UK vote on Syria premature

The UK messed up its foreign policy decision making towards the use of chemical weapons in Syria. In the Guardian today: The prospect of British involvement in military action in Syria ended dramatically last night when David Cameron suffered a surprise and humiliating Commons defeat on the issue. Despite concessions by the Prime Minister to…

Primark — whhaaaa…. ??

The other day I went into the Primark to have a look at what they have to offer. I never really went inside, and when walking in Central London around Oxford Street, many tourists hardly manage to hold their huge Primark shopping bags. So, my reasoning was, the shop either has to be very fashionable — which it definitely…

The London Tube map in 1933

When scrutinising the current Tube map for the London Underground, I found at the bottom of the map written in tiny letters that This diagram is an evolution of the original design conceived in 1931 by Harry Beck. This aroused my curiousity at what this original design must have looked like, in the number of…

UK politics for dummies like me

Even though I might live in the UK now, I now fairly little about the politics here. Yes, I know that the UK is part of the EU, David Cameron is the Prime Minister, and that William Hague is the Foreign Secretary. But, for the sake of refreshment and learning some news things, I gathered…

Hungary vs the West — Service and etiquettes

My return to Western Europe has made me more conscious of life in Hungary and how radically different it is compared to the Netherlands, the UK, and Germany. In which aspects? In how you are treated by your fellow citizens. In Hungary there is a melancholy surrounding the people, especially the 50+ers. They have long…

International News in the Evening Standard — hmmmmm

A couple of months ago a family member, who has been a former employee at the Embassy in Iran, gave me an advice I remember well and which I try to use, if I can: write about the country where you are. And so I did, in September I wrote an Op-Ed about Hungary, of…