Hungary's university loss is Austria's gain
Brief letters Hungary Hungaryâs university loss is Austriaâs gain Central European University | The Simpsons | Clocks going back | Dishwashers | Neoliberalism
Tucked away on page 30 of last Fridayâs Guardian was the news that Viktor OrbÃ¡n has forced out the Central European University founded by George Soros in Budapest 26 years ago. The University of Vienna, where humanities flourish, has proved ready to pick up the baton. Sor osâs vision embraced medieval studies among the CEUâs foundation disciplines, cherished by outstanding rectors, and the excellent quality of CEUâs research and teaching, and of its graduates, will be accommodated in a congenial setting. The gain will be Austriaâs. Alas, the tragedy is Hungaryâs.
Kingâs College London
â¢ Yes of course Apu in The Simpsons is a racial stereotype (Simpsons row: writer dismisses reports that show plans to drop Apu, 30 October), but then so is nearly every other character in the show. For example, Brits are portrayed as white, weak-chinned, buck-toothed, inbred fools, and Groundskeeper Willie is a mean red-headed Scotsman. Get over it.
â¢ The subheading to your article (How to wake up well, G2, 29 October) says: âNow the clocks have gone back and the days are getting shorter, it can be hard to get out of bed.â In fa ct, of course, putting the clocks back brings daylight an hour earlier on the clock.
Whitefield, Greater Manchester
â¢ In answer to Matthew Newman (Letters, 29 October), people with dishwashers listen to The Archers on Sunday mornings, when theyâre doing the ironing.
â¢ Re the letter from Bill Hawkes on how to load cutlery (29 October), I was delighted to learn our son has a dishwasher â" perhaps he could teach his father a few rudimentary skills.
â¢ Giles Oakley (Letters, 24 October) wants a new name for neoliberalism. Iâve always called it business fascism, or bizfash for short.
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