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Scottish expats in Prague frustrated to be missing out on independence vote

18-09-2014 15:52 | Jan Richter

Supporters wave British and Scottish flags at a pro-union rally, at Trafalgar square in London, photo: CTK

Supporters wave British and Scottish flags at a pro-union rally, at Trafalgar square in London, photo: CTK

People in Scotland are heading to the polls on Thursday to vote on independence from the UK. Only residents of Scotland are eligible to participate in the referendum, regardless of their nationality, which means that thousands of Czechs can also cast their ballots. But being excluded from a crucial decision on their nation’s future is frustrating for Scottish expats in the Czech Republic.  More

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President receives delegation of WW II veterans

18-09-2014 15:52 | Jan Velinger

Miloš Zeman, photo: CTK President Miloš Zeman on Wednesday received a delegation of Czechoslovak WWII veterans at Prague Castle, members of a branch of the Czech Association of Freedom Fighters. The president had earlier promised to do so and – according to Czech TV - will continue to meet with veterans on a regular basis.  More

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Panorama

Czech astronomers create country’s third dark skies reserve in western Bohemia

18-09-2014 15:53 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK As of this week the Czech Republic has a third dark skies reserve in the Manětín region, in western Bohemia. Its opening on Monday attracted amateur astronomers from around the country as well as the mayors of the ten villages located in the area.  More

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In Focus

Czech expats seek to strengthen language links

16-09-2014 16:00 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Miloš Turek Czech expats from around the world gathered in Prague last week for a conference on maintaining their native language skills abroad. Czechoslovak exiles who fled the country after the war or after the Soviet-led invasion of 1968, descendants of the old Czech settlers, as well as members of the younger community of Czechs who went abroad to study or work met for a two-day event held in the National Museum building in the centre of Prague to discuss their cultural and linguistic heritage.  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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Business

Rohlík.cz aiming to make ground on Tesco on Czech online food market

18-09-2014 14:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: European Commission The market in home deliveries of foodstuffs – at present dominated by UK retailer Tesco – looks set to hot up, with relative newcomer Rohlík.cz preparing to expand beyond Prague and supply consumers in other Czech cities, the news website Aktuálně.cz...  More

Scotland looks to lessons of short-lived Czech-Slovak monetary union

17-09-2014 13:30 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: CTK The short lived Czech and Slovak monetary union has been in the spotlight again as the referendum vote on Scottish independence looms on Thursday. A similar currency union allowing Scotland to keep the pound is one of the targets of those backing...  More

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Marketplace

Czech companies upbeat about business prospects in Iran

17-09-2014 16:01 | Jan Richter

A Czech business delegation has visited Iran on a fact-finding mission, the first of its kind in recent decades. Some 20 Czech firms, from machinery companies to pharmaceuticals producers, took part in the trip which could herald future closer cooperation...  More

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Current Affairs

No mass repatriation planned, Zaorálek tells Czechs in Ukraine

17-09-2014 15:06 | Ian Willoughby

Volynhia, photo: Szender László, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported Prague is not planning a mass repatriation of ethnic Czechs from Ukraine, the Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek said on a visit to the community on Wednesday. The minister said they were not in apparent danger and that it was already easy for them...  More

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Czechs seek action over food waste

17-09-2014 15:06 | Ruth Fraňková

Every year, some 700 tonnes of food in the Czech Republic end up in waste bins, which means that every single Czech annually wastes around 70 kilograms of food. The Food Waste 2014 conference which has just opened in Prague attempts to tackle the problem...  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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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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