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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Not so Sweet, Georgia Brown......

You expect to read Cold War propaganda in the Weekly Standard. But it's extremely disappointing to read it in the travel pages of The Guardian.
The beautiful Lake Balaton area of Hungary, Georgia Brown informs us, was formerly 'forbidden to British visitors' .
My wife Zsuzsanna, who is Hungarian, is rather bemused. During 'goulash' communism, Hungary positively encouraged Western European tourists, including those from Britain (as it still does today). One of my father's work colleagues was a regular visitor to Balaton in the communist era- perhaps he was just imagining it?
Wouldn't it be nice, just for once, to read a travel piece about an ex-communist nation that did not feel obliged to tell porkies about the previous system. Or is that simply too much to ask for?,,1786988,00.html

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