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Broken Rules:  Gaming in Austria

Broken Rules: Gaming in Austria

In one game, cartoon monsters leap up onto colourful platforms; in another, a flock of racing birds flutter across a screen; in a third, a flying engine is guided through an ‘80s science-fiction universe: These are all the work of Austrian indie developers – small, independent companies that are making a big splash in an […]

Walk About

When you live abroad for a while, you sometimes stop noticing the differences between Vienna and your homeland – that is until you have visitors…

The Twilight of the Ghost Trains

The Twilight of the Ghost Trains

It’s easily been a couple of decades since I’ve felt I had to close my eyes on an amusement park ride. I’m not afraid of…

Book Review: Inside the Centre

Book Review: Inside the Centre

Is a man better understood through his work or through his personal relationships? Do we “get” Wittgenstein through his philosophy than through his life? Can…

Die Burgermacher: Gourmet Enough for a Knife and Fork

Die Burgermacher: Gourmet Enough for a Knife and Fork

One problem facing newcomers to any city is finding a set of restaurants you enjoy. You may have to try four or more Chinese places…

Gilded Through History

Gilded Through History

It’s dark. We see a man entering a gallery whose dozens of display cases are all empty, save…

Weißgerberviertel: Strolling Through the Centuries

Weißgerberviertel: Strolling Through the Centuries

Urban waterfronts are hard to find in Vienna. The Kaisermühlen section of the 22nd District immediately springs to…

At the Easel With Gustav Klimt

At the Easel With Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt had a big year. Nearly a dozen Viennese museums have featured some sort of 150th anniversary…

Book Review: Gerald Steinacher’s Nazis on the Run

Book Review: Gerald Steinacher’s Nazis on the Run

Schemes and Escape Routes On 14 July 1950, a man named Ricardo Klement stepped off a boat in…

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