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Noosh – A Sensual Intro­duction to Afghanistan

Noosh – A Sensual Intro­duction to Afghanistan

Noosh looks like nowhere else in Vienna. Large, bulbous, coloured lampshades hang down to different depths from the ceiling. The manager, Khaled Khushdel, who designed the décor himself, calls them “Afghan tears”. The inner walls are lined with thickly plastered brown clay that gives the large single room a cosy feeling. “My partner was against […]

The Two Faces of Vienna’s Bermuda Triangle

The Two Faces of Vienna’s Bermuda Triangle

There may be no place in Vienna that does more of a transformation when the sun goes down than this super-central corner of the 1st District. Ranging up the hill from Morzinplatz, next to Schwedenplatz, along Franz-Josefs-Kai on the Danube Canal, the area encompasses a handful of small streets and stairways up to the Hoher […]

Read My Body: The Language of Touch

Read My Body: The Language of Touch

In the far corner of a whitewashed studio, a young man kneels, offering a shoulder to his partner. She drapes herself over his shoulder and he effortlessly lifts her into the air, one hand at her waist. As they spin, she leans against him and he rotates her until she is cradled in his arms. […]

Revolution (Again) in Hungary

Revolution (Again) in Hungary

From revolution to revolution, I have watched Hungary evolve over the past half-century. The more dramatic of the two revolutions took place in the autumn of 1956 when a beaten, starved and humiliated subject people of fewer than 10 million souls managed to stare down the brutal might of the Soviet Union. The more triumphant […]

Kampusch Film: 3096 Days

Kampusch Film: 3096 Days

The highly anticipated film 3096 Days, about the abduction and imprisonment of Natascha Kampusch, premieres in cinemas on 28 February. The film’s portrayal of the relationship between the young girl and her abductor has sparked significant controversy, with each new release of trailers and photos garnering criticism over their veracity and potential sensationalism. Kampusch is […]

Book Review: Deconstructing Ludwig Wittgenstein

Book Review: Deconstructing Ludwig Wittgenstein

Some 500 books have been written on Wittgenstein, far more than on analytic philosophy’s other co-founders, Frege, Russell and Moore. In Wittgenstein’s Antiphilosophy, Alain Badiou makes his own contribution to this “galactic mass of glosses”, and winks, “it would certainly be in bad taste on my part if I were not to declare… all books […]

The Gate Crasher: Sodom and Gomorrha

The Gate Crasher: Sodom and Gomorrha

An upside-down cross hung over the dance floor as I stepped into the Sodom and Gomorrha party at the disco Grelle Forelle on the Danube Canal. This was the first time I’d ever jumped the line. It may have been due to gate-crashing-cojones, or just the drinks I’d already consumed, but who cares? I was […]

Budvar Defeats Budweiser

Budvar Defeats Budweiser

Czech brewer Budějovický Budvar has won a U.K. court appeal, defending its right to market its beer as Budweiser in Britain. Anheuser-Busch, the U.S.-based brewer of Budweiser “The King of Beers”, had contested the 14 Jul 2012 verdict to dismiss the Budweiser trademark registered in the U.K. by the Czech brewer. “The coexistence of the […]

Something New’s Brewing in Vienna’s Pubs

Something New’s Brewing in Vienna’s Pubs

Scan the emblems on taps in a Vienna bar, and you’re likely to see the usual beer spectrum: Stiegl, Gösser, Wieselburger and Ottakringer. In a city known for wine Heurige, the hoppy alternative seems reduced to a choice between the red one, the green one, the blue one or the yellow one. Yet, a look […]

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