Expat Bubble Burst

It’s the phrase that’s bandied about, ‘the expat bubble’. It suggests the notion that us expats live in a bubble, somewhat removed from ‘real’ life. We tune in to the news from home and of course, we relate, but it’s not on our doorstep, we’re not looking at the fallout every day, so we scroll…

75K Welcome Home Bunting

The Irish government have commissioned a Eu. 75,000 economic report on the improvements needed to facilitate returning emigrants, the report which will take ‘a couple of weeks’ (not a bad fortnights wages), will outline where returning emigrants have difficulty when coming back to Ireland and where improvements need to be made. Save the 75K welcome home bunting,…

Jam on Neither

The internet is not a safe place for kids, as was made abundantly clear on the Late Late Show when a 13-year-old girl was approached for rude pictures by a presumed predator in under 9 minutes. The time was the alarming part, the intent, well that’s a sad fact of life and has been for…

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…