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Ever deeper into a despot

Surprisingly, Volker Ullrich informs us that while there has been no shortage of…

Dark, darker, darkest

Strangely, it seems to us, film noir is one of the most precisely defined genres…

Kazakhstan celebrates independence

The Budapest Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan held a reception in the…

Un joyeux Noel

How many Maigret/mystery enthusiasts are avidly buying all 75 of Penguin’s…

Home “sweet” home

Kushanava Choudhury isn’t exactly alone in today’s global village in being…

A birth, at 221B Baker Street

A new piece of art – music, book, play, script, painting – may spring fully…

Knight of entertainment

One of the world’s biggest names in music, Sir Rod Stewart, the voice on hits…

Visit the world in a day

Forty-five countries are expected to be represented by their Hungarian embassies…

A cut above most of the rest

Hundreds of books have been written about The Beatles, including a number by…

Meditation between two courses

Hungarians are eating rather unhealthily! In a ranking by the British…

Feasting in the castle shadows

The Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest City Park with its eclectic appearance is not…

Respect and enjoy but keep your distance

Bears are the largest predatory mammals in Europe. Worldwide there are eight…

Slaughter in the streets

Paris has been living in the shadow of fear for six months. Five women out on…

Dancing Horses fill the Arena in Budapest

After a fantastic performance of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna almost…

Retro isn't moving on any time soon

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” so the saying goes. Well yes, this…

Dream your way out of this one

I brag about Budapest. I brag a lot. I brag to the point that I’m beginning to…

Clara at the Corso

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s two-act ballet “The Nutcracker” apparently wasn’t an…

A matter of meaning

An alarm bell went off in our mind when we reached page 79 of Belgian author…

Even Maigret can’t win them all

Simenon, writing this book in the mid-1950s, quickly and expertly sets his scene…

On course for India

India has skills and India wants to share its skills with the world. One way it…

Timeless elegance

In the Corinthia Hotel recently for breakfast, I was struck by the timeless…

Feast from the East

The city’s only Pan-Asian Sunday Brunch returned at Buddha-Bar Budapest on…

Turkish ambassador leaving to retire

Ambassador of Turkey Şakir Fakılı and his wife Behiye said their farewells to…

Turkish ambassador leaving to retire

Ambassador of Turkey Şakir Fakılı and his wife Behiye said their farewells to…

Shot seen round the world

Photographer Burhan Ozbilici was off duty when he went to catch up with a friend…

Death by ideology, courtesy ‘Uncle Joe’

It is a statistic to boggle the mind: in 1932-33, an estimated nearly 4 million…

Czech National Day

The Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Hungary, Juraj Chmiel, hosted a…

Everything’s going to be fine

Bocuse d'Or special prize winner Tamás Széll will introduce the mysteries of…

Make mine Miskolc

Although Miskolc is the Borsod-Absúj-Zemplén county capital and regional centre…

The memory lingers on

As the centenary of Trianon looms, Bratislava remains a potent symbol to…

“Those charming deviationists . . . ”

In the early 1960s an explosion of youthful musical talent shook Britain, with…

A time for timeless heroism

Heroes push us to excel. Their will, courage and sacrifice can bring out the…

Minister opens new British embassy

Britain’s Minister for Europe, Sir Alan Duncan, has officially opened his…

Crowning glory

A palace is a palace and a hotel is a hotel, we say, and a hotel that calls…

Urban sophistication, business acumen

Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul, located in the heart of the city’s contemporary…

Disputed Taiwan stands tall

Representative Andrew Y. Chang of the Republic of China (Taiwan) hosted a…

The torture of illicit passion

This is the story of a man taking a journey into his mind to discover who he is…

What to expect from the new European Capital of Culture: Valletta 2018

Valletta is preparing to enter the world stage for culture in 2018; read the…

A bemused look at bloodshed

First published in Britain in 1948, the author's experiences as an ambulance…

Initial impressions: v. good

The marketing lady at our hotel has emailed us to say that when we arrive she…

This charming man

Manchester, summer 1968, finds little Johnny Maher, almost five years old,…

“Alluring India 2017” fashion show

India’s celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the country’s independence…

Saris on the catwalk

India’s celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the country’s independence…

Croatia’s garden of earthly delights

Eden would seem to be a fair enough name for a hotel surrounded by a…

10 tips to living to a 100

Look up “Life expectancy” on Google and this is what you might come up with, as…

Any excuse for a party . . .

“Willkommen zum Oktoberfest” read the sign at InterContinental Budapest on…