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“NOT AN ORDINARY LIFE” – Les Hody – European basketball champion and Olympian!

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NOT AN ORDINARY LIFE  – László Hódy  (Les Hody) a compelling and adventurous autobiography of a European basketball champion and Olympian for both Hungary and Australia.

This remarkable life story unfolds in Hungary, a country caught up in frightening political and social issues throughout the 1940’s and 50’s. During the 1956 revolution against the communist dictatorship, at age 22, Les escaped and became a refugee to Australia.

A couple of days ago on the occasion of his book release at the press gathering the „Gold Team” players and family members of some former players and elder fans who cheered at his  goals had a chance to breathe the same air with him at the Lake Városliget Café in Budapest. He was touched by the high number of audience to have had arrived.

Spoke about getting down to write his lifeline book. As said, the memories just sparked as he has touched his pen alike he use to play on the basketball track to punch the net. László (Les) added Q.:  „It has taken me the good part of six months to rewrite my biography in Hungarian. But finally, I can say I put a full stop at the end and I passed the manuscript over to Dezső Dobor in Hungary, who was editing it for the publisher. The Hungarian Basketball Federation offered to sponsor the publication of Les’s autobiography, “Not an Ordinary Life”

From class enemy to the Hall of Fame and a lifetime in between, in Hungarian.

As he was speaking we could hear a man talking how his life was shaped by courage, goodwill, diligence, most of all love. What was really heartwarming to be present together with  László (Les) Hódy,  to see the presence of some Hungarian basketball champs and former players family members and of course seeing those individuals who brought old pictures to sign + autographs, era’s basketball sporty yearbooks, and a bunch of media and press representatives.

The sparkles lightened the long gone era and he relived step-by-step his chapters of life. His book also covers stories about his family. As Hódy told me Q.:„This book is not a textbook, nor a juicy celeb, neither a novel, it is an autobiography book. Basically, unfolds a lot ups-and-downs experiences, how to deal with success and loss and for the future basketball generation there are lessons to be heard and to be kept in mind, these a  marvellous stories along the way, that can not be shut out from them. As he said: Q.:”This is what life taught me about and never too old to pass on good advice.”

The launch of Les’s book in Hungarian was published with the support by the Hungarian Basketball Association. At first, the launch was held at Szeged and then after in Budapest late May.

The intended publication date was to be said out in Hungary during May 2017 and so it happened. To add some more good news to the autobiography book „Not an Ordinary Life” is now available in Hungary, title: “Osztályidegenből Halhatatlan” in Hungarian language  and also can be purchased on Kindle from Amazon in English edition. Download the free Kindle app and get a „slice” of the electronic version of the book. But, no worries the book is available by ordering through Amazon and not just on a „Lazy Sunday” it could be read on the porch.

The official book launch was held in Melbourne last November. Dr Endre Domaniczky – Consul of Hungary officiated with Lindsay Gaze OAM who represented the Australian basketball fraternity.

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Herald News – HUNGEXPO – Viticulture and Viniculture – 2017


District, X. 10. Albertisai Road – Budapest

January, 25 – 27. – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
January, 28.  – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

From the vineyard plantation to the production of wine!

The only hungarian trade exhibition of technology in viticulture and winery offers yet another opportunity for introducing market operators in the sector at the end of January in 2017. Bring along your new offers and launch the new year with a number of good deals!

The associated co-exhibitions of Viticulture and Viniculture in the HUNGEXPO Budapest Fair Center shall be the same this year as well: the most important domestically organised agrarian exhibition, AGROmashEXPO, AgrargepShow and Hungarian Garden, an event of gardening and park management.

The bunch of exhibition attracted 45.000 visitors in 2016, 11% of which was primarily interested in the Viticulture and Vineculture trade exhibition, while 18% of all visitors indicated that they are interested in vine growing and wine making.

The thematic covers the entire supply chain of wine making. Any product, technology and service associated with wines can be presented at the exhibition and from the past few years on wineries are also offered the opportunity to introduce themselves.

Distillation of Spirits – Enviroment Protection – Information Technology!

In 2017  would like to provide emphatically an opportunity to present equipment and devices used for distillation of spirits  i.e. Pálinka, complementing the topics related to wineries.
Thus reckon with the presence of all who deal with the manufacture and distribution or marketing of equipment and tools used for making Pálinka.
An additional new feature is the appearance of sector related environmental and hygienic equipment, machinery or tools, and the introduction of the more and more widely spread information technology solutions.

Daily ticket:3900HUF

Two-day ticket (for optional 2 days):5800HUF

Daily ticket – online paid, with registration:1900HUF

Two-day ticket (for optional 2 days) online paid, by registration:2250HUF

Discounted ticket (for pensioners and students):1900HUF

Discounted two-day ticket (for pensioners and students):3000HUF

Student group ticket/person (over 10 students):500HUF

The tickets are valid for all the simultaneous exhibitions AGROmashEXPO and Hungarian Garden

Entrance: Gate I., II. and III.

Source: Hungexpo Budapest Fair Center

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Annual Jewish Culture Festival – Budapest – 2016.


The synagogues in Budapest will be glittering in glow as they open its gates … The venues holds a special atmosphere with bringing outstanding artistic productions.

Sunday, September, 4. until Sunday, September, 11. 2016.

Guest stars from abroad arriving from the Israel, Serbia, States.

Each year as the Indian Summer arrives the tradition of holding the Jewish Culture Festival is an awaited program for many locals and foreigners staying in  Budapest. As  having an insight to the below programs show that this year’s multi-arts festival will have a wide variety of events at several venues, featuring presentations – interpretation of well-known great actors and cheerful children’s show to entertain the young audience.

The Festival’s main goal is to contribute in strengthening of tolerance through meeting eye-to-eye the cultures.

Participating venues: Dohány Street Synagogue, Rumbach Street Synagogue, Goldmark Hall, Bethlen Square Synagogue, Hegedűs Gyula Street Syngogue, Liszt Academy, Bálint House, Zwack Museum … etc.

Highlights of performances during the festival: Concert by Andrea Rost and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchester … A World Invented – An evening with Anikó Für and János Karácsony, Myrtill Micheller and SWINGUISTIQUE – Edith Piaf and French Chansons, Mörk featuring Bea Palya, Soul Exodus – Bálint House, János Gálvölgyi and Miklós Benedek – No Kidding! A Very Impromptu Cabaret in One Act, Hegedűs D. Géza and Kovax – interpretation  200 years of Jewish Poetry, Musical Infusion for Ears and Soul, InFusion and Kátya Tompos concert, Tamás Pajor Unplugged, Lövölde tér – András Kern concert – Guests: Judit Hernádi and Gábor Heilig, Tamás Pajor – legendary personality of the Budapest underground/alternative art scene of the 80s.,Sephardic Divas Night – Mariann Falusi, Eszter Bíró, Dina Pandzarisz, Judit Klein, Kings of Klezmer Concert – Budapest Klezmer Band and the American Grammy award-winning Klezmatics, Klezmer meets jazz – Concert with Nigun and the Kossuth Award Winner Mihály Borbély, Hungarian Fallow – Balázs Galkó, Gipsy Swing – Katica Illényi and the Swing De Gitanes, Vera Jónás Ordinary Symphonies – Experiment Band concert, Handshake and Over this Water – Concert – Ghymes and Besh o droM bands, Look up to the Sky – concert with Charlie, The Walk – Documentary-feature premiere performed by Judit Havas, Patché Birthday concert – Péter Kálloy-Molnár, Mazel Tov – Concert with Violinist Eyal Shiloach (Israel) and the Klezmerész Band, Margaret Island Acoustic, An evening dedicated to Barbra Streisand –  Finucci Bros Quartet and Nikoletta Szőke Concert, Caramel – Open Zone Guest: Dániel Rudas, cantor, Awake lute and harp! Let me wake the dawn, More than klezmer for 18 years – Concert with Sabbathsong and the Kinneret choir, Song in Noise – Anna Pasztor concert, Django meets pop and classical music, Pankastic Orchester Concert with Guests: Gábor Winand, Gergő Oláh and the Dohnányi Big Band, Petruska – concert  guest: Bence Temesvári, Trumpet virtuosi in the Synagogue – Boban Markovic and his Orchester, Golem Tale – Gólem Theatre’s show for children.

To purchase tickets to any events stroll over to English version:

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Newflash: Pre-Goodyear Truck Championship and Festival – Hungaroring – 2016.


Race trucks and sport cars rolling through the street of Budapest!

August, 25.  between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Most probably many locals and tourist just walking downtown area haven’t seen such a huge number of vehicles rolling along beside them … worthwhile not to miss it!

Before the official race day … for those interested … a grand truck  parade  on August, 25. 2016., 15 race trucks, 15 luxury Blancpain made sports cars will arrive to the Square ’56 – (Ötvenhatosok tere) Budapest, which can be also admired up close as well. The vehicles are arriving from the Hungaroring between 5.15 p.m – 5.30 p.m.

Within the approximately 3 hours event, vehicles moving onwards will surely catch many eyes walking by. On the spot giving autographs by Norbert Kiss – European champion truck driver and an opportunity to purchase this year’s Truck Championships and Festival T-shirts.

On August, 27 – 28. 2016.

Hungary Truck Festival – (HTF)  – Grand Race – Goodyear supporters expands the Hungaroring.

This invitation goes out to all fans addicted to Truck Championship. The Festival begins at Mogyoród at the Hungarian F1 venue!   The Volán bus will be giving free transportation to the Hungaroring.

Goodyear’s involvement in truck racing at the Hungaroring and the presence of a good illustration of leadership and commitment to the company by providing the transport industry towards efficiency-enhancing and cost-saving products and services.

Most probably some may know that the Goodyear racing tires, even at a speed of 160 km/H  are 5.5-ton trucks. To view the excitement of the competition the audience may visit the programs and also offers an option to take a visit to the Fan Village ETRC. Hungary  is one of the station of the 2016 FIA International Series Truck Championship.

The fans may enter and have a look behind the pit lane special area located in the village. No age limit … a real family affair for younger and elder fans both will have great fun while thoroughly acquainted with the Goodyear premium truck tires in and applied the technology developed Goodyear truck racing tires as well.

The Goodyear will have the presence of the FIA European Championship Truck (ETRC) at the Hungaroring which contribute to a range of attractions to entertain the  to amuse the audience.

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Bachtrack Opera Award – 2016.



The Hungarian State Opera Chorus, this year the winner of the award for Best Chorus for their performance in Turandot in the category of Best Chorus from all over the world.

The chorus serve the act … in fact … the engine behind the production.

The Hungarian State Opera performs at the opulent Hungarian State Opera House and at the Erkel Theater and is well-known for commissioning numerous world premieres in Budapest.

An overwhelming majority of votes gained 73% to the Best Overall Opera Performance by the Hungarian State of the Opera Chorus  based on the Bach Track online cultural portal.  Came in the second to the fifth places were: English National Opera Choir, Chorus of Dutch National Opera, Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Vienna State Opera Chorus and the San Francisco Opera Chorus.

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Heraldnews … Aviation Heroes – July, 16 – 17. 2016. – Budapest’s Red Bull Air Race … Your place to be!

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To-day was held a press conference to share the update for the coming week-end organised on the banks of the River Danube. It will be the awaited most exciting race to come.  Appearing high above, the Red Bull Air Race will shoot off for the 9th occasion in the capital of Hungary and having its 70th international race. The only female pilot, Mélanie Astles, the series on flight and sports director – Clemens Jaeger, and the sport’s „Godfather” – Péter Bessenyei and CEO, Zsolt Gyulay – Hungaroring Sport Zrt held the press conference.

The most exciting air race is to come with 14 pilots to cut through the air waves. Since 2002 were first developed the specially designed aerial racetracks,  the unique inflatable pylons forming the Air Gates, were first developed in 2002. They are constructed to be robust and safe. If by any means during the event of a pylon hit it can be fixed, repaired by a minute.

Zsolt Gyula said Q.: „I think it is right to feel a little bit of our own series, as we were to witness the birth of the sport. In 2003, in Austria and Hungary, and at the Tököl airport started to bring fame and conquer to this exciting race. The series has always been arranged at the most popular site in Budapest. In 2009, there were 650 thousand spectators excited all the way through the 2 days air race. The huge interest in constantly on.The spectators on the spot will be witnessing the breathtaking race at the extraordinary Red Bull Air Race.” Also added, the Red Bull Air Race the visual sight unlike any other. The secret of high-speed, low altitude and extreme maneuverability lies in the combination, which is really just the world’s most experienced and best pilots capable to do so!

Clemens Jaeger – One of the characteristics of this year’s track will be the modified path, which consists of three separate pylon and the usual distance of 125 meters between the pylons changed – it will be interesting to see how the pilots will cope with this new format. At Budapest is the only venue where the air race is sitting in the heart of the city, so he said.

The legendary Hungarian air racerPéter Besenyei – a.k.a. “Godfather” to his fans need not to be introduced. Actually, he was the one who after retiring from the race in 2015 who was the brainchild of the fastest and most spectacular Motorsports’ idea. So Besenyei will be on the road again, I mean up… up in the air again! The fans of air race for the last time can follow live, slicing through the air.  This will be the occasion when and where he will officially bid farewell to his fans at this coming Red Bull Air Race. As he told at the press conference, he is very happy to do so, cause there at least he may express his gratitude to the Air Race domestic audience and thank the love that came from them during the recent years. He admitted the flight, the track itself will be missing, while all the other inherent organizations and meetings are not.

At the 2 days air race, the first woman to confront the male air racers, namely… Mélanie Astles is a five time French Aerobatic Champion who has earned top ten rankings at the World and European aerobatics, is now a new member of the Challenger Cup, she’s writing history as the first woman ever to compete in the Red Bull Air Race. At the Budapest looking forward of vast experience. So far-seeing a part of the capital she admitted it is a historical city and looking forward against the opposition. One of the biggest challenges will be the heat … yepp insupportable, and ont he other hand if it gets windy, because the wind along the river against may blow. She previously heard that the gates are close enough to each other here, so the speed will be the factor.

For this special air race taking in place in Budapest, she changed the painting signs on her white helmet to “Les Ailes du Petit Prince”, which stands for the name of a  French organization that intends to turn the dreams into reality of seriously ill children.  So as the ambassador she will be carrying carry with herself symbolically these kids. After the race my helmet will be auctioned, and the proceeds dedicate for helping the children organization. Here is one of Mélanie’s favorite quotes  from Steve Jobs, which worthwhile to keep in mind for all of us … “The only way to do GREAT work is to LOVE what you do,” and for Mélanie, much more important to be an A level in your life than at school.” SO TRUE!

The race season is once again on in  Budapest and a large number of air race fans will be expected having a chance to watch the spectacle venue as the pilots artistically directing their planes.

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