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Spud McLaren
633191.  Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:46 pm Reply with quote

That seems pretty representative, Mark.. My father-in-law is Hungarian (resident in UK) and he & his mates do things like that rather a lot. It's as if they have a different logic system. Tony Hawke would be right at home hitchhiking around Hungary with a fridge.

But I find Hungarian folks incredibly generous. Dad-in-law will happily give away his last 50p to whoever he considers a worthy cause, even if they're many times better-off than he is. And if you visit his home, you cannot get away without accepting some kind of gift. The last time we visited, I was forced to come away with a donkey jacket 2 sizes too small for me and a 2-ft long ring spanner. It was just easier than trying to say "no".

 
Spud McLaren
633227.  Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:07 pm Reply with quote

Hungary became the first country where the parliament had supremacy over the crown, as provided in the Golden Bull of 1222. This was the first constitution in Continental Europe and was the Hungarian equivalent of Englandís Magna Carta

 
Sadurian Mike
633242.  Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:29 pm Reply with quote

I wonder if this thread can go the distance without someone mentioning that their hovercraft is full of eels.*

Oh... sorry.

*Possibly because of the general decrease in popularity of smoking.

 
Ian Dunn
633272.  Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:34 am Reply with quote

One of the most famous fictional residents of Hungary is Debbie Aldridge in The Archers. This is the character played by Tamsin Greig. The main reason why Debbie is in Hungary is that because Greig is so famous now, the character makes only a few appearances every year, but Greig still plays her.

 
Spud McLaren
633506.  Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:41 pm Reply with quote

In 1873, the old capital Buda and ”buda (Ancient Buda) were officially merged with the third city, Pest, thus creating the new metropolis of Budapest. So Budapest is the result of the merging of 3 cities, and not 2 as conventional wisdom dictates.

 
gruff5
633800.  Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:42 am Reply with quote

I was a tour guide for a group going on holiday to Lake Balaton in Hungary.

One day, they asked if I'd take them into Budapest to sight-see. Well, it wasn't on the itinerary, but seemed a reasonable request.

So, I bought train tickets in my goddamn-awful school boy German. As they sat on the train and talked amongst themselves, I spent the 2-hour journey, unnoticed, swotting up on the city from my Lonely Planet guide.

On arrival, I escorted them around for the day, pointing out places of interest as we went. "And here we have the chain bridge, built in xxxx and famous for being..."; "And ahead, on the other side of Wenceslas Square, is St Stephens Cathedral, where in xxxx there was a ..."; "Now we go for lunch at the X restaurant, where you really must try the Y" etc etc

At the end of the day, the group thanked me for the wonderful tour and one of them asked how many times I'd visited the city.

"It's my first visit here, actually" =8-O he he

 
Southpaw
633833.  Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:42 am Reply with quote

Did you ever visit a little place called Velence, gruff?

 
gruff5
633848.  Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:38 am Reply with quote

That name rings a bell, but this was more than a decade ago, so I'm a bit hazy on the trip now. Why, what's there?

 
Spud McLaren
634742.  Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:25 pm Reply with quote

Just to tie up: post 364203 in QI Countries.

 
AlmondFacialBar
634850.  Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:35 pm Reply with quote

Sadurian Mike wrote:
I wonder if this thread can go the distance without someone mentioning that their hovercraft is full of eels.*

Oh... sorry.

*Possibly because of the general decrease in popularity of smoking.


my nipples explode with delight.

better now? :-P

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Sadurian Mike
634866.  Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:47 pm Reply with quote

Thank you. My stress levels were increasing and I can relax again now.



(now then, about those nipples...).

 
BFG
638827.  Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:30 pm Reply with quote

Is there any truth to the story i once heard that the English word "coach" comes from the Hungarian? More specifically it is apparently derived from the name of a Hungarian city where coaches were built.

 
suze
638858.  Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:47 pm Reply with quote

Yes, that is entirely correct.

The word "coach" comes to us from the Hungarian placename Kocs (which is pronounced "coach", more or less), where they started making coaches in the fifteenth century. In those days, they clearly didn't make anything like the Greyhound bus of today - think of the sort of coach the Queen travels in, and you'll get the idea.

The word for a person who trains a sports team is from the same source. Before it was applied to sports teams it applied to tutors at Oxford University - one's coach was the person who (metaphorically) carried one through the examinations.

 
AlmondFacialBar
638860.  Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:50 pm Reply with quote

BFG wrote:
Is there any truth to the story i once heard that the English word "coach" comes from the Hungarian? More specifically it is apparently derived from the name of a Hungarian city where coaches were built.


that would presumably be the same etymology as for the german word "kutsche", a kind of horse-drawn carriage. according to wiki and an etymology book i read may many years ago the word does indeed come from the hungarian "kocsi", as in "made in kocs", the town where the first of these carriages were made.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Sadurian Mike
638861.  Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:52 pm Reply with quote

*snigger*

"kocsi".

 

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