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12th September, 2019

MNB building loses permit

A renovated historic building owned by the MNB foundation PADA has recently lost its usage permit, news website 24 reports.

The former town hall in Buda Castle was too noisy for residents of the neighbouring building, who took their complaint to court, pointing out that the renovation did not include noise insulation.

Officially the building was designated for teaching, but in reality it is used as a catering facility and for parties, with additional noise generated by large ventilation units, according to website 24.

PADA said it has not received any official notice concerning the matter, and stressed that the Ft 4 billion renovation project had received a Unesco award. (24.hu; index.hu; napi.hu; hvg.hu; 444.hu)
12th September, 2019

“Gloomy Sunday” composer honoured

A mini-sculpture by Mihaly Kolodko honouring world-renowned songwriter Rezso Seress, author of “Gloomy Sunday,” was inaugurated on Wednesday.

The small artwork commissioned by the Seventh District council portrays Seress in a small bronze pipe playing the piano.

It has been placed on a limestone plaque near his favourite haunt, the Kispipa (Small Pipe) restaurant on Akacfa utca.

Seress was born nearby at Dob utca 46/b.

His most famous composition “Gloomy Sunday” written in 1933, has been recorded in more than 100 languages.

It was blamed for a rise in suicides in many countries, including Hungary.

Seress himself committed suicide in 1968 at the age of 78. (hvg.hu; orientpr.hu; nepszava.hu; index.hu; blikk.hu)

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