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.
Austrian wine

Beating the Heat

The 2018 Austrian wines are defined by last year’s long summer and sweltering temperatures. Like love and moonlight, wine and sunshine go hand in hand, but too much of a good thing can be as harmful as too little. Many of the world’s best wines have always come from cooler climes, with Champagne and Burgundy […]
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News Monitor

European Elections Ahead When an entire continent goes to the polls, we should pay attention to what people have to say. From May 23-26, a new European Parliament will be elected for the next five years. Roughly 400 million EU citi- zens across 27 EU member states (after the planned with- drawal of the United […]
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Trouble in Lederhosen All the ingredients for a slow news day story were there: a much-loved local showbiz star, Nazi-accusations and some holier-than-thou Germans. Andreas Gabalier, Austrian “Volks-Rock-’n Roller” who sings rock ballads in Lederhosen, had been awarded a prize by the Munich Carneval Club Narrhalla and reaped a storm of abuse as a closet […]
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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 town felt is not recorded – but it points up a truism of the Austrian labor market: Vienna’s unemployed are often reluctant to move to the […]
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MAK Koloman Moser

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...
Credit: Sagmeister & Walsh, New York

The Resurrection of Beauty

Designers Sagmeister & Walsh make a plea for pleasing aesthetics. The question is almost impossible: What is beauty, asks the MAK’s current exhibition? And has it survived the brutality of 20th century modernism? Bang “beauty” into any of the many quotable search sites and all kinds of stuff comes up, from the classical aesthetes to […]
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Channeling imperial indulgence, Meissl & Schadn’s riding dinners are all about good taste – in both senses.

Let Them Eat Schnitzel

Channeling imperial indulgence, the riding dinners at Meissl & Schadn are all about good taste – in both senses. Close your eyes: Imagine, you’re in a horsedrawn Fiaker, dressed to the nines, leaning back on the leather seats with a glass of bubbly in your hand, gazing into a pair of bright eyes as all […]
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Bubbles at the Bar

Other  winemakers  may  follow  the mĂ©thode  champenoise,  but  the  aristocrats  of  bubbly  still  define  the  market.  Procedures  can  be  copied;  the  magic  is  more  difficult. CrĂ©mant,  Sekt,  Prosecco,  Frizzante  –  as  long as  it’s  got  bubbles.  Well  perhaps.  But  no  one will  deny  the  mystique  of  real  champagne,  the roster  of  great  names  like ancient  royal  dynasties,  their  grand  […]
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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 an organization operating out of little Austria to be monitoring the US midterm elections. Is Austria, an absolutist monarchy […]
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