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

Build A Ladder To The Stars...

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2016 | (12:13)

The school where I work is saying goodbye, this week, to another sixth form year group, as the class of 2016 head off into study leave, exam season and beyond.

And of course, we're going to miss them. Goodbyes are said, with the usual mixture of a few tears and...

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Lost for Words

(0) Comments | Posted 29 March 2016 | (19:10)

I haven't written for ages. I've written almost nothing this year, apart from work-related items and to-do lists. It's not so much that I gave up writing for Lent as that writing gave up on me... there's been so much going on that I have struggled to find the words...

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On The Moon.

(2) Comments | Posted 16 November 2015 | (21:28)

It's inevitable. It's become an annual event, arriving as Remembrance ends: the Christmas adverts are suddenly dominant on TV schedules. The debate rages on Twitter and elsewhere: are you camp #Mog or camp #ManOnTheMoon: Sainsbury's or John Lewis?

I'm just bemused. I can't make up my mind about either...

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Tricks and Treats

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2015 | (17:44)

There are few more disconcerting times to emerge from a digital detox than Halloween weekend, glancing for the first time in ten days or so at friends' profiles to find that male friends have been transformed into zombies, and girls into ghouls. You know it's Halloween, of course, and that...

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Do You Ever Feel...

(1) Comments | Posted 5 October 2015 | (16:36)

... Like A Plastic Bag? Once worthless: now worth 5p?

The Katy Perry lyric has a whole new significance in England today, as the 5p charge for plastic bags comes into effect. It's fun to watch, from the relative safety of Northern Ireland, where the charge has applied for...

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I Shop, Therefore Who am I?

(0) Comments | Posted 27 September 2015 | (16:35)

This weekend, I went on a shopping expedition to a popular Belfast shopping centre. I more often shop online, but just this once, as the Autumn sunshine made the indifferent summer seem a million years away, I spent a couple of hours in the shops.

I'm still confused about what...

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Because We're Worth It

(0) Comments | Posted 16 September 2015 | (16:23)

It was one of those links on social media to a new advertising campaign. L'Oréal: the lies we tell ourselves. Have that luxurious fruit tart, it's one of our five a day - things like that. I admit it: I didn't follow the link. To borrow a phrase from a...

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Don't Know Much About History...

(0) Comments | Posted 20 August 2015 | (10:50)

They say everyone remembers the day of their exam results. A Levels, GCSEs, O Levels for us oldies... Euphoria, disbelief, pride, frustration, despair: whatever it was for you, and whether the tears you tried to deny were of delight or tragedy.

Exam results are big news, these days, with...

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Who Reviews The Reviews?

(0) Comments | Posted 14 August 2015 | (12:05)

'You shouldn't read that book,' he cautioned, a tone of urgency in his voice. 'It's got some terrible reviews...'

Earlier, in the bookshop, I'd been excited to find the book on display a few days ahead of its advertised publication date. I had loved the author's previous novel and was...

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Love Can Break a Bridge...

(1) Comments | Posted 7 June 2015 | (19:03)

So, it seems that love locks have come undone...

They say that if you love someone, you should set them free. But around the world - Paris, Rome, Amsterdam and even rather unromantic Belfast, padlocks are fastened to bridges and fences and the like, bearing the initials of lovers, their...

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Black and Blue

(1) Comments | Posted 1 March 2015 | (12:11)

It's been one of those things that everyone's been talking about. It's even gained its own hashtag: #thedress. Is it blue and black or white and gold? I'm in the white and gold camp, based on photos I've seen online, though of course when I see two photos set next...

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Seven Deadly Things.

(0) Comments | Posted 11 February 2015 | (11:53)

It started, as these things do, online. One of those Facebook trends: spot someone sharing some facts about themselves, comment on it or 'like' their words, and you've self-nominated and before you know it, you're under pressure to share Seven Things You Might Not Have Known About Me.



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Word Games

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2015 | (18:28)

New Year, New You - so much nonsense. I'm still here. I'm still me, still boring, still a creature of habit, still deeply flawed and still ... well, still whatever it is that people think of me. But I'm trying new things ... mostly in the name of self-preservation (like...

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360 Degrees of Failing...?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 December 2014 | (15:42)

It's time. The calendar tells me I can't delay any longer. I have to drag myself, groaning, out of that post-Christmas hibernation and set myself up for a whole year's worth of failing. I've got to make my New Year's Resolutions.

When I was a child, the whole New...

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O Christmas Tree...

(0) Comments | Posted 18 December 2014 | (16:32)

So Christmas trees, it seems, have spindly tops and broad-based bottoms this year, because there have been a couple of mild winters.

Those commenting haven't seemed to mind too much, because seemingly the broad spaces between the higher branches make the trees easier to decorate, with large hanging baubles...

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Questions and Fairylights

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2014 | (19:00)

And so it came to pass that primary schools began to drop the traditional Nativity Play from their winter schedules, favouring instead a Winter Celebration which offended nobody and in which everyone got a part.


I'm not sure.

Exhausted teachers have been doling out the essay title about...

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Drinking Coffee in Space

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2014 | (16:17)

A female Italian astronaut soon to join the International Space Station will be among the first to use a newly patented device to make 'proper' espresso coffee, enjoyed from a specially designed zero-gravity cup. This will replace the poorly-flavoured, tepid, instant coffee-in-a-pouch, sucked through a straw throughout previous missions: the...

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Stranger Than Fiction

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2014 | (20:11)

My favourite health and fitness app measures how many steps I've taken each day and how deeply (or- most often- not) I've slept each night. It calculates the balance of the calories I've consumed, and gives me a helpful nudge if I've had too much salt, sugar or saturated fat....

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Ban The Bored!

(0) Comments | Posted 4 November 2014 | (18:09)

I've been teaching for a long time now: longer than many of my students have been alive. They view me as if I were a fake plastic dinosaur on display in a city shopping centre if they have the bad luck to encounter me outside school : a mix of...

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Tricks, Treats and Mean Time

(0) Comments | Posted 25 October 2014 | (16:49)

'Power Rangers,' said the tallest of the five sixth form boys strolling along the corridor, the lunchtime before Half Term began. 'Why do you keep on saying we'll go as Power Rangers. That's just lame. And before you start...' he turned to one of the other boys... 'we're not going...

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