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.

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…

An orderly queue of one

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I am spending an inordinate amount of time lately in airports…

Coffee with culture

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Way back in 1674, the Women’s Petition against Coffee sought…

Weather too hot to handle

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I was born with a limited supply of patience and I live in fear…

The sum of all our choices

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When I first went to the USA, choices in Ireland still came…

Wanted: a good man

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Jim Carrey, that Canadian-born actor with an extensive library…

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

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The more I learn about the world, the more I realise how little…