Category Archives: General

Seasonal Views of Bremen 2014

This holiday season I mostly found myself tied to the house due to ongoing construction work. Which isn’t that much of a problem, since I do most of my holiday shopping online anyway. However, yesterday there was a lull in … Continue reading

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“Good Bye, Lenin”, Thuringia, ambiguity and the vanishing of two countries

Warning: There is a lot of blather about German politics in the following, so if that bores you just skip this post: Send to Kindle

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Built on Sand – and stuck in it

Next to my house, a double garage with a solar cell covered roof is being built. The actual construction will start on Monday, but laying the foundation started yesterday. Here is a photo, taken from my kitchen window: The workers … Continue reading

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Photos: Enchanted November Woodlands

We had a lovely sunny and mild late November weekend, so I took the opportunity to go hiking in my favourite local hiking spot, the Westermark forest near the town of Syke, which has been featured in these pages before. … Continue reading

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Familienkutsche featured at Kobo Next and other news

Familienkutsche, the German version of my crime short Family Car, is a featured selection at Kobo Next, Kobo’s own promo site, this week, along with a whole lot of other good books such as When the Music’s Over by German … Continue reading

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Photos: Winschoten in the Netherlands

Yes, I know you’re waiting for the Birmingham photos, but those will have to wait a bit longer. In the meantime, here are some photos of Winschoten in the Netherlands, taken during a visit on October 3. Now October 3 … Continue reading

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In Birmingham

I’ve arrived safely in Birmingham and am now utilizing my 30 minutes of free hotel WiFi per day. Meanwhile, Debts to Pay, the newly released fourth installment in my Shattered Empire series, is today’s featured new release at the Speculative … Continue reading

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Away for a few days

I’ll be in Birmingham in the UK for a few days with only spotty internet access, so blogging and tweeting and other internet activities will be only sporadic. But have no fear, there’ll be photos when I get back. Send … Continue reading

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Harvest Festival 2014

This Saturday was not just the start of school for this year’s crop of first graders, but also the day of the harvest festival, an annual celebration of farming and food that consists of a parade through my semi-rural suburb … Continue reading

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Photos: Lüneburger Heide 2014 (with bonus crazy house)

Here in Northwest Germany, one of the most popular destinations for holidays and short trips is the Lüneburger Heide, a nature preserve with a unique heath landscape that’s great for hiking, biking and horseback riding. It’s particularly beautiful in late … Continue reading

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