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Living in a new world – Days at home (8)

A busy day for daddy but positive progress. That’s always nice. It might just be my impression, but the boys have little work todo. Or they don’t do it properly and I need to get engaged more. But to do that, I need more time. Again, luckily, the wife was around to sort them today but tomorrow it’s my turn again. And she did a fantastic job with the arty craft work, as of above. Something I am not so good with. I am better with science, so doing the rain experiment, and condensation / water flow, was more my thing 🙂 Actually we are having fun. Also, I managed a few more calls and check ins and it was good to see people rather than just talking to them. Everyone switching to video calls. Then I ordered some tea as I need to change my habits of drinks. Alcohol cannot be a goto, no matter how easy it would be, but also too much coffee isn’t great. So today I got my Turkish tea, yesterday my coffee, and next week I should get some hobby items for the beetle. As you can see/read, we keep ourselves busy. Life is

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Sunday Column (202)

The first week back at work after being off for two weeks seems to be always hard. I eased my pain with my new “man chair” which arrived early this week. Whilst not the best quality (my wife was right) I am happy with it nevertheless. May it last until we rearrange the living room and get a new couch etc. in a few years time. Child benefits got cut. We opted out, despite the fact that I believe it isn’t fair. I understand that if one has above a certain earning that benefits are cut, but the way the rule works there are couples having a similar income to myself or higher (!) between them, however they still qualify for the benefits. Not fair I’d say. On top of that travel tickets to London went up b 5% whilst inflation went up b 3%. Means in my profession I just have to sell more to make up for things I suppose. Sell, sell, sell is the motto for 2013. Life is really getting more expensive by the day. With the cold weather quite a few colleagues have been off sick. I didn’t feel too great during the week and

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Sunday Column (15)

Another week and a rainy weekend, at least most of Saturday and Saturday/Sunday night. Even some thunderstorm. Welcome to Britain. At the time of me writing this blog entry there is no news from little Colin to come out. Jen had some acupuncture and we are hoping it speeds things up. We will have breaking news on this blog depending on the situation. Also, we will inform you via email and send first pictures. What an exciting but also stressful time! This week was a busy interview week. With a flying start on Monday and 3 interviews on Thursday/Friday, I am now all interviewed out 🙂 I hope that one of the interviews I had will lead to a job. Again, I keep you posted on the developments. We got our Lombok sideboard exchanged. It had a big crack in the top piece and they exchanged it quickly and without asking too many questions. Their customer service is just great. So is their furniture. Nice to see that companies don’t cut down on customer service. Our friends’ Volker & Tini had their wedding this weekend and we hope they had better weather than us. Shame we could not make it,

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Karma

I had a lot of Buddhist and spiritual thoughts this weekend. As you know I write another blog which is like an email exchange with a good friend: Balamadana. Today I wrote in response to Marcelo about Karma. There is not much happening today on a very slow, rainy Sunday. I was having diner and drinks with a good friend last night and we bought a new kettle today. But that is about as interesting as my weekend got. Besides I digged up half of the garden, so we are making progress. Have a good “rest weekend”. Volker

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The Weather – or why am I not posting?

Ein Sauwetter (pig’s weather) – that is what we would say in Germany. After spending a few days speaking German it is weird to come back and speak 100% English/Scottish 🙂 I was wondering about the weather (as I do) and why it is raining and cold in August in London. When I was a wee boy, I was running around in shorts and T-Shirts from early age and early on in the year. May until early September would be a good summer, sunshine, some rainy days but this year….. There was a time in June, maybe a few days in July that were amazing hot. And the time in Spain of course. But sitting in the office today, just made it in without getting rained upon, changing from rain to sunshine to rain every hour is just not healthy. It is not autumn yet, although it surely feels like it. Makes me tired too. Ok, I stop complaining. I did choose to live in the UK but believe that other cities/countries in Europe are not far off. Maybe it is global warming after all? Maybe not. Maybe it is just normal that every few hundred years we are having

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