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Thursday Doors Budapest 8

More doors from Hungary

Can anyone recognise the computers on the bottom shelf?
WEAREONE – but I don’t think the padlock serves much purpose
Not sure why they would need a ladder in a tattoo parlour. Tiny door next door.
Interesting art work on the left
I now regret that I didn’t check out the rooftop igloos
Life Medical Thursday Doors


BASICS isn’t basic. The British ASsociation of Immediate Care (BASICS) is an organisation which trains volunteer health workers to provide healthcare assistance in support of the emergency services.

Last weekend, I did a three-day BASICS residential course dealing with a wide range of emergencies, from car crashes to falls, heart attacks to carbon monoxide poisoning, electrocution to stabbings.

The course was intense. It began at 8.30am and continued till 7.30pm, with some sessions taking place outdoors as Storm Ciara threatened. It was very cold and windy. “Typical weather, good practice for you,” said the instructor.” All we need now is some rain.”

The organisers encouraged us to bring personal protective equipment, and some participants looked cool in their high visibility gear. All I had was a suit of orange overalls, handed down from my father. He used to be a postman, so instead of “paramedic” or “emergency doctor”, the label on my chest spelled out “Royal Mail”. The organiser told me that this was a first.

A fireman gave us practical instructions on how to get people out of a smashed up car. I think he enjoyed sharing his gory tales of derring-do. I had no idea how many airbags a modern vehicle contains, and what damage they can do when they go off as you are struggling to get someone out of a wreck. He referred to extraction implements as “toys”. I will keep my Kevlar gloves and eye protection specs in the glove compartment of my car.

The practical tests were interesting. I had to deal with someone who had been burned and blown up at a fireworks display, a lad who had been smashed in the face by a thug wielding a baseball bat, a pedestrian hit the bull bars on the front of a 4×4 and an elderly man who collapsed in the newsagents. My colleagues on the course were brilliant actors.

For the last seven years, I’ve dealt with emergencies in “resource poor environments”, often without oxygen, defibrillators and drugs. For 25 years before that I worked as a general practitioner in primary care. So the last time I put paddles on a chest and shocked a patient’s heart back to a normal rhythm was 34 years ago in North Devon District Hospital. In 2020, the standard equipment which “first responders” keep in the boot of their car is more sophisticated than the kit I was using in hospital in 1986. It was a vertical learning curve. But I passed the exam.

Now I’m a lot more skilled at managing critically ill patients away from hospital. I can use a Kendrick splint to stabilise a femoral fracture. I can remove a motorcyclist’s helmet safely. I even feel confident cutting a hole in the cricothyroid membrane. I might even be competent to assist paramedics if I come across a road traffic accident. *Basks in warm glow*

Cold, bright morning, close to the River Soar, Leicester
Where the old Bowstring Bridge used to be. The Pump and Tap is now the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre

Early on Monday morning, I swam 40 lengths at the local sports centre, showered and was just putting on my underpants when I heard a scream from the pool. “HELP!”

The new training kicked in so my mind did not go blank with panic. “First assess the scene, it will tell you what injuries you are likely to find.” Swimming pool? Drowning or cervical spine injury from diving in at the shallow end. Think – where’s the oxygen? Is there a defib? But I know they have an extraction board. I didn’t expect to be called upon to use my new skills so soon.

I peeled off my pants and wriggled back into my wet swimming costume, tucking myself in as I slithered out of the changing area. “Remember, your own safety is the most important. Don’t slip and fall, becoming a second casualty,” I said to myself.

I knew something wasn’t right when I saw the life guard still sitting on her high chair at the poolside. No one seemed to be bothered. No one seemed to have been injured. It was just a life saving class. I breathed a sigh of relief and looked plaintively at the life guard. She waved two upright thumbs at me and said, “See you at aquarobics on Wednesday!”

The climbing wall. Just waiting for someone to fall off while I am swimming.

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Thursday Doors Budapest 7

Crazy doors.

I did not eat at this restaurant, even though they might have been playing my kind of music
In Budapest…

Budapest has been famous for its hot springs since Roman times. These photographs are of the exterior of Hotel Gellert, one of the most well-known spas in the city.

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Thursday Doors Budapest 6

I hope these Hungarian doors are not boring you all…

Last photo of the Grand Synagogue. Reminds me of the Alhambra
You can check in any time you want; you can never leave
Door to the bike shop
Revolving door in beaten copper at the Continental Hotel (highly recommended)
Door to the chamber in the Houses of Parliament
The reflection of gold bamboozled my white balance. Houses of Parliament.
Rather nice stained glass door panel, Houses of Parliament
Beautiful wood carving. Houses of Parliament.
Red carpet at the Houses of Parliament
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Thursday Doors Budapest 5

Another barbershop, next to this glorious teal (or turquoise) pair of ornate doors.

Gateway to the courtyard. Old Jewish area.
Strange how this building in the Jewish area has two different architectural styles.
Intricate street art
Needing renovation
Ok, windows, not doors, but great font for 56
Rear doors of the Grand Synagogue, art deco design of “battlements” reminiscent of Persepolis (“By the river of Babylon, I sat down and wept”)
Interesting doorway, with scalloped surround and star window, in the Grand Synagogue. To me, it looks almost Islamic.
Sturdy iron synagogue door
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Thursday Doors Budapest 4

St Stephen’s Basilica is wonderful. It was built to commemorate the first king of Hungary. Who was called Stephen. He would give his right hand to be in this Roman Catholic church – indeed, there is an “incorruptible” hand on display. The reliquary doesn’t have a door, so no gross photographs.

Side Door. Or Porta. The main door is round the front.
Beautiful carved wooden doors of St Stephen’s
I am not sure where this door leads to in the Basilica.
Although the Basilica is in the Neo-Classical style, this is the gift shop in the foyer.
Away from religious buildings, this blue door looks interesting
I think this is a hotel door, rather incongruously adjacent to a pizza parlour
Hair-Nett – obviously a hair salon. I didn’t see the German barbershop, Herr Kutz. In Chicago I saw a shop called Hair Cuttery. Or perhaps the extreme barbershop, Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow. Enough.
Little food shop, non-stop 0-24.
Nightclub without vowels
OId Jewish Quartier

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Thursday Doors Budapest 3

According to Wikipedia, Budapest has several fond nicknames – Heart of Europe, Queen of the Danube, Pearl of the Danube, Capital of Freedom, Capital of Spas and Thermal Baths, Capital of Festivals.

Wonderful script above the door, but I’m not sure if the elaborate font matches the plain door.
The figure’s face looks sad. Perhaps he could foresee future decline in fortunes.
Fine doorway on Andrassy Ut (=Boulevard) flanked by two classical sculptures. They are not looking at each other – maybe they don’t want to play ball.
Another lovely door, just along the street from the previous door. The Opera House is a hundred metres away, perhaps this is explains the sculpted metal doors.
This building is opposite the Opera House, both undergoing restoration.
One way of making the doorway slightly larger…
Liszt Museum with collie dog and cobbled square.
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Thursday Doors Budapest 2

Budapest was voted the best European city for travellers in 2019, when it attracted more than 12 million tourists. I went in November, but it is lovely in spring time. Most visitors cram into the city over the summer months, when it is warmer and crowded.

Google translate says that this shop is Finger and Son. Helpful. But nice doors.
Welcome to the Old Curiosity Shop “Antiquity”
Hat Shop – not very common in my neck of the woods
No sniggering at the back, please. This is a Doner Kebab restaurant, not a Hooters (I did actually see a Hooters, but it had closed down).
Schoolboy in camo jacket and Adidas jogging pants, lugs his homework on his back as he walks in front of a grim door, which needs lots of love
The sign translates as “Economic Entrance” – by which I think they mean “tradesmen’s entrance. I saw a few young men in hotel livery popping out for a quick cigarette via this door. They scowled when they saw my camera, so I waited until they had gasped their last and disappeared inside before taking the picture.
I think this is a bank. Heavy studded doors, with security.
Leather goods, shoe shop, but Google translate comes up with “Bordeaux Stockings”. I like the last above the door, with inverted boot.
This portal and lamp post takes me back to the Golden Age of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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Thursday Doors Budapest 1

Budapest in November isn’t as cold and grey as England. A mini-break in the city only proved that you need more than three days to see this wonderful city. The River Danube bisects the city into Buda (west) and Pest (east). Much of the city was destroyed in the winter of 1944-45 at the end of World War 2, when the Russian army laid siege. But the glorious fin de siecle architecture has been reconstructed.

Flying Bird Tea House, next to a green, graffiti-decorated door
I love the decorative iron-work on this fine pair of doors. It reminds me of Charles Rennie-Mackintosh’s designs (as shown in my blog on Northampton).
A makeshift pair of doors in front of a more elegant set of doors. I like the carved bulls above.
This door has seen better days. The lock must have been rather stiff, hence the scuff marks where a kick-plate should have been mounted. The sign on the left is advertising Dreher beer, brewed locally in a classic European pale lager-style.
Home Therapy – well, if you live in a glorious old apartment block, you need to have matching accoutrements, such as fancy chandeliers.
Real estate shop. Wonderful street light and a tree growing in a wooden box.
Cycling is a very green activity, of course. But I didn’t see many cyclists – drivers in Budapest can be reckless at times.
I love these massive gates with a door inset, leading to a cobbled courtyard. This is a municipal building, judging by the coat of arms above the magnificent door. It was election time, hence the poster. Politicians look the same everywhere.

To be continued next week and into 2020. I have a LOT of door pictures.

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Thursday Doors in Kensington

I went to the Wildlife Photographer of the year event at the Natural History Museum in Kensington. It was fantastic, much better than previous years. You can see some of the images here. I wandered up Exhibition Road and saw the Royal Geographical Society building, which has a door.

More doors further afield

There are some posh shops, too.

I was not the only person taking photographs of doors
Toadstools and a silver skull, with model wearing her shopping trainers
Bakery – autumn loaves around the door?