Simon Ballam

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English, studied in NY and worked in London, DĂĽsseldorf, NY, Fankfurt, Prague and Vienna. This covered stints in market research and the film industry, international advertising coordination and strategic planning. Currently business school lecturer and journalist.

News Monitor

WRONG SKILLS OR WRONG SKIN? “No one has to live out their days in Rohrbach,” headlined the daily Der Standard (06.02.19). How the 2,400 citizens of this pleasant little border tow...

A Feast for the Senses

The MAK honors Koloman Moser influential and abundant body of work "Koloman Moser UniversalkĂĽnstler" proclaims the publicity by the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) for their current exhibition; whethe...

Food & Drink | Let them Eat Schnitzel

Channeling imperial indulgence, Meissl & Schadn’s riding dinners are all about good taste – in both senses Close your eyes: Imagine, you’re in a horsedrawn Fiaker, dressed to the nines, leanin...

Wine | Bubbles at the Bar

Other  winemakers  may  follow  the méthode  champenoise,  but  the  aristocrats  of  bubbly  still  define  the  market.  Procedures  can  be  copied;  the  magic  is  more  difficult Crémant,  Sekt...

Special Report | A Banana Republic, if you can keep it

The OSCE in Vienna monitors elections around the world. Its report on the US midterms found the elections to be just as fair as those in the ex-Soviet Republic of Georgia It may seem arrogant for a...

The Architecture of Empire

Across the sprawling Habsburg monarchy, castles and courtyards, opera houses and onion domes projected their power and today the heritage of a shared culture All great empires leave an architectu...

A Golden Age for Gentle Radicals | Josef Hoffmann & Koloman Moser

The cruelest punishment imaginable,” said the Viennese modernist architect Adolf Loos, “would be to be locked up in a prison cell decorated by Josef Hoffmann.” Contemporaries though they were, th...
VieVinum

500+ Wines in 3 Days | What to Expect at this June’s VieVinum

This year’s VieVinum showcases the best of Austria and introduces little known Swiss and Dalmatian wines at the Hofburg from June 9 to 11. Wine fairs are like gallery openings, clusters of trendy...
Krems

A Charming Tour of Krems | Wine, Music & Art

Still surrounded by vineyards, the twin cities of Krems and Stein are also spiced with highly acidic caricature. Sleepy little town on the softly rolling Danube – or hotbed of political intrigue ...
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