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.

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…

In vino veritas

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Not too long ago, some friends of mine in Ireland – aka ‘de…

Nincs probléma

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As a child, I hated going to the dentist. I couldn’t stand…

Pulmonary rape

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I’ve been accused of a lot of things in my time. Some I readily…

The Catch 22

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 I am not political. I have never been political. The permutations…

Irish goulash or Hungarian stew?

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Way back in 1957, American author James Michener immortalized…