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Dear Readers

NOT to be outdone by the redesign The Slovak Spectator has undertaken, the SPEX monthly has also come up with some new content and columns for its first anniversary in October.

Hitherto largely a "lifestyle" magazine with heavy emphasis on culture and entertainment listings, as of next month SPEX will also be offering regular political coverage in its Parliament Hill column, as well as real estate and investment news and trends. Watch next month for a story on "image parties" and their impact on the political landscape, as well as new opportunities in residential real estate and the inside scoop on several new investments and M&A deals.

The interview feature, until now known as SPEXman, has been renamed (Wo)Man of the Moment, to avoid the suggestion that the magazine identifies with the person being interviewed. Ivan Mikloš, who currently leads both the finance and economy ministries, will be our first victim.

But there's more to life than business and politics, as SPEX will be reminding you with a pair of new features, Cooking With Babka and Drinking With Dedo. Not only will you be treated to the inside scoop on Slovak cuisine and potables, but you'll also be introduced to members of the older generation across Slovakia, along with their memories, concerns and lifestyles.

SPEX will be taking over several columns that until now have run in The Slovak Spectator, including Foreign Affairs (a practical how-to guide for expats on topics from getting online to getting a green card) and Slovak Matters, the popular language column.

We will continue to bring you travel writing, but in SPEX's second year the destinations will be a little off the beaten path, as you may have noticed with September's feature on Považská Bystrica.

The bedrock of the magazine, however, will remain stories on Slovak culture and current events, on expat doings and upcoming events, and on entertainment, restaurant and club reviews and listings. Rather than changing the format, we're simply adding to it, in the hope that the meal will prove even more filling than those served so far.

Pleasant reading,

Tom Nicholson

The Slovak Spectator

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