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Folks, if it’s Friday, it must be otmar!

He actually submitted two sets, and I’ll run the next one next Friday.

Thanks otmar – your pictures and explanations bring me and many others lots of joy. You’re lucky to live somewhere so scenic!

And should we have other overseas readers, please do send in photos. We’d love to gain some insight into your country and culture, and get a feel how the world looks around you.


Today, pictures from valued commenter otmar.

January 14th I drove the little spawn to a indoor hockey game in Graz (about 200 km SW of Vienna). We had some time to spare so we walked through the old city center and up to the landmark of Graz:the clock tower.

It was a snowy, early Sunday morning, so the city was very quiet and empty.

View from the main city square.

City hall.

Looking towards the “Schlossberg”

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grazer_Uhrturm (there is no English version of that page)

Looking back down towards the city center.


Thank you so much otmar, do send us more when you can.


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20 replies
  1. 1
    JCJ says:

    Thanks Otmar! I was in Graz 22 years ago in August. It was unusually hot so it looked a bit different from these shots. I always perk up when Alan has your pictures.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Grüße, Otmar!
    Manche von uns Schakalen könnten wissen, dass Graz die Heimatstadt Arnold Schwarzeneggers ist. Aber das ist fast die einzige Sache, die ich über Graz weiß. Nun weiß ich, dass sie auch eine schöne Stadt ist.

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    Mary G says:

    @Amir Khalid: You should send in pictures of KL.

    Thanks, Otmar. Austria is beautiful.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Mary G:
    I might, if I had any idea which end of a camera you hit the nail with.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @Amir Khalid: truth be told, whenever I beg for overseas pictures, you’re in mind. Hope all is well.

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    JPL says:

    Beautiful pictures!

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    MomSense says:

    Lovely photos, Otmar.

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    debbie says:

    Beautiful! They don’t architect like they used to!

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    Quinerly says:


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    rikyrah says:

    These are beautiful 😄

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    MelissaM says:

    Oh, beautiful Austria! Lovely!

  12. 12

    Get to ‘reapply’ for my job today. I’m not too worried, since I’m one of the few people in my company who can spell SCADA. But we’ve been gradually replacing the security people in my org with MBAs and unaccredited ex military so neither knowledge nor competence are much insurance.

    After that, I get to try to find out which between IT and OT, both of which have been habitually feeding audit and cyber-security a mix of stonewalling and lies for almost two years have been lying the least and find some sort of Solomon-like decision to move forward.

    But, it’s Friday. I think for my status report, I’ll try to find a montage of “you’re fucked” lines from famous movies.

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    bluefoot says:

    I love Graz. I’ve been there twice – once in winter, once in early summer, and I loved it both times. I was there on business, and I keep meaning to go for vacation. You’ve inspired me to put it on the calendar for this year.

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    Another Scott says:

    @mapaghimagsik: Bummer.

    Illegitimi non carborundum and all that.

    Hang in there. Good luck!


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    Miss Bianca says:

    For some reason I thought Graz was practically a suburb of Vienna, not 200 km away! Still hoping to make it to Austria before I die – lovely pics!

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    scav says:

    Thabks otmar! I do love those styles of building — with a little snow as bonus.

    Let’s see if the goog-translate of the clock tower link will post.

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    laura says:

    Otmar, your photos are always so lovely.
    Isn’t Graz the home town of our former Governor der Gropenfeuhrer?

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    otmar says:

    @laura: Arnold grew up close to, but not in Graz.

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    otmar says:

    @mapaghimagsik: ics security is quite the upcoming thing. IT and OT are getting linked together. It’s not the focus of my work, but colleagues are dealing with that issue.

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