23-10-2016 22:23

Czech Books

The Bohemian Queen who saved London - and other true stories

22-10-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Hana Whitton, photo: Danka1, CC BY-SA 3.0 You may well have heard of the English princess who became Queen of Bohemia for just one winter, but did you know that it was a Bohemian queen who persuaded Richard II not to burn down London in a fit of rage? Or at least, so the story goes. The historical links between Bohemia and Britain go back a very long way, and have become something of an obsession for the Czech novelist Hana Whitton.  More

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22-10-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Radio Prague In Magazine: Prague among top 20 most visited cities in the world; police officers complain their bulletproof vests aren’t bulletproof; a minor takes two buses on a joyride; a Czech bug enthusiast boasts a 10cm cockroach and the most bizarre things Czechs leave behind in taxis.  More

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Role-playing game Kingdom Come: Deliverance promises historically accurate adventure in 15th century Bohemia

21-10-2016 15:35 | Jan Velinger

'Kingdom Come: Deliverance', photo: Warhorse Studios Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a first-person, open-world realistic RPG set in 15th century Bohemia, developed by Warhorse Studios in the Czech Republic and set for release in 2017. The cornerstone of the project is historical accuracy rarely seen in a video game, from battles which really happened to settings and characters that really existed. As a plug in a teaser on youtube reads: Dungeons, no dragons.  More

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Nový Bor – a town in the heart of the Bohemian glass industry

20-10-2016 15:40 | Daniela Lazarová

Ajeto glassworks, photo: Libor Kukal The history of Nový Bor in North Bohemia- is indelibly linked with the art of glass-making. The tradition of glass making in the region goes back more than seven hundred years. Thanks to abundant stocks of wood –used as both fuel and raw material -and crushed quartz used in the melting of glass, the region provided ideal conditions for the craft. Glassworks in different areas date back to medieval times and have been traced due to various archaeological finds –such as small pieces of melted glass and fragments of moulds -in places where old glassworks used to stand.  More

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One on One

Eva Jiřičná, part 1: From a Protectorate childhood to Swinging London

17-10-2016 14:38 | Ian Willoughby

Eva Jiřičná, photo: Alžběta Švarcová Eva Jiřičná is perhaps the best-known living Czech architect. Her London-based firm Eva Jiricna Architects is famous for its sleek boutiques and dramatic staircases, while in recent decades she has designed a number of acclaimed buildings in her native country. Based in the UK since the late 1960s, Jiřičná was born in the Moravian town of Zlín, where her dad was an architect with the Baťa shoe company. In the first half of a two-part interview, Eva Jiřičná, who is 77, recalls her early childhood in the Nazi Protectorate. More

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Czech auto sector facing ceiling for production growth

21-10-2016 14:38 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: archive of Radio Prague Czech car and vehicle production, accounting for just under 30 percent of the country’s total industrial production, is heading by the end of this year for the record figure of 1.3 million vehicles manufactured in the country.   More

Business News

21-10-2016 14:31 | Jan Velinger

Jiří Rusnok, photo: Filip Jandourek Business round-up this week: Central bank could maintain weak crown policy longer; New record for Czech car industry with million output; Government signs contract with GE; Lower house moves to extend diesel tax rebate.   More


Current Affairs

Czechs face superpower tug of war over Russian ‘hacker’

21-10-2016 14:00 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Czech Television The Czech Republic is facing the uncomfortable position of being in the middle a major tug of war between Washington and Moscow after a Russian citizen suspected of a major hacking operation in the United States was detained in Prague.   More

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Biopic captures troubled times of diplomat and president’s son, Jan Masaryk

21-10-2016 15:44 | Jan Velinger

Karel Roden, Julius Ševčík, photo: CTK Masaryk is the name of a new Czech, Slovak, and German co-production focusing on dramatic years in the life of Jan Masaryk, the son of Czechoslovakia’s first president, who served as ambassador to Britain. The story, directed by Julius Ševčík, focusses...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Republic of Two – Indie folk duo return to nature on latest LP

16-10-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Indies MG The Prague band Republic of Two comprises Jiří Burian and Mikoláš Růžička, both of whom perform the music, sing and write the songs. After releasing their well-received debut LP, the indie folk duo were named Best New Act at the Czech equivalent of the...  More

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