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O'Neill planning more Aston Villa signings

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has admitted he needs to bring in further players after being "a wee bit surprised" at statistics relating to the workload of his squad last season.

Trude Mally: Singer who championed Vienna's working-class music

Viennese culture isn't all high-class konditorei (patisserie or cake shops) and Klimt, Mozart and waltzes round the Prater. The singer Trude Mally brought that home with her mastery of two of the city's working-class folk-music traditions. Without Schrammelmusik (the waltz's working-class counterpart), Weanalieder (songs sung in the Viennese dialect) and dudler (the Viennese variant of yodel), there could be no Vienna as non-tourists know it. Trude Mally was renowned for her Weanalieder - and most especially for her dudler.

Philharmonia Orchestra / Salonen, Royal Festival Hall

Coupling Berg’s Three Orchestral Pieces with Mahler’s 7th Symphony (as part of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s "Vienna - City of Dreams" festival) was a neat reversal of the "before" and "after". Even the moderately informed of the audience would surely have picked up on the amazing sense of evolution taking place before our very ears. This after all is the dream turned expressionist nightmare - the post-Mahlerian "big bang" - and not for nothing did Berg borrow the hammer of fate from Mahler’s 6th Symphony to nail the end of an era with his remorseless march to the abyss.

Mitsuko Uchida, Royal Festival Hall, London

Reviewed by Edward Seckerson

Elfriede Gerstl: Viennese writer who survived the Holocaust

Elfriede Gerstl was an award-winning Viennese writer and feminist campaigner who, as a Jewish child with her mother, remarkably survived Austria's Nazi years. Sadly, her work had only limited exposure beyond the German-language area, but the Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek has described her as one of the most important post-war writers.

Riots in India after Vienna killing

A Sikh preacher died today after being wounded in an attack on his temple in Vienna, by a group of fundamentalist Sikhs armed with knives and a handgun, police said.

48 Hours In: Vienna

Grand palaces and inviting cafés abound in the Austrian capital, and this month is a special time to visit, with concerts marking the bicentenary of Haydn's death.

Susie Rushton: Vienna's cakes take the biscuit

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Don Juan de la Mancha, By Robert Menasse

Nathan, Viennese editor and tireless seducer, talks to his therapist about his greedily indulgent father, sadly thwarted mother, and a string of affairs - not to mention two marriages. Yet all this priapic variation serves to conceal "an absence of desire".

Opec agrees to keep oil output unchanged

Opec ministers have agreed at their Vienna conference to leave oil production levels broadly unchanged, and to focus instead on stopping individual members from producing above their quotas. The 12-nation organisation, comprising major producers such as Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Iran, has seen oil prices decline from a peak last July of $147 a barrel to around $40 now. Many have said that they do not regard this price as compatible with long-term needs, while the oil companies such as BP have suggested the $60 to $80 range is sustainable.

David Prosser: Opec members playing the same old games

Outlook: Opec wasn't giving much away yesterday as its staff prepared for the cartel's latest summit, which takes places in Vienna tomorrow. On balance, however, another cut in production is more than likely. Opec's own analysis suggests global demand for oil this year may be even lower than previously thought. It also points out that developed countries have almost two months' worth of oil stockpiled.

Haider goes to his grave, pursued by controversy

As 25,000 mourn, a German tabloid reveals where the Austrian right-winger spent his final hours

Haider is back. Just don't mention the war

Last time he was in power, his nation became a pariah state. These days, Jörg Haider is more likely to praise the EU than the Nazis, although he and his party still hold controversial views about immigrants. Tony Paterson meets Austria's comeback kid

Story of the Song: 'Vienna', Ultravox (1981)

Fans thought Ultravox had pulled the plug on any chance of success in 1979, when their frontman John Foxx quit and they were dropped by Island.

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