Duncan Shiels R.I.P
It is with great sadness I write with the news that our dear friend Duncan Shiels, pioneering expat journalist in Budapest, died just over a week ago in London of cancer. Please share your memories of this great man in our comments field, if you wish. More details of his life in a rememberance in the Budapest Sun, as well on an excellent site for his memoriy put together by friends, DuncanShiels.com.
A memorial for Duncan is planned for November 18 in Budapest. For details, please consult DuncanShiels.com.
Milio Puszi Budapest Week-re
I know my Hungarian sucks, so if anyone wants to correct my headline for this item, please feel free. The point is, the Budapest Week reunion party, and after-party, rocked long and hard! What an awesome collection of people.
Steve Carlson said it best: "Budapest Week was a newspaper that knew how to throw a party."
Sam Worthington wrote a great letter days before the reunion that Rick read aloud at the event. Many commented on how aptly it summed up the mood of the event:
Hi Steve and Rick
I had no intention of coming to the party but suddenly a week ago a little nostalgia over took me as I ate a lonely curry and for all of about 24 hours I was coming. But in the end that went tits up: so a message is all I can contribute to the proceedings.
It would have been interesting as most of you have now seen enough to understand the realities of the World. Things always look different with the benefit of experience, as well as hindsight. The Bud Week was probably doomed from day one but it did, for a while, make a significant contribution to many lives. At the time I was new to publishing and you guys were well new to about everything so in some sense the fact we did what we did was a major achievement. There are as always a million what ifs: but none will really supply the answer. In a way failure, if it was indeed that, made people get on with something else: something that in many cases has proved to be much bigger and better than Bud Week ever was, or would be. That is what I would say when on my tenth korso and 10 tenth Unicum: just is case you wonder!
So have a good one and if anybody ever gets to Bangkok let me know and I can point you in some directions. Bring a bottle of Unicum because ……I miss it!
More coverage on Pestiside.
(except where Rick is featured, and then those are
also Franc's with Rick's camera).
Budapest Week Reunion Bash, This Saturday!I've been woefully remiss in updates to the most important event in the history of this blog (but insanely busy in my real life). Nonetheless, I'm giddy with anticipation for this Saturday's reunion of more than 100 friends from the era of Budapest Week. Details in a podcast interview with yours truly courtesy of Drew Leifheit excellent Budacast
I just came across this site that is an aggregation of lots of Budapest-oriented blogs in English.
Budapest Week 15-Year Reunion, Sept 9 2006
Yes, folks, that's right, it's been 15 years (and six months or so) since the first issue of Budapest Week newspaper, and we are seriously overdue for a party!!! To help facilitate the reunion and put people back in touch with one another, Steve Carlson and I have founded an email discussion forum using Google Groups (if you're interested in joining, click that link and request to join; make sure to use your name, not just your email address, and remind us who you are, so we don't start opting in spammers, stalkers and other freaks). Here's how Carlson introduced the list to members:
Rick E. Bruner and I set up this mailing list to bully and cajole you into purchasing an airplane ticket and schlepping out to Budapest to join us on September 9 for the 15th annual Budapest Week reunion party.
Yes, those of you in the know are already thinking 'wait, wasn't our beloved rag launched on March 15, 1991? That is correct. And in order to collect your prize you must travel to Budapest and meet us on September 9th.
Fifteen years after the fact, the definition of 'us' has become distinctly blurry. For example, we've included Bart Edes on this mailing list despite the fact that he was an agent of our sworn enemy, the Budapest Sun (or was it the Post?). I don't believe we ever published Matt Welch or Ken Layne (however much we might have wanted to). Who the hell is Gregory John McIlvaine?
Fifteen years after the fact a LOT of things are blurry. What I am still doing in Budapest? Do I know you? Did we meet somewhere at a party?
Feel free to follow Christian Heppinstal's example and fill us in about those missing years. Where do you work and who are you sleeping with? How many of your friends and colleagues can actually locate Budapest on a map?
I will now count to 'five' backwards. When I reach 'one' you will awaken with a burning desire to immediately purchase an airplane ticket and travel to Budapest to relive your glory days in Eastern Europe following the fall of Communism.
We are waiting for you.
Currently, members include:
Gregory John McIlvaine
Jennifer Clemente (nee Brown)
Joan Stein Schimke
Here are folks we're still trying to find or otherwise cojole into joining the list:
Dave Del Torto
Serge [zany Russian/French]
Susan and Rob Luke
Have we forgotten you? (So sorry! Just drop a note.) Do you know of one of the above people's email addresses? If you're in doubt as to how to proceed, drop me a note at rickbruner at gmail dot com.
Simon Hammer at the Beeb
I got a note today from Simon Hammer after he found our site. He's a producer for the BBC's Today program (or "programme," as he wrote). Google turned this up:
Christian Heppinstall's Alive and Well and Living in Alaska
Just a quick shout out to direct all of your attention to the web site of our long-lost brother in arms ChristianHeppenstal.com. Seems that he's living, acting and directing his heart out in Ankorage, AK.
Lebor on Milosevic Legacy in NY Times
Our dear Adam has a op ed in the NY Times on the legacy of Milosevic. Not only does he, of course, plug his excellent biography of the late dictator, but in true LeBor fashion he also manages to work in a mention of his earlier book on the tie between Swiss banks and the Nazis. Way to go, Adam!
The Guardian on Szimpla and Other Kerts
Most akkor bulizunk!
Sziastok, the Budapest International Press Center and associates! Matt and I will be in Budapest from Friday to Sunday, January 5-7, and we want to kiss the hands of each and every one of you. Where's the buli? Email us at emmarichard-at-gmail.com, or mleewelch-at-gmail.com. Can't wait to see you!