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See Klimt, not #Klimt, in Vienna, not #Vienna

Sunday, 9 June, 2019

With Barcelona and Dubrovnik and Venice groaning under the weight of overtourism, land-locked Vienna has decided to target the dread hashtag, so beloved of hipster tourists. Following the techlash, now comes the #hashtaglash.

“This is an invitation from Vienna — an ideal place for a little bit of digital detox and for creating moments that you, and you alone, can treasure forever. Because Vienna is far more colorful when not seen through the lens of a smartphone camera.”

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The Austria-Italy border fault line

Sunday, 8 May, 2016 0 Comments

Temperature’s rising in the run up to the second round of Austria’s presidential election vote on 22 May. The first round was won by Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party and he’s riding a popular wave of opposition to immigration, Islam and Italy. But it doesn’t stop there. “Vogliamo un Tirolo di nuovo unito. Renzi e Merkel sono scafisti di Stato,” is the headline in La Repubblica and it highlights how Hofer’s party is dissing the Italian and German leaders, while pressing the old “Greater Austria” button of bringing the “lost” northern Italian province of South Tyrol “home”, as it were. Pictures of the violent clashes at the Brenner Pass between Austria and Italy yesterday are adding to the tension on the border and should play to Hofer’s advantage a fortnight from today.

South Tyrol poster


Morrissey and the Eurovision Song Contest

Saturday, 23 May, 2015 0 Comments

According to Simon Goddard, author of Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and the Smiths, the Lancashire-born singer is a dedicated fan of the Eurovision Song Contest. “My fascination with the show had an almost religious aspect,” Morrissey confessed to Goddard.

This reverence has been expressed in his work: The video of You Have Killed Me opens with a pastiche intro that mirrors the contest from its glory, glitzy days in the 1960s and ’70s, and for interval music during his 2006 tour, Morrissey used the immortal Pomme, Pomme, Pomme by Monique Melsen, who represented Luxembourg in 1971 and was awarded 13th place for her efforts. By the way, the 1971 Song Contest was held in Dublin and was won by French singer Séverine, representing Monaco with Un banc, un arbre, une rue. In a sign of our globalized times, neither Luxembourg, Monaco nor Ireland are in tonight’s Grand Final in Vienna, but Australia, Israel and Serbia are.


Vienna, World

Saturday, 9 May, 2015 0 Comments

A recent stop in Vienna during a train journey to Budapest led to time spent looking at local newspapers, which in turn led to the news that Austrian guitarist and singer Wolfgang Muthspiel has released an album titled Vienna, World. It was written and recorded with the help of a global group of musicians in locations as diverse as Buenos Aires, New York City, Tibro in Sweden and, naturally, Vienna.

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Innovation in Budapest

Thursday, 7 May, 2015 0 Comments

“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship,” said Peter Drucker. “It’s the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” When Drucker was born in 1909 in Vienna, it was one half of the twin-city capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; Budapest was the other half. Today, Vienna and Budapest are united in a global competition that will decide which cities are capitals of the empire of the innovative.

Photo: Viktória Katona of Connected Healthcare Solutions presenting at the EIT Innovation Forum in Budapest.

Viktória Katona


Austrian word of the day: Marillenknödel

Sunday, 8 September, 2013 0 Comments

In lower Austria, apricots are called “Marillen” and they grow in abundance in the Wachau region. They play a central role in Marillenknödel, a seasonal dessert popular in the traditional cuisine of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, from Brno to Vienna. It’s made by placing apricots in small dumplings, which are then boiled in slightly salted […]

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