Simon Ballam

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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.
social banking

International: Is Social Banking Europe’s Future?

Banks have reacted to the post-2008 crisis climate in different ways. Some focus on squeaky clean ethical transparency, others on special programs to help poor people There is nothing new in ...

February Agenda

Whatever Happened To The U5? The Vienna subway network is fast, safe, and clean – but something has been missing.  The lines are U1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 – but no U5. Now that transport is incorporate...

On the Vine: Wagram / Kamptal

ON THE VINE guides you through our wine regions, wines and some of the growers behind them. This month we look at the Wagram region.   This is the second in our series of day trips for wi...

Grätzl: Servitenviertel – Saints and Sinners in the Neighborhood

The Servitenviertel is almost hidden, with countless side streets and cobblestones walks inviting you to a leisurely stroll. It’s almost impossible to rush anywhere here.   Just off the R...

On Display: Picturing the 20th Century

An exhibition of iconic photographs from the revolutionary camera that made them possible – the legendary Leica The sailor kissing a girl in Times Square, Che Guevara in heroic pose, Vietnamese c...

Exhibition Review: Elitist Populism

Art pressed into the service of political persuasion is rarely convincing. This exhibition proves a point. The online blurb is refreshingly honest: POLITISCHER POPULISMUS, the striking title of the e...
Wines

On the Vine: Burgenland – A Thousand Wines a Day

It’s one of the miracles of Vienna – most of Austria’s greatest wines grow right nearby. ON THE VINE will guide you through our wine regions, wines and some of the growers behind them. Burgenland is...

Art for Arms

From antiquity to today, looting art for the black market remains big business There is nothing new about plundering antiquities for money. In 1869 the Ottoman rulers criminalized the unauthorize...

Be My Guest: Chef Denis König

Chef Denis König of Le Salzgries: The brasserie reloaded – a French treat for your special guests Denis König came to Vienna to study structural engineering, but (luckily for us) he opted for the...
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