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Portraits from the Szekszard Wine Festival

 

An opportunity to sample the excellent wines of Szekszard and enjoy traditional Hungarian merrymaking to the sound of the hurdy gurdy, an instrument which has been playing at fairs all over Europe for the past thousand years.

I was delighted to be introduced to Csilla Sebestyen of the highly regarded Sebestyen winery in the Szekszard region.  http://sebestyen-szekszard.hu/en/boraink/ She is an experienced sommelier who worked at the Michelin two star Andrew Fairlie Restaurant at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland for five years.  I am hoping to find a suitable venue for a memorable wine tasting event in Tunbridge Wells where Csilla can guide us through some interesting Hungarian wines and dispel some misconceptions.  That will be one for the diary!

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Budapest Wine Festival

Wonderful opportunity to taste some fantastic Hungarian wines.

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Taylor Wessing Competition rejected entries

Of course I was disappointed to have once again not made the grade this year, but what really annoyed me was the massive carbon footprint that the competition entails. They want large prints right from round one. Such a waste!

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Magnum photographer Ian Berry (snapped on my Samsung Zoom during a workshop last year)

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Hungarian schoolgirl (a friend of mine is a teacher and I spent the day with her class one day last autumn)

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Sandor 

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An athlete at the European Masters Competition in Torun this year.  I love the quiet dignity of this picture – it was such a contrast to the noisy and excited atmosphere in the sportshall.

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I spotted this man on his way home from work in the underground station at Corvin Negyed in Budapest.  He agreed straight away to being photographed and told me proudly that he cuts the grass at the Formula One track.

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I met this woman at Suva bus station in Fiji and she and her friend were happy to pose.  I’ve promised to send her the picture.

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european refugee crisis

I can’t ignore the debate raging on this at the moment and have opened a separate blog for posts concentrating on the response in Central and Eastern Europe (mainly Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria).  http://www.europerefugeecrisis.com

I talked to this family of Syrians who were relieved to be allowed out of Hungary.

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