What Lies Beneath is the title of the column I write for the Budapest Times, the city’s monthly English-language magazine. My remit is pretty broad. I get to write about people I’ve met, places I’ve happened upon, and life in Hungary as I see it.

My great realisation

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I saw a vapour trail in the sky last week. A rarity these days.…

On wanting to be a Zen master

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With so much being written about COVID-19, there’s very little…

Get your green on

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Get your green on St Patrick’s Day 2020 falls on a Tuesday.…

The Celtic Barber

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I’m having flashbacks to 1994 and the birth of the term ‘metrosexual’.…

7scents

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I have a peculiarly impulsive sense of smell that has led me…

No foreigners here

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Christmas came early for many people in Budapest this year with…

Coming home

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I have a weakness. I have several weaknesses in fact, but more…

The Dogs' Breakfast Group

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It does my heart good to hear non-Hungarians talking in terms…

The Other Balaton

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I’m writing this from Balaton. Not the Balaton. But the one…