A Very Merry Christmas to You All

We are nearly there. All the shopping is done, the tree is up and decorated. There is the church service in the afternoon, then the traditional sausage and sauerkraut for dinner – and then it is unwrapping time. At the beginning of December I wondered whether I was going to be able to go through…

Waiting

The big quiet has already started. Although not when I look out of my window. The square in front of my house is completely parked up. Last Christmas shopping, I imagine. The fourth candle on the advent wreath has been lit, and the holidays are there. I am waiting. For my mother’s arrival late this…

New York, New York

Seriously, sometimes I have no idea where these things come from… The (original) photo is called ‘Lunch Atop A Skyscraper’, and no doubt it is one of the most iconic pictures of all times. I have always liked it, and don’t ask me where this came from, but I wasted spent a couple of hours…

Just for Fun

After the Cliffs Notes from Monday, it appears I am on an editing spree. Ah well, *two* edits don’t make a spree, but anyway. We were discussing how we might need a whole course “Armitage 101” in order to understand the master himself when he crypto-tweets at us. Raven Grace on Twitter suggested a sweat…

Circumstantial Evidence

So, I was scrolling through the Groupon offers yesterday, because I was looking for a birthday present for my mum. She turns 70 this year, and rather than put on the customary birthday bash at home – in Germany, people tend to invite scores of friends and family for their significant birthdays to a restaurant…

From The Waste Paper Basket Of The World Press

Before the day is out, a quick update from abroad. Northern German sunset – the land is flat, the sky is wide. And we now have good weather again with temperatures of 25 – 28 degrees Centigrade (77 to 82 F). My mum’s flat has been painted – by her son-in-law. Carpet is going to…

Holiday Reading with Richard Armitage

Are you on your great big summer holiday yet? If not, there is still time to prepare yourself and bring along some gripping literature to while away an afternoon sunbathing on your lounger or on the beach. The soft velvet tones of Richard reading an intriguing thriller for an audio book are favoured by many…