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Thursday, April 19, 2018
editors letter art
Art is always of its time, and the best of it, timeless. From classical portraiture to contemporary installations, visual art recreates life, nature and emotion through the filters of skill and the human imagination.Art provokes awe, puzzlement, joy and ridicule. The work of one artist rarely resembles that of the next and, along with technological and societal advances, art evolves with us.In Vienna, it has...
proporz
To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this month’s cheat sheet.PROPORZNoun. The proportional division of public offices along party lines. While it’s understood that democracies assign seats in parliament according to election results and coalition governments form cabinets by divvying up ministries, Austria...
leigh turner
Guest contributor UK Ambassador Leigh Turner to Austria has been exploring nostalgia. On his second tour living in Vienna, he is revisiting the memories and objects he has collected over the years.The pen, made by a German company, Pelikan, cost me nothing.  It is neither fashionable nor new. Yet I value it more than any other writing implement I...
editors letter democracy
In theory, it’s a great idea. We all join in and decide who we’d like to govern us. We get the leadership we ask for. But recent elections see Europeans biting their nails at the same time that the constant onslaught of “sad” news from the White House makes us lose hope in democracy.A decade ago, we were still celebrating the democratizing force of...
Whether you read horoscopes, have your fortune told, or simply fantasize about the year to come, the thrill of seeing into the future has been inherent to the human experience.Three years ago, I was introduced to the New Year’s prophecy in the form of Bleigiessen (pouring lead). You sit around a candle with a metal spoon and lucky figurines,...
bassena meaning
To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this month’s cheat sheet.BASSENANoun. Orig., either French basin or Italian bacino, both meaning basin;a communal water tap with an enamel sink located on the landing of an Altbau (old apartment building, generally pre-WWI). In times past, running water...
editors letter nostalgia
It was all so much simpler then. Back when we were innocent, when we treated each other with respect, communicated without smartphones and buildings were built to last. Sure it was. In memory, we merge reality with idealized editions of the past and repackage it into nostalgia. It may be one of the strongest, most powerful emotions of the collective consciousness. The refrain, “früher hätt’s des net...
readers december 2017
Many thanks for your thoughts, ideas and insights! If you have something to say about Vienna or a story you read here, tell us all about it. Send an email to office@metropole.at.Dear Metropole staff,(In response to several Facebook posts regarding Metropole in various expat social media groups)We’ve been Metropole subscribers for over a year now – actually since we...
medical care
What do Mozart, Alpine Skiing, and Austrian Healthcare Have in Common?They are all sources of immense national pride. Everyone in Austria has access to comprehensive medical care, and around 90% of the population rate the system as very good or quite good. But no policy could call itself Austrian if it did not come with a healthy dose of...
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