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Czechs mark third anniversary of Vaclav Havel’s death with mixed feelings

18-12-2014 15:11 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK

Photo: CTK

On Thursday, December 18th, Czechs are marking the third anniversary of the death of Vaclav Havel, the legend of the Velvet Revolution and the country’s first post-communist president. Commemorative events are taking place in different parts of the country, but some critics point out that three years after his departure, the Czech Republic has strayed far from Vaclav Havel’s philosophy and ideals.  More

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Václav Havel to get unique honour of bust at Irish Parliament

18-12-2014 13:47 | Ian Willoughby

Václav Havel, photo: Filip Jandourek A specially-commissioned bust of the late Czech president Václav Havel is set to be unveiled at Ireland’s parliament, the Dáil, in March next year. The man behind the idea is Bill Shipsey, founder of Art for Amnesty and also one of the initiators of the international Havel’s Place series of memorial spots.  More

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Christmas exhibition in Bethlehem Chapel harks back to the old days

18-12-2014 15:56 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Bonsai servis Praha Among the many Christmas events underway in Prague at this time of year is an exhibition of nativity scenes and bells at Bethlehem Chapel in the city centre. Hidden deep in the bowels of the chapel, the exhibition is light years away from the bright lights and bustling city life above. Everything on display is hand made –from wood carved nativity scenes to Christmas decorations made of lace – and it transports visitors to the Christmases of days-gone-by.  More

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In Focus

Time right for generational change, says Trafačka founder Jan Kaláb

16-12-2014 15:52 | Ruth Fraňková

Trafačka, photo: ŠJů, CC BY-SA 3.0 After eight years of existence, the Trafačka art gallery in Prague is closing down, making way for a new housing development. Over the years, Trafačka, which is situated in a former transmission station in the Vysočany district, has become a respected centre for young artists and featured dozens of exhibitions and other events.  More

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One on One

Campaigner van Gemund planning legal action after detention prevents him from demonstrating against Zeman

15-12-2014 16:15 | Ian Willoughby

Otakar Van Gemund, photo: Ian Willoughby Otakar van Gemund was questioned by the police – and subsequently detained for two hours – while on his way to demonstrate against President Miloš Zeman in Prague on November 17. The anti-Vladimir Putin protester, who previously disrupted a news conference conducted by the Czech PM, says it was the second time that day the police had stopped him and checked his ID without offering a reason. More

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My Prague

My Prague – Jan P. Muchow

13-12-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Jan P. Muchow, photo: Ian Willoughby Leader of local indie pioneers The Ecstasy of St. Theresa and a successful composer of film scores, Jan P. Muchow is one of the most respected musicians and producers in the Czech Republic. He calls the now-hip Vršovice district home but works in the nearby Vinohrady. And we begin our tour of “Jan Muchow’s Prague” on the latter’s Jiřího z Poděbrad square, just around the corner from his relatively new studio.  More

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Czech Life

Prague museum highlights cooking through the ages with gastro tours, workshops

13-12-2014 02:01 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Barbora Vonderková One of Prague’s most recent new museums is dedicated to the art of cooking through the ages, with a particular look at the Czech contribution to cuisine. The museum features special themed tours and cooking workshops, which have been a big hit with visitors.  More

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Business

McDonalds fast food chain making big changes to boost sales

18-12-2014 16:14 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Radio Prague When the McDonald fast food chain arrived in the Czech Republic twenty-two years ago it was a huge hit. In the years that followed the company posted sales figures of two digits. But in recent years business has been slowing down and profits have been...  More

Report: Carmaker TPCA to let go some 500 employees

17-12-2014 14:06 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of TPCA The Kolín-based automobile manufacturer TPCA (a joint-venture of Toyota, Peugeot, and Citroen) will lay-off some 500 agency-hired staff. The news was confirmed on Wednesday by company spokesman Radek Kňava. The reason for the reduction, are fewer models...  More

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Marketplace

Ozdoba CZ – traditional Czech producer of Christmas baubles

17-12-2014 15:15 | Jan Richter

Photo: Ozdoba CZ With Christmas just around the corner, a search is underway in many households’ attics or basements for ornaments that will – in due time – decorate the Christmas tree. In many families, trees will be adorned with the colourful glass globes, spikes,...  More

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Current Affairs

How could rouble’s troubles impact Czech economy?

17-12-2014 13:53 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: fishtik / freeimages With low oil prices and EU sanctions hitting the Russian economy hard, the country’s currency the rouble tumbled to a record low against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday. Interventions by Moscow, including a steep hike in interest rates, have led to a slight...  More

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Berdych names Vallverdu as new coach

17-12-2014 14:46 | Jan Velinger

Tomáš Berdych, photo: Christian Mesiano, CC BY-SA 2.0 After months of speculation, Czech tennis men’s No.1 Tomáš Berdych announced he will have a new coach for 2015: Venezuelan former player Daniel Vallverdu. Vallverdu, who was part of the coaching team headed by Ivan Lendl which led Scotsman Andy Murray...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

15-12-2014 16:16 | Ian Willoughby

Czech Republic - Switzerland, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Czechs come third at World Floorball Championships after turning around final game – coach Cepek is eyeing gold in two years’ time; hockey goalie Vokoun calls time on career at 38; and Sparta reportedly considering sacking...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Planety – A fresh, Silesian take on the late ‘80s indie guitar sound

14-12-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Planety, photo: archive of Planety Led by singer-guitarist Ondřej Krochmalný, the Český Těšín-based band Planety received the Best New Act gong at the 2012 Vinyl awards for their debut LP Peklo, peklo, ráj. This year the indie outfit – influenced by the likes of Pixies, Sonic Youth and...  More

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Letter from Prague

The Study Abroad Nightmare

13-12-2014 02:01 | Jelani Spencer-Joe

Prague, photo: CzechTourism When some people think of the word "nightmare", they think about a bad dream- I know I do. Usually, when I think about the word "nightmare", I imagine a recurring dream that I’ve had where I’m running away from something or someone in a dark alley and...  More

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