Today is a mourning day for Hungarians. We remember the thirteen Hungarian generals the Austrian Empire executed on the 6th of October, 1849 in the city of Arad after the Russian troops, whom the Austrians called in for help, quelled the Hungarian Revolution of 1848–1849.
Legend has it that while the leaders of the Hungarian army were being executed, the Austrian generals were drinking beer and they were arrogantly clinking their beer mugs together in celebration. Thus Hungarians vowed they would never to clink glasses while drinking beer for 150 years thereafter. Although this time has passed, the tradition still continues today. I never miss the opportunity to explain to foreigners why I wouldn’t clink with beer. 🙂
The martyrs’ reliefs in the grammar school I went to
We regard the executed officers “vértanú” (martyr) who died in defence of our freedom and independence. A lot of statues, plaques, institutions, streets and squares keep their memory alive in Hungary and wherever Hungarians live. Many of the Arad martyrs were not ethnic Hungarians, some didn’t even speak Hungarian, but we all think of them as Hungarians regardless. I’m going to light a candle tonight in their memory.
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 06/10/2014
I don’t watch “song contests”, in fact I practically don’t watch TV at all, but I have learnt that this creature became this year’s Eurovision winner yesterday:
I happen to know that the winner of this media show is selected by the TV audiences from the nominating countries.
My only comment is: Europe is sick. Europe is on the slope.
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 11/05/2014
Applying economic sanctions against Russia is not in Europe’s interests and especially not in the interests of Hungary.
said Prime Minister Orbán in an interview given to a Hungarian business newspaper.
One of the gas storage facilities Hungary bought back from EON
Answering a question about the possible role of US shale gas in supplying Europe, he also added
It’s in the best interests of Hungary to be able to buy natural gas whoever she wants to buy from. We have been able to buy only Russian gas so far even if that gas came from Austria. As of this Thursday, we have access to Northern European gas, too, since Hungary has been connected to Slovakia’s gas pipelines. This is the very first time in history that if we don’t want to buy Russian gas for economic or other reasons then we can do so. This is an important step in the direction of achieving energy independence. Our goal is clear: we have bought the gas storage facilities to this end, too. (Note: These facilities were sold in 2006 by the “left liberal” Gyurcsány government to the Germany multinational company EON.)
Posted by Leto مؤدّب on 28/03/2014