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The Shopper’s Eye

Dorotheum Dorotheegasse XX A-1010 Vienna Tel: (01) 513 32 02 Fax: (01) 513 32 06 kaerntnerstrasse@doroteum.at www.dorotheum.com People have been known to drive themselves to financial ruin, selling everything short of their souls to pick up Franz Joseph’s siilver toothpick or a bodice from Sissy’s trouseau at this world famous Auction house. For those more […]

Child’s Play

A crowd of children mingles outside the “Resounding Mozartmobil,” wide eyed and eager. Tunes from the magic flute provide the 18th century flair as parents guide their offspring to their chosen instrument. “I wanna try this one” five year old Valerie squeals. Violin in hand, she beams as it responds valiantly to her enthusiastic scratching. […]

Wien Darf Nicht Tokio Werden… (And Other Sins of Modern Life)

An impenetrable mass of people flooded the streets at Kagranerplatz for the Sept. 2 opening of five new stations on the U1 subway line. At the nearby Heuriger, DJ Mike put on yet another thumping dance remix and bellowed an incomprehensible avalanche of words into the mic in his throaty Viennese German. Turning away from […]

Polling Day

Sunday. Ugh. After waking up and nursing the painful consequences of the previous night, I was determined to vote. The way over to my local polling station was beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of pensioners in lederhosen. They eyed me suspiciously, and I took my place in […]

Octoberfest: Tradition with A Dark Side

Octoberfest: Tradition with A Dark Side

On Sept. 16, at 12 o’clock sharp, Munich’s Mayor Christian Ude swung his huge wooden mallet in a sidewinder: Once! Twice! Three times! And the spigot bored into the giant beer keg on the platform in the Schottenhamel Festival Tent. “Tap’s op’n ” he shouted out. A roar went up from the crowd as the […]

Provoking For Peace

Provoking For Peace

In a surprising turnabout Madonna, the pop star that became famous as “The Material Girl”, is now using her celebrity for the cause of political change. Performing in front of 85,000 paying fans in Horsens, Denmark on August 24th, toward the end of her “Confessions” tour, she directly addressed the politics of the administration of […]

Paparazzi’s Prying Eyes

After weeks of obsessive coverage of Natascha Kampusch’s every move, the world has calmed down, or so it seemed. On September 27, however, a Spanish television team was seen harassing Kampusch and her father while they were taking a walk through Vienna’s First District. Push came to shove and both the father and one of […]

Anorexics Off The Runway?

Anorexics Off The Runway?

“Today the runways are all about measurements,” says Martina Kaskic, a Bosnian-born model based in Vienna. And thanks to first-ever body mass minimums at this year’s Madrid Fashion Week, the thinness of runway models has become the stuff of scandal. The Fashion Week organizers required a Body Mass Index of at least 18, which means […]

Natascha‘s ‘Different Voice’

From everything we know, Natasch Kampusch worries a lot about other people. In the many times she was in public places during the years of her captivity, she was reluctant to speak openly or cry out for fear of putting others in danger. In a now famous incident, a sales clerk asked innocently, “Can I […]

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