Review: The Paper Bridge: A Return to Budapest by Monica PorterMonica Porter was a small child when her family, along with thousands of others, left Hungary in the wake of the 1956 Uprising. She grew up in America, but later settled in London. In the autumn of 1980 she returned to Hungary, spending four weeks in the country with her young son, staying in the old family house in Buda, to which her mother also journeyed to be with her.
Daily Archive: May 17, 2010
Review: Part II – Peppers! Mediterranean Grill in the Marriott Hotel. Entering the lobby of the Marriott Hotel you could wonder whether you are still in Budapest. Palm trees, white tarpaulins as sun blinds and an unnaturally blue Danube are sure to make you feel like you are on holiday, while the classic panorama of the Buda Castle and the Gellért Hill prove that you really are in the capital.Â
18th Sziget Festival in BudapestKároly Gerendai’s baby has come of age: the Sziget Festival celebrates its 18th birthday this year. Perhaps that explains why the programme has a rather more grown-up feel to it this time around, as European politics share centre stage with rock ‘n’ roll.
It was only a few years ago that I finally caved in and took my first trip to an Ikea. Friends were shocked that I had not been to one. I was shocked that I was talked into going. I am probably one of the few people in the free world who can claim to have made it through the 20th Century without ever crossing the threshold of the Swedish Ikea box store. I have not been as fortunate this century.
The Switzerland-based Advanced Power (AP) is to build a EUR 600 million, 880 MW gas turbine power plant in Szeged, project manager Adrian Bobula announced last Wednesday.
Preliminary figures show surprise growth in first quarter. Hungary’s economic output was up an unadjusted 0.1 per cent in the period from January to March compared to the first quarter of 2009, according to preliminary figures released last Wednesday by the Central Statistical Office (KSH). The better-than-expected figures represent the first economic growth after five consecutive quarters of contraction, thus signalling the end of a deep and protracted recession.
Fico feels threatened by former overlord’s plan for dual citizenship. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico ordered his country’s ambassador to return home from Budapest for a consultation and threatened retaliatory steps last Wednesday in response to the new cabinet’s plan to offer dual citizenship to ethnic-Hungarian minorities abroad. Fico also requested that the Slovak Foreign Minister examine the effects of the decision and to formulate a response to counter the legislation.
President László Sólyom last Friday presided over the inaugural session of Hungary’s new parliament. As expected, he recommended the leader of the centre-right party Fidesz, Viktor Orbán (pictured centre), as Hungary’s next prime minister. Fidesz (including the allied Christian Democrats) won 263 of 386 seats in parliament, giving the party the unprecedented power to alter the constitution and make other deep structural changes without having to secure cross-party consensus.