The international community came together on Friday 5 November to raise HUF 1.5 million (EUR 5,468) for charity – over twice the amount donated during the Bonfire Night charity event last year. Stephen Linfitt, the event organiser, took the occasion of the 10th anniversary of XpatLoop.com to put on the event for The Smiling Hospital Foundation. More than 250 people attended, including many distinguished locals, ministry officials and media personalities. ExpatsÂ including several ambassadors, senior diplomats, leading business figures and a whole variety of socialites all joined in the celebration.
The secret speech of this novel’s title refers to the address delivered by Nikita Khrushchev behind closed doors at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in February 1956. On the surface that sounds a pretty boring affair but the speech was unexpectedly dramatic and had widespread consequences.
The 10:10 Hungary organisation will join an international action day on Sunday 10 October as part of a global campaign led by 350.org to cut global carbon emissions by 10 per cent a year, starting in 2010. In 150 countries around the world from Albania to the USA, schools, businesses, organisations and individuals will participate in actions to raise awareness about climate change.
The Ultrahang (“Ultrasound”) Festival at the Merlin Theatre from Wednesday to Sunday promises fresh and experimental music. More than 40 artists and bands from 20 countries will play from the afternoon to the early hours.
Hungary has placed 25th in the EU-27 for adult education with only 2.7% of 25- to 64-year-olds participating in education and training schemes in 2009. The EU average was 9.3% with lifelong learning highest among Nordic member states Denmark, Sweden and Finland, and the United Kingdom. Only Bulgaria and Romania ranked lower than Hungary.
Bob Dent searches for some missing history. When I first came to Budapest in the 1980s there was a memorial plaque on the façade of the M?csarnok or Hall of Arts in Heroes’ Square. The plaque commemorated a massive workers’ demonstration of 1 September 1930. The marchers had passed through Heroes’ Square on their way to City Park. In recent years it has struck me that the plaque is no longer there.
Chinese authorities are offering generous rewards to
anyone who provides information on security threats during the Olympic