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A Ballroom Reborn

A Ballroom Reborn

On 16 August, 2001 a fire broke out on Marxergasse in Vienna’s 3rd District. Allegedly caused by a careless workman, the flames raged for eight hours. Only when the smoke cleared could the damage be assessed: The legendary Sofiensäle, once Vienna’s most beloved ballroom, was a smouldering ruin.   Bath to ballroom The story of […]

The EU and the Nobel

The EU and the Nobel

In Oslo’s City Hall on 10 December, European Union leaders accepted the world’s most prestigious award for efforts at making the world a better place: the Nobel Peace Prize. There was plenty of grumbling, even among revered Nobel laureates like Desmond Tutu: Did the EU really deserve to be set apart as a driver of […]

“Dark gold” as brain food

“Dark gold” as brain food

A study published in the 10 October issue of the New England Journal of Medicine links chocolate consumption to the number of Nobel Prize winners a country has and suggests it’s a sign that chocolate may boost brainpower. Despite the tongue-in-cheek tone, the author, Dr. Franz Messerli, does believe chocolate has real health effects and […]

Response to the Nobel Peace Prize

Response to the Nobel Peace Prize

The EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at a time when the distressed 27-nation strong project is losing traction. According to Thorbjoen Jagland, head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, “This is in a way a message to Europe that we should do everything we can to secure what has been achieved and move forward.” […]

Book Review: Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul

Istanbul: Between West and East In his foreword to Ara Güler’s Istanbul, the 2009 retrospective of the great Turkish photographer, author and Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk pays a distinct tribute to Güler’s richly textured black-and-white images by acknowledging how “through these photographs, I learned to look at Istanbul and recognize its essence.” Pamuk encountered the […]

Mandela At Ninety

On 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela, icon of resistance to the South-African apartheid regime and later  Nobel Peace laureate, was released from prison after 27 years. This was a truly moving moment for African blacks, so afflicted for so long, and a signal for a new era of peaceful opposition to suppression and war – […]

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