The CAO from Doha

Back in my day, you could do it with the teacher, 10 minutes is all it took, bobs your uncle, fannys your aunt, all done. That’s right, back in 1993 there was no faffing around for months pondering your options on the CAO form, travel wasn’t an option, the tech or university, both down the…

Dolores O’Riordan – Let it linger

Stars die all the time, you remember where you were when you hear the news, the feelings that generally register are nostalgia, shock, end of an era that kind of thing. It passes. But this doesn’t, this lingers.   Psychologists say after splitting up with a partner, that it takes half the whole time you spent…

New Apple 2018

New Year again and naturally we’re recalling our, ahem, ambitious resolutions from last year but trying to focus on our upcoming ambitions for 2018. Last year I vowed to write a book and I did, somewhat. Thing is when it comes to writing, something like a book it’s all to do with wordcount, an ambitious…

The ‘Winter’ Concert

It’s the one event of the year that is bound to bring a tear to the eye, the Christmas concert. Not so this year, though. With two teenagers on the verge of leaving school and a toddler not yet started, I’d seen it all and had it all to come again so I was looking…

Not a bit Christmassy

If you think Christmas is a chore at home, try conjuring up a bit of Christmas atmosphere in Doha. Doesn’t help things that every time you ring home hear that adage, ‘it doesn’t feel a bit Christmassy this year’. And I’m thinking really? doesn’t feel a bit Christmassy? There was a whole event around the…

To work or not to work

It’s only when you get a few women together that you realise when it comes to raising kids, everybody seems to think that the person next to them is doing a better job than they are! Somewhere between our grandmother’s time and here we’ve captioned child-rearing as being the most important job of all. For…