Curmudgeon emerges from the Funk(stille)

The last few weeks of 2018 have not been plain sailing. There have been reheated family feuds, ongoing worries about the welfare of my nephew on the high seas, the loss of a dear friend, and personal anxiety over B****t. The end of year quiz was a remarkably subdued affair as a result. Continue reading Curmudgeon emerges from the Funk(stille)

Prosit Neujahr!

As I started typing this, I had the New Year’s Concert on in the background, and there was a hearty soup on the cooker and some leftover chili con carne that we had served to our guests after watching some fireworks from a few minutes walk away up by the Salettl. The view was good although the relative piece was shattered by some youths choosing to let off fireworks only a few metres away from our huddle, while swigging red bull and vodka, and discarding their cans as they went. Continue reading “Prosit Neujahr!”

Decluttering and downsizing in Döbling and Hietzing

Along with the end of June, this is the time of year when diplomats get ready to leave, departing to be ready to start the New Year at a new posting in another city. Around the middle of June or December, the removal vans begin to start appearing round and about the Cottageviertel, with parking spaces blocked off with Parkplatzsperren. This morning, as I walked … Continue reading Decluttering and downsizing in Döbling and Hietzing

The veneer of credit – consumerism and the young

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