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Angels Like You and Me

Angels Like You and Me

Early June, I passed Stephansdom at about 9.30 pm, and I noticed that the cathedal gates were widely open. I stopped and had a look inside, and as soon as I passed the threshold, the view was out of this world. Heaven, in a cascade of bright and blue-dimmed lightning seemed to have descended to […]


Dear Diary, As the sun fought its way out from behind the clouds, quite a rare luxury in Vienna these days, I grabbed my Nikon D80 and went out on assignment. I was to take Portraits of the Viennese in Human Relationships – although I knew it would be impossible to hide from the “victims” […]

Bicycle Accident

Dear diary, Right at the beginning of the one-week spring/summer break, I had a bicycle accident. That was, of course, the best time for that to happen. I an aerodynamic position, with my hands on the lower handlebar, I sped downhill behind a friend. The next thing I heard was the sound of my helmet […]

Divisible Morals

Divisible Morals   sports and politics they say are two different things they say referring  to the dark years of murder and death in the past   they were fellow travelers they say nazis and knew what was going on and bore responsibility for it they say referring to the past   sports and politics […]

Letters to the Editor: July/August 2008

Dear Editor, We have been buying The Vienna Review for almost a year now, and have particularly appreciated your guide, which has led me to several interesting theater performances. One was the play at the English Theater about the Viennese music teacher and the young pianist, called Old Wicked Songs, which moved us very much. […]

Scarcity in an Age of Plenty

Scarcity in an Age of Plenty

Around the world, protests against soaring food and fuel prices are mounting. The poor – and even the middle classes – are seeing their incomes squeezed as the global economy enters a slowdown. Politicians want to respond to their constituents’ legitimate concerns, but do not know what to do. In the United States, both Hillary […]

Chancellor in Name Only

Ever since his childhood when he was playing in the sandbox, Alfred Gusenbauer had dreamed of one day becoming Austrian chancellor. And then, an upset victory in October 2006 turned his dream into reality. But only 17 months into his tenure as head of a fragile coalition government, a revolt within his Social Democratic Party […]

Who Needs the SPÖ?

When Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer (SPÖ) announced a minor reshuffling of the social democratic ministers on June 15, the political commentators were not particularly astonished. The announcement of a split between the positions of a Chancellor (Alfred Gusenbauer) and the SPÖ party leadership (Werner Faymann, to be appointed), however, was a major political development, for which […]

Summer Fairytale

Even after the Austrian team was eliminated in the group phase, fans were still chanting “Immer wieder, immer wieder, immer wieder Österreich!” (Austria Yet Again! Austria Yet Again! Austria Yet Again!). People wore Austrian jerseys regardless of who was playing, and drove around with little Austrian flags flapping from their car doors. Football unites like […]

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