel in the citys Old Town area. On morning Nr 1, MB got up for an early breakfast (as MB2 snoozed on!) and chose the outdoor courtyard to dine under the clear blue Tbilisi sky. The hotel cat was soon a beneficiary of MBs’ decision, and MB went to the breakfast bar for seconds to ensure he and Mr Cat had a filling start to the day.Read More
The Acoustics Hall
Posted on September 29, 2021
MB said in his previous post that he was done posting about his and MB2s’ recent Georgia trip.
But here’s another one!Read More
Gamarjoba (‘Hello’ – in Georgian)
Posted on September 26, 2021
Gamarjoba to all.
Last ‘Georgia’ post coming up from MB & MB2s recent trip to Tbilisi, Georgia. This time it’s food and drink.Read More
Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Artificial Light
Posted on September 19, 2021
Armenia & Monasteries
Posted on September 18, 2021
MB and daughter MB2 took a day out of their Georgia trip to head into neighbouring Armenia. The northern part of Armenia where MB & MB2 visited is a poor region, with a poor road infrastructure and architecture that harks back to the days of the Soviet Union. Tall featureless apartment blocks abound, giving a sense of depression to the locality, on the surface-level at least.Read More
How the Georgians got their land
Posted on September 16, 2021
On the appointed day that God gave land to all the peoples, the Armenians and Georgians were late. The Armenians were late by one hour and the Georgians by one day.Read More
Georgia on my mind
Posted on September 13, 2021
It’s 10 minutes past 1am on 14 September 2021. MB finds himself in Georgia.Read More
Lens Artists Challenge – keep walking
Posted on September 3, 2021
Well done to Amy, Tina et al for keeping the weekly photo challenge going when others like MB were wilting.
Keep Walking, is Amy’s photo challenge this week.
But if you do, MB wants to issue a stern warning to you all – BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU WALK!Read More
Posted on June 2, 2021
After almost eighteen months of desert dwelling, MB got to make the trek home.Read More
MB is vaccinated
Posted on March 26, 2021
Time was, the only vaccination one thought about was that of one’s dog.
How times have changed.
Sofia & Maria – They’re Growing up fast
Posted on March 25, 2021
Seems like only yesterday when MB wrote the story of Sofia’s birth.
Two or so years later, baby sister Maria arrived. And two years later again, four years since he started, MB now finds himself sitting down to write the next installment.
And so, the chronicles of Sofia & Maria continue.
2. 1st Birthday
3. Feast of St Barbara
4. Sofia is 2!
5. Sofia’s got a sister – Welcome Baby Maria
6. Sofia & Maria – Birthday Time.
7. Tooth Fairy
Recently S&M celebrated Valentine’s Day with mom & dad R&E in Doha, Qatar, where R&E reside and work. Sofie’s 4th birthday took place on 10 February just past, and as ever, artistic mom R didn’t spare any effort for either occasion. As followers can see from mom R’s pics below, these two young ladies are growing up fast for sure.
However, whilst the family thrive and prosper in Qatar, their Lebanese homeland has all but collapsed economically, particulary in the last six months, and event more particularly in recent weeks. Ominously, according to many Lebanese friends on MB, the worst may be yet to come. The currency has lost 90% of its value against the dollar in the last year (and its still sliding), the banking system has lost the confidence of the people (with very good reason), prices of food and life’s other staples have sky-rocketed, and more than 50% on the population now lives in proverty. Crime levels, understandably, are rising. People with little savings, most of the population actually, are in dire straights. In a country that was once referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Mediterranian’, chronic unemployment, and even hunger, now stalk the land.
MB had a meeting with a client earlier this week. Lebanese national Walid. Walid informed MB that in 30 years on employment (mostly in Qatar), his reasonably well-paid wife had managed to save USD 400,000.00. Each month she would religiously send home her monthly savings to her bank account in Beirut. About two years back, at the suggestion of her bank, she converted her entire dollar savings into a local Lebanese pounds account. The Lebanese pound accounts were paying double the interest rate of the dollar accounts at that time, so it seemed appealing. Two years later, his wifes USD 400k is worth USD 40k – 90% of her life savings have disappeared. He has a similar tale to tell, but MB will not tell it as it,lest he depress readers too much. Sadly, the tale of Walid & his wife is replicated through hundreds of thousands of other ‘Walids’ and other ‘wives’.
MB works with many Lebanese. Most have now given up the ghost of ever returning to their homeland to work. That possibility may now not even exist for their young children. Sadly. Comparisons with Venezuala are often mentioned.
Sofia and Maria, thankfully, have many years to go before career decisions will need to be made. Let’s hope for better times for both of them, come that time.
Thanks to mom R for the following pics: