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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Simon Ballam

English, studied in NY and worked in London, Düsseldorf, 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.
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Visiting Adele Bloch-Bauer at the Neue Galerie in NYC

The Old World has no claim to great European art. A magnificent gallery showcases Vienna’s treasures in the Big Apple Europeans like to believe that they have the culture and the taste and Americans have...
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Books | A Privileged Peek Into the Hollywood of Viennese Émigré Billy Wilder

The recently published diaries of Sunset Boulevard screenwriter Charles Brackett, on Hollywood and the half-mad world of Viennese émigré director Billy Wilder In his first entry on June 7, 1932 Charles Brackett describes his decision...

The Weinviertel, Where Each Wine is as Unique as its Creator

The Weinviertel has as many philosophies as vintners “Popsicles. With lychee aroma!” René Willmann of the Poysdorf Weinmarkt (wine market) scoffed, a staunch defender of classical Austrian winemaking and not overly impressed by the trendy tipples...
Vienna Energy Forum

Where the Vienna Energy Forum Sees us in 2030

Here’s the challenge: First, eradicate poverty by getting over 90 percent of the world connected to electricity. Second, save enough energy to keep global warming below 2 degrees. And get both done by 2030. How...

Opinion | Realpolitik or a Dance with the Devil? Engaging with the FPÖ in...

The dangerous dance with Kern, Kurz and Strache The image alone must have sent a shiver through the souls of decent chardonnay socialists, to see their chieftain consorting with the Klassenfeind (archenemy). Yet in July 2016...

Obituary | Fond Memories of the Wafer Maker, Carl Manner

Even the color is iconic: “Pantone rose” is a registered trademark for Austria’s signature snack – Manner Schnitten, the pink block of hazelnut cream wafers on the country’s candy shelves, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s legendary...
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On The Vine | More Wine? Don’t Schwitz, it’s Totally Kosher

After eons, kosher wine finally matures Wine in the Levante may date back to pre-biblical times, but until recently, Israel was not producing much you would actually want to drink. Journalist William Echikson writing in...
Michael Häupl

Special Report | Michael Häupl’s Fall From Grace

Vienna’s eternal mayor Michael Häupl is under mounting pressure to step down. And the squeeze is coming from within his own party The basic chronology is easily told, an everyday drama of dinosaurs, foxes and...
Fischrestaurant Kaj

Dining on Dragon’s Head: The Secrets of Fischrestaurant Kaj

The “golden” cook of Fischrestaurant Kaj transforms the fresh catch from the Adriatic. “Sometimes life just writes its own script,” Miro Sapič told us laconically. He and Zlata started their fish restaurant in the 2nd...