As Urlaubsgeld lands in the accounts of salaried employees from Bregenz to Burgenland I ponder how many people actually use their Urlaubsgeld for its apparent earmarked purpose. Continue reading Urlaubsgeld and Weihnachtsgeld – collective security?
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.
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
A piece of local news in the UK that I chanced upon while consulting the hatches, matches and despatches in the local rag in preparation for my forthcoming brief visit to my elderly aunt over in the UK caught my attention. A wizened old veteran of WWII, a gnarled, wrinkled, shrivelled little old man, was showing off a biscuit tin, containing his medals and assorted … Continue reading Strange currencies