Dog Days, Cucumbers and Summer Vacation
We are not yet in August, but it already smacks of the summer heatwave. It’s not just the sweltering heat; it is the lack of availability. CEOs are either on vacation, working overtime cleaning decks to go on vacation, or their assistants are on vacation. The cucumber season (uborka szezon), the time when stories dry up and long, slow news days follow one another with lazy monotony, is well and truly with us. Actually, I haven’t seen an article on cucumbers yet, but there was one on watermelons; provided you do not try to make a bandage, it is the same.
In short, it feels like the summer holiday season is approaching, which probably makes it a good thing that this is our last print issue of the Budapest Business Journal until September 10, when the newspaper takes its traditional annual August break. Not that the work is stopping, you understand. The website and newsletters continue to be updated every day of the week (although finding the material to do so becomes more difficult). We are working on the Gala Expat CEO, which, after a 16-month hiatus imposed by COVID, has been moved from its usual January slot but will return on September 24. And there are several publications that we are either working on right now or doing the groundwork to get the work started in earnest.
That being said, management and staff will find time for the holidays, which will be staggered between late July and August. And because even all of that doesn’t make life interesting enough, we’re going to move the newsrooms. We don’t get very far in truth, from building “A” of the Madách shopping center to building “B”, but it’s still a movement and a chance to go through old files and throw the unwanted clutter that has accumulated on it. the last five years. When I started in journalism in 1986, we were promised the computers were on the way. They arrived within a few years, when we were told it was the dawn of the paperless office. I can confirm that it has not yet risen above the horizon, and that paper is still very present with us.
What has materialized, however, is our latest post, Top Real Estate Executives, the latest addition to our ‘Top’ brand, which showcases some of the leading personalities behind various lines of business. If you have subscribed to the printed issue of the Budapest Business Journal, you will have received a free copy of Top Real Estate with this issue. Otherwise, you can purchase a copy from our website. Either way, consider it our summer reading gift for you. Whether you run the gauntlet of testing and tracing and the general danger of vacationing abroad this year or taking a vacation (and if you are, David Holzer has some suggestions from Budapest in his Socialite article in this issue), I hope you go somewhere nice, where you can relax and rejuvenate for a few days or weeks.
We all look forward to getting back in touch with you in the fall.
This article first appeared in the print issue of the Budapest Business Journal on July 30, 2021.
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