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The Snail Prevails

The Snail Prevails

Farmers hate snails. The plague of flower and fruit growers, invaders of  kitchen gardens, for many, snails are a bad dream come true.  Not Andreas Gugumuck, who has turned his neighbours’ nightmare into a profitable business: His fields in the outer reaches of Vienna’s 10th District are populated with 200,000 Roman snails. And he is […]

Escapism in Real-Time

Escapism in Real-Time

Time is not on your side. You realise this in a quiet moment as you watch the clock implacably tick down the seconds remaining before abject failure. Don’t dwell on it, nor on your teammates antics, nor the fact that the forest is so dense with trees that the elephant in the room is likely […]

Viennese Types: The ­Romance and Reality of Work

Viennese Types: The ­Romance and Reality of Work

Copper engravings came first, depicting early street professions, the stuff of both legend and stereotype – canvas merchants, cheese makers, milk and egg sellers, tobacco peddlers, saucy laundresses that still titillate the imagination. Many are pictured with mouths agape, mid-call. Street criers were a common sight in any city of the pre-industrial age, and even […]

This Summer: Get Ahead on Two Wheels

This Summer: Get Ahead on Two Wheels

In the balmy days of June, it’s great to get out and about. Drive over to the Danube, head for a Heuriger, cruise off into the countryside…  Honk! Slam on the breaks: traffic. And it’s getting worse. Driving in Vienna is a chore, to say the least. Construction sites everywhere, parking at a premium, and […]

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