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14-02-2016 09:09

Sunday Music Show

Vložte Kočku – intense but compelling on fourth LP Hedvika

14-02-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Vložte Kočku, photo: archive of the band The Prague group Vložte Kočku (meaning Insert the Cat; apparently it’s a reference to American Psycho) revolves around brothers Kryštof and Cyril Kaplan. Last year the indie outfit returned with Hedvika, an impressive set of lo-fi, often manic rap-infused electronica.  More

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Travel Tip

Čížov - the last fragment of the Iron Curtain

13-02-2016 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: Dominik Jůn The village of Čížov is a tiny settlement near Národní park Podyjí, the smallest national park in the Czech Republic, and the only national park in Moravia. The park follows the course of the Dyje – or Thaya – river between the historic town of Vranov nad Dyjí and the city of Znojmo. The area is characterized by an otherwise rolling landscape, which suddenly falls steeply down along the valley of the winding river. Lush – though often very young – forests of oak, beech and other deciduous trees fill this tranquil biome, which covers 63 square kilometers.  More

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Czech Books

Sarah Perry: in search of a Bohemian Gothic

13-02-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Sarah Perry, photo: archive of Sarah Perry When Sarah Perry’s first novel “After Me Comes the Flood” was published two years ago the reviews in the British press were superlative. Reviewers welcomed the book’s eerie and uncanny qualities, Gothic-smudged, as one critic put it. It is shortly to be followed by a second novel “The Essex Serpent” and now Sarah Perry is on a two-month residency in Prague, this time in search of a peculiarly Central European variant of the Gothic.  More

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Magazine

Magazine

13-02-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

La Paloma, photo: archive of the restaurant Magazine : Czech finance minister’s restaurant gets second Michelin star, Mardi Grass celebrations kick off around the country, Titanic enthusiasts flock to real-life exhibition, popular bedtime story character to get statue in Kadan and Marriage Week aims to tackle the high divorce rate.  More

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Arts

Independent game design studio develops ‘Ghost Theory’

12-02-2016 15:43 | Jan Velinger

Dex, photo: archive of Dreadlocks In today’s Arts we talk with a French Prague-based game designer Axel Droxler. He is the lead designer on two titles for the independent studio Dreadlocks, the popular debut Dex – set in a cyberpunk world – and the upcoming Ghost Theory, in which players take the roles of ghost hunters.  More

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Panorama

Extremism expert: we no longer have a clear line between what is extremist and what is normal

11-02-2016 16:00 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK An attack on a Prague community centre that helps refugees, the recent stabbing of a Syrian national and violence at anti-migrant rallies suggest that growing anti-Islamic sentiments may be radicalizing Czech society. How badly has the migrant crisis divided the country and how serious is the danger of radicalization?  More

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One on One

Far-right focus on migrants taking heat off Roma at least for now, says Czechs Against Czechs maker Tomáš Kratochvíl

08-02-2016 16:16 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Kratochvíl, photo: Ian Willoughby One of the most thought-provoking documentaries to hit local cinema screens in recent months has been Czechs Against Czechs by Tomáš Kratochvíl. In the highly personal film, the young director – a member of the majority population – goes to live in a desperately poor Romany ghetto in north Bohemia. Along the way, he also encounters far-right activists who organise anti-Roma demonstrations, as well as members of the public who don’t hide their hatred of the ethnic minority. More

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Business

Business News

12-02-2016 15:17 | Jan Velinger

Kateřina Valachová, photo: Filip Jandourek Business roundup: Education minister voices support for 10 percent pay increase for teachers; Czech mortgage loans market surges in 2015; Court declares significant manufacturer Motorpal unable to meet debts; around 15 percent of Czech elderly people...  More

Pražská Lítačka set to replace controversial Opencard

12-02-2016 14:02 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Prague City Hall First images of the Pražská Lítačka – the working title of a new planned card to be used as a chargeable pass by public transit users in Prague have been released, featuring simple lettering against a green backdrop. The card is to replace the city’s...  More

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Current Affairs

National Museum says contractors liable for blaze damages

12-02-2016 13:56 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: CTK A blaze raged overnight on the roof of the National Museum atop Prague’s Wenceslas Square. The contractors involved insist that adequate fire prevention precautions were in place, but the National Museum says this trio of companies is fully liable for...  More

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Czech cyber security preparedness still lacking

12-02-2016 13:56 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Michelle Meiklejohn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Cyber security shot up the agenda in recent weeks in the Czech Republic after the highly publicized hacking of the prime minister’s e-mail and twitter accounts by a group based in the United States. But if that’s raised questions about the state’s readiness...  More

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Marketplace

Czech trade agency shares plaudits for booming export figures

10-02-2016 13:38 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: fishtik / freeimages The Czech Republic this week announced record export figures for the year 2015. Several factors were clearly at work including the low crown policy of the Czech National Bank. But the government would also like to take some of the credit, and especially...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

08-02-2016 15:49 | Ian Willoughby

Karolína Plíšková, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Plíšková to rescue as Czechs beat Romania to reach Fed Cup last four; reinforcement Šural signs for Sparta ahead of league resumption; and poor shooting by Vítková leaves Czech biathlon team 10th in Canada.   More

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