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Vukovar Re-Visited

Vukovar Re-Visited

“Does this train strike you as taking you to a nice place?” asks my only fellow passenger in the sole carriage of an old “Swede”. We’re on our way to Vukovar. The train was built in Sweden in the early 1980s and, having completed its service there, was installed in Croatia in the 1990s. This […]

Vienna Circle: Vienna’s Rowing Clubs

On 7 April, all of Britain will be watching the annual Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, taking place for the 158th time on the Thames in South East London. To get a taste of the U.K. frenzy, drop by your local Irish pub, where most will be glad to tune in to the race. In Vienna, […]

Book Review: The Journalists of the Café Louvre

Book Review: The Journalists of the Café Louvre

Café Louvre: A Centre for Journalists in 1930s Vienna News gathering between the wars was dependent on foreign correspondents, and in Vienna, the greatest reporters of the age all frequented one place: The Café Louvre. Located at the corner of Wipplingerstraße and Renngasse in the 1st District, Café Louvre was the meeting place of Austrian […]

Longing for Home

By January 2012, another million people had signed up to Skype, bringing the number of active weekly users up to 31 million, according to Phil Wolff of the online Skype Journal. By March, it was up to 37.5 million, an enormous jump in just 60 days, for reasons nobody really understands, except that Skype now […]

Still Waiting For A Slice of the Cake

They are talented, well educated, fluent in several languages, and highly dedicated. Newspapers, television and radio stations depend on them. And yet, freelance journalists are struggling to make a living from their work, while their prospects of ever gaining full employment in the media seem increasingly illusory. Now, freelancers are banding together to demand a […]

Augustin Still Singing for the Street People’s Paper

On the concourse of Neubaugasse underground station, a black man in his mid-twenties was selling the Augustin, Vienna’s biweekly newspaper by and about the homeless. He was also singing. And smiling. In fact, beaming from ear to ear, he was delivering a lusty rendering of the famed folk song “Oh, du lieber Augustin” (Oh, you […]

Viewfinder: A calm moment on one of Vienna’s busiest streets

Viewfinder: A calm moment on one of Vienna’s busiest streets

Every object or creature perceivable on a human scale and encountered by modern man has been documented in a photograph. For most people, photos provide some kind of evidentiary weight – if it isn’t in a photo, it hasn’t happened. Photos are perceived as proof of existence. Consequently, the pictures we have seen or collected […]

Book Review: Chris Pavone’s The Expats

Secrets Domestic and Foreign If Jane Austen were alive today and wrote a thriller, it might be something like The Expats, whose heroine, Kate Moore, is a former CIA operative. Like Austen, author Chris Pavone bypasses contemporary political issues and focuses on more intimate intrigues in this debut novel. National security is not at stake […]

United States of Europe: The Next Step

The tension of the interregnum is almost unbearable. A United States of Europe is slowly evolving, like a new planet condensing from the clouds and dust of the cosmos. Yet its final form will take years to consolidate. Once a critical number of member states have ratified stricter fiscal and budget rules — becoming more […]

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