Soviet tropospheric communications base at GalagamacsaUnlike Soviet Socialist Realism, where everyone is looking serious and determined, contemporary art in North Korea portrays everyone as full-faced, rosy-cheeked and smiling in honour of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il - at MAK in Vienna, in the summer of 2010.  Read about the exhibition here.

Elsewhere on our holidays we came across the former Soviet tropospheric communications base at Galagamacsa, not far from Budapest, which provided communications to Moscow during the years of Soviet occupation.

"How could you tell which telephone on János Kádár's desk was the hotline to Moscow?" "It was the one on which you could only listen, and not speak!" (Kádár was leader of the Hungarian Communist Party from 1956 to 1988).