Sinful 2019

Every year brings change, some changes are barely noticeable, a sight shift of sands that only the very canny can detect, and some changes are Shut the Front Door. This week in Qatar, we got the Shut the Front Door kind. Alcohol prices have been increased by a shocking 100% on Tuesday. Not known to…

Sober Celebrations

  Here in Qatar we celebrated Qatar National Day on the 18th December. Businesses and schools closed in honour and there are events planned for a four-day period around the celebrations. Compounds, walled-in housing estates behind gates and a guard, are decorated by the property management companies. Qataris spray paint their cars in the maroon and…

Lace Thong

It’s the way of the world that people everywhere view things differently. A few scraps of information change the colour of the situation drastically, for some people. This week at home a lace thong was proposed as being one of these scraps of information that cause the paradigm shift. I was curious to explore how…

Lion afraid of the mouse

Much as I hate mention of Christmas outside of December, preparations do have to start a little early when your live in a Muslim country literally devoid of the little touches that make Christmas special. Sure, Carrefour carry a few decorations, and there are toy shops in every mall, but it’s not the same. For…

3224, I wish!

It’s a common condition among expats, we leave home, live in places like Qatar, Indonesia or Abu Dhabi and fell the fear every day that our kids lose their sense of belonging to their home country. Every day, in every day, you try to instil in them, where they’re from, what that means and send…

Home is a moving target

Us expats have many little tricks we us to get us through being away from the motherland and family. We discuss a four year plan but as the years pass, the four year plan starts every September, until you realise you’ve been nearly ten years abroad, you’re kids know more Arabic than Irish and you’re…

Don’t be Amazing

There’s one thing I can’t help but notice since I’m back in Ireland for summer and that is the emphasis on ‘amazing’.   It seems, grand, fine and just alright no longer exist and everything from a burger to a minibreak is…..amazing. Talk to anybody about a night out and they’ll tell you the meal was…