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Centennial in the City

Centennial in the City

On the eve of The Great War, Vienna was the centre of a massive empire covering some 20% of Europe from the Ukraine to Switzerland, including part of Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, Slovenia, northern Italy and much of Serbia and Croatia. The ambitious from across the Empire flocked to the capital; by […]

A Goy at the Gala

A Goy at the Gala

“Do you speak German?” asked a lady in her 40s, to my left. I hadn’t said much. I had accepted an invitation to the jubilee gala of Hashomer Hatzair at the Rathaus’ lavishly decorated Festsaal – a Jewish youth organisation I knew literally nothing about. Hebrew for ‘youth guardian’, it was, I learned, a Zionist-socialist […]

Expat Emergencies

Expat Emergencies

More than half a million foreigners live in Vienna. But in moments of crisis, in an unfamiliar legal system and lacking a firm social network, things can be difficult, and at times even dangerous. From free legal advice to support groups for bi-national couples, here are suggestions on where to get started if problems occur. […]

Vienna Lights The World

Vienna Lights The World

Blink as you drive south into Vienna’s industrial scrubland and you’ll miss it. The white office set back from the dusty Triesterstraße betrays nothing of the sensuous waterfalls of crystal and intricate gilded chandeliers, unlikely as spaceships, being assembled in the workshops at the back. But the quiet success of Lights of Vienna, a middle-sized, […]

Book Review: The Parodoxical Erwin Schrödinger in Love and Work

Book Review: The Parodoxical Erwin Schrödinger in Love and Work

by Rennie Sweeney The intricacies of a life are woven inextricably into the weave of work and the professional world. In Erwin Schrödinger and the Quantum Revolution, biographer John Gribbin follows the thread through the Austrian physicist’s fascinating, often eyebrow-raising life alongside scientific milestones. Pleasantly readable, it’s an introduction to seminal ideas for those unfamiliar […]

Moving into Vienna

Moving into Vienna

For most of us, searching for an apartment is not a peaceful process. But once you’ve finally found a letterbox to write your name on, a floor that’s all your own, and a Stiegenhaus with glorious acoustics, there are just a couple more details to iron out before you can set your cat free to […]

A New Brand of Luxury

A New Brand of Luxury

Not in Paris, London or Zurich; it was in the imperial splendours of Vienna’s Palais Liechtenstein that the Financial Times chose to host its annual “Business of Luxury” summit on 2-4 June. In a mirage of expensive scent, Chanel suits and flashing Rolexes, the power-brokers of the international luxury industry came to learn about the […]

Rhythm and Colour at the Vienna Jazz Fest

Rhythm and Colour at the Vienna Jazz Fest

Jazz is having a mid-life crisis; you can see it in the jazz festival programmes. To survive, some festivals have been throwing up a strange mix, programming heavily on the smooth-pop side of jazz. But beneath all of the reverb and showbiz of the American media machine, there is interesting music to be heard. Below, […]

Jobs: Inside the United Nations

It often seems impossible for an outsider to get a job at the UN. But is it really? “No,” said Linda Starodub, who recently retired from 30 plus years in the UN system, half of it in human resources, “but… it’s complicated.” There are two basic strata of jobs: There is GS (General Service) and […]

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