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Pippi Longstocking in Pastel

Browsing the shop-windows of “Amateur la Boutique“ on Gumpendorferstraße will put a blissfully goofy grin on your face! Their droll monster dolls and nostalgically gold-framed serigraphs of jumping rabbits and smirking ducks are predestined to recall fond childhood memories. In my case, I remember watching the spectacular adventures of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s feisty, superhuman […]

Augustin Still Singing for the Street People’s Paper

On the concourse of Neubaugasse underground station, a black man in his mid-twenties was selling the Augustin, Vienna’s biweekly newspaper by and about the homeless. He was also singing. And smiling. In fact, beaming from ear to ear, he was delivering a lusty rendering of the famed folk song “Oh, du lieber Augustin” (Oh, you […]

The Wisdom of the Wool

It’s dangling from a hook in my hall wardrobe: 155×25 cm of fluffy burgundy, pink and turquoise, with specks of orange, a knitted comforter that will keep me cosy in the cold months. This labour of love is the result of some 12 hours of needlework, accomplished one dull rainy weekend at my mother’s in […]

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