This Tuesday saw the 11th annual awarding of the prestigious "Excellent Product of the Year Award", a prize which recognises, as well as promotes, excellence and innovation in Czech design on both the professional and student levels. Out of this year's 172 entries, 11 designs received the Excellent Design award, while one entry was given the National Prize. My colleague Jan Velinger attended the award ceremony:
The Lower House of Parliament has approved an amendment to the penal code which, if approved by the Senate and signed by President Havel, could mean up to eight years in jail for spray-painters who scrawl graffiti on historic buildings. This problem has been escalating and represents a real threat to medieval sites and buildings, many of them protected by the United Nations heritage organization, UNESCO. has been looking into the issue.
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Bertha von Suttner – Prague-born peace campaigner whose ideas on cooperation and disarmament continue to have lasting effect
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Thousands pay tribute to deceased national pop icon Karel Gott