As in any other country, there are several foods and dishes which are peculiar to the Czech Republic. As the country prepares to join the European Union in a couple of years, many people are afraid of losing some specialities of Czech cuisine which do not measure up to EU regulations. Further problems are caused by the fact that the names of some Czech foods - such as Znojmo cucumbers - include place names. Such place names are allowed, but they have to be registered. Alena Skodova reports:
A couple of weeks ago my friends and I decided to go out for a meal. Inspired by the recent events and political changes in the region, we thought we should perhaps try Afghan cuisine as none of us had ever tried it before. Since the fall of communism hundreds of restaurants serving foreign and exotic food have opened in Prague and one can easily find delicacies from the remotest parts of the world...
On the final day of an exhibition of contemporary textile design and fashion from Britain called Fabric of Fashion, on Sunday the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague organized a creative workshop, where mainly young participants gathered to design and create new models for themselves. Alena Skodova was there and has this report:
The history of the scouting movement in the Czech Republic, and the former Czechoslovakia, has been long and difficult. The scouting movement was banned three times, first by the Nazis, then when the Communists came to power in 1948 and then again in 1968, when it emerged as a part of the Prague Spring democratic reform movement crushed by the Russian led invasion of the former Czechoslovakia. After the fall of communism it took root once again, encouraged and supervised by the old generation who recalled their scouting years with nostalgia. Last
The Czech scout organization, Junak, is currently celebrating 90 years of its existence. Last Saturday, Junak clubrooms throughout the country held an open day to let their members' parents and all those who'd like to learn more about this organization get acquainted with the life and activities of young Czech scouts. Alena Skodova visited one scout group and has this report:
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