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What was Qatar was like in 2006?

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Why I was there.  In 2006, after having just finished secondary school, I moved to Qatar. With my parents, obviously. How many 16 year olds can afford to piss off to another country just like that? My dad found an oil and gas job that was worth the move, so that's what happened.

Initially, I was upset about leaving my life in Sunny Middlesbrough, but as I landed and felt how hot it was, I rapidly got over it. I could tell from the moment we stepped off the plane at 5am with the sun just on its way over the horizon that I was in for an adventure.

I went through my first year of sixth form there.


Here's a picture that I took of our "Common Room", a doubled-up, air conditioned portacabin at Doha College. I took that photo,

Surroundings Although I haven't been in years, I imagine they're still building and building and building. Malls, Stadia, huge office towers and banks, even "old-style" marketplaces (known as souqs).

Back then, the city was a buildi…

How to make the most of ideas as they hit you.

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1. Write down the basics and whole point of the idea as soon as possible.
Ideas can pass through your mind like a signal. Most will hit you seemingly out of nowhere, so you need to capture the outlines and as much detail while the “signal” is still strong.

Picture credit: New 1lluminati On Flickr
That way, when you find time to work on it, you can trace your steps and work out what you were thinking at the time, and your mind understands the context much more deeply than a simple sentence/word that you may go back to.



I use Evernote to take the first jottings down, then make a Google Drive folder for the next step.



Google Drive allows you to collect files of all sort of format in one place and you can access it from most devices.

2. Make sure it doesn't already exist! There is nothing more gutting than coming up with an awesome idea, putting some work into it and thinking you've come up with something that could change the world/your life in some way, only to hear someone passing by …