Saturday, January 14, 2006

Why Hasselhoff Is Loved In Germany

I paid a visit to the city centre this morning, and a couple of things struck me as odd.

Firstly, in the electronics chain "Saturn" which offers a reasonably large selection of music, I spotted a David Hasselhoff CD in the "Beste Rock" section. This was done shamelessly and completely without irony.

Did you know that Hassel the Hoff single-handedly ended the Cold War?
Did you know that Hassel the Hoff is actually the Devil incarnate?

Secondly, and upsettingly, I noticed an increasing number of right-wing political posters (party political advertising is legal in Austria) defacing the tram stops. In particular, a chap called Heinz-Christian Strache pledges "Turkei NICHT in der EU" (Turkey NOT in the EU), "Wien darf nicht Istanbul werden" (Vienna must not become Istanbul), and " Arbeit statt Zuwanderung" (jobs instead of immigration). I'm shocked that this is allowed. What's even more worrying is that he got 15% of the vote in the last Vienna "Landtag" elections. I hope that another one of his slogans isn't true - "Er sagt, was Wien denkt" (He says what Vienna is thinking).

HC Strache website - see the xenophobia for yourself
Wikipedia article

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Back In Linz

I've arrived back in Linz to huge amounts of snow! Apparently it's snowed solidly for the last 3 days. It doesn't stop the Austrians from going to work though does it?? Humph. Photos will appear when I get a chance to take some!


Here are the photos, as promised - although unfortunately the snow has receded slightly. These were taken on my way to work this morning - it's dark because I get up at 6am (5am GMT!), my poor body...

Taken at the tram stop, 6.45am.
Why is everyone up sooo early??

Photo of the building in which I work! Why not?