without being clichéd Curmudgeon advises to keep calm and carry on. Continue reading Curmudgeon refuses to buy a hamster
Following an inventory of a common or garden Teekuche and its bespoke assortment of cutlery and crockery, the curmudgeon arrives at the source of the problem – supermarket loyalty cards, responsible for free mugs if you spend a large amount. Continue reading Supermarket loyalty cards are for mugs.
This week I have been busy helping out a friend to get the flat his mother left him ship-shape and rentable as a Pendlerwohnung. We have been working hard at it, but the results are pleasing and it has been quite therapeutic to be involved in what is taking shape. We could have got the builders in to do it, but it has proven to be a fun project for us all, as we are all of an age where even if we were not trained as handymen we have certain things we are quite good at, and had we picked up workers from Triesterstrasse for a day, we would have probably not had nearly as much fun.
A recent tweet from the Grimsby Telegraph is the source of my latest musings. That tweet talked about the hole created by the closing of British Home Stores. BHS was a staple on every large High Street not long ago in the UK.
Recently the advertising boards at bus and tram stops and screens in the buses seem to be touting “Alexa” products. I had a bit of a look to see whether I had understood correctly that you can now order dog food through your speaker system as one advert suggests. I was not surprised to see that Amazon were behind it all. I am currently in … Continue reading The veneer of credit – consumerism and the young
My own personal corner of the Cottageviertel is in a state of lockdown, I have been avoiding commercialism and the dreadful scourge of Black Friday, which has now reached even Austria, despite the Mahlerian insistence that everything happens considerably later in Vienna (depending on who you have misquoting it can be between 10 and 50 years later). My recent foray into social media has seen … Continue reading You know you have been in Vienna for a long-time, when…