About Me

My name is, unsurprisingly, Paul Hellyer. I am a middled-aged, middle-class male living in New Zealand. I have strong ties to Hungary, through my wife’s family. We have lived in Hungary at various times in our lives, and maintain a strong on-going connection. I have a deep interest in Hungarian history and literature and have written on these topics for the Magyar Szó, the bulletin of Hungarians living in New Zealand. Many of the entries posted here were first published in that bulletin.

You can see me on Facebook here. I’m still trying to work out how these various social media sites fit together.

The title of this blog is taken from the opening lines of the Joni Mitchell song, Chinese Café.

I am not related to the former Canadian politician of the same name, although I get a small amount of e-mail that is clearly meant for him. Unlike him, I don’t believe in UFOs.


4 Responses to About Me

  1. George says:

    Hi Paul:
    I enjoy your writing on Jozsef Attila. I ran across your site through wikipedia while reading the Jozsef Attila content. I have tried to connect to you through your Facebook link, but it seems like a dead link.

  2. Hi Paul

    I’m Bryan from Melbourne, Australia…There a a fairly large contingent of Hellyer’s in Oz, and my daughter and I (we also have accounts on Facebook), have recently been investigating our family tree…. along with leads provided by my cousin Kirsten Firth, who had managed to contact the US and South African “clan” contacts via Facebook, etc.

    Any ideas on your lineage ?

    Anyway, Regards Bryan *Hellyer*

  3. Robert Musacchio says:

    enjoyed very much your accounts of Father and The Round-Up”
    now I feel compelled to see both these films
    I have seen precious little Hungarian cinema, but what I have seen,
    like The Red and the Black, has always been impressive
    here in Poland, the Father will be screened on TVP Kultura on Thursday

  4. Paul says:

    Robert, thank you for your kind words. I have always felt that Hungarian cinema is hugely under-appreciated and deserves a much wider audience. I am glad some Hungarian movies are shown on Polish TV. Second Run DVD (http://www.secondrundvd.com/) are great promoters of Polish cinema in particular, and Hungarian and other central/eastern European cinema as well. Well worth checking out. Their recent release of the Slovakian documentary, ‘Pictures Of the Old World/Obrazy starého sveta is masterful’ has to be seen to be believed. It is one of the finest examples of documentary cinema in any language.

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