Robert's Thoughts

Going to The Movies December 1945

February 28, 2020

World War Two is over and Budapest is slowly emerging from its Twilight Zone, but marauding Red Army soldiers still roam the streets and, at times unexpectedly, collect fit...

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Embers

January 30, 2020

When I crawled out of bed this morning the outside thermometer indicated FORTY degrees BELOW zero Celsius and the temperature inside my cottage was also low – a threatening...

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What If… ?

December 28, 2019

It was one of those depressing Montreal November mornings … damp, chilly, unfriendly. My windows were fogged over and dripping with condensation and ‘Je ne me sentais pas...

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Budapest Coffee Houses

November 30, 2019

“The secret to success is hospitality,” said the tall, attractive woman wearing a black felt hat with an enormously large, undulating rim. “What a pity everyone texts and...

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Cyprus – A Bizarre Place

October 31, 2019

For some mysterious reason I have this fantasy that, expecting a presidential victory by the Donald, Vladimir Putin has arranged to have sway over Trump through some of his...

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How?

September 27, 2019

Once again, I am on our cottage’s porch near Mont Tremblant, sipping Lavazza coffee and munching fresh, crusty croissants that I smear with honey. The early morning sun,...

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Music Soothes The Savage Breast

September 2, 2019

The distance between Montreal and Philadelphia is 600 miles. Normally it takes an hour and a half to fly commercially from one of these two cities to the other. Ah…but these...

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Who We Are

August 1, 2019

How can we tolerate this? Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez wanted a better life for his toddler daughter Valeria – but instead they will be remembered for dying as they tried to...

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Magyars in the Movies

July 1, 2019

I was helping my sister move and, among her papers, I came across some correspondence between my father and one of his classmates, Miklos Rozsa, a child prodigy, who learned to...

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It’s All About Ego

June 1, 2019

Once upon a time there was a country with a distinguished history. In spite it being awkwardly situated geographically, its people consistently fought for ‘freedom’, but,...

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