Happy holidays!

Happy Holidays3

With best wishes to all  the readers of Hungarian Spectrum

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  1. Thanks Eva for your hard work throughout the year. I read your essays diligently without fail. Happy holidays!

  2. Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all…and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2013, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great (not to imply that our country is necessarily greater than any other country or region), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual orientation of the wishee.

    This wish is limited to the customary and usual good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first. “Holiday” is not intended to, nor shall it be considered, limited to the usual Judeo-Christian celebrations or observances, or to such activities of any organized or ad hoc religious community, group, individual or belief (or lack thereof).

    Note: By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher at any time, for any reason or for no reason at all. This greeting is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. This greeting implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for the wishee her/himself or others, or responsibility for the consequences which may arise from the implementation or non-implementation of same. This greeting is void where prohibited by law.

  3. London Calling!

    Best wishes too, Eva.

    Your blog – and research – are a beacon of light and hope for Hungary.

    Many many thanks for making ‘history’ so readable.

    Regards

    Charlie

  4. Again from me too:

    Happy Holidays to everybody!

    @Mutt:

    May I reuse your special variant of “season’s greetings” ?

  5. Found this “politically correct seasons greeting” also on the net in several variations – must be from 2005 or earlier, thanks again , Mutt!

    You made my (holi)day!

  6. The best of the times are still ahead.
    Hungary will rise from the ashes, and we will be the heroes of the new era.
    Thanks to people like to the hero Catholic priest, the 96 year old Father Placid from the Szent Imre templom.

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Mutt :

    wolfi :
    @Mutt:
    May I reuse your special variant of “season’s greetings” ?

    I rights granted!
    (I didn’t write it.)

    Did you plagiarize? Happy Holidays and all, Mutt!

  8. Triple bravo and thanks to you for an extremely well written and well
    researched blog in front of a computer in the states, where you read all
    the papers, listen to the radios, watch the tvs . I am mightily impresses.

  9. All the best at Christmas time and in 2013, Eva.
    Thank you for bringing Hungary into perspective ald let’s hope for better times.

  10. Blaha Lujza ter Chrstmas food distribution to the needy and homeless:

    I wonder what Lazar and Orban had for dinner. By the way this organization, the Hare Krishna’s church status was taken away by the Orban government. They distribute 1300 food portions daily just at this location.

  11. Happy holiday to Eva and all the contributors! Looking forward to share thoughts/arguments/heated debates with you in the coming year!

  12. Just to warn all of you…I’ve been trapped by one of the sly flytraps of Fidesz: Danko Radio.

    This station puts out news (tainted) and ‘slager-operetta’ music. Hard to resist the music. And there are no commercials! Beats me how they profit…?

    Where is the station? Well, if you let slip
    your dial a smidgen beyond Klub Radio,
    you’ll have it.

    Politics be damned. (I expect I’ll be growing
    a ‘Kover-mustachio’ soon, too.)

  13. So now we know who listens to this type of music …

    Totally OT:

    I was really surprised to find that in my wife’s family nobody is interested in “Operetta”. She and her boys prefer Jazz, Blues and Rock (just like me) – well the younger one also listens to Rap on his ipad …

    My wife still fondly remembers when she travelled to Budapest for a concert with Louis Armstrong – so of course we had to visit his house in Queens which has been turned into a small museum, really nice!

  14. Best wishes too, Eva. And thanks for the fantastic blog.
    Wolfi, you too….a very happy new year to you and your loved ones.
    And everyone else of course.

  15. wolfi :
    So now we know who listens to this type of music …
    Totally OT:
    I was really surprised to find that in my wife’s family nobody is interested in “Operetta”. She and her boys prefer Jazz, Blues and Rock (just like me) – well the younger one also listens to Rap on his ipad …
    My wife still fondly remembers when she travelled to Budapest for a concert with Louis Armstrong – so of course we had to visit his house in Queens which has been turned into a small museum, really nice!

    wolfi :
    So now we know who listens to this type of music …
    Totally OT:
    I was really surprised to find that in my wife’s family nobody is interested in “Operetta”. She and her boys prefer Jazz, Blues and Rock (just like me) – well the younger one also listens to Rap on his ipad …
    My wife still fondly remembers when she travelled to Budapest for a concert with Louis Armstrong – so of course we had to visit his house in Queens which has been turned into a small museum, really nice!

    @ Wolfi: “…who listens to this type of music…”

    A stunning statement of an in cognoscenti–you should beware of what you give away when you make such statements.
    First off, on a given day, I’ll listen to Getz/Gilberto 1 (can you name the year?);
    Chet Baker; Glen Gould; Zydeco; Paul Winter; Edith Piaf; Billy Holiday…et. al.
    None of that stops me from getting in touch with the roots of my Hungarianism as I remember the music my parents adored (and I like, too). If you wish to understand Hungarians, you better start listening to such music yourself.

  16. petofi :
    Politics be damned. (I expect I’ll be growing
    a ‘Kover-mustachio’ soon, too.)

    Take care, however, you’ll be just a ‘hair’ away then from Joseph Vissarionovich, you know..!

  17. OT: The last time we could listen to ATV via the Internet was Monday. Since then it has been as dead as a nail. Is it still on the air in Hungary?

    It did happen before (without explanation) that ATV was not available online. But in these times you easily get worried.

  18. Thank You Eva, for that you care, for keeping the hope alive, to give us the chance to be heard!
    Happy Holidays!

  19. spectator :

    petofi :
    Politics be damned. (I expect I’ll be growing
    a ‘Kover-mustachio’ soon, too.)

    Take care, however, you’ll be just a ‘hair’ away then from Joseph Vissarionovich, you know..!

    That reminds me of a true story.
    Some years ago, my wife and I were stationed in Dakar, Senegal.
    The Senegalese are good wood-carvers and I saw a particularly
    well done piece of a policeman. It was about 3 feet tall. I wanted to get it but my wife vetoed the idea since it was a spitting image of Lenin…

  20. I checked ATV. The live broadcast is dead but the videos work. I know the guy who handles the internet editions and I will write to him although I’m sure he knows that there is something wrong. But it never hurts to call. These guys think that holidays mean that they don’t have to do anything.

  21. Éva: Yes, I meant the 1-hour-offset live broadcast. Györgyi already sent an email… But if you write it may have more of an effect.

  22. Éva: ‘ATV live online’ is working again. Perhaps your words helped. Actually, it conks out quite often which makes Györgyi very unhappy.

  23. ATV. Éva, does the person who is responsible for the Internet stream have an email address of his own? I’d like to emphasize to him how important ATV is to so many people who can’t receive it directly.

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