Nice Driveway!

An occasional column on life in Slovakia by James Thomson. 

List of articles

Twitter headquarters is shown in San Francisco on November 4, 2022.
Some people still believe everything they read on the internet. 24. May 2023, at 12:40
Illustrative stock photo
Over the decades, this Slovak institution has proved both durable and obdurate. 4. Jan 2023, at 6:45
President Zuzana Čaputová during a press conference on June 7, 2022.
Ukraine war derangement syndrome continues to ravage some in the intellectual classes. 3. Aug 2022, at 11:23
Illustrative stock photo
The Slovak property market is like a swimming pool full of confused sharks. 28. Jun 2022, at 11:56
What supervising an undergraduate thesis taught me about how the system works (or doesn’t). 3. Jun 2022, at 10:33
Our neighbours continued to suffer while we enjoyed the Easter holiday. What has Slovakia learned? 20. Apr 2022, at 7:47
Ukrainian forces during military exercise.
The parallels between Russia’s approach to Ukraine and Hitler’s to Czechoslovakia in 1938 are uncanny. 23. Jan 2022, at 12:05
One legacy of my mum's lockdown was the beautiful garden that I could enjoy during my summer in England.
There is no moral to this tale, other than to cherish those you love. 29. Dec 2021, at 15:44
Our capacity for indignation – or compassion – seems exhausted just when we need it most. 24. Nov 2021, at 14:38
The conspiracy magazine ZEM & VEK.
Should we pity or fear those who see the world through the distorting lens of the conspiracy media? 28. Oct 2021, at 13:35
GP Maroš Žilinka in parliament.
After a deceptively serene transition last year, the heartbreak has resumed. 17. Sep 2021, at 10:57
Bratislava airport.
The coronavirus, like the 9/11 hijackers, has excelled its forerunners in sheer deviousness. 25. Aug 2021, at 12:28
Marian Kocner and his lawyer at the Supreme Court
Overturning not-guilty verdicts, especially in cases as emotive as the Kuciak murder trial, is a very bad idea. 24. Jun 2021, at 14:00
Springtime in the Slovak countryside.
A change in the weather and – finally! – a lifting of restrictions prompts James Thomson to take his chances in the Slovak countryside. 29. May 2021, at 7:00
Why are Slovaks still dying in horrific numbers from a preventable disease? 16. Apr 2021, at 7:00
PM Igor Matovič
What Slovak politicians mean when they say sebareflexia. 24. Mar 2021, at 19:00
Banská Bystrica
Does anyone understand Slovakia’s pandemic rules any more? 23. Feb 2021, at 17:31
Igor Matovič celebration his election victory on March 1, 2020.
How much of the present will be intelligible through the kaleidoscopic lens of digital media in just a few years – or even months? 26. Jan 2021, at 16:30
A vaccine would be nice. But a state that inspires trust would be the gift that keeps on giving. 20. Dec 2020, at 6:33
Dobroslav Trnka (left) and Jozef Čentéš (right), the candidate who was eventually selected by MPs in 2011, never got to take up the post because the then president, Ivan Gašparovič refused to appoint him for reasons that were never clearly explained.
There are uncanny echoes today of Slovakia’s agonies over its choice of chief prosecutor ten years ago. 25. Nov 2020, at 8:28
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