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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Weekly Photo Challenge – Careful


Careful.

Michelle’s photo challenge this week:

This week, show us something careful — a photo taken with care, a person being careful, or a task or detail requiring care.

‘The Sideline Cut’
MB returns to the Irish sport of hurling for this week’s challenge, and specifically to an aspect of the game called ‘the sideline cut’.

When the ball is knocked out over the sideline during the course of a game by either team, the referee awards a ‘sideline cut’ to the opposite team. It’s a bit like a golf shot but much more difficult to execute, given the nature of the implement with its broad edge (a hurley). Even in top games the amount of fluffed shots is very high. To get it exactly right requires great care and skill.

Execute the strike poorly and the ball will dribble embarrassingly along the ground for just a few yards. Hit it correctly, at the precise point required underneath the ball and at exactly the correct angle with the hurley stick, and watch the ball soar majestically into the air and into the far distance. At approximately the same angle as a well-struck 8-iron in golf.

MB caught this player taking a sideline cut at a recent game when he was home in September, just as the hurley is about to make contact with the ball. Can not remember how it turned out.

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At the match


MB’s hometown Limerick won the Under 21 age group All Ireland final last night in the Irish sport of hurling, defeating Wexford in the final. Take a look on Youtube if you are not familiar with the sport.

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The Unifying Force


The FIFA Ballon d’Or (World Footballer Of The Year) nominations for 2014 were recently announced. The kids MB met last week dream of making that list some day.  Read More