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.

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…

In abstraction: Jim Urquhart

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On 20 August, Hungary celebrates its foundation and remembers…

Adding some Scottish to the mix

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The French philosopher Voltaire is reputed to have said ‘We…
Bence Molnár wearing his golden keys

The Golden Keys

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I was a fan of the 1980s American TV series Hotel, which opened…
Krisztina Dávid shooting in Rio

Living on a battery: Krisztina Dávid

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Eons ago, I hung out with a guy who, as a teenager, lost the…

2019 Grateful 37: Thought police missing?

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Last year, Hungary made the international news because of a controversial…

Chernobyl Diaries

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Of all the questions expats ask of each other, what do you do…