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.

The F word

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If I am alone in a room, I am a person. If a woman enters, I become a man. And the more of a woman is the woman who enters, the more of a man I become. Frigyes Karinthy

Having fun with money and strangers

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So here we are. Just three weeks into 2011 and already the world’s…

Let the spending begin

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Let’s all go out and spend our hard-earned money on stuff.…

A grave situation

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Traffic jams in Budapest are a common enough occurrence. A traffic…

A matter of choice

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It is the ability to choose which makes us human. These simple…

To smell or not to smell

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Like most sentient beings, I react immediately to smell. I associate…

Bamboozled into buying a bottle

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Reactions to an interview on national television with Irish bottled-water…

Give a little - get a lot

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A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living. Rudolf Steiner, Austrian philosopher and scientist

Putting the foot back into footpath

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The word ‘footpath’ can be traced as far back as 1425. Unlike…