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WITH ITS imposing chrome and marble entrance, spacious plazas filled with greenery and ranks of spouting fountains, Budapest's West End city centre shopping complex has the appearance of a temple, built in homage to eastern Europe's newest belief system: consumerism.


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Sketchbook: Uncommon market

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A CAREER of high achievement in the service of one's country would be enough for most people but in Robert Bruce's case there was a great deal more. What he attained in diplomacy and scholarship, particularly in relation to the languages and peoples of China, would have set him apart in any case, but the fact that he did so under the burden of virtual blindness throughout much of his life makes his story all the more remarkable.

Boxing: Savon's mastery too much for Evans

KEVIN EVANS of Wales found the Cuban heavyweight legend Felix Savon too much of a handful as he was beaten in the World Amateur Championships semi-final here.

Steamy days in Buda and Pest

Thermal baths are a way of life for Hungarians. Leaving his modesty in the locker room, Paul Watkins takes the plunge

European Times - Budapest: Shadow over Hungary will turn the Danube black Hungary set for another type of darkness at noon

DARKNESS AT NOON is once again coming to Budapest. The Hungarian capital was the birthplace of the writer Arthur Koestler, author of the book of that title, probably the century's finest novel about Communism.

Top Table: Udvarhaz, Budapest

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Obituary: Dame Gillian Brown

GILLIAN BROWN had had an exceptionally solid grounding when she was appointed as Ambassador to Norway in 1981.

War in Europe: Serb liberals take refuge abroad

The Serb border police's message to Milos when he reached the Hungarian border was simple: don't come back.

Obituary: Peter Gosztonyi

AFTER THE 1956 Hungarian revolution several participants of the first anti-Soviet uprising in European history left Hungary and became modern historians abroad. Apart from Bela Kirly, who found a new home in the United States, such a person was Peter Gosztonyi, who settled down in Switzerland and became one of the best historians of the Second World War and its aftermath.

Around The World: Hungary

LIKE ENGLAND'S Kevin Keegan, Hungary's coach, Bertalan Bickei, will have to field an untested strike force in tomorrow's international friendly in Budapest.

Week in the Life: Zoltan Solyomfi-Nagy, Hungarian Shaman - Battling with evil spirits in Budapest

A SHAMAN, in the ancient languages of the nomadic tribes of Siberia and inner Asia, means "the one who knows": how to contact the spirit world, how to heal sicknesses, both spiritual and physical, and how to live in tune with nature.

`Ghetto' statue returns hero to the Jews

AFTER 50 years, Matyas Vince can finally honour the memory of the man who saved his parents' life.

War In The Balkans: Magyars in Serbia - Threat to 300,000 Hungarians

FOR THE 300,000 ethnic Hungarians living in northern Serbia, the future is full of fear. Living in the region known as Vojvodina, they are the biggest ethnic minority so far left untouched in Serbia.
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