In Magazine: Young Czechs take the Spanish retain chain Desigual by storm stripping down to their underwear for freebies; animal rights’ activists get themselves branded with a hot iron to raise awareness of how animals suffer in the food production industry; and a good-looking blond stuns Olomouc with her near-naked ride through town on a Yamaha motorbike.
Petra Pospěchová writes about all aspects of food for the business daily Hospodářské noviny. So when we met up for a tour of her favourite spots in Prague, it was no surprise that one of our destinations was Erhartova cukrárna, a 1930s confectionary. Pospěchová, who hails from Moravia, also took me to a smoky pub where former StB men rub shoulders with aging dissident types. But we started off by taking a little-known public cable car that runs from inside the Mövenpick Hotel in Smíchov up to the leafy Černý Vrch area, where my guide lives.
Child obesity continues to be a problem in the Czech Republic, having risen markedly in recent years. The popularity of increasingly passive activities from spending more and more time on the computer to the internet certainly have not helped. That’s where organisers of two projects underway – Škola plná zdraví and Česko se hýbe – hope to make a major difference.
The Czech franchise market registered massive growth last year, with more international brands looking to expand in the region in the coming months. At a time of recession and falling household spending, both domestic and international franchisers say there are good opportunities in the Czech Republic in terms of labour and real estate costs.
Divers on Friday found the body of the last victim of a tragic boat ride down the Morava River. Two men and a six-year-old girl set off in a rubber boat on May 1st and were reported missing by relatives later that day. Their capsized boat was located soon after but it took the police eight days to retrieve the bodies. Rafting or boating the country’s rivers is a popular activity in the spring and summer and the authorities have issued repeated warnings to people to adhere to safety regulations, avoid dangerous stretches and not risk their lives unnecessarily.
Individuals and colleagues made every effort on Saturday afternoon to save the life of a friend who almost drowned as they were rafting on the Kamenice River. The man went under after their raft flipped in whitewater; he had to be pulled to shore where colleagues began resuscitation. Although they were able to restore his breathing, the rafter remained unconscious and had to be transported through difficult terrain to nearby train tracks where he was first taken by rail, then ambulance and finally by helicopter to hospital where he remains in intensive care.
Holešovice Fashion Market is taking place on Friday and Saturday of this week for the fifth year in a row. The fashion market, held at Prague’s Holešovice market hall, offers clothes, accessories and other creations by Czech and Slovak independent designers. The market will be open on Saturday until 10 pm.
A friend of my wife’s once said the good about the Czech Republic is that wherever you go from here, the food is always better. That’s probably no longer true, if it ever was, but Czechs have certainly had a tough time adapting the often appalling communist-era fare into a modern cuisine. But in some ways, such as in the quality of groceries, Czechs are still stuck in the past.
A Czech clothing designer Beata Rajská announced this week that she is going to the African country of Zambia to teach youngsters there how to sew clothing. The highly successful designer will be joining the staff at a vocational school run by a Brno-based organization Njovu. Masha Volynsky spoke to the NGO’s director, Vendula Jičínská, and asked her about the project that Ms Rajská will be helping with, in the next ten days.
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