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.
army

Special Report | Of Officers and Lesser Mortals

For centuries, Austria’s military was the structure that held a sprawling collection of multi-ethnic territories together, perhaps a European Union before its time. It was 1315 and a crispy cold Nove...
gol

Great Expectations | Gols’ Finest Vintners Praise the Weather Gods

The Viennese love their white wines young and fresh. Winemakers in Gols would prefer to wait. Farmers the world over complain about the weather – too hot, too cold, to...
austrian red wines

Austrian Red Wines are Finally Coming of Age

Austrian reds have struggled to catch up with their magnificent white cousins, but the best are now coming of age. Historically, Austria has always been white wine territory, that freshly drawn c...
klimt

Klimt in Virtual Reality: See Frederick Baker’s Klimt’s Magic Garden...

Frederick Baker’s tour de force Klimt’s Magic Garden premiers a work and a technology. This is not the Klimt that launched a thousand place mats and filled the bottomless shelves of souvenir shop...
brexit errors

Brexit | A Lose-Lose in the Year to Come

Britain’s stumbling progress toward leaving the European Union is a case study in political mismanagement. With a year to go, it will most likely be a lose-lose for all concerned. As so often wit...
bundesheer

Opinion | Does Austria’s Military Have a Future Role to Play on the Intern...

The Bundesheer is the nation’s stepchild, unloved and underfed. But it is a respected international player and may have found its new role. Today’s Austrian army, the Bundesheer (BH), is a milita...
pub klemo vienna

Pub Klemo has a Well-Stocked Selection and Affordable Tastings

If Rome has coffee and Moscow has vodka, then Vienna’s soul fuel is surely wine. The city is awash in the stuff: dozens of Vinotheken and wine bars, some as vast as supermarkets and others intima...
osce

Russia at bay | The 25th OSCE Ministerial Council Takes on Some of our World’s M...

There’s always a strange calm in the press benches whatever the weight of the unfolding event. The armored limousines roll up in front of the Hofburg, the Great and the Good emerge onto the red carpe...
Austrian Bureaucracy

Opinion | The Austrian Bureaucracy has (sort of) Reinvented Itself for the age o...

Beamter: Check out any decent dictionary and it will show a string of translations – official, clerk, functionary, civil servant etc. – none of which do justice to the soul of that mystical crea...
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