Friday, 18. April 2014
12. 02. 13. - 16:00
A top heart surgeon who gave up medicine to become a trucker has been forced off the road after his business flatlined.
Swiss surgeon Markus Studer, 66, hung up his scalpel on his 50th birthday after a lifetime as a medic.
"I'd reached the highest point of my career as a surgeon and I wanted to stop there. I decided to start in my new dream profession," he said.
"I travelled the world, broadened my horizon. It was such a great time.
"Even now I can not imagine any better place than in my bed in my truck with the rain pounding on the roof," added Studer, once the leading cardiac surgeon at
Zurich University Hospital.
But now Studer has sold his distinctive bright red Mercedes-Benz rig after being driven off the road by cheap competition from eastern Europe.
"Now on the roads you almost only see trucks with Czechs, Poles and Lithuanians at the wheel. They have lower costs and the cost of living is a lot less than it is in Switzerland." he explained.
"I had no choice. It was no longer economically viable," he added.
Now the transport mad medic, has got another job on the road - as a driver with a chauffeur company.
"At least now my load talks to me and that's a bit different from orange juice," he said.
Schools Ordered To Save, But Also To Buy Expensive Scales
Austria's embattled finance ministry has been dragged into a new scandal after it emerged that at the same time as demanding schools save 57 Millionen Euros, they were also expected to find an additional 3 million to buy an approved set of weighing scales.
OAP Hunts Down THIS Hit And Run Cyclist
Does anyone recognise this cyclist? If so you can get yourself 200 euros, and do a good deed in the process.
Property price rise continues
The price of property in Vienna has now spiralled so much that every 4th apartment comes with a price tag of 500,000 or more. And every second flat costs 300,000 or more.
Free Staff For One Person Companies - But Only In NÖ
Since the beginning of the year one-man-companies, the so called "Ein-Personen-Unternehmen" in Lower Austria have been entitled to help in the form of a free assistant.
What is on at Burg Kino this week? (18 April - 24 April)
This week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring the following films are showing:
Austria Accused Of Ignoring Giant Nazi Swastika
A huge swastika that has scarred the walls of an Austrian castle for the past 80 years is still on view despite breaching strict postwar rules banning all Nazi symbols.
Jetflyers Take The Jet Ski Onto The Road
An Austrian company is making waves after they came up with the idea of taking a jet ski – and fitting it with wheels.
Nuns invite young women to get a taste of Abbey life
In a bid to revive their Austrian abbey that doubles up as a health resort, a group of nuns are inviting young women to come and stay with them to get a taste of nun life.
Austrian women earning over fifth less than men
Austrian women are earning on average 23.4 percent less than men in the country, according to Statistik Austria.
Exploring photography and art through 1960s cult film Blow-Up
Vienna's Albertina is putting on an photography exhibition featuring stills from the cult sixties photography film Blow-Up by Michelangelo Antonioni.
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