Current Affairs

Spirits producers see slow recovery and mark changes in drinking habits two years on from methanol scandal

15-09-2014 15:14 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Filip Jandourek

Photo: Filip Jandourek

This Sunday, marked two years since prohibition was temporarily introduced in the Czech Republic in reaction to widespread methanol poisoning which eventually claimed almost 50 lives. To stem the deadly tide, the government of Petr Nečas prohibited for a period of two weeks the sale of all alcohol of 20 percent or stronger. But as a result of the measures, legitimate producers were hard hit and it has taken the period since for companies to recover. More

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Sports News

Sports News

15-09-2014 13:18 | Ian Willoughby

Radek Štěpánek, Tomáš Berdych, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Czechs’ great run in Davis Cup ends with semi-finals defeat to France – question marks hang over future involvement of star men Berdych and Štěpánek; Brno-Zlín ice hockey game abandoned after 13 minutes due to fog as Extraliga resumes; and Sparta drop more points in football top flight.  More

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One on One

Jirka Mrázek – trading in Communist-era design items with firm Nanovo

15-09-2014 15:15 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Nanovo The company Nanovo trades in classic design items from Czechoslovakia’s Communist era. With a name that translates as ‘again’ or ‘afresh’, Nanovo sells everything from kitschy chandeliers to simple plastic phones to old-fashioned armchairs. Jirka Mrázek is one of two Praguers in their late 20s behind the firm, which since last summer has been operating out of a small warehouse in Vysočany, an old industrial part of the city.  More

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Czech History

“Adventurers Against Their Will” highlights fate of people displaced during WWII

13-09-2014 02:01 | Jan Richter

Photo: archive of Joanie Schirm During the Second World War, millions of people lost their homes, family and friends, and were forced to start new lives elsewhere. The book Adventurers Against Their Will traces several such stories, based on wartime correspondence between a Czech Jewish physician who found refuge in China, and his friends and relatives scattered around the world. The award-winning book by Joanie Schirm has just come out in Czech.  More

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Letter from Prague

Very local radio

13-09-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Ian Willoughby On the way down the hill from the Roman Catholic graveyard in the small town of Třešť in the Vysočina I was surprised by a short burst of music. It came from a rather inconspicuous loudspeaker on a pole by a terraced house. More

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Amanita Design founder Jakub Dvorský on successful artistic point-and-click games Machinarium and Botanicula

12-09-2014 15:51 | Jan Velinger

Machinarium, photo: Amanita Design Amanita Design is the independent Czech game design studio behind the point-and-click adventure games Machinarium and Botanicula. With beautifully hand-drawn or painted backgrounds and richly-designed worlds, the games put players in the shoes of protagonists such as a broken little robot or a group of unusual creatures who face wrongdoers or dark forces. More

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Amazon plans another Czech logistics centre

15-09-2014 15:52 | Jan Richter

Photo: Jan Langr / Czech Television The global e-commerce giant Amazon is planning to build another logistics facility in the Czech Republic. In addition to an existing returns centre and a large warehouse whose construction began last week, Amazon is also looking to build another facility...  More

Business News

12-09-2014 15:53 | Jan Richter

Photo: Grant Cochrane / In Business News this week: Czechs might lose up 33 billion in EU funds this year; Record volumes of investment registered in H1; Czech Republic increases numbers of economic diplomats; Bootleg liquor market shrinks after methanol scandal; and Prague...  More

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Sunday Music Show

The early music ensemble Ginevra brings history to life

14-09-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Ginevra, photo: archive of Ginevra The music ensemble GINEVRA specializes in early music, drawing on Irish and Scottish melodies and composing their own songs inspired by local legends. The group’s name harks back to the days of King Arthur, Queen Ginevra and the Knights of the Round...  More

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Czech Books

Marek Toman: The Special Meaning of Pancakes

13-09-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

Marek Toman, photo: David Vaughan The work of the novelist Marek Toman is diverse. It takes us from Jewish Prague in the 16th century all the way to the drama of the Velvet Revolution four hundred years later. He has even written one novel in which radio becomes a central character....  More

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Current Affairs

School hand-book on Islamic history and culture hits the rocks

12-09-2014 15:50 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: archive of Radio Prague A project aimed at presenting the history and culture of Islam to Czech students in view of building a multicultural, tolerant society has hit the rocks. The Czech Education Ministry announced on Thursday it was withdrawing its support for the project...  More

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Doctors Without Borders appeals for help as Ebola crisis escalates

11-09-2014 16:02 | Daniela Lazarová

Health workers, attend to patients that contracted the Ebola virus, at a clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, photo: CTK The NGO Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders this week denounced international inaction in Ebola-stricken African countries, saying developed states must deploy specialized medical assets without delay if the situation is to be brought...  More

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