Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for October
M T W T F S S
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

Lumberjack Turns His Hand To Felling Buildings

A former lumberjack has found business is booming after he started up a company offering to demolish buildings in his homeland at a cut price - by saving on expensive explosives - and using a jackhammer instead. His latest conquest was this huge water tower, where fearless Viktor Gordievitch, 49, is seen attacking the base of the massive structure - then running for his life once it starts to topple. He said: "I use the same skills in felling a tree, you chop away the right part of the base, and you can make sure it topples just where you want. All I do is apply that strategy to buildings." Other firms said it would take large amounts of explosives, for which a licence and permits were needed, as well as expensive experts to set up controlled detonations to get rid of the eyesore old water tower in the town of Zaslawye, just a few miles away from the Belarus capital Minsk. But one-man-demolition-man-band Viktor said: "I was brought up to appreciate the value of money. I didn't need any help, I told the local suits I'd sort it out for half the price - and I proved it. "I have been doing this job for over 2-and-a-half years. In the video it may seem that the demolition is not controlled, but it is completely secure. I have already demolished 18 constructions like this one and my order books are full." The builder gets all the help he needs from his assistant Oleg Bouharov, 42, who is always at his side. His job - to shout loudly when the building starts to fall and then to run for his life with Viktor when it starts to fall. He went on: "With the so-called professionals it would have cost around 60,000 roubles (1,000 GBP). All I needed was my trusty jackhammer, and a few hours of effort. "I use my own method of demolition, everything is carefully calculated. We didn't have helmets on, and that may seem dangerous, but believe me if the thing goes south, a helmet will not save you." The local police said: "He has done it his way for so long we no longer turn up to keep the crowds safe. He knows what he is doing."

austriantimes.com


Latest News

 

Halloween At The Zoo
Pumpkin pie might be the order of the day for people this Halloween but now zoo animals are also getting in on the act.

Baby Naked Mole Rats Born In Vienna
With their pink hairless bodies and fangs for front teeth, these baby naked mole rats were never going to win any cuteness contests at Schonbrunn Zoo in the Austrian capital Vienna.

Jihad Girls Gunpoint Retraction Of Desire To Go Home
Austrian anti-terrorism police believe that an interview given to a French magazine allegedly with one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria to join in the jihad was probably carried out at gunpoint.

Get Shorty As Confused Bald Ibis Gets Lost Again
A rare bald Ibis that seems to have a different sense of direction to her fellow birds has once again had to be rescued after getting stuck trying to find a different route to the southern Italian feeding ground.

Alpine Trains Venture Into Space As The Final Frontier
Austria’s national railway line the OeBB has raised eyebrows after offering themed toilets including one that is supposed to "look and smell like outer space".

MEP caught In Brit papers Fraud Probe Jailed
A corrupt MEP caught by a British newspaper offering to propose amendments to EU laws in exchange for 100,000 euros a year has been given a three-year-jail term.

Vienna Jihad Girls Want To Come Home
The two Austrian teenage girls who became ‘poster girls’ for the jihad in Syria are now desperate to come home after getting completely disillusioned with their new lifestyles.

Mega-Station Opens
There was a festival atmosphere as Bundespresident Heinz Fischer opened Vienna's new Hauptbahnhof Friday morning.

Apple Truck Causes Traffic Jam
When 24 tonnes of apples are catapulted across a road it can only mean a jam.

Farmer Cleared Over Wolf Shooting
Furious animal rights campaigners have accused an Austrian farmer of lying after he shot dead a wolf that he claimed he thought was a fox.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers