Moving Zoo

Rose tinted glasses, that’s what we’re wearing when we return from Qatar to immerse the kids in our mother culture for a few weeks of the summer. We get off the plane, turn our backs on the sweltering heat of Qatar, the dust and the restrictive nature of life in a Muslim society. Sick and…

Stockholm in Qatar

What some people seem to forget is that the blockade between us, Qatar and Saudi, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, is still on. The blockade started on the 5th June 2017, Saudi accused Qatar of handing a hand in terrorism and with immediate effect, we were excommunicated. Air, sea and land borders blocked and no…

Sri Lanka Easter 2019

Just as society was grappling with how they felt about the Notre Dame accident and which side we all fell when it came to pledge extortionate amounts of money to rebuild it, Sri Lanka happened. A calculated symmetrical trinity where three churches and three hotels were bombed killing over three hundred and fifty people, injuring…

A Cathedral

As reports flood in about the Notre Dame fire which has left people saddened all over Paris and indeed Europe. For me, there are two take away items, one, the global and palpable relief that it was not a terrorist attack and two the absolute outpour of pledges of wedges to restore the Cathedral. The…

Finding Nemo in Doha

I love animals as much as the next person, but when it comes to owning one, I have a strict criteria.   They must not require affection. They must not scurry. They must not require food, every day. I must be able to leave them for long periods of time without them dying and consequently disappointing…

Identity Crisis

Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse….. Last year, at this exact time of the year I muttered about having an identity crisis of sorts. It was heavily prompted by three days of celebrations, International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day and St. Patricks Day.   All these massively thought-provoking days ultimately leave me feeling totally inadequate…

Passport Application

Far from thinking I deserved special treatment just cos I’m Irish n’all, long before the time came that my 3-year-old daughters passport was due to expire, I applied for her new one because I knew that the passport office would likely to be flat our issuing passport to folks that fancied an additional travel pass…