Liberated within limits

Women’s lib even sounds old fashioned now. Thankfully in Ireland liberation for women has happened and while there may be a few clear up items to be dealt with like equal pay etc., largely   women are well regarded as being, well, just as worthy as men. In some cases even worthier if you consider areas…

The Little Thaw

Did you ever wish for something so hard that by the time it looked likely to come true, you weren’t so sure if you still wanted it or not? Two and half years ago when Saudi Arabia, my old home place, the UAE and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar, accusing us of funding terrorism, we…

Happy Ever After, Apart

If someone told you that one day you and your husband would come to the conclusion that to live in two different countries, neither of which to be your home country would in actual fact be the best solution for your family. Who in their right mind would leave England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales, and come…

First out – Last In

I wish someone had told me ten years ago when we felt obliged to flee Ireland because of mutual economic ruin that ‘sponging’ would become a taboo topic and calling anyone, even spongers a sponger would be frowned upon and be the source of massive consternation among the snowflakes, the millennials and the do-gooders in…

Irish Teachers In Qatar

Its long been the case that qualified teachers all around Ireland are struggling to secure full-time, permanent employment in Ireland.   You try looking for a full-time job as a teacher in Donegal, Roscommon or Fermanagh where the local school might have a patronage of under one hundred children and the four teachers have been there…

Red Tape in Qatar

One of the things I’ve realised from living in Qatar for nine and a half years is that things are never straightforward. I thought it was enough to apply for a job, get the job and start the job. I thought, all I had to do after than was provide my bank details and stock…

A walk in the park

The end of summer never came quicker, I spent the last week in Ireland wishing for one last glimpse of sunshine whilst in the paradoxical situation of being in total dread of the blinding sun that was sure to greet me when I arrived back in Doha. Thing was, I have arrived a point that…