A major exhibition of dolls’ houses from the Victoria &Albert Museum of Childhood in London is now on display in Prague. Through the stories of 12 dolls’ houses from the past 300 years, visitors to the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague can follow the history of the home, everyday lives and changing family relationships.
According to the statistics office Eurostat, the Czech Republic is the biggest exporter of toys to non-EU states from the entire EU. In its report, Eurostat confirmed that Czech production last year accounted for 32 percent of the EU’s overall toy exports outside the EU, worth a total of 1.5 billion euros in all.
Another phase of a clean-up of the sludge oil lagoons left by the former
chemical plant Ostramo in Ostrava got underway on Tuesday. Some 200,000
tonnes of waste was removed in the past but thousands more were
The tender to remove an additional 90,000 tonnes of the chemical dredge was won by the company AVE CZ in 2015. The oil and chemical lagoon in Ostrava is considered a major ecological disaster for the Czech Republic.
Fire-fighters were called to deal with an isocyanide leak at the Grenier aerospace company in Nyrsko, south-western Bohemia in the early hours of Monday. Several units of firefighters fought to contain the spill of the highly toxic, flammable substance. Four of the company’s employees were taken to hospital for observation after breathing in the substance. Preliminary reports say the leak occurred due to a faulty pipe. The accident is being investigated
Researchers from Brno’s Masaryk University are engaged in an extensive study mapping the effects of toxic substances in the environment on the health of the population. An EU grant for a modern biobank will enable them to take further a pan-European project that Brno scientists joined in 1991. The aim is to study the impact of the environment from embryo stage through life, on three generations of people. Jana Klánová, head of the Brno-based Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment, explains what kind of research this involves.
The Czech Technical University in Prague on Friday presented recycled plastic bricks, made out of PET plastic, which have developed by a team at the faculty of architecture. The empty plastic bricks can be filled with other materials, such as sand or left empty, to create a number of a light constructions such as tables, bars, or chairs. Alternatively, they can filled by a light for special effects. A patent for the bricks was gained in 2016 with opportunities now being explored for how to market them.
One of the biggest retail outlets to open in Prague in recent years has been Hamleys, the first Central European branch of the famous UK toy shop. Hamleys was brought to the city by entrepreneur Pavel Čmelík, who had previously introduced other British brands, such as shirt- and suit-maker T.M. Lewin, to the Czech Republic. When we spoke at his office overlooking the bustling Na Příkopě St., the conversation took in pricing, Czech tastes and other aspects of his franchise-based business. But I first asked Čmelík about his own background.
While many young European travellers visit Indonesia for its idyllic beaches and cheap lifestyle, Jakub Freiwald and his partner Jana recently spent several months helping fight the country’s major refuse problem by leading rubbish collection teams on the island of Lombok. When we spoke, Freiwald told me that the pair, who had initially helped set up a school in Indonesia, had been inspired to collect garbage by Trash Hero, a project originally started in Thailand by another young Czech.
As of 2018 sales outlets will no longer be able to hand out plastic bags for free to shoppers, according to an amendment to the law passed by the lower house on Friday. The move will bring Czech legislation in line with EU norms. Small, clear plastic bags for pastry and fruit will be allowed. Most salespeople are already charging customers for plastic bags.