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Birds of Qatar

I was excited about the potential birding opportunities when I first moved to Qatar. After a few months, I had come to the conclusion that Qatar was a dead zone, with just a handful of birds to be seen. Having been here a bit longer, I know that this is… Read More >Birds of Qatar

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February in Budapest

February in Budapest When you live in a hot country, especially if you’re from a Northern European country like the UK, you hanker after a taste of winter. Each February we take a short trip somewhere cold. It’s great to feel the nip of cold air on your face and… Read More >February in Budapest

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Doha Life

The capital city of Qatar offers plenty of photography opportunities. Whether you enjoy cityscapes, street photography, good food, unbroken blue skies, summer heat or mind bending architecture – there’s something here for you. Islam Qatar is a conservative, Islamic country. Having said that, Qatar adheres to the customary Arabic tradition… Read More >Doha Life

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Jazirat bin Ghanim (Purple Island) and Fuwiarit Beach 31-1-20

We drove up the west coast of Qatar to visit Fuwairit Beach. Turtles come ashore here in the breeding season, but today we were just in search of an alternative place for a Friday walk. Friday’s are a good day to be out and about, because the roads are generally… Read More >Jazirat bin Ghanim (Purple Island) and Fuwiarit Beach 31-1-20

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Arrival

Arrival — A Poem Handholds worn smooth, an old boat rolls on the swell. Black hair, tattoo-man gestures — the sound of surf  and short, shaved-head man shouts something rough,  stabs an ugly glance at everyone huddled looking back. Above the boat, a quarter moon declines towards the sea and… Read More >Arrival

Irkhaya Farm 25-1-20

Irkhaya Farm is another of Qatar’s wildlife secrets. It sits unpromisingly on the perimeter of a sand processing factory and you approach it down an unmade road. A guard sits in a cabin beside the locked gate and by means of a mime involving binoculars and a bird watching book,… Read More >Irkhaya Farm 25-1-20