Caragh Little
Caragh Little is originally from Belfast, and now lives in Portrush, on the North Coast of Northern Ireland. She is Head of English at a large school in Coleraine, having previously worked in places as diverse as Metz and Enniskillen. She studied English and French at Oxford, far too long ago. She has written since her school days, and has had a variety of articles and pieces published; she has always said that she would like to be a writer when she grows up, so perhaps it’s time to do something more definite about that.

In her blog for The Huffington Post she will often write about her observations and musings on everyday occurrences, whether that’s life in Northern Ireland, the UK, Ireland or in the seaside holiday resort where she lives. She will probably also write a lot about things she is passionate about, such as education, books, music and good coffee. Often accused of being quite sarcastic, she is perhaps more comfortable with the definition of taking a sidelong, ironic look at things.

Throughout 2011-2012, Caragh Little has been a regular blogger for Oxford Today at, although in many respects she does not see herself as a typical Oxford graduate or a typical Oxford Today blogger.

For more regular updates and musings, you can follow Caragh Little on Twitter at or read a lengthy blog archive at Little By Little, which can be found at .

Entries by Caragh Little

School's Out For Summer

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 2:14 PM

Alice Cooper put well it in 1972.

Anticipating coffee and a bun on the second morning of the holidays, I was assaulted by the first Back to School display of summer. No sooner have the holidays begun than we're preparing for them to end: hardly had I dragged myself...

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Quiet, Please: Play.

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 10:38 AM

It's Glastonbury weekend, and I spot one of those online quizzes: What Sort of Festival-Goer Are You? The sort who doesn't go to Festivals, I think, as I turn on the TV. It's Wimbledon fortnight too, which, here in Northern Ireland, means the end of the school year, with children,...

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Frustration, Frustration, Frustration

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 12:15 PM

Sometimes you feel that you simply cannot get it right.

When I was 18, the future just one verb tense away, my Mum gave me advice. I mean, she gave me advice all the time, mostly about vests and eating meat, but I can still remember how much I laughed...

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Beautiful? Damned?

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 9:05 AM

So a well-known Sunday Colour Supplement has issued some good advice, this weekend, on how normal women can emulate 'expensive' beauty using products and procedures in their price-range.

It has made my weekend to discover that I can look better if I simply sleep more. Sleep, after all, is free,...

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Snail Wars

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 11:44 AM

I don't often laugh out loud early in the morning, but today was an exception.

A radio presenter, outlining the contents of the morning newspapers, discussed new strategies for gardeners to get rid of unwelcome snails which eat their way through delicate plants and leave slimy trails across herbaceous...

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... Just Like Everybody Else

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 5:49 PM

So I hear that one of this season's celebrity trends is 'Normcore'.

This fascinating departure from glamour is to be 'deliberately ordinary' in how you present yourself. You might have nondescript, untidy hair and possibly a rather anonymous pair of glasses. You might wear a lived-in hoodie and sensible,...

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The Generation Game

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 3:06 PM

So the Pensions Minister has said that pensioners might soon be provided with an estimated date of death, so that they can calculate how long they need to eke out their pension funds. The ultimate expiry date, it strikes an uncomfortable balance between financial pragmatism and a cynical attitude to...

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Rev: Help My Unbelief

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 6:07 PM

I used to believe in Rev.

Rev was the loveable clergyman who struggled with the realities of his profession - and of the profession of his faith. The mild-mannered shepherd who wasn't entirely sure which way to lead a dwindling, wayward flock. I believed in him as a flawed anti-hero...

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Common Grounds

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 4:18 PM

It's St Patrick's weekend in Northern Ireland, and the lawnmowers are limbering up. For a week or two, now, the rainfall has slowed, the birds have been singing for nesting territory, and underpinning their chorus is that lower, guttural sound: the growling of the First Lawnmowers of Spring.

Picture it....

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To Thine Own Selfie Be True

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Given that Selfie was chosen as 'International Word of the Year' by the OED for 2013, and therefore much written-about in the national papers, I shouldn't have been surprised when it happened. But nothing prepares you for the moment when somebody much older, who prides himself on his Luddite tendencies,...

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Total Abyss of the Heart

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 4:18 PM

It was a Valentine's Day Massacre.

Somewhere in a UK supermarket, they've hanged the bears in readiness. Suspended above boxes of truffles and Milk Tray; dangling, Damoclean, above bottles of red wine, a dozen hanged furry companions as a warning. Pour ne pas encourager les autres. Miss Valentine's Day -...

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Signifying Nothing

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 4:42 PM

It was when I saw the suggestion in a fashion magazine, late last night, that animal print might be a suitable style statement for a trip to the zoo, that I knew the game was up.

Living your life as if you're playing a part in a drama is nothing...

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Air From Another Life...

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 11:19 AM

I can never sleep on Sunday nights.

I've tried it all - within reason. Dimmed lights. Extinguished screens. Abandoning 'real' coffee for decaff, from midway through the afternoon. Music. Relaxation exercises - learned strategies of breath. Reading - endless reading - reading until I suddenly realise it's so late that...

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Terms And Conditions

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 12:06 PM

The Back To School signs have been in the shops since June. Bargain uniforms, special offer pencil cases: making spirits plummet as the summer break started. The Autumn Term has begun, so now Christmas displays are sneaking onto shelves; Christmas chocolates next to two-for-one stationery and leftover bargain picnic-ware. If...

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(1) Comments | Posted September 1, 2013 | 6:38 PM

I was a strange child.

Aged about six, I lifted a small book from my Dad's bookshelves. I wondered if he might read it to me. 'But I think it might be a scary murder story...'

I was precociously curious, but it wasn't a 'scary murder story' at all. It...

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Blogger's Block?

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2013 | 1:10 PM

Last week, the country ground to a halt. The world's media stopped with it - and hundreds, perhaps thousands of cameras were focused on one average-sized door of a private hospital in London.

Early on Monday 22nd July, the news had broken that the Duchess of Cambridge had arrived...

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In the Shade...

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 12:24 PM

It's summer in Northern Ireland. It's 27° Celsius in the shade...

Summer weather in Northern Ireland isn't a given. It casts a searchlight of truth on the local residents, as roughly 1.811 million people emerge, blinking, into the unfamiliar light of a summer day.

The PVC door creaks open....

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Low Fidelity

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 11:17 AM

It's finally happened. I've weakened. I always said I'd never do it, but, through sheer curiosity, I've had a look at Instagram...

My disapprobation of this photo app started months ago. It was a dark and stormy November afternoon and the sixth formers in my classroom were dreaming of better...

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Back To School

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2013 | 12:24 PM

It's one of those things that gets annoying, when you're a teacher: when the Back To School posters appear in the shops before the Summer Term has even finished. It feels like a hint at one of those government initiatives to shorten the school holidays. Perhaps like the campaigns to...

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Nostalgia - Is It Really What It Used to Be?

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2013 | 5:39 PM

'What a good place to be / Don't believe it / 'cause they speak a different language /And it's never really happened to me...'
Later in the week, if my nerve doesn't fail, I should be attending one of those events you don't believe you'll ever be old enough...
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