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 Budapest

Hardly a week goes by without someone asking me for advice on…

To A Bird Another Bird

Much has been in the news in recent times about Hungary and Hungarians,…

The politics of decency

In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics’.…

With a nod to all things Irish

When 1 March dawned this year, Ireland was covered in a blanket…


In a previous life, while working with a think-tank in London,…
(c) Jonás Mátássy

Birds of paradise

I dislike the mindlessness induced by social media. I loathe…
ADvent wreath

The advent of gratitude

Advent is here. Christmas is in sight. The season of goodwill…

Dream your way out of this one

I brag about Budapest. I brag a lot. I brag to the point that…

Timeless elegance

In the Corinthia Hotel recently for breakfast, I was struck by…