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All tastes catered for in Prague coffee museum

24-04-2012 15:23 | Chris Johnstone

In today’s Spotlight we take a trip to a hidden gem of a museum in a Prague suburb which traces the often surprising history of coffee. The private Coffee Museum Alchymista takes you through coffee’s history, cultivation, production and industry covering the many different strains and its progress from a devilish concoction to everyday drink.  More

Luciela Taschen - a new leather bag brand with a brand-new showroom

21-04-2012 02:01 | Sarah Borufka

It was some six years ago that Lucia Jamrichová started making crochet net bags – they became a huge success and soon, her brand Luciela Taschen was featured in magazines and newspapers. Now, Lucia has decided to take her passion for designing hand bags one step further. Her new designs are made from quality leather – and can be touched, smelled and purchased at her showroom on Letná’s Veverkova street. That is where I recently met her to talk about bags, her love for crafts and fashion and what it feels like to be sitting in front of one’s newly opened showroom.  More

Milliner Jolana Kotábová on hat design in the Czech Republic

07-04-2012 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Jolana Kotábová In this week’s Czech Life my guest is Czech milliner Jolana Kotábová, an expert hat designer who – after many years of experience in the field – opened her own studio in Prague in 2011. Located in a beautiful stone house with vaulted ceilings in Prague’s Nerudova Street, her studio focuses on original women’s hats combining both traditional elements and modern. Anyone interested in felt, straw or braided-straw designs with flair should take the time to visit.  More


07-04-2012 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Caspar Buberl This month in Mailbox: Radio Prague in Contact magazine, Prague' astronomical clock, monthly listeners' quiz. Listeners quoted: Jonathan Murphy, John Novotney, Hans Verner Lollike, Ian Morrison, Kajari Chattopadhyay, Kristina Fallin, Charles Konecny, Mary Lou Krenek, Colin Law.  More

Leeda – a unique Czech fashion label going strong for seven years

06-04-2012 15:58 | Sarah Borufka

Photo: Radeq Brousil, Leeda Not far from the National Theatre, tucked away on Bartolomějská street, the small flagship store of the label Leeda boasts some of the most original, colorful and hip clothing in the Czech capital. Run by two young designers, Lucie Kutálková and Lucie Trnková, Leeda has been putting out its limited edition collections for nearly seven years. The two designers both studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Lucie Kutálková explains how the two were given a unique opportunity to establish their own label and retail space.  More

Major health care reforms take effect

02-04-2012 16:54 | Christian Falvey

Major changes to the health care system in the Czech Republic came about this week when the government’s reform package took effect. Called the biggest reform in the last 45 years, the aim is a redefinition of how health care services are provided, and the role of the state, the facility and the patient therein.  More

Iva Frühlingová: the road to success can be bumpy

02-04-2012 | Peter Smith

Iva Frühlingová, photo: Official website of the artist Peter Smith’s guest on One on One this week is Iva Frühlingová – model, singer, actress and author. Born in the town of Litvínov, with a French grandfather Iva dreamed of going places and most of all of seeing Paris – the city she’d heard so much about as a child. Her dream came true at the age of 14 when she first travelled to Paris as a budding model. Today she divides her time between Prague and Paris, engaging in modeling, singing, writing and most recently acting. Peter began by asking her which of those “skins” she felt most at home in.  More

Czech top court caps lucrative debt collecting business

30-03-2012 | Jan Richter

The Czech Constitutional Court has delivered a breakthrough verdict which aims to put an end to a much-criticized yet lucrative business that in recent years has plagued the Czech Republic. The verdict dramatically lowers the ceiling on the costs law firms can charge for collecting small debts. That means they will no longer will able to inflate their fees which often far exceeded the original debts.  More

UFOs over Czech skies do battle with sceptics

29-03-2012 14:49 | Christian Falvey

Last weekend there were reports from around the country of strange lights in the sky, flying about, flaring up, flaring out, chasing each other. It’s true, unidentified flying objects do not just swerve by the Czech Republic on their way to the States, they are here too; and if you thought the Czechs too sceptical to notice, you were as wrong as I was. And last weekend wasn’t the first time.  More

Survey: Nearly one in two Czech women have experienced domestic abuse

28-03-2012 15:49 | Sarah Borufka

A fresh survey suggests that nearly one in two Czech women at one point in their life have become victims of some form of domestic abuse. The poll, published by the NGO proFem, also concludes that about a third of those affected are afraid to speak up. One of the authors of the survey, sociologist Kamil Kunc, explains its conclusions, what can be done to improve the situation and how the data was gathered.  More



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