03-04-2002

All of Wednesday's papers carry photos of the ruins of the 16th century gothic wooden church in Ostrava which was burnt out in the early hours of Tuesday morning - it was one of the oldest wooden churches in the country. The reopening of the Waldstein gardens in Prague's Mala Strana district also gets photo coverage in all the papers, as does one shockingly fat black man - he is world sumo wrestling champion Emanuel Yarbrough from New York, who is in town for this weekend's Czech sumo championships. Pravo calls him the heaviest man in the world; his weight - 354 kilogrammes.

The head of the Civic Democrats Vaclav Klaus makes more money from lecturing and writing articles than he does from politics, writes Mlada fronta Dnes. Mr Klaus made some 14 million crowns from those sideline activities between 1992 and 2000, writes the paper. And to think twelve years ago Mr Klaus was living in a prefabricated flat and driving a trabant.

From July, porographic magazines on newstands in Prague will have to be covered, with only the title of the magazine visible, writes Pravo. The measure will only affect newstands on the street - shops will not have to cover porno mags.

A member of the Prague City Council told Pravo that porno publishers have complained that the restriction is a form of discrimination. The Prague Town Hall has also banned handing out flyers, people carrying advertising signs and parked cars with ads on the roof, writes Mlada fronta Dnes. Oh happy day.

The mobile phone operator Paegas is to undergo a name change - over the next few months it will gradually start using the name T-Mobile, most of Wednesday's papers report. As Hospodarske noviny explains, Paegas is owned by RadioMobil which is itself majority owned by the German company Deutsche Telekom. During the summer both Paegas and T-Mobile will be used, from the autumn only the latter name, a company spokesman tells the financial daily.

Mlada fronta Dnes carries an interview with one of the football hooligans who attacked their team Sparta Prague's bus at the weekend. "We didn't intend to hurt anyone," 23-year-old Petr Kach, who admits to being a hooligan for several years, tells the daily, adding that it was an expression of dissatisfaction with how Sparta have been playing lately. It's normal in Italy and Spain, he tells the paper.

And if you're thinking of getting in shape by buying one of those TV-advertised devices which shake your blubber and give you a kind of electronic massage while you do the ironing, don't - Mlada fronta Dnes's Test section says they just don't work. Out of eleven volunteers who tried the devices for the paper only one saw any improvement in their physique - now there's a surprise!

03-04-2002