Current Affairs

Czech ministers set for joint meeting with Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem

24-11-2014 13:19 | Jan Richter

Photo: Filip Jandourek

Photo: Filip Jandourek

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and several members of his government are heading to Jerusalem for consultations with their Israeli counterparts, the third such high-level meeting since 2012. The agenda includes the broadening of economic ties, as well as cooperation in defence and science and research. However, the main aim of the trip may well be to assure the hosts that Prague has no intention of changing its pro-Israeli policies, says analyst Irena Kalhousová of the London School of Economics. More

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Sports News

Sports News

24-11-2014 16:40 | Ian Willoughby

Roman Koudelka, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Ski jumper Koudelka tops World Cup podium for first time for great start to season; speed skater Sablíková comes first in only second mass start race; Plzeň still top of league after win over Bohemians; and Sparta set to welcome Napoli in Europa League.  More

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One on One

Czechs getting into vintage clothing as concept catches on, says Bohemia Retro owner Rebecca Eastwood

24-11-2014 17:07 | Ian Willoughby

Rebecca Eastwood, photo: Ian Willoughby Prague’s Žižkov district is where you’ll find Bohemia Retro, a vintage clothing store packed with hard-to-find items mainly from pre-1989 Czechoslovakia. The cosy, colourful shop is run by Rebecca Eastwood, an expat Brit and part-time singer who has been resident here since the early 1990s.  More

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22-11-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Dominik Feri, photo: archive of TOP 09 In Magazine: a newly-elected councilor says his political success has resulted in a lot of bad hair days, Czechs like flirting in the workplace, curvy girls strip off in support of the fight against teenage anorexia and the country’s second richest man enjoys a communist-era “retro” lunch on the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.  More

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Letter from Prague

Becoming Richard

22-11-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Illustrative photo: archive of Czech Radio My freshly acquired driving license gives my name as Ian Richard Willoughby. That is indeed what appears on my birth certificate. But strangely my middle name Richard, having played virtually no role in the first half of my life, has come to the fore in the second half, spent here in the Czech Republic.  More

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Former Prague slaughterhouse turned into new theatre and centre for experimental art

21-11-2014 15:58 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Jatka 78 Earlier this month, Cirk La Putyka (one of the Czech Republic’s most acclaimed New Circus companies) and project manager Štepan Kubišta launched Jatka 78, a new theatre and experimental multi-media centre expected to bring new possibilities and new work to the Czech theatre and art scenes. More

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The revolutionary year 1989 and life under communism – in games

19-11-2014 15:52 | Jan Velinger

Photo: GMT games Máme holé ruce (Our hands are empty) and Havel na Hrad (Havel to the Castle): those are just two of many slogans to be forever associated with the Velvet Revolution, which began 25 years ago this week in Czechoslovakia, eventually toppling the communist regime. Those slogans also feature on the box of a highly-acclaimed board game based on those turbulent days called 1989: Dawn of Freedom. Created by Chicago-based designer Ted Torgerson the title, aptly enough, saw its Czech release earlier this year. More

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Sexist Piggy Awards show sex and sexism remain in wheelhouse of many ad makers

24-11-2014 17:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Nesehnutí In the past, ads which have “won” Sexist Piggy Awards have been largely commercial in nature: scantily-clad women draped over cars or propping up chainsaws or other power tools. While this remains true even now, participants and the jury in this year’s...  More

Business News

21-11-2014 15:23 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Barbora Kmentová In Business News this week: finance ministry to commission multi-billion crown deal on electronic sales register without open competition, number of companies on taxpayers blacklist growing, CEZ eyes Slovakia’s leading power company and Czech Airlines...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Singer Ida Kelarová finds inspiration in her Romany roots

23-11-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Ida Kelarová, photo: archive of Radio Prague Singer Ida Kelarová is a singer, musician and choirmaster who performs some of the best Romany music to come out of the Czech Republic. But, ironically it was many years before she learnt of her Romany origin and was able to fully connect with her...  More

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Czech Books

Irena Eliášová: a song to raise your spirits

22-11-2014 02:01 | David Vaughan

Irena Eliášová, photo: David Vaughan The poet, playwright and novelist Irena Eliášová spent her early childhood in a Romany village in south-western Slovakia. The memory of this time has become the defining experience in her writing. But Irena does not write just about the lost world of...  More

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Current Affairs

Kiev, unhappy with recent pro-Russian statements by president, summons Czech ambassador

21-11-2014 15:07 | Jan Velinger

Miloš Zeman, photo: CTK Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry summoned Czech Ambassador to Kiev on Thursday to ask for an explanation regarding unspecified statements by Czech President Miloš Zeman. In a recent interview for Russian television, the head-of-state described the situation...  More

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Tackling the Czech Republic's poor air quality

20-11-2014 15:19 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: František Tichý November saw the release of an annual government-commissioned report on the state of the environment in the Czech Republic. While the gist of the report maintained that a number of factors continued to improve, including water quality and canalisation,...  More

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In Focus

Website spotlights Prague’s hidden treasures

18-11-2014 16:25 | Ruth Fraňková

Na Slatinách, photo: ŠJů, CC BY-SA 3.0 If you think you know pretty much everything there is to see in Prague, you should definitely visit the website Praha neznámá or Prague Unknown. As the title suggests, it focuses on the lesser known historical, architectural and natural sights in the...  More

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