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Obituary: Professor Andrew Keller

IT WAS in the area of polymer crystallisation that Andrew Keller and his colleagues and students at Bristol University laboured and in time created a revolution.

European Times Budapest: Cafe revival wakes sleeping city

BY THE standards of London, or Manchester, it was a bargain. A light spacious flat on Pannonia Street on the Pest side of the Danube, with plenty of windows, high ceilings, three rooms and a newly renovated bathroom.


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Sporting Vernacular 2. COACH

WITH ENGLAND'S search for a full-time football coach looking fraught, it is appropriate to remember that the national team's education only really began in 1953, courtesy of the mighty Magyars. For "coach" is one of the few English words borrowed from Hungarian, coming (via the French coche and German kutsche) from kocsi, an adjective meaning "of Kocs" - a village in the north-east of the country, between Budapest and Gyor, an area famous for making carts and carriages. The full form was kocsi szeker, or "cart from Kocs".

Obituary: Rudolf Karpati

AS A member of the illustrious and world famous Hungarian sabre team during the Fifties and Sixties, Rudolf Karpati played an important part in his country's domination of international fencing over very many years.

Obituary: Gabor Carelli

THE HUNGARIAN-BORN tenor Gabor Carelli is assured of immortality in the world of opera, because he sang the small role of Dr Caius in the NBC Symphony broadcast of Verdi's Falstaff, conducted by Arturo Toscanini in 1951. This performance was recorded and reissued many times as technology advanced, and is currently available on CD.

Budapest, the smuggler's gate to the West

RASHID, A PAKISTANI student in his twenties, was stopped on the Hungarian border as he tried to cross into Austria.

Letter: Men as scapegoats

Sir: So, premature spinsterhood afflicts women east of Berlin too, does it? ("Bridget Jones goes to Budapest", 24 November). Having Adam LeBor relay the news doesn't make the analysis any less facile. Once again, men are the problem sex, their fragile egos threatened by independent- minded women. But at least it diverts Bridget's attention from her own inadequacies.

Bridget Jones goes to Budapest

The new Eastern European woman has got a career, a home and a mind of her own. What she hasn't got, of course - in common with her fictional Western counterpart - is a man. By Adam LeBor

Football: The lasting past masters

The Anniversary: 45 years ago the magical Magyars played in a way that changed the game

City Life: Budapest: Attila's sad retirement

THERE WERE two grandfathers at Zsolt's fifth birthday party. Both Hungarian, in their sixties, who had worked all their lives in Budapest. But they had passed the decades in two parallel universes.

European Times Vienna: Cafe society - with fries

IT COULD be a scene anywhere in one of central Europe's famous cafes: those homes from home for generations of writers, artists and philosophers discussing life, love and politics over a lengthy coffee, cigarette in hand.

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Budapest in EU expansion talks

Athletics: African quest for Budapest heroes

BRITAIN'S EUROPEAN Championship heroes have been given the chance to keep on the glory trail by tackling the world's best next month.

These families are survivors of a savage civil war. They're also an excellent business opportunity

People smuggling is Eastern Europe's new growth industry.
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