Book look: Australia & post-war Austria

Piper’s family of “Gebrauchsanweisung” is growing as Joscha Remus presents Australia. The Berlin-based travel writer – who loves visiting Australia during the European winter – portrays the different cities and regions of the fascinating country. His texts are more than travel reports. Structured into 30 chapters, Remus writes about people, culture and animals. His book offers a wider view on Australia than a 45-minute documentary could ever offer. Remus is a true expert on the country and its inhabitants. He examines prejudices and clichés – from climate topics to the story of the aborigines and culinary subjects. His 225-page book follows “Gebrauchsanweisung” guides by Jagoda Marinic (Croatia), Henning Klüver (Milan) and Roman Schatz (Finland). Ronald Reng – who wrote several football-themed bestseller books – portrayed London a few years ago while Thomas Küng wrote a contributed “Gebrauchsanweisung für die Schweiz”.

Gebrauchsanweisung für Australien
By Joscha Remus
Published by Piper (

There could not have been a more suitable cover photograph: two kids playing at Belvedere gardens – in the lavish park in front of the castle where the Austrian State Treaty was signed and presented to a cheering crowd. This impressive black and white photo was chosen as cover shot for a new book documenting the difficult decades after World War Two in Austria. “Von der Befreiung zur Freiheit” features photographs taken by Erich Lessing as well as in interview with the renowned photographer conducted by Michael Gehler. Lessing’s images offer a view on politics behind the scenes and present the life of Vienna’s high society – from the pompous State Opera Ball to rehearsals with conductor Herbert von Karajan. However, the 92-year-old did not neglect the working class either. His photo series portray pub musicians and people at their modest homes. On more than 380 pages, this book conveys a realistic image of a country struggling to get back on track. Lessing’s focus on Vienna and the city’s inhabitants does not tarnish his achievements and the impact of this remarkable publication.

Von der Befreiung zur Freiheit. Österreich nach 1945
By Erich Lessing and Michael Gehler
Published by Tyrolia (

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Sturm seek away win

Sturm Graz could overtake Mattersburg by beating Rapid tomorrow – but the home side has regained confidence.

Rapid crushed Austria Salzburg 5-1 in the ÖFB Cup on Wednesday. The victory was urgently needed for team and fans after a bitter 1-2 defeat in the infamous Viennese derby against FK Austria.

Thorsten Fink’s FK Austria play a strong Bundesliga season while Rapid look back on several defeats in the past few weeks. Now the Green-Whites are determined to secure three points against Sturm Graz at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna on Saturday (kickoff: 4pm). However, the team of Franco Foda have the potential to challenge Rapid away from home.

An exciting match is expected due to the constellation in the league. Rapid vs. Sturm is also a special occasion for the teams’ supporters as the Green-Whites and the tradition-rich club from Graz are among Austria’s most popular football teams.

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The Austrian Bundesliga after 13 of 36 rounds:

Red Bull Salzburg, 27 points
FK Austria, 27
SK Rapid, 22
SV Mattersburg, 22
SK Sturm Graz, 21
Admira Wacker, 21
SV Grödig, 13
Altach, 12
Wolfsberger AC, 9
SV Ried, 9

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Book look: Choupette & the ‘cartoon sutra’

She loves Paris, Rome and to hide in the bathtub while takeoffs, landings and perfume are, literally, her pet hates. Choupette is anything but a common cat. The fluffy friend of design icon Karl Lagerfeld – who admits having fallen in love with her – has more than 48,000 followers on Twitter. The blue-eyed beauty also shares her adventures in the world of fashion and backstage experiences with thousands on Instagram. Now her very personal diary has been released. “Choupette. Aus dem Leben einer Katze an der Seite von Karl Lagerfeld” documents the kitten’s comfortable travelling mode and her exquisite diet. Fantastic photographs document a shooting with Laetitia Casta, with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop. I wish I were a cat…

Choupette. Aus dem Leben einer Katze an der Seite von Karl Lagerfeld
By Patrick Mauries
Published by Edel (

Cartoon fans can add another book to their collection as Holzbaum Verlag presents the ultimate “Cartoonsutra”. The publishing house’s new release features sex-themed illustrations by caricaturists from Germany and other countries. Immensely entertaining, the artists create various amusing scenarios concerning the delicate subject. Their cartoons reveal what Tom Jones is really doing after a show. Parents getting caught having sex by their daughter and creative ways to use kitchen tools are just two of many other issues featured in “Das große Cartoonsutra”. Furthermore, Holzbaum Verlag recently published “Unnützes WienWissen” and “Unnützes WienWissen 2”, two small books packed with anecdotes and facts about the Austrian capital, as well as “Vegane Cartoons”, the perfect book for vegetarians and people sticking to a vegan lifestyle.

Das große Cartoonsutra
By Johann Mayr, Dorthe Landschulz and many others
Published by Holzbaum (

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Dramatic derby expected

It’s derby time again and Rapid appear to be back on track.

The Green-Whites had to endure some bitter defeats in the Bundesliga recently while city rivals FK Austria marched on. Red Bull Salzburg also managed to get closer to the top of the league. Last Sunday, the “Bulls” beat Admira 8-0.

Rapid lost against struggling Wolfsberger AC, the team managed by ex-Rapid ace Dietmar Kühbauer. Now Rapid face FK Austria. The match takes place at Vienna’s Ernst Happel Stadium on Sunday (kickoff: 4.30pm).

Last night, the team coached by Zoran Barisic sent out a warning signal by beating FC Viktoria Plzeň 3-2 in the Europa League group stage. This victory could be crucial as it takes the team closer to the knockout stage.

Europa League action continues in 2016. Now the capital is getting ready for the legendary city derby. Rapid must not underestimate FK Austria who reshaped their squad by adding top players like national team keeper Robert Almer and Nigerian winger Olarenwaju Kayode.

Tickets for the match are still available. Visit for further information.

The Austrian Bundesliga after 12 of 36 rounds:

Red Bull Salzburg, 24 points
FK Austria, 24
SK Rapid, 22
Admira Wacker, 20
SV Mattersburg, 19
SK Sturm Graz, 18
SV Grödig, 12
Altach, 12
Wolfsberger AC, 9
SV Ried, 9

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Running, flying & Rolls-Royce

Events such as the 3-Länder-Marathon will strengthen the Lake Constance region’s reputation as a wonderful all-season holiday destination.

Located where Germany, Switzerland and Austria share a border, the Bodensee (Lake Constance) offers excellent opportunities to do sports, especially in spring and summer. However, autumn is also an important period for the local tourism industry. The 3-Länder-Marathon – this year’s edition took place on 4th of October – has developed into one of the most popular long-distance running competitions in the region.

Around 5,000 runners participated in the run despite cold temperatures, strong wind and heavy rain in the morning. The sky had cleared and temperatures had risen when the professional and leisure-time athletes crossed the finish line at the Casino Stadium in Bregenz. The Marathon traditionally starts at Lindau in Germany. The track leads through along the Lake Constance shore through Bregenz to Switzerland before those who complete the full distance return to the provincial capital of Vorarlberg.

The wonderful track through all three countries is one of the Marathon’s assets. Furthermore, the event is precisely organised as friendly volunteers provide information wherever it is needed. The special Marathon sports fair at the Festspielhaus Bregenz is a great place to meet runners from all over the world while athletes also appreciate the opportunity to use public transport for free at the weekend the Marathon takes place. If you are interested in next year’s 3-Länder-Marathon, visit the organisers’ official homepage:

Vorarlberg is not only popular because of its sports opportunities – from skiing in the beautiful Arlberg region to sailing and cycling when temperatures rise. The province also features several interesting cultural institutions, including a museum focusing on one of the most exclusive cars in the world. The Rolls-Royce-Museum is situated in Gütle just outside Dornbirn, an economic hotspot of the Bodensee area. On three floors, the old building features around 100 original vehicles from all eras as well as spare parts, posters, paintings and souvenirs. Especially the 1920s and 1930s models are impressive. For information regarding opening times, go to

Aviation enthusiasts will travel to Friedrichshafen, a German city not far from the country’s border with Austria. The city does not just feature a picturesque lakeside boulevard for pedestrians. It also has its own airport. Thousands of tourists go there each year to visit the Dornier Museum ( Located in a hangar, fans of flying find detail information about the engineer’s extraordinary achievements as well as several planes, photographs, videos and equipment. The Dornier Museum is certainly a good opportunity to spend an afternoon for young and old as it offers exciting experiences for everyone.

Publishing house Dumont produced a reliable and comprehensive guide for the Lake Constance region. It features many photographs of attractions in Switzerland, Austria and Germany as well as important phone numbers and links.

By Cornelia Tomaschko and Johann Scheibner
Published by Dumont (

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