The annual timetable change brings new routes, headlines, commuter confusion and for some stations it is inevitably the end of the line. Curmudgeon runs his eyes over the ÖBB. Continue reading The ill wind that blows when the timetable changes
Curmudgeon reviews the latest series of Lockdown Austria. Bit parts aplenty, heroes/villains exiting stage (centre) right. Continue reading And just like that, the end of lockdown, as Lockdown Austria Series 4 draws to an anticlimactic close.
Curmudgeon’s resolve is unbroken and he is heeding the lockdown. Why? Because he wants to be the solution to the problem not the cause of it being exacerbated. Continue reading Am I one of the very few sticking to lockdown?
Curmudgeon returns to muse on whether it is good to save when the rewards for doing so are so scant. Continue reading To save, or not to save: that is the question.
Curmudgeon invites you to get out of town and shun Vienna now that it has lost its world-beating status for liveability, or has it? In any case, bring a Wegbier on this trip through the Sommerloch. Continue reading If the shot is not on target, move the goalposts…
Curmudgeon is caught on the hop by a parcel – with customs fees to pay on a parcel from elderly aunt – and with exact change only the requirement of his postman. Continue reading From Pillar(box) to Post(man) – a parcel-based dilemma
Curmudgeon tries his hand at deciphering the match-making ads in his local Bezirkszeitung (district newspaper) Continue reading The Bezirkszeitung – A Guilty Pleasure
Soon to be fully vaccinated, Spring has dragged for Curmudgeon. A longer than expected online exile helped him get through a tricky fourth lockdown. Continue reading Have I been missing owt, not going out?
After three and a half years, Curmudgeon takes time to explain how he came to end up in Vienna – from a railtrip through Europe with his hotel room in Vienna being on the Gürtel through to his eyrie in the Döblinger Cottageviertel. Continue reading 1992 and all that
Curmudgeon queues for Queen and Country with his fellow British citizens. Will MA35 break him in Room 1.01? Will they bring up a misdemeanour from the 1990s? Continue reading Curmudgeon’s Trip to Room 1.01
The British are renowned as being a seafaring nation, ruling the waves (and sometimes their fishing waters) and currently apparently soon to be “free of their shackles” with a trade deal, and also pride themselves of their relationship with steam (or at least steam-based transport, with a list of firsts regarding steamers and steam locomotives). However their relationship with snow is a distinctly poorer and … Continue reading A curious relationship with snow
Speed grieving in the age of Covid-19 has reached new heights among Curmudgeon’s outlaws. Curmudgeon doffs his hat respectively. Continue reading Viennese speed-grieving in times of (impending) Corona lockdown
Curmudgeon kept himself busy through October getting Christmas boxes together. With a bit of luck they will be distributed just prior to lockdown. Continue reading A Shoe Box full of Treasure
Traffic lights are once again a talking point in Austria. Curmudgeon trips the corona lights – fantastic! Continue reading Ampel room for improvement? The baby elephant in the room
Curmudgeon and his wife are invited for lunch by Vienna’s Mayor, Michael Ludwig, along with the rest of the city. Continue reading Unleash the Wiener Gastro Gutschein
As lockdown eases Curmudgeon wonders what kind of a summer is ahead. Culture and the arts appear to have a difficult one ahead, as does tourism. Continue reading When “Baden gehen” “baden geht”
Curmudgeon’s noble attempts to hold a Stammtisch gathering the night of the bars reopening mercifully falls foul of common sense. Continue reading Planning a night out to plan a night in
A somewhat hirsute Curmudgeon is still not ready to brave the crowds as lockdown is lifted and the first steps towards the “new normal” are taken. Continue reading As Austria seems to be emerging from lockdown, the question is for how long
Curmudgeon takes his wife away for a minibreak, without breaking the lockdown. Stay home and stay safe Continue reading National Curmudgeon’s Cottageviertel Staycation
This year, April Fool’s jokes are in short supply. Curmudgeon is still in lockdown. Continue reading No Day for Fooling…