The research that Budapest-born Georgina Botka is carrying out could lead to a cure for dengue fever, a disease for which there is no vaccination. Were this detail not remarkable in itself then two other facts about this unassuming and modest 18-year-old woman are certainly worthy of note.
In a speech last week US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned repressive governments not to restrict internet freedom, saying such efforts will ultimately fail.
Pastor Lee Powell of the International Baptist Church of Budapest will return to the US in April after nine years in Hungary. In an interview with The Budapest Times he relates his experiences in the country and his thoughts on its future.
Review: The Forsaken – From the Great Depression to the Gulags: Hope and Betrayal in Stalin’s Russia, by Tim Tzouliadis. This is a remarkable book, not least because its central theme is remarkable – Americans in the Gulag. How come Americans (lots of them) were held prisoner for years in the Soviet Union’s notorious slave-labour camps? It seems incredible but it’s true, and Tim Tzouliadis has done a great deal of research to tell us how it all came about and what happened to the people involved.
Anyone travelling around London in the recent past, whether visitors or locals, would have been bombarded by posters containing the word “Budapest” in large letters. An exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts entitled Treasures from Budapest was widely advertised as a major show and drew masses of people to the building on Piccadilly.
One of my favourite destinations in Hungary is Sopron, the faithful city that had the choice of belonging to Austria after the First World War but elected to remain in Hungary instead, for which I must say I have always been grateful. I have a favourite hotel, the L?vér on a hill, where centuries ago I had my honeymoon. Well, the attraction has nothing to do with the memories but rather I just feel comfortable in this retro building near the edge of the forest. There are some more modern and more elegant hotels around but I am at home there.
Are guidebooks facing extinction? That was the title of an article published recently in the UK’s The Observer. The author was exuberant about the possibilities of discovering unknown locations without any guidebook or map, but rather by means of the internet, and in particular by accessing so-called apps on a mobile phone, which give instant information about the environs of wherever you happen to be. It produced a string of criticisms about the naivety of relying on unknown sources and defending the use of a well-researched, reliable guidebook.