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Martin Gilbert Budapest, Communist Secret Service, Hungary.

Big fish: how the Hungarian security services tried to land Martin Gilbert The Budapest authorities fought hard to recruit the historian – but who was really working for whom? BY KRISZTIÁN UNGVÁRY AND MICHAEL O’SULLIVAN from The New Statesman A … Continue reading

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Patrick Leigh Fermor, Budapest, fate of former girlfriend

The best dreams of an ancient lineage are often had on beds of straw. This is the thought that engages me as I stand outside the house where Patrick Leigh Fermor’s former girlfriend strangled her flatmate in 1969. This end … Continue reading

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W H Auden Austria Kirchstetten Vienna

MICHAEL O’SULLIVAN writes about a 30 year fascination with W.H. Auden in ‘Silence Turned Into Objects : W. H. Auden in Kirchstetten, edited by Ricarda Denzer and Prof Monika Seidl and published by Literature Edition Niederosterreich. An Honoured Guest (In … Continue reading

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Marrakesh Now

MARRAKESH NOW The Irish Times – Wednesday, April 27, 2011 A fabled city defaced by stag parties and a property bubble MARRAKESH LETTER: Visitors to this Moroccan city 10 years ago would hardly recognise the place today, writes MICHAEL O’SULLIVAN … Continue reading

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VINCENT O’SULLIVAN FRIEND OF OSCAR WILDE

The Irish Times – Tuesday, April 12, 2011 An Irishman’s Diary Oscar Wilde’s grave in Paris: Vincent O’Sullivan paid his travel expenses when he settled in Naples hoping to escape the trauma and humiliation after his trial and imprisonment. Michael … Continue reading

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Debo Devonshire

“Never marry a Mitford!” was the slogan emblazoned on a tee-shirt owned by Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire, but worn only within the walls of his demesne. It was, of course, an in-house joke. When that unlikely piece of … Continue reading

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STELLA MUSULIN

MUSULIN, Stella (Baroness Stella von Musulin) was a writer and historian who spent most of her life in Austria. Her books include Austria; People and Landscape and Vienna in the Age of Metternich. She was a close friend of the … Continue reading

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