Blog 2017

19 August 2017 Discovered a nice new coffee shop called Zeitschmiede, which translates to time smith. 4 August 2017 “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K. Rowling 14 July 2017 “Hard times always lead to something great.” – Betsey Johnson 1 July 2017 “Smart women love smart men more than smart men love smart women.” – Natalie Portman 25 – 29 May 2017 A long-cherished dream has been put into practice. I traveled to Lviv, the capital of Galicia, now known as Lviv. What an interesting, beautiful city full of …

P.A. Charlotte’s Thought of the Day

24 February 2017 – DRESS POLICY: DREXIT v BREXIT The British Parliament just published this lengthy report into organisational policies on appropriate dress codes, including height of heels and nail varnish colour. One might wonder why the Parliament was spending more time looking at the consequences of Drexit than of Brexit. Of course good policy makes good common sense, and advances the cause of women’s rights. Just as good dress sense supports female business careers. But the UK report, whilst well-meaning – is rather too long and fussy when it should be more crisp and clear. Again – just as …

Blog 2016

24 – 26 December 2016 Broken Muses wishes a Very Merry Christmas! 9 December 2016 Both Germany and Austria have come up with their ‘word of the year’. In Germany it is what would translate roughly to ‘post-factual’, I believe in English the word is ‘post-truth’, not quite the same but there you go. The Austrian word of the year is ‘Bundespräsidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung’ which translates somehow to ‘postponement of presidential run-off ballot re-elections’ but is much better described here. 8 December 2016 ‘The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.’ – Coco Chanel 7 December 2016 ‘You don’t …

Blog 2015

16 December 2015 I had a first in a lifetime experience today. Not only did I have the new experience of flying from Germany via Poland to Romania but also another one: a true alcoholic was sitting on the seat next to me from Warsaw to Bucharest. He had brought a small flask of brandy on board. The brandy bottle’s cap also served as a shot glass. Great design and very handy I should say. He nodded when he first sat down. No further pleasantries were exchanged. When the bottle wad first opened, I tried to look the other way. …

Blog 2014

30 December 2014 Thanks for your valuable comment on Dec 29th blog entry dear Charlotte. I could not agree more that a chauffeur should always be in uniform and jeans with a mere Kermit-green polo shirt is most inappropriate. For a shirt I would have suggested olive or khaki at the most for an Olivia. By the way, I found out that “Harry” means “ok” in Sinhalese. 29 December 2014 News from rainy Sri Lanka: The roundtrip ended without a single ray of sunshine. Novel that in a country that is supposed to have good weather most of the time …

Blog 2013

31 December 2013 Furtune Cookie: You love chocolate. Nothing to add here. Or perhaps there is: Love chocolate completely, without complexes or false shame; remember, there is no reasonable man without a spark of madness. – François de La Rochefoucauld 28 December 2013 I’ve only just now stumbled across this newspaper article and seriously wonder what to make of it. As it happened, a man gave the impression to be a simultaneous interpreter for sign language during the recent funeral ceremony of Nelson Mandela but actually his gestures appeared to be completely meaningless. He gestured for hours. Especially the latter …

Blog 2012

… WORK IN PROGRESS… 31 May 2012 Lactose intolerance is so en vogue these days – one is almost embarrassed not to suffer from it. 30 May 2012 In 2010 the Unesco stated that around 759 million adults are illiterate – which is around 16% of the world’s adult population. This correlates nicely with one’s day to day experience says I, not the Unesco. 29 May 2012 “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” – Henry Ford (1863-1947) 26 May 2012 Apron print: Drink coffee, do stupid things faster with more energy! …

Blog 2009

31 December 2009 Isn’t it slightly unsettling if a restaurant advertises with the slogan: ‘Patience is a sister of wisdom’? 29 December 2009 New book titles that make me shiver: ‘The art of reading thoughts’, ‘111 reasons for being a Philistine’ and ‘Let’s face it: I’m overweight’ 28 December 2009 I almost bought the complete DVD set of the Austrian 1970ies cult series ‘Mundl’ and this just because the set had a complimentary white ripped flannel undershirt reading: ‘My beer isn’t stupid’ 27 December 2009 Quotes of real friends: ‘… and when you’re going to visit me in the US, …

Blog 2008

31 December 2008 It is freezing cold in Budapest but that was just ideal for the so-called Memento Park where many of the old statues from the Hungarian communist past have been put up in order to remind people of these times. It is fascinating, especially on a day where colors are fading away and the frost is visible on the grass and tree branches. 30 December 2008 Drove to Budapest – to the Margit island on the Danube river where I will stay for a few days in the Margit Thermal hotel. The island is connected to sides of …

Blog 2007

31 December 2007 New Years eve and a quiet day with massages and sauna in the hotel. At night during the new years eve party, H. was awarded “Best European Bollywood dancer” and won a hotel voucher. 30 December 2007 Leaving Mumbai and going to Bangalore. The rumor says that since outsourcing is not en vogue any more, there is already a new verb in English namely „to bangalore“. And really, Bangalore seems to be better off than Mumbai if that can be seen as a category at all. Also here people are poor, dentists pick teeth on the street …