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One hundredth anniversary of the start of the Great War marked

28-07-2014 16:24 | Jan Velinger

Czech and Slovak soldiers leaving for war in 1915

Czech and Slovak soldiers leaving for war in 1915

July 28th marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War which later came to be known as World War I. On this date in 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia – exactly a month the Austrian heir to the throne, Franz Ferdinand, and his Czech wife Sofie Chotek were assassinated in Sarajevo. The conflict would eventually draw in Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain and other nations.  More

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One on One

Close brush with death gave me chance to become known writer, says humourist Steve Fisher

28-07-2014 15:22 | Ian Willoughby

Steve Fisher, photo: Ian Willoughby Steve Fisher has a humorous column in the weekly Reflex that regularly provides a highly amusing take on Czech life from a foreigner’s perspective. The US-born author has had a host of other jobs in over two decades in Prague, including radio DJ, bit-part actor and voiceover artist. In recent years, however, he was forced to work less, after surviving an extremely serious illness that left him handicapped. We discussed all of those things at his Prague 3 apartment last week. But I first asked Fisher about his initial impressions of the city, when he came here to teach English in 1991.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

28-07-2014 14:55 | Ian Willoughby

Leopold König, photo: ČTK In Sports News this Monday: Czech König finishes seventh overall in debut Tour de France – and is already looking forward to next year; champions Sparta win opening game of new soccer season while Plzeň draw puts pressure on manager Uhrin.  More

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Arts

Karel Zeman Museum offers special programmes in summer

25-07-2014 15:20 | Jan Velinger

Karel Zeman Museum, photo: Miloš Turek It’s hard to say when the Karel Zeman Museum in Prague is busier: during the school year or the summer months. The museum, dedicated to the work of visionary Czech filmmaker Karel Zeman who created legendary children’s films like Journey to the Beginning of Time, was only opened less than two years ago but has become a major attraction. More

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Marketplace

Czech EC candidate “has good chance” of landing preferred portfolio

23-07-2014 15:21 | Jan Richter

Věra Jourová, photo: CTK The selection of a Czech candidate for the European Commission has been the subject of a major contest on the Czech political scene this summer. But the eventual nomination of Regional Development Minister Věra Jourová has been described as a win-win situation for all parties involved, as well as for the Czech Republic, whose candidate has a good chance of being put in charge of one of her preferred portfolios.  More

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Business

Tourism stagnates despite massive state spending

28-07-2014 17:10 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Patrycja Cieszkowska, Free Images While the Czech Republic has made an enormous investment in tourism in recent years, the injection of funds has failed to yield positive results, according to a new report.   More

Prague developer turns tour guide as Wenceslas Square planning battle heats up

26-07-2014 02:01 | Chris Johnstone

Wenceslas Square 47, visualisation: Flow East Amid the tourist bustle of central Prague this week a tour with a difference was taking place. Czechs turned up in their droves when development company Flow East opened the doors to some of its historic buildings. But the developer’s first initiative...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Michal Hrůza - From Ready Kirken to Kapela Hrůzy

27-07-2014 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Michal Hrůza, photo: Adam Kebrt Michal Hrůza is one of the Czech Republic’s most notable singers and songwriters. The 43-year-old, who hails from Turnov, got his start in the mid-1990s with Ready Kirken with whom he wrote numerous hits, before moving on to a solo career and performing...  More

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Panorama

The film score genius Zdeněk Liška

24-07-2014 14:42 | Jan Richter

Zdeněk Liška, photo: archive of Czech Television Some of the best Czech films of the 1960s and 70s, such as Markéta Lazarová, Shop on Main Street, and The Cremator, have one thing in common, besides the country of origin: the author of the score, Zdeněk Liška. Only a few recordings of his music came...  More

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Current Affairs

Test finds foreigners charged more in central Prague restaurants

25-07-2014 15:19 | Jan Richter

Illustrative photo: archive of Radio Prague Some restaurants in Prague’s central district discriminate against foreigners, according to the Czech Trade Inspection Authority. The agency says that in several restaurants in the area, English-speaking inspectors posing as tourists were automatically...  More

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