Death is a favourite topic among the Viennese. 1st November is renowned for being a day of mourning, tending of graves and family contemplation.
With a public holiday on 26th October to celebrate the anniversary of Austria's independence-cum-neutrality in 1955 following the defeat of the Third Reich in the Second World War and subsequent occupation by the allied powers, we decided to take full advantage of the public holiday falling on a Friday to push the boat out at … Continue reading A swinging party in the Cottage
Curmudgeon hosts some Northern Ireland fans and muses about how the UEFA Nations League works. Salvation is later found in podcast form.
Curmudgeon tries his hand at jam-making, albeit with a distinct lack of success, apart from in expediting a thorough cleaning of the kitchen.
Carinthia and Styria and a stop in Semmering play host to the itinerant Curmudgeons. Fresh air, lake views and border incursions are part of a welcome change of scene.
As the heatwave continues, the Sommerloch is over due to a political wedding, the coalition extending the Austrian tradition of Proporz and the debris of another Kirtag, all taking place as the Curmudgeon flees the 19th district for the deep south.
Curmudgeon is also not exempt from ageing, although family and friends visiting and a bacchanalian weekend do a great deal to ensure spirits are high and everyone has a very good time.