Rain Rain

There’s no doubt about it, living in Qatar, surrounded by filthy rich Qatari’s that drive, Maserati’s, Lamborghini’s and have their drivers and maids cart their shopping home in top of the range Range Rovers, can be intimidating.   Especially when you’re to the pin of your collar trying to keep a second hand Pajero on the…

Where are you coming from?

  Every week I get an email or two from people moving to Doha, Abu Dhabi or Jakarta and looking a piece of advice or guidance on their move.    The emails are usually along the lines of, ‘Hello, we are moving to Qatar in six weeks, my husband has gotten a great positon with…

Cats in Qatar

Having survived Christmas and five previous with not a panto or a musical or a thing, I nearly jumped clean off my seat I saw that there was a musical coming to Doha. Cats. What Cats was about, where it was being held or the price of the tickets, didn’t interest me, I just wanted…

Dry January in Qatar

Life might take the same general course but when you immigrate to a country like Qatar nothing stays exactly the same as it was as home. Life is different, things run at a different pace and while some things bear resemblance, nothing is the same. So it’s nice when despite living in two different countries,…

Big Production

So here we are January again and old and young, at home and abroad, all colours, all nations doing one thing, standing on the scales and wondering how can it be that after 10 gruesome days or self-denial, sobriety and two hundred and seventy minutes of the treadmill, the needle hasn’t moved a smidgen. We…

Silent Night before Christmas

Published 16/12/16, Cork Evening Echo. At home it’s the week of nativity plays and last minute shopping. It’s Christmas parties and tacky tunes. Its sparkly tops, cinnamon candles and expensive cosmetics wrapped up in posh paper. Luscious food hampers with all the little things that make Christmas so special to us. Christmas is surely the…

Best Day Ever

For fear parents didn’t have enough pressure to raise kids in a world where social media exposes prejudice, hate and terrorism, along with excess, idealism and useless trivia on a daily basis, we, the parents, either because we feel the need to create a balance or we’re just making life hard for ourselves have created…