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Mary Dejevsky: Spirit of Maggie's market lives on

Budapest Notebook: Her visit is immortalised in proudly displayed photographs. Or so it is said

Simon Calder: Cleared for take-off: the recession dividend

For the traveller, one of the more disconcerting sights is to see the lights of a trans-European train retreat into the darkness and the distance just as you arrive on the platform.

Norma, Grange Park Opera, London

Bellini’s ‘Norma’ has one of those plots which can transplant anywhere, any time: wherever a foreign power invades and occupies a country, it fits.

Jane Haining, Scotland's Schindler

Campaigners urge recognition for the missionary who sacrificed her life in Auschwitz to stay with the Jewish children in her care. Jane Merrick reports

Super ants 'on way to Britain' warns study

A new ant which was discovered less than 20 years ago could be on the way to wreak havoc in parks and gardens of Northern Europe including Britain, according to a report published today.

Danube Express: Awaken, not stirred

So sleek and smooth is the new Danube Express from Berlin, even the doyen of night trains, James Bond, would be impressed. Michael Williams reports

Esme Redzepova, Boulevard Nightclub, London

Macedonia's presence in Britain is nowhere near as large as Poland's, but this is their national day, and it looks as if every Macedonian in town has come to see their country's most famous singer, Esme Redzepova, aka Queen of the Gypsies, bring a spectacular and intimate night of showmanship and soul to this R&B, house and hip-hop nightclub. The bouncers have never seen anything like it.

Hungary for Change

Budapest swings between exalting its past and moving too quickly towards a westward-leaning future

Professor Laszlo Peter: Historian of Hungary

In October 1956, during the Hungarian revolution, László Péter, a young historian, entered the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Budapest after the guards had fled. He spent three days looking through and quietly copying secret documents of the AVH, Hungary's dreaded security police. While other students were fighting the Soviet tanks on the streets or printing revolutionary leaflets and newspapers, Péter was doing what he was good at, recording the hitherto inaccessible material for future historians.

Preview: Hungarian film showcase, Curzon Mayfair, London

The Scottish director Kevin Macdonald has vivid memories of his grandfather, Emeric Pressburger. "He was a magical old man when I was growing up. He used to tell stories about his childhood in central Europe, then working in Britain and writing in English. Like a lot of refugees, he had a huge love of Britain and was more British than the British."

Imre Kertész: Memoirs of a survivor

Imre Kertész came back from Auschwitz, endured Stalinism and years of neglect in Hungary – and then won the Nobel Prize. Tibor fischer meets him in Budapest

Royal Festival Hall set to reclaim its status as 'The People's Place'

Sir Simon Rattle, Britain's best-known conductor, once condemned the Royal Festival Hall as the worst major concert arena in Europe. But when it reopens after a £91m refurbishment this summer, Sir Simon will head a cavalcade of musical greats celebrating the lease of life given to the Grade I-listed venue.

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Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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