Viennese noir... with red tinges
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Wednesday 01 February 2012
Rangers yesterday confirmed that Norwich City had turned down an attempt to sign the striker Grant Holt. The Ibrox manager, Ally McCoist, made a move for the Canaries' captain as the top goalscorer Nikica Jelavic was set to complete his switch to Everton.
Friday 20 January 2012
The Viennese Ball, regarded as a highlight of Vienna's social calendar, has been struck off a Unesco list of celebrated Austrian traditions after being linked with Neo-Nazi groups.
Saturday 14 January 2012
Romantic hero, sex addict, troubled intellectual, IRA hunger striker. He can play the lot, and more. And an astonishing run of performances has taken him from obscurity to the brink of the Oscars
Tuesday 10 January 2012
Leopold Hawelka, owner of the legendary Viennese café that bore his name, was born the son of a Bohemian shoemaker in the village of Kautendorf in Austria's wine region. Moving with his family to Vienna in 1925, he was lucky to get an apprenticeship as a waiter, a respected profession, at one of the capital's best restaurants. In 1936 he married Josefine Danzberger, a butcher's daughter, who was also employed in the catering trade. Determined to succeed in business, they leased the modest Café Alt Wien.
Saturday 31 December 2011
Between 1963 and 1970 Mike Smith produced six No 1 records for Brian Poole, the Tremeloes, Georgie Fame, Marmalade, Love Affair and Christie. He produced many other hit records too – but he missed out on the Beatles, turning them down at their audition for Decca Records on New Year's Day, 1962.
Thursday 15 December 2011
Georg Kreisler was widely acknowledged in Germany and Austria as a master of the satirical songs for which Viennese cabaret is held in such esteem. Celebrated above all for his dazzling and provocative texts, his skill in setting them to music and his virtuoso stage performances at the piano, Kreisler was also a novelist, poet, dramatist, theatre director and composer. Almost as striking as his landmark creative career were his remarkable experiences during the Second World War.
Saturday 03 December 2011
This handsome city is looking its festive best and preparing to celebrate 150 years since Gustav Klimt's birth.
Friday 12 August 2011
The liquidator of Josef Fritzl's estate says the basement of the house where Fritzl imprisoned and repeatedly raped his daughter for 24 years will be filled up with concrete.
Friday 12 August 2011
Both a writer and a conductor, Sachs registers the huge shock achieved by a composer who in his final years had his "big-calibre artillery aimed at the future".
Sunday 17 July 2011
Wednesday 01 June 2011
Sunday 08 May 2011
Tuesday 03 May 2011
A trove of medieval jewellery and other precious objects found by an Austrian man working in his back garden includes pieces made for a royal court and could be worth as much as €100,000 (£69,000).
Friday 15 April 2011
Notwithstanding Hans Gál's lengthy residence in Britain – initially in flight from Nazi persecution, later by choice – Thomas Zehetmair here regards him as the epigone of the grand Viennese classical tradition that was effectively snuffed out by the Second World War.
Thursday 07 April 2011
The owners of a pastry shop that showcases cakes decorated with Nazi themes should be prosecuted, a Holocaust awareness group said yesterday.
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