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The Fifth Column: July 2013

The Fifth Column: July 2013

High Tide for Harel?  A chiaroscuro drama is unfolding behind the scenes of the Hundertwasser exhibition (Japan and the Avant-garde), just ended with a jolly champagne breakfast in the grounds of the Belvedere. It is now clear that the much-loved Austrian eccentric, known for his ascetic lifestyle, was in fact worth a fortune. Along with […]

Vienna at Your Convenience: A History of Public Toilets

Art and ideas are hard to escape in Vienna, with statuary gracing the rooftops and music behind almost every door. “The very streets of Vienna are paved with culture, the other cities with asphalt,” wrote social critic Karl Kraus. Even down to the public conveniences. First flush Toilets have long been a measure of civilisation. […]

Basking in Bad Blumau

It was a warm day in early October, when a friend and I decided it was time to get out of town for the weekend. We pulled out the guidebooks and browsed; we wanted a complete change of scene without spending the weekend in the car. We picked Bad Blumau, a famed mineral spa in […]

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