Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Architecture


Architecture. Big thanks to Amy for the challenge.

The Al Shaqab horse arena in Doha, Qatar, is an architecturally-impressive mega-structure situated on the northern outskirts of the city. It features hugely impressive indoor and outdoor arenas of equal scale, which host show jumping, dressage, and other equestrian events.  There is an emphasis on promoting the Arab horse breed. The below shots feature the outdoor arena FYI.

MB attended Al Shaqab for the first time yesterday afternoon to view a Swiss watch company Longines-sponsored international show jumping event, featuring over 40 horses and riders from many countries, including three from MB’s Ireland. Everybody who attended got a free USD 1,000 Longines watch to boot, which was extremely generous of the Qatar/Longines people. Longines company are producing quality watches in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, since 1832. MB just thought he would give them this little plug/mention in thanks for the awesome freebee, which should see sales hit an all-time high in the coming weeks.

MB did not have any super duper camera & zoom lenses with him. All below shots were taken on MBs Sony RX 100 M6 pocket camera.

“You’re a genius MB. How do you keep on doing it?”

“Thank you guys. Nail on the head, MB guesses. Genius.”

“And did you not take any shots with your Huawei Chinese Camera Phone thingy MB?”

“Of course MB did guys. But MB will save those for another post. Too much awesomeness could be just a little too much for followers to handle in one single post.”

“BTW guys. MB was just kidding about the free Longines watch!”

“Ha ha ha, MB. What a kidder you are!”

“Voila guys:”

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It’s the weekend


Sun & Sand.

Bad thing about the Arabian Gulf is that the sun is always shining.

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It’s the weekend


Sport.

Seems like every weekend in Ireland has some sporting activity of one sort or another. If your kids happen to be sporty, then as a parent you will be on the road a lot. In winter, the field sports of rugby and soccer (as the Irish refer to football) are played, while the uniquely Irish sports of Hurling and Gaelic Football are played in Summer. That’s not to mention the numerous other indoor our outdoor sports available to Irish kids all year round.

When MB was home at September, he witnessed his daughter MB2 win a big Gaelic Football regional final with her local club.

MB caught these two at that game having their own sport while the big game was going on!

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Qatar Blockade – Update


Way back mid-June, MB published one of the most succinct, informative and entertaining reports on the Qatar/Gulf crisis seen in world media. Peers gasped for breath. Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge – Friend


Friend.

MB remembers the love his two sisters had for horse riding in their younger days. Like most young girls who share that same pastime, MBs sisters always considered their horses a close friend. The horse friend was/is very often treated with far more TLC than, for example, a brother!

MB saw this guy as he drove on the road from Lough Gur lake to HX last week when he was home, and stopped to take the shot.

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Camel Racing in Qatar


Take your average camel race………….. Read More

Foto Friday – Camels


MB went to watch camel racing today. More photos will follow, but here’s one for the moment, for MB’s Foto Friday.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Graceful


Graceful.

Top sports people always look graceful. They make their sport look easy.

MB gives you a shot of Novak Djokovic at the recent Qatar Tennis Open.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Morning


Morning.

HX. Early morning, 21 June 2015. Solstice morning.

Sunrise & jet trails over the Grange Stone Circle; and a short while later, cyclists from a Limerick city club pass by on their way to the annual lakefront solstice breakfast.

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Morning Sunrise

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Numbers


Numbers

MB must mention that this golf ball, lying in the Dubai Emirates GC rough, is not MBs. You would generally find MB’s ball slap bang in the middle of the fairway, minimum 250 yards from the T-box!

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Not MB’s golf ball

Weekly Photo Challenge – Jubilant


Jubilant

The HX soccer club won the local Cup Final on Friday night, completing a season League & Cup double. Needless to say, they were jubilant!

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Trip Home – Road Runner


MB was on the HX/LG road early morning when he passed former HX soccer player and current An Bru AC member BL who was out for a pre-breakfast run. MB allowed him to pass on, and when the distance was sufficient, MB jumped out of the car (he does that a lot) and caught BL running off into the distance. Just like the Road Runner.

Beep beep!

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Qatar 2-1 North Korea


Asia U23 Football (Top 3 qualify for the Olympics)

MB’s camera was confiscated by security guys as he entered the Al Sadd stadium tonight. Luckily he had managed to capture some of the atmosphere outside the grounds before the security incident.

The local Arabs were dressed like local Arabs. The North Korean fans seemed to be construction workers presently based in the Emirate. They dazzled us with their red caps. An attempt by MB to take a selfie with one of them was quickly snuffed out by a sharp-eyed NK official, who jumped in and told MB to FO – gangnam style!

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10 Random Shots – December 2015


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Football Matters


MB attended a football game in Doha, Qatar, last weekend. At the Al Sadd Sports Club. It reinforced his view that the decision to award the World Cup to Qatar in 2022 is a good one.

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