Monday, August 14, 2006

A Statuepark Sequel…

Ahem, hello out there. Once again I find myself back here apologising for the lack of statue Blog input! The only excuse I have is that I really have been rather busy having all of the fun over the past week or so: catching up with an old workmate from New Zealand, as well as attending the second bestest music festival in the world. So once again, my apologies, and I hope you are all well…

Anyway, I’ll get back on the statue case with a vengeance this week. It is nigh on time that we posted another picture from Rich and Laura’s travels to the nirvana that is Statuepark in Hungary, home of gigantic memorials from the communist dictatorship, as their website happily portrays! Tonight’s instalment features Rich tackling such a gigantic memorial. Sadly I can’t work out from the website who the statue actually is, but it is a textbook imitation nevertheless.

Oh, and by way of saying sorry for lack of posts, enjoy this website dedicated to bunny yawns!


Poll Star said...

Stop apologising, it's so English, and you're doing better with your posts than Mac.

I couldn't say why, but this is one of my absolute favourites. Nice work Mr Hughes.

John said...

Yeah, but it's all about quality, not quantity.


Ballerina said...

Nice to see you back, Statue John! As always, exemplary work.

Rich-in-Oxford said...

As usual the following from the guide book with a few ammendments.

Ferenc Munnich

1986 bronze 2.45 metres

Ferenc Munnich. (1886 November 16 – 1967 November 29, Budapest)

Munnic came from an impoverished noble family and graduated with a law degree. In the First World War he was captured by the Russians in 1915. While in Russia he made contact with the Bolsheviks and on his return to Hungary in 1918 was a co-founder of the Hungarian Communist Party.

In 1936 he took part in the Spanish Civil war and during World War II was an officer in the Red army where he attended the Stalingrad War council alongside Khrushchev (future Soviet premier).

In 1945 he returned to Budapest and became Chief of Police (I am thinking this guy was a nice man) and went on to become Hungarian ambassador in Bulgaria, Russia and Tito’s Yugoslavia.

He supported the armed suppression of the 1956 uprising and was rewarded for his unwavering loyalty to the regime by receiving the highest Communist award the ‘Order of Lenin’ twice; he then subsequently becoming armed forces minister and minister of state.

The particular statue that you see here, was toppled in 1990 by opposition leader Gyorgy Krasso, who returning from exile in London cut through the legs of the statue and pulled it down!

As you can see his top -half is now back to its best..

Statue John said...

Thanks hugely rich-in-oxford!