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Martin Reiner and a poet in the maelstrom of the 20th century

28-02-2015 02:01 | David Vaughan

Photo: Torst It is not often that one book receives two major Czech literary awards within a few weeks, but that is just what happened at the end of last year in the case of Martin Reiner’s documentary novel Básník – in English “Poet”. In November the book won the Josef Škvorecký Prize and then a month later it went on to be voted Lidové noviny’s Book of the Year. The novel is the culmination of nearly thirty years’ research into the life of one of great Czech poets of the 20th century, Ivan Blatný.  More

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An American foodie goes to Prague

A Vietnamese paradise in the heart of the Czech Republic

28-02-2015 02:01 | Halley Crane

Pho, photo: Halley Crane For anyone in the Czech Republic wanting to experience the freshest and most authentic Vietnamese dishes, my advice is: skip the travel agent – you don’t need a ticket to Vietnam. The Sapa Market, located on the outskirts of Prague, offers an amazing array of Vietnamese language, food, and culture.  More

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Arts

Chair designed by Czech architect offers parents of premature children greater in-hospital privacy

27-02-2015 16:07 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Black Back studio In this week’s Arts, meet the Prague-based architect and designer Petr Schwarzbeck. He made headlines recently for the design of a special egg-shaped chair which in the future could allow parents of premature babies a better opportunity to bond with their newborn while still in the hospital.  More

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Panorama

Jihlava primary school teachers bring creative approach to the classroom

26-02-2015 16:31 | Daniela Lazarová

Lukáš Heřman, photo: archive of Lukáš Heřman Getting young children interested in learning a foreign language is not always easy, but two teachers at a primary school in the town of Jihlava appear to have done the trick. Lukáš Heřman, an English and gym teacher, and Lukáš Javorek, a math and geography teacher, are producing fun video clips in which they themselves are the main actors.  More

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In Focus

Czech chimney climbers’ association thrives, but new challenges present problem

24-02-2015 15:36 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Jiří Němec The Czech Republic boasts perhaps one of the strangest associations around, a group dedicated to climbing industrial chimneys in their spare time. And the more than 30 year old organisation, which started with a small group of teenagers in the Communist era climbing a heat plant chimney at night in the suburbs of Prague is now going from strength to strength. It is though, getting more difficult to find new chimneys to climb.  More

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Sunday Music Show

The Hop Pickers: 60 years later still considered the greatest Czech musical

22-02-2015 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Starci na chmelu, photo: Czech Television Today’s Sunday Music Show is dedicated to the very first and undoubtedly the most popular Czech musical Starci na chmelu or The Hop Pickers. The film, also known in English as The Hop Side Story, was directed by Ladislav Rychman in 1964 and has become something of a cult classic. The songs, composed by Vlastimil Hála, Jiří Malásek and Jiří Bažant, remain popular to this day.  More

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Czech Life

Lucie Ferstová – Czech Mars One candidate wants to be among first astronauts to set foot on Red Planet

21-02-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Lucie Ferstová, photo: Marián Vojtek In Czech Life, we talk to 25-year-old Lucie Ferstová, the only Czech applicant remaining in a field of one hundred (the list was originally 200,000 names) hoping to be picked for the Mars One project – a private effort to land humans on the Red Planet in a mere ten years’ time.  More

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Business News

27-02-2015 15:04 | Jan Velinger

Photo: suphakit73 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net In this week's Business News: Fewer companies announce mass layoffs in January than the previous year; in a working paper, the EC says the state of public finances has improved; the minimum monthly wage in the Czech Republic is one of the lowest in...  More

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New small power plant up & running on Labe River

27-02-2015 14:50 | Jan Velinger

Illustrative photo: Miloš Turek A new small automated hydroelectric facility starts up on the Labe River.   More

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Current Affairs

Czech and German authorities announce joint investigation into mysterious noxious fumes

27-02-2015 14:38 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: Juan de Vojníkov, CC BY-SA 3.0 The Czech Ministry of the environment is launching a joint investigation with German authorities following countless complaints of noxious smells alleged to be seeping across the border into Germany. Inhabitants in the state of Saxony are pointing the...  More

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Marketplace

Czech firm aims to go global with water saving device

25-02-2015 16:18 | Jan Richter

Photo: archive of Watersavers A Brno-based firm believes that a simple device they have designed could conserve major amounts of drinking water. The company, aptly named Watersavers, produces a faucet aerator which reduces water consumption by up to 80 percent while creating the...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

23-02-2015 16:40 | Ian Willoughby

Viktoria Plzeň - České Budějovice, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Soccer season resumes with huge win for leaders Plzeň; goalie Blažek becomes oldest player ever in top flight; Maslák sets world’s fastest time in 400m this year, while Hejnová is undecided on distance for European Indoors...  More

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Mailbox

21-02-2015 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Josef Sousedík, photo: Public Domain Today in Mailbox: Efforts by Czech conservationists in Kenya, response to Czech Books featuring Tereza Boučková's 2008 novel "Rok kohouta", listening to Radio Prague in North America and Asia, answers to our January mystery person quiz question. Listeners...  More

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