Tag Archives: off-topic

Readers’ wild predictions: the Pope beat Dennis Rodman

23 Jan

Pope Francis wearing a safety helmet

Our wild predictions for 2014 achieved their goal: we received lots of even wilder ideas for next year than our own. Which is a real feat, considering the compliment we got from one of our readers: “Writing this much bullshit is almost like an art”;) […]

8 wild predictions for 2014

20 Dec

Starring: the Pope, Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong Un, the billionaire guru of Tesla and a lone Japanese terrorist. We also take a look back at how the predictions we made a year ago have fared.


How to lower your electricity bill: Are Hungarians (and the British) easier to fool?

12 Nov

A gadget which is supposed to decrease your electricity bills by 75%. Fake news. Still, a recent EU-wide scam raises some interesting comparisons: where do they charge more for the same ‘product’?


What’s in a name? Special upstream edition

30 Oct

What do dead cows, Native American warriors and Snow White have in common? At first glance, not much. Yet these are just some of the many random names given to oil and gas fields.


First amphora wine in Hungary?

2 Aug


Good wine doesn’t necessarily take… a barrel. At least not always. Rolling Barrel exclusive summer edition. Because we said right from the start that we wouldn’t only write about energy…


Save the planet, don’t eat French fries

18 Jul


What emits more CO2 – 1 kg of French fries, or 1 kg of gasoline? And what does all this have to do with the EU? Find out in our post below.


Where do the world’s super-rich live?

9 May


Mainly in large metropolises, and primarily in the US. But their numbers are growing in China too.


Happy Nationalization Day!

20 Mar

Iran military parade.jpg

Today is Oil Nationalization Day, a public holiday. In Iran. Every country has some strange holidays – Egyptians, for example, celebrate National Police Day.  […]

Black swan beauties – the readers respond

8 Jan


Start quote. MOL is nationalized, the Századvég Foundation takes over the economic analysis unit. Brutal lay-offs follow. Blog fans go into mourning. Following their initial shock, the editors of Rolling Barrel continue to produce high-quality publications in English; thanks to their famous “Persian Spring” prediction, they are catapulted among celebrity economists, far surpassing the faded reputation of Roubini and his team. End quote.

One of our readers sent this prediction for our “Black Swan beauty contest”. Being personally concerned, we decline to comment.


Black Swan beauty contest for 2013

18 Dec


Steak for breakfast, Euro referendum in Germany, China turning green or hostile, the Next Big Thing after Google, Hungary finally finding its windfall.