Take Break


Greetings lads.
MB bit subdued tonight. Been long tiring week. Thank God it’s over and weekend is upon us. MB needs break. Thank God it’s Thursday, as we never say back home.

Enchanting HX & the enchanted lake. With pin marker on the football pitches.
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Tuesday Tickle – This Life!


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Monday Mono – Bacon Photography


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturation


Blog Post Nr 100!

21 December 2012. Winter solstice early morning. Outside my front door, more or less. Incredible sky.

Saturation – from the Gods!

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For AR!


Long time follower AR contacted MB earlier this week all excited and hormonal about last weekend’s All Ireland football final. In case you don’t know lads (& Pakistani taxi driver from the Tora Bora mountains recently told MB he never heard of Ireland so who knows!) Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. And similar to when the Brits are playing against any other team – we always shout for the other team – when the Dubs are playing the entire rest of the country becomes ABDs (anyone but Dublin!).

But on account of AR being a long-time follower, and AR being a true blue Dub, MB decided to put his ABD feelings aside to make special blog post for AR, featuring pic sent by AR few days back.

Big congrats AR. And sentiments aside, it’s a cracking pic! Shukran jazilan (ta very much) as we say out these parts.

MB

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Fighting On The Beaches!


Morning boys and girls

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Hope all good with your tribes. Read More

Monday Mono – My Father


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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns


Jewelry from Yemen

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HX Report – Food Glorious Food!


Morning boys & girls
Greetings to you all as MB packs his Dubai bags to return to Saudi Arabia once more. Saudi visa secured last night, so back to meet all MB’s Saudi friends tomorrow morning. Inshallah.

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Tuesday Tickle: Haputale/Today’s bread today!


You got to be Irish to get the reference!

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Monday Mono – New Church


New Church (In Gaelic – Teampall Nua)
There is an old church ruin called ‘New Church’ (or ‘Teampall Nua’ in the Irish Gaelic language) back in HX, next to Lough Gur lake (check out loughgur.com).

Teampall Nua was built in 1679 and replaced an older chapel which was used by the local Earls of Desmond. It is still referred to as New Church (or by its Gaelic name) to this day. It was endowed with a chalice and patten which bear the inscription:

The guift of the Right Honourable Rachel Countess Dowager of Bath to her chappel att Loughgur in the Kingdom of Ireland Anno Domini 1679” 

The famous Irish poet/harpist Thomas O’ Connellan, who died in 1698 in nearby Bourchiers Castle, is buried here in an unmarked grave, as is Owen Bresnan (1847-1912), local poet and historian.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside


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Sri Lanka – Are you serious?


Evening all
MB mentioned in one of the recent Sri Lanka blogs that he would return to the missing 24 hours of his first day in SL, following the morning walk along the beach, chats with the local fishermen & breakfast. Photos below are random shots on the day from MB’s B&B, travelling in taxi to Colombo train station and others taken whilst waiting for various trains. Read on:

Madawah

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HX Report – Syrian solutions (I wish)


Marhaba all (Hello Crossers)
It’s good to have music in this mad mad world. It makes us happy or sad or cry or lifts our spirits. It can make us relax. And in this mad world it’s good to relax. So click on this one, and come back to MB.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDdi6bn06bo

Read a few blogs on the Syrian crisis of late and decided to write about some conversations MB has had with Syrian friends & colleagues in recent days & weeks.

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Tuesday Tickle – Fish Pedicure (Dubai)


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http://www.timeoutdubai.com/bodyandmind/features/15314-fishy-pedicure-in-dubai#.Ui8M6GSFCtg