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Mum and I went to the annual chocolate festival today. It was great fun. This is the first time we attended because the entrance fee is a bit hefty for our purse, but I decided that we should see it at least once - and boy, did we enjoy it! [livejournal.com profile] ithilwen, I'm sure you regret having come a week too late two years ago.

I made some photos, which I'll upload to my laptop and post a few of them, in case they turned out okay. In the meantime, click on the link and enjoy the sight.

Prices were high, of course, so we only bought two tiny little reminders. But we did drink hot chocolate and tried all available samples shamelessly. They were very good. ;)

[livejournal.com profile] solanpolarn, if you ever choose to visit our city, you should time your trip for this week of the year!
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Listen to the English version of a beautiful Hungarian ballad - OT: "Bordódi Kristóf", as sung by our greatest contemporary singer, Zsuzsa Koncz.

I was delighted to discover it on YouTube, less than an hour ago.
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... not that it would say anyone a thing, since it's written in Hungarian, but I've finally given myself a kick in the backside and typed up the next chapter the Grand Epos and posted it to Fictionpress.com. Yes, it's the same Grand Epos(TM) that misses a hundred pages or more from the middle. Someone borrowed my only copy and never gave it back, and I can't remember who it was.

In any case, the Grand Epos is some 1,500 pages long, and with today's heroic action I reached Page 41 - so it will take some time until I'll have to force myself to sit down and rewrite the missing parts as well as I can remember them. Wish me luck. :(

In other news, work restarts tomorrow, so creative work will be seriously quenched. At least I've overcome the cold... well, mostly. Gah, I hate it when holidays end!
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I've finally come around to start posting my grand epos - yeah, the one lacking a fairly large portion from its middle. It doesn't matter, though; it will be months, if not years, until I get to the parts that need to be written anew, so what the heck. I've started, which is the most important thing. Since I can't hope to get it published any time, I thought Fictionpress.Com will be the only solution.

Since it's written in Hungarian, which none of my friends understand, giving the link is actually a moot point. Nonetheless, should someone wish to take a look at the beauty that is my mother tongue, just from the purely aesthetics of it, it can be found here. And perhaps someone who understands Hungarian stumbles over this entry (like [livejournal.com profile] altariels sister) and gives the story a chance. *g*
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Gah, was I truly absent for almost a week? Now, you see, that's why I prefer imagination to Real Life. Anyway, on with the French trip, as promised...

Day 6 started with Toulouse, also known as the Pink City, because most buildings here are made of a peculiar sort of reddish brick. Well, actually, it started with a chaotic breakfast (Hungarians are almost as bad as Hobbits when it comes to food), after night spent with suffocating from old, stale cigarette smoke (whoever might have had the room before us, was probably a heavy smoker), but that's just a minor detail.
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Next stop: finally Carcassonne!!!

Stay tuned!
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Just a little background trivia, not to the original mythology but to the actual adventure series - the one that consisted of more than 1,000 pages.

Behold the Order of the Falcon
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Sounds weird, doesn't it? Still interested? *g*
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Boring domestic stuff behind the tag - you've been warned.
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The storyteller’s word to the listeners

Based on Hungarian folk tales - which is all that is left from our original culture. The Hungarian version is posted to [livejournal.com profile] hiddenrealms. This is just a raw translation and doesn't even come close to it.
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The killer storms that hit Europe in the recent days have barely brushed Hungary. There were some strong winds, yes, some damage, but nothing that could be compared to the destruction in Germany or in the UK. It seems, sitting in a small basin surrounded by mountains does have its advantages sometimes.

I was relieved to read that you folks in the UK are all right, and that [livejournal.com profile] earonn has managed well enough, too. I hope my other friends are safe, too.
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This is Brother Servatius, a Hungarian Benedictine. A lay brother I used to know well. For me, he's the closest thing to Brother Cadfael. No offence intended to Sir Derek Jacobi, I'm sure he did a great job in the TV-series, but for me he just doesn't look like Cadfael. The above picture isn't very good, Br. Servatius is actually a lot more Cadfael-like in real life, but this was the only one I could find on the Net.

Also, the Cadfael database is growing nicely on the re-vamped multifandom Otherworlds group. Since my collegues never cared to use it for its original purpose, I changed the name and turned it into a group where I can store original writings, medieval stuff and the likes. But I think I already told so. Never mind, it seems I'm a bit distracted lately.
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And a quote from the poem they were reciting in TV at midnight - for me the most beautiful patriotic poems ever:

Lines from "I cannot know"

... For we are guilty too, as other peoples are,
knowing full-well when and how and why we've sinned so far,
but workers live here too, and poets, without sin
and tiny babies in whom intellect will flourish;
it shines in them and they guard it, hiding in dark cellars
until the finger of peace once again marks our nation,
and with fresh voices they will answer our muffled words.

Cover us with your big wings, vigil-keeping evening cloud.

--from Nem tudhatom, translated by Gina Gönczi
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The Auchan supermarket in our neighbourhood has big DVD sales all around the year, where you can buy DVDs for the equivalent of 3 or 4 Euros. Usually, it's just junk - American action movies nobody cares for any longer, or black and white Hungarian ones my grandparents used to enjoy in their youth. Or not. But this week we really, really had a case of luckies.
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I know that all this stuff probably means nothing to you guys. I just added a few links to show that we have more to offer than just wine and paprika.

Oh, and by the way: while US studio bosses were fainting in shock about alien princesses' visible belly button in the original Start Trek, we already had close ups on bare tits in A Hungarian Nabob, back in 1966! *g*
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Back on October 23, when the riots peaked, a young cop with a broken leg (due to the stones thrown by the protesters) was delivered to the hospital. The lead doctor of the ER refused to treat him "on principle" - he said that the cop "had probably chased too many protesters, that's why he injured himself".

The sad irony is, that even if the investigation finds this "doctor" - and I'm using the word in the widest possible sense - guilty, he'll come way with having to pay some fee. Instead of kicking him out of his goddamn job and never allowing him to work as a doctor again. Ever.

This miserable country has really gone to the dogs.

Mum can't stop shaking her head, considering the fact that this same irresponsible asshole used to be the one treating her after she'd been attacked on the street.
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I added Chapter 4 to "The Joy Machine" and a half-finished Chapter 11 to "The Lost Warrior". The former can be found on FF.Net and [livejournal.com profile] otherworlds_lib, of the latter you can only get a sneak peek at the LJ community.

In other news, it's snowing, but I don't believe that would hinder our self-proclaimed patriots to ruin half the city centre again. Gosh, I hate this. I wish my groups in every fandom weren't dead, so that I could take my mind off what's happening around me and happily occupy it with things that really don't matter.
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Is posted to FF.Net and [livejournal.com profile] otherworlds_lib.
FF.Net stats: 910 hits and 7 reviews.

What can I say? I'm really, really on a roll. Well, at least I was until know. We'll see if it lasts. I'd love to finish a story within an acceptable timeframe, just once.

Still coughing. Still scared shitless of tomorrow. *sighs*
I can't think of anything else to write, but I thought I'd make an entry as long as my computer screen is with me.
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Is posted to FF.Net and [livejournal.com profile] otherworlds_lib. I'm on a roll, it seems. Another few weeks of sick leave and I'd actually finish the whole thing. 750+ hits on FF.Net and amazing 4 reviews. Wonders never cease...

Alas, I'll have to go back to work on Tuesday again. But, well, the bucks need to be earned somehow. Not that I'd be so much better, but I can at least sleap during the night, and that's something. But I still feel like sh*t.

A former student visited me today, to congratulate me to my birthday, a bit belatedly. It was still sweet of her. But I've talked more than during the last week and a half counted together, and now I can barely whisper again. Ah, hell, at least we had fun.

Other than that, nothing much to report. We're fearing October 23 like crazy, but perhaps a wonder will happen and we all get away unhurt.

Oh, and if you're a fan of the original Battlestar Galactica, read this article by Dirk Benedict. Altough I find it a bit far-fetched that he blames feminism for so many things (well, he's a man, the poor devil), the rest of what he writes is, well... interesting.
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I watched "The Brotherhood of the Wolf" today. While it isn't a good movie, paradoxically, it's still a great one: visually suggestive and highly disturbing. I'm not sure I liked it, but it wasn't something I'm gonna forget soon.
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All right, off with me to bed. I'm dead on my feet, and the weekend promises to be... action-rich, since we're gonna clean the frigging flat, too. Hard to believe that it's once again time to be house slave.
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Let's deal with first things first: nothing really bad happened last night, which is a true relief. Some demonstrations, some people got arrested, but all in all, it went smoothly enough. More was already been promised for next week, so keep thinking at us.

I used the relatively calm period to post both [livejournal.com profile] jastaelf's birthday fic and the story I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] dolamrothdame (aka Isabeau) for Edhellond's 4th-year-anniversary. They are posted to the usual places: FF.Net (still the biggest readership), SoA, TFF, Gildor's Library and [livejournal.com profile] edhellondawards. Anyone still interested in that sort of stuff (especially Thranduil, his wife, Imrahil and Andrahar) is welcome to take a look and toss a bone to the muse. Pleasant distraction is a good thing in these days.
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I've been googling around to see what international media says about our current situation. As usual, most of them seem to miss the point about what actually happened and why. No offence intended.

This link will take you to the most objective and best-researched article I could find. (For my friends: it's the same I posted to a previous entry.)

Read it and make your own conclusions.

Edit: The bound of university and college students, very wisely, decided not to go on with their planned demonstration against the college fees. Their representative said that they didn't want provocateurs turn their peaceful action into something like what happened on Monday.

There's still hope for our youth, it seems.
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Our annual St. Stephen's celebration turned into a tragedy yesterday, due to a sudden, violent storm. You can read the details and a short analysis here. Unfortunately, like everything else in these days, this, too, is already being used as a tool in the politic fight during which the right-wing opposition is trying to win at least the communal elections in spring.

I'm completely disgusted.


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