Author Archives: Lorne Anderson

If The Train’s On Time…

According to government propaganda in fascist Italy of the 1920s and 1930s, the unstated message was that, while you might not care for the man, at least under Mussolini the trains ran on time. They didn’t of course, and still don’t. Given the propensity for dictators to kill their critics, it probably wasn’t healthy to […]


A friend brought me a newspaper from the airport lounge. I don’t get to see many physical English-language papers in the depths of the Black Forest, so I was very grateful. It was the Gulf News, which is published in the United Arab Emirates. It appears aimed at the expatriate population there, especially those from […]

The Nativity Set

Today is the second Sunday of the Advent season, the day we light the second candle on the Advent wreath. I should be able to tell you what that candle signifies, but I can’t off the top of my head. When I was growing up my family didn’t do anything special for Advent. Probably had […]

Christmas Market in Lippstadt II

Just a few photo impressions today. If you need words, try yesterday’s post.  

Christmas Market in Lippstadt

I have visited Lippstadt before, but always in the warmer weather. I didn’t know what to expect of their Christmas market.  We had already visited the Advent Market held in the little town of Laufen, an event that matched the town for size. It was pouring rain and I didn’t take any pictures. Nor was […]

Cultural Differences VI – The Kitchen

Until this morning, when I walked into my kitchen, all I could see was empty space with a pipe protruding from the wall. The previous tenants took everything, including the kitchen sink. This is a whole new experience for me. In Germany, when you move, you take everything with you. That includes the kitchen sink […]

First Impressions on “Songs of Experience”

  I may come back to this one in the New Year, but I wanted to give my first impressions today. After all, a new U2 album is an event. The last one, Songs of Innocence, they gave away free and in the process managed to annoy millions of people who suddenly discovered it on […]