The success of the West

open-mindedness unconstrained by (religious) dogma; healthy skepticism about what we are told; democracy, acceptance of majority rule because the system is more important than to be right at all the times (and in the knowledge that the majority shall not abuse the minority because above all is the rule of law); belief that our fate […]

The Will and the Instrument

The success or failure of any work of architecture or civil engineering is contingent on the quality of both who commissioned and who executed it. Perhaps a better way to describe them is the Will and the Instrument. Once both are in place a creative synthesis takes hold. The Instrument may lead to solutions beyond […]

Civil Society and the Urban Fabric

In a civil society the individual sub-ordinates his or her immediate needs to the common good by recognising that the benefits so provided exceed the advantages the individual might obtain for the self-alone. Hence a well ordered urban environment is of greater benefit than seeking individual advantages at all times. Civic Values apply to individuals, […]

Tackling typewriters

Short account about my life with typewriters (2011)

19 Visegrádi utca 1944-1950

Memories about life in the building where I lived in Budapest (2008)  

No Neat Endings

Play about the crew of a Russian tank during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 (2008)

Street walking in Budapest

How the Budapest-Porta collection was gathered (2008) WanderingsInBudapest

A guide to the animals of Africa by a casual observer

Humorous account based on first hand accounts (2005-7)

6th December 2006

Text of speech delivered on the fiftieth anniversary of my arrival in England (2006)

25th October 1956 in Budapest

25th October1956 Memories of the Revolution two days after it started (2000)