Monday, February 08, 2016

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Wednesday, February 03, 2016


When I saw the figures on my bank statement I instantly saw the possibilty of a wry Photoshop creation. A delayed reaction was less fun... I tried to extract from Amazon detailed data to explain the very bizarre sum due to me from 'sales' in the United States. 

After an hour or so I gave up. I do find it rather sad that KDP seems to care little about providing transparent earnings reports to authors.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Could be worse...

With the topic of welfare so high on the news agenda I am bound to reflect on my relative good fortune. Even with no jobs as translator or voicer on the horizon, with risible royalty payments from my self-publishing efforts, I can get by. My monthly pension is topped up by what can only be called 'in-work benefits'. The German system (into which, of course, I have been paying for many a year) recognizes that if my income as a freelancer is inadequate, a monthly supplementary payment is made to ensure that an existence in genteel poverty is assured. 

Could be worse... a lot worse.    

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Monday, January 18, 2016

All aboard!

According to Oxfam
"The world's wealthiest people aren't known for travelling by bus, but if they fancied a change of scene then the richest 85 people on the globe... who between them control as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population put together... could squeeze onto a single double-decker." 

This is even more crass than the prediction made by Oxfam a year ago before the World Economic Forum in Davos that "the combined wealth of the richest one percent will overtake that of the other ninety-nine percent of people next year".

The Lazarus effect

David Bowie’s final album has hit No 1 in the United States, his adopted home, with the British music legend posthumously achieving a feat he never managed in life.

Late arrival

I guess we've been lucky! Only now has snow arrived in Munich, with days' high temperatures below zero. But with the month of January soon ending there are grounds for hope that this winter may be agreeably short. It's odd to think that Eiskaffee Venezia will open for the 2016 season in less than two weeks.