Curmudgeon muses on politics, electricity bills, Ukraine, the cost of living crisis and first world problems like Boy Racers Continue reading Tag der Arbeit: return of the Mai Aufmarsch
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 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
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
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’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…
Lessons learned from being retired are serving Curmudgeon well as he is in lockdown. It isn’t all doom and gloom. Continue reading Lessons for Lockdown gained from enforced Retirement
Take time to eat well and check up on those on their own. Maybe even have a Skype beer. Continue reading Dinner for One in the Cottageviertel
It’s been an interesting start to the year – belts tightened, but without crippling austerity. Curtains for Curmudgeon and his dear wife and the black dog has been kept firmly in his place. Continue reading Curmudgeon tightens his belt
Curmudgeon recaps the decade Continue reading That was the decade that wasn’t
Curmudgeon has tired of wall-to-wall retail and isolation and is on a crusade to return to a more socially conscious and inclusive Christmas, that doesn’t pander to retail. Continue reading Bringing back the Christmas of yesteryear