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Coming home

I have weakness. I have several weaknesses in fact, but more than any of the others, this one I find impossible to resist. You can…

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The beginning of a success story

Anyone familiar with the Budapest gastronomy scene will surely know this name: the Zsidai family has been setting the standards of the domestic hospitality industry…

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Still making progress

Although they were originally formed as a progressive rock band, Deep Purple shifted to a heavier sound in 1970 and is considered to be one…

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Outstanding artefacts on show

An extensive exhibition giving an insight into several cultures in Asia is being shown in Budapest’s Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, which celebrates its…

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Take an extra step in education

Top-ranked international business schools will participate in Access MBA and Masters Education events in Budapest, with Access MBA Budapest on November 30 and Access Masters…

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Anticlimax on gas, Paks 2

The Russian president’s visit to Budapest on October 30 was the seventh high-level bilateral meeting between Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán since…

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Action on corruption, climate

Budapest’s new municipal assembly has unanimously supported the implementation of an anti-graft programme aimed at increasing transparency of the city’s operations. In his proposal, Mayor…

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The brief history of the month (November 2019)

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Have you heard the one about Princess Diana?

“The great thing about rock and roll is that someone like me can be a star,” says Elton John, meaning that he was just an…

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Long journey for tree of friendship

Friendship between Belarus and Hungary has been celebrated by the planting of a silver birch tree that was uprooted from the botanical garden in Minsk,…

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Birth of Latvia 'only the beginning of struggle'

Although last year Latvia had marked the centenary of the proclamation of its statehood on November 18, 1918, it was just the beginning of the…

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House haunted by nobility from bygone time

It’s clear as one approaches the frontage, initially hidden by a line of wild unkept trees, that the once-reputable “kastély”, meaning “castle”, has long since…

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A Viennese experience this Christmas

Budapest’s and Vienna’s Christmas markets are on a par with each other, both with their own national specialities. MÁV Nosztalgia, an arm of the Hungarian…

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Charity gala aids three charities

XpatLoop’s 19th anniversary celebration, “Feel Good + Do Good”, raised HUF 4.6 million for Hungarian children in need at the annual Xpat Charity Gala in…

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Benedek Maksa exhibition opens

Artist Benedek Maksa, who was born in Gyöngyös in 1979, has had a special passion for art, and for painting in particular, since he was…

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Artistic era came, went, returned

After living in this city for some considerable time and thinking – as well as occasionally boasting – I had seen all the sights, I…

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The solution is out there somewhere

Page by page, day by day, hour by hour, discovery by discovery, Maigret and his men from the Police Judiciaire in Paris inch closer and…

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Huawei to build 5G network in Hungary

China’s telecom giant Huawei is building a 5G network in Hungary, Peter Szijjártó, Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade, told an economic forum in…

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No more beating his brains, with the liquor and drugs

In American director Jim Jarmusch’s laudatory 2016 documentary about Iggy Pop and the Stooges, “Gimme Danger”, Iggy tells of the early moment when he realised…

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Turkey's achievements 'based on sound principles'

A large gathering was on hand when the Turkish Embassy in Hungary celebrated the 96th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey with…

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China kicks off commercial 5G

Chen Zhaoxiong, vice minister of industry and information technology, center, and chairmen of China’s big three telecom operators and China Tower Corp kicked off commercialization…

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China's rural online retail sales hit USD 111 billion in H1

In the first half of this year, China’s rural online retail sales reached 777.13 billion yuan ($111 billion), accounting for 16.1 percent of the country’s…

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Caught off guard

Some years back I lived in Budapest. Lots of new and exciting places to explore in this fine city but also, while my husband was…

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Europe of today in artistic “Community”

Have you heard? A Bulgarian, a Dane, a Finn, a Lithuanian and a Slovenian walk into a bar. Nope, it’s not a joke but a…

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Cool heads under enemy fire

Historian Andrew Roberts, whose most recent work was a monumental biography of the monumental life of British statesman Winston Churchill, now offers nine compact biographies-cum-essays…

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She feared the worst, and it happened

When the UK’s Granada Television filmed 12 of the 75 “Maigret” novels, six in 1992 and six in 1993, “Maigret’s Madwoman” was one of the…

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CV-22B demonstration flight over Budapest

Hungarian and United States Special Operations Forces began a training engagement on 25 October, 2019 at the invitation of Hungarian Special Operations Forces and through…

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Czech Tourism workshop: “Where to go beyond Prague?”

It was a pleasure to participate in the Czech Tourism workshop in Budapest on October 22, 2019. Various delegates and media-related guests with varying affiliations…

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To the heart of the human matter

It’s a kind of literary high-wire act, where beloved travel writer Bill Bryson occasionally turns his hand to a scientific or historical subject requiring him…

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Wisdom of nature restores body's equilibrium

Kempinski The Spa in Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest has been voted Hungary’s Best Hotel Spa 2019 at the 5th Annual World Spa Awards Gala Ceremony…

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The Dogs' Breakfast Group

It does my heart good to hear non-Hungarians talking in terms of giving back to the country that has become their adopted home. I’m a…

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All-round service for unique events

Good catering is the soul of every professional event and vital to their success. Thus it is all the more important to take a close…

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Bruce on the Button

Bruce Dickinson is considered one of the world’s most storied musicians. Aside from decades spent delivering high-octane performances with his larger-than-life persona in Iron Maiden,…

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Hurricane still blowing

Fifty years have gone by since the days the juvenile Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs wandered the streets of Hanover, which was just…

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“Slow Living” and minimalism

Uniform colours and minimalist patterns with a touch of vintage style: clothes designed by Melinda Tóth are perhaps not that unusual but they fit the…

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In the realm of bats

More than 200 caves can be found under the Buda Hills. The Pálvölgy cave is one of them, and at 30 kilometres long and 104…

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Wandering actors find a home

Golem Theatre – the only professional Jewish theatre company in Hungary – will move to its new, permanent location by autumn 2020. The venue will…

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PM wants mutual respect

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has stressed the need of compromise between two parts of Europe but says Hungarians’ “right to live according to the laws…

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Fidesz strongholds fall

Hungary’s governing Fidesz party suffered its biggest setback since the 2006 general election after opposition forces won in a number of major cities, Budapest districts…

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The brief history of the month (2019, October)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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Plants prelude alongside playground

It was with pleasure that I, a former landscape gardener who worked in Cambridge, UK, before moving to Budapest, was invited to take part in…

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Lessons of 1989 for young generation

The 30th anniversary of regime change in Hungary and the reunification of Europe has been commemorated by the US Embassy, together with the Fulbright Commission…

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Stories of dystopia and black British women

In an unexpected move, the judges of this year’s Booker Prize have awarded the important literary accolade to two Penguin Random House authors, Margaret Atwood…

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And now for somewhere completely different

The whole topic of that weird place North Korea – the “hermit kingdom” – is endlessly fascinating (at least until Trump or someone blows it…

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E-visas for St. Petersburg

Nationals of 53 foreign states including Hungary may now be granted an e-visa to enter the Russian Federation through air, naval, automobile and pedestrian checkpoints…

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Expect fireworks

Three Hungarian children’s charities will benefit when the Xpat Charity Gala “Feel Good + Do Good” is held at the Budapest Marriott Hotel on Saturday,…

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Socialist statues' last stand

The clouds have turned grey and the wind has become chilly – not normally a welcome change in the weather but today just perfect. For…

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Russia's hybrid war exposed

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Hungary Liubov Nepop and her Embassy in Budapest have marked the Day of Defender of Ukraine in the Hungarian capital for the…

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Great life isn’t a closed book yet

At very nearly 1000 pages – and over that number when you include the introduction, maps, family tree, acknowledgements, index, notes, photos and bibliographies of…

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Top-notch biography, in and out of the bedroom

Rarely does the pace flag or is the narrative less than compelling in this eye-opening account of the high-flying member of the British Royal Family,…

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Bloody hell

It’s not all bad news at the World Press Photo exhibition 2019 – just the great majority of it. When the show comes to town…

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Across the great divides

It’s important to have some kind of a border in place to represent areas of land. In addition, these dividing lines carry a certain sense…

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Bill Gates writing book on climate change

American business magnate and humanitarian Bill Gates is writing a book about energy and climate change that will be published by Allen Lane in the…

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Strangers in a strange land

An oft-heard quote is that India was the “jewel in the crown” of the British Empire, the largest empire in world history and one of…

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Poles apart but pulling together

This summer sortie was achieved by my family of five and accomplished with a tent that either shrank or outgrew as we went along. A…

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Making hay while the sun still shines

Summer is behind us and the restaurants in the city are returning to life again, so Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest celebrated with a “Welcome Back…

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Masterpiece in the frame

“Every Picture Tells a Story” sang Rod Stewart in 1971, and his picture is one of the many photos telling their stories on the wall…

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Comics and the power of drawing

Chilean comics artist Marcela Trujillo’s work has gone on display at Budapest’s Cervantes Institute, and the artist herself was in attendance to explain the strong…

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Brexit meeting for UK citizens

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51 years in a wheelchair, so far

The Vietnam War was an American disaster. Iggy Pop, who performed in Budapest recently, avoided it by acting crazy at his draft hearing. Creedence Clearwater…

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European office of Turkic Council opens

The 10th Extraordinary Meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Turkic Council was hosted by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary…

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Four-star innings

Where to go and have a look first? Lord’s Cricket Ground, the home of the sport, which is right next door to the hotel? Or…

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Concise look at a complex history

Andrew Robinson’s book covered a whopping four millennia of Indian history in concise fashion when it was first published in hardback in 2014. Now it…

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The other Balaton

I’m writing this from Balaton. Not the Balaton but the one and only Balaton in the United States of America, a small town in southwest…

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Gentle as a lamb

Lamb are an English electronic music duo from Manchester, consisting of producer Andy Barlow and singer-songwriter Lou Rhodes. They achieved commercial success with the hit…

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Ghost bring Death

Following the coveted Special Guest slot on Metallica’s 26-date summer European stadium tour and a 32-date autumn headline arena tour of North America, Swedish hard-rock…

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Ostalgia on wheels

The Trabant was as affordable and modern as cars got for most people in the Eastern communist bloc. It rolled off the production line at…

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Unwanted but not unloved

Herosz Animal Welfare Association takes in orphaned or abused animals. Only with the help of volunteers can it keep going. Mónika Hörömpöly has been assisting…

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The powerful warrior princess

Long red curls, fair skin, a petite nose (which would make Cleopatra jealous), freckles and green eyes – at first glance Stephanie Andrews looks like…

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Let battle commence

Hungarians will go to the polls on October 13 to elect mayors and municipal councillors. Surveys suggest that governing Fidesz will lose a few seats…

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The brief history of the month (September, 2019.)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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'Priority number one' to stop Russian aggression

Ukraine’s celebration of its Independence Day each August 24 was taking place this year after presidential and parliamentary elections that had resulted in the country…

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Still time to enjoy Capital of Culture 2019 festivities

Picturesque Plovdiv in central Bulgaria and second city to the capital Sofia, is a past wonder and present-day splendour: an eternal city immersed with volumes…

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Fish out of water

It’s a late summer day in Vancouver, Canada, the kind of day where you can feel the seasons shift. A trick of memory and I’m…

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Silent film comes alive

Elaine Loebenstein is an Irish classical pianist who has honed her craft as a silent film accompanist. She composes each score live, in concert, and…

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New manager to lead into the 2020s

InterContinental Budapest’s new General Manager is a Dutch national, an avid traveller and a tourism industry expert, Peter Pottinga. He succeeds Claus Geisselmann, who held…

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Feeling well, after heading for the hills

Body and soul both need a touch-up from the sensory overload of the city sometimes. It can all become a bit much: pizza-delivery mopeds with…

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They visited, we follow

The concept is simple enough: historian Peter Furtado has compiled various writings through the ages about 38 significant cities. All six continents are represented but…

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Tango time on Andrassy

Tango is included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists of neighbouring South American countries Argentina and Uruguay, and this is the explanation for the…

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A thrill a page

The editor Paul Duncan is a film historian with literary pedigree, his Taschen books having included “The James Bond Archives”, “The Charlie Chaplin Archives”, “The…

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Dane has won top awards

Danish Academy Award-winning director Bille August will be guest of honour at the 16th Cinefest International Film Festival in Miskolc between September 13 and 21….

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A surprise in every corner

Mystery Hotel is a name that cannot be ignored or misunderstood. It makes other hotel names sound commonplace (mention no names, spare their blushes). Powered…

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Death of an ogre leaves no one sorry

We read somewhere once, and we just wish we could remember where, that the final “Maigret” novels weren’t so good. It was probably in one…

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In abstraction

On 20 August, Hungary celebrates its foundation and remembers St Istvan (St Stephen), its first king, who was inducted into the ranks of Hungarian saints…

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A touch of France

The scent of French baguette, the sight of colourful macarons and the smell of freshly baked croissants – whose mouth doesn’t water? Nerella Chauvin-Némethy –…

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Black and white days

Three hundred-plus photos from the popular Fortepan digital photo-archives have gone on display at the Hungarian National Gallery in an exhibition called Every Past Is…

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Pathway to safer cycling

Cycling in the Hungarian capital? Even experienced cyclists sometimes do not dare to take their chances between all the cars and buses. János Árva’s company…

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Captain back in custody

A Budapest court has ordered the Ukrainian captain of the cruise ship that collided with a sightseeing boat on the Danube by Margaret Bridge in…

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Hungary 'still NATO ally'

The United States can continue to count on Hungary, Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communications and relations, has said in response to an…

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The brief history of the month (August, 2019.)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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It’s a free country

The Hungarian nation today has the political and economic means to protect itself and preserve its independence, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on July 27…

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UK Embassy helps spread environmental message

Hopefully, the 2019 Sziget Festival’s paper straws, reusable paper tents and cups, solar-powered showers, water-efficient toilets, selective waste collection, biodegradable cleaning products, green electricity, eco-laundry…

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Close-up look at colonial rule

The United Kingdom’s still-roiling Brexit controversy, with the referendum’s most fervent supporters boasting of an unleashed Britain recapturing imperial-era glory, has tended to leave the…

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Another onslaught on Nazi Germany

Previously, Hans Helmut Kirst was the only German novelist known and admired by us as a chronicler of the horror of the Third Reich. It…

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Kingdom 'credible and key partner'

This year’s National Day of the Kingdom of Morocco marked the 20th anniversary of the accession to the throne of His Majesty King Mohammed VI,…

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Colombia 'progressing every day'

Colombia celebrated the 200th anniversary of its Proclamation of Independence with a reception in the Museum of Military History in Budapest on July 25, 2019….

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Morocco pushing ahead politically, economically

For Morocco and Hungary, 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Morocco has a separate celebration, on…

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Feminist icon or misguided exhibitionist?

This new book from a Karachi-based journalist investigates the controversial life and violent death of Qandeel Baloch, Pakistan’s first social media star, who entertained thousands…

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Diplomat shares beauty of paintings, sculptures

As an art enthusiast, diplomat János Kollár has visited such prominent world galleries as The Louvre in Paris, the Tate in London and the Metropolitan…

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Masters at work

And so, Penguin Books has reached number 70 in its ambitious reissue of the 75 Maigret novels, one a month chronologically since 2013 and newly…

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Car rally symbolises unity

For its sixth edition, Europ’Raid, the first raid adventure in Europe, will cross Hungary and stop in Gödöllő for the night on Monday August 12,…

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One woman, five men in a Simenon sextet

It’s fair to say that Georges Simenon was obsessed with sex. As his son John recounted: “At the end of a novel, any novel, dead-tired,…

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Adding some Scottish to the mix

French philosopher Voltaire is reputed to have said “We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation”. Presumably he was talking about the French….

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Italian to the very core

Robbie Williams, Mick Jagger and Gérard Depardieu – they have all visited. We are not talking about a bar in Hollywood but about a restaurant…

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Just like in Grandma’s kitchen

Located in the heart of the Castle District, the Pest-Buda Bistro is a top location for all lovers of Hungarian home-style cooking, from goulash soup…

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Fun with or without sun

Lake Lupa, a former mining lake now transformed into a beach and water sports centre, is in its third season and has a wider range…

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Coins, culture on show

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the launching of Chinese-Hungarian diplomatic relations, two exhibitions have opened for people interested in Far Eastern culture,…

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Hot music, global warming

There will be nine headliners in seven days on the Big Stage (Nagyszínpad) with Jane Goodall speaking and a message from Al Gore in the…

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Bursting out of NY subway

Lucky Chops has been unleashing high-energy brassy funk on the world since forming in New York City in 2006. The band’s intensity is fuelled by…

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'I am not his widow; I am his envoy'

After the death of her husband, Zsolt Erőss, in May 2013, Hilda Sterczer published a book about her relationship with the first Hungarian to climb…

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Life in a slower lane

If you like to look back to your younger years or if you would like to see something special from before your time, then visit…

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Shoulder to shoulder to win

Gergely Karácsony, the Budapest mayoral candidate of the Socialist-Párbeszéd alliance, has won the primary process organised by some opposition parties ahead of the October municipal…

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The brief history of the month (July, 2019.)

Presenting in one concise package the month’s most important and fascinating national stories, whether they be economic, political, cultural, sporting or among the hundreds of…

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Discovering highlights of the Valletta Trail

With its wealth of gold-stone architecture, magnificent 16th-century fortifications, world-class galleries and grand Baroque cathedrals, it’s clear to see why Valletta, also known as the…

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Yoga for a relaxed life

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Death or 'dishonour'

A sense of dread permeates German writer Florian Huber’s book from the very beginning. It is April 1945 and the Red Army is closing in…

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Going with the flow

This is a side of Vienna that we hadn’t seen before. On half a dozen previous visits we had been in the iron grip of…

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A celebration remarquable

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Moving in mystical ways

“Hol van Gul Baba Turbe?” My Hungarian dictionary saved my skin again. I’d spent an hour that summer morning memorising the translated question: “Where is…

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Giving back to the Earth

This year’s annual InterContinental Budapest Summer Party was a special “Green Edition”: if the many guests who enjoyed the hospitality at the hotel’s Corso Restaurant…

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