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Aurora's "Nature Boy"

Aurora's "Nature Boy"

For some reason I missed the trailer to the new Alien: Covenant picture. It looks alright by me, but what I really liked about it was a subdued cover version of Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy". Turns out it's by Norwegian singer Aurora, and according to the official video on

When the shit hits the fan

When the shit hits the fan

It's day two after the US elections, and after a bit of time to digest what went down here, it's time to jot down a few thoughts. They might be linked in some way or other, but for now I'll just put them down in the order they come to

Through a "River of Ink"

Through a "River of Ink"

"River of Ink", the debut novel of Brit Paul M.M. Cooper, is a marvel. I'd not heard of the man until he did his Reddit AMA a few months back, but the book was an easy sell on me: I'm quite partial to historical fiction and also enjoy reading

The Evernote conundrum

The Evernote conundrum

It's the middle of July, and for everyone familiar with the progression of months, they'll be aware that August will follow suit. For me that means that my yearly Evernote subscription will renew. Now, for everyone who's not familiar with Evernote, here's a quick primer: Evernote is a note-taking tool

Open Club Sandwich

Open Club Sandwich

There is this place in Vienna called "Oben", which basically means "at the top". It actually is at the top of a building, namely the main building of the Viennese libraries. It's a great place to hang out both during the day and at night and incidentally, they also serve

Brined pork belly

Brined pork belly

To everyone who knows me a bit, the revelation that I'm partial to pork roasts will be no revelation at all. But, I adhere to a kind of roast that's unusual for Austria (or Germany, for that matter). I like my roast mostly with caraway, salt and garlic, massaged in

Of sausages, turkeys and trees

Of sausages, turkeys and trees

Assorted sweetstuffsBefore I started writing more again, the latest blogpost on here was one about Christmas. Short and quite to the point. Despite its almost three year tenure as this blog’s top post, it failed to gain much traction. It might have been a marketing problem. Anyway, it’s

The right way to drink tea

The right way to drink tea

According to venerated bard George Orwell, eleven factors determine the perfect cup of tea. My favourite is this one, not least because my family has been doing it the other way round forever: Tenthly, one should pour tea into the cup first. This is one of the most controversial points