Keeper to Kept

Over the past forty years the role of the woman within the family unit has changed significantly in Ireland.  Back in the sixties and seventies it was standard practice that women stayed at home while the men went out to work.  The women busied themselves with raising the children, keeping the house and trying to…

Quit Moaning – International Women

International Women’s Day was celebrated on Wednesday last.  Living in Abu Dhabi and surrounded by expat wives and women ( I differentiate purposely)  it prompted me to think of the women I know and love and their qualities and achievements.    Unfortunately, many of the qualities that immediately come to mind were bitching, moaning  and complaining…

Stepford Wives with Birkenstocks – Qatar Days

There’s almost a formula for expat couples in the Middle East.  The man works all year round, takes two weeks off in summer for holidays and the woman looks after the home and hightails it back to Ireland or the UK for a two month hiatus from the intense climate and the hot weather! My…

Some are more equal than others

As I take in life in Qatar with all the awe and wonderment of a virgin emigrant the wise words of George Orwell regularly resonate in my mind,  “We are all equal but some are more equal than others”.   Service is an integral part of the Middle Eastern culture. There are service attendants at…