International Women’s Day

“Do not wait for someone else to come and speak for you. It’s you who can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

MB just woke up to see the above quotation from MY, posted by the Facebook website to celebrate International Woman’s Day. Seems Mark Zukerberg has been watching MB’s blog posts and finally caught on!

Malala was the 12-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot on a bus by a very ‘religious’ Taliban man (Sunni Islamic extremist) whose organisation thought (and still think) that girls should not receive education or attend school; and shooting them was/is the correct punishment if they continue to do so. Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize as a 16-year-old in 2014. MB previously wrote a blog post about Malala and her example to others called Who is Malala?

MB’s below shot was taken in a train station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in August 2013. That girl looks a similar enough age to Malala when she was shot on a bus on her way to school.


Let there be music

Unknown to most in MB’s homeland is the fact that in the majority land area of the Middle East, music is forbidden. In the local lingo, it’s haram. Allegedly, according to those of such beliefs, it’s not God’s will that people should sing or play or listen to music. Read More

Kick ’em out!

On 20 March 1993, the Samaritans organisation in Warrington, England, received a telephone bomb warning. The IRA had placed a bomb in a rubbish bin outside Boots Chemist Shop on Bridge Street. There wasn’t time to evacuate the street when the explosion happened 30 minutes later. A second bomb also exploded, 100 yards from the first. The telephone caller had failed to mention it. Two kids died.

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Charlie … Not Ready to Make Nice …When History Repeats Itself … Here and There … (Reblog from Gypsy)

Reblogging the below post from blogger friend Gypsy, who writes a blog called ‘Gypsy In The ME’ (Middle East).

If like MB, you are into the twittersphere or the blogosphere or gorged yourself on the coverage from Paris in recent days then you will be well aware of the emotions. Huge anger understandably in many quarters. Like the emotions expressed in Gypsie’s post below. Which was about something different but related.

Sadly, also a good number of people who excuse, or even rejoice in, what happened, including a Syrian man MB talked to at work today. There are many like him out these parts.

But saw this quote tonight:

“I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him”

Thanks Gypsy:

# Je Suis Charlie

Birds Edit

My Hometown

In Dublin airport. Heading back to Middle East. Read More