austrian television

He never failed to mention The Last Unicorn as one of his very favorite books, and as one of the movies he was most proud of having made. Indeed, he left me whopperjawed – as Mark Twain would have put it – when we were being interviewed together on Austrian television, and he announced, “Oh, yes, I simply couldn’t resist a chance to play King Haggard one more time, even in another language. After all –” and he looked straight into the camera – “it’s the closest they’ll ever let me get to playing King Lear.” The camera swung toward me to catch my stunned reaction, and Chris looked across the studio at me, and winked.
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On the last occasion, when I had called to wish him a happy 90th birthday, I remember him assuring me that “if, by the time you come to make your live-action version of your movie, I have passed on, do not let it concern you. I have risen from the dead several times. I know how it’s done.”
—  Peter S. Beagle on the late Sir Christopher Lee
A few Do’s and Don’ts in Austria

Ever since I’ve been asked a few times, here are a few things which are maybe different in your countries. 


  • You tip your waiter. Tips are not included into the bill, so you should probably tip them around 10% of the total bill.  (ofc not if the service was truly horrible) 
  • Don’t kiss a stranger on the cheeks as a greeting! That’s a rather intimate gesture and unusal.
  • If someone has an academic title (e.g. Doctor), you mostly add it to the form of address. -> Herr Doktor Maier. (Mr. Doctor Maier)
  • If you think South Tyrol is actually Italian, people will either laugh at you or fight you.
  • Take your shoes off when you enter someone’s house.
  • The only acceptable Australia joke is the “There are no kangaroos in Austria” one.
  • We watch more German television than Austrian probably. 
  • We all just hate our railway system. Just agree with us. 
  • Not all of us live in Vienna.  You’ll often hear a  “ugh, the Viennese” from other provinces.
  • Shops close relatively early here. Most shops are closed by 6pm on weekdays (with a few exceptions such as supermarkets which are open til 7:30pm)
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Eierkratzen

A short explanation: “Eierkratzen” is the German term for the Croatian method of decorating Easter eggs and essentially what this report is about. Now the problem is that “Eier” (eggs) is also a German slang term for “testicles”. (You say balls, we say eggs.) And “kratzen” means “to scratch”. You see where this is going, don’t you?

Here’s the sentence that finally cracked her up:

“Und wenn man wirklich aktive Eierkratzerinnen sucht, ist die Auswahl sehr klein.” = “And if you really look for active (female) ‘egg scratchers’ the number to choose from is very small.” Before that she already talked about “Eierkratzen” as cultural asset.

anonymous asked:

Let the Olympic games begin! Don't kill each other now~

It’s like a quiet, civilised war

wait no, forget the “civilised” part. It’s full on war and everything is permitted.

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These 16 LGBT musicians shattered stereotypes in 2014

Thomas Neuwirth, better known by her drag persona Conchita Wurst, had an amazing year. After appearances on assorted Austrian TV programs, Wurst was selected as the nation’s representative to the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, despite significant backlash against her gender nonconformity both within the country and throughout Europe.

But the 26 year-old’s rendition of “Rise Like a Phoenix” was so undeniably exceptional that she was crowned the winner. The song reached the top three iTunes downloads in 14 countries, including those that had most vehemently protested her participation. She exemplified how to use the celebrity platform for positive change by inviting fans to wear knitted beards in solidarity. She has since blown up as a European queer icon, headlining at least half a dozen pride events, and performing at the European Parliament as well as the United Nations Office in Vienna, where she was commended by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. She has since become involved with the It Gets Better Project, an organization designed to use media figures like Wurst to let LGBT teens know they aren’t alone. 

Sam Smith, Mary Lambert, Against Me!, Azealia Banks and more

I would call myself a drag queen. I am not a trans and people need to realize that I feel very comfortable in high heels and dresses even though I don’t want to be a woman. Conchita Wurst is a character played by Tom and I love being Conchita but I also love getting home, taking the wig off and laying on the sofa without heels.
—  Conchita Wurst in an Austrian TV-show