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Saturday, 23 May 2015 06:27

Eurovision Quiz

With all eyes on Vienna for the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, we've compiled a little quiz to mark the occasion. Put your knowledge of this annual celebration of  music, glitz, glamour and voting for neighbouring countries to the test!

Question 1

Conchita Wurst
Photo: Adrian Snood (Flickr); Licence: CC BY-NC 2.0

Following Conchita Wurst’s win in 2014, the European pop extravaganza will take place tonight in Vienna’s Stadthalle, but when was the last time that Austria emerged victorious from Eurovision?

Answer

Conchita’s triumph marked the end of a seemingly interminable dry spell for Austria. It was all the way back in 1966 that the country claimed its only other Eurovision victory. The winning song was Merci chérie by Udo Jürgens, who sadly died last December.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

A European Odyssey

European Peace Walk
Photo courtesy of Simon de Grève
 
European Peace Walkers en route to Italy

 

To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, the European Peace Walk has set up a transnational walkway along the borders of Central Europe. Since 28 July groups of walkers have been embarking daily on a 550km journey from Vienna in Austria to Trieste in Italy. E&M's Frances Jackson caught up with Peace Walk participant Simon de Grève, a 22 year old engineering graduate from Belgium, whose group set out on 29 July.

E&M: How far have you got so far?

SdG:  We arrived in Croatia today and have walked about 250km over the course of the first 11 days, so we're almost half way and there is a really good atmosphere in our group.

E&M: Why did you decide to take part in the European Peace Walk? Did your decision have anything to do with the fact that you're from Belgium, a country that was so very badly ravaged by the First World War?

SdG: I finished my degree in June and for my last 'long holidays' I wanted to do something different or special before embarking on my professional career. A Spanish Erasmus student who I met during my final internship abroad told me about a 23-day walk that she was planning to attempt in August with some friends. I found the idea of the walk a really interesting personal challenge and eventually I decided to try the adventure myself. My internship in a foreign country also opened my eyes to people from other countries and I was looking for an opportunity to find other people who might share my interests and style of life. My decision to take part in this walk thus has nothing to do with the war, only with the expectation of meeting new people and a desire to test my limits and complete a challenge.

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